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5 Hidden Murals in The West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District

Wherever you go in the Arts & Entertainment District, there is art – even in the most unlikely of places!  Have you seen these hidden murals? 

1.”Clara:” Painted by artist Sean Yoro, Clara is a pleasant surprise to a passerby walking along Flagler Drive under the Royal Park Bridge, Yoro was one of the more than 20 artists who participated in the CANVAS Outdoor Museum Show in 2015.

 

2. Hidden Stairs Mural: If you take a stroll through The Square, you’ll notice the explosion of color and large geometric shapes created by husband-and-wife duo Chalk & Brush. The stairwell between Sur La Table and True Food Kitchen is the perfect spot for a photo.

Photo by Regine Zara Soliz via Instagram

3. “Natural Beauty:” If you head down to Artist Alleyway near Subculture Coffee on the 500 Block of Clematis Street, you’ll stumble across Anthony Burk’s beautiful art installation. Just look up! 

4. Evernia Street Garage Mural: From Miami’s Wynwood Art District to Lake Worth, Eduardo “Eddie” Mendieta’s artwork adorns walls throughout South Florida, and Downtown West Palm Beach is no exception. In 2014, Mendieta and his collaborative artists created the vibrant murals in the Evernia Street parking garage. Park on the roof and have an enjoyable art showcase while walking down. 

Photo taken by Eddie Amaya

5. Fern Street Wine Bar & Kitchen: Located at 501 Fern Street Suite 104, Fern Street Wine Bar & Kitchen not only has incredible food but amazing art. This eye-catching mural of a bull in the main dining room was created by Anthony Hernandez 

Fern Street Wine Bar & Kitchen via Instagram
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Hispanic-owned Businesses In #DowntownWPB

During Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15), we honor the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States; especially in our #DowntownWPB. We have a robust Hispanic community and it is our diversity that is one of our greatest strengths. Join us as we continue to celebrate the contributions of our incredible Downtown West Palm Beach community.

Alfonso Hernandez Architects 
314 Clematis Street, Suite 201
Founder and managing partner Alfonso Hernandez recognized the need for an architecture firm that could honor South Florida’s past while innovating its future with contemporary green architectural design. Based in the heart of Downtown West Palm Beach, AH Architects has its finger on the pulse of the community and is honored to be an active participant in the development of the city.

 

CRL Media Hispanic Advertising & Public Relations Media 
120 S. Olive Avenue, Suite 704
Colombian-born Claudia Ruiz Levy opened the first Hispanic advertising agency in West Palm Beach, CRL Media. CRL Media specializes in Hispanic market services and multicultural advertising and public relations services in West Palm Beach and the South Florida area.

 

Dr. Limon Ceviche Bar
533 Clematis Street
Founder Carlos Brescia brought the chic Peruvian eatery, Dr. Limon, to West Palm Beach in 2019. The menu consists of a range of seafood-centric appetizers, Peruvian-inspired sushi rolls and Peruvian classic dishes adding to the unique flavors that can only be found in Downtown West Palm Beach.

 

Lara House of Beauty
120 S. Dixie Highway, Suite 104
The family-owned beauty salon offers services such as facials, body treatments, micropigmentation, waxing, eyelashes and more.

 

REG Architects
120 S. Olive Avenue, Suite 210
Rick Gonzalez, president of REG Architects, a firm specializing in architecture, historic preservation, interior design and community planning has been offering services in Downtown West Palm Beach for over 30 years.

 

Rivales Taqueria
106 N. Olive Avenue
The authentic Mexican cantina opened its doors to Downtown West Palm Beach in 2013. Co-owners and brothers, Jimmy Rivas and Alberto Valdivia brought to life their vision of an eatery filled with art, Mexican street food and delicious drinks.

 

Salento Coffee Shop 
407 Clematis Street
Salento Coffee owners, Jaime and Johana Lara, have brought the delicious taste of authentic Colombian coffee to Downtown West Palm Beach. On top of traditional café menu items, Salento offers Colombian dishes such as arepas, empanadas and more.

