An Unexpected Shopping Experience
Artegon Marketplace Offers Food, Fun and Shopping Under One Roof
Seattle has Pike Place. Boston has Faneuil Hall. Orlando has Artegon Marketplace. Like every major metropolitan destination, Orlando is alive with thriving artists and artisans, crafters and creators. But Artegon Marketplace is anything but ordinary.
An eclectic, diverse and truly original shopping, culinary and entertainment destination, Artegon is the antidote to big-box stores and bland branded chains. Tucked away at the north end of International Drive, Artegon Marketplace is an 865,000-square-foot retail and entertainment destination that focuses almost exclusively on local artists and artisans. Seeking to redefine and reimagine the traditional retail experience, Artegon is inspired by famous marketplaces around the country.
Plush common-area furniture and contemporary dining options with long community tables and bar-style high tops add even more of a hometown community atmosphere. That’s not even mentioning the bicycle-powered mobile device recharging stations, complimentary wheelchairs, free Wi-Fi, Mears taxi service, free shuttle service that brings customers to Artegon Marketplace from seven different I-Drive pickup locations, free gift wrapping and a free membership card program worth hundreds of dollars in discounts. Plus it’s pet-friendly, welcoming any animal on a leash.
It’s Florida’s largest indoor artisan marketplace.
Just don’t call it a mall.
“When you build a traditional mall, you essentially build a big box and leave it up to the retailers to bring it to life,” said David Miskin, Artegon’s artistic director. “We do the opposite at Artegon. We showcase the individual experience of each artisan.”
The vision for Artegon is to create a completely unexpected shopping experience. For those who remember the location’s former occupant, Festival Bay, it’s not the same place.
“To believe it, you have come see it for yourself,” Miskin said.
Much like the city itself, Artegon Marketplace is equal parts local flavor and international brands. More than 150 local artists and artisans-turned-entrepreneurs offer one-of-a-kind, handcrafted items unique to Orlando. More and more visitors and locals want an authentic Orlando keepsake or souvenir. At Artegon, items range from home décor, art and handcrafted furniture to handmade apparel, accessories, candles, and natural bath and body products.
Every artisan shop boasts a fully built-out, custom storefront, designed to reflect each merchant’s wares and artistic vision.
Artegon Marketplace is an eclectic, diverse and truly original shopping, culinary and entertainment destination.
“We thrive on being an incubator for our crafters turned retailers,” Miskin said.
Artegon Marketplace’s uncommon retailers include the Florida Soap Co.; International Hot Glass, a glass gallery showcasing artists from around the world and a studio where guests can blow their own pieces of art; Studio One, a premier photography and entertainment event space; and Gods & Monsters, the second-largest comic and pop-culture outlet in the country.
“Happy Bee Honey shop sits within a [3-D] beehive, and Brooklyn Street Threads looks like an authentic New York subway station,” Miskin said. “We create a one-of-a-kind atmosphere for visitors to not only shop but also be entertained.”
Beyond shopping, Artegon boasts a variety of state-of-the-art family entertainment. Cinemark shows today’s newest blockbusters in thrilling XD, while Putting Edge, an 18-hole mini-golf course, is a glow-in-the-dark adventure for the whole family. Sky Zone Trampoline Park, the world’s first indoor trampoline park, is a bouncing good time and even sports a trampoline dodgeball league. Artegon Sky Trail Adventure Ropes Course, Florida’s largest indoor ropes course, is perfect for adventurers of all ages. NYZ Orlando, the area’s first unique interactive zombie survival experience, is set to open late 2016.
There are also eclectic eateries for when shopping creates an appetite. Munch at the Beef Jerky Outlet, enjoy sweet and savory delights at The Belgian Waffles, or relax at Elemental Bonsai & Tea Gardens. Don’t forget Fuddruckers, LovJuice, The Nutty Bavarian, Paleteria Original USA, Pizza@Artegon, Sugar Daddy Bakery, U Roll Sushi and Yogen Früz. Eat Street, an avenue of food vendors, tasting stations, culinary retail and even a cooking school all in a marketplace environment, will open next year.
There’s always something going on at Artegon, where regularly scheduled events for all ages include a beer and wine stroll, Food Truck Friday and Tournament Tuesday.
“There’s something for everybody here,” Miskin said. “Families on a budget can enjoy an entire day of food, fun and shopping under one roof.”
Artegon Marketplace, is located at 5250 International Drive in Orlando. Operating hours are Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. For more information, call 407-351-7718 or visit www.artegonmarketplace.com on the web. 💓