Jupiter Florida Local Gift Giving Guide 2017

Welcome to the Jupiter Florida Local Gift Giving Guide 2017!

Jupiter Florida Local Gift Giving Guide 2017

As the owner of the Jupiter Local blog, I feel honored that so many Jupiter Locals have taken the time to share their stories with me. I’m so proud of our entrepreneurial community and want to do all I can to help our awesome, Jupiter Florida locals! So for the third year in a row, I’m continuing the Local Gift Giving Guide tradition! Please remember to shop small this holiday season and feel free to share the Jupiter Florida Local Gift Giving Guide 2017 with all of your friends!

Gifts With Style

Binka Jupiter Florida Local Gift Giving Guide 2017

Give the gift that gives back this holiday season! binka’s mission is to inspire people to adopt rather than shop for their pets and they donate a portion of their proceeds to local shelters and rescue groups near their partner retailers.

Shop their collection of tees and hats at www.binkagirl.com and use the code BINKALOVESSUN at checkout for 25% off your order! Call 561-319-0349 to order gift certificates. A great gift for yourself and everyone else on your list for the holidays!

Shop: www.binkagirl.com
Facebook: facebook.com/binkagirl
Instagram: instagram.com/binkagirl

Jupiter Local Blog Interview with Binka

Alexandra Gioia Jupiter Florida Local Gift Giving Guide 2017

Alexandra Gioia features a variety of natural elements to create unique jewelry and gifts. Her designs tend to stick to a neutral color palate so each piece can be worn with everything all year long! Her jewels were only available online until she recently opened her Design Studio in Tequesta — just in time for the holidays! Locals can stop in and grab a quick gift for a friend or something sparkly for themselves. Her Design Studio is a few doors down from other local favorite, Oceana Coffee Lounge. 150 US HWY 1 Tequesta, FL 33467. More on her Grand Opening here.

Shop: www.AlexandraGioia.com
Facebook.com/AlexandraGioiaDesigns
 Instagram.com/AlexandraGioia

Jupiter Local Blog Interview with Alexandra Gioia

 

Beauty Counter Jupiter Florida Local Gift Giving Guide 2017

Need something a little “fun and trendy” for your friends, family, teachers, babysitters, clients, neighbors? Let local Shawney Pace be your holiday elf. This holiday season Beautycounter has 17 new sets, 47 new shades and 6 new products. Nine sets are under $50 and can easily be broken up for stocking stuffers, Secret Santa and are perfect gifts for ANYONE! Consider helping your friends and family switch to safer! Her personal favorites in the Holiday Haul include: the Illuminating Trio, Multi-Masker Set and the Color Intense Lip Set! Let’s choose #betterbeauty together and introduce our friends and family to safer personal care options! Shawney is available anytime to educate and help folks switch to safer. You can read more about the Beautycounter brand here.

Blog reader’s, when you place your order be sure to choose the Jupiter Local Gift Guide 2017 from the pull down menu!

Shop: beautycounter.com/shawneypace
Facebook: Hip and Healthy Beautycounter

 

 

IleenGirl is a unique boutique in Jupiter Florida. Located in Downtown AbacoaILEENgirl carries a wide selection of versatile, minimal and contemporary designs for modern women by owner and designer Ashley Lee Raicovich. Dressy items for special occasions and daily wear. Keep up to date with new arrivals and featured events in the shop by following the Ileen Girl Boutique on the web.

Shop: www.ileengirl.com
Facebook: facebook.com/ileengirl
Instagram: Instagram.com/ileengirl

Jupiter Local Blog Interview with ILEENgirl Boutique

 

Gifts With Taste

Dreamallows Jupiter Florida Local Gift Giving Guide 2017

Stuffed Marshmallows… need we say more?! These are delicate, airy, and sweet morsels. Dreamallows is a real thing. From salted caramel to raspberry and lemon coconut, these fluffy marshmallows are handcrafted, stuffed individually and packaged with flavor perfection. They are definitely a top treat at any party.

Stop by the West Palm Beach Greenmarket every Saturday from 9AM-1PM or at their new location, opening at Cityplace (700 S Rosemary Avenue Suite 200) starting Dec 2nd!! If you can’t make it to West Palm Beach they are also available online at www.dreamallows.com

Also, get a 15% discount when you use the code “underwood” with your purchase for the entire month of December!!

