Delray Beach Fashion Week

Posted on 01 February 2018 by JLusk

By Rachel Galvin
(More pics coming soon)
Now, this event was worth the drive! Glitz and glamour took over downtown Delray Jan. 24 to 28 for the Delray Beach Fashion Week. There were fashion shows, a hair show, a Stiletto Race, shopping event and more. Proceeds for the event benefited the Achievement Centers for Children and Families and the Arts Garage’s educational programming for children. The week showcased 40 retailers, 11 hair salons and 80 models in this 5th annual event. The last day was the time to shop for all the fashions featured during the week, but the real culminating event was the Swim & Surf Runway Show. Emcees Suzanne Boyd, anchor from CBS 12, and Jule Guaglardi, owner
of Roxy Lulu, talked about the fashions while the models strutted their stuff in front of media, VIPs, fashion fans and the rest of the public who happened by after enjoying everything downtown Delray has to offer. The event overall really showcased all of the fashions that can be
found in downtown. There also was a great promotional video by VUP media shown before the show began.
Participants included retailers Amanda Johnson Studio, Antica Sartoria, Aqua Swimwear,
Beverly Hills Boutique, Blings & Things, C.Orrico, Charleston Shoe Co., Coco & Co., DeBilzan
Gallery, Elektrik Boutique, Gallery at Studio 5, Glavidia:  by Glavidia Alexis, Greenlines,
Haystacks, House of Zen Dali, Hy Pa – Hy Ma, Kismet Village, LoveRich Boutique, LF Delray
Beach, Morley, Nina Raynor, Oh My Bod, Patchington, Periwinkle, Petite Connection, Private
Jewelers, Ramona La Rue, ROXYLULU, Sara Campbell, Sequin/Biba, South Ocean Beach
Shop, Spice, Sunday State Style, Swatches & Rags, The Drop In Surf Shop, The House of Perna,
The Sandy Shoppe, Tommy Bahama, Vince Canning Shoes, Who’s Karen Boutique and hair
salons B. Calvin Smart, Glavidia Hair Studios, In the Grove Hair Studio, Odeon Salon,
PURSTRANDS, Salon EscapeE, The Sandy Shoppe, ShearLuck Salon, Tammy Benz, Tipsy
Salon Bar, Upper Cutz Barber Shop & Salon.
The event was sponsored by Platinum Sponsors Karma Palm Beach, which had its Karma Reveros on
display, and Ormonde Productions; Gold Sponsors In the Grove Hair Studio, Victoria DeSilvio
Group, VUP Media, Grimes Events & Party Tents; Silver Sponsors 236 Fifth Avenue Delray
Beach, Comcast Spotlight, Glavidia Hair Studios, Purstrands, Ramen Lab Eatery, The Sandy
Shoppe, Shearluck Salon, Tipsy Salonbar,, Parisi Events; Bronze Sponsors
Delray Dermatology & Cosmetic Center, Park View Realty, The Colony Hotel & Cabana Club,
Che!, Mellow Mushroom, Old School Square Fieldhouse, Cockspur Rum, Iceberg Vodka and
Deluxe Properties.
For more information on Delray Beach Fashion Week, visit

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“Peter Pan” at The Wick Theatre

Posted on 20 August 2015 by LeslieM

soc082015hookBy Rachel Galvin

The Wick Theatre came to life with the magical classic “Peter Pan,” which opened Aug. 6 and runs through Aug. 23. Catch it this weekend before it flies away!

The musical “Peter Pan” has pirates and “Indians,” dogs and alligators and even that naughty fairy Tinkerbell, who is quite jealous it seems of Wendy (For those who do not know the classic tale, go watch and find out more about these colorful characters. It truly is fun for the whole family.) On August 8, adults were buying pixie dust wands of sorts that were sold in the lobby, turning on their lights during the performance, basically reliving childhood.

The show was filled with great choreography, especially when Tiger Lilly’s tribe hit the stage.

The greatest part of the show was the flying effects, courtesy of ZFX Flying. The scene where the children escape their home to go to Neverland with Peter Pan was absolutely a thrill as projections and harnesses helped them to appear as though they were flying across the skyline .

Shannon Mari Mills had quite the Broadway belt as Peter Pan, but it was Robin Haynes as Hook who really stole the show. His wit had the audience in stitches and he lit up the stage wherever he went. There were interactive moments where they both broke the fourth wall to get the audience engaged in the show.

After the show, guests were surprised when cast members, still in costume, came out to pose with them. As usual, before the show during intermission and after, there was entertainment in the lobby, this time a bit of tinkling of the ivories set a nice mood. Adults enjoyed a flute of champagne to celebrate.

