Delray officials plan orchid giveaway for those who shop downtown

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.

 

Macy’s outlet store to open at this local mall

Macy’s Backstage, the company’s outlet store, will open its doors inside the Macy’s location at the Boynton Beach Mall, the retailer announced Thursday.

The grand opening is set for April 29.  To mark the occasion, the company plans to give away $20 gift cards to the first 100 customers. Macy’s also plans to hold special events throughout the day.

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The 19,000-square-foot shop is the first Macy’s Backstage store in Palm Beach County.

It’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.

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“We created Macy’s Backstage for the seasoned outlet shopper who enjoys the excitement of the treasure hunt but whose time and money is a commodity,” said Vanessa LeFebvre, senior vice president/general merchandise manager of Macy’s Backstage stores. “Our latest Backstage store is a convenient twist to the traditional outlet store format that we feel Macy’s and mall shoppers will enjoy and embrace, and we are thrilled to bring this new concept to Boynton Beach.”

 

Boynton Beach bacon company wins national award

A Boynton Beach company that specializes in bacon-centered gifts has won been named the 2017 American Small Business Champion as part of a competition run by Score, a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground.

(l-r) Logan Israel, 21, and Kimberly Hruda, 28, recently opened their new business called Bacon Roses in a Box. The sweet, bacony treats come in a variety of flavors, including s’mores, original, white chocolate, bourbon, and pumpkin spice. “We put a lot of love into each box,” Hruda said. Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post

Bacon Boxes, a small business launched in 2015 by two Boynton Beach women, was chosen as a winner of The 2017 American Small Business Championship.

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The championship awarded the title to 102 entrepreneurs for their dedication to the success of their small businesses. The American Small Business Champions will each receive a $1,000 Sam’s Club gift card, an all-expense-paid trip to a training and networking event, SCORE mentoring and publicity throughout the year.

 

Here’s the reason why Subculture Coffee closed in Delray Beach

Subculture Coffee

Note: This post has been updated.

Subculture Coffee blamed “greedy landlords” on its Facebook page for the coffee shop’s closure Monday in downtown Delray Beach.

But it was a trial verdict and judgment that turned off the coffee drips at the popular java hangout, at 123 E. Atlantic Avenue Monday night.

On March 6, Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge Edward Garrison issued a final judgment against 123 East LLC, the entity that leased the space from property owner William R. Burke. Owners of Subculture, based in West Palm Beach, owned shares of 123 East LLC.

In a trial held earlier this month, Garrison ruled the coffee shop had violated its lease with Burke. The trial ended a two-year legal battle between Burke and 123 East LLC/Subculture.

The main source of contention: The sublease of the upstairs floor to real estate brokerage The Knight Group, without Mayo first obtaining written permission from Burke to do so. Subculture occupied the downstairs space.

According to court records, the lease limited the use of the entire premises to a restaurant. It also forbade the sublease of space without Burke’s prior written consent.

But Subculture co-owner Rodney Mayo leased the upstairs 1,000-square-foot space to Knight anyway, according to court records. The Knight Group also was named in the eviction action, first filed in October 2015.

The trial and judgment were not mentioned on Subculture’s Facebook page, which announced the store would be closing its doors Monday evening.

Instead, the Facebook post referenced “greedy landlords looking for any excuse to kick out existing tenants despite them paying rent on time.”

“It’s not about greed. It’s about trying to get your tenants to comply with the terms of the lease,” said Burke’s Boca Raton lawyer, Howard DuBosar. “They didn’t want to comply, and they paid the price.”

DuBosar added: “A judge would not enter an order of eviction unless the judge found there were material breaches of the lease, and in this case, that’s exactly what occurred.”

Garrison’s March 6 order gave Burke the right to take possession of his prime downtown Delray Beach space. It also ordered 123 East LLC to pay an accelerated rent of $366,708, plus attorneys fees and costs.

In an email, Mayo said the landlord won on a “technicality” based on an oral representation “versus a written.”

An oral agreement typically isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. Nonetheless, Mayo, a sophisticated commercial real estate owner, investor and restaurant/nightclub operator, said he relied on a broker saying a sublease was OK.