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Visionary project to come to Downtown as West Palm Beach DDA selects ‘The Next Big Thing’

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (September 13, 2022) – The West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA), with support from the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District, today announced the winner in its search for “The Next Big Thing” — a quest to bring a unique and imaginative outdoor experience to the heart of the city.  A community-wide project called Trojan Rocking Horses was chosen from a search that generated more than 20 international submissions aimed at engaging the West Palm Beach community, downtown residents, and visitors. 

Trojan Rocking Horses consists of eight life-sized rocking horses, each custom-designed by local children during design workshops and then fabricated locally, under the guidance of world-renowned Finnish artist and architect Marco Casagrande. The horses will begin their journey through various communities in West Palm Beach collecting messages from West Palm Beach citizens.  

Casagrande, a five-time invitee to the Venice Architecture Biennale and a recipient of the UNESCO Global Award for Sustainable Architecture, envisions each horse as a work of art and a gathering source for the community’s ideas and visions for the for the future of Downtown West Palm Beach.   

Upon arrival in Downtown, there will be a performance where the horses are placed as interactive sculptures that will symbolically deliver these aspirational messages to the heart of the City. The horses will continue to collect inspiring messages from the community as they remain in downtown. Several times each year, the messages will be reviewed and published both online and in printed newspaper. 

“This project is special because it directly involves the community from beginning to end, and truly is a project of, by, and for the people in West Palm Beach,” said Sherryl Muriente, Public Realm Director for the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority. “It will give local residents the opportunity to express their ideas and vision for the future of Downtown West Palm Beach through a visible expression of the community’s voice, empowering them in the process, as they build something together.”  

The goal of The Next Big Thing Project was to inspire placemakers to create a new experience that would be interactive, unique to the place, artistic, and ignite the community’s imagination. Applicants were asked to interpret the theme in their own, original, creative way reflecting on the idea of sparking moments of fascination, wonder, and imagination.  

With the selection process complete, the West Palm Beach DDA will work with Marco Casagrande and his team to bring this project to life over the next several months.  

For further information about the DDA, please visit DowntownWPB.com or call (561) 833-8873. 

 

About the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority 

The West Palm Beach DDA is an independent taxing district created in 1967 by a special act of the Florida Legislature. Its mission is to promote and enhance a safe, vibrant Downtown for our residents, businesses and visitors through the strategic development of economic, social and cultural opportunities. 

 

About the West Palm Beach A&E District 

The West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District is a centralized collection of inspiring arts and entertainment venues; art and history museums; galleries; libraries; performing arts companies; and art education institutions. Situated in the heart of South Florida’s most progressive city, the District includes more than 20 distinct and distinguished cultural destinations that form a defining industry cluster. The A&E District enhances the appeal of West Palm Beach as a visitor destination, drawing attention to its status as a vibrant city illuminated by its beauty and range of creative expression. 

 

About Casagrande Laboratory 

Casagrande Laboratory is a multidisciplinary architecture and innovation company with projects ranging from one-family houses to CLT apartment buildings and from environmental art to landscape architecture and local knowledge based biourbanism. Spearheaded by world-renowned architect Marco Casagrande the Laboratory is involved with commission, research and educational projects with equally respected individuals, families, communities, companies, organizations, industries, cities, governments and environments as our clients. www.casagrandelaboratory.com 

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5 Most Instagrammable Murals In The West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District

Spice up your Instagram using one of the vibrant murals located throughout our district as the backdrop to your photos! Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a list:

  1. “Einstein’s Theory of Love (509 Clematis Street):” This vibrant mural created by Brazilian muralist Eduardo Kobra is perhaps one of the most photographed murals in DowntownWPB. Located in Artist Alleyway on Subculture Coffee’s patio wall, this mural was created as part of the CANVAS Outdoor Museum Show in 2015. 
  2. “The Revolution of the Groove (114 S. Narcissus Avenue):” This colorful mural, located on the façade of Camelot Yacht Club, portrays six revolutionary African American artists such as Nina Simone and James Brown, who used their music to challenge the entrenched ways of thinking at the time about social injustice and racism. This mural was created in 2021 as a collaboration between local Street Art Revolution Artists Anthony Hernandez and Caron Bowman. 
  3. “Yorick’s Skull (201 Clematis Street):” This unique mural, also created by Eduardo Kobra, is located on the façade of Palm Beach Dramaworks and was inspired by the Shakespeare play “Hamlet.” This work of art was painted during the CANVAS Outdoor Museum Show in 2015. 
  4. “Rising Signs (next to 550 S. Rosemary Avenue):” Thanks to multidisciplinary duo Eric Adolfsen and Carlton DeWoody, the outdoor staircases at The Square have transformed into illustrated panoramas lush with local nature and architecture. The stairs also contain messages that touch on themes of nature and architecture.  
  5. “Eris and the Golden Apple (333 Fern Street):” This seven-story mural created by South Florida artist Danny Doya in 2017, portrays Eris, the goddess of discord, gazing at the golden apple she holds. Located on the east side of The Alexander, this is a required photo-op while in DowntownWPB.  
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Celebrating 4th of July in #DowntownWPB

