Press Release

Mark your calendars for Small Business Saturday in Downtown Delray Beach on November 24th!

Monday, November 19, 2018 - 11:00am

Delray Beach, FL (November 12, 2018) …Downtown Delray Beach invites you to Shop Small and enjoy a Holiday Beachside Stroll on Small Business Saturday, November 24, 2018.  Hundreds of unique boutiques, salons, spas, art galleries, restaurants and professional services are comprised of 93% small business owners.  Truly a destination to Shop Small, residents and visitors alike will experience in-store and outdoor promotions, entertainment, festive decorations and light bites throughout Downtown.

 

The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is an official Shop Small Neighborhood Champion and is partnered with the City of Delray Beach, CRA and

the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce. Shop Small Business Saturday is a nationwide movement to celebrate small businesses, while helping communities to thrive

and stay vibrant.

 

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Event:  Shop Small Business Saturday & Holiday Beachside Stroll

When:  Saturday, November 24, 2018 * 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Where:  Throughout Downtown Delray Beach & from the Intracoastal Waterway to A1A

Experience:  Sip & shop, sweet treats, entertainment including a steel drum band, caroling and old St. Nick, festive decorations, in-store promotions and complimentary gift wrapping in front of C. Orrico on the beachside.  The first 200 people who have their Downtown purchases wrapped will receive a complimentary Delray Beach ornament.

 

Visit the Shop Small Hospitality Booth, where customers that spend $50 at a Downtown Delray Beach small business can receive complimentary gifts and Shop Small giveaways, while supplies last.  The Shop Small Hospitality Booth will be in Pineapple Grove by the Banyan tree in front of Addison Gallery (206 Ne 2nd Street, Delray Beach) from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and in front of Hands Office & Art Supply, 325 E. Atlantic Ave from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

“Join us Downtown as we celebrate the small business!” said Laura Simon, Executive Director, DDA. Meet the owners and chefs as you shop and dine, and also learn about our professional services businesses – from travel agencies and realtors to pharmacies, banks accountants and attorneys.”   

 

"The Holiday Beachside Stroll is a partnership among the merchants East of the Intracoastal waterway,” said Chris Carey, Manager, Sara Campbell.  It's a way to visit new shops featuring unique items for you or someone on your holiday list. While it is a new tradition, it's one that will grow among families for years to come. We, along with the assistance of the DDA, wanted to showcase the variety of small businesses that the beachside has to offer."

 

Recent additions to the Downtown include Biba, Doughnut Works, JuiceBuzz MRKT & JUICERY, Ramen Lab Eatery, Beachfront Properties, Wine House Social, Nada’s Italy, Style De Vie and Jennifer on the Avenue.  They join long-time local businesses Vince Canning Shoes, Avalon Gallery, Murder on the Beach Bookstore, Hands, Snappy Turtle, Delray Camera Shop, Huber’s Pharmacy, Periwinkle, Richwagen’s Delray Bike & Sport, and many more.

 

American Express created this national shopping day event for cardholders and merchants to encourage people to shop at small businesses.  Participating businesses will be distributing branded Shop Small giveaways provided by American Express, while supplies last, as well as celebrating “Shop Small” in various ways such as with refreshments and special in-store promotions.  Snap a selfie in your favorite Downtown Delray Small Business(es) using #DowntownDelray #SmallBizDelray and help share the love for our small business community.   

 

Visit www.DowntownDelrayBeach.com/ShopSmall, www.ShopSmall.com or www.facebook.com/DelrayDDA for a list of participating merchants and additional offers being promoted during the month of November and for Small Business Saturday.  For parking information, please visit www.downtowndelraybeach.com/parking , or call 561-243-1077.

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About the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority

The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority mission is to stimulate, enhance and sustain the economic vitality of Downtown Delray Beach and the quality of life enjoyed by locals and visitors.  For more information, please visit www.downtowndelraybeach.com or phone 561.243.1077.

Media Contact: Sarah E. Flynn - Willcaro Communications LLC

561.866.5064 - sarahf@willcarocomm.com

Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week 2018

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 12:18pm

 

 

 

Who: The 3rd annual Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week 2018 is produced by the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) in partnership with the Downtown Delray Beach restaurants, cafés and juice bars.

Purpose: To showcase the diverse dining scene and wide-array of culinary experiences in Downtown Delray Beach during the summer season - a tropical and leisurely time of the year in South Florida. The program will also raise awareness for Living Hungry: "Not One Hungry Homeless Student Delray Beach" initiative in partnership with the Delray Beach Homeless Task Force and Campaign for Grade Level Reading.

What: Downtown Delray Restaurant Week 2018 will feature special multi-course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus and culinary experiences including wine & beer tasting/food pairing dinners, juicing/nutrition class, cocktail classes, cooking classes and more.  The week-long event provides locals and visitors an opportunity to sample Downtown restaurants, cafés and juice bars at special prices. 

