The furniture brand Robb & Stucky is preparing its return to Boca Raton.
The Fort Myers-based company plans to break ground on Sept. 6 on a new 30,000-square-foot showroom at 1353 North Federal Highway.
The two-story showroom, which is slated to open next spring, will be the fifth location for the upscale furniture retailer.
“We are thrilled to be opening in Boca Raton,” Steve Lush, the company’s president said. ” It is an upscale and vibrant market that we feel is a perfect fit with our high-end home furnishings and interior design concept. All of us at Robb & Stucky are looking forward to being involved in the Boca community.”
In 2011, Robb & Stucky liquidated its inventory after it filed for Chapter 11 protection following the housing market crash. Robb & Stucky had roughly 20 stores in Florida, Texas, Arizona and Nevada. It had Palm Beach County locations in Boca Raton’s Mizner Park and in Palm Beach Gardens.
A new Robb & Stucky was formed when the family of Samuel Kuo, founder and CEO of Samson Holding Ltd. purchased the brand and intellectual properties in 2011. The new company opened its first showroom in Fort Myers in 2012. The chain also has locations in Naples, Fort Myers, Sarasota and Coral Gables.
“Destination marketing professionals from states and cities around the country will be coming to attend this prestigious conference, which is reporting record attendance, surpassing 800 delegates,” said Jorge Pesquera, president and CEO for Discover The Palm Beaches, the official tourism marketing corporation for Palm Beach County. “Hosting such a major event in Boca Raton allows us to shine among our tourism peers, as we get to show what makes The Palm Beaches such a desirable place to hold conventions and visit for leisure activities.”
Event bookings at the once fledgling Palm Beach County Convention Center on Okeechobee Boulevard have catapulted to record-breaking levels since the long-awaited Hilton West Palm Beach opened next to the meeting space earlier this year.
Meanwhile, meeting spaces in southern Palm Beach County, including at The Boca Raton Resort, are also drawing larger events. New hotels in Boca Raton and Delray Beach are helping to fuel interest.
The Boca Raton Resort has roughly 146,000 square feet of meeting space. Last year, the resort hosted more than 300 wholesale tour operators, corporate travel agencies and large travel retailers as part of the annual La Cita de las Americas conference.
Discover recently hired several new employees to help market the area as a destination for meetings and conventions. Those employees came from other large destination marketing organizations across the country, bringing with them a number of contacts and business leads. They work with convention center representatives to lure new convention business.
Also driving business: An incentive program that offers to reimburse convention, trade show and meeting planners for certain expenses, if they agree to hold their events here.
In 2014, the county set aside $200,000 for incentives to help attract business while construction was underway on the adjacent hotel. In January, the county pledged an additional $300,000 to help with the effort.
In all, $400,000 in incentives has been pledged to conventions and meeting groups. Tourism officials say the pledges are expected to result in roughly 60,000 nightly bookings at area hotels, while generating $4.3 million in revenue for the convention center, county documents show.
Among the Mother’s Day options available this year: Hoffman’s Chocolates High Heel Shoe for $29.95 and a Sweet Purse Basket starting at $26.95. Hoffman’s Chocolates has been gracing the taste buds of Palm Beach County since the company opened its first store in downtown Lake Worth four decades ago. The company celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2015.
Contact: 16950 N. Jog Road, Delray Beach; 561-403-5192
The European-style bakery and café has locations in Delray Beach and downtown West Palm Beach, offering a variety of confections. It is lead by French master baker Patrick Lézé, a veteran of some of France’s best known bakeries and executive chef at the Patrick Lézé patisserie in Palm Beach.
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Contact: Quantum Town Centre, 1034 Gateway Blvd., #106, Boynton Beach; 561-628-1361
The Forbes Five Star resort is offering special room rates, spa deals, and a Sunday brunch so you can make the whole weekend all about mom. Room rates for Mother’s Day weekend start at $199 per night. (Use booking code: MOTHER). The “Queen Mother” spa package (90 minutes for $295) includes hand drawn bath of exotic florals, oriental teas, and precious oils combined with a hand washing and polishing of the skin, a delicate dry buff, and a warm butter and silk massage.
Culinary tours are the perfect gift for a foodie. Two of Palm Beach County’s three tour operators offer guests in Delray Beach, Boca Raton and Lantana a chance to sample some of the area’s most unique eateries.
This studio offers paint parties led by an artist who will help you recreate the nightly featured painting. Mom can enjoy a glass of wine, while the artist provides step-by-step instructions. Group painting classes are also available.
Evelyn & Arthur
Contact: Locations in Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach and Manalapan
The family-owned business offers a number of unique items, including Mother’s Day options. They include: Nico silk wrapped pearls in a variety of colors ($82) and Ah!Dorned bags, created from all vegan leather (46-$48).
Contact: 1100 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach; 561-276-8088
The Delray Beach boutique offers a variety of clothing, accessories and unique home items. The store first opened in Delray Beach in 1987. Its beach-themed collection includes year-round “resort wear.”
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson took to Instagram recently to thank law enforcement, fire rescue, residents and officials from Boca Raton and Deerfield Beach for their support in filming the upcoming “Baywatch” movie.
“Between the crazy ocean stunts and our cast running around in our Avenger’s lifeguard uniforms, we appreciate all you guys being so cool and excited! ESPECIALLY THE FANS,” Johnson said in the post, which is accompanied by a photo of him waving to a crowd on the film’s South Florida set.