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.

Club sandwich
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.

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.

 

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.

 

 

CityPlace to host free art event for kids on Aug. 6

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The “Discover the Arts Fun Day” runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will feature FREE art activities for kids.

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The event coincides with Florida’s popular back-to-school sales tax holiday, which runs from Aug.5-7.  During the three-day weekend, shoppers won’t be charged the state’s 6 percent sale tax on certain school-related items.

From August 5- 14, shoppers who spend $100 at CityPlace stores will get $10 back. Those who spend $150, will get $20 back, according to a representative for the retail hub.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

The Beef Jerky Outlet to open in West Palm Beach

The Beef Jerky Outlet plans to open its doors in West Palm Beach next month.

Beef jerky
Beef jerky

The national chain, which has 57 franchise locations, including 6 founder-owned stores, plans to open at the Palm Beach Outlets in early June, the company announced Wednesday.

The specialty store offers more than 200 jerky varieties, sizes and flavors.  Specialty meats include kangaroo, alligator, venison and elk, as well as exotic flavors like Moonshine and Cajun.

“I love beef jerky and have been making it for years for our camping, diving, rafting and skiing outings,” said Don Jones, who owns the West Palm Beach Beef Jerky Outlet with his wife Lupe.  “Jerky was a great snack throughout my military career and a big reason why I became interested in the franchise.”

 

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.

Job Fair to be held at CityPlace on Thursday

More than 30 companies are expected to participate in a job far on Thursday in West Palm Beach.

Kierstan Patrick, of West Palm Beach, looks for a position in the marketing field at a job fair sponsored by JOB News at the Marriott in West Palm Beach on Wednesday. The event was attended by more than 3,000 people. (Gary Coronado/The Palm Beach Post)
Kierstan Patrick, of West Palm Beach, looks for a position in the marketing field at a job fair sponsored by JOB News at the Marriott in West Palm Beach on Wednesday. The event was attended by more than 3,000 people. (Gary Coronado/The Palm Beach Post)

The job fair will be held at the Harriet Himmel Theater at CityPlace. It runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The event is presented by West Palm Beach City Commissioner Keith James and the School District of Palm Beach County, and is designed to connect individuals with local employers for both seasonal and full-time positions.

Companies set to attend include Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach; BURGERFI; City Pizza; City of West Palm Beach – Police Department; Hilton West Palm Beach; iFixandRepair; IT Works; ITT Technical Institute; Jamba Juice; L’Occitane; Mellow Mushroom; Mojito Latin Cuisine & Bar; New York Life; Palm Beach County Human Resources; QBS; SEE Eyewear; St. Mary’s Medical Center; The Regional Kitchen & Public House; Victoria’s Secret; and more.

Companies ask that participants seeking employment bring two forms of identification for hiring paperwork at the event.