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Monday, January 15, 2018 - 12:07pm

Delray Beach, FL (January 12, 2018)… It is time to make your reservations for the 10th annual Savor the Avenue on Monday, March 26th at 5:30 p. m. !  Tickets are on sale beginning February 1st for this amazing evening of dining under the stars—and down the double yellow line of famed Atlantic Avenue—at the food and wine event of the year. Join hundreds of guests—and 16 of Downtown Delray’s finest restaurants—at Florida’s longest dining table, one that runs more than five blocks and 1,300 feet long stretching from Swinton Avenue east to Fifth Avenue (U.S. 1). This is the event you don’t want to miss! 


This year’s participating restaurants are: 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. Each 4-course dinner is paired with select libations. The menus can be viewed at www.DowntownDelrayBeach.com/SavortheAvenue and www.bocamag.com. Reservations are made with the restaurants directly, and seating is limited. 


Savor the Avenue is a Delray Beach culinary tradition made possible by Delray Beach Magazine’s partnership with the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA), and is a way of showcasing the collection of fine dining establishments located within the downtown area. The DDA is pleased to announce that a portion of all tickets sold will benefit the Not One Homeless Hungry Student Delray Beach initiative. This year, in addition to the judging panel, there will also be a People’s Choice Award granted to the restaurant with the best table décor. Be sure to vote for your favorite Savor the Avenue tablescape by uploading a picture of it to Facebook or Instagram, using #SavorPeoplesChoice and checking in to or tagging the restaurant name.


The 2018 sponsors are: Delray Beach Magazine, Boca Raton Magazine, Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority, 236 Fifth Delray, Douglas Elliman, Atlas Event Rentals, and Grimes Events & Party Tents.


Reservations begin February 1st and last day to reserve your seat is March 24th.  For information and menus please visit www.DowntownDelrayBeach.com/SavortheAvenue and www.bocamag.com or call 561.243.1077. #SavorTheAvenue



Friday, December 8, 2017 - 9:01am






Delray Beach, FL (December 8, 2017)… Downtown comes alive with style!  Celebrate the 5th anniversary of Delray Beach Fashion Week from January 24 – 28, 2018.  Experience spectacular fashion, local designers, art and beauty at this special event created by the Downtown Development Authority and the Downtown merchants.  The local designs and diverse fashions will take center stage at the fashion runway events, Downtown fashion designers and hair show, fashion luncheon, Stiletto Race, and the Delray Beach Fashion Week Boutique Shopping Event. 

Events will take place throughout Downtown Delray Beach and two of the runway fashion shows are free to the public to stand and watch.  The 5th Anniversary VIP Pass and reserved runway show seat tickets are available at www.DelrayFashionWeek.com, and 100% of ticket proceeds throughout Delray Beach Fashion Week benefit the Achievement Centers for Children and Families and the Arts Garage’s educational programming for children. The 5th Anniversary VIP Pass is $165, is limited, and includes a front row reserved seat at all runways shows, receptions, luncheon and a signature Amanda Perna tote with swag from Downtown merchants.  Runway show reserved seats range from $25-$50.

“We are thrilled to be hosting this award-winning and special event again this year, ” said Laura Simon, Executive Director, DDA. Delray Beach Fashion Week is a unique, fun and all-encompassing opportunity to share with our local residents and visitors the fashion and beauty that is found right here in Downtown Delray Beach.

There is a “Chance to Win” Downtown Delray Beach Package valued at $500 which also benefits the Achievement Centers for Children & Families. Receive one “Chance” with each VIP Pass or runway seating ticket purchased.   Additional Chances to Win will be available at each runway show for $5 per chance or $10 for three chances.


2018 Delray Beach Fashion Week Highlights

Events details will be updated on www.DelrayFashionWeek.com

As of 12.8.2017


Wed., Jan 24, 2018:

6-10PM            An Evening Downtown Evening Wear Runway Show

                        Location: The Colony Hotel, 525 E Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach

Ticketed runway seating, Downtown Merchant Tent, Red Carpet – Step and Repeat, Live Entertainment from Fred Astaire Delray Beach Champion Dancers and Achievement Centers Dance Team and more

Ticket: $30 per seat for runway seating benefiting the Achievement Centers for Children and Families, free to stand and watch

