UNIVERSITY PARK -- Anthropologie, featuring a handcrafted look, is set to open Friday at The Mall at University Town Center.
Each Anthropologie store is designed to be unique and the UTC location has more than 6,000 square feet of sales space with a rustic modern feel. Elements include reclaimed wood beams and textured, plaster wall surfaces created by artisans. An abundance of natural light through a large window serves to highlight the features.
Anthropologie also employs full-time teams of visual artists at each location. They produce site-specific art installations for their store's windows and interior. The UTC store team dedicated more than 150 hours to the store windows, handcrafting birds, branches, wreathes and trees for "Birds of a Feather" themed scenes.
The store features women's apparel and accessories, home furnishings, gifts and décor from around the world.
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To celebrate the opening, Anthropologie will hold an invite-only preview and shopping event Thursday evening. Ten percent of proceeds will benefit the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the state art museum of Florida.
The store will be open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For information, call 941-306-4513.
Culver's files plans for East Manatee restaurant
EAST MANATEE -- Culver's Frozen Custard and ButterBurgers is continuing its Manatee County expansion plans by heading east.
Culver's filed plans with Manatee County for a 4,291-square-foot restaurant in the River Club Plaza shopping center off of State Road 70 and Interstate 75. Culver's is expected to be built west of a car wash under construction.
Culver's also has a location at 2605 University Parkway and a proposed restaurant at Cortez Road and 37th Street West in Manatee County. The restaurant also plans to build in Sarasota at 7250 S. Tamiami Trail and 90 Cattlemen Road.
Tricho Salon & Spa coming to The Mall at UTC
UNIVERSITY PARK -- Tricho Salon & Spa will open its first Florida location in The Mall at University Town Center.
The mall has listed Tricho Salon as coming soon on its Facebook page. It will be on the upper level near Dillard's. The salon has four locations in Michigan and is a full-beauty salon with a day-spa experience.
For more information, visit trichosalonandspa.com.
Port Manatee extends plan for container terminal
PORT MANATEE -- To keep its dream of a giant container yard alive, Port Manatee has filed to have a site plan for the project extended a few more years.
The planned 32-acre Southport Container Terminal is one-third complete. The port plans to build it out to its full extent to accommodate more cargo containers and bulk import and export items. George Isiminger, the port's planning and engineering director, said this is the second time the port has filed with Manatee County for an extension. State law enacted in the aftermath of the Great Recession allows ports with projects stalled during the economic downturn to extend theirsite plans with county planning departments, he said.
The port received $9 million in federal grants in 2010 to build the container yard. Since then, 10 acres have been paved and equipped with power and overhead lighting. About 1,000 shipping containers can be stored in the yard in its current form.
If granted, the extension for the site plan will be good for three years. Those wishing to comment on the site plan may do so by contacting the county planning department on or before Nov. 5.
Herald staff reports