Like your locally owned shops boutique-sized and gathered together in one 7,200 square foot area of retail space?
Then you'll like Union, the new shopping area focused on local independent shops and eateries in -- of all places -- the Biltmore Fashion Park, on the east end of the shopping center between Stingray Sushi and Seasons 52.
Set to open in November (that's right, just in time for the holidays), Union will offer shoppers a hyper-local collection of over 18 one-of-a-kind shops ranging in size from 200 to 500 square feet.
Get the retail deets on Union from our sister blog, Jackalope Ranch, and keep reading to find out what you can expect to eat and drink when shopping for traditional European-style furnishings, paper goods, and vintage apparel.
Queen Creek Olive Mill's Tuscan inspired eatery, del Piero, will be coming to Union in the form of Trattoria del Piero. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner and complete with a full bar, the restaurant, like del Piero, will focus on family recipes using handcrafted virgin olive oils and seasonal, organic ingredients. Expect to see a selection of sandwiches and salads as well as signature cocktails.
And speaking of olive oil, Oils and Olives, the retail shop from Queen Creek Olive Mill, will be inside Union as well. The boutique will offer an array of extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars, stuffed olives, tapenades, and daily fresh baked breads.
For sweet treat lovers there's Whoopie Baking Company, the place of all things whoopie pie (those spherical sweet treats that are part cookie and part cupcake) from Jennifer Brya and Karen Linkins. Featuring signature flavors like spicy pumpkin, mimosa, and peanut butter cup, the whoopie here is made with all natural ingredients. Plus, there's "woofie pies" for Rover.
And for a much-needed jolt post local shopping spree, Royal at the Market will open a second location at the Biltmore (called, appropriately enough, Royal at the Biltmore) where signature roasts will be brewed and served up alongside fresh pastries.
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Local shopping and eats in one, upscale area? The holidays are looking brighter already.