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Indoor Artisan Makers Market The Exchange Coming to Newport on the Levee

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More changes are coming to Newport on the Levee, which opened its super hip Bridgeview Box Park outdoor dining and drinking hub in the space where Mitchell’s Fish Market used to be this June.

Now, North American Properties — which manages the Levee’s redevelopment — is turning the first floor of the former Barnes & Noble bookstore into The Exchange, what they’re calling an “artisan market.” (Flexible office spaces will take over the second floor.)

The 11,000-square-foot Exchange will house a rotating roster of local craftspeople, makers and indie merchants, and the first iteration of vendors will be focused on items for holiday gifting. The concept is slated to launch in November.

Covington’s Ripple Wine Bar has signed on to manage the bar at the center of the market over the holidays and will be offering wine, cheese and charcuterie, including take-home options. 

“The Exchange creates an innovative platform for local entrepreneurs to bring their concepts to life in a vibrant mixed-use environment,” said Regan Thomas of NAP. “As the retail industry continues to evolve, we’re confident this model of rotating concepts will create a fresh, dynamic retail experience for the community unlike anything in the region, while also creating a low barrier to entry for small businesses.”

Using a new entrance, The Exchange will directly connect with Bridgeview Box Park, which will soon be weather-proofed to offer all-seasons drinking and dining. The Exchange building exterior will also be getting a modern makeover with new paint and facade updates.   

The aforementioned upstairs second-floor office space will be move-in ready and offer flexible and furnished short-term leases as “Flip the Switch” — as in, just flip on the light switch and you’re ready to go. It’s geared toward “employers seeking to limit upfront costs and maintain optionality as they face uncertain future business projects or have postponed their real estate decisions due to the pandemic,” says NAP. 

“The Exchange introduces something new to the market in a format that resonates with modern users and meets the demand for move-in ready space — a demand further accelerated by the pandemic,” says Tim Perry, managing partner at NAP. “The new Newport on the Levee will achieve a unique sense of ‘place’ where office workers have immediate access to everything from morning coffee to evening events, just steps away from their desks. This engaging, social environment is even more appealing now as employers look to bring their workforce out of isolation and re-establish a strong company culture.” 

For more info, visit newportonthelevee.com.

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