6PM- 8PM: Live jazz entertainment; Artist on display, Silent Auction, Beauty Bar

8PM SHOW: Evening Wear

Emcee:  Amanda Perna

Recommended attire: Cocktail Attire


Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018

7-10pm           Delray on the Runway Designer Fashion Show & Hair Show

                        Location: ARTS GARAGE, 94 NE 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach

                        Ticketed Event $50 per person benefiting the Arts Garage Art and Education Programs for Children

Ticket includes: Reception (2 drinks and passed apps) silent auction and Fashion Show

                        Theme: Shades of Blue – blues music & attendees encouraged to wear blue

                        7-8pm Reception and Entertainment

                        8pm – Designer Runway Show and Hair Show

                        9pm:  Entertainment and Meet the Designer post reception

Emcee:  Amanda Perna

                        Recommended attire: Creative, blue cocktail attire


Friday, Jan. 26, 2018

11:30am-1pm Tropical Paradise Luncheon & Fashion Show

                        Location: CHE!!! Restaurant, 900 E Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach

Tickets: $40 to include lunch and the show; Benefiting Achievement Centers for Children and Families

11:30 – 12:15: Entertainment, Lunch, Raffle

12:30  - Fashion Show to begin

Emcee:  Suzanne Boyd, WPEC CBS 12 Morning Anchor and Delray Beach resident

Following the event – shopping Downtown!

Recommended attire: Resort wear


5:30-7:30pm   6th Annual Vince Canning Stiletto Race

                        Location: Old School Square Pavilion and Park, NE 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach

Costs: $25 entry fee per runner; ($35 day of the race) Benefiting the Achievement Centers for Children and Families

                        Produced by the ACCF


Sat., Jan. 27, 2018

7PM-9PM         Swim & Surf Runway Show

Location: Old School Square Park, NE 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach

Tickets:  $25 per seat for runway seating – benefiting the Achievement Centers for Children and Families, free to stand and watch

                        Theme: Celebrate the tropics

Emcee:  Suzanne Boyd, WPEC CBS 12 Morning Anchor and Delray Beach resident

                        7pm – 8pm: Fun Music, Beach games, vendor tables 

                        8pm: Swim Wear Runway Fashion Show

                        8:45pm: Thank you ceremony and final walk

                        Recommended attire: Tropical


Sun., Jan. 28, 2018

1pm-4pm       Delray Beach Fashion Week Boutique

Location: Old School Square Fieldhouse, 51 N Swinton Avenue (entrance off of NE 1st Avenue), Delray Beach

Cost: Free to attend

Shop the runway looks that you loved during Delray Beach Fashion Week at this convenient, one-stop-shop, pop-up boutique at the Old School Square Fieldhouse. Join us at the Fashion Week Boutique for the ultimate shopping experience featuring 18 participating Fashion Week retailers, light bites, libations, music, a step & repeat, and more.


The 2018 Delray Beach Fashion Week Committee:  Jule Guaglardi, owner Roxy Lulu; Jelena Loverich, owner LoveRich Boutique; Margaret Dorrer, owner Margaux Riviera; MaryAnn Brown, stylist at In the Grove Hair Salon; and Glavidia Alexis, owner of Glavidia Hair Studio and Glavidia: by Glavidia Alexis; Victoria DeSilvio Group and the DDA Team.

Thank you to the Delray Beach Fashion Week 2018 sponsors who make this event possible:

Platinum Sponsors:  



Gold Sponsors: Victoria DeSilvio GroupIn the Grove Hair StudioVUP MediaGrimes Events & Party Tents 

Silver SponsorsComcast Spotlight, Parisi EventsLivingFLAGlavidia Hair StudiosThe Sandy ShoppeShearLuck SalonTipsy SalonbarPURSTRANDS236 Fifth Avenue Delray Beach, Ramen Lab Eatery

Bronze Sponsors: Park View Realty, The Colony Hotel & Cabana ClubChe!!!Old School Square Fieldhouse, LOCAL Magazine, Cockspur RumIceberg VodkaDeluxe PropertiesDelray Dermatology & Cosmetic CenterMellow Mushroom, Avant

Downtown Delray Beach Participants – As of 12/8/2017:


Amanda Johnson Studio, Antica Sartoria, Aqua Swimwear, Beverly Hills Boutique, Blings & Things, C.Orrico, Charleston Shoe Co., Coco & Co., DeBilzan Gallery, Elektrik Boutique, Gallery at Studio 5, Glavidia:  by Glavidia Alexis, Greenlines, Haystacks, House of Zen Dali, Hy Pa - Hy Ma, Kismet Vintage, LoveRich Boutique, LF Delray Beach, Margaux Riviera, Morley, Nina Raynor, Oh My Bod, Patchington, Periwinkle, Petite Connection, Private Jewelers, Ramona La Rue, ROXYLULU, Sara Campbell, Sequin/Biba, South Ocean Beach Shop, Spice, Sunday State Style, Swatches & Rags, The Drop In Surf Shop, The House of Perna, The Sandy Shoppe, Tommy Bahama, Vince Canning Shoes, Who's Karen Boutique.

