Wellington mall launches indoor farmer’s market

The Mall at Wellington Green will host an indoor farmer’s market during the warm summer months, officials announced Tuesday. 

The “Live 360° Indoor Farmer’s Market” kicks off on Saturday (June 10) and will feature freshly baked breads, plants, flowers, jams, jellies, honey, specialty dips, and gluten-free items. There will also be musical performances and demonstrations by local artists.

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The farmer’s market will be held the second Saturday and Sunday of every month through October in the City Furniture Court.

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Market hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

 

 

Holiday shopping: Exclusive Star Wars gifts you can only find at Target

In the battle to woo holiday shoppers, a growing number of national retailers are stocking their shelves with exclusive items that can only be bought at their stores. 

Chewbacca greets shoppers as they enter Target in Boynton Beach. Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise went on sale at select stores at 12:01 a.m. on September 4, 2015. (Brianna Soukup/Palm Beach Post)
Chewbacca greets shoppers as they enter Target in Boynton Beach. Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise went on sale at select stores at 12:01 a.m. on September 4, 2015. (Brianna Soukup/Palm Beach Post)

Target is no exception. The national retailer is touting four exclusive Star Wars items that can only be purchased at its stores.

Star Wars merchandise ranks among the top gift items this holiday season.

By selling exclusive items — especially those designed around popular children’s characters and brands — retailers not only hope to draw shoppers into their stores, but to get those shoppers to purchase other holiday gift items while they are there.

Target’s exclusive Star Wars lineup includes:

 

 

 

Holiday shopping: For those who have everything, consider a food tour

A growing number of shoppers plan to give their friends and family members an experience — not stuff — this holiday season.

Over the last five years, consumers have shifted some of their holiday spending away from goods, opting instead to buy services and other experience-based gifts.

Kristl Story, owner of West Palm Beach Food Tours, talks to a group of LGBT bloggers and travel writers taking part in a food tour of downtown West Palm Beach Friday, April 1, 2016. Their first stop was The Blind Monk. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
Kristl Story, owner of West Palm Beach Food Tours, talks to a group of LGBT bloggers and travel writers taking part in a food tour of downtown West Palm Beach Friday, April 1, 2016. Their first stop was The Blind Monk. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

One local option for holiday shoppers looking to give an experience over goods: Food tours.

Everybody loves food! Let your family and friends eat away on one of Palm Beach County’s three culinary tours. Each tour visits a different area, giving guests the chance to sample some of the county’s most unique eateries.

Savor Our City Culinary Tours, 800-979-3370.

Website: savorourcity.com

Taste History Culinary Tours, 561-243-2662 or 561-638-8277

Website: tastehistoryculinarytours.org

West Palm Beach Food Tours, 866-736-6343

Website: westpalmbeachfoodtour.com

For a complete list of experience gift options, click HERE.

 

 

Cyber Monday 2016: Target to offer 15 percent Apple products and “nearly everything” else it sells

Thanksgiving is still a day away, but Target on Wednesday unveiled its Cyber Monday game plan which includes 15 percent nearly everything its sells — including Apple products — both online and in its stores.

(Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

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The two day event kicks off on early Sunday morning and continues through Monday.  No online promo code or in-store coupon will be required.

New this year, Target is expanding the 15 percent off discount to include all gaming consoles, iRobot vacuums, KitchenAid appliances and all Apple products – including iPhone and Apple Watch.

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According to the deal hunting website BfAds.net, Target’s top Cyber Monday deals include:

“Target is building on last year’s record-breaking Cyber Monday event with a truly spectacular two-day offer,” said Mike McNamara, chief information and digital officer of Target. “We’re giving guests a compelling opportunity to save 15 percent across Target’s broad assortment, plus the flexibility to shop the offer for two days in a way that’s most convenient to them – whether they want to shop online or in a store.”

 

Cyber Monday 2016: Kohl’s releases list of cyber deals

With many Thanksgiving/Black Friday sales already underway, Kohl’s has unveiled its plans for the next big shopping rush – Cyber Monday.

Boynton Beach-- Shoppers rush into Kohl's Department Store in Boynton Beach as the store opens their doors at midnight Black Friday morning. (Alyssa Orr/The Palm Beach Post)
Boynton Beach– Shoppers rush into Kohl’s Department Store in Boynton Beach as the store opens their doors at midnight Black Friday morning. (Alyssa Orr/The Palm Beach Post)

The big box retailer plans to lower its shipping threshold to $25 and offer 20 percent off eligible purchases in stores and online.

