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The Ultimate Guide To Museums and Art Galleries In Boca Raton

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Boca Raton may be better known for its beautiful beaches and luxury condos, but our curation of culture doesn't start with the sand and end with our nightlife and fine dining scene. While Florida may be one of the youngest states on the Eastern seaboard, bereft of our colonial and revolutionary history, there's still much to see and learn about our beautiful state and city. We've compiled an exhaustive list of many of the best museums and art galleries in Boca Raton, with the hope of encouraging more of you to spend a day enjoying the finer side of Boca from a different lens. 

Sports Immortals Museum

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This lauded sports memorabilia museum resides in an innocuous rectangular building on North U.S. 1 in Boca Raton. Founded and curated by real estate developer Joel Platt, the Sports Immortals Museum features an incredible array of collectibles on display from his private collection. These include pieces such as the history Honus Wagner T206 baseball card, game-used material from turn of the century sporting legend Jim Thorpe, and Satchel Paige's jersey from his days in the negro leagues of baseball. For Platt, this is as much a celebration of the connection between sports and the human spirit, as it is a showcase of truly valuable one-of-a-kind material.

Fogelman Sports Museum

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Bagels In Boca | Where To Get The Best Bagels In Boca Raton

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Boca Bagel Bar & Deli

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The family-owned Boca Bagel Bar & Deli is one of the most known and visited bagel spots in Boca Raton. Their Jersey-style food offerings are brought to the fore by over 35 years of deli experience. They're serious about their commitment to quality, using only Boar's Head meats, and bagels baked in-house.

Flakowitz Bagel Inn

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The Boynton Beach location of this famous Jewish deli was featured on Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives - for good reason. This traditional, old-school Jewish-style deli menu features classics like matzo ball soup, pastrami sandwiches, babka, and Mandel bread. For a taste of Brooklyn right here in Boca, don't take our word for it, take Chef Fieri's!

Lox N Bagel

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The Best Donuts In Boca | 4 Local Donut Shops to Visit

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Off the beaten path, lie a few places that contain some of the best food on this side of Palm Beach County. Here in Boca, the word "donut" is synonymous with Dunkin' Donuts or Starbucks. It's a given that anyone would suggest those global brands as the ideal place to grab some delicious, sweet treats or an afternoon snack, but did you know that there lie 4 donut places in Boca worthy of taking a gander? Truthfully, these places undeniably put America's best-known donut shops on the back burner, and for good reason; craft donuts have become an ever-increasing trend among the U.S. and more people are doing extensive research into finding the best donut around. If you're a Boca native, these best 4 places in our beloved city deserve a place in your heart (or stomach.)

Parlour Vegan Bakery

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Anyone who is familiar with this place knows its specialty in fine vegan foods. Parlour specializes in making vegan food DELICIOUS and it is. Ranging from a menu of their city-famous empanadas, chocolate chip cookie dough cookies, Jamaican "beef" patties, and an assortment of lattes and teas, this place also serves up some of the best donuts in Boca Raton. With their seasonal selection of flavors, Parlour makes sure never to skimp on flavor despite its lack of sinful components. The "Chocolate Glazed Donut" alone is worth coming for. Being a gluten-free...

New York Pizza in Boca Raton | Where To Get A Slice of New York Pizza in Boca

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As long as you are not from Chicago, chances are when someone says “pizza” you think of a beautiful thin crust, marinara, and mozzarella masterpiece. A big heavenly slice from a New York “pie,” as they are want to call them up north. South Florida, especially Boca Raton, is often referred to by New Yorkers as “the sixth borough” (for the uninitiated, it’s one after the five boroughs of New York City: Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island). We’re not saying that every Boca Raton pizzeria will have the most authentic slice, but you certainly stand a better chance of finding New York pizza in Boca than Dubuque! Below are our top picks for where the line between Boca Raton pizza and New York pizza begins to blur.

Manhattan Joe’s Pizzeria 

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  • 1901 NW 2nd Avenue
  • Boca Raton, FL 33432
  • (561) 931-2959

Serving three locations in Palm Beach County, Manhattan’s Joe’s East Boca location will be the closest for those in Boca proper. With slices with the right amount of oil, giant pizza ovens, and a happy clientele of former New Yorkers, you know you’re in the right spot for an authentic slice of New York pizza in Boca!

