This clothing retailer is closing 3 Palm Beach County stores

Children’s clothing retailer Gymboree is closing 3 of its Palm Beach County locations as part of a restructuring effort, according to the company’s website.

Gymboree stores at CityPlace, Delray Marketplace, and the Boynton Beach Mall are among 350 stores slated to be closed. The company operates 1,281 retail stores under the Gymboree, Janie and Jack and Crazy 8 brands.

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 13: People walk by the children’s clothing retailer Gymboree, which has filed for bankruptcy protection on June 13, 2017 in New York City. As retailers across the country continue to struggle, Gymboree said it plans to remain in business but will close 375 to 450Êof its 1,281 stores while filing for a Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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Liquidation sales at stores slated for closure are already underway, according to the company’s website.

“Right-sizing our store footprint is a central part of our efforts to ensure Gymboree emerges from this restructuring process as a stronger and more competitive organization, with greater financial flexibility to invest in our future,” Daniel Griesemer, President and CEO of Gymboree, said in a statement released in June. “Importantly, we will continue to operate a majority of our stores and will continue to deliver quality merchandise and superior service to our customers at our Gymboree, Janie and Jack and Crazy 8 brands. This was a difficult decision to make, but we are confident that it is in the best long-term interest of our Company, our customers and our broader employee base.

Gymboree also has stores at the Palm Beach Outlets, The Mall at Wellington Green and the Town Center at Boca Raton.

Gymboree joins a growing list of retailers and restaurants that have announced closures this year. Macy’sKmart, SearsJCPenney and Bebe have all announced store closures.

More than 40 Outback, Carrabba’s, Bonefish Grill and Flemings restaurants will be closing by the end of the year, the restaurants’ parent company Bloomin’ Brands Inc. announced in February.

New food tour in Delray Beach offers taste of Atlantic Avenue

Delray Beach-based Craft Food Tours opened its doors in December, offering both tourists and locals a chance to eat their way through a 1.1-mile tour of the city.

The company, run by owner Matt Guidice and his business partner Anthony Guzman, offers three-hour walking tours with stops at six restaurants in downtown Delray Beach.

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Since opening six months ago, Craft Food Tours has hosted roughly 45 groups. Public tours are offered on weekends.

Now the company is looking to expand.

Guidice, who recently decided to quit his full-time job with a bank in Miami to focus on growing the tourism business, said he plans to launch a Thursday night tour for locals this summer. By the start of the winter tourism season, he plans to offer tours Tuesdays through Sundays.

Guidice also hopes to begin offering private tours for large groups.

Since opening last year, the tour company has built up its reputation on the tourism-related website TripAdvsior. The site now ranks Craft Food Tours among the Top 10  “Things to Do” in Delray Beach.

Craft Food Tours is one of four local businesses seizing on a growing trend in the tourism industry — food-themed travel.

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“The great thing about these tours is that a lot of them introduce you to local restaurants you may not have experienced on your own,” said Ashley Svarney, the Director of Public Relations and Communications at Discover The Palm Beaches, the county’s tourism marketing organization.  “That is what more and more travelers want. They want to know these local places that they can only experience when they visit a place like The Palm Beaches.”

As many as 40 percent of U.S. travelers plan their vacations around food, according to the World Food Travel Association. In Palm Beach County, 28 percent of all tourists cite culinary motivations as the reason for their visit, tourism officials have said.

“Food is really the only universal language,” Guidice said.

After taking roughly 20 food tours in cities across the world, Guidice said he decided to start his own. Guidice and Guzman decided to launched the company in Delray Beach.

The tours cost $65 for adults and include 12 tastings, 2 cocktails and a craft beer.

The company partners with eight restaurants in Delray Beach, including several smaller spots,  Guidice said.

“We have fantastic relationships” with the restaurants, Guidice said. “Without the restaurants we can’t do the food tour.”

The rise of culinary tours in Palm Beach County is a testament to the area’s flourishing food scene,  Svarney said.

“The culinary scene it really is taking off, and more and more people are noticing,” Svarney said.

The county’s culinary tours can also help drive business to area restaurants, she added.

“These culinary tours have the opportunity to produce more business for these restaurants and bars later on down the road,” Svarney said. “These visitors might have samples of a very small dish that they fell in love with and maybe the come back and enjoy a full dinner or a full lunch.”

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 Valued at over $500, the package includes Downtown Delray Beach dining, spa, shopping and attraction certificates.

For more information visit and, or call the DDA Office at (561) 243.1077.


Mother’s Day gift ideas: Best spots in south Palm Beach County

Looking for a unique way to wow Mom this Mother’s Day, but want to stay close to home? The solution could be right around the corner.

