Dr. Oz, Amy Robach to headline free PBC wellness festival

Television talk-show host Dr. Mehmet Oz and Good Morning America news anchor  Amy Robach will be at The Gardens Mall next month as part of an annual health and safety festival.

The free “WPBF Health & Safety Festival” will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on  Saturday, April 1.

Dr. Oz

According to a news release, Dr. Oz “will help attendees empower and transform their lives with his entertaining new presentation focused on the top health issues affecting South Floridians today. Topics will include the Zika virus, medical marijuana, opioid addiction, organ donation, aging well, and saving lives with CPR.”

Complimentary blood pressure screenings will be available throughout the day. Free heart rate monitors will be randomly awarded at the end of the event, according to the news release.

 

FREE ‘Lego Takeover’ event coming to this PBC mall

The Lego Takeover exhibit is coming to The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens this spring, and shoppers can enjoy the display and activities for FREE, according to the mall’s website.

LEGO Minifigures from The LEGO Batman Movie are displayed at the North American International Toy Fair, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/AP Images for LEGO Systems)
LEGO Minifigures from The LEGO Batman Movie are displayed at the North American International Toy Fair, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/AP Images for LEGO Systems)

The exhibit runs from Friday, April 28 through Monday, May, 15, 2017. It is open to the public and admission-free during all mall hours, the website said.

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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.

 

 

This retailer has closed its doors in The Gardens Mall

The Limited, a national women’s apparel chain, has closed its doors in The Gardens Mall.

The Gardens Mall
The Gardens Mall

The Palm Beach Gardens store is one a series of locations the company has closed in recent days. Columbus Business First reported this month that the clothing chain planned to lay off all 248 employees at its headquarters in New Albany, Ohio in the wake of lackluster sales.

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.

The Gardens Mall (photo provided)
The Gardens Mall (photo provided)

“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.

In October, Limited CEO Diane Ellis left the company to become president of the Chico’s brand, another women’s clothing company.

 

Holiday shopping: When will Palm Beach County malls be open?

Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season?

Here is a roundup of seasonal hours for Palm Beach County’s five major shopping malls. 122513 christmas shopping 1

The Boynton Beach Mall

Nov. 30: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Dec. 1: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Dec. 2: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Dec. 3: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Dec. 4: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Dec. 5: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Dec. 6: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Dec. 7: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Dec. 8: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Dec. 9: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Dec. 10: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Dec 11: noon-6p.m.

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Dec 13: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Dec. 14: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 15: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 16: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 17: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 18: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 19: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 20: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 21: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 22: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 23: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Christmas Eve: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Christmas Day: Closed

Dec. 26: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 27: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 28: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 29: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 30: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

New Year’s Eve: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Gardens Mall

Dec. 1-Dec. 3: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 4: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Dec. 5-Dec. 10: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 11: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Dec. 12-Dec. 15: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 16-Dec. 23: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Christmas Eve: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Christmas Day: Closed

Dec. 26: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 27-Dec. 30: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.holidayshoppingap

New Year’s Eve: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

New Year’s Day: noon – 6 p.m.

The Mall at Wellington Green

Dec. 1-Dec. 3: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 4: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Dec. 5 – Dec. 9: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 10: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 11: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Dec. 12-Dec. 16: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 17: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 18: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 19-Dec. 23: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Christmas Eve: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Christmas Day: Closed

Dec. 26: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 27-30: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

New Year’s Eve: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

New Year’s Day: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Palm Beach Outlets

Nov. 28-Dec. 3: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 4: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. (normal business hours)

Dec. 5-Dec. 10: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. (normal business hours)

Dec. 11: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. (normal business hours)

Dec. 12-Dec. 15: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. (normal business hours)

Dec. 16: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 17:  9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 18: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Dec. 19- Dec. 22: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 23: 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Christmas Eve: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Christmas Day: Closed

Dec. 26: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 27-Dec. 30: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. (normal business hours)

New Year’s Eve: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

New Year’s Day: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Town Center at Boca Raton

Normal mall hours

Mondays to Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sundays:  noon – 6 p.m.

Special holiday hours

Dec. 4: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Dec. 10: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 11: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 12-Dec. 16: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 17: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 18: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 19 – Dec. 23: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Christmas Eve: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Christmas Day: Closed

Dec. 26: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

New Year’s Eve: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

New Year’s Day: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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Hours vary by tenant. See the holiday schedule below:

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Mall Santas: Where to find the best (and cheapest) photos

Santa has landed at all of Palm Beach County’s major shopping malls.

To mark his arrival, we’ve complied a list of hours and prices for photo packages with the jolly old elf.

The Boynton Beach Mall

Santa will pose for photos through Christmas Eve. Santa leaves promptly at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Photo credit: The Boynton Beach Mall
Photo credit: The Boynton Beach Mall

Holiday hours vary by date. Click HERE for a complete list of Santa hours.

Prices on photo packages range from $24.99 to $49.99.

The cheapest package ($24.99) includes one of the following:

One 5 x 7; one 3.5 x 5; and 2 wallets

or

One 5 x 7 and four wallets

The most expensive (49.99) package includes for of the following

  • Four greeting cards
  • Two 5 x 7s
  • Two 3.5 x 5s and four wallets
  • One 5 x 7 and four wallets
  • One 5 x 7; one 3.5 x 5 and two wallets

The Gardens Mall

The mall unveiled Santa’s “Enchanted Garden photo set” this month. As part of the display, the mall’s grand court has been “dressed up in magical style with boughs of evergreen, decadent, treasure-filled trees, twinkling lights, snow-covered drifts, and festive adornments of red, green, gold and silver.”

Photos with Santa in the Enchanted Garden through Christmas Eve and are available during mall hours.

