#storefrontstories

Behind every storefront, there’s a story.

Think about the local shops and restaurants you’ve missed most – the places and people that have become part of your daily life. Like the barista who knows you by name. The restaurant where you celebrate every family birthday. The boutique owner who always has time to chat and gives your dog treats. These businesses are what make The Royal Poinciana Plaza feel like home, and the sense of connection they bring feels more valuable than ever.

Now, as they reopen their doors, we’re highlighting our Royal family through a new series, #storefrontstories. Through photos and five-minute interviews, we’re showcasing and celebrating the people behind the businesses you love, who have persevered through uncertain times and continue to make The Royal Poinciana Plaza so special.

Watch the stories unfold below and on Instagram and get excited to return to your favorites. Want to see a certain business featured? Let us know!

 

CREMIEUX

 

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TERRY ZMYSLO, STORE MANAGER
Angela Daniels, Assistant Store Manager, also pictured

Q: What do you love most about your work and being part of the Royal family?

A: I love that Cremieux is a family-owned luxury menswear company, founded in Saint-Tropez, France in 1976.

We believe that our small-scale approach, born from the sartorial dreams of our founder, Daniel Crémieux, provides our customers with clothing that is both modern and timeless, with style and sophistication that hovers above the trends, but an overall aesthetic that is unmistakably of the moment. Our story is special, as is our world-class product. The opportunity to represent the brand in Palm Beach at The Royal is perfect as both share a sense of family and best represent an iconic and historic story.

Q: What’s one positive thing that came out of the shutdown?

A: Our loyal clients responded eagerly to our increased communications online enlightening us to the significant opportunities to strengthen relationships with them via our virtual store or on our website. In addition, our frequent emails highlighted our roster of key men’s staples perfect for spending more time at home and the Palm Beach lifestyle.

 

“The opportunity to represent the brand in Palm Beach at The Royal is perfect as both share a sense of family and best represent an iconic and historic story.” 

Q: What are you most excited to do once you’re back?

A: The priority was to clean the store and prepare to host clients while meeting CDC guidelines. That was followed by receiving the remainder of our Spring/Summer Collection and updating the mannequins. The most exciting element of being back is seeing our clients once again! 

Q: What’s one interesting fact about you or your business that you want your customers to know? 

A: Founder, Daniel Cremieux flew to New York in late 60’s and fell more deeply in love with the Preppy menswear of traditional brands. He returned to France with the desire to create the best French preppy brand available, a modern interpretation of this very traditional look.

Daniel has the fashion business in his blood, quite literally. His father owned clothing stores in the south of France, and Daniel followed in his footsteps. In 1976, Daniel Crémieux launched his own brand.

He opened the first shop in Saint-Tropez, on the French Riviera between Nice and Marseille. This famous city in France is the place where actors, singers and artists from all around the world meet. This was the first store, soon to be followed by others in Paris and Aix Provence. Just as he still does, Daniel looked to his roots in this early approach to fashion – blending the sophisticated style of Paris with the relaxed and chic attitude of St. Tropez and now ideally suited for Palm Beach.

 

KIRNA ZABÊTE

 

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SHANNON MCLEAN, ASSISTANT STORE DIRECTOR

Q: What do you love most about your work and being part of the Royal family?

A: I love the relaxed, yet elevated environment that the Plaza offers.

Q: What’s one positive thing that came out of the shutdown?

A: As stores begin to slowly open and clients start to walk through the door, they immediately show their appreciation and loyalty to not only our brand, but to the entire KZ team!

Q: What are you most excited to do once you’re back?

A: Dress up!!

Q: What’s one interesting fact about you or your business that you want your customers to know?

A: Kirna Zabête Palm Beach is thoughtfully curated to best suit evolving needs of our fabulous clientele.

 

KITON

 

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JON ROBERSON, STORE MANAGER

Q: What do you love most about your work and being part of the Royal family?

A: I feel so blessed and thankful to be able to come to work and be surrounded by not only the natural beauty of the Plaza and Courtyard but also by being so graciously welcomed and loved by all the other retailers and restaurants. It truly is awe-inspiring to be surrounded by so many creative, talented people who enjoy life and what they do. So proud to be a part of the Royal family!

Q: What’s one positive thing that came out of the shutdown?

A: Since my high school days (and that’s a long time ago! We won’t go into that now) I’ve never had this much time off before so it felt really good to reconnect with everyone in my phone contact list, family and friends and to do the things I love to do but hardly ever have enough time to do them. Walking, biking, reading three books all at the same time, trying different food and cocktail recipes kept me busy during the two months of being furloughed.  I really missed seeing my clients and the Plaza greatly!

 

“The world doesn’t produce tailors. It’s the sartorial philosophy of “handmade” that does: Kiton’s future, therefore, lies in the strengths of the younger generations who, moving in another direction from the previous ones, open up new horizons.”

