Mazie Interior

NOW OPEN

Mazie’s: A mad-good take on New World comfort food from owners Erik Baker (the chef) and Jason and Sandra Lakow. Jason’s the former GM of Café Boulud and Sandra is a Harvard-educated lawyer turned sommelier. Makes sense that the wine list reflects a highly educated palate. Open floor plan, exposed brick, handcrafted tables and a rebar chandelier creates a cool, casual vibe.

Juan Orellana, the General Manager of Skybike

FIVE LOADED QUESTIONS

Juan Orellana
GENERAL MANAGER
SKYBIKE

Mac Lethal

THE MEASURE

I love pancakes. Not as much as Mac Lethal, to be sure, who paid delicious homage to them by speed-rapping about pancakes — while making pancakes. He’s also rap-raced a bag of microwave popcorn (he won) and exhaled an amazing 77-second rap without taking a breath. YouTube him. You’ll move fast to get tickets for his May 5 gig at Respectables in the 500 block of Clematis.

The Thoroughfare

EYE OPENERS

Love seeing our City, CRA, DDA and the always awesome Knight Foundation collaborate in an out-of-the-box competition to bring a collection of 12 interesting new businesses to one of the highest profile locations on Clematis St. To be called The Thoroughfare, the large space now under construction will connect Clematis to

Sundance Crowds

WE’RE HISTORY

Before SunFest, which back in 1983 was a funky collection of musicians, artists and craftsmen in tents and booths braided down the middle of Flagler Drive, West Palm’s springtime bash was called Seminole Sundance.

Midici Pizza

THE FOOD BRO

Hidden in plain sight, right next door to the always rockin’ Rocco’s Tacos in the 200 block of Clematis is the newly-opened MidiCi, another pizza place downtown — that is anything but another pizza place.

Morning People (credit: CAPEHART)

MORNING PEOPLE

Every Friday morning, while the coffee brews and the sun rises over Subculture, a fleet of bikes, cars and the occasional skateboard delivers a group of about 20 people to the doorstep of the city’s most popular coffee shop. The West Palm Beach Philosophers, a friendly, ad hoc group of longtime residents and downtown stakeholders, was formed by architect Rick Gonzalez a little over a year ago.

John Pankauski, owner of West Palm Beach Brewery & Wine Vault

WHAT’S BREWING

The owner of Downtown’s first craft brewery, West Palm Beach Brewery & Wine Vault, knows how to dream big. John Pankauski, whose grandparents were immigrants from Poland, will release a special Mexican-inspired beer on May 2 called Dreamers Lager, a tribute to all the kids whose futures in the USA are uncertain — The Dreamers.

Derek Jeter

PAPARAZZI

The Ides of March on the Roman calendar was a time of religious observances. Yep, same thing centuries later on March 15, 2018. West Palm Beach Miami Marlins CEO and Yankees legend, Derek Jeter, dazzled a top-tier group of about 80 trustees hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, and for many it was, indeed, a religious experience.

Raphael Clemente

MY STUFF

Executive Director of the WPB Downtown Development Center: Raphael Clemente’s biggest role model, favorite time of day, favorite hat