Halloween City opens at Palm Beach Outlets

The Halloween shopping season is in full swing, and pop up retailers are opening their doors across Palm Beach County offering a variety of costumes, decorations and other holiday items.

Photo by: Jeff Ostrowski/Staff writer
Photo by: Jeff Ostrowski/Staff writer

Halloween City has opened at Palm Beach Outlets on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard in West Palm Beach. The chain also has a location on Northlake Boulevard.

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Halloween City is located in the 300,000-square-foot Marketplace at the Outlets, which is on the western edge of the mall. The store is the former Sports Authority spot. Sports Authority, which ha 35,000 square feet at the Outlets, closed its doors this summer after filing for bankruptcy.

Meanwhile, two other seasonal Halloween retailers have also set up shop in Palm Beach County.

Photo by Jeff Ostrowski/Staff writer
Photo by Jeff Ostrowski/Staff writer

Spirit Halloween has five locations, including shops in West Palm Beach, Greenacres, Royal Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, and Boca Raton. A sixth location is opening soon in Delray Beach, according to the company’s website.

Halloween Express has two Palm Beach County locations – in the Mall at Wellington Green in Wellington and Downtown at The Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens, according to the company’s website.

 

Teacher Appreciation Day 2016: Free beer at this local joint

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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.

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“At World of Beer, we want to recognize and reward our educators for their work and devotion to shaping minds,” said Paul Avery, president and CEO of World of Beer. “We hope that teachers across the country pencil us into their plans on May 3 and join us in raising a glass to all their hard work.”

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

Guests in Arizona, Texas, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and New York can get $5 off their check in lieu of a free beer.

 

 

Teacher Appreciation Day 2016: See where you can eat free

Calling all Teachers! PDQ is honoring your dedication and hard work with a delicious freebie on Tuesday. 053013 food gannon pdq 6

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.

For more information, click here.

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

Local mall offering deals to help raise money for Red Cross

The Mall at Wellington Green will be offering special promotions next week to help raise money for the Red Cross. Wellington mall

As part of the second annual “Giving Day,” select retailers at the mall will be offering special deals and discounts. The promotion runs from Thursday, April 21 through Sunday, April 24.

According to a news release from the mall: Customers, shoppers and neighbors who visit ShopWellingtonGreen.com and donate to American Red Cross will receive an email donation receipt. The receipt can be used at participating retailers to receive special offers.

These are the discounts available, according to the mall’s website:

  • Auntie Anne’s Pretzels: Receive a free signature pretzel when you purchase Cheddar Stuffed Nuggets.
  • BC Surf and Sport: Buy one, get one 40% off all clothing.
  • Chick-fil-A: Free Chicken Sandwich with any medium side and medium beverage purchase. (Exclusion Applies: Not open on Sunday.)
  • Dillard’s: Receive a free 10 day foundation sample from Christian Dior, Estee Lauder, Lancome, or Clinique.
  • Eyes of Wellington: 20% off all in stock sunglasses and prescription eyeglass frames.
  • Great American Cookies: $5 off pan sized cookie cakes.
  • McDonalds: Free kid’s meal with any value meal purchase.
  • Oilicious: Receive $1 off any pure raw local honey (any size) purchase.
  • Perfect Oil: Free 1 oz. essential oil with the purchase of any Ultrasonic Oil Diffuser.
  • Things Remembered: 20% off your purchase of $20 or more. (Use code 4765.) (Exclusion Applies: Excludes clearance items.)
  • Yankee Candle: Free medium candle with any purchase of $25 or more. Spend $25 on any items and get any medium candle for free, including both jar and Pure Radiance collection items. (Exclusion Applies: Cannot be combined with any other specials, discounts, sales or coupons.)
  • Yogurbella: Receive 10% off.
  • 925 Gemz: Free tumbled stone with every $10 purchase

 

Boys and Girls club to release butterflies at Wellington Mall conservatory

About 20 children from the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club in Wellington will help to release butterflies this afternoon in the conservatory at The Mall at Wellington Green.

