Mother’s Day 2017: Here’s where to find a deal

Some local businesses and area attractions are honoring moms this Mother’s Day with freebies and discounts.

Here’s a list of where you can find a deal this weekend.

McDonalds: McDonald’s restaurants across Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast are treating moms to a FREE breakfast this Mother’s Day (May 14).

The promotion, which is available during morning breakfast hours at 84 participating McDonald’s restaurants in the Palm Beach-Treasure Coast area, includes a free breakfast sandwich or breakfast extra value meal with a choice of a small orange juice, coffee or soft drink.

To receive the free breakfast, mothers must be accompanied by a child. Limit one free offer per customer, per visit.

Rapids Water Park: Moms get in FREE at Rapids Water Park this weekend with a paid child’s admission.

The promotion runs Saturday and Sunday (May 13-14), according to the park’s Facebook page.

Regular all-day weekday admission is $42.99 plus tax. All day admission on Saturdays and Sundays is $47.99 plus tax. Children 2 and under are free.

Palm Beach Skate Zone: Palm Beach Skate Zone is honoring moms with a special skating day. Moms skate for FREE on Mother’s Day (May 14), according to the company’s website. Ice Skating times are 12:30  p.m. to 3 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Roller skating times are 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Palm Beach Zoo: Moms get in free to the Palm Beach Zoo with a regular paid child’s admission. Plus, the first 100 moms through the gate get a free reusable water bottle, courtesy of All My Sons Moving & Storage.

 

 

Häagen-Dazs is giving away FREE cones today

Häagen-Dazs has a sweet deal to help you beat the early summer heat.

Participating locations are giving away free ice cream cones from 4-8 p.m. today.

Visit participating Häagen-Dazs Shops in the United States between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 to receive one free scoop of ice cream or sorbet in a cup, sugar cone or cake cone. (PRNewsfoto/Haagen-Dazs Shops)

Customers will receive one free kiddie-sized scoop of ice cream or sorbet in either a cup, sugar cone or cake cone.

To find a participating store near you, click here.

In return for the free scoop, the company is asking guests to “pay it forward by planting wildflowers native to their region to help keep bees buzzing.”

 

Two PBC McDonald’s restaurants to give away free “Frorks” on Friday

To help pitch its new menu items, McDonald’s has invented a “uselessly useful” utensil designed to let customers sop up fallen condiments with french fries — and you’ll be able to get one for free on Friday (May 5) at two local restaurants.

The Frork — “a quasi-utensil, fry-fork hybrid”  — is made of silicone and has an opening where customers can insert three to four french fries. The fries double as the prongs of a fork, allowing customers to scoop up Pico Guacamole, Sweet BBQ Bacon and Maple Bacon Dijon — the toppings on the company’s new line of sandwiches.

Customers who buy one of the new Signature Crafted Sandwich at selected stores on May 5 will receive a free Frork (while supplies last). In Palm Beach County, the promotion is available at these two McDonald’s restaurants– 3805 Northlake Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens and 2421 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach.

Guests also get a free medium fry and free medium soft drink with purchase of any Signature Crafted Recipe sandwich through May 8, no coupon needed.

Need a job? Check out this job fair at CityPlace

More than 30 companies are expected to participate in a job fair at CityPlace next week, including All Aboard Florida’s Brightline passenger rail service, which is set to launch this summer.

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 in 2012. (Gary Coronado/The Palm Beach Post)

The 3rd annual job fair will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on May 11 at the Harriet Himmel Theater in CityPlace. The free event is presented by West Palm Beach Commissioner Keith James.

“During the second annual job fair, nearly 1,000 people convened at the Harriet Himmel Theater to speak with company representatives about available positions,” James said in a statement. “This has proven to be a successful and productive event for our community members who are seeking employment. We hope to see an even larger crowd this year.”

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

Other companies conducting interviews include Bed Bath & Beyond; Boynton Beach Community Caring Center; Charming Charlie; City Tap House; Copper Blues; ESPN West Palm; Francesca’s; Glades Drugs; Hilton West Palm Beach; L.A. Fitness; New York Life; Manpower; MD Now Medical Centers; Mojito Latin Cuisine & Bar; Olympusat Holdings, Inc; Palm Beach State College; Sephora; Southeastern College; and Sunglass Hut.

Organizers say new companies are being added daily. Visit  www.cityplace.com for the most up-to-date list of participating companies.

This national chain has opened in the Boca mall

Papyrus, an upscale chain selling greeting cards, stationary, invitations, wrap and unique gifts, has opened its doors at the Town Center at Boca Raton. 

The 791-square-foot store is located in the Nordstrom wing, next to Pottery Barn.

“We are thrilled to have such an exciting announcement to share with our community,” Sean Carroll, director of marketing and business development at Town Center at Boca Raton said in a statement. “We are continually looking to enhance our visitor’s shopping experience by offering a vast array of retail offerings.”

McDonald’s invents the “Frork,” a French fry fork, to pitch new sandwiches

To help pitch its new menu items, McDonald’s has invented a “uselessly useful” utensil designed to let customers sop up fallen condiments with french fries.

