Mexican food, brewery, yoga and more at The Crossing by the Y |

Mexican food, brewery, yoga and more at The Crossing by the Y

Claire Cudahy
Lake Tahoe AleWorX is one of six new tenants at the renovated Crossing at Tahoe Valley shopping center.
Courtesy / Brian Walker |

A renovated shopping center down by the Y is beginning to fill up with a mix of retail, dining, and health and wellness businesses.

Formerly the Factory Stores at the Y, the revamped Crossing at Tahoe Valley features a brand new mountain-modern facade and a 4,000-square foot communal plaza with seating, fire pits and a performance stage.

Construction on the outside of the shopping center is now complete, and a variety of new businesses are open. Others are working to wrap up their own tenant improvements inside.

Most recently, Lake Tahoe AleWorX opened its taproom and pizzeria on April 20. In addition to dishing up small plates and wood-fired Neapolitan pizza, AleWorX’s self-serve taps add to the restaurant’s unique experience. A wristband with a chip, which is linked to a credit card, allows patrons to scan and pour craft beers from Lake Tahoe and beyond, including AleWorX’s own California Common. Wine and kombucha are also available.

“People are excited about something on this side of town,” said Luca Genasci, founder and CEO of AleWorX.

The outdoor common area bordering AleWorX will have live music scheduled throughout the week by another Crossing business owner, Jessica Broyles of OMNI, a pole, barre and yoga studio.

OMNI opened in February alongside the holistic health center Elevate Wellness, which is now gearing up for community events like a recurring teatime.

“We will be doing them once or twice a month. So it’s mixing up teas in the apothecary with our providers and having casual discussions on different topics,” said Elevate Wellness owner Melinda Choy.

The popular Meyers joint Verde Mexican Rotisserie is preparing to open its second location at The Crossing in mid-June.

“We are in the middle of some pretty heavy construction right now,” said Katy Chavarria, who runs the restaurant with her husband Domi. “Verde has such a big following — it’s a pretty unique restaurant — but a lot of people won’t come to Meyers. We just saw a really good opportunity and location at The Crossing.”

Verde is known for using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and antibiotic- and hormone-free meats.

Chavarria said the new space will be similar to the Meyers location, but twice the size.

Sierra-at-Tahoe’s marketing and ticketing office and a T-Mobile store are two new businesses at The Crossing that have moved in alongside existing tenants Big 5 Sports, Styles for Less, and Bank of America.

“We took the time to engage with local stakeholders in order to design a center that would truly meet the needs of the community,” said Burke Fathy, managing partner of Sutter Capital Group, the firm responsible for The Crossing’s renovations.

“It became clear that this part of South Lake Tahoe was lacking slightly elevated, necessity-based retail options and lifestyle oriented business from wellness to healthy dining options.”

There are still eight spaces available for lease. Fathy said they are interested in rounding out the tenant mix with a hair salon, barbershop, nail salon and art gallery.

To complete The Crossing’s overhaul, Sutter will be issuing a request for proposals from local artists for a large-scale art installation to replace the current piece at the intersection of Lake Tahoe and Emerald Bay boulevards.

“We think it’s important to have a new piece of art to reflect The Crossing’s new look,” said Fathy.

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