For Our Merchants

For Our Merchants

This page is a resource for all of our Downtown mechants. It is meant to help our merchants stay engaged and up-to-date on everything going on Downtown, such as new programming or marketing opportunities, economic development intiatives, holiday or special event notices and other pertient information that will help our business owners and managers be successful. On this page you will find a practical guide for doing business Downtown, information on who to call for various topics or concerns, our quarterly newsletters and information on new parking programs, such as the employee parking program that is being finalized and tested this summer. Thank you for choosing Downtown Delray Beach for your business! We are looking forward to working with you. 

The DDA 2014-15 Annual Report is available (the DDA 2015-2016 report will be available soon)! 

Downtown is our City’s meeting place and the symbolic heart of our community where many areas of activity are represented. Downtown is a thriving business center; a fun & vibrant retail center; a cosmopolitan residential center, where residents enjoy living as a part of the rich energy of urban life; and an ethnically and generationally diverse community.

Distributed to property owners, business owners and residents within the DDA’s district, the Report details the Position Marketing, Placemaking, and Economic Development activities from the past year and in addition provides a snapshot into 2015-2016.  

In addition the DDA has created a video about who we are, what we do, and how we can help you. Click here to view.

We <3 Small Biz Month (May 1-31, 2017)

With more than 93% of Delray Beach companies having 30 or fewer employees, small business is big business in Delray Beach. Our local small business owners contribute both to our economy and to our sense of community. They are our bosses, our neighbors, our sponsors, and our friends.

In Delray Beach "small" doesn't mean insignificant. We're proud to be home to so many entrepreneurs and innovators that work hard to be successful. We ♥ Small Biz in Delray Beach, and we work hard to show them the love everyday.

Click here to view the schedule of events and happenings around town that can benefit your small business!

Annual Downtown Property & Business Owner Town Hall Session: RECAP

Robert J. Gibbs delivered a riveting presentation at our annual Town Hall Meeting on April 19, 2017 at the Delray Beach Marriott, with valuable research & recommendations for our Downtown Business & Property Owners as well as our city's decision makers. "New Trends in Urban Retail Planning and Development" by featured speaker, Robert J. Gibbs, AICP, ASLA, CNU-A, President, Gibbs Planning Group was recorded & is available online. Click here to watch the presentation. 

Downtown Merchant & Business Association (DMBA): Upcoming Meetings 

The Downtown Merchant & Business Association consists of restaurant, business, and retail owners or operators from the Downtown (DDA) district (I-95 to the beach and within Pineapple Grove area as well as South of Atlantic). If you are a Downtown business owner or operator within the District, you are welcome to join the DMA free of cost. 

DMBA Purpose:

To provide a forum for the downtown businesses to collaborate on programs, communicate amongst the organization and community, and be a collective voice that advocates for activities that promote the retention and smart growth of the downtown business community. 

Next DMBA Meetings: 

Wednesday, May 10 at Northern Trust on Atlantic Ave, 8:30 a.m.

Business Intake Form 

Click here to fill out the Downtown Business Intake Form for DDA record keeping purposes and to ensure that you are included in all of our listings, marketing, programming opportunities and outreach efforts. This form is for merchants in the Downtown District only. If you are unsure of whether or not your business is within the Downtown District borders, please contact the DDA office at 561.243.1077. Please send your completed forms to: DDA@DowntownDelrayBeach.com.

New DowntownDelrayBeach.com Website

All merchants within the Downtown District receive a full merchant landing page on this new website for Downtown Delray Beach. Merchants will be able to upload photos, videos, promotions, events and so much more to their merchant landing page. This new site also offers enhanced visibility & searchability for all of our Downtown merchants. Additionally, it has a mobile-friendly & responsive design!

Website visitors will be able to search for your business by:

•Categories of business or interest
•Keywords
•Neighborhoods within the Downtown District (i.e. Pineapple Grove, The Set [West Atlantic], Beachside, SOFA [South of Atlantic], US1 and Arts & Entertainment).
 
Click here to view the new Website Features Presentation & Login Instructions.

