Wellington mall launches new rewards program for shoppers

The Mall at Wellington Green has launched a new rewards program for shoppers. Wellington mall

The “Oh, So Simple Rewards” program gives shoppers a $10 reward every time they spend $250 – whether it’s for one purchase or several together – at the mall’s stores and restaurants.

Oh, So Simple Rewards accounts can be created in person at The Mall at Wellington Green kiosks or online at ShopWellingtonGreen.com/Rewards. Shoppers can link up to 15 existing Visa, MasterCard, or American Express credit or debit card accounts and log in to review transactions and check rewards balances.



Mother’s Day 2016: Palm Beach Outlets offering moms “special treats”

A number of stores at the Palm Beach Outlets will be offering special treats and promotions to mothers on Saturday.

Palm Beach Outlets mall
Palm Beach Outlets mall

The “Mother’s Appreciation Day” event runs from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 7.

Participating retailers include Guess Factory, First Watch, Crabtree & Evelyn Outlet, dressbarn, J. Crew | Crewcuts Factory, Perfumania, Soma, Lindt Chocolate Shop, O’Neill, Skechers, Steve Madden and Jockey.

Moms can also register to win a pink Fitbit and gift certificates to the Sari Center for massages, acupuncture and more.

Teacher Appreciation Day 2016: Check out these freebies and deals

Teachers are in for a treat today.

In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Day 2016, a number of local businesses are offering freebies and deals to teachers and school staff.

Here is a list of where you can find a deal in Palm Beach County:


Teachers (with a valid Teacher ID from their school) will receive a FREE combo meal on Tuesday, May 3. The promotion includes the chain’s tasty 3-piece chicken tenders, a sandwich or a salad. There is a limit of one promotion per person.

PDQ, short for “People Dedicated to Quality,” has locations in West Palm Beach and Wellington.

World of Beer

World of Beer is giving teachers a free beer on Tuesday.

As part of the promotion, teachers (with a valid teacher’s ID) will receive a free Angry Orchard cider or Sam Adams beer in celebration of Teacher Appreciation Day.

Stock classroom photo
Stock classroom photo

WOB has more than 75 taverns in 22 states. In Palm Beach County, the company has locations in Wellington and West Palm Beach.


School employees with a valid school ID who buy a burrito, bowl, salad, or an order of tacos will get a second one for free.

The promotion runs from 3 p.m. to close and is available to pre-school, community college and university staff in addition to those working at an elementary, middle or high schools.

Chipotle’s deal is limited to one free menu item per teacher and is not valid on online orders.

Zinburger Wine and Burger Bar

Zinburger Wine and Burger Bar, which has a location in Boca Raton, is offering teachers a free shake on Tuesday, May 3.

The offer is not available for take-out.  No purchase is required.

Deal Alert: Here’s what to buy in May

Shoppers can expect to find big savings on travel deals, graduation gifts, and some tech items this month, according to the bargain website FatWallet.com.122513 christmas shopping 1

Memorial Day sales will offer the biggest savings since Black Friday, FatWallet said.

The deal website has put together the following list of the best items to buy this month:

Many of the top 10 selling fitness tracker/smartwatches are currently seeing holiday-like pricing, especially 2015 wearables which can be gifted at discounts up to 75 percent off.

May 1st signals the “50 days to summer” mark that officially kicks off vacation booking season and perfect timing for deals and savings on summer vacation packages, hotels, vacation rentals and car rental discounts.

Many traditional May sales and discounts can cross-over in to clever savings on graduation/wedding gifts and needs. Summer clothing sales, summer travel deals and Mothers Day deals, especially for smartwatches and smartphones, all apply. TIP: Many retailers offer great discounts when you register your wedding with them.

Besides Black Friday, there may not be a better time to buy big-ticket items for the home. Memorial Day deals last a full 10 days and all the Big Box retailers advertise some of the best discounts of the year on major appliances (30-40% off), mattresses and sets (up to 60% off), and home furnishings, window air conditioners, ceiling fans, grills and patio furniture discounted at 25-50% off.

Mother’s Day 2016: Spending expected to fall slightly

Mother’s day spending is expected to drop slightly this year, after reaching a record-breaking high in 2015.

Families are expected to spend an average of $172.22 on Mother’s Day related items this year, down 0.2 percent from last year’s high of $172.63, according to the Florida Retail Federation, a statewide trade association.

