Pier Park Introduces More Specialty Shops to Panama City Beach in August!

by August 6, 2008 • 8 comments

Lifestyle Center Continues to Strengthen its Status and Drawing Power in Florida’s Panhandle

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (August 6, 2008) – Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE:SPG), the country’s largest owner, developer and manager of high-quality retail real estate, officially announces the addition of more shopping options at Pier Park, the 900,000-square-foot retail and entertainment lifestyle center located on 93 acres that covers land from Front Beach Road (at the City Pier) to the heavily traveled Highway 98 (Back Beach Road).

Pier Park is already home to nearly a 100 retail stores and to six anchor stores; the addition of these specialty stores, which are scheduled to open this summer, will further establish the center as a world-class shopping and entertainment haven for locals and visitors of the Florida Panhandle.

New specialty shops scheduled to debut this summer include the following:

Aqua Gallery
Ava Blue Boutique
Baja Grill
Carter’s Clothing
Cost Cutters
Déjà vu
Great American Cookies \ PretzelMaker
Nails So Happy
Paint’n Place
Runway Collection
Shimmering Seas Jewelry and Gifts
The Eye Gallery
Pac Sun
Paradise Found

Aqua Gallery offers an eclectic mix of gifts based on works of art. The store will carry prints, books, carpets, electronics and more.

Ava Blue Boutique is a locally owned upscale boutique featuring women’s designer apparel, shoes, accessories and jewelry that appeals to the modern women. Lines featured will include Free People, Color Me Red, Sugar Lips, Mystree, Spanx, Dahiny and B122 among others. The boutique will also offer monogramming services for flip-flops, t-shirts and jewelry.

Baja Grill’s concept revolves around fresh, contemporary and consistently outstanding Southwestern, Cajun, Caribbean and American cuisines – a unique combination along with outstanding service, fine wines and tempting desserts all served in a stylish, high-energy Tropical design atmosphere.

Carter’s Clothing offers clothing for children from newborn through size seven including baby sleepwear, play-clothes and accessories. Carter’s offers trusted products that are super comfy, easy care, adorable and don’t break the bank. Carter’s has around 200 stores in the United States.

Cost Cutters is dedicated to providing customers with convenient hair care services, by professional stylists who care about customer needs. Cost Cutters offers a relaxed hair care experience with no appointments and no hassles. A perfect choice for busy, value-conscious families and men, Cost Cutters offers a range of styles at a price easy-to-afford

Great American Cookies/ PretzelMaker became an instant retail phenomenon in 1977 when the first store opened in Atlanta, Georgia. Founded on the strength of a generations-old family chocolate chip cookie recipe, Great American Cookies expanded in malls across the country and at the same time developed a complete line of cookies and brownies, including a signature Cookie Cake product, making it one of the best cookie companies in the industry.

Déjà vu offers the trendiest, quality merchandise with affordable specialty store prices, combined with one-of-a-kind customer service.

Nails So Happy is a beauty services establishment that offers nail care services such as manicures, pedicures and nail enhancements.

Paint’n Place is a full service paint-your-own pottery studio. Paint’n Place provides a comfortable social atmosphere where guests can come together as family, friends and neighbors, to let the creative juices flow! Guests are invited to paint plates, mugs, vases, figurines and more. Paint’n Place also offers jewelry-making classes and proudly hosts child and adult birthdays parties, bridal showers, church and civic groups, company meetings, Girls’ and Boys’ Scouts, etc. All products are food, microwave and dishwasher safe.

Runway Collection is a men’s and women’s fashion boutique which offers high-end designer options in a range of prices.

Shimmering Seas Jewelry and Gifts offers jewelry and gifts, specializing in exotic jewelry creations. Shoppers can find a variety of elegant sterling, gold, pearls, diamonds and much more.

The Eye Gallery is well known around the Florida Panhandle for the latest in sunglasses and prescription eyewear. Its distinctive collection of eyewear ranges from preserving the timeless, inspiring the creative and emphasizing the beautiful.

PacSun offers the latest in surf and skate-inspired apparel, accessories and footwear for teens and young adults.

Paradise Found, an upscale beach wear and resort wear shop where shoppers will find a wide selection of bathing suits, shorts, t-shirts, boogie boards and souvenirs. This is the first Paradise Found store in Northwest Florida.

Pier Park’s diverse and unique roster of anchors, specialty retail stores and restaurants has shown much success thus far

“We are thrilled to be a part of Pier Park and have seen an incredible response both from the community and from summer visitors,” said Kelley Horton, owner of Bellies & Babies. Bellies & Babies is Panama City’s newest maternity and baby boutique offering fashionable and modern maternity clothing and accessories for the mom-to-be who still wants to look trendy and hip even though she’s pregnant. It also offers stylish and unique baby clothing, accessories and gifts.

