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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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, GivingTuesday 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.