The 4th of July is just around the corner, and there’s no better place to celebrate Independence Day in The Palm Beaches than in DowntownWPB!  

4th of July Weekend Bar Crawl 

Get ready to visit five different locations in Downtown West Palm Beach on Friday, July 1! From 9 p.m. – 1 a.m., enjoy a free shot from Myers Lounge, 335 Speakeasy, Roxy’s Rooftop and Bodega Taqueria y Tequila, then head to the afterparty at Banko Cantina. Don’t forget to wear your red, white and blue! Click Here for more information and to purchase tickets.  

4th On Flagler 

One of the largest Independence Day events in South Florida is returning to the Waterfront (along Flagler Drive between Banyan Boulevard and Fern Street) on Monday, July 4, from 6 – 10 p.m.! 

Activities include live entertainment, the Bill Bone 5K, the Palm Beach Health Network Family Chill Zone, a Military Honor Salute, and refreshments for purchase. An 18-minute fireworks show is scheduled to ignite at 9:09 p.m., weather permitting, over the Intracoastal!  

The event is free to attend. Click Here for the full schedule of events.  

Celebrations at The Ben West Palm – Autograph Collection 

For the first time, The Ben Hotel is hosting a drive-in boutique car show on the front lawn! From 6-10 p.m., The Ben invites up to 40 cars to park on the lawn with front row seats to the 4th on Flagler fireworks show, beginning at 9:09 p.m. This is a free public event produced by Supercar Week Inc. that only requires a fee to register a vehicle. 

Proper Grit, the hotel’s indoor restaurant led by new Executive Chef Marc Rosen, will offer $100 bottles of Veuve Clicquot with White Chocolate M&M Popcorn to enjoy! Plus, the full menu of contemporary American food will be available to-go and hand-delivered to individual cars. The main dining room will be open for dinner and offer a complimentary bottle of Sea Sun wine by Caymus with the purchase of two entrees. 

Spruzzo, DowntownWPB’s only rooftop waterfront restaurant, has partnered with Veuve Clicquot and will be offering several fireworks viewing options with live music by DJ Kristian Caro from 5:3011:30 p.m.! VIP poolside cabana and table reservations begin at 5:30 p.m. and range from $75-$325 per person (and include prepaid food and beverage minimums and 20% gratuity). Cocktail attire encouraged. Reservations are required and can be made online. 

Independence Day Celebration at Pistache French Bistro  

Enjoy an evening of American BBQ favorites and a view of the 4th of Flagler fireworks display at Pistache French Bistro! Located at 101 N. Clematis Street, Pistache will be serving an array of mouthwatering dishes, including chili BBQ pork belly and firehouse chili. Click Here to see the full menu. Visit PistacheWPB.com to book your table.  

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Juneteenth Celebrations in and around #DowntownWPB

Juneteenth (June 19) commemorates the day the announcement of the abolition of slavery was made in Texas in 1865. This weekend, celebrate and honor African American culture through the arts, history, entertainment, and more! 

