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Mercardo Custom Cruiser
Mercardo Custom Cruiser

Heading into Tiger Woods’ swank new restaurant The Woods Jupiter last week, I was stopped in my tracks by a way cool gleaming bicycle on the wall in the elevator lobby. Next to it was a sign and some postcards about the custom bike and the company that makes them, Mercado Custom Cruisers of Jupiter.

The company began when founder Martin Mercado applied his 10 years in the auto body industry to create unique bicycles made out of trash, antiques and car parts, all found in junkyards, swap meets, garage sales and antique shows. He makes extraordinary art bikes –painted, stenciled, welded with objects like metal horse heads. They do custom bikes, theme bikes and restorations on older bikes that need sprucing up. Leather seats, saddle bags and fancy shmancy spoke work can also be done. Then they give them wicked funny names – Keg Tapper, The Brawler, The Jaguar Velecipede.

In a county overrun with cars and motor bikes, it’s great to see the bicycle getting this labor of love art treatment. A monthly show for custom bikers and bike lovers happens on the 3rd Saturday of the month at The Brewhouse Gallery in Lake Park at 7 p.m. Also on the 3rd Sunday of the month there is a “J-Town Joyride” that meets up at Real Deal Bicycles in Jupiter to take these puppies out on the road for an 8-mile spin.

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Harbourside’s The Woods – Tiger Woods’ New Restaurant

The Woods Jupiter

Since star golfer Tiger Woods is fading at the game with various back injuries and personal issues, he has a hole in one at the new The Woods in Harbourside, Jupiter. This swank eatery was slammed on a recent visit there mid-week and pre-season. With an icy cool palette of slate gray and ivory lighting, black leather booths, long pleated drapes, high top tables and lots of TV sets turned to ESPN channels, it’s an upscale sports bars to the max.

Stylish, extravagant – printed napkins are everywhere, hot towels are provided between courses – the menu is heavy on fish, steaks, generous starters and there is a cigar bar for the stogie set.

Aside from two photo based artworks of Tiger himself discreetly hung by the back restrooms, you would not know it was his place, as other similar restaurants usually have big blown up obnoxious photos of the football/baseball/basketball star hanging front and center – think Shula’s and Marino’s with their framed jerseys and helmets and visages plastered all over. This is all very first class in a prime location at Harbourside with valet parking and next to the amphitheater. Woods has his business offices on the upper floors and was said to have been greeting guests personally during the opening week.

Portions are generous and staff is extremely courteous. The noise level was a bit high inside, but the outdoor patio was a nice place to have some wine, calamari, flatbread with goat cheese and carmelized onions, and a key lime cake for desert. Woods is said to have spent upwards of $8 million on the place, and it shows.

Northwood Farmers Market

CLK Event Productions has announced a new Sunday destination in Palm Beach County’s hippest hood, the Northwood Farmers Market. Stop by every Sunday from 9:00am until 1:00pm to enjoy a family fun day at 400 block of Northwood Rd. This new Farmers Market, will be offering arts and crafts, fresh plants/flowers, fresh produce, and other types of wonderful food and entertainment every Sunday morning all year round, as the neighborhood has become more popular with year round residents. Bring the kids, bring the pets, and stroll the shops and galleries after market shopping. There will be local entertainers and friendly neighbors and vendors.

Northwood just keeps getting better and the addition of this Farmers Market is a sure sign of community involvement and commitment. As more great vendors in the area like Olivia’s Special Teas, Moonlight Radiance Soaps, ArtHaus Gelateria, and various art and antique businesses open up, the more special this hood becomes. The annual Mango Festival and the monthly Art Walks all contribute to the vibe.

Christa’s South Seashells & Jewelry Clams Up After 23 Years

Christa South Seashells
Christa South Seashells

After 23 years of retail operation, Christa’s South Seashells in Antique Row will
be closing up on October 31 for good. But the good news is she will be focusing on
her online business and just won a huge commission to design interiors for the
Faena Hotel in Miami Beach.

“I am excited to focus more on design and special jobs,” owner Christa Wilm said.
“Closing the retail part of my business will afford me more time to develop new ideas
and work on large projects. I will be making 32 large seashell crowns, a pair of
11′ columns for the Ocean Terrace Bar, and many decorations for the five-star hotel suite interiors,” Wilm said. Hotel Art Director, Rafael Olarra said that “Christa’s style fits right in with our look. We share the same vision.” Olarra is also working with Christa’s South Seashells on the design of 22 dining tables for the Ocean-front opening dinner on December 1, 2015.

Wilm has done plenty of commercial work for hotels and stores, but the Faena
commission could be the largest job in her career. “There are many opportunities for me there, she said, “and the people I’ve met down there are top-notch—a joy to work with,” she said. A wholesale line Wilm has been working on will be introduced at the soon-to-be-open Ceanne’s Vieux on Seaview Avenue in Palm Beach.

“Ceanne’s Vieux will be the most beautiful store on the island of Palm Beach.”
Other stores in the area, like Hive, also carry Christa’s South Seashells. “I will develop business in Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, as well as other resort areas in the Northeast.  New York has always been a client base for me,” she said. Wilm goes to shell shows around the world and imports the most exotic, beautiful shells she turns into spectacular works of functional art in her warehouse workshop in the alley behind Antique Row.

Read the Latest Art & Food News Around West Palm Beach about Mercado Custom Cruisers of Jupiter, Northwood Farmers Market and Tiger Wood’s New Restaurant at Jupiter’s Harbourside

Sandra-Schulman Sandra Schulman is an arts writer, music and film producer. Born in Miami, her work has appeared in Billboard, Variety, Rolling Stone, Ocean Drive, Country Music Magazine, The New York Daily News, News From Indian Country, and Entertainment Weekly. She was an entertainment columnist for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel for 8 years. She has authored three books on pop culture. She currently lives in West Palm Beach with her blue eyed whippet. Sandra Schulman’s column appears weekly. Contact her at sandraslink@gmail.com.
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