New retailers make Harborplace & the Gallery a little sweeter this spring

Your sweet tooth is in for a pleasantly sweet surprise at Harborplace & The Gallery. Marble Slab Creamery, Great American Cookies, and Paciugo Gelato & Caffe will open at the Pratt Street Pavilion in spring 2012, adding to the many lease announcements and redevelopment efforts currently underway at Baltimore’s premier Inner Harbor destination.

Marble Slab Creamery and Great American Cookies will bring their chef-inspired ice cream, cookies and brownies to a 1,125-square foot location on Level 2 of Pratt Street Pavilion. Marble Slab Creamery, a leading purveyor of chef-created super-premium hand-mixed ice cream, and the innovator of the frozen slab technique, was founded in 1983. Every batch of Marble Slab Creamery ice cream is made in store, using dairy from local farmers, and then customized upon order. It isn’t just dessert – it’s the world’s freshest ice cream.

Great American Cookies boasts a complete line of cookies and brownies that are always freshly baked on premises using only the finest ingredients. Founded on the strength of a generations-old family chocolate chip cookie recipe, the company eventually set the standard for gourmet cookie sales in shopping centers nationwide. From signature Cookie Cakes to sinfully-rich brownies, Great American Cookies takes the time to do it right.

Also in spring 2012, Paciugo Gelato & Caffe will open a 794-square-foot gelateria next to IT’SUGAR on Level 1 of Pratt Street Pavilion. True to their Northern Italian roots, Paciugo gelato and sorbet is prepared each day in the store by hand in small batches to ensure optimum taste and freshness. This creates a frozen dessert that has smoother texture and up to 70 percent less fat than ice cream. Meaning “messy concoction” in Italian, Paciugo has spread to dozens of locations all over North America, sharing gelato love with families all around. Each gelateria serves an assortment of 32 to 40 gelato flavors and offers coffee, specialty drinks and bottled beverages.

“Get your sweet tooth ready for these great new additions to Baltimore’s No. 1 destination for shopping, dining and entertainment,” said Christopher Schardt, senior general manager, Harborplace & The Gallery. “We are thrilled to welcome these new additions to our extensive retail and restaurant mix.”

Harborplace & The Gallery is owned and managed by General Growth Properties, a fully-integrated, self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust focused on owning, managing, leasing and redeveloping regional malls throughout the United States. GGP currently owns, or has an interest in, 135 regional shopping malls, comprising approximately 140 million square feet of gross leasable area. GGP is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol GGP.

Source: Weinberg Harris & Associates

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