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Scoop of the Century

Posted on 22 July 2015 by LeslieM

society072315By Rachel Galvin

When Renee Quinn perused Facebook a few months ago, she discovered something intriguing, a contest to create an ice cream flavor for Broward 100, which commemorates the county’s centennial.

So she started writing down flavor combinations that would embody the spirit of Broward.

Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlor and Restaurant, in Dania Beach, was in charge of concocting the submitted flavors into something feasible and six judges in total picked a winner. In the end, it was Quinn’s choice that won.

The final flavor, Caramel Mocha Coconut Crackle, was made with caramel, reminiscent of dulce de leche, to represent the Hispanic community; coconut, for a tropical flair, and chocolate crackle (like crunchy Magic Shell), as well as the richness of chocolate and mocha. Finally, it was topped with rainbow sprinkles to include the LGBT community.

It was a collaboration of my idea with Jaxsons’ owner Linda Udell Zakheim and General Manager Jerry Smith’s expertise. They wisely added caramel to the mix to balance the coffee and chocolate (mocha) and toasted coconut for the right amount of texture,” said Quinn, who is a resident of Deerfield Beach.

It took six weeks … each week eliminating, adding and tweaking until it came down to this flavor,” said Udell Zakheim, who took over when her father Monroe passed away. “Some ingredients made sense and some didn’t. Even though they were great ideas, they didn’t work together.”

Smith added, “It was a lot of fun. There were many that I want to try to make that didn’t fit the [Broward County] criteria – like French Toast and Maple Syrup and Glazed Donut.”

Gregg Weinberg was lucky to be one of the judges.

It was arduous,” he teased, adding, “It was more fun than judging American Idol. Eat your heart out!”

Quinn’s prize for winning was a “Kitchen Sink,” which is enough ice cream for four … or many more. She invited friends to come out on July 9 to taste her flavor and dive into the sink-full of goodness.

Jaxson’s, which originally opened in 1956 and has become a landmark for the whole family, is located at 128 S. Federal Hwy., Dania Beach.

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Avis Swenson’s birthday Brings community together, Helps Honor Flight

Posted on 09 July 2015 by LeslieM

Photos by Rachel Galvin

Avis Swenson, well-known in Deerfield Beach for her never-ending community service, brought in a large crowd to Muddy Waters July 3 to celebrate her birthday. But, in typical Avis style, the celebration also gave back.

This time, money went to Honor Flight. The program brings vets and volunteers who assist them to Washington D.C to see the memorials there free of charge. She had the privilege of attending on April 15, 2015. Ironically, the story on Honor Flight, written by Sid Birns on July 2 in the Observer, proved to be timely.

The story was such a hit, it was framed and put next to the donation bucket near the door to collect donations for Honor Flight.

Avis encouraged those in attendance to give back when possible, whether it is being a part of a club like Rotary or Kiwanis, or helping Horses for the Handicapped or even “adopting a teacher.”

After all, the smallest effort can bring great rewards for someone else.


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Oceans234 unveils plan for remodeling

Posted on 25 June 2015 by LeslieM

society062515By Rachel Galvin

After their first step of launching the sale of their engraved brick pavers on June 11, which will wind along from the front of the restaurant to the beach, Oceans234 held another event to unveil the rest of the plans for a million dollar renovation that will take place in August.

The renovations, by A.W. Rosse & Associates, will take place over 8 weeks. On June 23, Media was invited to see renderings of the new look and try samples of some of their new flavors. They will have a new logo and the interior and exterior will be completely revamped, including the bar area.

They are not adding to their square footage, said owner Danielle Rosse, but being more efficient in their use of space. The indoor will extend onto the patio, a perfect locale for private occasions, seating 40 people.

The fresh new look is accompanied by new flavors. For starters, you will be able to try fried calamari, chicken lettuce wraps, seared pork belly, crab cake or more. “Land and Sea” will offer plenty of entrée options from grilled bronzino, tuna or Mahi Mahi to filet mignon, skirt steak, free range chicken or even Lobster mac and cheese.

Rather grab a sandwich? You can try a burger or get more exotic with a dolphin sandwich or blackened snapper reuben. They will have plenty of salad selections, like Thai Chicken, Poached Pear or Shrimp and Crab salad, and many sushi options too.

There will be a “Renovation Unveiling” for the general public at a happy hour Friday, June 26 at 5 to 7 p.m. at the restaurant. There are plenty of events summer-long as well.

Brick pavers, which can be engraved with name or logo, benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, Deerfield Chamber of Commerce and Broward Health Foundation’s KIDS Campaign. They are still for sale online or at the restaurant. Their goal is to raise $50,000 and they have already raised $18,000.

For more details on all of the above and upcoming events, visit www.oceans234. com.