Shop: www.dreamallows.com
Facebook: facebook.com/dreamallows
Instagram: instagram.com/dreamallows

Jupiter Local Blog Interview with Dreamallows

 

Katie Choy Jupiter Florida Local Gift Giving Guide 2017

The Family Secrets Cookbook was written by Jupiter local Katie Choy. With the help of her husband & children she brought to life all of her Mother In Law’s family recipes. With an unexpected blend of Incan and Cantonese flavors, Peruvian food hits your taste buds full force, and once you try it, you’ll be hooked. Think you know how to stir-fry? Think again! Katie will take you step-by-step through more than 50 authentic recipes, from easy, everyday meals to elaborate dinners. Family Secrets is far more than a cookbook; it is a celebration of family mealtime. These meals are not only meant to be eaten together, but created together. Start your own amazing mealtime moments by taking your family and friends on a culinary journey to Peru! Visit katiechoy.com to order a book for yourself and everyone else on your list too!

Shop: katiechoy.com
Facebook: facebook.com/Family-Secrets-Experience-the-Flavors-of-Peru

Jupiter Local Blog Interview with Katie Choy

 

Love And Bisous Jupiter Florida Local Gift Giving Guide 2017

Next up, not quite a “Jupiter Local”, but still lovely and amazing!

Based in Fort Lauderdale and founded by owner and gift curator Kim Khan, Love & Bisous offers carefully-curated gift boxes, specialty gifting and floral design, both custom and personalized. The gift boxes are beautifully packaged with small batch luxury items and personal details hand-selected by Kim for every season or occasion. Local deliveries available in South Florida and shipping available throughout the United States with pricing upon request.

Shop: www.loveandbisous.com
Facebook: facebook.com/loveandbisous
Instagram: instagram.com/loveandbisous

 

Creative Gifts

Ink Letter Love Jupiter Florida Local Gift Giving Guide 2017

Corey Morrow is the hand-letterer and lovingly sarcastic artist behind Ink Letter Love – a company centered around two things: words and a desire to make people smile. Corey creates one of a kind lettered artwork for weddings and social events, and when she isn’t creating beautiful celebration details – she is spreading her love of sarcasm around like wildfire. The Ink Letter Love shop is full to the brim with wit and nonsense – and the occasional curse word – with one goal in mind, to make you laugh. Corey’s love of hand made artwork and beautiful design pairs perfectly with her left of center attitude and charm.

Shop: www.inkletterlove.com | Upcoming Events: Calendar
Facebook: facebook.com/inkletterlove
Instagram: instagram.com/inkletterlove

Jupiter Local Blog Interview with Ink Letter Love

 

Pom Graphic Design Jupiter Florida Local Gift Giving Guide 2017

Designer Pam of Pom Graphic Design says, “My art focuses on nature elements in all its force. We can see many organic and geometrical shapes in them. I know art is a beautiful and real way to unite humanity, so I always intend to reflect what is real to me, to leave a positive mark and happy, fulfilled clients. I communicate life, energy and forces of nature through my art. I chose to paint in oils and acrylics and do illustrations in pencil, charcoal and rapidograph pen. I sell unique & inspirational art posters, phone cases and home furnishing decor from my original illustrations and paintings.”

Get 12% off prints and phone cases with code TAKE12OFF from her Etsy shop. (Coupon code valid from Nov. 20th – Dec. 25th)

Shop: etsy.com/shop/PomGraphicDesign
Facebook: facebook.com/pomgraphicdesign
Instagram: instagram.com/pomgraphicdesign

 

Gifts For The Home

Jupiter Candle Co Jupiter Florida Local Gift Giving Guide 2017

Jupiter Candle Company is proud to offer all natural soy candles with no additives, dyes or harmful chemicals. Each candle uses wicks that are lead and zinc free, which eliminates the “soot effect” on the inside of the jar. At 8 Oz., their signature mason jars are just the right size for home and gift giving enjoyment! Please use coupon code HOLIDAY17 for a discount during your holiday shopping on their website.

