New Stores to Shop at Artegon Marketplace in Orlando

I’m a big fan of Artegon Marketplace, which has lots of little artisan shops selling handmade and unique items, as well as really cool anchor stores like Gods & Monsters.

Artegon Marketplace entrance

In the past few months, so many new stores, eateries, and entertainment venues have opened at Artegon Marketplace, so I thought I’d highlight a few of them for you to check out.

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Moroccan Bazar Hosts Grand Opening at Artegon Marketplace March 19

Moroccan Bazar is one of the newest tenants at Artegon Marketplace, and they will be hosting their grand opening celebration on Saturday, March 19, from 3 to 7pm.

Moroccan Bazar at Artegon Marketplace

The store offers a wide variety of Moroccan home furnishings, including lanterns, rugs, seating cushions, hookah pipes, and tea service sets.

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Artegon Marketplace a Must Visit Shopping Center for Small Business Saturday on Nov 28 #shoplocal

While Black Friday is full of deals from national retailers and “big box” stores, the following day, Small Business Saturday, is meant to get people to shop from local stores and sellers. If you’re out shopping this Saturday, November 28, you’ll want to visit Artegon Marketplace.

Artegon Marketplace

Artegon Marketplace is full of local artisans and shops offering handmade and crafted items for purchase. The interior has recently undergone a major revamp, and every storefront now has personality and actual walls.

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Artegon Marketplace Celebrates First Anniversary With a Week of Free Events #AntiOrdinary

Artegon Marketplace will be celebrating their first anniversary this week with the Anti-Ordinary Anniversary Week Spectacular, a line-up of free events that you won’t want to miss.

Artegon Marketplace entrance

The festivities start Monday, November 16, with Sip. Stroll. Shop. From 6-9pm, guests can enjoy free samples from more than ten wine tasting stations scattered throughout the shopping center, while enjoying live jazz and Flamenco music. RHONJ star Melissa Gorga will also be on hand, meeting her fans. Be among the first 150 shoppers in line at the anniversary edition of the Wine Stroll and receive a commemorative Artegon-embossed stemless wine glass.

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Come Hungry to Food Truck Wars at Artegon Marketplace on November 14

There are a lot of great food trucks operating in Central Florida, and on Saturday, November 14, many of them will be participating in Food Truck Wars at Artegon Marketplace in Orlando.

Food Truck Wars at Artegon Marketplace

Over 40 trucks will be competing for culinary fame, and will be rated by celebrity judges, including Jim Whaples (Florida Restaurant & Lodging Assc, American Culinary Federation), and Tchop Chop’s executive chef, Amy Gilbert.

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Artegon Marketplace Hosts Outdoor Carnival Oct 28-Nov 1

Looking for something different to do Halloween weekend that isn’t scary? Then come play at the Artegon Carnival from October 28 through November 1 at Artegon Marketplace.

Artegon Marketplace entrance

The Kevaworks/Dreamland Amusements carnival will be set up in the parking lot offering rides, games, and food for all ages. Rides will cost approximately 2 to 4 tickets per ride.

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Out and About: The Art of Beer at Artegon Marketplace

In addition to great shopping, Artegon Marketplace also hosts different events throughout the month. This week I checked out their monthly event, The Art of Beer.

The Art of Beer at Artegon Marketplace

The event is held the second Tuesday of each month, from 5pm to 8pm, and features free samples of beer, along with free bites to enjoy with the beer.

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Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill Abruptly Closes at Artegon Marketplace

Opened only six months, it appears Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill doesn’t love Orlando, as it has abruptly closed its location at Artegon Marketplace.

Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill at Artegon Marketplace in Orlando

The country western-themed restaurant and music hall pulled the plug on Thursday, July 2. The management of Toby Keith’s isn’t giving any indication as to the sudden closing either.

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Artegon Marketplace Continues to Grow and Evolve in Orlando

Last week I had the chance to take a guided tour of some of the new and upcoming businesses at Artegon Marketplace, and I was impressed with the quality and variety of the offerings.

Artegon Marketplace entrance

In the entrance area of the mall are several new food vendors:

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Gods & Monsters Opens June 13 at Artegon Marketplace in Orlando

If you love all things sci-fi, fantasy, horror, comics, and collectibles, you’ll want to be at the grand opening of Orlando’s newest shop, Gods and Monsters, located at Artegon Marketplace.


Built from the ground up, Gods and Monsters is subtly separated into a salefloor, a bar/lounge/gaming area, and an art gallery.

It grand opens on Saturday, July 13 (today!) at 10am with a ribbon cutting ceremony. All day long, there will be art demos, appearances by critically acclaimed Victorian horror troupe Phantasmagoria, photo ops with costumed characters in exchange for donations to the Hero Initiantive charity, and free arcade games sponsored by Free Play Florida and BART. There will also be a costume contest with prizes to be held at 8pm, so feel free to cosplay.

