Dollar General plans gift card giveaway to mark opening of Riviera Beach store

To mark the opening of its new Riviera Beach location, Dollar General plans to give away gift cards and other items as part of a celebration set for Saturday.

The first 50 people in line when the doors open at 8 a.m. Saturday will receive a $10 Dollar General gift card, the company said. The first 200 people will get a free Dollar General tote bag with complimentary product samples.

The store is located at 3701 Broadway in Riviera Beach.

“Dollar General is committed to delivering a pleasant shopping experience that includes a convenient location, a wide assortment of merchandise and great prices on quality products,” said Dan Nieser, Dollar General’s senior vice president of real estate and store development.  “We hope our area customers will enjoy shopping at Dollar General’s new location.”


Cracking an egg over your head could win you a shopping spree at this local mall

Palm Beach Outlets is teaming up with radio station WRMF this Saturday, giving away a $1,000 shopping spree as part of a contest that dares participants to crack an egg over their head.

WRMF will bring 100 colored eggs to Palm Beach Outlets on Saturday. One of them will be hardboiled; the rest will be raw.

Participants will be asked to crack an egg over their head. If they get the one that is hard boiled, they win the $1,000 shopping spree. Consolation prizes will be given out.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to noon. To sign up, click here.

For more information, call Palm Beach Outlets at (561) 515-4400 or go online to


This family-friendly pizza place is coming to Palm Beach County

Peter Piper Pizza, a family-style pizza restaurant owned by Chuck E. Cheese’s parent CEC Entertainment, plans to open its first Palm Beach County location in Greenacres — part of a push to expand the west coast chain east of the Mississippi River.

The Phoenix-based company is eyeing locations across Florida, with an emphasis on the southern reaches of the state, said Jason Greenwood, the chain’s Chief Marketing Officer. The company currently has 146 restaurants in a handful of southwestern states and Mexico, but announced last year that it planned to expand into new markets.

No opening date has been set for the Greenacres location, which is planned in the Green Acres Plaza at the corner of Lake Worth and Jog roads. Greenwood said its unclear whether the Palm Beach County restaurant will be the company’s first in Florida.

“I can’t tell you it is the first, but it will be one of the first,” Greenwood said. “We love the market. We love South Florida.”

Butterfly exhibit coming to South Florida Science Center

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium plans to unveil an interactive exhibit on butterflies just in time for the long summer break.

The “Amazing Butterflies” exhibit will be on display from May 6 through Sept. 29.

According to the science center the exhibit features the entire lifecycle of the butterfly.

“Visitors will experience the challenges of being a caterpillar as it transforms into a beautiful butterfly, discovering how the caterpillars eat, move and live through a hands-on maze filled with activities the whole family will enjoy,” the science center said. “Guests of all ages can learn what it’s like to fly like a butterfly, walk like a caterpillar and avoid getting stuck in a spider web. After learning about the lifecycle of the butterfly, guests can explore the butterfly gardens throughout the Science Center’s new Conservation Course, an 18-hole miniature golf course, to get an up-close look at the beautiful insects.”

Tickets to “Amazing Butterflies” are included in the general admission, which is $15 for adults, $11 for children 3-12 and free to members and children under 3.

Hoffman’s plans Easter factory tour; egg hunt

Hoffman’s Chocolates plans to hold a “Hoppy Easter Celebration” on April 8 at its Greenacres chocolate factory, shoppe and ice cream parlour.

The celebration will include Eastr egg hunts, photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny, food trucks, entertainment and other family-friendly activities.

