LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Serendipity Boutique & Formal Wear, a retail outlet that will specialize in bridal gowns and prom dresses, will become the newest tenant on Lakewood Ranch's Main Street.
A lease agreement for 1,400 square feet on the community's popular shopping strip off University Parkway was signed on Friday. The store will be located next to Soma Intimates near the main entrance of Main Street.
"It's something we don't have," said Julia DeCastro, Main Street's property manager. "It's destinational and people who come will see our other stores and take advantage of our events."
Serendipity is Main Street's first new business since Jpan Sushi and Fannie Mae arrived in August 2012.
A year ago, DeCastro announced nine new businesses for Main Street, which consisted of three retail stores,
two business firms, three restaurants and a soap distributor.
Aside from a six-auditorium cinema, Main Street includes a Pincher's Crab Shack; Chico's clothing store; American Shore, which specializes in surf and skateboard inspired clothes and accessories; Let's Create Art, an art learning studio; Naples Soap Company, a natural bath and body product store; Vanessa Fine Jewelry, the business of Manatee County District 5 Commissioner Vanessa Baugh; and Polo Grill and Bar, which hosts local events as well as serve fine dining.
For family entertainment, there is a miniature golf course and on the first Friday of each month, the street shuts down for live music.
Still vacant on Main Street, however, is the 4,500 square feet that used to feature Viking Culinary Center. The center closed last winter.
The cooking establishment is owned by local homebuilder James Butler, who filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection. Butler, the owner of Paradise Homes, is seeking protection to fend off a list of 232 creditors owed as much as $10 million. Butler invested $1 million into the cooking center which employed 30 people.
Nick Williams, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-748-0411 ext. 7049. Twitter:@_1NickWilliams