TOMASSO’S PIZZA & SUBS 

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The Best Ice Cream In Boca | Ice Cream Near Me

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The summers in Boca (and South Florida as a whole) are no doubt unbearably hot. Many locals here in the area retreat to the beaches to cool down when those temperatures rise. For those looking for a tasty escape from the humidity and sweltering heat, Boca Raton has some hidden treasures among its city limits that are undoubtedly worth checking out. When the beaches are not a viable option, or you're just not feeling up to sandy cheeks and sunburns, some of the best ice cream shops in Boca can be a sweet option for escaping the heat. It's no surprise that ice creameries are raising in popularity here in Boca Raton. And with the college community a doorstep away, the city has become home to some delicious local ice cream shops, crafted by determined locals.

  Whit's Frozen Custard

whits frozen custard in cupWith its bubbly signage and its family-owned name, Whit's has a tale worthy of admiration. Opening their first ice cream shop in Columbus, Ohio, ironically during the winter, the locals in Ohio wondered if it would last. Despite the doubt, they went on to prosper--becoming one of the most successful ice creameries in over 10 states in the U.S. Their passion is heavily noticeable, as they consistently churn their "Flavor of the Week", chocolate, and vanilla flavors all day long--allowing its customers to walk away with a freshly made, sweet treat for summer. In addition to their flavor of the week,...

5 Boca Based Nonprofits To Support | Boca Raton Nonprofits

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Nonprofit organizations are some of the best ways to support your local community. Here in Boca Raton, nonprofits certainly do not fall short. In fact, Boca is home to over 40+ non-profit organizations, giving the city a substantial foothold in the giving community. Supporting these organizations is a worthy cause and most people find that when they give, they get back. Boca Raton homeowners have been some of the kindest and most generous citizens anywhere, and our wide complement of nonprofits show it. These 5 Boca non-profits are some of the best organizations to give to, working tirelessly to help build a better community. Your donations, time, and effort don’t just benefit you, but they benefit others…and that’s what it’s all about.

Child Rescue Coalition

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Taco Tuesday! | Where To Get The Best Tacos In Boca Raton

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South Florida may be better known for its the Caribbean and South American influences, but no flavor isn't covered by the Boca Raton lifestyle. Whether looking for provincial Mexican cuisine or the best taco and margarita special in town, see some of the very best tacos in Boca Raton with our list below!

Baja Cantinaplate of 3 steak tacos

Like its namesake, Baja Cantina specializes in the grab-and-go SoCal twist on Mexican cuisine. This casually decorated Boca Raton Mexican restaurant features affordably priced appetizers, margaritas, and a wide array of classic menu options. In addition to their delicious selection of tacos, Baja Cantina isn't shy about their burritos, enchiladas, and chimichangas.

Senor Burrito

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Senor Burrito has Delray Beach and Boca Raton locations, with a decently sized menu featuring unique favorites not found everywhere - like their Mole Verde Dinner and Puntas Passila. Aside from their delectable entrees, Senor Burrito makes its presence known with its many burrito options, featuring mole, ranchero, vegan friendly, and pasilla pepper sauces. Their use of smoke flavors, chorizo, and poblano (pasilla) peppers distinguishes...

The Best Vegan And Vegetarian Food In Boca Raton

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South Florida has always been a health-centric area of the country. With so many people moving to Boca Raton - particularly near the waterfront, living and looking out is just another part of our routine. best Plant-based cuisine has seen a rapid rise worldwide in the last decade. While always an undercurrent of our culture, the powerful information available and an abundance of vegan restaurants have given plant-based living exponential growth. It's not just rabbit food and a hippie diet anymore, and this incredible vegan and vegetarian restaurant in Boca Raton will show you what you're missing!

Parlour Vegan Bakery

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Parlour Vegan Bakery is one of the earliest and most enduring names in the South Florida vegan scene. With locations in Plantation and our very own Royal Palm Place, they've seen a steady growth from their initial perception as a cupcake and doughnut hotspot. Parlour Vegan Bakery also features delicious lattes, sandwiches, empanadas, and more! Their countertop is loaded with delicious sweet treats and savory options to balance it all out - all served with their handmade sauces.