Q: What are you most excited to do once you’re back?

A: The first thing I did was a deep clean and rearrangement of our backroom and tailor shop, that felt great.  Contacting our clients, re-merchandising the store and seeing everyone’s smiling faces got me the most excited. 

Q: What’s one interesting fact about you or your business that you want your customers to know? 

A: It has to be hands down Kiton’s Tailoring School! Kiton is teaching future generations in the art of tailoring. I’m so proud that our company does that! Here’s a excerpt from our website:

“The world doesn’t produce tailors. It’s the sartorial philosophy of “handmade” that does: Kiton’s future, therefore, lies in the strengths of the younger generations who, moving in another direction from the previous ones, open up new horizons.”

 

ORLEBAR BROWN

 

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JACOB MALDONADO, STORE MANAGER + RACHEL PLAMP, O.B. CONCIERGE

Q: What do you love most about your work and being part of the Royal family?

A: We are passionate about what we do as O.B Concierges and provide a Vibrant, Tailored, and Brave approach to service our clients. Our purpose is to ‘Holiday Better’ and our promise is to always ‘Feel Summer’. Being a part of the Royal Family is incredible. The atmosphere, the events, and the overall experience. 

Q: What’s one positive thing that came out of the shutdown?

A: We stayed connected with out Clients through Social Media and welcomed them back once we reopened. We also took time to spend with our families and friends. (FYI- We binged watched Tiger King on Netflix) 

 

“Our purpose is to ‘Holiday Better’ and our promise is to always ‘Feel Summer’.”

Q: What are you most excited to do once you’re back?

A: We are just so glad to be back! Once back we reached out to clients to make sure they were all well. Excited for our James Bond 3.0 launch on June 10th! 

Q: What’s one interesting fact about you or your business that you want your customers to know? 

A: Outside of work Jacob loves to hike and is also vegetarian. Rachel loves the beach and being out on her boat. We always ‘Feel Summer’ here in Palm Beach! 

 

PAUL LABRECQUE SALON AND SPA

 

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PAUL LABRECQUE, CO-OWNER
Brian Cantor, Co-Owner, also pictured

Q: What do you love most about your work and being part of the Royal family?

A: I love making people happy. People have been very down these last few months. A little color, a bit of polish, a touch of wax and skincare, and a smile – we help people know life goes on.

Q: What’s one positive thing that came out of the shutdown?

A: Our online store at www.paullabrecque.com has been more than just a place to find your favorite cult beauty products – the PL team has made self-help videos to guide you during lockdown, and our experts have been giving Zoom virtual skin and hair consultations. We made people know that if we use initiative we can think of ways to smile again and that felt good. Our quarantine color kits made so many people feel good about themselves and kept that connection between us strong.

 

“A little color, a bit of polish, a touch of wax and skincare, and a smile – we help people know life goes on.” 

Q: What are you most excited to do once you’re back?

A: I am a huggy feely boy, so not being able to hug is a huge let down. But saying thank god you’re all right and we will all be together to make you feel and look better is a huge plus. People’s excitement to be touched – yes through gloves and mask – but there is something to what we do. When New York lost the WTC, I was adamant. Tomorrow we open. It was for this alone people must know everything will continue. And then they have hope. And so that to me is the thrill of making people feel good. And that thrill thrills me.

Q: What’s one interesting fact about you or your business that you want your customers to know? 

A: Our business is a love story of two gay men. We met from two different countries long before gay men or women could marry. We built our business to stay together –  it is our child. And what we have grown is a loyal following who are part of a family we created. No pretense. No egos. Just a love for the work and the partnership of 34 years.

 

ROLLER RABBIT

 

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DORIS DIXON, STORE MANAGER

Q: What do you love most about your work and being part of the Royal family?

A: I love that I work for a company that believes in selling happiness and not just a product. It is always so much fun to help customers find the best pieces in all the fun colors and prints that will make them happy. Since moving our store to The Royal it has been so amazing getting to know all the other people that work and shop here. It is a such a fun and beautiful place to work.

Q: What’s one positive thing that came out of the shutdown?

A: I have never been one to cook, I’m a takeout kind of girl or love to have someone else cook for me. But during the time off I realized I’m not such a bad cook after all. I also spent a lot of time running and sitting outside as much as possible.

 

“I love that I work for a company that believes in selling happiness and not just a product.”

Q: What are you most excited to do once you’re back?

A: I’m an extremely social person and really missed seeing people. So I’m most excited to just be in the store to be able to see my customers. It is so great to see so many familiar faces.

Q: What’s one interesting fact about you or your business that you want your customers to know? 

A: I love that Roller Rabbit supports small artisans, from India to Peru, from Thailand to Bhutan, from Italy to Portugal, and even here in the United States, we work with those that are the best at what they do.