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EXCLUSIVE: Nine Local Concepts Announced for Newport on the Levee

Interior of the Gallery Building at Newport on the Levee. 

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Local real estate company North American Properties (NAP) today announced nine local retailers and restaurants will open at the reimagined Gallery Building at Newport on the Levee, the mixed-use destination along the Ohio River. From a bike-up tap room to a custom streetwear shop, the new concepts will join four previously announced businesses, all of which will open in time for the Levee’s grand opening celebrations beginning May 27 (Memorial Day weekend). 

As part of the redevelopment of Newport on the Levee, NAP has transformed the 113,000-square-foot Gallery Building into a weather-proof gathering locale for the community. The westside of the building has been replaced with a striking, all-glass wall to flood natural light into the space. A large LED screen will be installed in the common area. As part of the Gallery Building renovations, NAP has added new restaurant and retail experiences for the community, including seven permanent storefronts. 

NATIVE, Wooden Cask and Pizzazz Interiors will open storefronts at or adjacent to the Gallery Building:

NATIVE®️, the interactive, handmade clothing store known for celebrating local pride is moving to a new, permanent location with the Gallery Building. Submerge yourself into the Hints and Clues set inside NATIVE®️ to Find The Lab – an exclusive clothing brand created by TheMadScientist himself – hidden in Plain Sight, somewhere at The Levee. By day, the concept serves as a retail shop featuring men’s and women’s apparel, including hoodies and the new Mad Scientist line, and by night, turns into a podcast studio.

Wooden Cask, a bike-up tap room featuring their own craft brews, wine and seltzers, as well as a full-bar serving up light bites. Until Wooden Cask’s official opening, the concept will activate its patio space every weekend.

"After originally popping up at the Bridgeview Box Park last summer, we were able to boost sales and brand awareness, significantly combating the challenges caused by the pandemic," said Karen Schiltz, owner of Wooden Cask. "We're thrilled to be staying at the Levee long-term and have the opportunity to continue sharing our specialty craft brews with the community from our new storefront at the Gallery Building."

Pizzazz Interiors – Formerly located on Monmouth Street in Newport, Pizzazz brings one-of-a-kind high-end antiques, interior décor, artwork, and jewelry to the Levee. Pizazz will open a storefront next to the Gallery Building. 

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These three concepts join previously announced community favorites Little Spoon Bakery, Bon Mi Street, Bluegrass and Sass, and Colonel De Spices, all of which will open storefronts at the Gallery Building and previously occupied space at Bridgeview Box Park or The Exchange Market.

On the ground floor of the Gallery Building, NAP will debut Trade™, a revolving retail market featuring a collection of local businesses. Spanning 10,000 square feet, Trade™ offers entrepreneurs a short-term, flexible brick and mortar platform to bring their brands to life in an activated mixed-use environment. 

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Trade™ will open on May 27 with the following newly announced, local concepts: Leaf & Limb, a plant and home decor boutique; J Saladino, a streetwear, sneakers and memorabilia shop; Celestial Scents Candles, a handmade candles and bath concept; Lucky Kat, a women’s boutique; Ten Thousand Villages, an artisan-crafted decor, accessories and gifts retailer; Anew Clothing, a mission-driven clothing company; JWK Juicery, a grab-and-go concept serving up freshly squeezed juices and vitality shots; Artifact, a mixed-media gallery of handmade, art, furniture and home decor shop; and Wild Ivy Apothecary, a shop offering journals, home decor, metaphysical merchandise and more.

“Throughout the redevelopment of the Levee, we have found creative ways to introduce a fresh, dynamic restaurant and retail experience,” says Regan Noppenberger, leasing representative for NAP. “Each of the local concepts curated for the Gallery Building plays an important role in bringing energy and activity to the property and we couldn’t be more excited to invite the community to discover the new experiences at the Levee in just a few weeks.”

Last month, NAP announced more additions to the Levee’s food and beverage lineup, including Beeline, a full-scale cocktail bar with an expansive outdoor patio located next to the Bridgeview Box Park, opening this fall. 

Adjacent to the Gallery Building, three new vendors will open at Bridgeview Box Park for Memorial Day weekend: West Sixth Brewing, Blackmarket Saloon and Crepe Guys. Kon-Tiki, the tiki-bar inspired concept serving up classic and tropical cocktails with unique spirits and flavors from around the world, will stay open at the box park.

Other notable redevelopment milestones at the Levee include construction of a 3rd Street parking garage entrance, enhancements to public gathering spaces, the addition of a massive LED screen in the Plaza, upgrades to the valet loop, fresh exterior paint, new signage and lighting. Concierge will open on May 27 in the valet loop, staffed by a trained group of team members dedicated to infusing resort-inspired services throughout the property. These upgrades have played a vital role in improving connectivity and creating activated spaces that make the Levee a true gathering place for the community. 

Beginning May 27, NAP will activate the property with a variety of experiences in honor of the Levee’s grand opening celebrations. Throughout the weekend, the community is invited to enjoy live music, trivia, family activities, restaurant and retail openings, live muralists and more. For the latest event information, visit:

NAP’s COVID-response program, Better Together, continues to create a comfortable environment for the community to come together at the Levee. As part of the effort, NAP established a number of safety measures and made physical changes on property. The full list of safety measures can be found here.

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