If you haven't received your website login information for your merchant landing page, please contact the DDA office at 561.243.1077 or DDA@DowntownDelrayBeach.com.

Business Profile Videos for Downtown Merchants

The Downtown Development Authority is proud to partner with VUP Media in offering this unique and affordable business profile video package for our Downtown Merchants (within the DDA District). Take advantage of increased exposure to potential customers, by marketing your business everywhere!

We have been able to leverage this opportunity for you at an extremely cost efficient price point of only $425 per video profile (a $2,500 value). Each business profile includes an on-location HD shoot of your business, HD post-production editing, business profile video (up to 2 minutes in length).

Business Profiles Can Be Used For: • Your business' website • On DowntownDelrayBeach.com, the DDA's Facbeook Page & Youtube Channel, increasing your exposure! • For tradeshows • Hotels (looped video) • In-Store Displays • Through your business' social media, blog, & email marketing channels

Click here to view details & pricing.

Click here to view existing Business Profile videos.

If you are interested in having a Business Profile video created for your business, please contact the DDA Office at 561.243.1077 or DDA@DowntownDelrayBeach.com.

CodeRED Emergency Notification System

The city of Delray Beach has implemented an emergency notification system to provide critical information to residents and businesses in emergency situations.

The CodeRED system, capable of placing sixty thousand calls per hour, can call all persons registered with the service or just those located within an affected area, making up to three attempts to reach each number.

The system is only activated in emergencies.  Examples of why you might be called are:

  • Evacuation orders and instructions

  • Boil water orders

  • Warnings of bomb threats, chemical spills, or gas leaks

  • Missing person alerts

  • Reports of criminal activities in or near your area

Click here to register & learn more. 

DOWNTOWN DELRAY BEACH SECURITY AMBASSADOR PILOT PROGRAM DEBUTS

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 4:30pm

Delray Beach, FL (February 2017)…The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has launched a new initiative to further enhance its Placemaking goal of fostering a compelling destination by enhancing the physical elements of the downtown, and its strategy to maintain a clean, safe and welcoming environment.  The Downtown Delray Beach Security Ambassador Pilot Program debuted on February 6, 2017.  In partnership and with direction from the City of Delray Police Department and the Downtown Manager, two ambassadors in bright yellow shirts will be on foot and bike from 6am – 11pm Sunday through Wednesday and 6am – 1am from Thursday to Saturday.  They will patrol from NW/SW 5th avenue east on Atlantic Avenue to the Intracoastal Bridge, and one block on either side of Atlantic Avenue from Swinton Avenue to the Intracoastal Bridge.    

 “The DDA has been working closely with the City of Delray Beach Clean and Safe team and Community Improvement Department to find ways to assist with the quality of life issues that are affecting the Downtown/DDA District,” said Laura Simon, Executive Director, Delray Beach DDA. “I had learned about the Ambassador Program through the West Palm Beach DDA and met with them on numerous occasions to review the program and the successes that it has brought to their city over the years.  The DDA Board recommended that it would fund and conduct the $50,150, 12-week Pilot/test program, and to hire Professional Security Consultants – the same organization providing Downtown Ambassadors for the West Palm Beach DDA, as well as City Place, Downtown Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach.”

The role of the Ambassadors is to be a constant “security type presence with a hospitality side”, providing customer service support such as giving directions and information about Downtown to the public, Safe Walk services for employees or customers,  and serving as the extra set of eyes and ears for safety, lighting, banners, trash, etc. The Ambassadors will have cell phone contact with the Police Department and businesses, and will be on radio with the Clean and Safe Sergeant and the DDA team.

They will work directly with the Police Department and Clean and Safe team to monitor areas within the Downtown with an aim of deterring criminal activity or disruptive street behavior, and addressing quality of life issues such as homelessness, panhandling, loitering, disturbances in front of businesses, and assisting the Police Department with any issues as needed such as traffic accidents. In addition, the Ambassadors will work closely with the Downtown business owners and employees to share information and educate the community on how to effectively handle panhandling situations or any other related needs.

