Is West Palm Beach’s New Center Of Cool In The Warehouse District?

By Leslie Gray Streeter
The Palm Beach Post, Fla.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) There are several buildings along the old rail corridor at Elizabeth Avenue in West Palm Beach that sit vacant but that may not be for long! Right now, one creative project the “Elizabeth Ave. Station” features the work of about 15 vendors that offer everything from vintage jewelry to furniture to macrame plant holders.

The Palm Beach Post, Fla.

“Wouldn’t it be fun to have a coffee shop together?”

Danielle Casey remembers floating that idea with best friend Danni Mitchell, whose bond began in high school with a shared name as well as a shared passion for a certain cute ’90s band.

And it deepened to the point where they decided they might go into business together. A coffee shop sounded like a good idea — it was the ’90s, after all, but the friends understood that “it wasn’t about the coffee,” Casey says.

“No, it was about the experience,” confirms Mitchell, who can finish her best friend’s sentences, as best friends often can.

There is no coffee at Elizabeth Ave. Station, the intriguing pop-up collective of local creatives that opened in January in a sprawling warehouse minutes from CityPlace, in an often overlooked industrial area south of Okeechobee Boulevard and west of Parker Avenue.

But there is, indeed, a carefully curated experience here, as well as the first open business in a promising project that makes active and vibrant use of some of West Palm Beach’s historic structures.

“We wanted to create a community of like-minded people,” says Casey, director of communications and events for Elizabeth Ave. Station, of which Mitchell is the owner and creative director. The space features the work of about 15 vendors that offer everything from vintage jewelry to furniture to tarot cards to macrame plant holders. It’s just one business in the 85,000 square-foot space that makes up the West Palm Beach Warehouse District, several buildings along the old rail corridor at Elizabeth Avenue.

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