 

When: Wednesday, August 1 through Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Where: Downtown Delray Beach restaurants and merchants throughout the DDA neighborhoods:  The Set (West Atlantic), The Ave (Atlantic Avenue), Pineapple Grove, SOFA, US1, Beachside. Location - Atlantic Avenue east from 1-95 to the Beach, and the surrounding neighborhoods of the Pineapple Grove Arts District and the SOFA District. www.DowntownDelrayBeach.com/Map

How to Take part: Diners simply select their choice from the list of participating restaurants.  Reservations are strongly encouraged and may be made directly through the restaurant. No passes, tickets or coupons required. 

Participating

Restaurants & Merchants:   As of 07.11.2018

50 Ocean, Avant, Banyan Restaurant & Bar, Beg For More Izakaya, Brulé Bistro, Buddha Skybar, Caffé Luna Rosa, CHE!!!, Colombian Coffee House, Craft Food Tours, DADA, Death or Glory, Deck 84, Doughnut Works, Fit Food Express, Foxworth Fountain @ Delray Shores, J & J Seafood & Raw Bar, Juice Buzz, Le Sorelle, Lemongrass Asian Bistro, Luigi’s Coal Oven Pizza, Mellow Mushroom, Over The Bridge Café, Papa’s Tapas, PRIME, Purgreens, Ramen Lab Eatery, Salt7, The Grove, The Office, The Original Popcorn House, Thrive-The Set Restaurants, Two Fat Cookies, Vic & Angelo’s, Windy City Pizza, and more!

 

Price: Dine Out Deals: $10 and under

            Multi-Course Prix Fixe Lunches: $20 and under per person

            Multi-Course Prix Fixe Dinners: $40 and under per person

            Culinary Experiences & Events: throughout the week, prices vary by restaurant. 

            *Pricing does not include tax or gratuity.

Culinary Experiences & Events*:      

 

Cocktail Class at Death or Glory Wednesday, August 1st - 5:30-7:00 p.m. - $35 per person.  Light and Refreshing Summer Cocktails you can Make at Home!  Learn to make as well as sample five seasonal twists on classic cocktails, including a fresh mango shaken daiquiri, and leave with the recipes.  Attendance limited to 25 people.   Call 561.808.8814 or email annie@deathorglorybar.com to RSVP.

 

Under the Banyan Tree Presented by Craft Food Tours & Banyan Restaurant - Wednesday August 1st - 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. - $55 per person includes a 3-course meal with cocktail pairings.  Attendance limited to 20 people.  For tickets and info: www.craftfoodtours.com

 

Craft Food Tours – Happy Hour Tour - Thursday, August 2nd – 7:00-9:00 p.m. - $55 per person for four restaurant visits with all food and drink included. Attendance limited t0 15 people. For tickets and info: https://www.craftfoodtours.com.  

 

Family-friendly Pizza Making Class at Mellow Mushroom – Thursday, August 2nd at 9:00 a.m. - $12 per guest.  Step-by-step instruction from their pizza pros. Space is limited, cash payment only.  Call (561) 330-3040 to RSVP.

 

Thrive – The Set Events - Spades, Fades, & BBQ - Friday August 3rd -7 p.m. – 11 p.m. – West Settlers Building - $15 per person.  Featuring Upper Cutz barber shop, and BBQ from Ceasar’s and Sam (roadside cafe), with drinks from Studio 404. For tickets and info:  www.soulofdelraybbq.eventbrite.com

 

Craft Food Tours – Food Tour – Saturday, August 4th - 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. - $65 per person for five restaurant visits with all food and drink included.  Attendance limited to 15 people.  For tickets and info: www.craftfoodtours.com.  

 

Thrive – The Set Events Baking Competition - Saturday August 4th - 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. – Spady Cultural Heritage Museum – Free.  Calling ANYONE WHO CAN BAKE! This is your chance to break through and win up to $1,000 in CASH for your small business. To enter:  saraselznick@thrivedelray.com

 

DOUGHNUT PARTY Presented by Craft Food Tours & Doughnut Works - Saturday August 4th - 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - $35 per person.  Includes a doughnut decorating class, box of 16 doughnuts and choice of coffee or cappuccino. (BYOB Event).  Attendance limited to 20 people.  For tickets and info:  www.craftfoodtours.com/event/doughnut-happy-hour/

 

Thrive – The Set Events East Meets West Culinary Trolley Tour - Saturday, August 4th - 7p.m. – 11:30 p.m. - $75 per person.  Stopping at New Vegan, Bamboo Fire, Donnie’s, Sweets, Girls and a Garage, A church for conch fritters, and a TBD location for an up and coming Haitian Chef local to Delray.  For tickets and info:  www.eastmeetswesttour.eventbrite.com

 

Craft Food Tours – Food Tour – Sunday, August 5th - 11:30am-2:30pm - $65 per person for five restaurant visits with all food and drink included.  Attendance limited to 15 people.  For tickets and info: www.craftfoodtours.com.  

