Play your cards right and you can take advantage of a lot of FREE and bargain entertainment at Palm Beach County’s best kept secret: Northwood Village.
This is a “quaint little village with amazing shops and a great vibe,” said Hennevelt Gallery owner Nickie Hennevelt. The seven-block district, founded in the 1920s, by boat builders, bootleggers and others, is 1.5 miles north of West Palm Beach. Others have compared it to Coconut Grove decades before its got overbuilt.
The Northwood Village district’s retailers are close and work together by offering deals and special events to encourage visits to its stores, cafes, art galleries and brewery. New stores have opened, such as Gallery 526 and Velvet Suite. One shop claims to house the oldest and longest continuous glass exhibit in the world (approaching 50 years.)
The last Friday night every month is Art, Dine and Design, which features FREE wine tastings, FREE sweet potato pie samples, FREE “tiny door” kits, as well as pop-up clothing, craft and houseplant sidewalk sales, live art demonstrations with one themed, “ethnic mermaids.”
Harold’s Coffee Lounge is a popular spot to enjoy FREE comedy, such as The Therapy Sessions riffing on Frenemies. Harold’s is also offering a free Creatives Pop Up Market monthly, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. the last Friday of the month through November 26 (meaning you can double up the attractions when you attend Art, Dine & Design.)
The Skunkworks Brewery offers live music in its courtyard on Fridays, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Will Davis, president of the Northwood Village Merchants Association, says the neighborhood takes great pride in having installed the first Rainbow Flag crosswalk in Palm Beach County. The ribbon-cutting ceremony at the intersection of Northwood and Spruce Avenue will be in June.
Although there are lots of trendy restaurants, with new seafood, Peruvian, Thai and Southern eateries opening last fall during the pandemic; there’s no grocery store.
That may change when developer Gilbert Benhamou’s Immocorp builds 350 apartments, mixed with galleries, shops, offices and a plaza on an area known as the “Anchor Site.” There’s also discussion of a greenway corridor along the railroad tracks.
Meanwhile, luxury condo towers may also be built on North Flagler Drive and nearby, waterfront Currie Park (which faces the Lake Worth Lagoon.)
This is a great time to visit Northwood Village while it is still uncrowded. With retailers and others working this hard and smart, decades from now, it could be very successful and much harder to find a parking space!
Northwood Village Merchants Association is located at 3605 Townhouse Court, West Palm Beach, Florida, 33407
Web: you will sometimes see “www.northwoodvillage.org” mistakenly listed. The correct website is: Visit Us – Northwood Village
For the most up-to-date information, visit Northwood Village on Facebook.