Former Escada Boutique To Become A Chinese Grocery

Patrick Archer buenos aires events, culture, foreign investment, lifestyle, real estate

One prominent German designers’ former Recoleta digs will have a decidedly more pedestrian look and feel for the coming season. Like Zegna, Hermes, Ralph and Louis; Munich-based Escada pulled out of Buenos Aires earlier this year leaving a prime boutique at Alvear 1444 vacant and available for aspiring fashionistas to showcase their designs. Yet, the building’s new tenant will be …

Siglo del Libro: El Ateneo Celebrates 100 Years Of Reading

Patrick Archer arts & entertainment, buenos aires events, culture, lifestyle

Buenos Aires loves her books and her prize-winning writers like Borges, Cortazar and Sabato. Out of reverence for the gods of Argentine literature, bookstore temples have risen throughout Capital Federal, and none is more famous or photographed than El Ateneo Grand Splendid in Recoleta. The cavernous, five-level bookstore was originally a theatre which opened in 1903 as the Teatro Nacional Norte …

We Bought A Zoo: Buenos Aires Edition

Patrick Archer arts & entertainment, aruba, buenos aires events, culture, real estate

The Buenos Aires Zoo is arguably one of the most valuable pieces of real estate in the city. Over 44 acres, 16 city blocks and 2 million square feet of prime Palermo property where residential units across the street fetch over $300 per square foot. The BA Zoo, which originally opened in 1875, is said to be modeled after the …

VanityBA: Why Gyms Are A Healthy Investment In Argentina

Patrick Archer aruba, culture, franchises, lifestyle, real estate, vanityba

Local retail sales and consumer confidence may be cooling, but don’t tell that to the owners of Argentina fitness centers where 9 out of 10 gyms are growing and double-digit increases in membership rates are only outpaced by membership growth. According to Cronista, fitness is a US$925 million industry in Argentina, a country where some 2.3 million members run, squat, swim, …

San Rafael Celebrates The Wines, Surging Tourism and Beauty of Mendoza

Patrick Archer competitiveness, culture, lifestyle, tourism, wine & vineyards

We will remember 2011 in Argentina for many things, and one of the best was the weekend we fell in love with San Rafael, Mendoza. Our original trip in April was followed by a return trip in July. Sandwiched in between our visits was San Rafael being named one of the World’s Best Places to Retire by no less an authority …