7 top stories from West Palm Beach for the week of 7/3 – 7/7

1.  The 20 best restaurants in Palm Beach County right now

Palm Beach Post: Here’s a current snapshot of Palm Beach County restaurants we’re loving best at the moment. Next month, the snapshot might be different. This list, which is organized by city, includes only restaurants we have visited.

 

2. Dining out? Restaurants in Palm Beach offer sweet summer deals

Palm Beach Daily News: Dining out on the town is a bargain these days — at least relative to high season — so if you hunger for sales, now is the time for a feast.

As restaurants seek to lure diners during the off-season and thank year-round patrons after winter residents’ exit, deals abound. They range from lunch and dinner prix-fixe menus to meal discounts, bring-your-own-wine nights, $1 oysters and more.

 

3. New West Palm brewery to include 12,000-bottle wine vault, Tuscan food

Palm Beach Post: You could argue that if every Crossfit gym converted into a craft beer brewery, there’d be a lot less pain and a lot more gain in the city, and less weight to lift, if maybe more around the hips.

We’ll get to see if that proves true, as West Palm Beach Brewery & Wine Vault, under construction downtown at 332 Evernia St., is scheduled to open Oct. 1.

 

4. Why is it so hard to develop West Palm Beach’s most visible site?

Palm Beach Post: From the world’s tallest building to a high-end medical campus, a digital animation studio and a financial tower of undulating glass topped with a spire, the site at the confluence of Okeechobee Boulevard and Dixie Highway has stirred developers’ imaginations with concepts ambitious and unusual.

 

5. What’s in PBC’s $4.5B budget?
Eye on PBC blog: Palm Beach County staff members have put their final touches on a $4.5 billion budget, which commissioners are now mulling in advance of Tuesday’s meeting, when they will set property tax rates.

 

6. See which new store just opened at CityPlace
Malled blog: Natuzzi Italia has opened a 9,000-square-foot store at CityPlace in West Palm Beach, a move that signals the shopping, dining and entertainment center continues to boost its home furnishings offerings.

 

7. West Palm Beach Bike Revolution Takes Off
City of West Palm Beach: The City of West Palm Beach will soon release a Bike Master Plan designed to make it easier for cyclists to ride from one end of town to the other, and all points in between. Many residents are already riding their bikes to work, especially those who live and work in downtown West Palm Beach.

 

Best Home in West Palm Beach Photo Contest!

Best Home in West Palm Beach Photo Contest!

Things get quiet in the summer time… so over the next few weeks we will amuse ourselves (and get to know each other a bit better) with the first ever aGuyonClematis Home Photo Contest.

There will be prizes for:

  1. Best House
  2. Most Creative Picture
  3. Best Picture

The pictures will be voted on by readers of aGuyonCleamtis

Note: If you’re a business and want to donate a prize (gift certificate, etc.) please email me!

A few simple rules:

  1. You have to have taken the picture
  2. The home has to be within the city of West Palm Beach

Email pictures to aaron@aguyonclematis.com TODAY add the subject like “PHOTO CONTEST”

You can submit pictures of mobile homes, like this one of Sandy’s beautiful little Airstream parked on the waterfront

You can submit pictures of your condos, yes those are beautiful condos on the top of the Esparante Building

You can submit pictures of your home all dressed up

Or… you can submit pictures of your home going on vacation

Note: This house is not going on vacation, it’s the Stambaugh Cottage from Palm Beach which was homeless for three years, before moving to North Carolina #TrueStory

Father’s Day Events around Downtown

Father’s Day Events around Downtown

Dad’s Day at Dorrian’s
215 Clematis St

Only at Dorrian’s does Daddy-O get free bottomless bacon and a big ole’ Bloody Mary with any brunch entree on Father’s Day… and that’s on top of our regular June brunch special of a free kids brunch with the purchase of any adults brunch entree, as well as live acoustic entertainment by Tony Silver and a kids activity corner complete with crafts, coloring and kids movies. What else does the big guys need on his special day (we’re sure he has a list…)

Father’s Day Weekend at The Butcher Shop

Friday, June 16- Sunday, June 18

Live Music All Weekend Long!

  • Friday, June 16: “Spred the Dub” 10PM-1AM
  • Saturday, June 17: DJ Rey “Chilly Willy” 9PM- 1AM
  • Sunday, June 18: Cecil Anno of “Tank Tops & Flip Flops” 1PM-4PM

Fathers Day Sunday Food & Drink Special: “Tomahawk” Bone-In Ribeye for Two with Sweet Florida Corn and Loaded Mashed Potato $99. Plus One Complimentary Draft Beer & Our Gift to Dad: $10 Gift Card (for use on the next visit.) Also featuring the Dewar’s at 12 on Father’s Day Sunday. For more information call (561) 812-2336. The Butcher Shop is located at 209 6th Street.

Father’s Day at Avocado Grill

Sunday, June 18

Fathers, get ready for incredible specials created just for you at Avocado Grill this Father’s Day! Known for smaller plates of the freshest, locally-sourced ingredients, we’ve got heartier appetites in mind for this holiday. Join us for our regular brunch and dinner menus as well as five special dishes sure to satisfy every craving. Specials will be available for both brunch and dinner. Reservations are suggested. Join us between 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. For more information, call (561) 623-0822. Avocado Grill is located at 125 Datura St.

Father’s Day Brunch at Pistache

On June 18th, 11am – 2:30pm,

We take a moment to thank our fathers. 3-Course Prix Fixe Menu, $65 per person, with a complimentary drink for all dads! For more information, visit www.pistachewpb.com. Pistache is located at 101 N Clematis St.

CUPCAKE EXTRAVAGANZA Father’s Day: Hooked on Dad Hand Print Painting

Uptown Art

Join us at 11 a.m. for Cupcake Extravaganza! Each registration will include one bundtlet from Nothing Bundt Cakes. This class will be held at 510 Evernia Street.

Choose your own colors. This class will last between 1 1/2 and 2 1/2 hours. Reservations are highly recommended. Once you arrive to the studio, seating is first come first serve, so please arrive early for check in. Ages 5-12 are welcome if accompanied by an adult. This will be taught on a 16 x 20 canvas. All of our classes are BYOB, so feel free to bring your favorite drinks and food! Cost is $25.

Uptown art is located at 510 Evernia Street. For more information, visit: http://www.uptownart.com/.

Celebrate Dad with Father’s Day Brunch Buffet at The Regional
651 Okeechobee Blvd
Sunday, June 18

Thank dad this year with our Father’s Day Brunch Buffet. Sunday, June 18th from 11:00-3:00. $65 per person. For more information, call (561) 557-6460. The Regional is located at 651 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

Dad’s Burger & Beer Special at Revolutions
477 S Rosemary Ave
Sunday, June 18

Dads enjoy a FREE Domestic Draft or Well Cocktail with purchase of Any Signature or Platinum Burger. 1⁄2 OFF Domestic Drafts ALL DAY. For more information, call (561) 203-6188 or visit www.westpalmbeach.revolutionsbowl.com. Revolutions Bowling. Bar. Grille. Is located at 477 S. Rosemary Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

Burger Recipe Contest

Share your Best Burger Creation! Submit your original burger recipe to marketing@frankcompanies.com. Contest runs now through 6/27. Enter to Win a $100 Gift Card! For more information, call (561) 203-6188 or visit www.westpalmbeach.revolutionsbowl.com. Revolutions Bowling. Bar. Grille. Is located at 477 S. Rosemary Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

 

Father’s Day Car Show at CityPlace

Sunday, June 18
Free

Celebrate Dad as you stroll through CityPlace and see a showcase of cars. Supercars, Hot Rods, Muscle, Race, Vintage, Exotic, Electric and more. Enjoy great shopping, dining and entertainment specials. Live music by the Sierra Band. For more information, visit www.CityPlace.com. CityPlace is located at 700 S. Rosemary Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

Father’s Day at Copper Blues

Sunday, June 18

From 2 -6 p.m. we will be grilling turkey legs and burgers outside! Free flight of beer for all fathers. At 8 p.m. enjoy live music by Erik O’Neill Duo. For more information, call 561-404-4101. Copper Blues is located at 550 Rosemary Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

Join me in supporting Raphael Clemente as he Crosses for a Cure

Join me in supporting Raphael Clemente as he Crosses for a Cure

On Saturday, June 17th West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority Executive Director, New Urbanist guru, and all around nice guy, Raphael Clemente will be participating in what promises to be an amazing adventure for a great cause!

Raphael has been training for the last few months to undertake a 50 mile Paddle from Binini to Dania Beach, FL. The trip is a fundraiser to help those suffering from Cystic Fibrosis & he needs our support.

Donate Now to Crossing for a cure.

Here are the details from Raphael Clemente:

“This long-distance endurance stand up paddleboard challenge will take paddlers across the Gulfstream from the island of Bimini in the Bahamas back to the Florida mainland. There are several individuals, including myself, who are doing the entire 50+ miles of the open ocean paddle solo. There are also other groups that will be covering the distance as relay teams.

There has been a tremendous outpouring of interest in this event, including local boaters who have signed on the provide support for the paddlers and event team during the crossing, as well as nearly $90,000 in donations to date. The best part of this bold event is that every penny raised will go to support individuals and families battle Cystic Fibrosis, and to support research to find cure for this awful disease.

The event was created by Travis Suit, who was inspired by of the incredible health benefits of the ocean for those living with Cystic Fibrosis. Travis’s 9 year-old daughter, Piper, was diagnosed with CF when she was just four years old. The fundraising goal of this event is $100,000 – and we are almost there! If you would consider donating this this very worthy cause it would be greatly appreciate and would be just that much more motivation for me to cover what will be a very big stretch of ocean on a SUP! The crossing will be shared “live” on Facebook the day of the event.

Donations can be made by going to my fundraising page: https://www.crowdrise.com/raphael-clemente-crossing-for-a-cure.

Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. In people with CF, a defective gene causes a thick, buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas and other organs. In the lungs, the mucus clogs the airways and traps bacteria leading to infections, extensive lung damage and eventually, respiratory failure.

Ask an Expert: Home Staging Tips from concierge Realtor, Stephanie Carles

Ask an Expert: Home Staging Tips from concierge Realtor, Stephanie Carles

The local real estate market on fire. I know that 3 houses have sold on my block in the last month. Homes are moving quickly, but getting the highest price may depend on how well your home is staged.

If you’re a subscriber to the aGuyonClematis newsletter, you will have read these home staging tips that were contributed by local concierge Realtor, Stephanie Carles. If you haven’t read them, then first sign up to my newsletter, then read on.

Tip #1: Kitchen a renovations come with a big price tag. A new kitchen is your most expensive home improvement project. But you don’t have to break the bank to give your tired kitchen a new life.

Hardware: Knobs, pulls, and hinges costs as little as a $2 a door. Just make sure the new hardware matches the existing hole locations.

Paint: A fresh coat of paint brightens up old cabinets and can cheer up your kitchen. The cost of the paint can be as low as $40. Even if you need to hire a professional to do the work, it will be cheaper than replacing the cabinets. If you want to get fancy, a Faux finish can give old cabinets a completely new look.

Tip #2: Staging your home to sell has proven to increase your sale price up to 7%, so it’s worth your time to evaluate your place room-by-room and decide what changes to make. Here are some tips to help you play up your home’s assets and downplay its faults.

  • Make sure each room has a distinct, useful purpose so buyers will know what it is.
  • Clear away clutter and excess furniture so buyers are focus on the bones of the house.
  • Paint the walls with fresh neutral tone and then don’t be afraid to move furniture.
  • Depersonalize your home so the buyer can feel the potential of the home.
  • Make sure your house or condo shines from top to bottom and is not smelly.
  • Keep closets “neat and organized.”

Using these cheap, and sometimes free, steps you’ll help prospective buyers to picture themselves in your home. Then the home will almost sell itself.

Tip #3 Update your Kitchen Appliances: Studies have shown that new kitchen appliances are worth the investment by the seller. Old appliances will date your kitchen, but once new equipment is installed, it will scream “new kitchen”. You will see that spending a little money will make you even more. Make sure you choose a style of appliances that are most likely to be appreciated by all, current trends point to stainless-steel.

Tip #4 Kitchen Countertop hacks: The look of an old kitchen can be quickly spruced up by putting some work on the countertops.

Resurface: Stripping a laminate countertop off the plywood deck is fairly simple; installing new wood or granite costs about $10 to $70 per sq ft at IKEA.

Granite countertop vendors will often sell remnants from previous projects. These can be used to cheaply renovate a kitchen. Any spent in kitchen will definitely be returned in the value these beautiful counters add.

For more ideas and tips contact Stephanie Carles.

Danieli Art World hosts the 1st Annual WPB Spring Art Festival

Danieli Art World hosts the 1st Annual WPB Spring Art Festival

West Palm Beach is the kind of City that you can live in for 10 years, and still are able to discover something new every day. On Sunday, I discovered N. Railway Ave and the wonderful Danieli Art World which will be hosting the 1st Annual Spring Art Festival through the Memorial Day weekend.

I had to text my friend, Artist/Gallery Owner, and Curator of this event, Rolando Chang Barrero, to find out exactly where N. Railway Ave was.  Turns out it’s less than a mile away from Clematis Street and easy to get to either by car of bike/foot.

Once you arrive, you’re in for quite the visual experience. Amazing art by international artists covers the exterior of the gallery. Iconic sculptural installations by Iena Cruz, Giants in The City, Beju, and Anouck Jourdaa.

Danieli, is know as one of the leading private art collectors in the world and a highly acclaimed opera tenor has invited curator, Rolando Chang Barrero to assist in the curation and enlisted art consultant Paul Fisher to join the visionary project a which thousands of guests are expected to enjoy.

Live auction by A.B. Levy’s of Worth Avenue in Palm Beach will be held on site during the festival, as well as a exquisite live entertainment and special performances. Have no doubt that Danieli is going the distance to assure that all is top notch by bringing Islander Grill of Singer Island to provide the delicacies and spirits to his guests.

Danieli Art World is not exaggerating when it calls itself “Art World”. This will be the first time it is open to the public.

 

Danieli Art World, located at 925 North Railroad Avenue is sponsoring the largest European styled fine arts festival featuring 50 European and American artists who will be creating unique site specific works on shipping containers that are 20 and 40 feet long. The large containers will serve each of artists as their own gallery/atelier where guests will be welcomed to collect works from them while getting closer look at into the magnificent world of these world class creatives.

Among the invited artist selected for their incomparable works are Laurent Dareau, Kenneth Walker, Dana Donaty, Amber Dawn Tutwiler, Anthony Burks Sr., Alejandro Mendoza, Roland Rucco, Adophe H2O LaTorre, Sami Makela, Ray Fernandez, Petrina Easton, Ray Gross, Kim Prisu, Ismael Munaray, Christine Ellinghausen, Sean Murdock, Zack Knudson, Nadia Utto, John Rachell, T.D. Gillispie, Anouck Jourdaa, and William Halliday and others.

Watch the teaser trailer here:

 

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