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Indian River Mall - Indoor Fun on a Cold Day in Vero Beach

Ellen Contreras

Get ready for the jet stream to dip down and bring in the cold this weekend! It will not get past 60 degrees this weekend and the windchill will make the air feel absolutely freezing. While it may be ideal to stay home and curl up with an enjoyable book or organize closets, there is someplace indoors to spend the day and have fun. Saturday, January 29th from 10-5 is the Indoor Fest at the Indian River Mall.
Indian River Mall - Indoor FestIndian River Mall

Unfortunately, the mall is not getting a lot of love from the community. It is often referred to as practically abandoned, but that is not entirely true. Hear me out. If you check out the event flyer on the mall’s website, it is an opportunity to support the community and shop local. Lots of local vendors will be there who do not have a brick-and-mortar store with a variety of interesting products and crafts to choose from. There is something fun about discovering something unique and unusual for the home or to wear that you cannot find just anywhere.

Raffles will be sold to benefit the Humane Society of Vero Beach. Tomorrow is National Puzzle Day, free mini-cube puzzles and printed crosswords will be given away while supplies last.

Stick around and visit the other shops at the mall. Have a cup of coffee and breakfast or lunch at Oceans Café. Get pampered at one of the salons. Take in a move. Play some games at Pocket Change/Game Time, fun for kids and adults alike.

Between Indoor Fest and everything else at the mall, you can spend the entire day in one place, stay warm and have fun. What is nice about living in Florida is we only have to deal with freezing wintry weather for a few days a year. By mid-week, temps will be back in the 70’s and then we can enjoy outdoor activities. Bundle up and stay warm my friends!

For well over two years, there has been lots of talk about what to do about the Indian River Mall. What are your thoughts? Write it in the comment section. How about bringing in a Trader Joe’s? There have been talks about using part of the property as a park. Others would like to see a section of high-end retail. With all the new housing developments being built and more people moving into Indian River County, it would be wonderful to see the Indian River Mall add some elements that turn this property into a location where residents, tourists and snowbirds can eat, play, and shop.

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Ellen Contreras is also known as the Treasure Coast Connector because she shares information and writes articles that connects business owners to consumers in the community - Florida's Treasure Coast and beyond. Ellen is an iHeart Radio talk show host at Planet Vero. Her show, Treasure Coast Connector, airs on Saturdays at 3pm on WCZR 101.7FM (Stuart to Melbourne, FL). She also writes helpful articles and shares opinions on careers, business development, the Florida lifestyle and more. Follow Ellen on: Livestream - iHeart radio talk show: Spreaker: Facebook: Instagram: LinkedIn:

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