The Frork — “a quasi-utensil, fry-fork hybrid”  — is made of silicone and has an opening where customers can insert three to four french fries. The fries double as the prongs of a fork, allowing customers to scoop up Pico Guacamole, Sweet BBQ Bacon and Maple Bacon Dijon — the toppings on the company’s new line of sandwiches.

Customers who buy one of the new Signature Crafted Sandwich at selected stores on May 5 will receive a free Frork (while supplies last).

To find a participating McDonald’s near you, click here.

McDonald’s has turned to pitchman Anthony Sullivan to help promote the Frork and the new line of sandwiches. Check out the company’s first-ever infomercial below:

SunFest 2017: AT&T to boost wireless signal in downtown WPB

SunFest fans shouldn’t have a problem uploading their selfies and social media posts.

Fans scream as Fall Out Boy performs on the Ford stage during Sunfest in downtown West Palm Beach on May 3, 2015. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

In anticipation of the outdoor festival’s large crowds, AT&T is setting up a mobile cell site to help boost coverage in downtown West Palm Beach.

The cell site has been installed along Clematis Street near Flagler Drive, the company said. The mobile unit provides the coverage and capacity of three individual cell sites.

AT&T is also providing smartphone charging stations for concert goers at its booth inside this year’s event.

“Events like SunFest are full of moments customers want to share through texts, pictures, status updates and phone calls,” said Joe York, AT&T Florida president. “We’re working hard to give them great coverage and fast speeds.”

Macy’s Backstage outlet store to open this weekend at this local mall

Macy’s Backstage, the company’s outlet store, will open its first Florida location on Saturday (April 29) inside the Macy’s at the Boynton Beach Mall.

Caption:CHICAGO, IL – AUGUST 14: A shopper carries a purchase from Macy’s along the Magnificent Mile shopping district on August 14, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Macys reported lower than-expected second quarter sales today and cut their profit outlook for the year. Some analysts fear the disappointed news will reverberate throughout the retail sector because Macy’s is looked at as a barometer of spending among middle- to upper-income shoppers. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

To mark the occasion, the company plans to give away $20 gift cards to the first 100 customers. A ribbon cutting ceremony is set for 10 a.m.

The 19,000-square-foot outlet space will boast the “best of the Macy’s department store brand,” the company said.

The outlet’s opening comes less than a month after Macy’s closed its CityPlace location.  The 108,000-square-foot store in CityPlace is one of 68 locations the retailer plans to close this year as part of a downsizing effort aimed at boosting the retailer’s digital sales, outlet stores and luxury beauty division.

This Boca hotel just completed a multi-million dollar renovation

The Hampton Inn Boca Raton on Yamato Road has completed a multi-million dollar renovation project that includes upgrades to all 94 of its guest rooms, lobby, business center and pool.

The Hampton Inn Boca Raton, 1455 Yamato Road, has completed a multi-million dollar renovation project. (Photo provided)

The project, which hotel officials said cost between $2.8 and $3.2 million to complete, started in August.  The hotel plans to hold a grand re-opening ceremony today. Local business leaders and tourism officials are expected to be in attendance.

Hotel officials said renovations to the rooms included everything from the carpet to the mattresses. Rooms with two double mattresses were upgraded to queens.

The hotel, originally built in 1996, ranks 2nd of 27 hotels in Boca Raton on Trip Advisor. As a perk for its guests, the hotel provides day passes to the neighboring Lifetime Fitness.

The renovation comes amid a surge in the number of hotel rooms in the Boca area, tourism officials said.

“This Hampton Inn renovation continues to strengthen our growing Boca Raton hotel product, along with the recently opened Hyatt Place and the future opening of the Mandarin Oriental,” said Jorge Pesquera, president and CEO of Discover The Palm Beaches, the official tourism marketing corporation for Palm Beach County. “Boca Raton now boasts one third of the county’s room inventory with more options for visitors, at a variety of price points and locations, which help us promote our southernmost city as a desirable vacation and meetings destination.”

 

Sears to close 50 auto centers; 92 Kmart pharmacies

Sears plans to close 50 auto centers and 92 underperforming Kmart pharmacies as part of its ongoing restructuring effort, the company announced Friday.

(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Sears did not give a time frame for the closures or identify the locations of the stores that would be impacted.

RELATED: See the list of retailers closing in Palm Beach County

Sears has auto centers at its stores in Palm Beach Gardens, Boynton Beach and Boca, according to its website.

Friday’s announcement is expected to save the company about $250 million a year.

“Earlier this year, we initiated a strategic restructuring program and committed to improving our operating performance and financial flexibility in a very challenging retail environment,” Edward S. Lampert, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sears Holdings, said in a statement posted on the company’s website. “While we have made significant progress in reducing our cost base and enhancing our member value proposition, we need to take further action.”

Sears had previously announced it was closing 150 non-profitable stores, including 108 Kmart locations and 42 Sears locations.