Small Business, Big Impact: Don’t Miss Small Business Saturday in SoSo


Forget Black Friday with its 5AM wake-up call and the possibility of trampling and fist fights to secure gifts. Enlightened shoppers know Small Business Saturday is the way to roll during this Holiday Season. Last year, 88 million consumers opted to shop small on the holiday gem that falls between Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

American Express created Small Business Saturday six years ago to celebrate and support small businesses- which have an incredible impact on local communities. The one-day event has since become anything but small. With local retailers, restaurants, spas and more all taking part, consumers are poised to grab some great gifts and effect some great local benefits.

Want to do a little SoSo shopping this Small Business Saturday and support our community? Stop by SoSo’s local businesses including…

Norcross Patio & Gifts
5023 S Dixie Hwy
West Palm Beach, FL 33405


Kaffee Garden Spa
4100 S Dixie Hwy
West Palm Beach, FL 33405

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All Products are 25% Off


Paw-some Holiday Event at Posh Pet Hotel

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Looking for a little companionship this Christmas season? Stop by Posh Pet Hotel on November 29 between 12:00 and 3:00 to meet some furry friends who would love to come home for the holidays.

PPH is teaming up with Big Dog Ranch Rescue for a winter wonderful adoption event. Besides a meet-and-greet with the four-legged headliners (sure to melt your heart), enter for a chance to win a free night and spa bath at PPH and pose for a picture with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus.

Looking for a gift for the pet lover on your list? PPH has one-of-a-kind, adorable glass dog and cat breed ornaments that were hand painted in Poland.

And if you’re going out of town this holiday season, don’t forget to make luxury reservations for your pet at Posh Pet Hotel.



Posh Pet Hotel
Posh Pet Hotel is committed to delivering the highest level of pet pampering, grooming, and training for both dogs and cats.From socialization to one-on-one interaction, luxury suites to Zen Wellness, Posh Pet Hotel will surpass your expectations.

6710 South Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33405

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Big Dog Ranch Rescue
Big Dog Ranch Rescue is the largest no-kill dog rescue in the Southeastern United States. It’s our mission to be a leader in the national animal welfare movement, through compassionate, innovative rescue practices and transformative educational programs.

10948 Acme Road
Wellington, Florida, 33414

Southend Spotlight: Ballet Atlantica’s Jesse Seth Hammel

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Jesse Seth Hammel is raising the barre in the Southend. The professional dancer founded Ballet Atlantica at 6200 South Dixie with the aim of creating strong, beautiful, healthy and happy dancers in a fun and safe atmosphere. He does so by leveraging more than two decades of professional performing experience and the wisdom of his Health Science degrees and practice and bringing it to classes in ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance. We decided to see how light Hammel really is on his feet as he responds to a few of our questions:

What was the impetus for starting your own school?

“I started Ballet Atlantica because I had been teaching and directing the ballets for several studios across the Palm Beaches. I wanted to focus my talents upon a single effort. 25 years of experience performing the Ballet Arts also compelled me to promote and teach the next generation of Dancers in our community.

You offer classes for children (as young as 4), teens and adults? What’s the greatest challenge of teaching each?

“The greatest challenge of teaching diverse age groups is meeting their needs at their level. Children tend to require very simple, short and quick combinations. Teens and professional Dancers require more sustained, complex and challenging combinations to prepare them for stage productions. Mature adults require a softer, more wholistic approach. Each class is designed for the specific levels requirements.”

What gets you most excited about your role?

“What excites me about Founding and Directing Ballet Atlantica is the opportunity to continue to expand my own career in the Ballet Arts while committing to excellence in Ballet training and performance for the Dancers of our community.”

What is the biggest misconception about Ballet?

“The biggest misconception about Ballet is that it’s easy, or just a bunch of stretching, or it’s only for girls. Ballet is a 500 year old, international discipline which requires tremendous athletic strength and endurance combined with artistic sophistication and coordination – the highest level of accomplishment in a human body. Dance training also imparts invaluable life skills such as mental focus and concentration, preparation and punctuality, self-awareness and responsibility, goal oriented fulfillment, and team work and social graces.”


What Ballet Atlantic performance has been your favorite?

“My favorite Ballet Atlantica performance has been our “Nutcracker” performance at the Society of the Four Arts. The Dancers were wonderfully charming in their portrayal and the audience was sincerely delighted with us.

How can interested parties check it out?

“Prospective students can watch a class to see if they would enjoy it. Participating in a class is $15 per hour.”

(See class schedule here.)


Ballet Atlantica
6200 C South Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, Florida 33405

(561) 506-8440
In the Park Plaza Building

While class times may vary, office and business hours are:
Monday – Friday from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm
​Saturday from 7:45 am to 2:00 pm

The Southend Dinosaur Invasion


Dinosaurs have invaded the Southend! Starting November 1 and running through April 15, visitors to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium will come face to face with giant prehistoric creatures at Dinosaurs Around The World: The Exhibition.

During this one-of-a-kind adventure, guests will become globe-trotting explorers alongside 13 life-sized roaring, breathing dinosaurs. Visitors will discover the amazing diversity that existed during the Age of the Dinosaurs as they travel from the fierce plains of Africa to the once tropical beaches of Antarctica.
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Join the SF Science Center on this global adventure from the inland seas of North America to the arid deserts of Brazil, to the polar darkness of Australia. Get up to date on the latest paleontological research, discover and name your own dinosaur, determine what colors dinosaurs actually were and find modern day dinosaurs right in your own backyard.

“This is not your grandmother’s dinosaur exhibit where you just go and you imagine what the dinosaur looked like,” said Kate Arrizza, Chief Operating Officer of the science center. “There’s no imagining. These dinosaurs in this exhibit, this is what they looked like.”

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