 

Family-friendly Pizza Making Class at Mellow Mushroom – Tuesday, August 7th at 9:00 a.m. - $12 per guest.  Step-by-step instruction from their pizza pros. Space is limited, cash payment only.  Call (561) 330-3040 to RSVP.

 

Behind the Scenes Tour at The Original Popcorn House – August 5, 6, 7th at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. - $10 per person.   Behind the scenes tour of popcorn making and includes a mini bag of popcorn.  Limited to 15 people per tour.  Call (561) 865-7300 to RSVP.

 

Havana Nights! Presented by Craft Food Tours & Cabana El Rey - Tuesday August 7th - 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - $65per person. Includes 4-course meal, 3 latin cocktail pairings and a dessert wine. Havana Nights themed-attire & more surprises. Attendance limited to 20 people. For tickets and info:  https://www.craftfoodtours.com/event/havana-nights-presented-by-craft-food-tours/

 

Details still to come for:  50 Ocean; Avant – cooking class; Le Sorelle – Wine Tasting; Lemongrass Asian Bistro – sushi making class; PRIME - "Lobster Frenzy!, VIP Bottle Service, Wine Tasting"; Ramen Lab Eatery - Soba noodle making class; and more!

*Reservations may be made directly through the restaurant or merchant.

Charitable Partner:  Living Hungry: “Not One Hungry Homeless Student Delray Beach” initiative in partnership with the Delray Beach Homeless Task Force and Campaign for Grade Level Reading.

Enter to Win: While dining at a participating restaurant during Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week use #DineOutDowntownDelray on Facebook or Instagram and be automatically entered to win $300 worth of restaurant gift cards.

Sponsors: Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week sponsors (As of 06.27.18): Craft Food Tours, LivingFLA.com, Open Table, Papa’s Pilar Rum, Southern Wine & Spirits, VUP Media and Hyatt Place Delray Beach.

Information:  Please visit www.downtowndelraybeach.com/RestaurantWeek ,

facebook.com/DelrayDDA or phone 561.243.1077.  

#DineOutDowntownDelray

 

 

AS OF 07/11/2018

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About the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority

The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority mission is to stimulate, enhance and sustain the economic vitality of Downtown Delray Beach and the quality of life enjoyed by locals and visitors.  For more information, please visit www.downtowndelraybeach.com or phone 561.243.1077.

Media Contact: Sarah E. Flynn - Willcaro Communications LLC 

561.866.5064 - sarahf@willcarocomm.com

Laura Simon Named To International Downtown Association Council

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 12:56pm

 

Delray Beach, FL (April 2, 2018)…Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority(DDA) Executive Director Laura Simon has been selected to serve on the International Downtown Association (IDA) Nighttime Economy Council.  She will work with five other members representing Downtown Orlando, Jacksonville, Lower Eastside NYC, Denver and Winnipeg, to create best practices for developing a nighttime economy for established, growing and emerging Downtown urban districts. Ms. Simon has worked for the Delray Beach DDA since 2010, and was promoted to Executive Director in 2015.

About the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority

The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority mission is to stimulate, enhance and sustain the economic vitality of Downtown Delray Beach and the quality of life enjoyed by locals and visitors.  For more information, please visit www.downtowndelraybeach.com or phone 561.243.1077.

Downtown Delray Beach Property & Business Owners and Residents Attend Annual Town Hall Session

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 12:10pm

Delray Beach, FL (April 4, 2018)…The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority(DDA) hosted the Annual Town Hall Session for Property & Business Owners – “State of the Downtown”- on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Crest Theatre at Old School Square.  DDA Board President Peter Arts welcomed the more than 150 guests, followed by Laura Simon, Executive Director who shared the mission and focus of the organization –  marketing of the Downtown District, placemaking, and economic vitality.  She also included highlights of Delray Beach Fashion Week, the Downtown Security Ambassador Pilot Program and Savor the Avenue. 

Featured speaker Robert Gibbs, Gibbs Planning Group presented the results of the Downtown Delray Beach Downtown Retail Market Study and the Downtown Shopability Analysis.  Highlights included: 

  • Through the Retail Market Analysis, provided the categories of retail/restaurants that are supportable within the Downtown.
  • Providing strong recommendations from the customers point of view regarding ways to enhance the Downtown shopping experience including first impressions, and how important these are for a return visit.
  • Downtown Delray Beach has a walkability score of 92 out of 100 - among the highest in the nation. 
  • Reviewed all master plans, land development regulations, codes, parking regulations, and signage, and provided short, medium and long-term recommendations to create the #1 Downtown in the US.

