A pandemic has not slowed down The Lake District. The upscale, mixed-use development in Lakeland, TN, is proceeding right on schedule, with exciting new retail options in the works for 2021. “We’ve been able to continue with construction as planned,” says Director of Development Maggie Gallagher. “Our retail bays are filling up fast — we’ve had a lot of activity that we are very pleased about. Our plan has always been to create a neighborhood where you know your shop owners, and we are thrilled to welcome Lakeland and local residents as our retailers.” Take a look at what’s new at The Lake District!
Main Squeeze Juicery (Opening by Spring or Summer 2021)
Main Squeeze Juicery is an independently owned juice bar that offers healthy, diverse options while still remaining affordable. Owners Michael Moten, Brittany Moten, and Lanita Benson say Main Squeeze will offer The Lake District residents and visitors the perfect spot to fuel up after a workout, have a get-together with friends, or simply reboot after a day of retail therapy. The bar will offer the highest quality smoothies and juices sourced from local, sustainable suppliers and will include a creatively designed food menu to complement the beverages. In addition, Main Squeeze will hold health seminars, forums and other community events to educate people on health and nutrition.
As residents of Arlington, which is adjacent to Lakeland, the trio describes The Lake District as the perfect location to begin their journey, as the area has a large health-conscious community in need of healthy, readily available food and beverages. “Opening Main Squeeze Juicery in our community is important because we strongly believe health and wellness should be accessible and affordable to everyone,” Michael explains. “We are excited that The Lake District will offer patrons the ability to walk to dinner or [have] an outing after work or school without having to leave the neighborhood.”
White Coffee House & Olive House Mediterranean Restaurant (Opening by Summer 2021)
Husband and wife team Adam Jacob Adam and Maria Jiminez offer two destinations: White Coffee House and Olive House Mediterranean Restaurant. “Our vision for White Coffee House is contemporary and polished in style with a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere,” says Maria. “We will have a wide variety of drinks year-round, including special seasonal barista drinks, a variety of coffee and non-coffee beverages, delicious desserts, salads, sandwiches, ice cream and much more. White Coffee House will have something for everyone.”
On the other hand, Olive House Mediterranean Restaurant will combine a modern and rustic style with natural elements and earth tones. The menu will include a variety of Mediterranean-inspired options, perfect for quick lunches or dinners with the family.
In both locations, the goal is to provide a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere where families, friends and colleagues can come together and enjoy a wide variety of menu items made from high-quality ingredients. Residents of Lakeland, Maria and Adam are grateful The Lake District provides a wonderful opportunity for growth in the area. “It is a great opportunity for us, as well as a chance to bring something new and unique to our city,” Maria adds. “We hope by opening our locations, we will be contributing to both building up and giving back to our community.”
Boba Society (Opening by Spring 2021)
Boba Society is a unique milk tea bar specializing in handcrafted drinks and food packed with diverse flavors and textures. With the goal of bringing high-quality beverages and food to The Lake District, the eatery will offer its own signature teas, slushies and small bites. Boba Society is committed to using ethically sourced, fresh ingredients and offering exceptional service.
The tea bar will stand out for its unique toppings that can be incorporated into handcrafted bubble teas, such as brown sugar boba, exotic fruits, flavored jellies and puddings. Dairy-free options, such as oat and almond milk, will also be available. Non-tea drinkers can sample freshly brewed Vietnamese coffee and slushies, too. To complement the beverages, an Asian-style street food menu will include Taiwanese popcorn chicken, Tornado Potatoes, Pandan waffles, and Korean-style corndogs.
The owners of Boba Society are local to Lakeland, and they are excited to showcase handcrafted Asian food and drinks in their community — their plan is for Boba Society to become everyone’s new favorite tea bar. The Lake District is the perfect launching pad for this culturally diverse option.
Chosen Lines Boutique (Opening Spring 2021)
Sisters Gabby and Autumn Glenn plan to offer a specially curated selection of high-end clothing, shoes and accessories for women of all ages in their new store, Chosen Lines Boutique. “This has been a vision of ours for quite some time now,” says Gabby. “We are very fortunate to have this opportunity and are excited about the chance to build relationships within the community.”
The sisters believe their focus on offering stellar customer service will make Chosen Lines stand out as a go-to destination in The Lake District. Gabby says they are excited about becoming a part of the new community and look forward to supporting other small businesses there. “We were drawn to The Lake District because it is a beautiful, community-based project that has so much potential for growth,” she continues. “We feel that we have chosen the perfect location for this adventure, and we can’t wait to make Lakeland feel like home!”
In addition to these new locally and independently owned options, The Lake District is welcoming a new Starbucks by the end of the year; construction is currently underway. Other previously planned establishments have decided to expand their footprints: family-owned Lakeland Wine and Liquor will offer a beautiful selection of wines and liquors in 9,000 square feet of space that will include a tasting bar, and Gloss Nail Bar is doubling its space for an upscale salon.
“We are also bringing a residential product to the market that doesn’t exist in Memphis with both The Willows Townhouses and The Willows single-family homes,” Maggie says. Designed by talented local architects LRK, 109 townhouses and 172 single-family homes will be built with customizable features, including courtyards and three-space garages to accommodate golf carts. The new residential area will offer The Lake District’s signature elevated lifestyle in the heart of a close-knit community.
“We’ve had a great response to our ‘sneak peek’ events for The Willows,” Maggie adds. “We’ve been able to hold them on-site so potential homeowners can get a feel for how The Lake District is shaping up. They can see renderings of the townhouses and find out for themselves how livable and inviting the streetscape will be.”
Going forward, plans include Phase Two: Single-family homes, apartments above live-in workspaces, restaurants, hotels and more boutique shopping. “In a project of this size, you plan and then you change with the market, quickly making adjustments based on market demand,” Maggie says. “The Lake District is embracing a new reality in development that is both a reflection of and a catalyst for the growth of Memphis. It’s a development designed for the future, happening today.”
We can’t wait to see what 2021 has in store for The Lake District!
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