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Artegon Marketplace Hosts Orlando Art & Wellness Expo May 16

Looking to start a healthier lifestyle or give a boost to the one you have? Then you’ll want to check out the Orlando Art & Wellness Expo at the Artegon Marketplace on Saturday, May 16.

Orlando Art & Wellness Expo at the Artegon Marketplace

Hosted by Loft 55 Gallery, the family friendly event will feature over 100 local artisans, wellness vendors, all levels color therapy yoga, informative health speakers, an art therapy tent, demos, live body painting competition, a community mural, raffles/giveaways, and live performances.

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Out and About: Artegon Marketplace Offers a Place to Shop and Support Local Businesses

Recently I paid a visit to Artegon Marketplace to see what it had to offer for shoppers, and I found it to be a good place to shop local businesses.

Artegon Marketplace entrance

While Artegon is anchored by nationally known retailers like Bass Pro Shops, Ron Jon Surf Shop, and Sheplers, the interior of the building has been redesigned from its former incarnation as Festival Bay.

Now the interior of the mall houses The Village at Artegon. These are kiosks featuring local businesses ranging from food to clothing to services like framers. I ended up shopping at quite a few while I was checking the marketplace out.

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Artegon Marketplace March Events Include The Art of Beer, a Spring Wine Stroll, Food Truck Fridays, and More

March is an event-filled month for Artegon Marketplace in Orlando. Enjoy craft beer, wine, food, and more throughout the month.

Artegon Mall The Art of Beer

The shopping center is kicking off a new monthly event on Tuesday, March 10 called The Art of Beer. It will feature craft beer from Orlando Brewing, along with samples of the menu at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill. There will also be live entertainment. Best of all, it’s free while supplies last.

The Art of Beer runs from 5pm to 8pm. It will repeat on April 14.

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Artegon Marketplace Orlando Hosts Free Kid’s Valentines Arts and Crafts Day February 7

Artegon Marketplace

The recently opened Artegon Marketplace in Orlando will be hosting a Free Valentine’s Arts & Crafts kids’ program on Saturday, February 7.

From noon to 5pm, young ones can make cards for loved ones, and enjoy activities such as face painting, an obstacle bounce house, arts and crafts and live music.

There is also family-friendly entertainment on following weekends in the month:

  • The weekend of February 14-15, The Midnight Clogging Express and the Giant Puppets will be entertaining guests all weekend. Sat from noon-6:30pm; Sun from noon to 5:30pm.
  • The weekend of February 21-22, Artegon’s resident juggler Cool Hands Luke, along with Street Breakz and Street Beatz will be performing throughout both days. Sat from noon-7:30pm; Sun from noon-6pm.
  • The weekend of February 28-March 1, acoustic duo Fred and Danielle perform in the Great Hall of Artegon Marketplace. Sat from noon-7pm; Sun from 1pm-6pm.

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Shop Local For Last-Minute Christmas Gifts in Orlando

CitySurfing Orlando Picks for Shopping Local for Christmas

If you’re still looking for gifts for the people on your list, why not get them a unique gift and support local Orlando businesses at the same time?

Here are some great suggestions:

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Mountain Creek Candles – Orlando

This local business offers handmade candles, incense, aromatherapy sprays, solid perfumes, and more. The owner, Cindy, doesn’t have a regular shop, but you can find her wares at the Lake Nona Farmer’s Market at Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge on Saturdays, and at the Orlando Farmer’s Market at Lake Eola on Sundays.

You can also order her products online at

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Ms. Bees Gourmet Popcorn and Candy Shoppe – Winter Garden

At this local business in the heart of historic downtown Winter Garden, you’ll find delicious fresh made popcorn in a variety of flavors ranging from savory to sweet. My favorites for savory are the Jalapeno Cheddar and Spicy Buffalo, and for sweet I recommend the Puppy Chow, Caramel, and Dr Pibb (which tastes just like cherry cola). You can also have your choice of flavored popcorn packaged in a College or NFL team-themed cannister, making a great gift for sports fans on your list. The store even carries some old time candy, which makes for nice stocking stuffers.

The store is located at 2 East Plant St in Winter Garden. You can also order online at

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East End Market – Orlando

You’ll find gifts for all of your foodie family and friends at this market that houses several food-related businesses. Pick up cheese at La Femme du Fromage, some sauces and marinades at Houndstooth Sauce Company, bread at Olde Hearth Bread Co., and baking needs at Whisk and Bowl.

East End Market is located at 3201 Corrine Dr. Visit for a complete list of merchants.

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