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Mellody farms offers murals, experiential shopping

Olivia Sheldon (12) and Lexi Smolic (12) pose in front of an antique car at Mellody Farms.

Olivia Sheldon (12) and Lexi Smolic (12) pose in front of an antique car at Mellody Farms.

Nadia Tourjman

Olivia Sheldon (12) and Lexi Smolic (12) pose in front of an antique car at Mellody Farms.

Nadia Tourjman

Nadia Tourjman

Olivia Sheldon (12) and Lexi Smolic (12) pose in front of an antique car at Mellody Farms.

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On Oct 7, 2018, Mellody Farms had its grand opening in Vernon Hills. People of the town expected to see new shopping stores and marketplaces, but they also discovered a handful of new paintings and designs splattered across buildings and brick walls. The spark to develop this new plaza in Vernon Hills was ensued to bring in more experiential suburban shopping to the village.

“How people shop for goods and services is constantly evolving, and is no stranger to disruption,” Delanie Olsen, the Mellody Farms marketing specialist, said.

However, some students are not fond of this new addition to the town. “Whole Foods is overpriced, and Mellody Farms is overcrowded,” Michael Moore (11) said.

Some students are fond of the hand-painted murals located throughout the development. “They look very colorful, and [it is] a great spot to visit with the homeboys,” Josh Boyer (12) said.

Olivia Sheldon (12) had the opportunity to paint a mural at City Barbeque, a restaurant located at the inner corner of Mellody Farms.

“This mural is intended to bring memories, education and a feeling of old-fashioned happiness to those who walk into City Barbeque,” Sheldon said.

The most distinct mural in Mellody Farms, Things to Come, is of Mercury, the Roman god of merchants and trade. “The piece is intended to reference historical promotion and retailing… and a nod to the historical Hawthorn Mellody Farm,” Olson said. “Retail is surely in a state of change, but there are wonderful things to come, and Mellody wants to be a part of that evolution.”

According to Olson, Mellody farms creates a fun, gathering environment for families, friends and children. It is a great place for a radiant photoshoot, as well as an entertainment center with shopping departments and contemporary restaurants.

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