Paneterie in Delray Beach is just one great spot to find something unique for Mother's Day. (Provided)
Paneterie in Delray Beach is just one great spot to find something unique for Mother’s Day. (Provided)

We’ve pulled together some of the top places in South County to find gifts for Mother’s Day — which falls on May 8 this year.

Looking for something else? Check out our full, exclusive Mother’s Day Local Gift Guide.

Hoffman’s Chocolates

Contact: Shops at Boca Center, 5250 Town Center Circle, Suite 135, Boca Raton; 561-750-0021 / more locations in Greenacres, Lake Worth and Palm Beach Gardens

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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

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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.

Sydney Boutique Flowers & Gift

Contact: Quantum Town Centre, 1034 Gateway Blvd., #106, Boynton Beach; 561-628-1361

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In addition to flowers, the shop offers a number of artisan and specialty gifts, including some items made by South Florida-based artists. Gift wrapping is also available.

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa

Contact: 100 S. Ocean Boulevard, Manalapan; 888-306-4894

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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

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.

Savor Our City Culinary Tours: 800-979-3370;

Taste History Culinary Tours: 561-243-2662 or 561-638-8277;

Vino Van Gogh

Contact: 153 NE 4th Ave., Delray Beach; 561-272-5272

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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

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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).

Snappy Turtle

Contact: 1100 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach; 561-276-8088

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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.”

» RELATED: See our complete Mother’s Day Local Gift Guide

Annual Mother’s Day Orchid Giveaway in Delray Beach starts this weekend

The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority will kick off its annual Mother’s Day Orchid Giveaway on Saturday. 030408 tc met orchid.jpg

Those who spend $200 or more at the roughly 300 fashion boutiques, art galleries, gift shops, spas, salons and fitness studios in downtown Delray Beach will receive a Phalaenopisis Orchid plant.

Restaurant are excluded from the promotion, which runs from April 30 through May 7.

“Created by the DDA to encourage shopping Downtown for the Mother’s Day holiday, this annual program is generously supported by the Merchants and Merchant Association,” said Laura Simon, the DDA’s Executive Director. “This is our way of saying thank you for shopping in Downtown Delray Beach.”

Those who collect $200 in receipts can claim their plant at one of two “Orchid Stations.” The stations will be located in front of Hands Stationers (325 E Atlantic Ave.) and Petite Connection (1049 E. Atlantic Ave.). The stations will be opened from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 30 and May 4, 5, and 6; and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 7.

The orchid plants are available in a variety of colors while supplies last.

For more information on the giveaway, visit or call the DDA Office at 561-243-1077.

Delray Beach hotel completes $1.2 million renovation

Crane’s Beach House Boutique Hotel & Luxury Villas in Delray Beach announced today that it has completed a $1.2 million renovation project.

Crane's Beach House Exterior (photo provided)
Crane’s Beach House Exterior (photo provided)

The project included upgrades to every villa, suite and room, the hotel said.

“This total $1.2 million renovation started with the four luxury villas in the summer of 2014 and has since expanded hotel-wide, touching every room and the entire grounds,” said Cathy Balestriere, the hotel’s general manager. “The impressive, guest-pleasing new look just strengthens our brand as the coolest place to stay in Delray Beach.”

In addition, the ground floor rooms now have access to semi-private back patios, while second floor living areas have balconies overlooking one of the two swimming pools or Tiki Bars the hotel.

“In both the living room and bed room are over-sized flat screen TVs,” Balestriere said. “The new Crane’s Beach House also sports custom plantation shutters, a brand new kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances, comfortable new mattresses on every bed, and extraordinary artwork, often created by local artists.”

New York Post declares Palm Beach County is “actually cool”

Brace yourselves, Palm Beach County residents.  An influx of New Yorkers may be headed south to check out our hip restaurants and boutique hotels.

Construction continues on the Hilton West Palm Beach next to the Palm Beach County Convention Center on September 14, 2015. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
Construction continues on the Hilton West Palm Beach next to the Palm Beach County Convention Center on September 14, 2015. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

In a big, bold headline on Tuesday, The New York Post proclaimed that Palm Beach County is “actually cool.”

The article was widely distributed by Palm Beach County tourism leaders, who heralded it as a major win for the region.

The article highlights several area attractions and boutique hotels, including the new 400-room Hilton West Palm Beach, which is set to open this week next to the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

It marks the second time this month that the county’s tourism industry has been in the national spotlight.  The Wall Street Journal this month ran a feature story about Delray Beach’s tourism offerings.