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“Beginning Sunday, November 27 through Wednesday, November 30, Kohl’s is offering customers an additional 20 percent off eligible purchases both in-store and online, with promo code DEALSEEKER,” the company said. “Kohls.com customers will also receive free standard shipping with any purchase of $25 or more from Sunday, November 27 through Wednesday, November 30.”‘

Kohl’s also released this list of Cyber deals:

Cyber Deals (Sunday, November 27 – Saturday, December 3)

  • 25% off select Nike athletic apparel and shoes for men and women*
  • 60% off select Carter’s pajamas for kids
  • 50% off select Citizen, Bulova, Invicta and Seiko watches
  • 50-60% off select sleepwear for the family
  • 50% off select sweaters for the family
  • 40-60% off select outerwear for the family
  • 40% off all Magformers
  • 20% off all Melissa & Doug toys
  • $99.99 all sizes of select Madison Park 7-pc. bedding sets
  • $99.99 Meccano Meccanoid G15 personal robot building set*
  • $34.99 all NFL jerseys for boys

Limited-Time Deals (Thursday, November 24 – Monday, November 28)

  • $399.99 LG 49-in. 4K Ultra HD smart TV*
  • $129.99 Fitbit Charge 2*

How will Trump’s win impact holiday spending?

The stock market may have soared after Part-time Palm Beacher and President-elect Donald Trump ‘s win Tuesday, but some West Palm Beach business owners aren’t feeling as confident about his victory.

Some shop owners along Northwood Road in West Palm Beach aren’t sure what a Trump presidency will mean for their small business – and that uncertainty worries them.

“People don’t spend money when they are scared, and that is what is concerning us as small businesses,” said Lourdes Sanchez, the executive director of Northwood Village Main Street, an association of merchants focused on the economic vitality of the small business district in the city’s north end.

The artsy business district, which is home to small artisans, shops and locally-owned restaurants, has blossomed over the last 10 years. Business owners have partnered with the city to lure both shoppers and new merchants to the street.

But since the election, Sanchez said she has heard from several merchants who are concerned about what Trump’s win will mean for holiday season sales and the future of their businesses.

“There is some kind of trepidation there as to how much do I put into my business now,” said Sanchez, who is also the owner of Om Yoga & Wellness Studios on Northwood Road. “Fifty percent of the people are upset. In Palm Beach County, we are a lot more blue than red, so we are afraid that might affect us negatively. Hopefully not.”

Sanchez said some merchants are also concerned how Trump will treat small business owners.

“We are looking at someone who hasn’t been as friendly to small businesses, and has a reputation toward not really being fair to small businesses,” she said.

Although the holiday shopping season is in full swing, many consumers were waiting for Tuesday’s presidential election results before deciding how much to spend on gifts this year, according to the National Retail Federation said. holidayshoppingap

As of mid-October, roughly 43 percent of shoppers said they were being more cautious with their spending because of  uncertainty surrounding the election, according to a survey conducted on behalf of the trade group.

A quarter of consumers said the election would affect how much they spend on holiday items this year, the survey found.

Despite the uncertainty, the retail trade group — which does not endorse presidential candidates — has remained confident that holiday sales will grow this season. The federation annual holiday forecast predicts retail sales will reach $655.8 billion, up 3.6 percent over last year.

“It’s hard to measure the psyche of the electorate and how their feelings about the election will translate into consumer sentiment,” the federation wrote on its website before Tuesday’s vote. “If they are unhappy about the current state of the American political system, does that mean they won’t go out and buy? We don’t think so.”

In a statement released Wednesday, the federation’s President and CEO Matthew Shay said the group was hopeful that “pragmatism will prevail over ideology” as Trump begins staffing his administration.

“With the holiday season upon us, retailers are glad that this unprecedented election is over, along with the divisive rhetoric and the impact it had on consumers concerned about their future,” Shay said. “The next few months will offer many opportunities for us to educate lawmakers on our priorities, such as tax reform and investment in our nation’s infrastructure, as well as pro-growth policies that create jobs and reward capital investment. If this election taught us anything, it is the importance of focusing on policies and programs that not only benefit today’s economy, but the economy of the future and our next generation of workers.”

With the election over, Sanchez said she is hopeful locals will also “come together.”

“I think we have to give people enough time to mourn,”  Sanchez  said. “Hopefully, the holidays kick in. It is the holidays and you can’t be unhappy during the holidays.”

PBIA’s winter schedule features new destinations; more frequent flights

Passengers flying out of Palm Beach International Airport can reach 27 domestic and international destinations on more than 200 daily flights this winter, airport officials said.

A plane comes in for a landing at Miami International Airport. (Getty Images)
A plane comes in for a landing at Miami International Airport. (Getty Images)

The airport on Monday released its 2016-17 winter schedule, which includes service from one new air carrier and the return of Frontier Airlines‘ seasonal nonstop service to Denver.

New this winter, Frontier Airlines will also be offering nonstop service to Chicago from PBIA, the airport said.

Air Canada will be offering daily flights to Montreal this winter, as well as increasing flights to Toronto.

Both Sun Country and Delta Airlines will be offering service to Minnesota.