“As one of the first retailers at Pier Park, we have found our opening at the center to be incredibly successful and overall a wonderful experience,” said Betty Ezzel, owner of BeBo’z. BeBo’z offers gifts from Christmas-at-the-Beach, Webkinz and many other beach toys and gifts for less than $25.

Rebecca Ellerson, owner of Peace Frogs, couldn’t have agreed more. “Pier Park is the perfect retail environment. Not only is the number of visitors to our store incredible but they are all having a great time at Pier Park. Customers are in a great mood when they enter the store; we have customers laughing, singing, and even dancing in our store all day long and we love it,” said Ellerson. Peace Frogs is an eco-friendly brand of clothing and accessories. It features t-shirts printed on organic cottons and carries several lines of jewelry, handbags and other accessories that are made of recycled, sustainable materials or fair trade made.

Stores currently open include the following:

Old Navy
Ron Jon Surf Shop
The Grand 16 Theatres

Specialty Shops
A.M. Cafe Accessories On The Boardwalk
Alltel Wireless
American Eagle Outfitters
Ann Taylor Loft
As Seen On TV & More
Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House
Bath & Body Works
Beach Scene
Bellies & Babies
Blender Clothing, a fusion boutique
Bootleg Barbeque
Buffalo Wild Wings
Camille’s Sidewalk Café
Candy Maker
Carlyle & Co.
Coldwater Creek
Cost Cutters
Counts Oakes Resort Properties
Del Sol
Emerald Coast Photography
Fish Tales
Five Guys Famous Hamburgers & Fries
Footprints Coastal Decor
Guglielmo’s Italian Restaurant
Hana Japan
Hofbrau Beer Garden
Hollister Co.
Jake at the Beach (Life is Good)
Jos. A. Bank
Kay Jewelers
Kilwin’s Chocolates & Ice Cream
Lane Bryant/Cacique
LongHorn Steakhouse
Marble Slab Creamery
Massage Envy
Merle Norman Cosmetics Studio
Mermaid Trading Co.
Motherhood Maternity
New York & Company
No Regrets Stationery and Gifts
Panera Bread
Payless ShoesSource
Peace Frogs
Popcorn Kingdom
Quizno’s Sub
Rack Room Shoes
Red Brick Pizza
Reggae J’s Island Grill
Regions Bank
Rocky’s South Philly Cheesesteaks
Shimmering Seas
Smoothie King
Solace Day Spa & Salon
Southern Waters Outfitters
Sunglass Hut
Sunglass World
Sunsights by Solstice
Tatoe Tots
The Walking Company
Tootsies Orchid Lounge
Trader Tom’s
Tran Fashion
Ulta Beauty
Unique Boutique by Irene & Co.
Victoria’s Secret
Yankee Candle

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1 BRIAN August 7, 2008 at 8:22 am

When is Fresh Market opening.Cant wait!!!!


2 jamnolfin August 7, 2008 at 2:15 pm

Im waiting on Fresh Market also. I emailed Simon and they said its still coming but gave no time table. They have to put a grocery store of some sort in there because theyve gone to the expense of wiring and plumbing for one. i wish they would hurry up.


3 Jerry August 12, 2008 at 6:24 pm

When is Red Robin going to open. They have a veggie burger I’m waiting for. It’s hard for a vegan to find anything to eat in this town.


4 Deborah August 12, 2008 at 9:48 pm

Sweet Tomatoes would be a great buffet place to eat healthy foods. They have an awesome salad bar. They are in south Florida and out west.I wrote them along with Traders Joes and Wild Oats to consider a store here in PCB.


5 Lisa August 15, 2008 at 3:01 pm

I’m very concerned about whether or not Fresh Market is really coming to Pier Park. I went on their website and there is no loner mention of a new store in PCB! They use to have us listing with an opening date in March 2009. Now it’s not on their list at all. Does anyone know what’s going on!!?????? This area really needs a good market. Fresh Market, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, ……any would be welcomed


6 annette franklin August 19, 2008 at 9:10 am

i agree….i have been writing to Whole Foods and Trader Joes asking to please open a store here…we need them so badly….


7 Ann August 19, 2008 at 11:24 am

Do you have any updates on Fresh Market.

Anxiously waiting.



8 Jason Koertge August 20, 2008 at 9:38 am

I just called Fresh Market Corporate and was told that they are still planning on coming to Pier Park, they are just trying to iron out some details with Simon. They said that they are planning on opening in April.