  1. Celebration For All! Rohi’s Readery’s One-Year Anniversary (June 18-19): Rohi Readery, the country’ first-ever social justice driven bookstore and The Square are hosting a two-day diversity and family celebration on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19. Rohi’s Readery will also be celebrating their one-year anniversary. From 10 a.m.-7 p.m., attendees can enjoy eclectic culinary pop-ups, an array of local Black-owned businesses, live musical performances and more! The event is free to attend but registration for events is required. Click Here for the full schedule of events and to register.  
  2. Juneteenth Family Celebration Day (Norton Museum of Art): Bring your family and friends to the Norton Museum of Art on Saturday, June 18 for the Juneteenth Family Celebration Day! From 12-5 p.m., enjoy live musical performances, dance, gallery talks on African American artists, storytelling, and art-making activities. Admission is free. Click Here for more information.  
  3. Juneteenth Freedom Day of Celebration (500 Block): Head to the 500 Block on Saturday, June 18 from 3-11 p.m. for a Juneteenth celebration filled with music, food, arts and more! The event is for all ages and FREE to attend. Click Here for the full schedule of events.  
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Celebrating Father’s Day in #DowntownWPB

Whether you’re celebrating your father, husband, stepfather, brother or role model; we encourage you to honor them on this special day. Here’s a list of Father’s Day specials and happenings in DowntownWPB:

  1. Ascend The Trend Barbershop & Nails (420 Clematis Street, Suite C): This family-owned barbershop will be offering two Father’s Day specials this year: the $100 Ultimate Combo (haircut, razored-edge finished hair line, 5-step gentleman facial, a hot towel gel lather neck shave and choice of alcohol/aftershave) and the $50 Basic Mani Pedi Combo with buff and shine. For more information or to book an appointment, visit AscendTheTrend.com or call (561)812-2300.  
  2. Copper Blues Rock Pub & Kitchen (550 S. Rosemary Avenue): Give your dad something he really wants for Father’s Day… BEER! Copper Blues is offering a free pint of beer for every dad on Sunday, June 19. For more information, visit CopperBluesLive.com or call (561)404-4101.  
  3. Duffy’s Sports Grill (225 Clematis Street): From now through Sunday, June 19, one lucky Duffy’s MVP member will win the Grand Prize trip for four to take Dad offshore fishing out on the high seas, plus a $100 Duffy’s gift card to enjoy once you’re on dry land! Visit DuffysMVP.com for more information on how to qualify for the giveaway or call (561)-249-1682.  
  4. Kapow! Noodle Bar (519 Clematis Street): Work on your Dad bod this Father’s Day (June 19) with a free beer at Kapow! For more information, visit KapowNoodleBar.com or call (561)246-3827.  
  5. Pistache French Bistro (101 N. Clematis Street): Celebrate Papa this Father’s Day at Pistache! The French bistro is offering specials for brunch (11 a.m.-2:20 p.m.) and dinner (starts at 5:30 p.m.), along with a complimentary drink for all fathers. For more information or to make a reservation, visit PistacheWPB.com or call (561)833-5090.  
  6. Proper Grit (251 N. Narcissus Avenue): Located inside the Ben Autograph Collection, Proper Grit is offering a chophouse Father’s Day special on Sunday, June 19 called “Fit for a King.” It includes a 36-ounce Tomahawk steak with a twice-baked loaded potato and asparagus. Father figures will also receive a small bottle of WhistlePig Whiskey’s smooth “Ben Barrel Blend” and a cigar all priced at $150 (not including tax and gratuity). A selection of barrel-aged specialty cocktails will also be available for dad to kick back and enjoy in Proper Grit’s relaxed public house and whiskey library-like. Indoor and outdoor seating is available with reservations recommended. To reserve, call 561-655-4001 or visit ProperGrit.com. 
  7. Visit Palm Beach (226 Datura Street): Visit Palm Beach is currently offering 20% off gift cards from now through Father’s Day weekend to use on some fun activities, like jet skis, paddle boards, kayaks, and Segway tours! For more information, head to VisitPalmBeach.com or call (561)881-9757.  
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Mother’s Day In #DowntownWPB

Where would we be without our moms? DowntownWPB wants to help you show your appreciation and celebrate the mothers, stepmothers, and mother figures in your life! Check out our list of Mother’s Day specials and happenings:  