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Provided by The Mall at Wellington Green

The live butterfly conservatory opened in the mall’s grand court this month.  The special attraction will be at the mall through April 3.

The 300-square-foot conservatory offers staff-guided tour in on-site butterfly house; information about the anatomy of the butterfly, its life cycle and ecosystem; opportunities to see a butterfly hatch from the chrysalis; and complimentary craft projects, the mall’s website says. Visitors will also get the chance to feed a butterfly, the mall said.

Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for children. Children under the age of 2 are free with adult admission, according to the mall’s website.

 

Mellow Mushroom in Wellington marks anniversary with deals, prizes

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers is marking its one-year anniversary in Wellington with an all-day birthday event full of specials and prizes, including free pizza for a year.021313 tfig mmushroom 06

On Wednesday (March 16) guests at the Mellow Mushroom restaurant at 10600 Forest Hill Boulevard will receive mystery envelopes (while supplies last). Every envelope contains a prize, and one lucky winner will get free pizza for a year. There will also be a raffle.

Happy Hour specials run all day long, including deals on drafts, wine and cocktails. The restaurant will also offer specials on a variety of appetizers, a $2.50 small cheese deal, and $1.00 Bud Light and Yuengling drafts.

Outback restaurant co-founder creates new eatery

Bolay restaurant planned for Wellington
Bolay restaurant planned for Wellington

Restaurateur Tim Gannon, co-founder of Outback restaurant  and creator of the “Bloomin’ Onion,” has a knack for knowing what people want to eat.

Now Gannon and son, Chris, are out with a new concept: Bolay, a hip, fun eatery opening in Wellington in February 2016. Bolay will open in the newly-built Buckingham Plaza at 250 S. State Road 7.

Bolay promises to be a fast-casual concept featuring bowls “packed with nutrient-rich super foods” and proteins.

Translation: Look for items such as gluten-free cilantro noodles, Peruvian quinoa and marinated kale and currant salad.

Featured vegetables include Paleo sprouts, smoky cauliflower and and maple-roasted butternut squash. Proteins will include tuna, spiced steak, lemon chicken and tofu.

The concept will allow people to walk through a line and direct a Bolay employee to include the desired food items.

The food is intended to be healthy, nutritious and loaded with energy. “We want people to feel good about what they’re about to compose and eat,” Tim Gannon said.

Bolay, in fact, is the polar-opposite of the heavy, fried meal. “We’re going to be food-coma free,” Chris Gannon quipped.

“Every molecule in the building is going to be healthy,” Tim Gannon added.

But taste is important, too. The Gannons hail from New Orleans, where flavor and spice are important. “As much as the Bloom’ Onion send you flavor-wise into a special place, we’ll do the same thing without the heavy feeling or caloric content,” Tim Gannon said.

Gannon, who now lives on Palm Beach, is a former Wellington resident and polo aficionado. He said Wellington is dedicated to being physical and healthy, making it a good fit for the first Bolay store.

But Gannon expects to expand quickly once open. He’d like to open in West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens, and throughout South Florida. Franchising is an option down the road, too, he said.

For now, though, Tim Gannon said he’s happy to work with son, Chris, to get Bolay off the ground.

In addition to food, Bolay also will feature cold-pressed juices, wine and craft beer from nearby breweries, Chris Gannon said.

As much as possible, food will be locally sourced and seasonal, Chris added.

Chef Martin Oswald, former protégé of Wolfgang Puck, helped curate Bolay’s menu.  Oswald is known for cooking food based on a Nutritarian diet,  a way of eating based on food choices that maximize the micronutrients per calorie.

Tim Gannon expects the bowls to be priced from between $8 to $11 for lunch, and he said they will be large enough for people to save some to eat later for dinner, too.

Bolay will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. A grand opening date is not yet known but will be announced in the future.