Just in time for Christmas, Newport on the Levee is offering local merchants and chance to get in the holiday shopping game – free of charge.

The Levee’s owners are soliciting vendors for rent-free retail spaces inside the mall’s Gallery Building, which houses AMC Theaters and a handful of restaurants and specialty shops; Levee officials didn’t say exactly how many spots there might be.  

The Levee is recruiting crafters, eateries, breweries and bourbon makers, as well as service providers and other retailers to be part of its new Village on the Levee from Nov. 23 to Dec. 28.

Interested vendors can apply on the Levee’s website at

Applications will be accepted through Nov. 20, and new tenants will be announced as they are confirmed.

Successful applicants will be offered spaces ranging from 700 to 7,800 square feet.

Pop-up tenants must operate during The Village on the Levee hours, which are primarily weekday evenings and weekends, according to Cincinnati-based North American Properties, which purchased the mall late last year.

The developer plans to invest $100 million, including the purchase price, to update the 380,000-square-foot, town-center-style shopping center adjacent to the Purple People Bridge along the Ohio River.

The Village on the Levee is part of the developer’s effort to create a unique shopping experience, according to Tim Perry, North American’s chief investment officer.

“We are in a unique position this year where we are preparing for the transformation coming in 2020 and have a limited number of retail spaces available for the holiday season,” Perry said. “To show our profound appreciation for the artisans and makers in our region and to offer our holiday guests gifts and merchandise they can’t find anywhere else, we decided to create an amazing pop-up experience surrounding our holiday programming.”

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