Boca Raton, Fla., has been ranked the No. 2 Best Dressed Small City in America.
The city, known as a destination for upscale shopping, got top marks from The Movoto Blog’s latest Big Deal list. Boca Raton skirted in right behind Santa Monica, Calif., for its devotion to fashion.
Boca Raton, the only city outside California in the top five, ranked fifth for jewelry, sixth for clothing and 12th for shoes.
There are plenty of places to get that “best-dressed” Boca look in Downtown Boca, which boasts a bounty of fashion retailers and also offers some of the best tailors and dry cleaners in Palm Beach County.
Sophia Young runs the Lucx Boutique, a contemporary women’s specialty shop at Royal Palm Place. She says her customers are always poised and not afraid to make a statement.
“Our customers are surrounded by luxury and attire is an extension of oneself, so the high ranking makes perfect sense to us,” Young said.
A big part of Movoto’s criteria were two categories in which Boca Raton ranked No. 1: Tailoring and Dry Cleaning. With its full calendar of grand events and fine dining opportunities, people who live, work and play in Boca Raton place a big emphasis on keeping their haute couture in tip-top condition. Boca Raton has one tailor for every 2,928 residents and one dry cleaner for every 1,273 residents.
Rosemary O’Mara’s Elite Cleaners in Downtown Boca has been specializing in couture dry cleaning since 1959 – tuxedos, gowns and beadwork galore. She knows personally how demanding Boca Raton customers are about their clothes.
“We’re very particular,” said O’Mara, whose store is at 405 S. Federal Hwy. “They want quality.”
And there’s more to the story! Opening on October 10: An 80,000-square-foot Lord & Taylor in Mizner Park.
The Movoto Blog, published by the Movoto Real Estate firm, surveyed cities with populations between 99,999 and 75,000. They used Yelp to determine how many of each type of store or service they have and counted the highest-priced results for clothes, shoes, and jewelry.
Find the full list and more on how the rankings were done at the Movoto Blog.