South Florida’s Leading Shopcation Cities
Luxury Travel Magazine
February 10, 2018
CityPlace, West Palm Beach: Globetrotters headed to West Palm Beach can experience the latest in interactive retail at CityPlace, the area’s emerging downtown district being reimagined into a thoughtfully designed hub that blurs lines between experiential retail, culture and entertainment. With a collection of newly debuted pop-ups and rotating art installations, the district is exploding with never-before-seen activations like Culture Lab, the former Macy’s storefront-turned-immersive arts experience. Most recently, CityPlace partnered with nearby lifestyle hotel, Hilton West Palm Beach to offer shopping concierge that scouts deals and coordinates private shopping experiences at RH: Restoration Hardware Gallery with rooftop restaurant and wine vault, Anthropologie, Lucky Brand, local pop-up shop WPB Collective and more. In addition, the shopping concierge offers guests personal bag caddies to haul shopping bags and providing unpacking services.
Bal Harbour Village, Florida: Known as the “Shopping Hall of Fame,” Bal Harbour Shops located within the one mile Bal Harbour Village is home to over 100 of the most coveted luxurious fashion and jewelry brands, including Chanel boutique that’s designed after Coco Chanel’s NYC apartment, Oscar De La Renta, Balenciaga, Dior, Harvey Winston and two-story Ferragamo. Known to rival New York’s Madison Avenue and Beverly Hill’s Rodeo Drive, the open-air luxury center is also the only place where visitors can shop at a Neiman Marcus, walk across to Saks Fifth Avenue, and soon splurge at Barney’s New York (the first Barney’s in Florida). Given the high demand, the shopping center, which boasts $3,185 of sales per square foot (the highest annual sales productivity in the nation) has just been approved for a 340,000 square-foot expansion. Wealthy fashionistas are known to stay in Bal Harbour Village to receive exclusive access to fashion shows, makeover sessions, and skincare tutorials. Fashion-forward guests staying at The Ritz-Carlton have unparalleled access to celebrity stylist Elysze Held, the hotel’s personal shopper who provides guests exclusive access to Saks Fifth’s Avenue’s “Saks at Your Service” offerings. The service brings personalized wardrobe consultations, styling and tailoring services to the privacy of a hotel room.
Brickell City Centre, South Miami: Located in the heart of Miami’s bustling downtown, the shops at Brickell City Centre (BCC) is the Magic City’s premier retail, dining and entertainment epicenter. As the first urban-living model in the area, it brings together high-fashion and world-class dining, with breathtaking views of Brickell’s changing skyline. A plethora of international brands opened their first U.S. flagship stores in Brickell City Centre, such as Baldinini, Fabiana Filippi, Font, Etxart & Panno and more, creating a global shopping destination for locals and visitors alike. Aside from retail, Miami’s largest food hall, La Centrale will open on Feb. 16 with 14 different Italian eateries and restaurants, five bars and over 1,000 specialty retail products, spanning three levels. Trendsetting guests staying at the attached EAST, Miami hotel have direct access to the shops at BCC and select perks, in-room clothing delivery from select stores. EAST’s loyal guests have access to BCC’s VIP Black Card, which offers exclusive rewards, discounts and perks at a variety of stores and restaurants within BCC.