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“Clematis makes a grand comeback!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Clematis Street
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Owner description: The History of Clematis Street & West Palm Beach Henry Flagler A history of the Clematis Street District or of West Palm Beach cannot be told without mentioning the name of Henry Flagler. Anyone who has been in Florida for even a short amount of time will recognize the name. It's all over Florida roads, bridges and beaches as well as countless other monuments and museums. Flagler's Dream: Palm Beach Henry Flagler co-founded Standard Oil Company with John D. Rockefeller and also built the Florida railroad from Jacksonville to Key West. He came to the West Palm Beach area in 1893. After being impressed with the natural beauty of the area, he sought to create the most famous resort in the world, Palm Beach. The resort would be conveniently accessible by his own railroad. He built two major hotels, The Breakers and the Royal Poinciana Hotel (later destroyed by a hurricane). He also built what is now West Palm Beach directly across Lake Worth for the service people who worked on the island and as a commercial district. Clematis Street Not only is it one of the trendiest places to be today, it also boasts a long and important history. Clematis Street began as the main thoroughfare of West Palm Beach in the early 20th century. It connected the train station on the west with the ferry to Palm Beach Island on the east. Early 20th Century: Storefronts logically multiplied and lined each way, as Clematis became the "Main Street" of West Palm Beach. The commuters of the day would traverse Clematis Street and frequent these shops before and after work, much like we do today. It's many older buildings display a fascinating journey through South Florida history. Automobiles Change Everything Eventually automobiles, bridges and highways replaced the train, ferry and buggies as the main means of transportation. While once the train station was the link to the outside world, visitors could now arrive via various routes. Okeechobee Boulevard would eventually become the main connection from route 95 over to Palm Beach and Clematis Street would lose its steady flow of passers-by. As the area progressed, suburban sprawl contributed to the growth of metropolitan West Palm Beach, yet the downtown business area remained. The Downtown Development Authority In 1967 the Downtown Development Authority was created to impact Downtown's economic conditions, formulate long-range plans for improving the appeal and accessibility of Downtown facilities, promoting their use, providing remedy to any deterioration of Downtown property values, and most importantly, retaining and attracting businesses to Clematis Street. In short, the DDA works to retain and attract business and to protect the investments of its constituents. Largely due to the Downtown Development Authority Clematis Street is still considered the Main Street of West Palm Beach.
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“Clematis makes a grand comeback!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2013 via mobile

For those of us remember Clematis when it first arrived in the 90's, we also remember it's downfall in the ensuing years too. Well, I have to say that Clematis is back. Fun free movies on the Green (friday night when we went) and lots of restaurants and bars to choose from- it has become a destination entertainment venue like Atlantic Ave in Delray and Los Olas in Lauderdale. No matter what you're in the mood for (food wise) Clematis will have it.

Visited May 2013
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Palm Beach, Florida
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“It all happens here”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2013

Restaurants, bands, exhibitions, trams - Clematis Street has it all and Clematis By Night is so much fun. Grab a coffee and browse the specialty & consignment shops. You won't be disappointed.

Visited May 2013
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Palm Bay, Florida, United States
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“Great night out!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2013

This was my first visit, and I was pleasantly surprised. Off The hookah had excellent jams, so definitely danced. The place was large and the temperature was kept at the perfect setting so we didn't even break a sweat with all the dancing. I am not used to paying to get into a club, but it was definitely worth it. We also checked out the upstairs Irish bar and I loved the ambience. The dance floor was big enough so there wasn't any bumping into people, and they had nice sitting areas where you could hear each talk & to take breaks. I cant wait to go back and check out the rest of the bars!

Visited April 2013
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Palm Beach, Florida
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“Nothing of interest”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2013

Clematis Street is definitely over-hyped. There are a few interesting stores, especially Mac Fabrics, however, absolutely nothing special. Not one great restaurant. Street never looks really clean nor well tended. Really nothing of interest there. And beware, it is dangerous at night even though there is a police presence. Lots of bars and clubs with kids roaming around at all hours of the night. So many more interesting and safe places to visit than this street.

Visited April 2013
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Delray Beach, Florida
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“Clematis Ave provides a fun evening entertainment”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2013

Clematis Ave is a great destination for evening browsing, dining and entertainment. The Palm Beach Dramaworks Theater is a lovely intimate venue for theaters. Plenty of casual dining locales, including Raco Taccos will delight. Have Fun!!!

Visited February 2013
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