And despite the lease language allowing for an upstairs restaurant, that was “virtually impossible” due to city rules, Mayo added. An upstairs restaurant would have required installation of an elevator and two stairways, which would have used up pretty much all of the first floor, Mayo said.

Mayo concluded Burke wanted the property back “most likely due to the increase in values and his ability to rent the property at a higher rent.”
Caught in the middle of all of this is the Knight Group’s Jim Knight, a prominent commercial real estate broker in Delray Beach.
Knight said he responded to a sign in the Subculture window about the available upstairs space. And he said he did what he could to make sure the deal was OK, including obtaining a letter from the city that the space could be used as a commercial real estate office.
Furthermore, Knight said he also relied on a broker’s oral OK about the deal.
“The Knight Group was assured by the listing broker that all parties, including the property owner, approved the sublease,” Knight said. “Knight Group was not aware there was an issue with the sub-lease until being notified after taking occupancy.”
The listing broker, Christian Prakas, declined to comment, as did his father, Tom Prakas. Both men are with Prakas & Co. in Boca Raton.
Knight Group now had taken moved back to its former offices, at 10 S.E. 1st Avenue, second floor, Knight said.
And despite Subculture’s closing, Mayo tried to remain upbeat about the store’s Monday closing.

“We went out with a bang and everything was free all day,” Mayo wrote. “The support from the community was overwhelming and very much appreciated.”

Mayo said he’s actively on the hunt for a new location, and already he’s found a couple of possibilities in the immediate area. But an appeal of Garrison’s decision is unlikely, due to the legal expenses involved, he added.

In any event, hope–  and coffee — spring eternal as spring nears.

Mayo said Subculture will be doing a “pop up” store Friday at Mizner Park in Boca Raton for St. Patrick’s Day.

Meanwhile, Subculture’s original location at 509 Clematis St. remains open.

 

 

Need a job? These companies are hiring

AT&T and Aldi are hiring in southern Palm Beach County.

AT&T said it is looking for 85 installation techs in the South Florida area, including Delray Beach and West Palm Beach.  The techs install AT&T high-speed internet, TV and voice services.

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)
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)

To apply, click here.

Aldi is also hiring employees to work at its stores in the Delray Beach area. Positions include store associates and shift managers.

Aldi will hold a hiring event on Feb. 2 at the Fairfield Inn & Suites, 910 West Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. It runs from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

 

 

This new store is coming to West Boca

Burlington Coat Factory plans to open a new store in West Boca, marking the retailer’s continued expansion into Palm Beach County.

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102108 met burlington (1 of 3)- 0057935A – Staff Photos by Amanda Voisard/Staff Photographer– for met story by Kathleen Chapman– Boynton Beach- Barbara Campisi, cq, right, of Delray inquires with Customer Service Manager, Diane Bennett about the layaway program on Tuesday at Burlington Coat Factory. Campisi said she this would be her first time using layaway since moving to Florida. 10/07/08

Burlington plans to open a 42,000-square-foot store in space that once housed  The Sports Authority. The building is located at 20851 S. State Road 7.

The Sports Authority announced in May that it would close all 460 of its stores across the country.

In 2015, Burlington opened a 55,000-square-foot store on Okeechobee Boulevard just west of Interstate 95. That store also opened in space that once housed a Sports Authority.

Burlington also has stores in Royal Palm Beach and Boynton Beach.

 

 

The Fresh Market plans giveaways, freebies for new store opening

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The Fresh Market will open its newest Palm Beach County location next week, and the grocery chain is planning a series of giveaways and freebies to mark the occasion.

On Jan. 11, the specialty grocer will open its store at 5540 North Military Trail in Boca Raton. The grand opening festivities start at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday and continue through Jan. 22.

The store marks the company’s third in Boca Raton and the 43rd in the state.

