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. 

5 Safety Tips for the South Florida Summer

Friday, August 5, 2016 - 5:50pm

The City of Delray Beach and the Downtown Development Authority are dedicated to keeping our city, and Downtown Delray, clean and safe. Keep safety top of mind by downloading the CodeRED Mobile Alert app. This app sends out the latest safety and weather alerts in your area using your phone or tablet’s GPS and your customized settings. In the throes of summer is it easy to forget the many basics that help to keep you, and your families safe. Read on to learn our top 5 tips for a safe summer in South Florida. 

  1. Stay Hydrated – The scorching Florida heat can quickly take its toll, especially on young children and senior citizens. Many times the recommended 8 glasses a day are just not enough. We suggest investing in a reusable water bottle that you can keep with you at all times. If you notice you have suddenly stopped sweating or begin to feel dizzy, drink water immediately and find a cool place to rest.
  2. Apply & Re-Apply Sunscreen & Bug Spray – It’s a great habit to apply Sunscreen each morning but many times it is easy to forget to reapply when enjoying the summer sun. Sunscreen protects you from the harmful UVA & UVB rays and decreases the development of skin cancer. Besides those pesky bites, mosquitoes can also carry harmful diseases. Residents and visitors are urged to apply bug spray regularly and avoid stagnant bodies of water.
  3. Use Designated Cross Walks & Rail Road Crossings – Even in summer, Atlantic Avenue is bustling. To ensure the safety of yourself and others, use only the designated cross walks and Rail Road crossings. When you are behind the wheel, do not speed and be cautious of pedestrians.
  4. Be Aware of Your Surroundings – A good rule of thumb is that if you SEE something, SAY something. Delray Beach PD can be found throughout the downtown and in case of suspicious activity be sure to call the Police Department non-emergency number at 561.243.7800. In the case of a life threatening emergency call 911. It is important to remember to park in a well lit area, remove all valuables from your vehicle and lock your car at all times.
  5. Make Your Hurricane Preparedness Plan – With the height of hurricane season in full effect, make sure you and your families have a plan for an incoming storm. Ensure you know the closest evacuation routes in your area and fill up your gas tank days before a storm is set to arrive. To guarantee you are not scrambling for last minute supplies, keep your pantry stocked with at least 1 gallon per day/per person for at least 3 to 5 days. Make sure your batteries, flashlights and candles are in a designated area where all family members can find them even in the event of a power outage.

Click here to learn more about hurricane preparedness. 

Introducing Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week this August 1-7, 2016 – Be Involved!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 3:53pm

The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority is excited to announce the inaugural Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week, August 1-7, 2016. The Downtown Development Authority, committed to marketing the merchants within the DDA district, created Dine Out Downtown Delray to showcase the diverse dining scene, energetic vibe and creative culinary experiences offered in Downtown Delray Beach during the summer season - a tropical and leisurely time of year in South Florida.

The DDA’s Mission is to enhance and stimulate balanced economic growth through position marketing activities that engage Downtown businesses, residents and visitors. Through our merchant programming, we have created various events that showcase our Downtown merchants. Programs like Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week, Delray Beach Fashion Week, Savor the Avenue, and the First Friday Art Walk support the DDA’s mission to enhance and stimulate economic growth in the Downtown community.

Restaurant Week customers will enjoy prix fixe lunches and dinners along with special Dine Out deals and a series of culinary events & classes throughout the week at participating Downtown restaurants. This program will be advertised and marketed in Miami-Dade, Broward & Palm Beach Counties through several targeted platforms such as, online/web (through the DDA’s DowntownDelrayBeach.com website, purchased media placements, email marketing, etc.), purchased print placements, PR/press releases, blogging, and video/digital signage at Palm Beach International Airport (PBI). We invite you to participate in this new and exciting week-long program.

Become a Restaurant Week Participant:

Participating restaurants and food establishments must offer one or more of the following promotions* August 1 – August 7, 2016:

-Dine Out Deals: $10 and under
-Three-Course Prix Fixe Lunches: $20 and under per person
-Three-Course Prix Fixe Dinners: $20 - $40 per person
-Culinary Experience or Event throughout the week: prices vary by restaurant

*Pricing does not include tax or gratuity.

How to Take Part (for the consumer): Reservations will be strongly encouraged & will be made directly through the participating restaurants & merchants. No passes, tickets or coupons will be issued.

Charitable Partner: Healthy Bellies - Healthy Bellies, a program of the Delray Beach Achievement Center, was founded by DADA Executive Chef Bruce Feingold and his wife, Amanda. Healthy Bellies is committed to community outreach and education focusing on nutrition for under privileged children and families in Delray Beach. Participating restaurants are encouraged to support this organization and attendees will have an opportunity to make a contribution as well during Restaurant Week. A suggested $100 donation to Healthy Bellies is encouraged.

Click here to participate. Please send your completed Participation Form to DDA@DowntownDelrayBeach.com.

 

Become a Restaurant Week Sponsor:

There are three sponsorship levels available for this year’s Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week, each of which provide multi-channel brand exposure for partnering brands.

Click here to view the branding visibility & opportunities at each sponsorship level.

For additional information on sponsorship opportunities, call the DDA Office at 561.243.1077 or email DDA@DowntownDelrayBeach.com.

We look forward to partnering with you!

 

Current 2016 Restaurant Week Sponsors:

VUP Media – Silver Level Sponsor

Atlantic One – Bronze Level Sponsor

Delray Newspaper – Media Sponsor

SAVOR THE AVENUE SET FOR MARCH 21 TIME TO MAKE RESERVATIONS!

Monday, February 15, 2016 - 11:20am

Delray Beach, FL (February 2016)… It is time to make your reservations for the 8th annual Savor the Avenue on Monday, March 21st!  Tickets are on sale 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 18 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 Nuevo Latino, Caffe Luna Rosa, City Oyster & Sushi Bar, Cut 432, Lemongrass, Max’s Harvest, Max’s Social House, Gary Rack’s Fat Rooster, Rack’s Fish House & Oyster Bar, Rocco’s Tacos, Salt 7, Solita & Mastino Delray, Taverna Opa, The Office, Tryst, and Vic & Angelo’s. Each 4-course dinner is paired with select wines that are donated by local beverage distributors to each restaurant. The menus can be viewed at bocamag.com/savor and downtowndelraybeach.com/savor-and-tastemakers.  Reservations are made with the restaurants directly, and seating is limited.

The DDA is proud to announce that a portion of the proceeds from Savor the Avenue will be donated to the Delray Beach Historical Society. Restaurants will donate $3.00 of each reservation to this non-profit so that present and future generations can comprehend more fully their predecessors, their communities and Delray Beach’s diverse history.

This Delray Beach culinary tradition is made possible by the 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. As an economic development focused program for the DDA, the event has grown over the years to be one of the premier dining events in the area, and even the country. “We are pleased to have been a part of this very special and unique event for the past eight years as a way to share with the local and tourist community this incredibly social dining experience,” said Laura Simon, Executive Director, DDA.

Savor the Avenue is sponsored by: Delray Beach Magazine, Boca Raton Magazine, Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority, Atlantic One Realty, South Florida BMW, 111 First Delray, Atlas Party Rental, and The Hyatt Place Delray Beach.

Last day to reserve your seat is March 18, 2016.  For information and menus please visit bocamag.com/savor, downtowndelraybeach.com/savor-and-tastemakers, or call 561.243.1077.

SAVOR THE AVENUE SET TIME TO MAKE RESERVATIONS!