Town Center at Boca Raton is one of the most affluent malls in America featuring stores such as Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany Co. and Neiman Marcus. But it’s a little known fact that it’s also been a magnet for famous faces. Feb. 19, a familiar mall security guard popped up at Town Center at Boca Raton in front of the David Yurman store. Comedian/actor Kevin James, dressed in full Paul Blart garb, was filming scenes for the "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" trailer, which is slated to hit theaters nationwide April 17. James rolled passed Lululemon Athletica on his iconic Segway, which is Blart’s preferred method of transportation.
As mall employees and shoppers looked on in amazement that James was really "working" in the mall, Boca Raton Police encouraged everyone to move along so James could film without distractions.
It may seem odd to see a celebrity in the middle of Town Center at Boca Raton. But after all this is the place where famous people’s parents come to spend their golden years. However, over the years, Town Center at Boca Raton has had its share of celebrity shoppers.
I spotted Andy Roddick shopping for jeans and T shirts with his friends at Abercrombie and Fitch in during his days dating Mandy Moore, which was circa 2003. During that time, Roddick was residing in Boca Pointe and I would often see him at the Starbucks and Einstein Bros. Bagels on the corner of Powerline and Palmetto Park roads.
I saw football player Zach Thomas in front of Yankee Candle shopping with his wife and kids just before Christmas. Several years ago, actor Paul Sorvino popped into Skechers. My friend who was working there at the time said she didn’t recognize him until he she saw the name on his coveted American Express Centurion Card aka the black card when he paid for his shoes.
And let’s not forget the dozens of scheduled appearances stars made over the years. The late "Wizard of Oz" munchkin Margaret Pellegrini came for a meet and greet with fans around 2004.
While I can’t remember the specific date, I did almost lose my mind once running into Michael Kors in 2006 at Saks Fifth Avenue. He had just released a collection of ready to wear camouflage bags and I confessed to him I had spent my entire paycheck on it. Yes, those were the days.
On Dec. 4, 2008, Dwyane Wade, Alonzo Mourning and DJ Irie hosted a private charity event at the Louis Vuitton store. On Jan. 1, 2010, designer Betsey Johnson made an appearance in the Nordstrom end of the mall to open her now closed store.
Wentworth Gallery in Town Center Boca Raton has also attracted A listers for in store appearances. Rosie O’Donnell did a meet and greet with fans and displayed her art work there April 18, 2009 and Paul Stanley of Kiss also showed his art work there and met with fans in March 2010.
On Nov. 10, 2011, Richard Lambertson and John Truex came to Tiffany Co., to introduce their new handbag and accessories line for the posh jewelry store. On Dec. 3, 2012, Stella McCartney made an appearance at Saks Fifth Avenue to show fans her 2013 collection. Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan illuminated the second floor of Neiman Marcus in Boca on March 21, 2013 helping customers pick out handbags from his latest collection.