The Pilot Program Goals include increasing the perception of safety and enhancing the quality of life within the Downtown Area by addressing issues, and adding support for the Downtown Clean and Safe unit.  “We are hopeful that this program will truly help the Downtown Delray teams in their efforts, and be an asset to those who live, work and play in the DDA district, ” said Simon. 

We need your feedback on the pilot program. Please let us know if you'd like to see the program continue:

If you are a Downtown resident, property owner, business owner or visitor, send a letter or email about this pilot program to: DDA@DowntownDelrayBeach.com and/or CLICK HERE to take the Downtown Ambassador SURVEY.

For more information, please contact:  DDA@DowntownDelrayBeach.com or 561.243.1077.

 

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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

 

DOWNTOWN DELRAY BEACH VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER UNDER RENOVATION

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 11:16am

The Delray Beach Visitor Information Center, managed by the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), is celebrating its 12th anniversary with a complete renovation.  Staffed by dedicated volunteers providing exceptional customer service and hospitality, and a resource for hundreds of visitors a day to our city, with more than 15,000 in 2016, this little center on the corner of A1A and E. Atlantic Avenue was in need of a refresh. During the renovation, a satellite Visitor Information Center is located at the Sandoway Discovery Center, 142 S Ocean Blvd, Delray Beach, FL (Open Tuesday - Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday noon - 4 p.m.), and the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce Visitor Information Center, 140 NE 1st St., Delray Beach, FL is also a location for visitors to find information and brochures. 

The DDA has spearheaded the renovation project with the generous support of the City of Delray Beach, Roy Simon Architect, Maura Taft Interiors, and contract services from local partners, who are all donating their services.  When the renovations are complete at the end of March, the Visitor Information Center will have tripled in size with new floors, ceilings, windows, and doors.  There will be computer access for visitors and new digital signage.  Visitors can stop in and learn more about the shops, attractions, dining, entertainment, hotels and places to live here.  In addition, the renovated Center will be designated as the Official South Palm Beach County Visitor Center by Visit Florida.

The DDA encourages all area hotels, attractions, restaurants, entertainment venues and publications to provide their collateral materials to share with visitors.  The Delray Beach Visitor Information Center will be open 7 days a week, 9 a.m. – 4 pm. For more information, or if you are interested in becoming a Center Volunteer, please contact:  DDA@DowntownDelrayBeach.com or 561.243.1077.

 

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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

The 9th Annual Savor the Avenue - Reservations are now OPEN!

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 2:54pm

9th ANNUAL SAVOR THE AVENUE IN DOWNTOWN DELRAY BEACH

TIME TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS!

 

Delray Beach, FL (February 1, 2017)… It is time to make your reservations for the 9th annual Savor the Avenue on Monday, March 27th at 5:30 p.m. !  Tickets are on sale now 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, Cabana El Rey, Caffe Luna Rosa, Che!!!, City Oyster & Sushi Bar, Cut 432, Lemongrass, Max’s Harvest, Gary Rack’s Farmhouse Kitchen, Rack’s Fish House & Oyster Bar, Rocco’s Tacos, ROK:BRGR, Salt 7, The Office, and Vic & Angelo’s. Each 4-course dinner is paired with select libations. The menus can be viewed at downtowndelraybeach.com/SavortheAvenue and bocamag.com/savor.  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 restaurants will donate $3 from each reservation at Savor the Avenue to the Delray Beach Public Library.  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 the best table to Facebook or Instagram, using #SavorPeoplesChoice and checking in to or tagging the restaurant name.

Presented by: Delray Beach Magazine, Boca Raton Magazine, Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority

Thank you to our 2017 sponsors: JM Lexus, 111 First Delray, Atlas Party Rental, Delray Garden Center, GRIMES Events & Party Tents and Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

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

 

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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

DELRAY BEACH FASHION WEEK HITS DOWNTOWN

Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 9:57am

COUTURE IS PART OF OUR CULTURE IN DOWNTOWN DELRAY, AND THIS IS NEVER MORE TRUE THAN DURING FASHION WEEK, WHEN THE CITY COMES ALIVE WITH STYLE, JANUARY 25-29, 2017!

