Yes! This was a LOT harder than I thought it would be. Having to sit down every day and think of something to write is not as easy as it sounds. Although I have to say, looking back was a TON of fun.
Thanks to Alex de Carvalho and the South Florida Social Media Club for running this month long contest, and everyone who read my blog entries over the last month! Once I got used to taking pictures, it was actually very difficult to get back into the writing groove. I’m glad I did.
Now I’m going to toss in a random picture out of my archive and call it a night! Thanks for Listening!
OK, I’m going to mix things up a bit and introduce everyone to some of the cool twitter people in West Palm Beach – On twitter this is commonly done using the #FollowFriday hashtag. While I could just tweet these all out, I thought it would be fun to build up a blog entry 140 characters at a time.
This is by no means a comprehensive list of our local twitter community, but if you want to get started on twitter, this is a VERY good list to start off with.
Mayor@jmuoio – Mayor of the most awesome little city in Florida! #FollowFriday
It’s cold outside, there are turkeys in the oven and living in paradise we have a lot to be thankful for!
Enjoying Clematis St. every day it’s easy to take what we have for granted. But when I introduce new people to our downtown areas they are always impressed with the thriving urban ecosystem that has been built in our small downtown area.
I want to thank all the small business owners who work hard to build our city.
Eat Scene is working hard between Fern and Rosemary to create a unique market experience for the downtown area. For centuries the market has been the heartbeat of a town, a place where people would gather to meet friends and enjoy food, and now the Eat Scene is bringing this experience into downtown. Eat Scene has already started work on the largest wall mural in Palm Beach County, bringing together six talented artists from West Palm Beach to work on this project.
Palm Beach County’s largest mural at Eat Scene
As seen through the successful Startup Weekend and Entrepreneur Week we also have a bustling Startup Community. More small business owners and inventors have chosen West Palm Beach as the place to start and grow their business.
One new project that just popped on the radar is South End resident and inventor Chic Kelty who created the Immerset, a brand new way to brew your coffee. The Immerset is being funded on Kickstarter and will be built in the US. I’d like to encourage all my local friends and coffee drinkers to help fund this project and make the Immerset a reality.
Downtown business owner Sean Scott with the Immerset!
These are just a couple of the small businesses who worked hard to build businesses and have risked their own capital to come to West Palm Beach and help service our residents, as well as bring additional business and visitors into our city.
Small businesses are the lifeblood of our local economy. So instead of waking up at 6am and lining up outside big-box stores on Friday, let’s sleep in and then show our appreciation by visiting one of our local businesses to start our shopping season!
Last night while walking down Clematis Street (in between the opening of the Gallery at the Palm Beach Photographic Center & a Downtown Neighborhood Association meeting, I ran into the grand opening of Cycle Party.
The Cycle Party is a 17-seater party bus that gets pedaled from bar to bar. The company behind it already had cycles in Ft. Lauderdale and Miami and the grand opening represented their expansion into Downtown West Palm Beach.
Putting the final touches on the West Palm Beach Cycle Party
From the Cycle Party Website:
The Cycle Party group bike seats 15 riders and the Cycle Party driver. As a 15-person quadracycle, Cycle Party is perfect for any celebration and all social outings, including: birthdays, bachelor/bachelorette parties, ice cream socials, fund-raisers , church outings, progressive dinners, sightseeing, tailgating, pub crawls, singles mixers, parades (we are an instant float!) or YOUR VERY OWN REASON!
Raphael Clemente, Downtown Development Authority Executive Director approves of the Cycle Party
One of the big requests that we hear is that we need more things to do in the downtown area. Last month we had Visit West Palm open up their Catamaran cruises as well as canoeing and Jet Skiing. Now with this new addition gives an additional reason and a new way to come down to, and explore, our downtown area!
If you’re not ready to cycle around for the evening, no worries, the downtown Quadricle has a new feature is a 3-person lounge in the back, as well as a Pole, which no doubt has many uses. We rode around downtown, thanks to the electronic assist we were able to easily able to ride up the Clematis Street hill.
Downtowner William Cummings enjoying a ride on the Cycle Party
We look forward to riding the Cycle Party again soon!
For being in South Florida in 70-something degree weather (if you’re lucky), West Palm Beach makes a fabulous place to celebrate the holidays. This is thanks in a large part to the huge amount of work that the city puts into it’s FREE events around the holiday season.
Here’s your official holiday schedule, followed by some of my notes below.
The first Sand Sculptures hit Clematis Street with a 110 ton in the City Hall courtyard. And numerious other sand sculptures in stores around the Downtown area.
In 2012 the game was upped and Sandi, the massive sand Christmas Tree appeared on the waterfront.
Sandi in 2012
This year Sandi has gained an additional 100 Tons and is being built on the Waterfront.
Polar Express on December 13th.
During the Polar Express event the City Hall courtyard turns into Santa’s Workshop, complete with games, toy building, candy, reindeer, the Polar Express trolly and of course Santa.
In 2010 I was Rudolph!
The Polar Express is thrown by the Mandel Public Library in West Palm Beach, and is a great event for the whole family.
Also on December the 13th will be Screen on the Green, with a Double Feature!
Enjoy a Movie after Riding the Polar Express!
Super Circus Holiday at Clematis by Night – December 19th
Clematis by Night is our weekly Thursday night party on Clematis Street. On December 19th the circus comes to town with elephants, clowns and the whole works.
A short blog entry to give kudos to the South End Neighborhood Association President and my good friend Robert Norvell who orchestrated the delivery of over 200 TURKEYS this year to South Olive Elementary and Conniston Teachers, Custodians & Families in need.
From the story on WPTV:
So, Norvell is doing something about it. He spent his Monday morning at the grocery store shopping with volunteers from the South End Neighborhood Association.
The group bought turkeys and gift cards for the families and staff at Conniston Middle School.
“For some of them its the first time they ever cooked a turkey so it’s going to be an unique experience for them,” said Norvell.
Forty turkeys were given to families with kids who attend the middle school. Families like April Belasco are thankful for the donation.
“This is going to benefit me a lot, because times are hard, so putting the turkey in the oven, that will be great,” said Belasco.
The money to fund the turkeys was donated by individual doners as well as the South Olive Elementary PTO and the South End Neighborhood Association.