Crowds walk through the light blue waves that pave the way to the dolphin-adorned Sundial, eager to see more.
With the opening of the first tenant at the Sundial, Diamonds Direct, onlookers are counting down until the shops and restaurants are open for business; this sole opening being only a tease for what is to come.
“It’s a win, win, win,” says Entrepreneur Michael Novilla, the owner of Nova 535 in St. Pete, “Excellent details and great taste while being modern and swanky,” he says, “It’s a timeless design.”
The shops will be in the plaza’s first floor; some facing the courtyard while others face the movie theater. The restaurants, which have yet to be announced, will be on the second floor along with 9,000 square feet of outdoor dining space. These restaurants will vary from in-house gourmet-styled dining to quick bites on the go.
Both locals and commuters are excited to check out the venue, some making it their daily lunch stop, while others take advantage of their weekend events.
“I drive to St. Petersburg for school and I spend most of my weekday on campus. What I really love is the quaint walkable streets, the coffee shops, restaurants and the bay view. Downtown St. Pete is a gem within the Tampa Bay area,” says Salem Solomon, A Tampa resident and a graduate student at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg Department of Journalism and Media Studies, “The Sundial location is a bit farther than I typically walk for lunch or coffee, but I have heard that it will include some high-end restaurants and other interesting shops. I’ll put it on my list to check out once it fully opens.”
According to the Tampa Bay Times, seven of the tenants were confirmed by the retailers themselves, including Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Sea Salt, Marilyn Monroe Spa, Tracy Negoshian, Chico’s, White House Black Market, and the now open Diamonds Direct.
The Muvico® theater didn’t close for business during the construction months, but the walkway to its front doors is now open and easily visible, inviting guests to stroll past the sculptures of dolphins perched within the water fountain surrounding the dial.
“I’m excited as a business owner and as a native of St. Pete,” says Novilla, “For me, this finalizes the process of making St. Pete better than Tampa!”