            Hair Salons:

B. Calvin Smart, Glavidia Hair Studios, In the Grove Hair Studio, Odeon Salon, PURSTRANDS, Salon EscapeE, The Sandy Shoppe, ShearLuck Salon, Tammy Benz, Tipsy Salon Bar, Upper Cutz Barber Shop & Salon.


For more information, event details, and to purchase tickets in advance, please visit www.DelrayFashionWeek.com, facebook.com/DelrayFashion, #DELRAYFASHIONWEEK, or phone: 561.243.1077.




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.


About the Charity Partners:

Achievement Centers for Children & Families' (ACCF) mission is to ensure school readiness, provide skill building opportunities, promote academic achievement and support healthy lifestyles. Affordable, nationally accredited programs allow families to work, increasing their overall stability.

Arts Garage is a not-for-profit, performing & visual arts venue located in Downtown Delray Beach. From award-winning, world-class artists to emerging local talent, Arts Garage provides a diversity of programming that appeals to all demographics.  Arts Garage wants to say "YES!" to every parent that wants their children to participate in their Arts Education programming. Event proceeds from the Delray on the Runway Designer Fashion Show & Hair Show will help Arts Garage make this happen by funding their scholarship program. Ticket proceeds will support their Arts Education programming by helping cover the costs of instructors, assistant instructors, materials, and technical fees.



Media Contact: Sarah E. Flynn - Willcaro Communications LLC

561.866.5064 - sarahf@willcarocomm.com

Delray Beach Annual Boat and Holiday Parade Advisory

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 8:39am

Important Road/Bridge Closure, Trolley Service, and Parking Information

Friday, December 8 - Holiday Boat Parade

Mark. R. Lauzier

City Manager

The annual Holiday Boat Parade will set sail on Friday, December 8.  Beginning at 6:30 p.m., decorated vessels will proceed from the Lantana Bridge to the C15 canal, just south of Delray Beach.

Between 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., vehicular and pedestrian traffic will be restricted over the George Bush Boulevard, Atlantic Avenue and Linton Boulevard bridges at various times while the boat parade travels south. 

Trolley Service - From 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Downtown Roundabout will provide free, transit service along Atlantic Avenue between the Tri-Rail Station on South Congress Avenue to NE/SE 7th Avenue.  NO SERVICE will be provided east of the Intracoastal Waterway during this time.  Normal service will resume once bridge closures are no longer in effect.  

Please expect delays in trolley service due to anticipated traffic.  For more information, call the City of Delray Beach Parks and Recreation at (561) 243-7000 ext. 5100.


Saturday, December 9 - Delray Beach Holiday Parade


The City of Delray Beach is proud to sponsor the Delray Beach Holiday Parade on Saturday,December 9. In celebration of this year's theme "Holidays in Candyland", more than 70 entries are expected to participate.  Santa will even make a special visit and ride on a fire truck with Delray Beach Fire Rescue. At 6 p.m., the parade will proceed down Atlantic Avenue from the Intracoastal Waterway Bridge to NW/SW 5th Avenue. 

During the parade, the following road/bridge closures, paid parking facilities and modified trolley service will be in effect:

Road Closures - From 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., Atlantic Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic from Ocean Blvd/A1A to NW/SW 8th Avenue.  Roads will reopen to vehicular traffic as the parade completes that section of the route.   Other sections of Atlantic Avenue will reopen right after the parade. 

Additionally, northbound and southbound US1 Federal Highway (NE/SE 5th & 6th Avenues) at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic for the duration of the parade.  

Detour Routes - Motorists are advised to use the following alternate routes during road closures:  For eastbound/westbound travel, use George Bush Blvd or Linton Blvd.  For northbound/southbound travel, use Ocean Blvd/SR A1A or Congress Avenue.

