Here’s Why Epicenter in Agritopia is The Talk of Gilbert Article originally posted on AZ Big Media on August 29, 2022 The last few years have seen an explosion in commercial real estate, with some unique mixed-use developments popping up around the Valley. Epicenter at Agritopia in Gilbert is one of those developments and is a residential and retail destination appealing to residents of Agritopia and the entire East Valley. Features of the walkable retail space include common areas, benches, water features and farm-related greenery and trees that are incorporated in such a way that they receive rainfall runoff. Epicenter incorporates a diverse blend of restaurants, beauty services and specialty retailers on the lower level, with a luxury multi-family residential development called The Tyler, perched directly above. The Tyler: Luxury apartment homes From the outside, The Tyler boasts a somewhat modern farm-style aesthetic that is a signature of Agritopia. On the inside, The Tyler features one, two and three-bedroom layouts feature soaring 10-foot ceilings, stone countertops, space-saving shelving incorporated in clever ways, mudrooms, rainfall showers, upgraded GE stainless steel appliances, dimmable decorative lighting and two different design finish schemes. Some upper-level apartment homes also feature views of the Superstition and Santan Mountains. Regularly scheduled social events for residents further augment the lifestyle at The Tyler. Retail and dining options at Epicenter are literally steps away, making The Tyler an even more convenient place to live. Leasing is underway. Buck & Rider: Raw bar, steak and seafood eatery Buck & Rider will have a third Valley location at Epicenter in Agritopia when it opens in the fourth quarter of 2022. Boasting a exemplary reputation of carrying the finest in fresh seafood, the restaurant highlights the catches of West, East and Gulf Coast fishermen and oyster farm partners, and its steak program features LGO Reserve, the first in Arizona to be awarded with a private USDA label. A split-flap board featuring real-time seafood updates can be seen from every seat in the restaurant. Craft cocktails, a raw bar, hand-rolled sushi and farm-fresh vegetables will also be available. Buck & Rider will be open for lunch, dinner, and a fun weekend brunch with live music. Wylde Hair Salon and Hooligan’s Barbershop Wylde Hair Salon will appeal to those who live in nearby Agritopia or anyone wanting highly personalized hair services. Cuts, color, braids, extensions, and other hair treatments are available for ongoing mane maintenance, plus hair services for special events such as weddings and school dances. As a sibling business to Wylde Hair Salon, Hooligan’s Barbershop lets the guys in on the hottest grooming trends, too. The modern barbershop will offer cuts, beard trims, straight razor and other services. It’s also designed to act as a social place where people can gather and have lively dialogue, much like the barbershops of a bygone era. UnderTow: Exotic cocktail bar UnderTow by the genius minds at Barter & Shake will “set sail” at Epicenter in Agritopia. Part rum tiki bar, part entertainment experience, guests “embark” on a journey while enjoying some of the most creative and outrageously unique cocktails to be found anywhere. UnderTow is a completely immersive experience that sends guests on a journey in the underbelly of a spice trader’s turn-of-the-century ship. View portals allow guests to visually follow where the journey takes them, and bartenders tell the ongoing story of the ship and Captain John Mallory and his journeys. The “story” at UnderTow evolves every several months, providing new experiences and cocktails. Signature décor and special effects have been designed by industry-leading commissioned artists. urbAna Much more than a gift shop, urbAna helps shoppers celebrate all of life’s milestones and celebrations by offering tasteful and elegant hosting and gift-giving items in an inviting atmosphere that encourages shoppers to connect with family, friends and neighbors. The store was inspired by the owner’s grandmother’s photos and stories of her entertaining cocktail and dinner parties in the heyday of the 1950s. The sophisticated boutique will carry luxury gifts, party and entertainment décor, designer furnishings and more. The store supports local artists, designers and creators.