  1. Alchemy Juice Co. & Market (527 Clematis Street): Grab the moms in your life and learn the beautiful craft of charcuterie during the Mother’s Day Charcuterie Board Class on Friday, May 6 from 6:30-8 p.m. Under the guidance of Cynthia from @touchoftastecharcuterie, you will learn how to create stunning boards and wow everyone with your newfound charcuterie skills! Tickets are $75. Click Here for more information and to purchase tickets.  
  2. Kapow! Noodle Bar (519 Clematis Street): Head to Kapow! Noodle Bar on Sunday, May 8 from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for a special Mother’s Day Brunch! Enjoy the extra special brunch menu and complimentary mimosas offered to all the moms. Click Here to book your table. For more information, visit KapowNoodleBar.com or call (561)246-3827. 
  3. Pistache French Bistro (101 N. Clematis Street): Celebrate mom with a special brunch at Pistache on Sunday, May 8 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Enjoy a special three-course prix fixe menu for $85 per person ($30 for children). All moms will receive a complimentary mimosa, bellini, house wine or Bloody Mary. To book your reservation, visit PistacheWPB.com or call (561)833-5090. 
  4. Proper Grit (251 N. Narcissus Avenue): Have a “proper” Mother’s Day at Proper Grit on Sunday, May 8! From 11 a.m.-3 p.m., enjoy a special brunch menu, a complimentary bellini or mimosa for the lady of honor, and a “build your own bouquet” station, which gives each dining party the opportunity to create a custom bouquet for mom at no charge. Special brunch menu items include King crab benedict, grilled asparagus, béarnaise, toasted lemon poppy seed bread, and salmon caviar for $32 or Challah stuffed French toast, with peanut butter, Nutella, fresh berries, whipped sweet mascarpone, truffle honey, and caramel for $19. A reservation is required; for more information or to make a reservation, visit ProperGrit.com or call (561)655-4001.  
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Easter in #DowntownWPB

Easter Sunday is April 17 and several DowntownWPB establishments are offering Easter specials and brunches so you and your loved ones can celebrate the holiday weekend.

  1. Batch New Southern Kitchen & Tap (225 Clematis Street): This Clematis Street mainstay is hosting Easter Brunch and their own version of an Easter egg hunt, where each table can pick an Easter egg and win “ridiculous prizes.” Brunch is from 10 am.-4 p.m. For more information, visit BatchSouthern.com/WPB or call (561)708-0000.  
  2. Johan’s Joe Swedish Restaurant (401 S. Dixie Highway, Suite 3): Celebrate Easter with a Swedish twist! Pre-order their delicious semlor buns to enjoy as a delicious treat on Easter Sunday. For more information or to order online, visit JohansJoe.com or call (561)808-5090.  
  3. Pioneer Linens (210 N. Clematis Street): Shop the Kim Seybert “Spring Delights” collection at Pioneer Linens. From cocktail napkins to coasters to tablecloths, this collection has the perfect Easter décor for your table. For more information, visit PioneerLinens.com or call (800)207-5463.  
  4. Pistache French Bistro (101 N. Clematis Street):  Enjoy an elegant Easter brunch experience from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Chef Mike Burgio will prepare a three-course prix fixe menu for $85 per person full of Pistache classics, as well as seasonal dishes! Visit PistacheWPB.com/Reservations to book your table. For more information, call (561)833-5090.  
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Community Foundation Executive Daryl Houston Appointed to West Palm Beach DDA Board of Directors

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (March 21, 2022) – The West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has announced the appointment of Daryl K. Houston as a member of the DDA Board of Directors. The appointment was made by West Palm Beach Mayor Keith James.

 Houston is a life-long resident of Palm Beach County and has worked in downtown West Palm Beach for the past 14 years. He currently serves as the interim vice president for community impact for the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. He previously held leadership positions at the United Way of Palm Beach County.

Houston’s volunteer work includes a role as board chairman of the Emergency Food Shelter Program and vice chair of the Florida Philanthropic Network. He is a graduate of Western Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and a minor in Sociology.

About the Downtown Development Authority
The West Palm Beach DDA is an independent taxing district created in 1967 by a special act of the Florida Legislature. Its mission is to promote and enhance a safe, vibrant Downtown for our residents, businesses and visitors through the strategic development of economic, social and cultural opportunities.

For more information about the DDA or Downtown West Palm Beach, please visit DowntownWPB.com or call the DDA at (561) 833-8873.

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