Motorists traveling in the downtown core area are advised that the following detour routes will be in effect during road closures:  Eastbound traffic will be rerouted to either NW/NE 2nd Street or SW/SE 2nd Street.  Westbound traffic will be rerouted to NW/NE 2nd Street. 

Bridge Closure - The Atlantic Avenue bridge will be closed to boat trafficbetween 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Trolley Service - While road closures are in effect (2 p.m. to 10 p.m.), the Downtown Roundabout will provide free transit service along Atlantic Avenue between the Tri-Rail Station on South Congress Avenue and NW/SW 8th Avenue.  Normal service will resume after roadways reopen.  Please expect delays due to additional traffic generated by this event.

Parking Facilities

A $5 fee per vehicle, paid upon entry, will be in effect at the following locations beginning at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 9:

·       Robert Federspiel Parking Garage - 22 SE 1st Avenue

·       Old School Square Parking Garage - 95 NE 1st Avenue 

·       The north parking lot of City Hall - 100 NW 1st Avenue 

·       South County Courthouse Parking Garage - 65 SW 2nd Avenue 

 Parking attendants accept cash only, upon entry, and will monitor the parking facilities until the posted closing times.     


For more information on the Delray Beach Holiday Parade, contact Danielle Beardsley at (561) 243-7000 ext. 5101 or E-mail beardsleyd@mydelraybeach.com.  For inquiries regarding road closures, event parking and/or trolley service, call (561) 243-701




SOFA Partners Celebrate Breaking Ground At 111 First Delray

Friday, November 17, 2017 - 1:00pm



 Media Contact:

Howard R. Miller





SOFA Partners Celebrate Breaking Ground At 111 First Delray With Dignitaries And Brunch                   


Delray Beach, FL – November 6, 2017 – Sofa Partners, a South Florida real estate and development firm, broke ground during a ceremony held November 2nd at  111 First Delray, a signature new residential project in the heart of the arts and entertainment district. At the gala event, hard hats, golden shovels, and construction equipment surrounded dignitaries of the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce, developers, and city officials as they marked a milestone in local history.

Delray Mayor Cary Goldstein and Felipe Vergara of Sofa Partners spoke to the crowd, along with Vin Nolan, Executive Director of the Delray Chamber of Commerce. Working with the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce for the occasion, the developers, and Nestler Poletto Sotheby’s International Realty sales team hosted realtors as well as community and business leaders at the sales center for a delicious brunch after the groundbreaking ceremony event, where Vice-Mayor Jim Chard was the guest speaker.

”We are pleased to have started construction and anticipate completion in early 2019,  as the season begins,” said Developer Felipe Vergara. “This luxury condominium will provide a unique product and lifestyle, unmatched in the marketplace, all set in the center of this vibrant neighborhood.”

The property, located at 111 SE 1st Avenue one block south of Atlantic Avenue, sits on a 1.12-acre parcel and will bring contemporary urban living to downtown Delray Beach. The 70-unit condominium gives residents access to modern design and upscale appeal with floor plans ranging from one, two, and three-bedroom units. All units include luxurious standard features such as Bosch appliances, wood-look Spanish porcelain plank flooring, quartz countertops, the latest smart-home technology and security, and private storage space.

Community amenities are impressive, ranging from a 5th floor state-of-the-art gym to a beautifully landscaped pool deck with cabanas, lounge chairs, a fire pit, and a covered, open air club room which has TVs, a bar, summer kitchens, and a pool table. Additional features include excellent resident and guest parking, private balconies (select units offer private roof decks with 360-degree views), integrated home automation, lightning fast internet speeds, bicycle storage, and low HOA dues. 

“SOFA” refers to the two blocks south of Atlantic Avenue from Federal Highway to Swinton Avenue. The district is undergoing a renaissance and Atlantic Avenue is at the forefront with its burgeoning reputation as an arts and entertainment hub. Due to its convenient location, 111 First Delray residents will be able to take a short relaxing stroll to enjoy the many delights Delray Beach is famous for such as award-winning cafes and restaurants, unique art galleries, entertainment venues, boutiques, and of course, the crystal-clear Atlantic Ocean with one of the premier beaches in Florida. 

