Studio City in Fort Lauderdale Completes Four New Lease Agreements

The neighborhood’s name pays tribute to the unique mix of small businesses and creative individuals, contributing to its distinct character.

Studio City, one of Fort Lauderdale’s fastest-growing neighborhoods, has recently celebrated the success of four new lease agreements brokered by Native Realty. These transactions, which include a popular record store, a bridal shop, a tattoo parlor, and a sliding glass door showroom, are a testament to the neighborhood’s thriving commercial scene. This success is a direct result of Native Realty’s ongoing placemaking efforts, which are transforming Studio City into a vibrant hub of business and creativity. Formerly known as the 13th Street neighborhood, Studio City is located just north of Flagler Village and south of Wilton Manors.

The landlord was represented by Sturgis, who brokered a deal to bring Radio-Active Records to Studio City from its former location in Fort Lauderdale. The independently owned vinyl record shop, which has been in business since 1995, is relocating from its longtime North Federal Highway location to a 1,119-square-foot space at 603 NE 13th St.

Located at 850 NE 13th St., a 3,383-square-foot space has been leased to Luv Bridal. This unique bridal shop, represented by Native’s Jeremiah and Sarah Adler, offers brides a personalized showroom experience with one-on-one service, aiming to make the dress shopping process stress-free. This addition to Studio City’s business landscape is a testament to the neighborhood’s diverse and unique offerings.

In the same building, the landlord was represented by Sturgis, Native’s Kaley Tuning, and Adam Docktor in a 2,300-square-foot lease with Sliding Door Co. Since 2005, the interior glass door manufacturer has been operating showrooms across North America. Its clientele comprises some of the most prominent names in the hospitality, residential development, architecture, education, and retail sectors.

Native also facilitated Black Madonna Tattoo’s expansion to Studio City. Sturgis represented the landlord, and Stacy Karst, of the same firm, represented the tenant. The lease for the 1,416-square-foot space at 1412 NE Fourth Ave was successfully negotiated. Black Madonna Tattoo already has locations in West Palm Beach and Lake Worth.

“We are proud to continue our placemaking momentum in Studio City,” Sturgis says. “Retailers are seizing the opportunity to expand or relocate into one of South Florida’s coolest emerging neighborhoods. We are constantly in talks with retailers, food-and-beverage operators and entertainment concepts that want to be part of the action in Studio City and throughout South Florida.”

Native Realty, the driving force behind Studio City’s commercial growth, is now operating from a new, larger office in Fort Lauderdale. This expansion, doubling the size of its previous headquarters, is a testament to the firm’s success and commitment to the neighborhood. The new office, measuring 4,000 square feet, is located at 1926 E. Sunrise Blvd. in the Victoria Park neighborhood of the city.

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Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

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