Lilly Pulitzer lovers in South Florida get early access to new summer items

Lilly lovers in South Florida have the chance to score the company’s latest summer items a week before anyone else.

Photo provided by the Lilly Pulitzer store in Boca Raton.

The store in Boca Raton is the first location in the country to offer the retailer’s new summer items, including dresses, strapless tops and resort evening wear.

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Assistant manager Sara Mignano said the Boca store was selected by the company to be a model for visual displays for the last summer delivery, and as a result those items are already available here.

You won’t be able to get the items online or in any other Lilly store until July 5, Mignano said.

“We have the product out,” Mignano said. “It is the only place people will be able to shop this brand new line.”

The store is located at the Town Center at Boca Raton.

These new stores are coming to The Gardens Mall

Three new stores, including two jewelry retailers and a cell phone provider, are slated to open over the next few months at The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens.

Alex and Ani, a jewelry store known for its bangles and other American-made pieces, is scheduled to open in September. The 1,000-square- foot store will be located on the upper level between Marmi Shoes and Tumi, mall officials said.

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Kendra Scott, a women’s jewelry and home goods retailer, is tentatively scheduled to open on July 21. The 1,062-square-foot store will be located on the mall’s lower level outside of Nordstrom.

T-Mobile plans to open a location in the mall this summer. The 2,373-square- foot store will be located next to Macy’s on the mall’s upper level.

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The mall welcomed two other stores this spring — Kay Jewelers and at Fast-Fix Jewelry and Watch Repairs.

Meanwhile, Park Avenue BBQ and Grill will take over the Counter Burger space (on the lower level near Sears) at the end of the summer.

 

Amazon’s “Prime Day” deals return July 11; Here’s what to expect

Amazon plans to bring back its popular “Prime Day” sale on July 11, offering 30 hours of deals to members in 13 countries.

The savings start at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT) on Monday, July 10 – and Amazon said new deals will be offered as often as every five minutes.

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Here’s what’s new this year:

Amazon said there will be more Alexa-exclusive deals for members with an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show, Amazon Tap, compatible Fire TV or Fire tablet.

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Shoppers can also expect to find more television deals. “Amazon is planning one of its largest total volume TV deals in history with a record level of inventory but once again, the TV deals will likely sell out,” the company said in a news release.

Amazon will offer pre-Prime Day sales, beginning today. “Every day leading up to Prime Day on July 11 members will find all kinds of exclusive promotions and deals,” Amazon said.

These sales are already underway:

  • Amazon Music Unlimited – Prime members who haven’t yet tried Amazon Music Unlimited can get four months of the full catalog on-demand service with access to tens of millions of songs, for just $0.99.
  • Prime Video – Get $10 to shop on Amazon.com anytime on or before Prime Day when you stream a video included in Prime for the first time on your TV. Restrictions apply.
  • Kindle Unlimited – Prime members can save up to 40 percent on a Kindle Unlimited membership.
  • Audible – Shoppers can get access to Amazon’s library of audiobooks plus original audio programming from Audible for 40 percent off their first 6 months.
  • Everyday Essentials – Prime members can save up to 35 percent off with onsite coupons on select food and household items in Prime Pantry.

Amazon launched Prime Day in 2015, and the sales event has proven to be one of the company’s largest.

But the inaugural Prime Day also sparked complaints from shoppers, who said the deals didn’t live up to the hype.

This new store just opened in the Wellington mall

Natural Kerr, a beauty company offering a variety of hair and skin care products made with natural ingredients, has opened its first retail location at the Mall at Wellington Green.

The store is located next to Dillard’s on the malls upper level. Until the store’s opening, Natural Kerr’s product line had only been available on Amazon and its own website.

Last minute Christmas shoppers walk through the Mall at Wellington Green Saturday afternoon, Dec 21, 2013 in Wellington. (Bill Ingram/Palm Beach Post)

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The company said its ingredients include butters, cacao extract, botanical oils and silk amino acids.

“Natural Kerr resulted from my daily struggle dealing with split ends and stagnant hair growth, breakage, and frizz,” said founder Judith Cruz-Burnstine. “I was determined to find natural alternatives to damaging silicone derived conditioners, keratins that use formaldehyde and lye containing relaxers and turned to the Dominican homemade beauty recipes I grew up with. Who would have thought that going back to my cultural roots would not only solve my own unruly hair problems but would be the inspiration for a line of hair and skin products that can work for everyone.”

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Natural Kerr open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

4th of July sales: Here’s where to find the best deals

If you are planning to shop 4th of July sales, you may want to consider these tips before you hit the stores.

The deal-hunting experts at FatWallet.com have put together a list of recommendations on what to buy, and what to skip this holiday.

Here are their tips:

View of customers at Rocky’s Ace Hardware store during Small Business Shopping day Nov 29, 2014 in Wellington.”We are up from last year with more than 400 customers so far,” said Bill Butler assistant manager. (Bill Ingram / Palm Beach Post) Beach Post)

 

Outdoor Sporting Gear — BUY

Hiking, camping and fishing gear will see deep discounts. Shoppers will also find some of the best deals of the summer on pools and outdoor toys and games.

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Swimwear — BUY

Swimwear and beachwear sales will feature discounts on top brands ranging from 25 to 75 percent off.

