Newport on the Levee has transformed from an underutilized destination into a walkable, connected, waterfront community for friends and family to come and stay awhile. The team enhanced connectivity and the overall guest experience with the creation of a Third Street parking garage entrance; new valet loop; paint refreshes to the buildings’ exteriors; new signage and lights; enhancements to the Plaza; the installation of a massive LED screen; and most importantly, the addition of more communal spaces both indoors and outdoors. These reimagined communal spaces include the Gallery Building, Bridgeview Box Park and The Plaza.
As part of the redevelopment, 17 retailers and restaurants will open concepts in the renovated Gallery Building, a 113,000-square-foot gathering locale for the community. Permanent storefronts opening at or adjacent to the Gallery Building include Native®, Wooden Cask, Pizzazz Interiors, Little Spoon Bakery, Bon Mi Street, Bluegrass and Sass and Colonel De Spices. Beeline, a full-scale cocktail bar with an expansive outdoor patio will open this fall.
The revolving retail market known as Trade™ will also open in the Gallery Building on May 27, offering entrepreneurs the opportunity to bring their brands to life in one of the best shopping spots in the region. Local businesses opening at the market include Leaf & Limb, J Saladino Collection, Celestial Scents Candles, Lucky Kat, Ten Thousand Villages, Anew Clothing, JWK Juicery, Queen City Cotton Candy, Artifact and Wild Ivy Apothecary.
One of the first visible milestones from the Levee’s redevelopment was the debut of the Bridgeview Box Park last summer, a colorful, shipping container park that became the community’s ultimate waterfront foodie destination. Little Spoon Bakery and Bon Mi Street were two of the original tenants and are now opening permanent storefronts at the Levee. The new lineup debuts May 27 and features 4EG’s The Buzz, Kon-Tiki, West Sixth Brewing, Blackmarket Saloon and CrepeGuys.
Throughout the Memorial Day weekend, the community is invited to celebrate the redevelopment completion with a variety of experiences, including live music, artful encounters, a public ribbon cutting and a fireworks show.