Celebrate spectacular fashion, local designers, art and beauty at the 4th annual Delray Beach Fashion Week 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, designer showcase, fashion luncheon, Stiletto Race, and for the first time a Boutique Pop Up Shopping Event. 

“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.”

A highlight of Delray Beach Fashion Week is “Delray on the Runway.”  The January 26th event at Il Bacio invites guests to dress for a “white party,” and includes a runway show, reception, and silent auction.  The event features local Downtown Delray Beach Designers: Jules Guaglardi – Roxy LuLu; Stephanie Graniero – Oh My Bod; Arianne Brown - Ramona LaRue; Glavidia Alexis – Glavidia Hair Studios; Jully Ortega - The Sandy Shoppe; Bill DeBilzan - DeBilzan Gallery; Amanda Perna - The House of Perna. 

Events will take place throughout Downtown Delray Beach and many are free to the public.  Tickets for the Delray Beach Designer Show, Fashion Luncheon, and runway seats at the fashion shows can be purchased at each event.  Raffle tickets will be included with each event ticket purchased and will also be available for $5.  The raffle prize package valued at $1,000 includes:  a 2 night/3 day hotel stay; spa, restaurant and retail gift certificates; tickets to Old School Square events and Delray Yacht Cruises.  All event and raffle tickets sold throughout Delray Beach Fashion Week benefit the Achievement Centers for Children and Families.

2017 Delray Beach Fashion Week Highlights

Events details will be updated on DelrayFashionWeek.com. Tickets are available for purchase. 

As of 12.29.2016

 

Wednesday, January 25 - “An Evening in Downtown”

6 p.m.:  Art Invitational – Downtown Artists/Gallery Showcase

7 p.m. : Entertainment and “Hair and Evening Wear” Runway Show

On Atlantic Avenue in front of The Colony Hotel at 525 E. Atlantic Ave

The launch of Delray Beach Fashion Week.  Free event, with $25 ticketed runway seating.

 

Thursday, January 26 - “Delray on the Runway”

7 p.m. - IL Bacio/PRIME – 29 SE 2nd Ave

Fashion show featuring the Downtown Delray Beach designers, reception, silent auction, Guest Host - Amanda Perna of Project Runway, and guests invited to dress in white. 

Tickets: $40.

 

Friday, January 27 - “Tropical Paradise”

11:30am-1pm – Che!!! – 900 E. Atlantic Ave

“Tropical Paradise” Resort Wear Fashion Show and Luncheon

Tickets: $35

 

Friday, January 27 - Stiletto Race

6 p.m. – SE 4th Ave & Atlantic Ave.

Stiletto Race hosted by Vince Canning Shoes

Register: delraystilettorace.com.  $25 advance, $35 at event

 

Saturday, January 28 – “Swim & Surf”

7 p.m. - Old School Square Park @ NE 2nd Ave.

Swim & Surf Finale Runway Fashion Show, Guest Host - Suzanne Boyd, WPEC News12; entertainment by Spider Cherry.

Free event, with $25 ticketed runway seating.

 

Sunday, January 29 - Fashion Week Boutique Pop Up Shopping

1 p.m.  – 4 p.m. - Old School Square Fieldhouse – 51 N. Swinton Ave.

Fashion Week Boutique Pop Up Shopping event for customers to see and purchase items shown during Delray Beach Fashion Week.

2017 Sponsors

Delray Beach Fashion Week would not be possible without the support from our sponsors. A big thank you to: Platinum Sponsor - Menin Development Inc.Gold Sponsors - VUP MediaGrimes Events & Party Tents Silver Sponsors - Swatches & Rags,  Ed Morse CadillacVictoria DeSilvio Group, Rosenthal Cosmetics & Plastic SurgerySilver Media Sponsors - LivingFLABronze Sponsors - Park View RealtyPosh PropertiesMonkey In Paradise VodkaParisi EventsIceberg VodkaCockspur RumDJ MoonrayDJ C MoneyMedia - Delray Beach MagazineDelray NewspaperLOCAL MagazineVenue Sponsors - Silver: Il Bacio/PRIMEThe Colony Hotel & Cabana Club; and Venue Sponsor - Bronze: Che!!!, Restaurant VIP Tent Sponsors: Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, Papa's Tapas, Big Al's Steaks, Mussel Beach

 

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR FASHION WEEK COMMITTEE!

