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Blackman Brings Big Names in Bath, Kitchen Business to West Palm Beach

Blackman, a high-end bathroom- and kitchen-appliance store that famously hails from the Northeast, has opened a luxurious new showroom in West Palm Beach.

The store celebrated its first Florida location Jan. 25 during an extravagant reception attended by more than 200 architects, interior designers, real-estate agents and other invited guests.

The 7,000-square-foot store on South Dixie Highway offers a galleria of gorgeous products that add form and functionality to two of the most-sacred spaces in the home. Every faucet and fixture, every piece of flooring and furniture and all of the countertops, sinks and tiles specially are designed by Blackman’s business partners. Among the big names are Kallista, Samuel Heath and THG, as well as Franke, Hudson Valley and Swarovski.

“The beauty of Blackman,” says Krystyna Marini, the store’s manager, reciting the company’s slogan. “They consider themselves to be one of the leading sectors in the plumbing and bath business.”

Marini says many of Blackman’s customers have second homes in South Florida—a factor that created a natural niche for the flagship store.

“There’s nothing like this down here,” she says. “We’re going to bring a whole different window for people to shop.”

Blackman has 24 stores in New Jersey and New York and has been operating since 1921. At first, it started out as a plumbing-supply house. Then, in the 1980s, it experimented with retail showrooms and found its hand-selected merchandise appealed not only to plumbers but also to those who build, design and sell houses.

“We are still true to our plumbing-wholesale roots,” David Lyon, vice presdient of Blackman's retail division, says. “But we now look at ourselves as being a complete design center.” 

Guest John Porter, a real-estate agent, says the quality of the inventory is unmatched.

“This is the look that people are going for today,” Porter says. “I don’t know of another place in town that has this kind of display.”

Blackman, 820 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach

Check out photos from the Jan. 25 opening, below:

Faucets come in a range of styles – gooseneck is one of the more-popular varieties – as do glass backsplashes. (Photo by Amy Woods)
Jane Merlo and Dominique Curle admire a decorative faucet called the ship’s wheel, which has a pull-down feature. (Photo by Amy Woods)
Brass, chrome, copper and wrought-iron fixtures by Watermark artfully are arranged on a store wall. (Photo by Amy Woods)
This beautiful bathtub display, with options for flooring, is one of dozens set up in Blackman’s new showroom. (Photo by Amy Woods)

This article has been updated to change David Lyon's title from co-owner to vice president of Blackman's retail division.