Shop: www.jupitercandleco.weebly.com
Facebook: facebook.com/JupiterCandleCo
Instagram: instagram.com/jupitercandleco

 

Gifts For The little Ones

Pichoun Designs Jupiter Florida Local Gift Giving Guide 2017

Pitchoun Designs crafts Minimal Leather Hair Accessories for the Modern Kid. Each bow is originally designed and ethically handmade from the highest quality of Vegetable tanned, “Chrome Free” and top grain Leather. Our accessories range from bows and headbands to bow-ties for ages Newborn to Tween. Read more about designer Lacey Obry and her brand Pitchoun Design here.

Enjoy an early Holiday shopping promo for 30% off your entire website order with code: MERRYSSP – Code expires November 17th at midnight EST. If you miss out on this sale, sign up for their website Newsletter to catch Black Friday and Shop Small Saturday Sales!

Shop: www.pitchoundesigns.com
Facebook: facebook.com/Pitchoundesigns
Instagram: instagram.com/pitchoundesigns

Jupiter Local Blog Interview with Pitchoun Designs

 

Thank you all for visiting the Jupiter Florida Local Gift Giving Guide!

I hope it will help you with all of your holiday shopping this year. Don’t forget, for every $100 spent at local businesses, $68 gets back to the community! That’s an amazing number! So PLEASE shop local and shop small this Holiday Season. It’s good for ALL of us!

Visit some past blog posts for even more of my favorite Jupiter Local businesses.

As always, thanks for reading the blog, friends! I hope your Holidays are Merry & Bright! ❤️ Nicole

Are you thinking of buying, selling or moving in the Northern Palm Beach County area? Contact Me, I want to be your Jupiter Local Realtor!

 

 

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The Chocolate Spectrum in Jupiter Florida

It’s almost Mother’s Day,

so I thought it would be the perfect time to introduce you all to a very hardworking, Jupiter Mom! Valerie Herskowitz is the owner of the Chocolate Spectrum in Jupiter Florida. She works very hard to help her son and others, with developmental disabilities, through chocolate. Read the interview below and get to know her and her mission.

Tell us a little about yourself

My name is Valerie Herskowitz and I am the owner and founder of The Chocolate Spectrum in Jupiter Florida, an artisan chocolate company and store. Our mission is to employ and  train adults with developmental disabilities. I’ve lived in South Florida my entire life (I will not tell you how many years that is!). I did have a brief two-year time where I lived in Massachusetts, but it was way too cold for a southern girl like myself. I have two children named Hunter and Blake. Hunter, it is a 27-year-old man who lives in Orlando, Florida. He is a behavior analyst and works in the autism field. Blake, is a chocolatier in our business. He is 26 and has severe autism. I also have two amazing step kids name Seth and Daniel. And a terrific little grandson named Samuel. And I’m also blessed with an amazing daughter-in-law name Poom. We don’t have nay pets. Blake, like many other individuals with autism, has allergies to all animals.

When did you start your business?

The Chocolate Spectrum started in 2013. Two forces in the universe came together. First one was the fact that my son Blake had absolutely nothing to do after high school. Although I looked for programs for him for two years before, I came up with nothing. Coincidentally, at the same time, I had gotten involved in pastry arts and chocolate making, as I had semi retired from my speech therapy practice. We started making pastries and chocolates for friends and family but soon the word got out and we developed an online business as well as a business selling at shows. Other young men and women with similar issues that my son had joined us in the kitchen and in the business. Eventually two of them were hired as employees. Then in the middle of 2016, we moved into our own brick and mortar shop in Jupiter Florida.

What are the major influences for your business? What made you choose chocolate?

As we are a social enterprise and the major influence of our business is our mission, which is to train individuals with autism. We do serve the rest of the community as we have training and classes for everyone as well as the opportunity for people to have parties at our shop. I picked chocolate, as I mentioned before, because it was just a coincidence and Blake seem to really enjoy working with it.

What do you find most challenging about running your own business?

This business presents many challenges, especially for an individual like myself who is older. Also I have many other responsibilities in my life such as teaching at the University, taking care of my father, and of course taking care of Blake. Therefore the biggest challenge I have is time, which I absolutely do not have enough of!

What is the most rewarding thing about running your company?

