Worth Avenue, the Rodeo Drive of South Florida

From Echo, it’s an easy walk over to Royal Poinciana Way, where local and old friend Nick Coniglio really holds a monopoly on nightlife for the younger set. First stop is always his restaurant and bar Nick and Johnnies, to have a drink and catch up with old friends. Palm Beach is a small town, so it’s a lot like Cheers whenever I head home— except with a bit more black tie. As a DJ and lover of all things music, it’s been great to see the acts Nick brings in on the weekends, including Miami favorites like Brendan O’Hara and Suenalo, to literally shake things up. Later in the evening, everyone walks down the street to Nick’s other joint, Cucina Dell Arte. By day and evening it’s a lovely Italian restaurant, but come 10 pm, it’s a fullon dance party. Thankfully, the kitchen serves pizza into the wee hours, and Nick keeps the tunes spinning till 3 am, which comes early when you’re having such a good time.

Saturday is a day of leisure, starting at Main Street News on Royal Poinciana Way. It’s been there since 1928 and offers basically every magazine you could ever need or want to buy. For shopping, it’s always great to take a stroll down Worth Avenue. The Vias, those little courtyards designed by Addison Mizner way back when, are charming with a capital “C” and contain lots of little shops and hidden gems like Helen Ficalora, a go-to for jewelry with an amazing collection of charms and chains. As I have designed my own A1A T-shirt line (paying tribute to the Sunshine State), I also like to check out shops like Rapunzel’s Closet, C.Orrico, and Eye of the Needle for the Palm Beach frocks and the latest trends in tropical couture.

Sunday mornings are all about Green’s Pharmacy on North County Road, for some French toast and bacon. Green’s is a classic coffee shop filled with Palm Beach characters grabbing a bite at the Formica countertop. Finally, I always make sure to get out on the water, whether it’s paddle boarding to Peanut Island or heading out with friends like local Chris Leidy, a talented underwater art photographer (leidyimages.com), to do some fishing or diving. It’s important for me not to get lost in the daze of sequins, gossip, and Champagne, and to remember all the reasons I love this quaint, beautiful town.

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