Raw Addiction

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Raw Addiction is a multiple franchise location owned by family man Saifur Rahman, who after deepening his responsibilities as a father and...

The Best Schools In Boca For Special Needs Students | Special Needs Schools Near Me

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South Florida is one of the nation’s most diverse regions and Boca Raton is a key example of the patchwork of the great state of Florida. People from all walks of life find a home in Boca Raton. If you are considering a move to Boca Raton for your family and a member of your family possesses special needs, please consider the following institutions in town and the surrounding area.

Unicorn Village Academy (Ages 13 to 22)

unicorn village academy shield logoServing ages 13 to 22, Unicorn Village Academy provides a complete education for those with special needs in Boca Raton, with a focus on whole-life skills from the scholastic to the professional. It is a stand-out among Boca Raton special needs schools, as it is the sole institution in the city to serve its students beyond the age of 18. Trained faculty provide individual-specific academic instruction to students in tandem with vocational training as students work towards their high school diploma. At the age of 17, students may become eligible to participate in UVA’s post-secondary work program, which encompasses a full year of internship opportunities in partnership with the Boca West Country Club.

Lighthouse Point Academy (3rd Grade to 12th Grade)

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The Top 4 Nature Parks In Boca Raton | Nature In Boca Raton

While being a metropolitan area, Boca nature parks are few and far between. The ever-growing urban sprawl has increased in numbers and residents, providing little space for nature to flourish. It seems around every corner is a new Boca luxury condo development or shopping center in place. Despite this, there are a few gems that have managed to stay hidden amongst the sawgrass. These 4 nature parks are packed full of nature, allowing you to take a step back into the world before Boca became a bustling city.

Blazing Star Nature Preserve

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Located next to the I-95 and Sugar Sand Park, this nature park is a retreat mostly known to the locals. While Sugar Sand has more of a notable reputation, given its kid-friendly environment, Blazing Star is a nice escape from the commercial turf. 26 acres of scrub pine give any hiker the perfect opportunity to mingle with the local tortoises habituating the area, and getting an in-depth look at the wild cacti that grow sporadic. After a fun day of traversing betwixt and between the multiple trails, you can take the...

Boca Raton Aquatic Activities | 4 Ways to Enjoy the Summer In Boca

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Summertime is fast approaching, and naturally, people are in full gear to enjoy some aquatic activities! Locals and tourists come in search of the best ways to enjoy the summer and stay cool during those sweltering months. Here in Boca, there are multitudes of ways you and the family can experience the highlights of living in sunny South Florida. The water is waiting, are you ready?

Snorkeling At Red Reef Park

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Red Reef Park is a popular favorite among many on the Champagne & Parisi team

This popular destination located on the scenic A1A here in Boca is the perfect place to enjoy the summer. With a 67-acre park for swimming, snorkeling, surf-fishing, parasailing, and a nature center—what more could you ask for? The aquamarine water and white sand is an enticing sight for sure, but let’s dive into the real reason you’re here. The fresh, cool water...

Supporting Local Boca Businesses from Home | Unique Ways To Support Local Business

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COVID has most certainly put a damper on the normalcy of our lives. With most of our lives becoming affected by the virus, and going out a taboo subject these days, ordering online has been the dominant source of providing the public with needs. With the status quo slowly changing, online ordering is here to stay. Small businesses that existed before the pandemic have taken the hardest hit, with a good majority closing their doors forever. However, the community here in Boca has been doing its part to support local Boca businesses from home. Curbside pickup (via online order) is a great way for people to still receive the things they need and want, without having to worry about COVID. The virus aside this option has breathed life back into small businesses and the local community. 

Barrel of Monks Brewing

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You may be scratching your head at this selection, but even the craft beer industry has taken a major hit. Barrel of Monks Brewing introduced its online ordering as a way to let people still get a refreshing "Single in the Sun." While the taproom is now reopened, their online ordering has increased their support, letting their clientele know that they are still here to accommodate everyone's preferred methods of buying. They're easy to navigate website lists all your favorite flagship beer (available for pickup,...