There are many rewarding factors about this business first of all, most importantly, my son, Blake, has a job six days a week. Without this business, he would be sitting at home watching TV. But it is also just as rewarding to be able to offer the same opportunities in the form of paid employment to the other individuals that work here as well as  recreational activities for many others who have autism and other related developmental disabilities.

Can you share a little bit with us about your involvement with Autism Community?

I have and continue to be extremely involved in the autism community. In 1999 My husband and I started a nonprofit called National Autism Registry. Through the years, we have offered many community activities for individuals with autism as well as for the family. My business itself is a community activity. I do not take a salary or any form of compensation and therefore it is also part of my community involvement.

What do you like to do on your days off?

I seriously do not have any days off yet, as this is a seven day a week business. If I do have a couple of hours on the weekend. I hope to share it with my family and to take care of my father who is quite elderly. I do hope as the years go on that I will get some time off, LOL.

What living person, other than family members, do you most admire?

I have two groups of individuals that I admire the first one is the D’Eri Family at Rising Tide Carwash down in Broward County. They are the individuals that started the ball rolling on employment options for adults with autism and they have been amazing mentors toward me. In addition, my dear friend Bonnie Schmidt, The founder of ScentsAbility Candles is also someone I admire greatly. She is doing a similar venture with candles also down in Broward.

 

Where can we find The Chocolate Spectrum online?

Our website at www.thechocolatespectrum.com. You can shop on our website at shop.TheChocolateSpectrum.com. We’re also on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram.
Facebook.com/TheChocolateSpectrum/
twitter.com/thechocspectrum
Instagram.com/thechocspectrum

Upcoming events:

Book a private party with us.
Make chocolate every Thursday 2-5.
Contact us about summer camp.

 

Thank you for sharing your story and your images, Valerie!

As always, thanks for reading the blog, friends! Please shop locally for Mother’s Day this year!

Don’t forget,

if you or someone you know is thinking of buying or selling a home in the Northern Palm Beach County area, I’d LOVE for you to Contact Me! Let me help you have an enjoyable real estate experience! ❤️ Nicole

Meet Local Artist Sarah LaPierre

If you live anywhere in Palm Beach County,

you have most likely seen my next guest featured in a number of local publications or at local events! She’s a very busy young woman, making the world a more colorful place, one painting at a time! I’m really excited about the opportunity to interview this super talented local! So, without further adieu, Meet Local Artist Sarah LaPierre!

Tell us about yourself:

Sarah LaPierre, born in Palm Beach Gardens FL circa 1991. Full time resident of South Florida, made a huge move all the way over to West Palm Beach a few years ago. I live there with my partner Michael, our 2 adorable ex-alley cats Dredd and Ditto, and our sweet American pit bull terrier Dex. Dex might possibly think he’s a cat too!

When did you start painting and was it always with a knife?

I’ve been creating in someway or another from early childhood. Since my dad was an artist, and his studio was in our home, the materials were always around. Creativity was very much encouraged.
I didn’t begin painting regularly till I was 18. At that time it was more experimental, exploring brush work across all sorts of genre with different textures and mediums.

Major influences:

My connection to my dad and his work remains the strongest influence in my own. I consider my style the next generation of his. In that, it’s a combination of both history and future, with techniques learned from pop as well as new methods discovered along the journey.

Most challenging about running my own business:

Balancing a creative drive and a “life” outside of work. It’s a battle, but it has become very important to me to manage my time better and realize the difference between the essential and non-essential. It’s easy to fall into a hole of never ending to-dos when you work from home because it’s always present till you consciously make the effort to put it aside.

Most rewarding about managing my own business:

Seeing something I work hard at developing, grow and prosper is very rewarding. But also, the fact that I am able to manage my own time is wonderful. I love having the flexibility to make time for family and travel whenever I choose.

What do I like to do on my days off:

I enjoy spending down time with my family and pets, usually outside. A trip to Jupiter’s dog beach is always a good time!

What living person do you most admire:

I am blessed to have lots of truly admirable and wonderful people in my life, even just here locally. All of them for various reasons, so much that it’s hard to name just one, either within or outside of my life circle.

Where can we find Sarah LaPierre online:

You can find more information about me and my artwork online at www.sarahlapierre.com however the best way to see what’s new or upcoming is to follow my social accounts @thickpaint on Instagram and on Facebook @Sarah LaPierre-Artist

Any upcoming events you would like to share with us?

