Deal alert: Worth Ave. businesses offer summer discounts

A number of Palm Beach businesses are offering deep discounts to lure shoppers across the Intracostal this summer.

The Worth Avenue Association kicked off its summer campaign this week, offering a number of deals at local eateries, retailers and spas.

Rick Rose, with back to camera, talks about the history and architecture of Worth Avenue during a stop in Via Parigi as he leads the final seasonal walking tour of Worth Avenue Wednesday, April 27, 2016.  (Lannis Waters / Daily News)
Rick Rose, with back to camera, talks about the history and architecture of Worth Avenue during a stop in Via Parigi as he leads the final seasonal walking tour of Worth Avenue Wednesday, April 27, 2016. (Lannis Waters / Daily News)

The association said the “Worth the Drive” campaign is designed to make a “day in Palm Beach not only accessible but affordable.”

“Business definitely slows down during the summer. It’s the nature of the beast,” said Marley Herring, association president and owner of Marley’s Palm Beach Collection. “I do think [the campaign] helps activity on the street, and it results in sales for the merchants. Any effort that we can do to drive traffic toward the Avenue is a good thing.”

Here are the promotions by category:

Lunching

A three-course prix fixe lunch for $20.16. Participating restaurants include BICE, Ta-boó, Brandon’s at the Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa, Café Boulud at the Brazilian Court, The Leopard Lounge at The Chesterfield, Pizza Al Fresco and Café Via Flora.

Shopping

“Pre-happy hour” shopping discounts from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, including a glass of wine or champagne.

* 10 % off sales at Escada, Marley’s Palm Beach Collection, Sherry Frankel’s Melangerie, Shari’s Place, Kiosk Palm Beach, Golfino, Roberta Roller Rabbit and Max Mara.

* 15 % off sales at J.McLaughlin, Calypso St. Barth and Kate Spade.

* 30% off Tamara Comolli Flip Flops

* 40 % off spring wear and 60 % off resort wear at St. John.

Beauty

* Frank Cassi Beauty: Phyto conditioning treatment with blowout for $40.16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday;

pre-lunch blowout and style for $20.16 from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Saturday. Call 561-833-7883.

* Tideline Spa: Tropical Bliss & Bubbles pedicure for $40.16. Includes exfoliating and hydrating fruit blend of coconut and mango. Includes complimentary valet parking and champagne.

Call 561-540-6459 or see tidelineresort.com/palm-beach-spa.

Hotels

* Palm Beach Historic Inn: Room discount of 20.16 percent and parking and pet fees reduced to $20.16. Additional 10 percent off for advance payment. Offer valid through October.

Call 561-832-4009.

* The Brazilian Court Hotel: $169 per night for Worth Avenue friends and family. Promotion only applies to new reservations.

Call 561-655-7740.

* Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa: $199 per night for Florida residents. Third night free for oceanfront reservations.

Call 888-306-4894.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

This Palm Beach County resort was named one of the best in the U.S.

The Breakers has earned one of the top spots on U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of the “50 Best Hotels” in the United States.

The Breakers Palm Beach (Courtesy of The Breakers Palm Beach)
The Breakers Palm Beach
(Courtesy of The Breakers Palm Beach)

The Palm Beach resort was the only Palm Beach County hotel to make the 2016 list.  It took the 39th spot this year.

U.S. News ranked 1,775 hotels based on reviews and other ratings.

Among the other Florida hotels to make the cut this year: The Mandarin Oriental in Miami ranked 46th on the list; the Acqualina Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles took the 44th spot; and the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort won 34th place.