Halloween 5K, trick-or-treating events planned at PB Outlets

Palm Beach Outlets will host two Halloween-themed events this weekend, including mall-wide trick or treating and a 5K run to benefit a local nonprofit.

103004-Stuart-Emily Bodenheimer, 2, checks out her candy load while she and her sisters "Trick or Treat"  the merchants of downtown Stuart after the 6th annual Hobgoblin Parade on Osceola Street Saturday. Children, lead by the Stuart Fire Department, paraded through downtown Stuart in their Halloween costumes. Meghan McCarthy/Staff Photographer
103004-Stuart-Emily Bodenheimer, 2, checks out her candy load while she and her sisters “Trick or Treat” the merchants of downtown Stuart after the 6th annual Hobgoblin Parade on Osceola Street Saturday. Children, lead by the Stuart Fire Department, paraded through downtown Stuart in their Halloween costumes. Meghan McCarthy/Staff Photographer

Here are the details:

5K and mall-wide trick-or-treating

Who: Palm Beach Outlets and Quantum House

What: Inaugural Phantom 5K, Monster Mile and Devil Dash benefiting Quantum House along with a Costume Contest and Treats

When: Sat., Oct. 29 – Registration opens at 6 a.m. Phantom 5K – 7:30 a.m., Monster Mile – 8:45 a.m., Kids Devil Dash – 9 a.m., Awards Ceremony – 9 a.m., Costume Contest – 9:30a.m. Stores open at 10 a.m.

Where: Palm Beach Outlets, 1751 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, West Palm Beach

Description: In addition to the Phantom 5K, Monster Mile and Devil Dash, kids can take part in a costume contest and mall-wide trick-or-treating with participating stores. For more information and to register for any of the races, log onto register.racepartner.com/PhantomRun. Proceeds benefit Quantum House, a caring and supportive home that lessens the burden for families whose children are receiving treatment in Palm Beach County for a serious medical condition.

“Trunk or Treat” Auto Event and Costume Party

Who: Palm Beach Outlets and Art of Speed Auto Events

What: “Trunk or Treat” Auto Event and Costume Party, the theme of this month’s Cars & Coffee Palm Beach event. This monthly gathering of South Florida’s finest automobiles will feature super heroes and super cars and is expected to attract auto enthusiasts from south and central Florida to viewa massive diversity of exotic, custom and classic vehicles. All makes and models are welcome to attend this family-friendly event. Cost is $5 per vehicle to display in the show field and free to spectators. Hot coffee and breakfast items will be available for purchase.

When: 9 a.m. to noon, Sun., Oct. 30

Where: In the northwest and north lot of Palm Beach Outlets, 1751 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, West Palm Beach

Description: Everyone is invited to dress for a fun day of Halloween. Only children 15 years or younger can wear a mask. Participants may choose to offer “store bought” candy from their cars for trick-or-treating kids. No homemade candy is allowed.

PGA Commons celebrates 15th anniversary with deals, discounts

PGA Commons will celebrate its 15th anniversary next month, and its businesses plan to mark the milestone with deals and discounts.

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The mixed-use shopping and entertainment hub, located on PGA Boulevard west of Military Trail, opened its doors in Oct. 2001.

“We are proud to have created and remained active participants in this remarkable community for 15 years,” said Joel Channing co-founder of PGA Commons. “Since day one, PGA Commons has served as the area’s premier retail/social destination, and we are grateful for all the support we have received over the years. We are excited to celebrate this milestone with the community and look forward to a successful future together.”

PGA Commons said discounts and specials at participating stores and restaurants including (but are not limited to):

  • Bamboo Clothiers – $15 for all earrings.
  • Blowtox | A Blow Dry Bar – 15% off all color services.
  • Flourish Massage – 15% off 60-minute table massage or 60-minute table/foot massage combo.
  • Kabuki Sushi Thai Tapas – $15 PGA Roll (made specially for mall’s anniversary), with shrimp tempura, cucumber, avocado, cream cheese, topped with spicy tuna, tempura flakes, eel sauce, and spicy mayo.
  • Onessimo Fine Art – 15% off specific artists’ artwork.
  • Polished Nail Spa – 15% off a Deluxe Hot Stone Pedicure.
  • Prosecco Café – $15 selection of wines and prosecco by the bottle.
  • Revolution Dating – 15% off any membership package.
  • Spoto’s Oyster Bar – 15% off lunch or dinner check.
  • Studio E Gallery – 15% off any purchase.
  • The Tux Shop – $15 off a Private Collection tuxedo rental.
  • The Cooper – 15% off lunch check.

