Brooks Brothers returns to Gardens Mall

The new Brooks Brothers fashion line draws inspiration from Palm Beach influences. COURTESY PHOTO

Brooks Brothers is back at the Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens.

The store says the new location offers an updated take on classic American style for men and women, designed by Michael Bastian, the company’s new creative director.

Covering 7,400 square feet, the new store features a refreshed and relaxed interior design concept that reflects the South Florida lifestyle, but stays true to the brand’s distinctive heritage.

“We are very happy to return to Palm Beach Gardens. We have established a loyal customer base for many years and look forward to welcoming them back to our store,” Ken Ohashi, CEO of Brooks Brothers, said in a statement.

Brooks Brothers has had a presence in Palm Beach since 1909, when the company opened a store on South County Road to serve then-seasonal resort visitors. When it opened, it was Brooks Brothers’ third location, following New York and Newport, Rhode Island.

Palm Beach is one of the locations that inspired Brooks Brothers’ Spring 2022 collection, which features both casual sportswear and formal styles. Patterns take on vibrant citrus hues and fresh patterns, with refined combinations that evoke poolside days with late afternoon card games in the cabana.

The new Brooks Brothers store is on the second floor near Nordstrom. The store is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Florida Prepaid Partners with State Parks

Florida Prepaid College Savings Plans and Florida State Parks of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection are partnering to encourage families to explore educational opportunities as well as Florida State Parks.

Through this partnership and the Exploring Education Scholarship Program, 10 Florida children will receive a one-year Florida University Plan College scholarship worth approximately $7,000. Additionally, 25 finalists will be selected to receive a Florida State Parks Junior Ranger gift box that includes day passes for free admission to a state park of their choice. Florida families can enter the contest at www.myfloridaprepaid.com/exploringeducation through March 25.

“As important as classroom education is for students, we also know that active, hands-on learning has proven benefits,” Florida Prepaid College President John D. Rood said in a statement. “We encourage families to explore two things that make Florida so special: our incredible state parks and the nation’s largest and oldest prepaid college program.”

“The Florida State Parks Junior Ranger Program provides opportunities for children to learn about Florida’s natural resources, culture and history,” DEP Secretary Shawn Hamilton said. “This on-site and virtual program is great because kids can explore our award-winning parks from anywhere and discover ways to protect and conserve Florida’s unique environment.” Find out how your family can join the Florida State Parks Junior Ranger Program.

DEP oversees 175 state parks and trails, more than 12 million acres of public lands, and 4 million acres of coastal uplands and submerged lands. With nearly 800,000 acres, 100 miles of beaches, and more than 1,500 miles of multi-use trails, Florida State Parks encourages residents to visit soon.

Florida Prepaid offers families a risk-free way to save for college, locking in future college costs at today’s plan prices so their child’s tuition is ready for them. Families choose a plan and make payments, and Florida Prepaid handles the rest. Open enrollment for the prepaid plan runs through April 30.

All prepaid plans are backed by the State of Florida, which means families will never lose their investment. If a child attends an out-of-state or private college, or a technical or vocational school, the Plan will pay the same amount they would pay at a public college or university in Florida. Additionally, prepaid plans work well in conjunction with scholarships.

To learn more and apply for the scholarship program, visit myfloridaprepaid.com/exploringeducation. ¦

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