A special thank you to the Fashion Week committee for their effort and time to put the shows/week together.
We also thank the models and the Johnson and Wales students for volunteering their talent and time.

HAIR SALON CO-CHAIRS: MaryAnn Brown, In the Grove Hair Studio and Glavidia Alexis, Glavidia Hair Studios & Glavidia: by Glavidia Alexis | MODEL CHAIR: Jule Guaglardi, Roxy LuLu | COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Margaret Doerrer, Margaux Riviera, Jelena Lovric, LoveRich Boutique, Jully Ortega, Purstrands & The Sandy Shoppe

For more information and event details or to purchase tickets (tickets are available now!), please visit www.DelrayFashionWeek.com, facebook.com/DelrayFashion, #DELRAYFASHIONWEEK, or phone: 561.243.1077.

 

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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

CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS IN DOWNTOWN DELRAY BEACH

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 1:48pm

SHOPPING, WINDOW DECORATING CONTEST, ART WALK & MORE

Delray Beach, FL (November 30, 2016)… Join us in the spirit of this magical season! Downtown Delray Beach is the place to be for the holidays with shopping, dining, entertainment and fun for all.  Stroll through the beautifully decorated neighborhoods, view festive windows, shop for the perfect gift, experience the First Friday Art Walk with our galleries and studios, be dazzled by the 100ft Christmas tree, see a movie on the green, music, parades, and more.  “The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and merchants welcome you Downtown for the holidays, said Laura Simon, Executive Director. We are proud to provide financial support once again for the 100ft Christmas Tree, and encourage you to visit the restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, and salons & spas throughout our neighborhoods: THE SET, The Ave, Pineapple Grove, SOFA, US 1 and Beachside.”

Here are a few highlights:

Window Decorating Contest • December 1, 2016

The Downtown Merchant & Business Association and DDA are hosting a Window Decorating Contest, and businesses downtown are creating festive displays in their windows and throughout their stores. Be sure to see them all beginning December 1st. Winners will be announced December 14th for Most Creative, Most Festive, Most Delray and Best Overall.

First Friday Art Walk • December 2, 2016

Special Features:

  • 3 - 5 p.m. Plein Air Paintings by Ralph Papa on exhibition at the Delray Beach Public Library (2nd Floor Gallery). Enjoy a meet & greet with the artist from 3-5 p.m. Parking is free at the Library!     

  • 5:00 p.m. (presentation to begin at 5:15 p.m.) Unveiling of THE SET mural at the Delray Tennis Center (the mural is on the wall fronting NW 3rd Avenue). 

  • 6pm – 9pm: Each Art Walk is a self-guided tour with the participation of 28 galleries and artists, special exhibits, offerings and promotionsStroll Artists Alley (NE 3rd Ave @ NE 4th St), Pineapple Grove (NE 2nd Avenue), and Atlantic Avenue.  This is a FREE event just show up and start wherever you like!  Art Walk Brochure & Map, along with 12/2 Art Walk Specials, available at DowntownDelrayBeach.com/FirstFridayArtWalk.

Light Up Downtown:

  • Gold starfish lined with red twinkle lights adorn the light poles along Atlantic Avenue from I-95 to A1A;
  • Twinkle lights and holiday decorations adorn the Libby Wesley Plaza at SW 5th Ave and Atlantic Avenue;
  • 26 Holiday wreath displays on the NW and SW 5th Ave. light poles;
  • Pineapple painter palette displays on the light poles along Pineapple Grove Way;
  • Twinkle lights and garland festoon the Delray Beach Pavilion, and the Visitor Information Center at Atlantic Avenue and A1A;
  • A beautiful Sphere Tree 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.

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Holiday Events Downtown

  • The 100 Ft. Christmas Tree Lighting is December 1st from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. on the grounds of Old School Square & E. Atlantic Ave. The lighting will take place at 7:15 p.m.

For a complete listing of events and details please visit DowntownDelrayBeach.com/Events or phone 561.243.1077.