Floating Lotus is Breathing Life into the Old Empire Building


Justin Christopher and Karin Antanaitis, Owners of Floating Lotus on Bearskin Neck in Rockport have successfully negotiated to take over the right side of the old Empire building.

Its a four level space they plan to share with Yoga Joy Studio, owned by Paula Passanisi, E-RYT, LCSW, which will occupy the bottom level in the back. (Nice  parking back there!) The street level will be the retail store for Floating Lotus featuring handmade, fair trade clothing, jewelry & textiles. And for those that have been peaking through the windows, the upper level in the back is to be used for an event space featuring live music, sound meditation, classes, local art and more! I’m not sure what the plan is for the upper level, but knowing Justin and Karin I am sure it will be put to good use.

Justin and Karin opened Floating Lotus in Rockport about 11 years ago and have grown it to a very respectable business. I am sure that they will do wonders in Downtown Gloucester

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Floating Lotus Rockport
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Justin Christopher and Karin Antanaitis, Owners of Floating Lotus

7 thoughts on “Floating Lotus is Breathing Life into the Old Empire Building

  1. Thank you for the update. That building has been prominently empty on Main Street a loooooonnnnng time.


  2. My sister owned a restaurant in Gloucester about 10 years (?) ago, called L’Amante (it’s now located in Burlington VT). Do you happen to know if it was housed in the Empire Building?


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