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Downtown and Down Under

Mahatma Gandhi said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” If you are to be proud of the community you live in, you must do something to improve it. During the past two years, Johnstone Capital Partners has been doing just that to an abandoned, forgotten section of downtown. The company has been redeveloping and reimaging vintage warehouses near Old Okeechobee Road in West Palm Beach and turning them into 85,000 square feet of a cool, casual, creative subculture with tons of character. The Warehouse District in West Palm Beach revitalizes this section of downtown and resurrects history while offering residents and visitors a new retail and restaurant experience. With a culinary marketplace called Grandview Public Market as its epicenter, these developers and vendors are as passionate about the West Palm Beach community as they are about their gastronomical delights. This mini neighborhood, with its hip urban feel, will provide one-stop shopping, dining and entertainment, while supporting local talent. Check it out if you haven’t already.

Downtown is brewing more than just new business; it’s brewing its share of beer with the craft beer craze that’s creating quite a buzz. By the end of 2017, Palm Beach County will have 17 breweries. Kristen Desmond LeFevre takes us on a beer bus tour in her feature “One for the Road” on page 50. If you’re thinking Pubcycle tours and red solo cups, you’re on the wrong bus. These folks are serious about educating beer aficionados about their creative concoctions and modern brewing methods, a far cry from homemade brewing kits. 

Take a different type of tour with our guide to artificial reefs in Martin, St. Lucie, Palm Beach and Broward counties, and another world opens up. Comprised of concrete poles, sunken freighters, bridges and even a civic center, these artificial reefs not only provide for a healthy ecosystem and stellar diving and fishing, they have a positive economic impact on South Florida, increasing tourism dollars and providing jobs and revenue. We offer the down-under low-down on the most popular sites and what you should expect to see.

As we head into peak season, and time is at a premium, I want to thank you for spending part of your valuable time with us, and thank all those who reach out to me personally, providing valuable feedback about what you love about our magazines and our communities. We’ve had the pleasure of serving you for the past 17 years, and according to Gandhi’s wisdom, I’d say we “found ourselves.”