The Developer of 111 First Delray is Sofa Partners, a development group led by two father-son teams, Manuel and Felipe Vergara, and Rafael and Daniel Rincon, in which Felipe and Daniel team up to oversee and manage operations. Collectively, the Vergaras and Rincons have over 70 years of development experience in Colombia across a comprehensive range of asset classes including residential, office, and retail. To ensure the success of the project, Sofa Partners has assembled an all-star team of professionals, including George Ligeti of The Greenfield Group and Paul Kilgallon of Mainstreet Capital Partners. Each brings an extensive array of business acumen and general management experience to the table, as well as a thorough knowledge of the construction industry in South Florida. Further sourcing the best talent, Sofa has contracted with Richard Jones Architecture and Carrie Leigh Designs, two award-winning boutique firms known for their ability to enhance living spaces through high-quality design. Current Builders is the general contractor, with 44 years in business and a ranking of 9th largest residential contractor in Florida. Lastly, Sofa has retained Nestler Poletto Sotheby’s International Realty, the region’s preeminent residential brokerage firm, known for representing only the most exclusive properties, to lead the sales efforts.

Priced from the $400ks, 111 First Delray  is selling at an unprecedented rate and prices are expected to rise after this groundbreaking. Take advantage of the momentum now to invest in the ultimate Delray-Centric lifestyle at 111 First Delray.

For more information about Sofa Partners and 111 First Delray floor plans, visit https://www.111firstdelray.com/.




Monday, November 13, 2017 - 9:42am


Delray Beach, FL (November 7, 2017)… Join in the spirit of this magical season and make Downtown Delray Beach your destination to celebrate the holidays.  From trees, windows and lights, to art walks, parades, music, movies, santa, and more, there is joy for all ages.

Holiday Window Decorating Contest

Downtown Delray Beach is hosting a Holiday Window Decorating Contest and businesses are creating festive displays in their windows and throughout their stores, from the 100ft. Christmas Tree Lighting (November 30, 2017) through New Year’s Day.  Winners will be announced and awarded a plaque from the Downtown Merchant Association in the following categories:  Most Creative, Most Festive, Most Delray and Best Overall.

Holiday Décor throughout Downtown Delray Beach

  • A beautiful Sphere Tree on the beachside at Atlantic Avenue and A1A, brought to you by: The Delray Beach DDA, Marriott Residence Inn, Boston’s On the Beach and Café Luna Rosa;
  • Twinkle lights and garland festoon the Delray Beach Pavilion, and the Visitor Information Center on the beachside at Atlantic Avenue and A1A;
  • 26 Holiday wreath displays on the NW and SW 5th Ave. light poles;
  • Twinkle lights and holiday decorations adorn the Libby Wesley Plaza at SW 5th Ave and Atlantic Avenue;
  • Pineapple painter palette displays on the light poles along Pineapple Grove Way;
  • Gold starfish lined with red twinkle lights adorn the light poles along Atlantic Avenue from I-95 to A1A.

          Events - www.DowntownDelrayBeach.com/Holidays

  • November 30: 100 ft Christmas Tree Lighting

5 p.m. - 9 p.m. (tree lighting at 7:15 p.m.) - Grounds of Old School Square Park (new location & brand new tree). A month long celebration kicks off with Santa lighting the famous 100 ft Christmas tree at 7:15 p.m. Directly following the Tree Lighting Santa will be available for photos! Enjoy ice-skaing, Putt'n Around Mini Golf & Carousel and much more! Event is free, activities for a nominal fee! 

  • December 1 – January 1: 100 Ft. Christmas Tree, Carousel, Kiddie Train, Ice Skating, Mini Golf
  • December 1 – 23:  Photos with Santa, December 9 – Pet Photos with Santa

Grounds of Old School Square Park

6 p.m. – 9 p.m. throughout Downtown

  • December 2 and 3: Beachside Holiday Stroll

10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

From the Intracoastal to the Atlantic Ocean, customers can sip & shop their way along Atlantic Avenue and A1A and explore the Beachside Neighborhood of Downtown Delray.  *Hours may vary by participating merchant.

7:00 p. m. - Old School Square

Lady Atlantic – Intracoasal Waterway

  • December 8:  46th Annual Holiday Boat Parade

5:30 p. m - Intracoastal Waterway

  • December 9:  Delray Beach Holiday Parade

6 p.m. - Atlantic Avenue

  • December 12:  Menorah Lighting

Sundown, Old School Square Park

  • December 16:  The Screen on the Green

6:30 p. m. - Old School Square Park

  • December 31:  New Year’s Eve Family Celebration

5 p. m. – 9 p. m. – Old School Square Park


For more information, please contact the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority at 561.243.1077, or visit www.DowntownDelrayBeach.com/Holidays, www.facebook.com/DelrayDDA.



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