Gymboree stores at CityPlace, Delray Marketplace, and the Boynton Beach Mall are among 350 stores slated to be closed. The company operates 1,281 retail stores under the Gymboree, Janie and Jack and Crazy 8 brands.
Liquidation sales at stores slated for closure are already underway, according to the company’s website.
“Right-sizing our store footprint is a central part of our efforts to ensure Gymboree emerges from this restructuring process as a stronger and more competitive organization, with greater financial flexibility to invest in our future,” Daniel Griesemer, President and CEO of Gymboree, said in a statement released in June. “Importantly, we will continue to operate a majority of our stores and will continue to deliver quality merchandise and superior service to our customers at our Gymboree, Janie and Jack and Crazy 8 brands. This was a difficult decision to make, but we are confident that it is in the best long-term interest of our Company, our customers and our broader employee base.
Gymboree also has stores at the Palm Beach Outlets, The Mall at Wellington Green and the Town Center at Boca Raton.
Since opening six months ago, Craft Food Tours has hosted roughly 45 groups. Public tours are offered on weekends.
Now the company is looking to expand.
Guidice, who recently decided to quit his full-time job with a bank in Miami to focus on growing the tourism business, said he plans to launch a Thursday night tour for locals this summer. By the start of the winter tourism season, he plans to offer tours Tuesdays through Sundays.
Guidice also hopes to begin offering private tours for large groups.
“The great thing about these tours is that a lot of them introduce you to local restaurants you may not have experienced on your own,” said Ashley Svarney, the Director of Public Relations and Communications at Discover The Palm Beaches, the county’s tourism marketing organization. “That is what more and more travelers want. They want to know these local places that they can only experience when they visit a place like The Palm Beaches.”
As many as 40 percent of U.S. travelers plan their vacations around food, according to the World Food Travel Association. In Palm Beach County, 28 percent of all tourists cite culinary motivations as the reason for their visit, tourism officials have said.
“Food is really the only universal language,” Guidice said.
After taking roughly 20 food tours in cities across the world, Guidice said he decided to start his own. Guidice and Guzman decided to launched the company in Delray Beach.
The tours cost $65 for adults and include 12 tastings, 2 cocktails and a craft beer.
The company partners with eight restaurants in Delray Beach, including several smaller spots, Guidice said.
“We have fantastic relationships” with the restaurants, Guidice said. “Without the restaurants we can’t do the food tour.”
The rise of culinary tours in Palm Beach County is a testament to the area’s flourishing food scene, Svarney said.
“The culinary scene it really is taking off, and more and more people are noticing,” Svarney said.
The county’s culinary tours can also help drive business to area restaurants, she added.
“These culinary tours have the opportunity to produce more business for these restaurants and bars later on down the road,” Svarney said. “These visitors might have samples of a very small dish that they fell in love with and maybe the come back and enjoy a full dinner or a full lunch.”
In celebration of Mother’s Day, the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority is planning to give away Phalaenopsis orchid plants to those who spend $200 shopping at downtown fashion boutiques, specialty stores, gift shops, art galleries, spas, salons and fitness studios.
The promotion is available to who spend $200 between May 1 and May 13. Shoppers who save their receipts can pick-up their orchid between May 10 – 13 at one of two Orchid Stations located in front of Hands Stationers, 325 E Atlantic Ave. and Petite Connection, 1049 E Atlantic Ave.
Orchids can be picked up on Wednesday, May 10, Thursday, May 11 and Friday, May 12 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday, May 13 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
From May 1-17, shoppers can also enter to win a Mother’s Day prize package at DelrayOrchidGiveaway.com. Valued at over $500, the package includes Downtown Delray Beach dining, spa, shopping and attraction certificates.
For more information visit downtowndelraybeach.com and facebook.com/DelrayDDA, or call the DDA Office at (561) 243.1077.
Among the Mother’s Day options available this year: Hoffman’s Chocolates High Heel Shoe for $29.95 and a Sweet Purse Basket starting at $26.95. Hoffman’s Chocolates has been gracing the taste buds of Palm Beach County since the company opened its first store in downtown Lake Worth four decades ago. The company celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2015.
Contact: 16950 N. Jog Road, Delray Beach; 561-403-5192
The European-style bakery and café has locations in Delray Beach and downtown West Palm Beach, offering a variety of confections. It is lead by French master baker Patrick Lézé, a veteran of some of France’s best known bakeries and executive chef at the Patrick Lézé patisserie in Palm Beach.
Sydney Boutique Flowers & Gift
Contact: Quantum Town Centre, 1034 Gateway Blvd., #106, Boynton Beach; 561-628-1361
The Forbes Five Star resort is offering special room rates, spa deals, and a Sunday brunch so you can make the whole weekend all about mom. Room rates for Mother’s Day weekend start at $199 per night. (Use booking code: MOTHER). The “Queen Mother” spa package (90 minutes for $295) includes hand drawn bath of exotic florals, oriental teas, and precious oils combined with a hand washing and polishing of the skin, a delicate dry buff, and a warm butter and silk massage.
Culinary tours are the perfect gift for a foodie. Two of Palm Beach County’s three tour operators offer guests in Delray Beach, Boca Raton and Lantana a chance to sample some of the area’s most unique eateries.
This studio offers paint parties led by an artist who will help you recreate the nightly featured painting. Mom can enjoy a glass of wine, while the artist provides step-by-step instructions. Group painting classes are also available.
Evelyn & Arthur
Contact: Locations in Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach and Manalapan
The family-owned business offers a number of unique items, including Mother’s Day options. They include: Nico silk wrapped pearls in a variety of colors ($82) and Ah!Dorned bags, created from all vegan leather (46-$48).
Contact: 1100 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach; 561-276-8088
The Delray Beach boutique offers a variety of clothing, accessories and unique home items. The store first opened in Delray Beach in 1987. Its beach-themed collection includes year-round “resort wear.”
Those who spend $200 or more at the roughly 300 fashion boutiques, art galleries, gift shops, spas, salons and fitness studios in downtown Delray Beach will receive a Phalaenopisis Orchid plant.
Restaurant are excluded from the promotion, which runs from April 30 through May 7.
“Created by the DDA to encourage shopping Downtown for the Mother’s Day holiday, this annual program is generously supported by the Merchants and Merchant Association,” said Laura Simon, the DDA’s Executive Director. “This is our way of saying thank you for shopping in Downtown Delray Beach.”
Those who collect $200 in receipts can claim their plant at one of two “Orchid Stations.” The stations will be located in front of Hands Stationers (325 E Atlantic Ave.) and Petite Connection (1049 E. Atlantic Ave.). The stations will be opened from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 30 and May 4, 5, and 6; and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 7.
The orchid plants are available in a variety of colors while supplies last.
The project included upgrades to every villa, suite and room, the hotel said.
“This total $1.2 million renovation started with the four luxury villas in the summer of 2014 and has since expanded hotel-wide, touching every room and the entire grounds,” said Cathy Balestriere, the hotel’s general manager. “The impressive, guest-pleasing new look just strengthens our brand as the coolest place to stay in Delray Beach.”
In addition, the ground floor rooms now have access to semi-private back patios, while second floor living areas have balconies overlooking one of the two swimming pools or Tiki Bars the hotel.
“In both the living room and bed room are over-sized flat screen TVs,” Balestriere said. “The new Crane’s Beach House also sports custom plantation shutters, a brand new kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances, comfortable new mattresses on every bed, and extraordinary artwork, often created by local artists.”