The mall has also brought back its annual “FastPass” for Santa photos, which allows families to skip the line by scheduling a time for their visit. The passes can be purchased on the mall’s website. For more information, click HERE.

Photo packages with Santa range from $27 to $48.

The cheapest photo package ($27) includes:

One 5 x 7
Two 4 x 6s
Two 3 x 5s

$10 card from Shutterfly

The most expensive package ($48) includes:

Four 5 x 7s
Four 4 x 6s
Four 3 x 5s
Eight wallets
Hi-Res Photos on Flash Drive
Digital Download

$20 card from Shutterfly

For information on other packages click HERE.

The Mall at Wellington Green

Abriana Camargo, (C), 3, of Greenacres, talks with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Mall at Wellington Green Nov 06, 2014, in Wellington. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the mall until December 24th. (Bill Ingram / Palm Beach Post)
Abriana Camargo, (C), 3, of Greenacres, talks with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Mall at Wellington Green Nov 06, 2014, in Wellington. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the mall until December 24th. (Bill Ingram / Palm Beach Post)

Santa will pose for photos next to the mall’s annual Ice Palace. Every child who visits Santa will receive a cookie plate gift and a special offer from Lion Country Safari to visit their park during the holidays.

The Ice Palace is open all mall hours with the exception of Christmas Eve, when the hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Santa takes short break to feed the reindeer from 12:15  p.m. to 1 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. on Sundays.

The 2016 Ice Palace at The Mall at Wellington Green is described as a “magical, interactive experience for the entire family. Featuring baby arctic animals, guest can make an icy hand print, compare their height to a polar bear, and enjoy a 360 degree visual display complete with snow fall inside a 30’ Ice Palace. The experience culminates with a visit with Santa.”

Prices for photo packages range from $23 to $48.

The cheapest package ($23) includes:

Two 4 x 6 photos

$20 Shutterfly promo card

The most expensive package ($48) includes:

Four 5 x 7s

Four 4 x 6s

Four 3 x 5

Eight wallets

Free digital download

$20 Shutterfly promo card.

Click HERE for details on other packages.

Palm Beach Outlets

Palm Beach Outlets is giving away FREE photos with Santa.

Each family will receive two 4×6 Santa photo prints and a high-res digital download of single image. Additional photos and Christmas merchandise available for purchase. One giveaway per family, per Christmas season.

Photo hours

Now through December 23, 2016
11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday
11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Friday – Saturday
12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday

Photo Hours on Christmas Eve
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Town Center at Boca Raton

Photo credit: Town Center at Boca Raton
Photo credit: Town Center at Boca Raton

The Town Center at Boca Raton Santa Experience offers keepsake photo packages starting at $24.99. This holiday season, guests can also choose a Hasbro toy or a $20 Shutterfly promo card gift with select Santa photo packages.

The mall also allows shoppers to make an appointment for photos with Santa. To schedule a photo, click HERE.

Photo hours

Now through December 3

Mondays – Fridays: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sundays 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

December 4 through December 11

Mondays – Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Fridays – Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Sundays: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

December 12 through December 18

Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Friday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sunday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

December 19 – December 23

Mondays – Fridays: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Christmas Eve: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

 

 

Black Friday 2016: When will Palm Beach County malls open?

Planning to hit the malls on Thanksgiving Day? Here is a roundup of mall hours to kick off the holiday shopping season.

The Boynton Beach Mall

Thanksgiving Day: 6 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Black Friday: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

The first 500 people to spend $100 on Friday, November 25, will receive a free Black Friday Fanatic tote bag.  Shoppers should bring their receipts to the Guest Services table in Center Court to receive the free gift.

112511 (Alyssa Orr/The Palm Beach Post) Boynton Beach-- Shoppers fill Macy's inside the Boynton Beach Mall after the store opened their doors at midnight Black Friday morning.
112511 (Alyssa Orr/The Palm Beach Post) Boynton Beach– Shoppers fill Macy’s inside the Boynton Beach Mall after the store opened their doors at midnight Black Friday morning.

The Gardens Mall

Thanksgiving:  Closed

Black Friday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Mall at Wellington Green

Thanksgiving: 6 p.m. to midnight

Black Friday: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Palm Beach Outlets

Thanksgiving: 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Black Friday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Town Center at Boca Raton

Thanksgiving: 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Black Friday: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 

Free children’s yoga class at The Gardens Mall

The Gardens Mall is helping kids beat the summer heat with a free yoga class on Aug. 13.

Photo courtesy of The Gardens Mall
Photo courtesy of The Gardens Mall

The one-hour class is opened to children ages 4-12. It runs from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and will be held in the mall’s Grand Court.

The event is presented by Athleta and Kidding Around Yoga. Athleta will have a personal shopper on hand to help moms looking for the latest workout gear.

There will also be a complimentary breakfast bar featuring an assortment of fresh juice, hot tea, water, fruit, muffins, and bagels. Kids will enjoy healthy snacks after their class.

Children should bring a yoga mat or beach towel, and a water bottle.

“The Art of Dr. Seuss” raises $30K for nonprofit

“The Art of Dr. Seuss,” an exhibition of illustrations displayed at The Gardens Mall earlier this year, raised $30,000 for The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.

The cat that started it all:  an image from The Cat in the Hat. TM Dr. Seuss Enterprises L.P All Rights Reserved
The cat that started it all: an image from The Cat in the Hat. TM Dr. Seuss Enterprises L.P All Rights Reserved

The four-week exhibit included illustrations, sculptures and paintings by Theodore Seuss Geisel.  A portion of the proceeds from all exhibition sales was donated to the nonprofit cultural group, which plans to use the money to support the arts in Palm Beach County.

The free exhibition was open to the public from Jan. 18 through Feb. 14.