Down By The Waterside – Immobilier :: SRQ Magazine Article by Jacob Ogles
Commercial tenants have already announced that they will be opening their doors to the waterfront as soon as possible. From law firms to new restaurant concepts, there is the promise of a vibrant and culturally rich neighborhood. New tenants in storefronts and dining spaces see a younger demographic of consumers frequenting this new corner of Lakewood Ranch, an indoor community that in its early iterations attracted snowbirds and retirees. As more mixed-use development and office space came online at Lakewood Ranch, it has drawn a wider age range and more families to the east.
Waterside Place marks a milestone in creating a thriving destination for all ages of consumers.
âThere is something here for everyone,â said Joe Guli, CEO of Tableseide Restaurant Group. âIt works perfectly for us. Tableseide, the company behind other famous local establishments like Libby’s and Oak & Stone, plans to open the doors of Good Liquid Brewing Company before the end of October, a waterfront restaurant and drinking establishment. the water. With an open covered patio by the lake, near the kayak launch pad and volleyball courts, the new establishment intends to appeal to beer lovers and foodies alike. The brasserie will be able to accommodate nearly 300 people, or about half of those available outside. The catering business has partnered with the existing Good Liquid Brewery in Bradenton, which plans to produce craft beers, spirits and all kinds of beverages, while the team at Tableseide has a higher menu than what usually found in a bar. Exclusive beef, premium steaks and stove-fed chicken will come from the kitchen while the bartenders serve a series of specialty cocktails on top of what’s on offer.
Guli expects a young and hungry audience, but financially comfortable. An overlapping demographic prompts Ibrahim Saad, CEO of Mancave for Men, to open a store in the new area. With a location already open at University Town Center, Mancave has an audience of clients who appreciate master barbers doing their hair. âWe’re not just a barber shop,â Saad said. âWe have adapted our stores to be more focused on well-being and masculine style. We offer advice on thinning hair, color, vitamins, injections and vitamin therapy to strengthen hair and give our clients a young and stylish look.
So why Waterside? Hailing from the community, Saad said there was an audience looking for premium service at Lakewood Ranch who no longer wanted to travel to Sarasota, Bradenton or even Tampa to find it. This pedestrian-oriented shopping should attract this same clientele. âAlthough Waterside is new, it offers a new concept to the region,â he said. âUnfortunately, Lakewood Ranch Main has lost its appeal over the years, and Waterside will be the new spot; it has the Lakewood Ranch “mojo”. Abandon the old, place the new. Smith Law managing partner Chris Smith plans to move his from a corporate park on Lakewood Ranch Boulevard to the posh new center. He expects this will attract more clients to his office doors. Lakewood Ranch Medical Group will also bring a professional class of workers and services to the area.
Smith said his company, which specializes in real estate and property planning, can still attract loyal clients, but also give a growing number of other professionals a reason to come for meetings and transactions.
âWaterside has upscale mixed use, restaurants and shopping,â he said. âIt offers these great options to employees and customers, who order take out and grab a bite to eat. You can have coffee and do business at the same time.
Kilwins, a chocolate factory with more than 150 branches in the eastern United States, will be opening a new one-suite location on Grand Shores Drive. Crop Juice, a vegan restaurant with locations already open at Stickney Point and University Park, will open its third location in Waterside for lovers of spinach smoothies and juice.
Duck Donuts will be frosting pastries at its sixth location in Florida. George Widunas, owner of Duck Donuts Sarasota, sees promise in location and a great place to sell gourmet signature donuts. âBy bringing Duck Donuts to Waterside Place, we hope to provide smiles and sprinkle members of the Sarasota community with our warm, delicious and bespoke donut experience,â he said. âWaterside Place should be an exceptional regional destination for families, which allows Duck Donuts to contribute to the continued growth of Lakewood Ranch. “
O&A Coffee Supply, a small store with a quirky location in downtown Sarasota, will soon begin pouring brew at Waterside.
And the owners of JPAN Sushi & Grill, who already have a restaurant at University Town Center, will be launching a whole new concept with Kore, bringing Korean barbecue to a community that still cultivates dining options.
When it comes to simple lifestyle choices, 3 Form Fitness has started accepting membership applications for its opening before the end of the year and is already offering one-on-one consultations.
Cultural facilities are already in place, including the relocated Players Center for Performing Arts. When the center started welcoming tenants, long before the pandemic put the world in disarray, a concerted effort was made to organize a mix of tenants different from the Ranch’s offerings so far. At the same time, the center’s promise seems clear to many business owners who are already familiar with the Sarasota market and know the appetite that already exists in the market.
Mark Schlossberg, founder of Paint Nail Bar, started his national salon franchise in Sarasota and has locations in 14 states. Consulting his most loyal fans, many have pleaded for years to open a Paint in Lakewood Ranch. âIt’s pretty obvious it’s a wonderful place for us,â he said.
Lakewood Ranch serves as a home for many people who value personal care and wish to develop a personal relationship with a service provider. This is practically Paint’s business model for success. As for Waterside itself, the population density with mixed-use apartments and condo units means the location can attract a large number of potential clients in a relatively small geographic area. At the same time, the proximity to I-75 means guests can get to Waterside quickly from a large area that can stretch all the way to Tampa Bay. “His analyzes are stronger, stronger than Sarasota in a lot of ways,” he said. âThere are fewer snowbirds than in some areas. But we also did some research and Schroeder-Manatee Ranch are wonderful owners.
âI must add that we live here. It’s not just about cold hard numbers. We are so invested in our customers. Our staff know their birthdays and whether their grandfather has just had the operation. “