Economic Development

Our goal is to connect merchants with consumers who are willing to support the local economy and find the quality local products and services that Delray Beach is known for. The areas in and around Atlantic Avenue are filled with exceptional small businesses that offer the types of consumer goods that have been vital in helping us grow our Village by the Sea. If you know of any business who is looking to locate to Downtown Delray Beach, or who is currently in Downtown Delray Beach but needs help reaching their local market, we are here to help.

Delray Beach stakes the claim as 2017 'All-America' City

Monday, June 19, 2017 - 9:52am
DELRAY BEACH, FL, June 16, 2017 - Delray Beach has again captured the title of All-America City (AAC) for the third time, and stands as the only Florida city to yield this accomplishment.  Delray Beach was among fifteen communities across the country honored at the AAC conference in Denver, Colorado for its civic engagement to help young children from low-income families achieve grade-level reading proficiency and early school success.
 
"It's such an honor to receive our third All America City award, the oldest (1894) and most prestigious civic award by the National Civic League," said Mayor Cary Glickstein.  "We are the only Florida city to have accomplished this. Working together, we have made meaningful and measurable progress in addressing one of our country's greatest challenges - improving reading proficiency among our youth."
 
To select the fifteen Award recipients, a panel of judges examined the progress reports from the 27 communities that were nominated as finalists. The 2017 AAC Award recipients are communities that: 
  • Demonstrated they have moved the needle on outcomes for children from low-income families in at least two of the following community solutions areas: school readiness, school attendance, summer learning and/or grade-level reading.
  • Addressed the National Civic League's key process criteria of civic engagement, cross-sector collaboration and inclusiveness.Created a plan for sustainability and for aligning, linking, stacking and bundling proven and the most promising programs, practices, and strategies.
  • Bonus points will be awarded for communities that have a plan for sustainability and for aligning, linking, stacking and bundling the most promising and proven programs, practices and strategies.

The All-America City Award is the country's original and most prestigious community recognition award. Since its inception, more than 500 communities of all sizes have earned this distinguished title.Community members, government, businesses and nonprofit organizations continue to work together to address critical local issues. 

ATLANTIC AVENUE NAMED ONE OF TOP 10 GREAT AMERICAN SHOPPING STREETS BY USA TODAY

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 5:17pm

Delray Beach, FL (May 2017)…Robert Gibbs, a leading Urban Retail Consultant, named Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach as one of the top 10 great American Shopping Streets in a story for the May 5, 2017 edition of USA Today.  In referencing urban shopping districts, Mr. Gibbs said, “They have what I call the X-Factor of Urbanism. Very cool, historic and filled with interesting shops and restaurants, surrounded with walkable neighborhoods. Vacationers spend more time shopping than on any other vacation activity, making these neighborhoods natural for travelers.”

The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) hosted a Property & Business Owner Town Hall Session on April 19, and had Robert Gibbs present “New Trends in Urban Retail Planning and Development.  “We believe the information Mr. Gibbs shared will be a tremendous asset in supporting our current businesses as they continue to grow and succeed, while also providing property owners and developers with professional insight and industry knowledge that will assist their decision making as they attract new tenants Downtown, “ said Laura Simon, Executive Director, DDA.   “This is all part of the DDA’s charter, mission and current strategic plan.  We encourage everyone to view this story at www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/10greatplaces/2017/05/05/shopping-streets-districts/101287158/, as well as Gibbs' April 19th Town Hall presentation which was recorded and is available online at:  www.DowntownDelrayBeach.com/TownHall2017."

 

For more information, please contact the DDA office at 561.243.1077 or DDA@DowntownDelrayBeach.com.

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About the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority

The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority mission is to enhance and stimulate balanced economic growth through position marketing activities that engage Downtown Businesses, residents and visitors, while creating a clean, safe, physical and experiential place to live, work and invest.  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

Grand Re-Opening of the New Green Owl Restaurant

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 3:22pm

Grand Re-Opening of the New Green Owl Restaurant

Delray Beach's Longstanding Gem  

May 3, 2017

Delray Beach, FL - The Green Owl, a longtime fixture in Downtown Delray Beach, is set to open its doors at the newly built out location at 11 SE 4th Avenue, Delray Beach steps south of Atlantic Avenue, adjacent to future IPic theatre on May 16th at 7:00 am.

The new Green Owl is across the street from the original Green Owl location which has been in business for over 33 years. Dave Gensman, owner/operator of the iconic Green Owl, is excited to show off his new restaurant space to all the locals which have called the Green Owl home.  The new space will feature new kitchen equipment, furnishings, interior design and outdoor patio seating, while still maintaining the "charm" of the Owl with its original owl knickknacks, pictures and paintings.

Menin Development, the owner of the George Buildings, where the former and new Green Owl locations reside, agreed to relocate the Green Owl to the new location calling the Green Owl "a Delray Beach institution".  Menin converted and built out the new restaurant interior and exterior with all the necessary restaurant amenities at its own expense to preserve and ensure the long-term neighborhood restaurant.