The Ultimate Guide to Boca Raton Beaches

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Boca Raton is home to some of the most beautiful beach strands found anywhere in the world. With so much to do in every corner of the map, Boca Raton beaches still encompass a significant piece of your recreational puzzle. We've written about Boca Raton beaches before, but we've never put a guide together as wholly complete as what's written below. The Champagne & Parisi team loves to make life easier for families moving to Boca Raton. Our growing resource page and blog are some of the best ways to give access to the key information you need. Read on below to learn what you need to know before visiting one of Boca Raton's best beaches.

South beach park

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South Beach Park is one of the premier central beaches in Boca Raton. This park offers more in the basics - a beautiful strand of swimming space, open sand, and picturesque walkways. For those looking for more of a traditional beach day, South Beach Park is one of the best beaches in Boca Raton to do just that.

  • Location: 400 N State Road A1A Boca Raton, FL 33432
  • Hours: 8 AM - Sundown, 7 days a week
  • Pets: No pets are allowed at South Beach Park.
  • Lifeguards: Lifeguards are on duty from 9 AM - 5 PM year round. 
  • Nature: The plurality of South Beach Park's plant...

4 Top Sushi Restaurants in Boca Raton | Where to Get Sushi in Boca

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Date night, a work lunch, or for something light yet decadent - sushi does it all. What began in Japan is among the complement of Boca Raton's best restaurants. Sushi in Boca Raton is an institution, despite there being limited Japanese influence, the community has not shied away from our love for sushi restaurants. There are so many more to list, so don't just take our word for it! Here are OUR Top 4 Sushi Restaurants in Boca Raton.

KANPAI

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Located right off Palmetto Park Road in the heart of Mizner Park, Kanpai was founded by the ownership behind the Yakitori Sake House and features an innovative array of Japanese favorites. Their unique offerings include a specialty sake menu, Japanese BBQ tables, craft cocktails, and a revolving sushi bar. 

YAKITORI SAKE HOUSE

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The Yakitori Sake House is located just south of Kanpai in the Royal Palm Plaza. They've been one of the premier destinations for date night, with a smooth backlit bar and interior creating a relaxing atmosphere. Yakitori Sake House specializes in its full sake bar but also features...

Craft Beer In Boca Raton | 3 Craft Breweries In The Boca Area

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Boca Raton. When we think of Boca, we think of the high-roller lifestyle: glitz, glamor, wealth, and a multitude of luxury vehicles. Underneath the veneer of the Boca luxury lifestyle, there's a little subculture that exudes much more than meets the eye. Craft Breweries are blowing up and trending across the United States. A community of creative entrepreneurs who have taken the age-old process of brewing hops, yeasts, malts, and other essentials, into a delicious beverage that kisses your pallet with relative ease. Craft breweries in Boca Raton are something of a misnomer, but don't let this city's superficialities fool you: there ARE some pleasant surprises awaiting discovery. 

Crazy Uncle Mike's

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Located on the long stretch of US 1, toward the Delray/Boca border, this craft brewery offers a hipper approach to the local scene. Also serving as a restaurant, Crazy Uncle Mike's serves up some of the city's best craft beer and local eats. The menu is as eclectic as its beer...

The Top 5 Best Private Schools in Boca Raton | Boca Raton Private Schools

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While Boca Raton is a seaside community that luxuriates in its leisure time and remains renowned for its larger-than-life retirees, Boca Raton is home to thousands of families and education remains a priority. Parents-to-be and those buying a new home in Boca Raton often wonder, “what are the best private schools near me?” To those we say, fear not! Here are the Top 5 Best Private Schools in Boca Raton:

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Pine Crest School – Boca Raton Campus

Originally founded in 1934 in Fort Lauderdale as a Pre-K through 12 preparatory school, Pine Crest opened their Boca Raton campus in 1987, which serves grades Pre-K through 8, after which those students who choose are offered automatic admission to the “Upper School” campus in Fort Lauderdale. Today, it sits on St. Andrews Blvd, less than five minutes from the Town Center Mall. Known for its rigorous academics, Advanced Placement courses, and state-of-the-art learning tools, Pine Crest prepares each of its students for the collegiate experience and beyond.

Saint Andrew’s School

Out of all the private schools in Boca Raton, Saint Andrew’s School has the distinction of being one to offer boarding on their Pre-K through 12 campus. With a curriculum borne out of the Episcopalian tradition, Saint Andrew’s offers both Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses, and dozens of clubs and enrichment...

