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The time has come for big-box brands to bow down to boutique businesses. From clothiers to furniture-makers to purveyors of pet accessories, take a step into one of these local shops in the Palm Beaches during this holiday season.
The philanthropy-minded owners of Bala Boutique source much of their merchandise from World Fair Trade Organization members, whose mission of lifting artisans, farmers and other producers out of poverty has changed the lives of millions. The vibe: Eco-friendly, with organic, sustainable products; and pet-friendly, with store mascots and rescue dogs Mako, Minnie and Pepper greeting guests. The goods: Candles, clothes, hats, jewelry, makeup, scarves, soaps and stationery.
354 Cypress Drive, Tequesta / 561.406.6867 / balaboutiquefl.com
Blessed Boutique was founded on the principle that women should feel confident in the way they look and inspired by their inner beauty, whether attending a business meeting or going out to dinner with friends. The vibe: Charming, contemporary and feminine with clothing that caters to granddaughters to grandmothers. The goods: Bandeaus and camisoles, tailored blouses and dresses, flip-flops, wedges and Swarovski crystal bracelets.
11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Palm Beach Gardens / 561.320.2355 / blessedboutique.com
Island flair can be found at Ceci Palm Beach, which includes casually cool clothes ideal for all occasions, including a relaxed day at the beach or an adventurous night out on the town. The vibe: Fashion befitting of spring, summer, fall and winter, with a Palm Beach twist. The goods: Dresses of all lengths, sandals, shorts, skirt sets, tops and tunics.
11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Palm Beach Gardens / 561.626.8500 / facebook.com/cecipalmbeach
Rulon Reed is a lifestyle brand for girls and women. Its prints and silhouettes pay tribute to the past with a nod to the future. The vibe: A showroom of vividly colored dresses that brighten the spirit. The goods: The Avery dress in orange and pink, the Darcy dress in pineapple and the Julie dress in blue-and-red stripes.
11440 U.S. Highway 1, North Palm Beach / 561.420.6350 / rulonreed.com
From fun rompers and soft knits to fashionable tunics and Oaxaca tops, CJ Laing has a captivating collection of couture that speaks to the good life. Its Palm Beach store is complemented by stores in Nantucket and Siasconset, Massachusetts. The vibe: Coastal chic mixed with international intrigue. The goods: Resort wear suitable for morning, afternoon and evening, and travel wear for donning around the world.
34 Via Mizner, Palm Beach / 561.820.0039 / cjlaingshop.com
Carefully curated merchandise, crack customer service and affordably cute clothing make Maggie & Mae Boutique a popular spot for shoppers in search of a certain style. The vibe: A little bit boho, a little bit SoHo and eclectic all around. The goods: Bralettes, crop tops, skinny jeans, T-shirts with pithy quotes, vegan lipstick and water bottles designed to match any outfit.
6390 W. Indiantown Road, Jupiter / 561.972.4872 / facebook.com/maggieandmaeboutique/boutique
New York style has arrived in Jupiter. Chic Boutique Fashion aims to please with trend-setting clothing and jewelry that customers aspire to wear. The store offers Champagne and wine to browsers to top off the experience. The vibe: Sexy, sophisticated and spacious. The goods: Bottoms, tops, denim, dresses, jackets, sweaters, vests and Free People footwear.
113 N. Coastal Way, Jupiter / 917.678.8640 / chicboutique.fashion
Timeless menswear defines the John Craig philosophy. The exceptional clothing company offers high-end apparel for the discerning man, in addition to accessories and shoes. The vibe: Elegant, energetic, masculine, modern, tasteful and traditional. The goods: Designers such as Canali, Hickey Freeman, Hiltl, Peter Millar, Robert Talbott, Salvatore Ferragamo, Samuelsohn and Zanella.
135 Breakwater Court, Jupiter / 561.406.6858 / johncraigclothier.com
With a trident for a logo and a signature swimwear line, Strong Boalt epitomizes the nautical man who likes to have fun and look good doing so. The vibe: Practical, preppy and ready-to-wear. The goods: Pima cotton pants, sun shirts and trusty trunks.
326 Peruvian Ave., Palm Beach / 561.530.7333 / strongboalt.com
A fancy, frilly children’s store, A Pink Princess is all about dolls and dress-up. It carries exquisite Madame Alexander dolls, as well as sparkly gowns and tutus. The vibe: A palace of pink that is a little girl’s dream come true. The goods: Angels and ballerinas, dolls and dollhouses, and tea sets and tiaras.