The ribbon cutting ceremony for the Green Owl will be held May 15th at 4 pm and is open to the public. Beginning May 16th, the Green Owl will open its doors for regular business Tuesday thru Saturday 7 am - 2 pm, Sunday 8 am - 1 pm, closed on Monday.

Menin Development, Inc. provides acquisition, development, re-development, leasing and property management services for ‘Class A’ retail and mixed use properties across the U.S. and is headquartered in Delray Beach, Florida.  Menin Development has acquired and developed more than $1 billion of property in South Florida, Phoenix, New Orleans and throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. Menin has won design accolades for several of its projects, and its properties are known for their design aesthetic and the relationship between properties and the communities they serve. Menin currently operates in South Florida, Phoenix and New Orleans. For more information, please visit:  www.menin.com

 

To learn more about the Green Owl Grand Re-Opening please contact:

Maura Hopkins

Menin Development, Inc.

561.282.5720 office/fax

maura@menin.com

Mother's Day Orchid Giveaway

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 9:25am

THE DELRAY BEACH DDA AND DOWNTOWN MERCHANTS CELEBRATE MOM WITH THE MOTHER’S DAY ORCHID GIVEAWAY

Delray Beach, FL (April 2017)…Moms are the best so celebrate their special day! In honor of Mother’s Day, the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority presents the Mother's Day Orchid Giveaway.  Join us  from May 1-13, 2017 and receive one Phalaenopsis Orchid Plant* with every $200 spent shopping at Downtown Delray Beach fashion boutiques, specialty stores, gift shops, art galleries, spas, salons and fitness studios. Collect your receipts** and pick-up your orchid May 10 - 13th at one of two Orchid Stations located in front of Hands Stationers, 325 E Atlantic Ave. and Petite Connection, 1049  E Atlantic Ave. on Wednesday May 10th, Thursday May 11th and Friday May 12th from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday May 13th from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Enter To Win a Mother's Day Prize Package online from May 1 - May 17, 2017 at DelrayOrchidGiveaway.com (beginning May 1).  Valued at over $500, the package includes Downtown Delray Beach dining, spa, shopping and attraction certificates.   For Orchid Giveaway details visit downtowndelraybeach.com and facebook.com/DelrayDDA, or call the DDA Office at 561.243.1077.

*While supplies last.

**Valid receipts required & must be presented at one of the orchid stations. Receipts (dated May 1 - May 13, 2017) must be from Downtown Delray Beach fashion boutiques, specialty stores, gift shops, art galleries, spas, salons and fitness studios (restaurant receipts are not valid).

 

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Mission
The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) stimulates, enhances, and sustains the economic vitality of downtown Delray Beach and the quality of life enjoyed by locals and visitors.

World Champion Dancers Open New Studio in Delray Beach

Monday, March 6, 2017 - 11:41am

Media Alert: World Champion Dancers Open New Studio in Delray Beach

Clifton Sepulveda and Mar Martinez spent the last five years dazzling crowds and racking up awards as championship ballroom dancers. Karen Granger and Laura Simon spent that time developing a vibrant culture and business community in Delray Beach leading the Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Development Authority respectively. On March 16, the local business champions will lace up their dancing shoes to welcome the international ballroom champions and their new dance studio to Delray Beach.

Join, Clifton, Mar, Karen and Laura for the grand opening festivities at the new Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Delray Beach, 247 SE 6th Ave. Suite 4, Delray Beach, on Thursday, March 16, beginning at 5:00 p.m. (grand opening details below). The celebration will feature food and beverage from local establishments, professional dance performances and free beginner dance lessons for the public. Mses. Granger and Simon will each perform a showcase dance with Clifton prior to the official ribbon cutting ceremony. 

“We’re so honored that Ms. Granger and Ms. Simon agreed to let us teach them the timeless art of ballroom dancing in time for them to perform at our grand opening,” Martinez said. “Clifton and I fell in love with Delray Beach the moment we saw it and are so happy to get to share our excitement to be business owners here with the whole community.”

Join us for an evening of good food and great fun as we welcome the new Fred Astaire Dance Studio to Delray Beach. To RSVP, please click here.

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Matt DeMargel

919.459.8164

 

Grand Opening Festivities

(Thursday, March 16, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.)

Attire: Business Casual

5:00 p.m.         Doors open for food and greeting

5:15 p.m.         Official welcome and toast

5:25 p.m.         Showcase dances by Karen Granger and Laura Simon

5:30 p.m.         Official ribbon cutting

5:35 p.m.         Professional dance performance by Clifton & Mar

5:45 p.m.         Group Dance Instruction

6:00 p.m.         Open Dance Party with local band, South Florida Swing Band

 

About Fred Astaire Dance Studios®

Co-founded in 1947 by the legendary Fred Astaire, Fred Astaire Dance Studios set the standard of excellence in dance instruction. They feature ballroom and Latin style dance lessons for all ages and abilities in a fun, friendly atmosphere. Our unique method of instruction will allow you to learn dances from the Foxtrot to Salsa faster and more easily than you could anywhere else. Our mission is to enrich the lives of anyone and everyone who is associated with our company and to become your community dance studio.