Entrepreneurship is not easy. However, while every business person will describe entrepreneurship as a difficult process, they will also admit that it is quite rewarding. One of the entrepreneurs who is proof of this notion is Roberto Santiago. The Brazilian businessman was one of the pioneers in the development and management of shopping malls in Brazil. His first mall, the Manaira shopping mall is also his most successful venture yet.
Roberto Santiago got the idea of developing a mall in the 1980s. Having witnessed a gap in the retail industry, he in 1987 decided to purchase a plot of land in his hometown of Joao Pessoa with the intention of building mall. Construction began soon after and after two years short years of construction, Manaira shopping mall was officially opened in 1989. A testament to the mall’s captivating design and construction, it has only been expanded once since it was completed close to three decades ago.
For the last 28 years, the Manaira shopping mall has been the location of choice in Joao Pessoa for those looking for a lasting shopping and entertainment experience. Among the thousands of shopping stalls at the mall, a number belong international fashion brands that often grab the attention of passing shoppers. Additionally, the mall can boast of having education as one of the products within its premises as it hosts the College of Higher Education of Paraiba. The mall also features a number of other amenities that have to be considered essential to all malls including a cafeteria and bank offices.
A trip to the Manaira shopping mall cannot be completed without visiting one of the many entertainment stops at the facility. For starters, the cinema complex is quite popular as it comprises of ten normal movie theaters and a further three that show 3-D films. Where goers are seeking more physical involvement, the mall also features a very popular bowling alley. For those that enjoy fitness, a gym is also found with the confines of the mall. Additionally, children are not forgotten as there is a large gaming area within the mall.
All the shopping and entertainment amenities at the Manaira shopping mall are topped off by the Domus hall. This hall is a large concert hall found on the mall’s rooftop that in many ways is considered its primary attraction. With two separate levels, the concert hall can hold thousands of people, either standing or seated. In addition to space, the hall also has the overall appeal of being sound-proof and being equipped with quality sound systems. The Domus hall is quite popular in Joao Pessoa and is often used to hold weddings, concerts, art exhibitions, and other similar events.