Here is the schedule of events:

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Chocolate Factory Tour and chocolate activity – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

This festive, first-time event will include breakfast with the Easter Bunny featuring an all-you-can-eat, buffet-style breakfast with offerings such as eggs, bacon, sausage, cheesy hash browns, bagels, pastries, juices and coffee. The morning will also include photo opportunities with the bunny, a rare, behind-the-scenes tour of the famous Hoffman’s Chocolates Factory, a special, create-your-own chocolate bar activity and an Easter egg hunt. The egg hunt will feature approximately 5,000 eggs filled with goodies, redeemable vouchers and one extra-special egg will contain a voucher to claim a 3-foot Chocolate Bunny (valued at $299.95).  Guests can also take part in the other activities later that day. The cost for this event is $34.95 for adults, $17.95 for children ages 2-12, and children under 2 are free but will not be assigned a seat. To register visit Price of admission also gives all guests first access to the Easter egg hunt following the breakfast. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Hoppy Easter Celebration – 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Hoffman’s Chocolates will celebrate Easter with a family-friendly afternoon including Easter egg hunts (for ages 2-12), photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny, food trucks, magic shows, entertainment, crafts and other activities in Hoffman’s beautiful Gardens. The cost for entry is $5 per person (children under 2 are free). Ice cream, Easter treats, gourmet caramel apples and other chocolates and confections will be available for sale in both The Sweet Shack in the Gardens and in the Factory Store. Tickets can be purchased at Hoffman’s Chocolates the day of the event. Please don’t forget to bring your own Easter basket.



Cricket Wireless store opens in Lake Worth

A new Cricket Wireless store has opened at 1212 S. Dixie Highway in Lake Worth, the company announced this week.

All Cellular Wireless, LLC owns and operates the location.

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“We continue to expand our retail presence in South Florida to meet the growing needs of our customers,” said Leon Duarte, market director for Cricket Wireless. “We want to make our products and services easily accessible to shoppers. This new store will help us do that.”

The store is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday.

Another convention center hotel looks likely

Hilton West Palm Beach
Hilton West Palm Beach

A top Related Cos. executive confirmed last week that the New York-based company is increasingly likely to build another hotel next to its new Hilton West Palm Beach at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

Ken Himmel said Related has been happily surprised by the success of the Hilton, which celebrated its first anniversary last month. The Hilton is at 600 Okeechobee Blvd.

The hotel logged room rates of $270 per night in January, higher than an expected rate of $230. “We made six months worth of profits in January. It’s unbelievable,”  said Himmel, president of Related Urban, the mixed-use unit of Related Cos., which developed CityPlace and the Hilton hotel.

Hotel occupancy was 88 percent in January, Himmel added. The hotel “beat every one of our budgets, both occupancy and rates the first year,” Himmel said.

In addition, the convention center is enjoying an unprecedented surge in business thanks to finally having a hotel next door for conventiongoers.

“The convention center has tripled its bookings going forward,” Himmel said.

Those numbers are leading Himmel and other top Related executives to consider adding another 200 rooms on an adjacent parking lot.

It’s a big commitment, but Related is feeling upbeat about the city.

“We have every reason to believe that keeping our investment profile high (in West Palm Beach) is going to make a lot of sense,” Himmel said.

That hotel, which could be a boutique Hilton brand such as the Curio Collection, would share the Hilton’s amenities, including the pool and facilities.

A final decision is expected to be made by year’s end, with a new hotel possible built by the end of 2019, he said.

Himmel said the Hilton has experienced an unexpected boost to its business: Bookings by the media in town to cover President Donald Trump when he visits his part-time Palm Beach home, Mar-a-Lago.

But having Trump in town hasn’t just been good for Hilton and Related. Himmel said reporters are spending money around Palm Beach and West Palm Beach, too.

AT&T retailer opens in suburban Lake Worth

AT&T has opened a new authorized retailer store in suburban Lake Worth, the company announced this morning.

The new store, which is owned and operated by Let’s Go Wireless, is located in the Shoppes at Mission Lakes at 5940 S. State Road 7.

photo provided
photo provided

The 1,900-square-foot location is one of 29 authorized retailer sites for AT&T in Palm Beach County, the company said.

AT&T has 11 of its own stores in the county.

“We’re expanding our retail presence to better serve our customers,” said Cristy Swink, AT&T Florida vice-president and general manager. “Convenient locations are key when it comes to shopping.”