I’ll be showing at my last festival of the spring season this weekend at SunFest in West Palm Beach May 5th-7th! After that keep and eye out for upcoming events with my new gallery representation Ready2Hang Art in Downtown Abacoa (Jupiter).

 

Thank you for sharing your story and your images, Sarah!

As always, thanks for reading the blog, friends!

Don’t forget,

if you or someone you know is thinking of buying or selling a home in the Northern Palm Beach County area, I’d LOVE for you to Contact Me! Let me help you have an enjoyable real estate experience! ❤️ Nicole

 

Jupiter Florida News

There is so much going on in our beautiful community right now.

Here is this week’s Jupiter Florida News Brief to help you keep up.

One of the most amazing places in Jupiter Florida is expanding!

The Loggerhead Marinelife Center opened in 2007. Since then they have saved countless endangered seaturtles and helped educate the public on the importance of our local marine life. They are now setting their sites on an expansion that will include expanding their sea turtle hospital and sea turtle hospital tanks, expanding their research laboratory, providing new classroom space, providing presentation spaces for guest lecturers and visiting scientists and expanding their exhibit spaces! Visit their site to see more details on the project and find out how you can help them reach their goal: https://www.marinelife.org/about/expansion/

Tuesday, March 14th is Election Day in Jupiter Florida!

Get to know the candidates running for Town Council here. Teri Grooms has got my vote!

There is always so many fun things to do in Jupiter Florida.

Did I miss something awesome? Do you know of a future event I should post about? Let me know in the comments.

As always, thanks for reading the blog, friends! I hope you all have some amazing, South Florida weekend!

Are you or someone you know thinking of buying or selling a home in the Jupiter area? Have questions on how to even begin? I’d LOVE for you to Contact Me! Let me help you have an enjoyable real estate experience! ❤️ Nicole

 

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Weekend Fun In Jupiter Florida

Happy Friday, friends!

I have changed things up a little in my personal life and have been making more of an effort to enjoy my surroundings, even in the middle of the week. I stopped in to visit the manatees, enjoyed the sunset at my favorite local spot, and stopped at the inlet between appointments. I’ve realized, to be near the sea, even for 20 minutes is good for my soul! This time of year the weather is truly beautiful and we must get out and enjoy! So, on that note, I’ve come up with all sorts of Weekend Fun In Jupiter Florida (and beyond), for you to enjoy!

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There are so many local events happening this weekend. I’ve highlighted a few for you here:

Friday, February 10th, 9 AM – 6 PM: Several of my favorite Local Boutiques are all getting together in one spot for easy shopping. Head out to the Palm Beach Boutique Warehouse Sale for an awesome time! Palm Beach Gardens, Fl.

Saturday, February 11th, 10 AM – 3 PM: Craft & ThriftsA Unique Community Based Shopping Experience, right in time for Valentine’s Day. +Free to the public. Come shop Small & Local businesses curated just for you from Palm Beach County at an Indoor & Outdoor Event. Tequesta, Fl.

Saturday, February 11th, 5:45 PM – 8:45 PM: Free Family Movie Night – featuring ‘Trolls’ rated PG. Bring your own chairs and blankets, arrive early for good seats, and settle in for a family-friendly movie on a 2 story-inflatable screen! Jupiter, Fl.

Sunday, February 12th, 5 PM – 9 PM: Valentine Toast at the Top – Head to the top of the beautiful Jupiter Lighthouse for a romantic toast with your sweetie! This event requires an RSVP. Visit their event page for more info HERE. Jupiter, Fl.

Sunday, February 12th, 10 AM – 1 PM: Brunch, live music and lots of fresh flowers from one of my favorite local, Flower & Fringe. They will be doing a Pop Up Flower Market at the Blind Monk. West Palm Beach, Fl.

There is always so much weekend fun in Jupiter Florida. Did I miss something awesome? Let me know in the comments.

As always, thanks for reading the blog, friends! I hope you all have some amazing, South Florida weekend!

Are you or someone you know thinking of buying or selling a home in the Jupiter area? Have questions on how to even begin? I’d LOVE for you to Contact Me! Let me help you have an enjoyable real estate experience! ❤️ Nicole

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