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New stores opening at Downtown at the Gardens in November

Sugar and spice and everything nice are coming to Downtown at the Gardens just in time for the holiday shopping season. John and Esperanza Gekas are the franchise owners of the Spice & Tea Exchange coming to Downtown at the Gardens. Courtesy photo The Spice & Tea Exchange, which started in St. Augustine in 2005, will open at the outdoor shopping destination at Lake Victoria Gardens Avenue in mid-November. The roughly 700-square-foot store near Style So Chic and Lola Chiq will be the first in Palm Beach County, according to a news release. More locations are expected in the next few years. The shop sells more than 140 spices, salts from around the world, naturally-flavored sugars, salts from around the world and more than 30 ...

Tequesta PA BBQ closing; Jupiter one opening

Restaurant has eight locations, started in 1988 in Lake Park (Photo by Bill DiPaolo) 3 THINGS TO KNOW WHAT’S HAPPENING? Park Avenue BBQ Grille plans on closing it’s U.S. 1 location in Tequesta in about two months when a new PA opens on Indiantown Road in Jupiter West Plaza, just east of I-95 in Jupiter. Difficult parking and access are reasons for the closing, said PA BBQ Grille owner Dean Lavalee. WHAT’S NEXT? The Tequesta building is for sale for $1.2 million. The 35 Tequesta employees will work at other PA stores. If the restaurant is not sold, Lavalee said it would be reopened “but not related to Park Avenue.” WHAT IT MEANS TO YOU Lavalee started PA BBQ in 1988 in Lake Park and ...

Love Street development plan up for public hearing Nov. 10

A proposal to build a mixed-use commercial development on a 3.8-acre lot on Love Street and A1A in Jupiter is scheduled to go before the town’s planning and zoning commission at 7 p.m. on Nov. 10 at town hall. Charles Modica, the Hobe Sound developer who owns and plans to develop Suni Sands, owns 2 acres of the property. The other 1.8 acres is owned by the town. The plan calls for Modica to give the town property he owns near Saturn Street. In exchange, the town would give Modica the 1.8 acres. The town would use the Saturn Street property for a 300-vehicle surface parking lot, according to the proposal. The Love Street property is now being used for a surface parking lot for ...

Mini-golf course may be coming to Abacoa

A miniature golf course in Abacoa will bring more families to the live-work-play community off Donald Ross Road, say supporters of the plan submitted to the town. “It’s not going to another Pirateland. The course will be a naturally landscaped setting with an authentic Jupiter feel,” said Josh Simon, a principal with FLF ATC LLC. The Jupiter-based company in March paid $5.1 million for 93,000 square feet of Abacoa commercial property, along with about 3 acres of vacant land that would be used for the golf course. The plan calls for spending about $500,000 to build the 18-hole course. If approved by the town council, the course would be open in about a year, Simon said. From Northern Palm Beach County See full story in ...

Avenir workshop in Palm Beach Gardens planned Tuesday

The edge of the former Vavrus Ranch, now the Avenir development. The 4,763-acre site in Palm Beach Gardens is pictured here on Feb. 5. The developers hope to build on part of the land and conserve the other part. Brianna Soukup / Palm Beach Post) Avenir, the proposed residential, office and commercial development for Palm Beach Gardens’ western expanse, will be the subject of a public workshop Tuesday. Avenir Holdings, LLC, has asked the city to change its comprehensive plan and zoning for the 4,763-acre, mixed-use development at the former Vavrus Ranch on the north side of Northlake Boulevard and south of Beeline Highway. The proposed development consists of the following, according to the meeting agenda: 3,735 single-family units and 250 multi-family units 1.8 million ...