113 Soundings Ave., Jupiter / 561.744.3124 / apinkprincess.com
A home-accessories-turned-home-furnishings store, Pineapples, Palms, Etc. has been beautifying abodes in South Florida for 15 years to rave reviews, including one by television personality and Jupiter resident Bryant Gumbel. The vibe: Warm, welcoming and filled with light and lovely pieces for every room in the house. The goods: Floor and table lamps, frames, mirrors and, of course, fine furniture.
287 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter / 561.748.8303 / pineapplespalms.com
A destination for the most-discerning of decorators, HIVE Home, Gift & Garden is a wonderland for the well-appointed home. The stunning showroom abounds with furniture, lighting and everything else in between and provides a one-stop shop for comprehensive interior design. The vibe: Dynamic vignettes arranged within an enviable emporium. The goods: Custom upholstery, table settings, wall sconces and women’s accessories.
424 Palm St., West Palm Beach / 561.514.0322 / hivepalmbeach.com
For whimsical wares perfect for the water’s edge, head to Excentricities. The flagship store in North Palm Beach overflows with 8,000 square feet of delightful décor. The vibe: From casually sophisticated to playfully elegant to sumptuously formal. The goods: The Cassapanca bench in hand-finished wood, the Manhattan swivel stool in rattan and the Moravian star pendant chandelier in gilded iron.
1400 Old Dixie Highway, North Palm Beach; 561.845.3250 / 225 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter; 561.748.5440 / excentricities.com
Maurice’s Furnishings started out as an antique shop in Juno Beach more than three decades ago and has since grown into a custom furniture factory known for its gorgeous wood pieces. The vibe: Family-owned and operated with a showroom of distinctively designed furniture. The goods: Bars, bookcases, specialty cabinets, handcrafted chairs and tables, and architectural creations such as carved entryways.
950 Jupiter Park Drive, Jupiter / 561.747.4539 / mauricesfurniture.com
Much like its name implies, Iconic Snob Galeries prides itself on bold modernism, a touch of Old World class and an element of funk in between when creating living spaces for those with open minds. The vibe: Random, raucous and rich home accents in the heart of Palm Beach County’s renowned antiques district. The goods: Candelabras, credenzas, sculptures and pedestals.
2800 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach / 561.832.2801 / iconicsnobgaleries.com
Upon arriving at Maryanna Suzanna’s stunning storefront, those who enter will find an array of tasteful treasures to take home. Its assorted accessories, home furnishings and great gifts are influenced by American and Italian culture. The vibe: An oasis of originality on Palm Beach’s premiere shopping strip. The goods: Hand-painted ceramics, Murano glass, silk flowers, Tuscan urns and Venetian chandeliers.
313 Worth Ave., Palm Beach / 561.833.0204 / worth-avenue.com/stores/maryanna-suzanna
Fashionable yet functional frames can be found at iCLASS Eyewear, where a specially trained staff of technicians fits customers with both prescription and nonprescription glasses. The vibe: Smart and stylish shapes and sizes for every personality displayed in an inviting setting infused with music. The goods: Bvlgari, Cartier, Fendi, Gucci, Prada, as well Roberto Cavalli, Tom Ford and Oliver Peoples frames.
124 N. Coastal Way, Jupiter / 561.406.2351 / iclasseyewear.com
Soap artistry shines through at Moonlight Radiance Artisan Shoppe. Each cleansing bar contains fresh, organic and pure oils that are aged, cured and dried to perfection for the right amount of bubbles, emollients, scent and strength. The vibe: A brightly painted shop offering an awesome olfactory experience. The goods: Bath and body products, candles, lip butters and natural soaps.
510 Northwood Road, West Palm Beach / 561.503.8986 / moonlightradiance.com
Dogs and puppies, cats and kittens can be pampered by their indulgent owners at Pucci & Catana Luxury Pet Boutique, which features furry finds for four-legged friends. The vibe: A store that connects people with their pets through products not found anywhere else. The goods: Cuddle carriers, hair bows, pet jackets, playpens, strollers and toys.
108 Breakwater Court, Jupiter / 561.320.9968 / pucciandcatana.com
Correction: The print version of this story included 20 local shops. Unfortunately, Peace Boutique has closed.