The Whitmans’ mission is a strict focus on luxury. Here’s what contributes to the Bal Harbour Shops experience:
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Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue complemented by top designer shops such as Valentino, Gucci and Chanel and multibrand stores Intermix and The Webster.
Unusually high concentration of fine jewelers, including Bulgari, Tiffany &Co., de Grisogono, Cartier, Graff, David Yurman, Harry Winston, Van Cleef & Arpels, Buccellati, Chopard and Audemars Piguet.
Alfresco dining with extensive square footage for food and beverage, including Carpaccio, Makoto, Santa Fe News & Espresso, The Grill at Bal Harbour, The Zodiac at Neiman Marcus and Stephen Starr Bistro Concept. Dining occupies 10 percent of the center’s square footage.
A serene, intimate shopping environment and lush, shady landscaping creates a leafy, tropical garden setting but curtails sight lines to storefronts. Tenants learn to live with it.
Cooling sea breezes flow through the center. Stanley Whitman hired a scientist to study wind flow and walk- ways were changed to let the breeze in.
A mix of tourist and local clientele; shoppers dressed to the nines, a place to see and be seen. No mallrats here.
Stratospheric sales per- square-foot productivity, hovering around $3,000.