TooJay’s to celebrate West Palm Beach grand opening with gift card giveaway

TooJay’s will celebrate the grand opening of its new location at the Palm Beach Outlets  this month, and the first 50 people in line will get a free gift card and tumbler when the doors open.

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Club sandwich

The restaurant, located at 1721 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, opens at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27. The first 50 people in line at that time will receive a $25 gift card and a free tumbler.

The chain, known for its deli-style sandwiches and handmade desserts and bite-size pastries, has nearly 30 restaurants throughout Florida.

 

 

 

All Aboard’s Brightline to hold “Topping Out” ceremony at West Palm station site

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline train service will hold a “Topping Out” ceremony on Sept. 30 at the site of the company’s passenger station in downtown West Palm Beach — an event that signifies work on the project has reached its top elevation.

Construction continues on the All Aboard Florida train station on the Florida East Coast Railway in downtown West Palm Beach on September 6, 2016. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
Construction continues on the All Aboard Florida train station on the Florida East Coast Railway in downtown West Palm Beach on September 6, 2016. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

The ceremony is another milestone for the station — which is set to open next year when Brightline begins carrying passengers between Miami and West Palm Beach.

A similar ceremony was held at the company’s station in downtown Ft. Lauderdale this morning. The company said the milestone marked the “completion of the station structure and a shift of focus toward interior outfitting and finish efforts.”

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“The topping out of our Fort Lauderdale station marks another important milestone in the development of our Brightline train service,” Brightline’s president Mike Reininger said. “More than 65 percent of the work has been completed on the entire system between Miami and West Palm Beach, and our team is expanding each week as we look forward to launching service in less than a year.”

Brightline plans to run 32 trains a day along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks with stops in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando. The company plans to launch service between Miami and West Palm Beach in mid-2017. Service will later be expanded be between West Palm Beach and Orlando.

Music stops at Lafayette’s Music Room at CityPlace

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Lafayette’s Music Room at CityPlace in West Palm Beach has shut down, less than one year after opening.

The music venue and restaurant, which dubbed itself “Southern food with an attitude,” was on CityPlace’s second level, next to the Muvico Parisian 20 movie theater.

The company’s website said the restaurant “will be temporarily closed for renovation.”

No further information was available.

The space might reopen, but if and when it does, word is it won’t be Lafayette’s Music Room anymore.

A source said the restaurant and music space has new owners. The venue reportedly will open with a different concept, including a new menu, in a few weeks.

Tommy Peters, Lafayette’s president, was unavailable for comment at presstime.

A spokeswoman for CityPlace said the center had no comment right now.

Lafayette’s opened last fall in the space formerly occupied by B.B. King’s Blues Club.

When the space was B.B. King’s, the venue played blues and jazz. But B.B. King’s closed in 2014, after five years into a 10-year lease.

As Layfayette’s, the music was more varied, and featured rock as well as country music.

Last June, Peters said his goal was to make Lafayette’s “the finest intimate music room in Palm Beach County.”

A quick redo of the old B.B. King’s was intended. But design problems and other missteps delayed the opening for a year.

The original Lafayette’s Music Room in Memphis operated in the 1970s but had been closed for many years until Peters brought it back to life. A sister location is open in Orlando, too.

Stay tuned for further updates.

 

 

Grato eatery owners buy building next door

The Peggy Adams thrift store in West Palm Beach, purchased by Grato restaurant owners in January
The Peggy Adams thrift store in West Palm Beach, purchased by Grato restaurant owners in January

Grato means grateful in Italian.

And the owners of Grato trattoria in West Palm Beach must be feeling plenty grateful for their ability to buy the building next door to their new eatery.

In January, the Grato ownership group quietly paid $600,000 for 1905 S. Dixie Highway, the former Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League Thrift Shop, according to county property records.

That’s the same month Grato opened its doors for business next door at 1901 S. Dixie Highway.

So is this new space for a future expansion of Grato?

Not necessarily, said Sam Slattery, Grato’s operating partner.

But Slattery also wouldn’t rule out a restaurant use in the future.

Right now, the group plans to use the building for retail space. At 4,500 square feet, the property can be split into two, 2,200 square foot stores, he said.

“Our plan is to stick to our knitting and work on Grato,” Slattery said.

Down the line, however, Slattery said it’s possible Grato might build a sister restaurant in this space, perhaps with a different concept.

The idea has precedent.

The group owns the popular Buccan bistro at 350 S. County Road on Palm Beach. Next to it is a sister eatery, Imoto, which serves Asian cuisine.

The side-by-side eateries share the Buccan kitchen, an arrangement that could be copied if Grato turns the old thrift shop into an eatery, too, Slatter said.

