Who they are: Ann Marie and Rick Ferro are the owners of Annie’s Hallmark store in West Palm Beach. Ann Marie bought the store with her parents, Mary Ann and Andrew Armatas, in 1986 when she was just 18 years old. Ten years later, Ann Marie had 6 stores, but they’ve scaled back to the one original store, which she and Rick run together.
“We’ve seen a lot of changes over the past 28 years in the gift and card business and we changed with the times. We absolutely love what we do — both the creative end and the community aspect. People are our passion,” Ann Marie said.
Rick grew up in Rocky Hill, Conn., and Ann Marie grew up in Canton, Ohio. Both moved to Florida as teenagers. The couple married 14 years ago and blended their families.
“Rick and I are actively involved in serving at our church,” Ann Marie said. “We facilitate marriage classes to help marriages endure all the tests and trials that come along with being married. We also lead a life group for six couples in our home.”
The Ferros live in Wellington and have four children: 20-year olds Alexandra and Ricky and 18-year-olds Nick and Jordan.
Here are a few of their favorites:
Favorite breakfast place?
Pete’s Place in Greenacres. We love the family atmosphere. It’s like “Cheers” — everybody knows everybody. The stuffed French toast is to die for!!
Pete’s Place, 6774 Forest Hill Blvd., Greenacres. Info: 561-641-6543.
Favorite place for a casual dinner with friends?
Our favorite casual dinner place to go to with friends is NYPD IV in Boynton Beach. They have the best pizza ANYWHERE. It’s worth the drive for us, even though we live in the Wellington area.
NYPD IV Pizzeria & Restaurant, 4895 Windward Passage Drive, Boynton Beach. Info: 561-880-5902; nypdpizzaboynton.com
Favorite grocery or green market?
It’s definitely the Fresh Market. I love to go there to pick up their specialty burgers and other specialty items. Their produce department is the best around!
The Fresh Market, 10640 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington. Info: 561-753-9861; thefreshmarket.com
Favorite way to relax and recharge?
Spending Sunday morning at Christ Felllowship in Royal Palm Beach. When we are there, we feel like we are home, like we are family. It is the perfect way to start our week: by serving and worshipping our Lord!
Christ Fellowship, 9905 Southern Blvd., Royal Palm Beach. Info: 561-799-7602; gochristfellowship.com
Favorite place for a quiet dinner?
Stonewood Grille in Wellington. The service is always great and the ahi tuna is amazing!
Stonewood Grill & Tavern, 10120 Forest Hill Blvd., #110, Wellington. Info: 561-784-9796; stonewoodgrill.com
Favorite place for live music:
We love Cruzan Ampitheatre for concerts.
Cruzan Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach. Info: 561-795-8883; livenation.com
Favorite family outing?
A day on the boat with our kids. We love to pack a lunch and head to Peanut Island for the day.