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050808 biz flowers Staff photo by Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post 0052704A – LAKE WORTH – Pat Scott prepares a bouquet with two dozen roses at A Flower Patch florist shop on Military Trail in Lake Worth Thursday afternoon. The store is busy filling orders for Mother’s Day this weekend.

Across the nation, Mother’s Day related spending is expected to reach $21.4 billion, the federation said.

“It’s wonderful to see families wanting to celebrate and honor their mothers and we expect near record spending once again,” said FRF President/CEO Randy Miller. “Florida’s economy continues to outpace the national economy, which should bode well for Sunshine State retailers who price items right and take advantage of the expected increased sales opportunities.”

Shoppers plan to spend $4.2 billion on jewelry, $4.1 billion on special outings such as dinner or brunch, $2.4 billion on flowers, $2.2 billion on gift cards, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2016 Mother’s Day Spending Survey.

Blue Moon Fish Co.: The deal that got away from Delray Beach

Broward County-based Blue Moon Fish Co. thought it had hooked a deal to take over the shuttered Hudson at Waterway East restaurant in Delray Beach. Hudson closed its doors April 10.

The waterfront patio of Hudson restaurant in Delray Beach on June 2, 2015. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
The waterfront patio of Hudson restaurant in Delray Beach on June 2, 2015. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

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For Blue Moon, Hudson was ideal because it had the same setup: A waterfront restaurant on the Intracoastal, next to a bridge.

But at the last minute, Blue Moon owner Bryce Statham says the deal went south. And although he regrets that he and Hudson’s owners couldn’t come to terms, Statham sounded wistful about what could have been.

A raw bar. A broad range of fresh seafood.

And Blue Moon’s signature Lousiana-influenced cuisine that has made the eatery a destination restaurant in Lauderdale-by-the Sea for 20 years.

“I would have loved to have been there,” Statham said.

Blue Moon is at the northeast corner of the Intracoastal and Commercial Boulevard.

Waterfront restaurants are a rare commodity in Palm Beach County. Last month, River House in Palm Beach Gardens was sold to BrickTops,  a concept by the co-founder of Houston’s restaurant.

But even a great waterfront location doesn’t guarantee success.

And no matter how great business is  during the winter tourist season, “August comes no matter what,” Statham said.

Hudson, which opened in December 2014, was in business for less than two years.

A partnership that includes former professional hockey player Behn Wilson bought the Hudson property at 900 E. Atlantic Ave. for $2.6 million in July 2013, according to county property records.

The site previously was Old Calypso restaurant.

Together with owner/restaurateur Sam Bonasso, formerly of Outback restaurantsWilson and partners turned Hudson into a mix of concepts.

Hudson dubbed itself as a “speakeasy,” a gastropub-type lounge with high-top seating, a restaurant and outside bar. The limited menu featured a hodgepodge of seafood, meats and “comfort food,” such as mac ‘n cheese.

Statham saw the space and realized it would be the perfect spot to duplicate the success of his Broward location. He even was lining up a refrigerated food truck to service Delray.

But he was wary about the lease pricing, which he thought was too much for projected sales. Attempts to trim the price at the last minute resulted in the deal falling apart.

Statham, a self-described small operator, acknowledged he got nervous about committing to a higher number, especially because the deal happened very fast.

He also expressed a bit of regret with his hesitation: “Maybe it was a mistake….Who knows what will happen. It was a mixed opportunity on both ends.”

Now the property once again is being marketed for lease, or for sale.

The large restaurant property features 7,600 square feet of interior space, plus 1,200 of patio space. Dock parking for boats is available, too, said broker Tom Prakas of the Prakas & Co. in Boca Raton.

Prakas, who is marketing the site, said Monday he’s already received several promising inquiries, and he expects a deal could be done within the next couple of weeks. “We have multiple groups looking at it,” he said.

The property is listed for sale at $7.6 million. It also can be leased for $699,000, plus annual rent of $450,000 per year.




New AT&T Authorized Retailer opens in Jupiter

A new AT&T Authorized Retailer store has opened at 4050 U.S. Highway One in Jupiter. Jupiter_authorized_retailer_store_exterior-4.18.16

USA Wireless owns and operates the store. The new location offers DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse, AT&T Digital Life and the latest wireless devices.