In the meantime, plans are to fix the exterior, install glass doors in the front and the back and start leasing the space by the end of the summer, Slattery said.

The purchase of the Peggy Adams thrift store marks the second purchase by the Buccan group of land on sizzling South Dixie Highway, which during the past three years has attracted an increasing number of investors and business owners.

The group bought the 1901 S. Dixie Highway building in November 2014. The building previously was home to Reward Lighting, so the space needed to be completely retrofitted to accommodate a restaurant.

The Grato group includes Slattery, chef Clay Conley and Piper Quinn, who handles marketing and development.

 

 

 

 

 

Paddlefest to be held in West Palm Beach today

The Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County will host the first annual Palm Beach Paddlefest today as part of a push to showcase the industry.

Racers in the recreational division start their 3 mile race during the 2015 Ocean Warrior Challenge paddleboard competition Sunday Sept. 13, 2015 at Carlin Park in Jupiter. Over one hundred racers from throughout the country competed in three and five mile races, with $6,000 in price money for the elite class racers. (Bill Ingram / Palm Beach Post)
Racers in the recreational division start their 3 mile race during the 2015 Ocean Warrior Challenge paddleboard competition Sunday Sept. 13, 2015 at Carlin Park in Jupiter. Over one hundred racers from throughout the country competed in three and five mile races, with $6,000 in price money for the elite class racers. (Bill Ingram / Palm Beach Post)

The free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Currie Park in West Palm Beach.  It is being planned in partnership with the City of West Palm Beach and Nautical Ventures.

The event will features entertainment, food, and demonstrations throughout the day, including Kayaking 101, intro to paddleboarding, and paddleboard yoga.

Attendees can also sign up for guided kayak tours on the Lake Worth Lagoon offered by Visit Palm Beach.

The marine trade group hopes to make the festival an annual event.

Tourism officials: No tax money left for Braves baseball stadium

Tourism leaders on Thursday warned that they don’t have any tax money left to help build another spring training facility if the Atlanta Braves decide to set up shop here.

County officials have used bed tax revenue to help pay for Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter and the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, which will open in January. 

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 20: Julio Teheran #49 of the Atlanta Braves is removed from the game by Manager Fredi Gonzalez #33 during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Philiies at Turner Field on September 20, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 20: Julio Teheran #49 of the Atlanta Braves is removed from the game by Manager Fredi Gonzalez #33 during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Philiies at Turner Field on September 20, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

But members of the county’s Tourist Development Council on Thursday said they are out of cash. Subsidizing another stadium would “seriously jeopardize” the group’s ability to market the area as a tourist destination, officials said.

“There is not a penny of bed tax money available,” said David Burke, executive vice president and chief sales & marketing officer at The Breakers on Palm Beach and a member of the tourism board.

The council oversees the collection of “bed” taxes, which are levied on all hotel stays and vacation rentals of six months or less. Bed tax revenue is used to pay for tourism-related advertising, beach renourishment and facilities such as Roger Dean Stadium.

The Braves have been eyeing a site at the south end John Prince Park west of Lake Worth. The team also is negotiating with Sarasota County.

 

 

TooJay’s, First Watch restaurants opening in Palm Beach Outlets

Two popular restaurants — TooJay’s and First Watch — are opening their doors at the Palm Beach Outlets.

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First Watch Sunrise Granola Bowl

First Watch is set to open on Monday, offering made-to-order breakfast, brunch and lunch. The restaurant will employ about 25 people at this new 3,500-square-foot space located next to AT&T near Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard and Congress Avenue.

TooJay’s is slated to open at the Outlets this summer, mall officials said.  The opening would mark TooJay’s 27th location in Florida.

Meanwhile, Perfect Oil, a family-owned and operated eco-friendly aromatherapy and home fragrance shop, also will open on April 4. The store will be located across from Guess.

Brightline officials look to help boost attendance at PBC art events

Officials with All Aboard Florida’s Brightline train service will meet with a group of Palm Beach County’s arts and cultural leaders on Thursday morning in an effort to help boost attendance at local museums and tourist attractions.

The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County helped organize the meeting, which will be held in Lake Worth.

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Brightline’s Carol Henderson, who oversees industry relations for the train service,  is expected to discuss the impact the service will have on the county’s cultural institutions.

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Brightline‘s $29 million train station planned in downtown West Palm Beach is expected to be the company’s busiest South Florida stop, providing more than 3,800 trips a day by 2019, according to a ridership and revenue study released in 2014 as part of a bond sale for the private rail project.

Brightline plans to run 32 trains a day along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks with stops in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando.

The company plans to launch service between Miami and West Palm Beach in 2017. The West Palm Beach-to-Orlando span is expected to begin by the end of 2017.