The Top 5 Public Schools In Boca Raton | Public Schools Near Me

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With so much space and choice, Boca Raton is an ideal place to settle down. Nearly every development is idyllic in some way. One of the quickest ways to narrow down where you choose to move is by identifying which schools are in the area if you are planning to raise a family. You may be wondering what public schools are near me. Thankfully, there is a robust choice of public schools in Boca that will help you find the right neighborhood for you!

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A.D. Henderson University School & FAU High School (K-12)

A.D. Henderson is one of the top-rated public schools in Boca Raton and the state of Florida as a whole with a student-teacher ratio of 26:1 and average SAT scores of 1370. To maintain small class sizes, admission into A.D. Henderson is via lottery. According to their website, “the selection process is focused on retaining a student demographic profile...

Live Music In Boca Raton | Where To See Music In Boca

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Live music lives on! Find out where some the very best live music venues in Boca Raton are with our list below. Enjoy the best in jazz, blues, rock, and much more at these 3 Boca Raton live music venues. As the rest of the country slowly reopens, the Boca Raton lifestyle is taking flight! Enjoy dinner & a show at these three live venues below.

The Funky Biscuit

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Tab Benoit & guest JP Soars performing at the Funky Biscuit in Royal Palm Place

The Funky Biscuit is known as the music lover's music venue. Many other live music venues in Boca Raton are restaurants with a stage, but owner Albert Poliak has extended his music career into this intimate, yet spacious live music venue. See the best Jazz, Blues, Rock, and Roots music at a venue created by musicians, for music lovers. Within the past few years, a full kitchen has been added to accommodate the delicious specialty cocktails, along with an outdoor bar to accommodate those reluctant to return to indoor venues.

Loch Bar

Situated in the classy Mizner Park district, the Loch Bar specializes in classic seafood fare and rare whiskeys. A true experience for the connoisseur, featuring one of the largest raw bars in Boca Raton - Loch Bar also includes a live music featurette 7 days...

Best Chinese Food In Boca Raton | Deliveries, Dine-In, & Take Out

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Fast, convenient, affordable. Chinese-American cuisine has become a staple of city life almost anywhere in the country. The versatility of take-out, dine-in, and even buffet options makes Chinese food one of the most exciting and easily accessible comfort food options. Something about Chinese takeout after a long day brings warmth back to the spirit with a combination of comforting deliciousness and easy convenience.

With so many people moving to South Florida, especially from the New York market, we’ve been asked the question many times: where is the best Chinese food in Boca Raton? We set out to find some answers.

Lisa’s Kitchen

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Lisa’s Kitchen is a local Chinese food talisman, run by co-owners Jason Yu and Lisa Zhen. Originally from the coastal city of Taishan, they’ve brought their coastal Cantonese flair – pairing fresh seasonal produce with the abundant seafood found throughout the community. From Taishan to Boca Raton, Lisa’s Kitchen is a proud community success story.

China One

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China One covers a broader spectrum of East Asian cuisine, featuring a prominent sushi menu as well. Renowned for its quality of service, China One proudly...

Best Dry Cleaners in Boca Raton | Our Top 4 Boca Dry Cleaners

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If there's one thing we wish we could change on our own, it's the need to wear tailored suits to important business events in Boca Raton. Facing down the undeniable heat & humidity are part of living in Boca Raton, and if you're not prepared, your entire look will suffer.

We've gathered a handful of our favorite places to get our suits and blouses pressed. Support Boca Raton's best dry cleaners today!

Joy's Dry Cleaners

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Situated off N Federal Highway, Joy's Dry Cleaners carries a sterling reputation as one of the best dry cleaners in Boca Raton. Joy's dry cleaning has a reputation for going the extra mile, restoring shirts and putting genuine effort into preserving and cleansing your best garments beyond the expected scope of work. For a personal touch, look no further!

Simple Dry Cleaners

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Simple Dry Cleaners is locally owned and operated, having spent 35 years in business. They offer dry cleaning, alteration, and shoe repair services. They cover all the bases - from eco-friendly materials to commercial cleaning and even alteration emergencies. If you're in a bind and need that special garment for that event coming up, step into Simple...