Alex and Ani, a jewelry store known for its bangles and other American-made pieces, is scheduled to open in September. The 1,000-square- foot store will be located on the upper level between Marmi Shoes and Tumi, mall officials said.
Park Avenue will take over the Counter Burger space in the mall. Expect a full bar and outside seating, with an opened slated for August.
LaVallee said he’s craved a high-profile location for years but was never prominent enough to win the attention of bigtime shopping centers.
But shopping centers are undergoing big changes now.
With sales pinched by online retailers and fickle shoppers, mall leasing managers are looking for creative and popular tenants that will create a sense of community — and draw people back to the malls.
Park Avenue BBQ fits the bill, said mall leasing manager Al Ferris.
“It’s the right place at the right time,” LaVallee said.
When you talk about Park Avenue, you can’t get more local or community-minded.
The eatery was started by LaVallee in 1988 in Lake Park, and it has maintained a loyal following as it has grown to seven locations in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. The Gardens Mall will be its eighth store.
“Every city in the world has five Outbacks and they’re all the same,” LaVallee said. “Now the marketplace is swinging back to what’s truly local.”
Park Avenue has a very loyal fan base: It ranked #1 on a reader poll of Most Popular BBQ joints around.
Customers say the meat is tender, the sauces flavorful and the sides to die for, especially the cornbread.
But Park Avenue also is innovative and willing to live up to the Park Avenue in its name.
The farm-to-table method of dining, so popular at upscale eateries, is about to become a staple at Park Avenue, which actually has its own farm.
Look for pineapple, mango, avocado and various citrus fruits as part of menu items.
What can you make with pineapple? “Pineapple mango chutney, pineapple shortbread, pineapple a million ways,” LaVallee said.
LaValle offers this reminder: Some 100 years ago, the county’s plentiful sun and sandy land made the area a popular place to grow pineapples.
In addition to homegrown foods, Park Avenue is hopping onto another trend: The craft cocktail craze.
For instance, The Good Dean features white tequila and watermelon juice.
LaValle also is toying with the idea of offering some bespoke items, such as a delicate pork panini with “interesting greens.”
There may even be a vegetarian item on the menu to appeal to a greater variety of diners.
As for the future, LaVallee said he’s looking for new locations. He closed an east Boca Raton location but he’s on the hunt for a location in west Boca Raton.
And he’d like to open a store in Royal Palm Beach, too, he said.
Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, a Broward County-based chain known for its burritos, outdoor patios and fresh salsa bar, plans to open seven new locations in the next 2 years, including at least two in Palm Beach County.
Lime Fresh plans to open a new location at 3331 Northlake Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens next month, the chain said in a press release. Another Palm Beach County location is planned in West Palm Beach, it said.
Lime Fresh touts its fresh ingredients. The chain says it offers a healthier, fresh alternative to Mexican food, including its homemade salsa, sauces and sides, which are prepared on-site.
Food is also prepared without the use of use of microwaves or freezers, the company has said. The menu includes homemade guacamole, queso dip, nachos, tacos, burritos, salads and soups.
“Lime fanatics crave our unique offerings because we serve real, freshly-made-to-order food accompanied by an enthusiastic staff that really enhances the guest experience,” Joey Belmont, CEO of Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, said in a statement.
This is the first time the exhibit, which includes life-sized figures made entirely of Lego bricks, has been on display in Florida, the website said.
“There will be nearly 50 Lego models throughout the mall, including characters from The Lego Batman Movie, Marvel Comics and DC Comics Super Heroes, Lego Ninjago, and Disney princesses,” the website says.
Mall visitors (both kids and adults) can also build their own creations in the shopping hub’s Nordstrom Court.
There will be an area where Lego lovers can make a race car out of bricks, and then race it down special ramps. Shoppers can also put their Lego creations on display in a special art gallery, the website said.
On Thursday, the company’s website advertised 50 percent discounts, noting that all sales were final and that orders may take up to 10 business days to process.
All references to the chain had also been removed from The Gardens Mall’s website. The store was located next to Apple on the first level.