 

“Delray Beach is one of the top five downtown shopping districts in the US,” said Robert J. Gibbs, AICP, ASLA, Gibbs Planning Group.  “It is filled with an exciting collection of restaurants, specialty shops and hotels all clustered around beautiful, walkable streets and squares. Delray has the rare X-Factor desired out by many millennials, young families, empty nesters and tourists.”

 

To view the complete reports, please visit:  www.DowntownDelrayBeach.com/Research-Data. The DDA is appreciative of Dada and Dr. Doodles Donuts for providing refreshments at the Property & Business Owners Town Hall.

 

About the Downtown Delray Beach Retail Market Study:  The report includes a written and illustrated summary of relevant population and demographic characteristics of the Downtown trade area, including the socioeconomic characteristics and buying patterns; and a qualitative opinion as to whether or not retail development is supportable, sales forecasts, and size estimates of the retail categories.

 

About the Downtown Shopability Analysis:  A comprehensive, market-based plan for the downtown commercial district to improve its retail market share and become more appealing to leading retailers and restaurants.  The plan includes short- medium- and long-term strategies and recommendations for building infill, lighting, open space, parking, storefronts, streetscape, tenant mix, vehicular circulation and walkability that can be made to achieve maximum shopper appeal and potential sales

 

 

For more information, please contact the DDA by email DDA@DowntownDelrayBeach.com or call 561.243.1077. 

 

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About the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority

The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority mission is to stimulate, enhance and sustain the economic vitality of Downtown Delray Beach and the quality of life enjoyed by locals and visitors.  For more information, please visit www.downtowndelraybeach.com or phone 561.243.1077.

 

CHEERS TO A SUCCESSFUL 10th ANNUAL SAVOR THE AVENUE; SALT7 WINS BEST TABLE DÉCOR AND PEOPLES CHOICE AWARDS

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 1:06pm

 

Delray Beach, FL (April 4, 2018)… Cheers to a successful 10th Annual Savor the Avenue 2018!  Downtown Delray Beach on East Atlantic Avenue from Swinton Avenue to East Fifth Avenue (U.S. 1) was once again the place to be on March 26th as 1,100 guests sat down for dinner together at the five block long, 1,320 feet dining table.  This culinary tradition, made possible by the Delray Beach Magazine & Boca Raton Magazine’s partnership with the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA), and hosted by Steve Weagle of WPTV NewsChannel 5, showcased many of the award-winning restaurants located within the Downtown area.

 

For the 6th year, the Savor the Avenue restaurants competed in the “Best in Show” table décor contest. The winners were: 1st place – Salt 7, 2nd place – Max’s Harvest, and 3rd place – 50 Ocean. For the People’s Choice Award, guests voted for their favorite Savor the Avenue table scape by uploading a picture of the best table to Facebook or Instagram, using #SavorPeoplesChoice and checking in to or tagging the restaurant name.  The 2018 People’s Choice Award winner for the restaurant with the best table décor was Salt7.

 

The 16 restaurants with three chefs and at least 10 staff each prepared 4,400 food courses and included: 32 East, 50 Ocean, Avant, Cabana El Rey, Caffe Luna Rosa, Che!!!, City Oyster & Sushi Bar, Cut 432, Gary Rack's Farmhouse Kitchen, Lemongrass, Max’s Harvest, Rack’s Fish House & Oyster Bar, Rocco’s Tacos, Salt 7, The Office, and Vic & Angelo’s.

 

“Savor The Avenue is an economic development focused program for the DDA, and as such, guests were asked to participate in a survey and were entered into a drawing for an opportunity to win a dinner for two at a Downtown Delray Beach restaurant of their choice, ” said Laura Simon, Executive Director. In addition, the Not One Homeless Hungry Student Delray Beach initiative was the beneficiary of $3,200. Each guest reservation included a $3 contribution to this non-profit whose focus is to fill the hunger gap over the weekend for homeless students in Delray Beach. We greatly appreciate everyone’s support for this unique and social dining experience.”

Savor the Avenue is presented by: Delray Beach Magazine, Boca Raton Magazine, and the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority.  Savor the Avenue 2018 was sponsored by: 236 Fifth Delray, Douglas Elliman, Atlas Event Rentals, and Grimes Events & Party Tents.

For more information, please visit downtowndelraybeach.com or phone 561.243.1077. To view photos from the event visit facebook.com/DelrayDDA and #SavorTheAvenue on Instagram.

 

ABOUT DELRAY BEACH DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority mission is to stimulate, enhance and sustain the economic vitality of Downtown Delray Beach and the quality of life enjoyed by locals and visitors.  For more information, please visit www.downtowndelraybeach.com or phone 561.243.1077.