The airport serves roughly 6.5 million passengers a year.

Here is PBIA’s complete winter schedule:

AIR CANADA

·         Toronto service resumes – October 30, 2016

·         Montreal service increases to 1X daily and resumes – December 16, 2016

AMERICAN AIRLINES

·         New York (LGA) service resumes – December 15, 2016

·         Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington all receive an additional daily flight in November/ December

DELTA AIR LINES

·         New service to Minneapolis commences- December 17, 2016

·         New York (JFK) service resumes – December 22, 2016

·         Boston (BOS) service resumes – December 21, 2016

·         Atlanta and New York (LGA) receive additional daily flights in December

 

FRONTIER AIRLINES

·         Denver and Trenton service resumes – October 31, 2016

·         New service to Chicago (ORD)  commences – October 31, 2016

JETBLUE AIRWAYS

·         Boston, New York (JFK), and Newark service resumes – December 20, 2016

SILVER AIRLINES

·         Marsh Harbour service resumes – November 19, 2016

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES

·         Long Island and Philadelphia service resume – November 5, 2016

·         Chicago, Hartford, Pittsburgh, and Providence service resume – March 9, 2017

·         Baltimore receives an additional daily flight – March 9 2017

SPIRIT AIRLINES

·         Atlantic City and Boston service resumes– November 10, 2016

SUN COUNTRY

·         Airline commences at PBI with Minneapolis service- December 15, 2016

UNITED AIRLINES

·         Houston service resumes – October 6, 2016

·         Newark received additional daily flights – November 3, 2016

WESTJEST

·         Toronto service resumes at more favorable timeslot for travelers – December 9, 2016

PBIA ranks among the top airports in U.S.

Palm Beach International Airport ranks among the top airports in the United States, according to a survey released by TripAdvisor on Thursday.

Travellers dining and shopping at PBIA
Travellers dining and shopping at PBIA

The popular travel website surveyed 114,000 travelers from the United States as part of its first-ever Travelers’ Choice Favorites awards for U.S. Airports.

The awards honored travelers’ 5 favorite large domestic airports and 5 favorite medium domestic airports based on their size classification by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Tee time for travelers: PBIA's putting green is located next to Sam Snead's Tavern. (Liz Balmaseda/ Palm Beach Post)
Tee time for travelers: PBIA’s putting green is located next to Sam Snead’s Tavern. (Liz Balmaseda/ Palm Beach Post)

PBIA took the 4th spot in the medium airport list, falling behind Indianapolis International Airport, John Wayne Airport Orange County Airport and Southwest Florida International Airport. Albuquerque International Sunport took the 5th spot.

PBIA was also recognized for its 8-hole putting green on the second floor of the main terminal.

 

Back-to-school shopping? Here’s how to save more online

More than 45 percent of shoppers will purchase back-to-school items online this year, up nearly 30 percent over last year, according to the National Retail Federation.

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(Getty Images)

Parents who do their shopping online can save as much as 10 percent at select stores by using cash-back websites, such as Splender or Ebates, deal experts say. Look for online coupon codes and discounts to sweeten the savings.

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Florida’s back-to-school tax-free weekend applies to items purchased online or through the mail. The popular tax break starts on Friday and runs through Sunday, offering shoppers a break from the 6 percent sales tax normally collected on school-related items. Palm Beach County students return to school on Aug. 15.

Erin Warren, Splender’s senior vice president of marketing, said the tax break, combined with the site’s cash-back savings and other online coupons can add up quickly. She also recommends paying with a credit card that offers rewards and other cash-back incentives.

“It really allows parents to stack up their savings,” Warren said.

Online shopping sites, particularly those that sell apparel, often offer a variety of sizes and color options that may not be available in stores, Warren said.

“I find not only is the savings great but it allows you to have access to more inventory than is otherwise available,” Warren said. “You can get the sizes and colors that you really need.”

Back-to-school tax break isn’t just for kids

Florida’s popular back-to-school tax-free weekend isn’t just for parents and college students.

The tax break applies to a number of items for adults too, including purses, employee uniforms, suits, ties and safety shoes.

Associated Press file photo
Associated Press file photo

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Diapers, diaper bags and baby clothes are also tax-free during the holiday.

“This is a weekend for everyone, not just people going to school,”said James Miller, a spokesman for the Florida Retail Federation. “I think people will be surprised at the range of items that are available.”

A scaled-back version of the tax-free shopping period starts one minute after midnight Friday and runs through Sunday. During the three-day weekend, shoppers won’t be charged the state’s 6 percent sale tax on certain school-related items.

The state has limited the annual tax break this year to include clothing, footwear and certain accessories selling for $60 or less. Last year’s limit was $100.

Also excluded this year: Computers and computer-related items. Last year, shoppers who purchased a computer during the holiday received a tax break on the first $750 of the sales price.

School supplies up to $15 are exempt.