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January 26, 2013
south florida business journal- revel on the block to boost fort lauderdale arts, music, fashion scene

The organizers of "Revel on the Block," Joshua Miller, C&I Studios; Rebecca Bradley and Gage Couch, Cadence; and Ryan Sirois and Chris Heller of helium creative
The organizers of “Revel on the Block,” Joshua Miller, C&I Studios; Rebecca Bradley and Gage Couch, Cadence; and Ryan Sirois and Chris Heller of helium creative
The “Build a Better Block” street party I blogged about last June was so popular that a follow-on “Revel on the Block” party will be held Saturday in the Flagler Arts and Technology (FAT) Village neighborhood just north of downtown Fort Lauderdale.
The event from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., which coincides with a monthly art walk, will also include live photo shoots, food trucks, live music, children’s activities, fashion vendors and Marando Farms Market. I’ve been to the Marando market near Davie Boulevard and it’s an interesting example of urban agriculture with fresh produce grown vertically.
The Build a Better Block party showed there are plenty of creative artists who’ve opened shop in what was a low-rise warehouse area. A slideshow from that party accompanies this blog.
As I wrote before, developing a bigger arts scene can be helpful in attracting and retaining talent for South Florida business in general. Cymbal Development’s Marina Lofts is an example of a project that will seek to bring more younger people to downtown Fort Lauderdale.
Evening activity at Revel will be fueled by what’s called the Night Owl Market.
“The Night Owl Market is the first of its kind in Broward County, providing a vibrant gathering space with vendors, drinks, music, ambiance and great times. This bi-annual event serves as a way to encourage small business and add to the Fort Lauderdale cultural revitalization,” said Chad Scott, Flagler Garden President & Flagler Civic Association Treasurer, in a press release.
The proceeds from the Night Owl Market will be used to fund the construction of Flagler Garden, a much needed urban gardening, he said.
Revel will also mark the debut of The Flagler Station, a home furnishings store at 517 N.W. First Ave. Its Facebook page says it will offer unique and collectible items.
The name of the store is appropriate because Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway runs along the western edge of FAT Village, which is bordered by Andrews Avenue on the east side. The area could see further prominence if All Aboard Florida builds a station in the area, which starts a couple of blocks north of Broward Boulevard.
Supporting partners for the event include Exposed PR, FAT Village Arts District, Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Girls’ Club, Marando Farms, Radio Active Records and Flagler Station. For more information, you can visit the event’s Facebook page.