New vision unfolds at Scottsdale’s future OdySea in the Desert

A rendering of the courtyard. (Submitted photo)

A rendering of the courtyard. (Submitted photo)

A new retail vision has developed at The Shops at OdySea in the Desert, an entertainment area that offers local culture and cuisine is slated to open July 2016.

The Shops, a part of the OdySea in the Desert Entertainment complex at the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community in Scottsdale, is to be a 78,000 square feet open marketplace comprised of “themed” restaurants and individual retail offerings all centered in a courtyard with live stage entertainment.

0729Ns Entertainment (OdySea Rendering 1)According to a press release, The Shops will offer a 360-degree view of surrounding attractions including Butterfly Wonderland and OdySea Mirror Maze, both which opened in 2013, and the future planned arenas.

The next phase includes The Shops and OdySea Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the southwest, stated the release. Followed by that is to be the AZ Skywheel, a 180-foot tall Ferris Wheel, Fliteshop, an indoor sky diving facility, and Aquatic Oasis, a water destination.

“It was important for us to offer an authentic venue to further enhance the entertaining experience here at OdySea in the Desert,” stated founder Dr. Amram Knishinsky in the release. “My inspiration came from visiting Europe where I was intrigued with the local artisans showcasing the uniqueness of their area. I’m always inclined to make a purchase when I know it is local.”

OdySea in the Desert is a 35-acre, $200 million entertainment attraction, according to the release. It will be located at 9500 E. Via de Ventura in Scottsdale.

For information and for retail opportunities, call 480.951.2100 ext. 202.

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