Celebrate Beauty & the Beast’s tale as old as time at Gardens shop

Bookish Belle’s love story is playing out on the big screen for a second time, and all of her bibliophile fans are invited to celebrate.

The Barnes & Noble at Legacy Place, 11380 Legacy Ave. in Palm Beach Gardens, is having a celebration of the release of Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast” 11 a.m. April 1. Guests are invited to dress up as their favorite character from the movie. They can enjoy a “Beauty & the Beast” story time, sing-along and cookies. The event is free.

READ: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ roars with monstrous $170M debut

The live-action version of the 1991 animated movie was released Friday in the U.S. It stars Emma Watson – you may recognize her as Hermione from the Harry Potter movies – as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast. Stevens played Matthew Crawley in the Downtown Abbey series.

The movie made $170 million at North American box offices and another $180 million abroad in its opening weekend. It broke the record for G- or PG-rated releases. It’s also Disney’s best opening for any of the live action movies that it has released so far: The Jungle Book, Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland.

Hello Kitty enthusiasts better get in line for truck’s visit to Gardens

The Hello Kitty Cafe will come to Downtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens Feb. 25. Courtesy photo
The Hello Kitty Cafe will come to Downtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens Feb. 25. Courtesy photo

You’ve heard of taco trucks, gourmet grilled cheese food trucks and even the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, but did you know Hello Kitty has a ride of her own?

The very pink Hello Kitty Cafe truck will appear 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 25 at Downtown at the Gardens, 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave. It will be parked between Carl’s Patio and Golf Galaxy. This is its first time in Palm Beach County, according to a news release.

Packaged sweets for sale include a 3-piece Hello Kitty cookie set, a rainbow macaroon box set with a surprise character, a 4-pack of mini cakes and bow-shaped bottles of water. Souvenirs such as a Hello Kitty Cafe mug, pink t-shirt and the signature bow headband will also be for sale, according to the news release.

The mobile cafe has been making appearances at festivals and events since it debuted at a Hello Kitty Con at the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Los Angeles in October 2014. The convention was in celebration of the Sanrio character’s 40th anniversary.

First, the truck is returning to Miami this weekend. It will be at the Dolphin Mall at 10 a.m. Saturday.

If you’re a devoted fan, you can follow the truck on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Gardens Mall text concierge helps clueless conquer Valentine’s giving

The Gardens Mall's text concierge service can guide clueless shoppers looking for the perfect Valentine's Day gift, such as this power bank for electronic devices.
The Gardens Mall’s text concierge service can guide clueless shoppers looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, such as this power bank for electronic devices. Courtesy image

Shopping for a Valentine’s Day gift can be stressful, especially if it’s a couple’s first together. But there’s no need to sweat finding the perfect present for that special sweetheart.

The Gardens Mall’s text concierge is in business, giving shoppers tips on what to buy, directions to where to find those Valentine’s Day gifts and insight on the closest parking spots to the stores where they plan to shop. The mall is at 3101 PGA Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens.

READ: The Gardens Mall is launching a new text concierge service for shoppers.

Here’s how it works: Send a text message to The Gardens Mall’s concierge at 561-440-4440. Questions will be answered immediately by the concierge staff, according to a news release.

The Gardens Mall's text concierge service can give tips and direct shoppers where to find gifts such as this clutch. Courtesy photo
The Gardens Mall’s text concierge service can give tips and direct shoppers where to find gifts such as this clutch. Courtesy photo

The text concierge service started in November, just in time for the holiday shopping rush. The mall at the time said texts would be answered within two minutes, sometimes as quickly as 30 seconds. Shoppers can use it at the mall or before they arrive.

It will also come in handy for shoppers wondering if the Apple Store is crowded or which restaurant is closest.

Regular mall hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.

Santa wants you to pledge to put down your phone while driving

Santa Claus is coming to the Gardens Mall this weekend — but he doesn’t want to know what you want for Christmas.

The AT&T store at the mall is hosting the man himself for a visit from the North Pole to encourage drivers to put down their phones and take the “It Can Wait” pledge to stop distracted driving.

(Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
(Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

AT&T launched the It Can Wait campaign in 2010 to cut the number of distracted drivers crashes each year. Since then, nearly 13 million people have pledged to put their phones down while driving. The company’s goal by the end of the year, however, is to get to 16 million pledges. That’s where the Gardens Mall comes in.

The company said in a news release that it hopes Santa can draw attention to the issue, while still celebrating the holiday season — Santa will even pose for selfies with shoppers.

AT&T said in its news release that it recently found about half of people who sign the It Can Wait pledge stick with it, and don’t use their smartphones while driving.

The push comes as the federal government said earlier this year that the nation saw a historic surge in fatal crashes. Fatalities in wrecks where distracted driving played a factor were up nearly 9 percent, from 3,197 in 2014 to 3,477 in 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.

IF YOU GO

What: Take the It Can Wait pledge and snap a selfie with Santa

When: 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 10

Where: AT&T Store, Gardens Mall upper level next to Sears, 3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens

 

 

 

 

Boutiques band together for fashion show for a cause

Downtown at the Gardens will host a fashion show to benefit the Cancer Alliance.
Downtown at the Gardens will host a fashion show to benefit the Cancer Alliance of Help & Hope.

Here’s a feel-good fashion show.

A Fashion Affair at Downtown at the Gardens next weekend benefits the Cancer Alliance of Help & Hope. The alliance aims to improve the quality of life for local people fighting cancer and support their families.

Downtown at the Gardens, 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., has curated the fashion show with 17 boutiques and light bites from restaurants. Blessed Boutique, Ceci Palm Beach, Lola Chic Boutique, Molle Bridals and Style So Chic are among the participating shops. The showcase begins 7 p.m. Jan. 23.

Tickets for limited seating are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Money raised will help people with cancer with everyday expenses such as rent, utilities or insurance payments.

To purchase tickets, go to www.CAHH.org/fashion or call 561-748-7227.

Once homeless, Palm Beach Gardens business owner gives back

Cynthia Heathcoe, CEO of Contemporary Living furniture store, outside her store at Downtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens, was once homeless and is now giving back. Courtesy photo
Cynthia Heathcoe, CEO of Contemporary Living furniture store, outside her store at Downtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens, was once homeless and is now giving back. Courtesy photo

It’s been 17 years since Cynthia Heathcoe spent the holidays in a homeless shelter with her 3-week-old son, but she hasn’t forgotten what that felt like.

Now she’s the CEO of the Contemporary Living furniture store at Downtown at the Gardens. She’s using her business to help other people who find themselves in the same situation she did so many years ago.

The shop will host a holiday open house from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 11. Heathcoe is asking people to bring one unwrapped household item to benefit The Lord’s Place supportive housing residents.

“When you are homeless, you lose sight of who you are,” Heathcoe said in a news release. “I want to surround people going through this with things that will make them feel more human.”

Suggested items include accent pillows, kitchen supplies, linens or anything that would make a transitional living space feel more like home. Everyone who donates an item will receive a Contemporary Living Showroom Gift Card, according to the news release.

To RSVP, call the store at 561-318-6014.