We had the good fortune of connecting with Camilo Celis and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Camilo, how do you define success?
Seeing what has come out of all your hard work, sacrifice, and determination
is how i define success. Enjoying what you do everyday. Where your work is actually your passion. I enjoy going to my store, talking with my customers,
providing a unique experience for them not just in our products but our service
as well, and most rewarding is seeing them come back day after day, season
after season, and telling us how great we are.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
And i wanted to see if i could add this in some way to it? I think it describes more on what we do.

We opened up our first store in West Palm Beach almost seven years ago, and our second location at the Royal Poinciana Plaza in Palm Beach almost five years ago. We first started selling produce at the West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens Green market on the weekends, and after a few years and creating an amazing following we decided to take that leap of faith and open up our own storefront. Our stores have always been stocked with local and popular pantry items but the one thing that we have changed a lot over the years is our kitchen menu. We first only offered juices and smoothies when we opened up, but have always adapted to the new food trends that reached the area. Over the years we have added açai bowls avocado toast grilled cheeses breakfast sandwiches and burritos and vegan sandwiches.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There are plenty of things to do on your visit to West Palm Beach. Clematis street is a very popular destination where you’ll find some awesome restaurants and bars. One of my personal favorite spots is E.R. Bradley’s saloon on the east end of Clematis. It sits right by the intercostal, so you get some awesome views and the food is outstanding.

Sloane’s Ice Cream is just a stone throw away from Bradley’s and it’s a great spot to grab an ice cream a walk around the downtown area.

The bike trail on Palm Beach Island has become a hotspot for sightseeing and exploring. You can bring your own bike or rent one at the Palm Beach Bicycle Trail shop at the Royal Poinciana Plaza. The plaza is also a great spot to check out. They have a great selection of stores and restaurants. I highly recommend the chicken sandwich at Honor bar. A stop at the Flagler museum is a must while visiting Palm Beach.

Heading a few minutes south of the Downtown area you have Grato restaurant and Civil Society Brewing Company, both steps from each other. Grato has amazing food all around but their pizzas are outstanding, and im a guy that loves his pizza. Civil is a great local spot to hang out with friends and family, and they have a wide selection of beer made in-house. Beach Access is my person favorite. Trivia night every Thursday is a must-go.

You can’t visit West Palm without visiting The Square, a new development that has definitely created more excitement for West Palm. Providing a wide variety of bars, restaurants, shops, and entertainment, The Square has become a hotspot for the local and visiting crowd looking for a fun outing. My favorite spot to visit at The Square is Bonita’s, by far some of the best tacos i have ever had.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My shoutout definitely goes to my family. My mother and father came to West Palm Beach, Florida from Medellin, Colombia in the early 1980’s. My two older brothers (Alex and Felipe) and I were the first generation to be born in the United States. My parents worked extremely hard to give us the best life we could possibly have and that hard work mentality definitely rubbed off on us.

The inspiration for starting Celis actually came to us from working with our Father in his wholesale produce business. Thanks pop! Love you mom!

Website: www.celis-produce.com

Instagram: @celisproduce

Facebook: Celis Produce

Image Credits
Alex Celis

Nominate Someone: ShoutoutMiami is built on recommendations and shoutouts from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you or someone you know deserves recognition please let us know here.