WUFT News

Lily Pad out, Artsy Abode in at Oaks Mall

By on October 24th, 2012

Attention shoppers: A new specialty store is headed your way.

Artsy Abode, a well-known store throughout North Central Florida, will be opening at the Oaks Mall on Friday. The store will be located across from Starbucks near the food court.

Owner Leah Lytle said Artsy Abode will sell FlirtiesPandora jewelry, the Brighton Collection, Vera Bradley and more.

Lytle was also owner of Lily Pad, which closed its doors at the Oaks Mall Sunday. Lytle said customers at Artsy Abode can look forward to an expanded assortment of products and improved services.

“We are adding unique services at no charge and have hired a fantastic manager and staff that care about making your shopping experience the best it can be,” Lytle said. “We will also provide new, unique offerings that we hope the Gainesville community will love.”

Other locations throughout North Central Florida include Daytona Beach, Fleming Island, Jacksonville and Ocala.

Artsy Abode has products for a variety of price ranges. The Lilly Pulitzer and wine products range from $10 to $65.

Some of the more specialty products, including pieces from the Sticks Furniture Inc. collection cost an average of $50 to $1,000. The larger pieces can retail for up to $7,000.

Lyndsay Wolfe, a 21-year-old University of Florida zoology junior from Jacksonville, said she has shopped at Artsy Abode at the St. Johns Town Center.

“I had no idea they were putting one in Gainesville,” Wolfe said. “I really like their earrings, especially the Gator ones I recently got.”

Customers can expect opening specials that will “be like Christmas in October,” according to Lytle.

Lytle, who has three degrees from UF, said she is looking forward to a Gainesville location.

“I celebrated the happiest moments of my life in Gainesville,” Lytle said. “It’s only natural to want to bring Artsy to where I came up with the idea.”


This entry was posted in Business, Florida, Local and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Business

Gainesville Regional Airport.

City Commission Passes Ordinance To Regulate Uber

In an effort to even the scales, the Gainesville City Commission voted Thursday afternoon to regulate app-based transportation services like Uber. The ordinance will hold them to standards similar to those of traditional taxi drivers.


Donni Young works behind the counter at Pearl Country Store and Barbecue. She said this summer is the best the Micanopy convenience store and restaurant has seen in her three years as manager of it. Photo by Nicole Gomez

Local Businesses Prepare To Fight Anticipated Summer Slump

As summer rolls around and students leave north central Florida, local businesses make plans to fight the economic slump. This year, however, has been better than previous ones.


Cedar Key Bridge Closing Causes Debate

A bridge in Cedar Key that acts as the local thoroughfare is closing down for maintenance. Residents are concerned that closure will affect the local economy.


Steamers

Steamers Makes A Comeback, Opening In Bo Diddley Plaza

Four years after it closed, Steamers restaurant is back again with a new location. Owner Artie Guy is bringing the restaurant back to Gainesville in Bo Diddley Plaza. Set for an opening in May, the dining place will be in a central hub amid plaza renovations.


Foresight Construction Group employees attend a trade fair sponsored by the Central and North Florida Minority Supplier Development Council. From left to right, Melissa Segarra, marketing director, Juan Segarra, president and Maritza Rovira-Forino, minority business manager.

Gainesville Responds to Low Grades on NAACP Report Card

The City of Gainesville’s Equal Opportunity Committee met last Tuesday to continue to discuss a report card that indicated minorities are underrepresented in the city government.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments