It’s time for SunFest once again. The time at the end of April where Music and Art take over the West Palm Beach waterfront, and for five days everyone cuts loose and enjoys the largest waterfront music festival.
Whether you came to mosh with the headliners, or would prefer to bring your lawn-chairs and enjoy a low key local or independent band, you will find something that makes you smile.
The Music Lovers
SunFest headlines some of the biggest bands each year. A quick look down the list of artists that have played in recent years shows the breadth of talent available for the music lover.
If you know every word to songs by ZZ-Top (2010), Pennywise (2009), Steve Miller Band (2009, 2005, 1997) or one of the hundreds of other bands that have played in SunFest’s 33-year history, then you certainly qualify as a SunFest Music Lover.
The Art Aficionados
At 5pm on Friday SunFest starts up The Juried Fine Art & Craft show. This show that stretches down Flagler drive features the work of more than 150 national and local artists. Their works include jewelry, painting, pottery & ceramics, photography, sculpture, wood, arts and crafts, and more.
The SunFest Art & Craft show is a great place to pick up unique pieces of art, and support local independent artists.
The Lawnchair Warriors
The Lawnchair warriors is a meta-category, which includes Art Aficionados some Music Lovers, and then some people who just enjoy being at Sunfest. Your chair may be on one of the great lawns, or in the shade of Flagler Drive, or set up 10-hours early to get the best view of the Sunday night fireworks!
You can choose to bring a chair with you (or choose not to), either way Sunfest is a great place to relax and enjoy the afternoon & early evening music. Grab a beer, or a frozen lemonade and enjoy watching the world go by.
The Barge Party people
For the Barge Party People it’s all about the party barges which are conveniently referred to as: the north, middle and south barges. Once the sun starts to set, the music gets cranked up to 11, and DJs & radio celebrities spin for hundreds of revelers on each of the barges.
I enjoy making fun of the barge crowd, but without fail, each SunFest I’ll find myself on the barge, and guess who else is there? Every single person I know! It’s really fun.
The party ends at 10pm. Thankfully, you’re a block away from Clematis Street where the party will continue at Roxy’s Rooftop, Monarchy, Camelot, Off the Hookah, and just about every other bar on Clematis.
Members of Club SunFest
Now if you’re thinking that SunFest sounds like a great time, but you would prefer a bit more comfort in your music festival experience, then you belong in Club Sunfest. Club SunFest is a way for serious SunFest fans to enjoy the Music and Art SunFest offers with the additional comfort of private meals, access to a bar, and air-conditioned bathrooms.
The all-new, live stage show “MythBusters Jamie & Adam Unleashed,” starring Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, co-hosts of the Emmy-nominated Discovery series MythBusters, promises to be an unexpected evening of on-stage experiments, audience participation, rocking video and behind-the-scenes stories. Fans will join Jamie and Adam on stage and assist in their mind-twisting and not always orthodox approach to science.
The tour has already been from Ft. Myers to Pittsburg to Indianapolis and have been drawing record crowds and posting epic selfies, like this one.
The South Florida Science Museum and Aquarium is partnering with the Kravis to offer some great deals on tickets. Use the code “Discovery” when checking out for $10 off Mezzanine and Balcony tickets and $20 off Loge, GT and Orchestra tickets. You can visit kravis.org/mythbusters, Call (561) 832-7469 or visit the Kravis Center Box office.
The best gifts are the things that you wouldn’t buy for yourself, so this Christmas when I got a groupon for a Tandem jump at Skydive Spaceland out in Clewiston. I was psyched.
I took my time to get an appointment to jump, but this weekend we drove out and (literally) took the plunge.
Being my first time at a Skydiving facility I was very impressed with the operation that was being run. Everything went on it a cool open hangar, since you were expected to wait for a couple hours between your signing up and getting your training and jumping there were plenty of couches for lounging. There was also a nice little food truck in the back for food and drinks.
The training involved watching a video, and then some time with your instructor going over the basic moves, as well as the landing procedure. We came at 3pm and were ready to jump by around 6:30.
The jump itself was very much not what I was expecting! There were another 8 jumpers in the plane and it took us what seemed like 10 or 15 minutes to climb up to our jumping altitude. Up at 14000 ft with great visibility, the view was fantastic. We could see the whole of Lake Okeechobee.
Once the door opened everyone jumped and let gravity do the rest.
The free fall was pretty harsh, like riding a wooden roller-coaster. We did a couple of turning maneuvers, I tried to follow the instructions but to be honest, taking everything in was a bit overwhelming. The free fall lasted for about 60 seconds.
After the signal from my instructor, I opened the chute at about 7000 ft. The chute opening was a bit of a jolt, but then it was very smooth & quiet. Got to do more maneuvers, make jokes about being alive and talk about the landing.
There was a little breeze so landing was easy, dropped into a stand up landing. Total flight time of 4 or 5 minutes.
The second tandem jump is $99 if you buy it right away so I signed up just so that I can experience it again now that I know what I’m getting into.
After 2 tandems you can start the solo jumps, the first 18 are part of a course. The jump was pretty overwhelming, and I’m not sure if I would want to do it solo, but it is a unique experience.
Big thanks to Stella for getting me this fantastic experience as well as my instructor Adam and the team at Skydive Spaceland for making my visit both pleasant and thrilling.
Remember back in 2012 when we put the 200 block of Clematis Street on the map with the People’s Choice award (as well as three others) in Miami Herald’s “Best Block in South Florida” contest?
Since then we’ve had tremendous growth with the openings of Panaterie, Lynora’s and The Alchemist whose street-side dining has added to the charm of this block. Just around the corner on Banyan we also saw Camelot and The Avocado Grill open up, bringing even more people to enjoy this end of Clematis Street.
The news of the bustle surrounding the 200 block made it all the way up to New York where Atlas Real Estate Partners just announced their purchase of the property at 222 Clematis Street. This property is located at the corner of Clematis Street and South Olive Avenue, with tenants that include Design Within Reach, Rocco’s Tacos, and Starbucks. There is an additional 5,000 sqft of space which they will be leasing.
I am very excited to see retail-focused investment in Clematis Street and jumped at the opportunity to find out more about what Atlas saw in Clematis Street, as well as what their future plans are, through an email interview.
Here you go!
aGuyonClematis: What put Clematis St. and Downtown West Palm Beach on your radar.
Atlas: Beyond West Palm Beach, we’re bullish on South Florida long-term. Florida recently surpassed New York to become the third most populous state in the U.S. and 6 Florida metros ranked in the top 20 fastest-growing metros in the country. The combination of positive geographic attributes, strong employment, natural beauty, tax-advantages, and affordable cost of living make South Florida primed for continued population growth. West Palm has a number of locational attributes which make it unique; it’s located directly off 95, under 5 miles from Palm Beach International Airport, and directly across the Intracoastal Waterway from Palm Beach Island. West Palm also has a mix of flourishing historic residential neighborhoods, CityPlace, antique row, Palm Beach Outlets, and of course Clematis Street, the cultural and entertainment hub of the downtown.
Clematis Street is particularly attractive because of its historic “main street” charm, pedestrian-friendly design, and location directly on the waterfront across the Intracoatsal from Palm Beach Island. It’s truly the city’s living room, and nowhere is that more apparent than the 200 block where a mix of restaurants, design showrooms, cafes, and trendy fitness concepts meet to create an energetic and family-friendly vibe.
aGuyonClematis: What do you envision Clematis Street to look like in 10 years.
Atlas: Over the past several years Clematis Street has welcomed creative retailers that further energize the street. When combined with the robust development pipeline that is set to bring new boutique hotels, class A office space, and luxury residential to the area, we think Clematis will continue to improve and attract high-quality tenants.
More specifically, Clematis will attract creative retailers including designers, home furnishing showrooms, and artistic tenants who cater to the growing millennial population and the wealth of Palm Beach Island. Additionally, a shift towards a healthy lifestyle is apparent in West Palm Beach. The running trails along Flagler Drive are filled, the Green Market is bustling every Saturday, and a variety of new healthy food and fitness concepts line Clematis Street. The increasing density/walkability will continue to benefit the Downtown.
aGuyonClematis: The history of Clematis St. has included big box retailers such as banana republic, Burdines, Woolworths, and more. Now that they are gone it’s difficult to find big retailers to fill these expensive 4000sqft+ spaces. Would you consider subdividing some of your space to make way for smaller & more boutique retailers that will focus on the needs of our urban core?
Atlas: We’re currently marketing the ~5,000 SF vacancy at 218 Clematis which can be sub-divided into 1,600-5,000 SF space. With CityPlace nearby catering toward national tenants, Clematis will attract brand-centric creative tenants who seek the historical architecture and main street vibe that can’t be replicated through new construction.
aGuyonClematis: If you were to pair up Clematis Street with a street in NYC which would it be and why?
Atlas: Great question. While New York is a massive city, it’s actually made up of a series of neighborhoods, each with their own unique charm and characteristics.
Clematis Street is most similar to Spring or Prince Streets, the main shopping streets in the trendy SoHo (South of Houston) neighborhood, where upscale boutiques, galleries, and international chain stores line the cobblestone streets of historic cast-iron buildings once used for manufacturing. Creative loft office space and multi-million dollar loft condos occupy the floors above. It’s a destination for tourists and locals alike, where it’s not uncommon to see local artists selling their work on the street, graffiti artists working on their latest mural, and tourists enjoying the plethora of food trucks.
The concentration and growth of financial firms in Palm Beach County, mainly hedge fund and private equity funds relocating from the Northeast, make the comparison particularly fitting.
aGuyonClematis: What is your favorite thing about Clematis Street.
Atlas: The history, mix of creative tenants, and shear number of residents and city officials who are so passionate about the area. The historical architecture, pedestrian-friendly streetscape, trolley system, and series of events the city hosts truly make it a special place that a developer can’t recreate.
Furthermore, the energy of many start-up businesses and tech companies, coupled with the vibrant streetscape (and sunshine!) are infectious. West Palm Beach is the only city in Southeast Florida that has a bustling downtown, business/banking hub, and great nightlife. The combination of these attributes make Downtown West Palm Beach a particularly attractive market for us.
At 222 Clematis we aim to maintain the iconic and historic charm of the building while ushering in the future of Clematis Street by targeting creative tenants that add energy and vibrancy to the area.
Shout Karaoke is a company that knows what “fun” is all about. Our founders and advisory staff are all stalwarts of the entertainment venue industry—experts whose careers span three decades and who have built, operated, owned, and managed nightclubs, karaoke bars/boxes, and restaurants throughout the world. Shout Karaoke rolls all of these entertainment disciplines into one to create memorable evenings of great food, great drinks, and of course great singing. Our West Palm Beach location is our flagship venue and the first of many we plan to open nationwide.
With the grand opening of SHOUT KARAOKE, the entertainment repertoire in downtown West Palm Beach has just expanded to include the completely new and exciting “Karaoke Box” experience.
What makes SHOUT KARAOKE unique and different from any other bar offering karaoke in the West Palm Beach area is the variety of Private Rooms (“Karaoke Boxes”) that are available, suitable for anywhere from 2 to 30 guests. Each of the 11 private rooms offers a sleek, cozy atmosphere, comfortable lounge seating, a state-of-the-art karaoke system with thousands of songs to choose from, a large hi-def monitor, and a menu featuring signature cocktails and delicious food.
SHOUT KARAOKE also has a live karaoke lounge at the center of the venue—a spacious music lounge with stylish interior, dramatic lighting to create a special environment, DJs, and sporting events projected onto a 16’ video screen. This area is perfect for large parties, such as corporate events, birthday parties, bachelor/bachelorette parties, or any other celebration you dream up.
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