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Get In The GROOVE at the Inaugural Pineapple Grove Art & Music Fest - "Pineapple Grove Forever"

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 1:57pm

Pineapple Grove Art & Music Fest - "Pineapple Grove Forever" - Kicks Off the International Beatles on the Beach Festival in Downtown Delray

Come with us on a magical mystery tour and experience “Pineapple Grove Forever” at the inaugural Pineapple Grove Art & Music Fest on Thursday, April 25, 2019 in Downtown Delray Beach.  Discover hidden gems and experience the fun, local vibe of the Pineapple Grove Arts District neighborhood at this free-to-attend event from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. on NE 2nd Ave from Atlantic Avenue to NE 3rd St.

Pineapple Grove Art & Music Fest is a family-friendly, closed-street event celebrating the art and culture of this historic neighborhood.  Experience over 50 merchant and restaurant open house events, art exhibits, live demonstrations, music, games and more.  Participate in the merchant “Mystery Tour” with chances to win prizes at different locations throughout the event, take a photo on “Abbey Road,” check out the VDubs of Palm Beach VW Beetle display, and take part in the costume contests: Beatles look-a-like, 70s Attire, Pineapple Attire and Pet costumes.  Enjoy live Beatles music on three stages along NE 2nd Ave. with performances by the Jay Valor Band sponsored by Tin Roof, and Beat and Shout, The Norwegian Beatles, Troika Blu Young, Estefy Lennon, Summer in Winterland and Paul Davie Acoustic sponsored by Beatles on the Beach.

“Produced by the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority in conjunction with the Pineapple Grove Arts District neighborhood board and merchants, “Pineapple Grove Forever,” kicks off the International  Beatles on the Beach Festival being held from April 25-28 throughout Downtown Delray Beach, said Laura Simon, Executive Director, Delray Beach DDA, we invite you to join us for this fun celebration of art, music and the Pineapple Grove Arts District neighborhood.”

Gold sponsors include Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, City of Delray Beach, The International Beatles On the Beach Festival, Posh Properties, VDubs of Palm Beach and Tin Roof.

For information please visit www.DowntownDelrayBeach.com/PGFest or call 561.243.1077.

 

CHEERS TO A SUCCESSFUL 11th ANNUAL SAVOR THE AVENUE

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 9:09am

SALT7 WINS BEST TABLE DECOR & DEATH OR GLORY WINS PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS

Delray Beach, FL (April 5, 2019) …Cheers to a successful 11th  Annual Savor the Avenue 2019!  On March 25th, downtown Delray Beach was once again the place to be as 1,000 guests dined under the stars together at Florida’s longest dining table, stretching five blocks and 1,300 feet long from Swinton Avenue east to Fifth Avenue (U.S. 1). This culinary tradition made possible by Delray & Boca 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 downtown Delray Beach.

For the 7th year, the Savor the Avenue restaurants competed in the “Best in Show” table décor contest. The winners were: 1st place – Salt 7, 2nd place – 50 Ocean, and 3rd place – City Oyster. 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 2019 People’s Choice Award winner for the restaurant with the best table décor was Death or Glory.

The 14 participating restaurants, with three chefs and at least 15 staff each preparing 4,000 food courses, included: 50 Ocean, Cabana El Rey, Caffe Luna Rosa, Che!!!, City Oyster & Sushi Bar, Death or Glory, Lemongrass, Rack’s Fish House & Oyster Bar and Gary Rack’s Farmhouse Kitchen, L’Acqua, Rocco’s Tacos, Salt 7, The Office, and Vic & Angelo’s.

“Savor the Avenue is an economic vitality focused program for the DDA, and as such, guests were asked to participate in a survey and 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, Healthier Delray Beach was the beneficiary of $3,000. Each guest reservation included a $3 contribution to this non-profit whose focus is to improve Delray Beach’s behavioral health through awareness, training, access, and community building.  We greatly appreciate everyone’s support for this unique and social dining experience.”

Savor the Avenue 2019 was sponsored by:  Premier – JM Lexus; Gold – Douglas Elliman; Silver – IPIC, Worthing Place, Jay Feder Jewelers, Atlas Event Rentals, 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.

 

Delray Beach Chosen to Compete For the Title of 2019's Strongest Town in America

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 11:04am

Via Strong Towns

Delray Beach has been named one of 16 finalists in the 2019 Strongest Town contest, hosted by national nonprofit Strong Towns.

The Strongest Town contest is a month-long, bracket-based competition designed to spotlight communities from around the world that are building enduring financial resilience at the local level and actively embodying the Strong Towns approach to economic growth and development.

The Sweet Sixteen round of the competition began Monday, March 18 as Delray Beach, FL will compete against Claremont, CA in hopes of advancing to the Elite Eight. Readers from around the world are invited to read about the first-round contestants and vote for their favorites online at strongtowns.org until Thursday, March 21 at 12:59 PM EST. The towns that will advance to the next round will be announced on Friday, March 22nd and in the weeks that follow, towns that make the cut for each successive round will be asked to take part in a series of interactive challenges designed to highlight how financially strong they really are.

Anyone is eligible to vote in the Strongest Town competition, but votes from Strong Towns members are weighted more heavily. To become a Strong Towns member, visit strongtowns.org/membership.

Past winners of the Strongest Town competition have included Muskegon, MI, Traverse City, MI, and Carlisle, PA. The winner of the Strongest Town 2019 Contest will receive a commemorative plaque and a visit and interactive community presentation with Charles Marohn, Strong Towns founder, president and author of the forthcoming Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity.

 

About Strong Towns:

Strong Towns is a national media organization whose mission is to advocate for a model of development that allows America's cities, towns and neighborhoods to grow financially strong and resilient. Strong Towns began in 2008 as a blog written by Charles Marohn. Today, it is a nonprofit publishing daily content by dozens of contributors, sharing weekly podcasts and giving presentations around the US and Canada. Strong Towns reaches an audience of more than 1.5 million annually, and has over 2,700 members. Learn more at http://www.strongtowns.org.

 

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Time to Make Reservations for 11th Annual Savor the Avenue

Friday, February 1, 2019 - 12:21pm

Are you ready to savor the taste of Downtown Delray Beach?

It's time to make your reservations for the 11th Annual Savor the Avenue, happening on Monday, March 25 at 5:30 p.m. Join hundreds of guests - and 13 of Downtown Delray's finest restaurants - for this amazing evening of dining under the stars at Florida's longest dining table, one that runs more than five blocks and 1,300 feet long.

This year's participating restaurants are: 50 Ocean, Cabana El Rey, Caffe Luna Rosa, Che!!!, City Oyster & Sushi Bar, Death or Glory, Lemongrass, Rack’s Fish House & Oyster Bar and Gary Rack’s Farmhouse Kitchen, L’Acqua, 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/savor-the-avenue-2019/. Reservations are made directly with the restaurants and seating is limited, so reserve your spot quickly!

Savor the Avenue is a Delray Beach culinary tradition made possible by Delray Beach & Boca Raton Magazines' 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 Healthier Delray Beach. 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 2019 sponsors are JM Lexus, Douglas Elliman, Worthing Place, Atlas Party Rentals, Grimes Events & Party Tents and Jay Feder Jewelry.

 

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.

 

 

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