Kids Clothing — BUY

Many popular clothing brands offer site-wide sales that focus on summer apparel for children and babies. Savings of 20 to 40 percent can be found on shorts, polo shirts, dresses and sandals as retailers look to make room for new back-to-school items later in July.  Shopping through a cashback website like Ebates will earn additional discounts.

Air Conditioners — BUY

Stores like Walmart and Sears will offer 25 percent discounts on portable and window units. Expect to see fewer discounts and more limited selection after 4th of July sales events.

Furniture —  BUY

July is one of the best months to purchase furniture for the home. The holiday sales kick-off clearance of last year’s living room and bedroom sets. Furniture stores reduce prices on existing inventory to make room for new models arriving in late August.

Electronics — WAIT 

Those seeking good deals on most consumer electronics products will want to hold off until Prime Day and Back-to-School sales. Expect to see better pricing on Amazon products (Echo, Dot, Fire Tablets, Kindles and Fire TV), as well as TVs, home theater and wireless tech after the holiday.

Jeans/Denim — WAIT

The best denim sales of the year happen during August’s Back-to-School events for kids and in October for adults. Waiting can offer shoppers twice the savings over buying jeans in July.

Laptops and Tablets — WAIT

Main back-to-school laptop deals loom large in late July and August. Waiting offers parents a much larger selection of desktop, tablet and laptop deals. Those stack with additional savings from the summer’s Back-to-School sales tax holidays, student discounts and shopping rewards, often making prices better than Black Friday deals.

Hoffman’s giving Dads FREE chocolate cigars on Father’s Day

photo provided by Hoffman’s

The first 50 dads in line when the doors open at any of Hoffman’s Chocolates‘ South Florida locations on Father’s Day will receive a FREE treat.

The candy maker is giving away a free chocolate cigar to the first 50 dads to visit any of its shops on Father’s Day (June 18).

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Hoffman’s will also have buy one get one free ice cream all day.

Hoffman’s Chocolates has stores in Greenacres, Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens, Delray Beach, Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Plantation, Weston, Hollywood and the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport.

For more information,  visit www.Hoffmans.com.

 

 

 

Two more Wawa locations to open in Palm Beach County on Thursday

Two more Wawa locations will open in Palm Beach County at 8 a.m. Thursday, marking the company’s continued push into the South Florida marketing.

Wawa will hold grand opening ceremonies on Thursday at locations in West Palm Beach and Greenacres, bringing the brand’s total number of stores in the county to five.

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Wawa opened its first three Palm Beach County locations in March, drawing crowds of devoted customers, some of whom waited up to 3 hours for the doors to open. Those stores are located in Palm Springs and Riviera Beach.

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The two new stores — at 1530 Belvedere Road in West Palm Beach and 6566 Lake Worth Road in  Greenacres — will offer several grand opening specials, including free coffee through June 25th, any size Post Mix, Ice Coffee, Brewed Tea and Icee for $0.89, any Shorti hoagie variety for $2.99 and any milkshake for $1.99.

Both stores open to the public at 8 a.m. Ribbon cutting ceremonies will be held in West Palm Beach at 10 a.m. and Greenacres at 2 p.m., the company said.

Dads eat FREE at this chain on Father’s Day

McDonald’s restaurants across Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast are treating dads to a FREE breakfast this Father’s Day (June 18).

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The promotion, which is available during morning breakfast hours at 84 participating McDonald’s restaurants in the Palm Beach-Treasure Coast area, includes a free breakfast sandwich or breakfast extra value meal with a choice of a small orange juice, coffee or soft drink.

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To receive the free breakfast, dads must be accompanied by a child and dine-in the lobby. Limit one free offer per customer, per visit.

Wawa to open two more Palm Beach County locations next week

Wawa, a family-owned chain of convenience stores known for its hot coffee and tasty sandwiches, will open two more Palm Beach County locations next week, according to the company’s website.

Wawa plans to hold grand opening ceremonies on Thursday (6/15) at locations in West Palm Beach and Greenacres.

Palm Beach County Commissioner Steve Abrams and Mayor Shelley Vana with a Wawa mascot.

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The West Palm Beach location at 1530 Belvedere Road (near the corner of Belvedere Road and Australian Avenue) will open at 8 a.m. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 10 a.m.

The Greenacres location at 6566 Lake Worth Road (near the corner of Jog and Lake Worth roads) will also open at 8 a.m., with the ribbon cutting ceremony planned for 2 p.m.

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Wawa opened its first three Palm Beach County locations in March. The stores are located in Palm Springs and Riviera Beach.

Wawa announced in 2015 that it planned to open dozens of stores in Palm Beach and Broward counties.

Wawa opened its first Florida location outside of SeaWorld in Orlando in 2012.

Wellington mall launches indoor farmer’s market

The Mall at Wellington Green will host an indoor farmer’s market during the warm summer months, officials announced Tuesday. 

The “Live 360° Indoor Farmer’s Market” kicks off on Saturday (June 10) and will feature freshly baked breads, plants, flowers, jams, jellies, honey, specialty dips, and gluten-free items. There will also be musical performances and demonstrations by local artists.

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The farmer’s market will be held the second Saturday and Sunday of every month through October in the City Furniture Court.

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Market hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.