Wellington theater to offer FREE kids movies this summer

Paragon Theaters at the Mall at Wellington Green will offer FREE kids movies this summer.

The movies are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and are available on a first come, first serve basis. The promotion begins on on June 13 and runs through August.

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Movies include: Storks, Boxtrolls, Secret Life of Pets, Sing, Paranorman, The Lego Movie, Kubo, Pirates! Band of Misfits, and Curious George.

Here is the complete schedule:



Office Depot opens “store of the future” in Royal Palm Beach

Office Depot formally re-opened its newly redesigned store in Royal Palm Beach on Thursday, bringing the company’s sleeker and more business-friendly format to Palm Beach County.

The Boca Raton-based retailer announced earlier this year that was testing a plan to make its retail locations smaller and better organized. The Royal Palm Beach store’s relaunch marks Office Depot’s first “Store of the Future” in Palm Beach County.

Office Depot's redesigned store in Royal Palm Beach
Office Depot’s redesigned store in Royal Palm Beach

The new concept was rolled out in May at the chain’s Margate store located less than 30 minutes from Office Depot’s headquarters in Broward County.

District Manager Paul Adams said the changes, which center on customer service, have been well received by both business owners and shoppers.


Office Depot's redesigned store in Royal Palm Beach
Office Depot’s redesigned store in Royal Palm Beach


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“There are a lot of things you can buy online,” Adams said. “But you can’t get someone to give you real knowledge. That is what differentiates us.”

The new format was designed with business customers in mind. The Royal Palm Beach store features an on-site “small business concierge” to help customers figure out what they need to run and grow their companies.  Employees also receive enhanced training in order to better answer customers’ questions, Adams said.

The store features a furniture section with commercial grade items and flexible work stations and an exclusive line of professional HP laptops.

There is also a full-service copy center with more machines and services that extend beyond what is offered at other stores, Adams said.

Four things to know about CityPlace’s newest tenant

The Shade Store
The Shade Store

CityPlace, the shopping, dining and entertainment mecca in West Palm Beach, just scored a new tenant. But it’s not another clothing store or restaurant.

Instead, it’s The Shade Store, a company selling premium custom window treatments.

The Port Chester, N.Y.-based company features a collection of more than 900 materials for roller shades, solar shades, roman shades and drapery. The store is set to open Sept. 30.

The opening marks the company’s 6th Florida showroom. Other  locations are in Winter Park, Tampa Bay, Estero and the Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA) in Dania Beach. There’s also a shop-in-shop in the Kravet showroom in Naples. A Miami showroom is slated to open this fall.

A store selling window shades doesn’t sound like a typical CityPlace retailer. After all, CityPlace once was replete with clothing stores, such as Banana Republic and Ann Taylor, selling all manner of women’s apparel.

But with the contraction in the retail industry as consumers buy clothes more online, many bricks-and-mortar stores have closed.

So malls, including CityPlace, are trying to reinvent themselves.

CityPlace lately has settled on home furnishings as a trend it would like to exploit. This trend got a big boost with the addition of a standalone Restoration Hardware furniture gallery in the median of Okeechobee Boulevard, next to CityPlace. Restoration Hardware’s 58,000 square foot gallery is expected to open in the spring.

The Restoration Hardware deal will allow CityPlace to piggyback on the store’s draw by adding more home furnishings stores, said Ken Himmel, president of Related Urban, the mixed-use unit of New York-based Related Cos., which built CityPlace.

The Shade Shop is among the first of several new home stores to come to CityPlace, along with soon-to-open Natuzzi furniture store, which has another store in Boca Raton.

We asked The Shade Shop’s co-founder Ian Gibbs why he picked CityPlace for the company’s flagship Palm Beach County store.

1.  Why CityPlace for the company’s West Palm Beach location?

CiyPlace is a really unique location. It’s one of the top shopping centers in South Florida and has a great mix of high-end design shops and retailers. It’s the perfect place for our brand.

2.  Specifically, was the company attracted to the coming presence of the Restoration Hardware gallery next to the center?

We have a lot of respect for Restoration Hardware and share a common customer, so it’s great that we will be near each other in the center.

3.  What about West Palm Beach made it appealing to the Shade Store?

Florida is one of our most successful markets and we have been selling in the West Palm Beach area through our online store for years. As we continue to expand our presence throughout the state, this market was a great next choice for us in giving our customers a physical location to shop for window treatments.

4.  What types of customers does the Shade store hope to attract? Palm Beachers? Residents living throughout the county? People living in new apartments and existing condos downtown?

We are a national brand with 42 showrooms nationwide. We are an ideal solution for anyone looking for custom window treatments and have a lot of experience working with new apartment and condo complexes as well as with new and existing homes.  We expect to serve customers from all over the area and our showrooms are an ideal place for both full and part-time residents to work with our trained design consultants to develop the perfect window treatment plan for their home.  And most importantly, not only do we provide unprecedented access to the world’s finest materials and artisan craftsmanship, but we also manage every detail of the project from inspiration to installation.


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.



Teacher Appreciation Day 2016: Free beer at this local joint

World of Beer is giving teachers a free beer on Tuesday.MCC-WORLD OF BEER 009.JPG

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.

Yesteryear Village now opened weekly

Yesteryear Village, The South Florida Fair’s 10-acre history park, is now opening its doors to the public on a consistent basis.

The village had traditionally allowed the public to explore its historic buildings only during the South Florida Fair and other special events. But this month, the village began opening its doors on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The 1935 woodframe Loxahatchee Groves Elementary School schoolhouse in Yesteryear Village Monday, January 26, 2015. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
The 1935 woodframe Loxahatchee Groves Elementary School schoolhouse in Yesteryear Village Monday, January 26, 2015. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

Admission rates are $7 for seniors and children ages 5 to 11 and $10 for those 12 or older. Children under 5 are free.

A ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for April 15 to mark the change.  The gates open at 10 a.m. and the ceremony begins at 11 a.m. Admission during the ribbon cutting ceremony weekend (April 14-16) will be free for the first hour — from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The ceremony will include first person interpreters portraying a character from the pre-1940s and old-fashioned refreshments.

“This is a unique opportunity to interact with town residents as they portray a character of early Florida living from more than 75 years ago,” said Yesteryear Village Manager Paige Poole.

The village, which was started in 1990 in response to a similar attraction at the Florida State Fair in Tampa, features a large collection of original and replicated early buildings from the area including an old schoolhouse, a farm, a blacksmith shop, a general store and several houses. It is also home to the only big band museum in the United States, the Sally Bennett Big Band Hall of Fame Museum.




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.

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.

Lion Country Safari to be featured on popular ABC television show

Lion Country Safari will be featured this spring on the Emmy award-winning television series Born to Explore with Richard Wiese, officials with the wildlife and amusement park said.

Crews from the television series Born to Explore with Richard Wiese visit Lion Country on Jan. 29 (photo provided)
Crews from the television series Born to Explore with Richard Wiese visit Lion Country on Jan. 29 (photo provided)

Lion Country officials teamed up Friday with producers for the television show, which airs on ABC stations nationwide, to take a group of New Jersey students on a virtual field trip to meet Cupid, on of the park’s giraffes.

With the help of Microsoft, sixth graders from Tuckerton Elementary in New Jersey learn about animal adaptation in up close encounters with the park’s animals, according to Jennifer Berthiaume, Lion Country’s public relations and marketing director.

The segment is expected to air on April 2, 2016 on ABC stations nationwide.