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New destinations to debut; many gravitate to Worth Avenue

Posted On: 10-26-2014

By John Nelander Special to the Daily News

Palm Beach’s mix of high-end retail shops, service outlets and restaurants is fine-tuned every season, and this year’s lineup is mostly set — although a new Worth Avenue restaurant is still in the works.

Much of the action is on Worth Avenue, where the 150 building will be the site of several new shops.

New ventures include Shi London Cashmere, a London-based retailer that bills itself as a British luxury knitwear specialist; Golfino, specializing in golf apparel; Le Visage Cosmetics, a makeup artistry company; and AKRIS, a Swiss fashion store specializing in luxury goods for women.

The new restaurant at 150 Worth Avenue will occupy the space left by the exit of Gigi’s Tap & Table. Details haven’t been released as lease negotiations continue, said Bob Saffran of the Goodman Co., which owns the shopping center.

“We’re a 100 percent leased,” Saffran said. “We just have to finalize the restaurant.” That should be in about one week, he said.

Worth Avenue is seeing about an average number of changes to the business mix, said Robin Miller, general manager of the Worth Avenue Association.

Kate Spade, an apparel and jewelry shop, will open at 225A Worth Ave. in the space formerly occupied by Juicy Couture. The John Barrett Salon, which offers everything from haircuts to hair pieces, will debut in the former location of the Gasiunasen Gallery, 415 Hibiscus Ave. Its flagship salon at Bergdorf Goodman in Manhattan is known for high-profile clientele.

The former Erwin Pearl space, at 237 Worth Ave., will now be host to Herve Leger, which last year was at 206 Worth Ave. No word on what may be going into the 206 slot, Miller said.

“Retailers are hopeful that this is going to be a successful season,” she said. “Some of these new stores will bring new foot traffic to the Avenue, and that’s a good thing.

”There will be a few empty storefronts, as there are every year. But Palm Beach has steadily recovered since the early days of the recession.

“We have a very low level of unoccupied space on Worth Avenue right now,” Miller said. “We have one vacancy on the 300 block, which is not that large.”

Other new businesses include the Sweet Spot, a frozen yogurt shop at 302 S. County Road; and The Meat Market, a boutique steakhouse at 191 Bradley Place.

A new restaurant, Chez L’Epicier, is scheduled to open in March at 288 S. County Road, according to Patricia Sans, president of the Greater South County Road Association. The chef will be Laurent Godbout, who has a restaurant in Montreal.

“With the new combinations of stores and restaurants, people are always hopeful,” said Laurel Baker, executive director of the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce. “I think people are curious to see what’s here after they’ve been gone for a few months.

“Plus, you can’t help but be happy when the holidays are coming.”

 

Source: John Nelander, October 26, 2014, Palm Beach Daily News

 

 

 

 

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