The new store is opened from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday.


West Palm Beach warehouse provides retail space for local artisans

A budding warehouse district just south of downtown West Palm Beach is providing pop-up retail and creative space for local artisans and entrepreneurs looking to grow their businesses.

Elizabeth Ave Station (Photo by Jordan Vilonna)
Elizabeth Ave Station (Photo by Jordan Vilonna)

Elizabeth Ave Station, located at 1500 Elizabeth Avenue in an industrial area just south of Okeechobee Boulevard and west of Parker Avenue, is designed to give small business owners and artists an affordable place sell their wares. Space can be rented by the month.

As of Friday, 15 local vendors plan to set up shop at the station, which will officially open to the public on Saturday. The vendors will sell everything from jewelry to home decor to handmade artwork.

The station also has a creative space that local artists and business owners can rent out by the hour for photo shoots and other work projects.

“It is something new that Palm Beach hasn’t seen,” said Danielle Casey, a spokeswoman for the station. “I think there is going to be a little something for everybody.”

A grand opening launch party for the station will be held Saturday night. The event, which is opened to the public, is being planned in conjunction with Art Synergy, an effort designed to united the county’s arts community. A donation of $5 is suggested to help with the effort.

The launch party begins at 6 p.m. There will be food trucks, live music and art installations, Casey said.

Danni Mitchell, the founder and art director of Gather and Seek, a local graphic design studio, is the brainchild behind the station project. Mitchell discovered the space while looking for a venue for her wedding, and decided to move her business into warehouse.

Elizabeth Ave Station (Photo by Jordan Vilonna)
Elizabeth Ave Station (Photo by Jordan Vilonna)

Working with the building’s owner, Mitchell reached out to other small business owners and artists about setting up shop at the site.

The building features a large courtyard space, and Casey said the group plans to hold regular events there.

“The sky is the limit with the events we are going to be holding,” Casey said. “The creative area in West Palm Beach is completely flourishing.”

Pop-up gallery takes over Clematis Street space


Art has made its way out of an art show and onto Clematis Street in West Palm Beach.

Mr. Brainwash made such a big splash at the Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Art Fair this past weekend in the city owned “tent site” that a Cleveland-based gallery has opened a pop-up art gallery downtown featuring his work and other artists.

Contessa Gallery now is leasing 539 Clematis Street  as a winter satellite location, according to gallery co-owner Steve Hartman.

The pop-up gallery, which began stocking the space immediately after the weekend show, was an impulsive move by Hartman and West Palm Beach property owner Jonathan Gladstone.

But sometimes art, like love, is hard to explain.

So it was that Gladstone and one of his children were captivated by the modern pieces shown by Contessa, which has a collection featuring pieces by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.

Gladstone was especially struck by works done by Mr. Brainwash, the high-profile street artist and former French filmmaker, Thierry Guetta, also known as MBW.

And Hartman, who counts a longtime following of Palm Beach and Miami clients, had been thinking of setting up shop in a more permanent way locally.

Neither man overthought it, fortunately, and 36 hours after they met, Hartman was putting pieces up on the wall of Gladstone’s building.

The property previously housed Footwear & More and prior to that, Habatat Galleries.

Gladstone is psyched about his current tenant: “It’s maybe one of the greatest opportunities for Clematis Street to present a really serious artist and one that has worldwide recognition.”

Contessa’s Hartman is excited, too. It’s the first pop-up gallery he’s done but he’s thinking of doing it other cities.

“We’re very passionate about what we do and we talk to everybody,” he said. “We’re very approachable.”

And fun. The whimsical pop artwork stocked by Contessa is recognizable and easy to appreciate.

And the folks at Contessa like to spend time talking to buyers, who often become close friends, Hartman said.

Hartman said Mr. Brainwash is particularly sought after: “He’s the hottest artist in the world. And he’s collected all over the world.”

On Wednesday afternoon, about 50 works were already hung on the walls and more were on the way.