With this new store, AT&T now has 2 authorized retailer locations in Jupiter for a total of 26 in Palm Beach County.

“We’re expanding our retail presence to better serve our customers,” said Carlos Blanco-Sposito, AT&T Florida vice-president and general manager. “When it comes to shopping, convenient locations are key.”

The new store is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday.

Cricket Wireless available at Best Buy stores in South Florida

Cricket Wireless products will soon be available at more than 1,000 Best Buy stores nationwide, including more than 30 Best Buy locations in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Cricket_logo

An initial selection of smartphones will be available at bestbuy.com and on Best Buy store shelves over the course of the next two weeks.  The company said it will continue adding smartphones to its Best Buy line-up over the next two months.

Cricket Wireless is a subsidiary of AT&T Inc.

“Best Buy and Cricket are a perfect fit.  The Best Buy Blue Shirt is synonymous with expert service and unbeatable prices – and so is our Cricket green,” said Dave Fine, Vice President of Sales, Cricket Wireless.  “Both our companies have innovated the retail experience and made it easier for customers to live more connected lives.  Now, together, we’ll give more consumers the value they need and the truly elevated shopping experience they deserve.”


MarineMax to open in Palm Beach Gardens

MarineMax, recreational boat and yacht retailer, plans to open a new location at PGA Marina Center in Palm Beach Gardens.

A view of the docks during the Palm Beach International Boat Show on March 26, 2015 in downtown West Palm Beach.  (Brianna Soukup / Palm Beach Post)
A view of the docks during the Palm Beach International Boat Show on March 26, 2015 in downtown West Palm Beach. (Brianna Soukup / Palm Beach Post)

The store will be located on the Intracoastal Waterway, just off PGA Boulevard, and will be accessible by both land and water. It will carry top brands including Sea Ray, Boston Whaler, Azimut, Galeon and Scout.

“We are excited about the opportunity to better serve our customers in the West Palm Beach and surrounding area,” said Paul Cummings, MarineMax Southeast Florida Regional President. “This new marina location will give us an opportunity to provide the same outstanding sales and service our customers have come to expect.”

What to buy, skip in April

A new month brings a new batch of discounts.

The deal-hunting website FatWallet.com says shoppers this month can expect to find savings on lawn and garden equipment, outdoor sports gear, cleaning supplies and other spring essentials. 093012 rd cover

“Established home owners, who make up more than half of all CPG spending this month, are the main focus for the majority of April’s spring sales events,” stated Brent Shelton, online shopping expert for FatWallet.com. “Items from lawn prep to patio and home appliance upgrades see some the best prices of the year throughout April, right up to Mother’s Day.”

Here are the top tips from Fat Wallet’s annual “What to Buy in April” shopping guide:

Spring Cleaning Deals: April showers help to wash off the winter, but they won’t do a deep clean. Home improvement and big box retailers hold big weekend home sales featuring savings on spring cleaning supplies and tools, vacuums, shopvacs, storage bins, garage organizers and car wash and waxes. Smart shoppers will seek out B1G1 deals on cleaners and heavily discounted bulk paper towels and rags that will last through summer.
Spring Apparel and Gear: New seasonal spring apparel gets a second go around and better pricing compared to late March, with a range of 20-40% off top name-brand clothing, activewear and running shoes from stores like Nike, Under Armour and Adidas. Outdoor sports stores such as REI, Cabela’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods display deep discount pricing on the latest sports and outdoors gear for baseball, golfing, hiking, cycling, fishing, hunting and camping.
Lawn, Garden and Patio Needs: Stores like Walmart and Sears rain down timely savings on outdoor spring essentials by offering seasonal deals on lawn and garden needs. Expect 10-30% off lawn seed/fertilizers, landscaping/mulching, perennial bulbs and plants, shrubs and trees and many high-quality tools and equipment to help DIYers do the work. Other home maintenance sales include savings for paint, deck and siding cleaners, washers, hoses and sprayers.
Mother’s Day Sales: Some folks find hidden savings from spring sales as they shop for mom. April can present better over-all savings (vs. May) on jewelry and luxury apparel accessories like handbags. Spring sales also offer some of the lowest prices ever on last year’s health juicers, coffee makers, cookware and small kitchen appliances. Local deals from Groupon and Living Social offer great savings alternatives for moms with up to 50% off coupons at restaurants, spas, fitness classes, auto-detailing and spring house cleanings.