In an emailed statement, a mall spokeswoman did not address the closure, saying instead that the New Year would bring “exciting changes” to the upscale shopping hub.
“We are re-merchandising our shopping center to better align with our guests’ expectations,” the statement said. “While we have many new and enticing retailers to announce, I cannot share the specifics just yet. However, I can assure you that we are constantly listening to our customers and are striving to provide the shopping, service, and dining experiences that our clientele has come to expect from us. We take our commitment to our guests extremely seriously as we seek to deliver on the promise of exceptional experiences every day. We look forward to announcing these changes in the near future.”
The Limited was acquired by Boca Raton-based Sun Capital Partners in 2007.
Antica Sartoria, an Italian boutique known for its causal beach-chic style, will open its first U.S. location on Thursday at Downtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens.
Palm Beach County resident Renee Schaefer decided to bring the brand to Palm Beach Gardens after visiting Italy last year.
The 1,200-square-foot boutique is located on the ground floor next to the shopping hub’s center court. The store offers a variety of rare items, including blouses, embellished denim, bathing suits, printed cover-ups, dresses, caftans, necklaces and boho-inspired beach bags. Designer Giacomo Cinque only makes a certain number of each item, which are sold at 16 stores throughout Italy and will also be available at the new Palm Beach Gardens location.
“We walked into a store in Capri and fell in love everything about the collection and the beachy chic vibe the brand represents,” Schaefer said. “Designer Giocomo Cinque has done an exquisite job creating fresh, inspiring and statement-making pieces that women and children feel gorgeous wearing.”
The Palm Beach County location is a change for Schaefer, who with her husband, Curtis Sigretto, currently owns two local Halloween Express franchise locations.
Sigretto, who founded Halloween Express in 1989 and served as president of more than 220 stores, will serve as the boutique’s consultant. Wayne Jenkins, the founder of Wellington-based Captive One Insurance, is the lead investor.
PGA Commons will celebrate its 15th anniversary next month, and its businesses plan to mark the milestone with deals and discounts.
The mixed-use shopping and entertainment hub, located on PGA Boulevard west of Military Trail, opened its doors in Oct. 2001.
“We are proud to have created and remained active participants in this remarkable community for 15 years,” said Joel Channing co-founder of PGA Commons. “Since day one, PGA Commons has served as the area’s premier retail/social destination, and we are grateful for all the support we have received over the years. We are excited to celebrate this milestone with the community and look forward to a successful future together.”
PGA Commons said discounts and specials at participating stores and restaurants including (but are not limited to):
Bamboo Clothiers – $15 for all earrings.
Blowtox | A Blow Dry Bar – 15% off all color services.
Flourish Massage – 15% off 60-minute table massage or 60-minute table/foot massage combo.
Kabuki Sushi Thai Tapas – $15 PGA Roll (made specially for mall’s anniversary), with shrimp tempura, cucumber, avocado, cream cheese, topped with spicy tuna, tempura flakes, eel sauce, and spicy mayo.
Onessimo Fine Art – 15% off specific artists’ artwork.
Polished Nail Spa – 15% off a Deluxe Hot Stone Pedicure.
Prosecco Café – $15 selection of wines and prosecco by the bottle.
Revolution Dating – 15% off any membership package.
Spoto’s Oyster Bar – 15% off lunch or dinner check.
Studio E Gallery – 15% off any purchase.
The Tux Shop – $15 off a Private Collection tuxedo rental.
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.
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.
The Container Store will mark the opening of its new Palm Beach Gardens location with hourly giveaways this weekend.
The store, which is located in Legacy Place, will open its doors at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The company plans to hold a weekend-long grand opening celebration.
In a press release announcing the opening, the company said it “will give away great prizes every hour on the hour, all weekend long, including a $1,000 elfa Space Makeover with installation both days. elfa is The Container Store’s exclusive modular shelving and drawer system and best-selling product that can be customized to organize any space in the home or office.”
In addition, the company said it plans to donate 10 percent of grand opening weekend sales from our Palm Beach Gardens store to Maltz Jupiter Theatre.
The Palm Beach Gardens store will be the company’s second location in Palm Beach County.