Grand opening promotions include:

Wednesday, Jan. 11

·         FREE meal for four from The Fresh Market’s signature Little Big Meal program for the first 50 guests

·         FREE reusable shopping bags and sample size coffee for the first 1,000 guests

·         Chef demonstrations featuring crab cakes and Mama Mancini’s meatballs

·         Grilling demonstrations featuring The Fresh Market’s gourmet beef burgers and a variety of sausages

·         Food sampling throughout the store, including favorites from Stonewall Kitchen and Good Health Snacks

Thursday, January 12 – Friday, January 13

·         Chef demonstrations featuring The Fresh Market’s Little Big Meal

·         Food sampling throughout the store, including favorites from the bakery department

Saturday, January 14

·         FREE 9-inch old fashioned apple pie for the first 100 guests

·         Celebratory mini cupcake sampling

·         Grilling demonstrations featuring The Fresh Market’s gourmet beef burgers and a variety of sausages

·         Food sampling throughout the store, including favorites from the bakery department, The Fresh Market’s Roasted Chicken Salad and Pear Broccoli Salad from the deli department

·         Live music featuring Rhythm Trail Steel Drum Band

Sunday, January 15

·         Chef demonstrations featuring crab cakes and Frontera White Bean Turkey Chili

·         Food sampling throughout the store, including favorites from Gelato Petrini, Parmigiano Reggiano and Cajun Krab Dip

Friday, January 20

·         Chef demonstrations featuring The Fresh Market’s signature Little Big Meal

·         Food sampling throughout the store, including favorites from the bakery department, Suja Life and Super Crab Dip

Saturday, January 21

·         Grilling demonstrations featuring The Fresh Market’s gourmet beef burgers and a variety of sausages

·         Chef demonstrations featuring The Fresh Market’s signature Little Big Meal

·         Live music featuring Rhythm Trail Steel Drum Band

Sunday, January 22

·         Chef demonstrations featuring The Fresh Market’s signature Little Big Meal

·         Food sampling throughout the store including favorites from the bakery department

This new hotel just opened in downtown Boca Raton

Hyatt Place on Tuesday opened a new 200-room hotel in the heart of downtown Boca Raton.

Western entrance to the new Hyatt Place Hotel near the Mizner Park shopping center and Sanborn Square park in downtown Boca Raton, December 12, 2016. Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post
Western entrance to the new Hyatt Place Hotel near the Mizner Park shopping center and Sanborn Square park in downtown Boca Raton, December 12, 2016. Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post

Amenities at the 15-story Hyatt Place Boca Raton include free WiFi, 4,000 square feet of flexible, meeting/function space, a roof top pool and terrace, 24-hour food offerings and a 24-hour fitness center.

“Boca Raton is a historic city with key business and leisure destination,” said the hotel’s General Manager Dave Cuadra. “Hyatt Place Boca Raton will add a wonderful new option for business and leisure travelers visiting the heart of the city’s business and financial district.”

 

This mall is hosting a FREE storytime with Santa

The Boynton Beach Mall on Dec. 10 will host a free “Storytime with Santa” as part of its monthly KidX Club series.072514 Christmas in July 2

Children will be treated to a story by Santa and/or Mrs. Claus, holiday-themed arts and crafts and treats, the mall said.

The event begins at 3 p.m. and will be held in the mall’s play area for children.

For more information, click HERE.

 

Giving Tuesday: One local nonprofit raises $1.6 million in one day

Giving Tuesday – a day dedicated to raising money for philanthropic causes – was a record-breaker for one Palm Beach County nonprofit.

Maus & Hoffman offers the option to wrap gifts in sheets of uncut $1 and $2 bills from the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

Maus & Hoffman offers the option to wrap gifts in sheets of uncut $1 and $2 bills from the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

The Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County raised $1.6 million during the global fundraising campaign, which was held on Nov. 29. The event broke the federation’s previous record for Giving Tuesday contributions, a representative for the group said.

Founded by a cultural center in New York, Giving Tuesday began in 2012 as a way to put a spotlight on philanthropy during the holiday shopping season. For the fifth year, it was held on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving — following the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping rush.

This year’s campaign generated more than 1.5 million contributions in 98 countries, totally roughly $168 million, according to givingtuesday.org.