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Posted on 28 May 2015 by LeslieM

soc052815washGeorge Washington talks equality

By Rachel Galvin

On May 16, at The Horizon Club in Deerfield Beach, resident Al Sher, 97, had a special event involving a letter written by George Washington.

This first president wrote a letter to the Touro Synagogue in Newport, RI talking about equality for Jewish citizens. Sher shared the content of this letter, which went missing for awhile and was eventually found in a suburban warehouse.

He also gave a review of the American Revolution, including talking about Haym Saloman, who gave $650,000 to help fund the revolution effort and ended up dying at 44, penniless.

The large crowd responded favorably to the event and asked questions at the end.

Yom Yerushalayim

There was a packed house at Century Village clubhouse May 17 for a special event for Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusulem Day) to celebrate the 1967 reunification of Jerusalem.

The featured guest was Israel’s Consul General for Florida and Puerto Rico, Chaim Shacham, who spoke about some of the dangers Israel faces as well as the accomplishments of its citizens. Rabbi Alton Winters of B’nai Shalom, Rabbi Yossi Goldblatt of Deerfield Chabad and Rabbi Yisroel Edelman of Young Israel spoke. Cantor Sherman led those who had gathered in a rendition of the song “Jerusalem of Gold,” as well as “G-d Bless America” and Hatikvah. Two films about Jerusalem and its soldiers were shown. Charlie Parness emceed the festivities and Commissioner Rosenzweig led Pledge of Allegiance. Guests were treated with cookies and bottles of water. It was a great way for Century Village residents to celebrate their faith, culture and Israel.


Edible arrangements” for Shavuot

Rebbetzin Shana Dechter, from Chabad of Lighthouse Point, created a fun event for the Women’s Circle ladies at her Lighthouse Point home on May 19. Everyone made their own “edible arrangements.”

This was one celebration for the holiday of Shavuot, which commemorates G-d’s giving of the Torah to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai.

Also called “Festival of Weeks,” the two-day holiday, this year (in the diaspora) May 23-25, is celebrated seven weeks after Passover.

It is custom to eat dairy products during this holiday. Some, while refraining from work, light candles and stay up all night on the first evening reading the Torah.

For more information on their Chabad and future events, visit


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Wine, Women & Shoes

Posted on 14 May 2015 by LeslieM

soc051415By Rachel Galvin

Nothing like fashion and philanthropy coming together! United Way of Broward County hosted a unique event for the 2nd year in a row called Wine, Women & Shoes.

More than 350 influential individuals from throughout the county attended the event April 23.

This soiree raised more than $60,000 for programs like ReadingPals, which helps to improve children’s literacy skills, and Project Lifeline, which provides nutritious food to local food banks and feeding programs throughout the county.

Guests learned about wine, shoes and fashion while tasting tidbits from Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse (Ft. Lauderdale) and sipping on wines from around the world. Of course, the event could not be complete without a fabulous fashion show showing off the latest designs by Julian Chang, Lisu Vega, Nicolas Felizola, Tiffany Chimere and Crustal 4 U, produced by Sobol Fashion Productions. The event was housed at the Gallery of Amazing Things in Dania Beach.

Don’t miss United Way’s 4th Annual Magnolia Luncheon recognizing women of dignity, strength and perseverance, to be held May 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Global Grille & Event Center in Ft. Lauderdale. It features keynote speaker Maria Mas Blet, the managing principal/ CEO of GSK Wealth Advisors, Inv. They will be honoring community role models: Publix Super Markets, Inc. with the Corporate Philanthropy Award and Lynne Wines with the Magnolia Leadership Award.

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SOCIETY: Eva Larue at Royal Blues Hotel

Posted on 07 May 2015 by LeslieM

society1-043016By Rachel Galvin

CSI Miami’s own Eva Larue took time to give back by having a meet & greet brunch at Royal Blues Hotel (45 NE 21st Ave.) in Deerfield Beach on April 27 with proceeds going toward SOS Children’s Village. The intimate gathering was held in the boutique luxury art hotel’s restaurant, Chanson.


1. Max Tucci, Eva Larue and Royal Blues Hotel General Manager Claude Dubois.

2. The brunch benefited SOS Children’s Village.

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SOCIETY: TLC celebrates 60 years

Posted on 07 May 2015 by LeslieM

society2-043016By Rachel Galvin

On April 15, TLC Engineering for Architecture, Inc. held its 60th anniversary party at their Deerfield location. For their soiree, people came from all around to enjoy some tasty tidbits, drink some wine and mingle. Some lucky winners received free trees and everyone enjoyed the musical stylings of Martin Hand.

Since 1955, TLC has been providing their clients with exceptional high-performance engineering design, consulting and energy services. Their headquarters is in Orlando and they have many offices in Florida, as well as in other states. The Deerfield Beach office opened in January 2005.

For more information on this company, visit

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