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.

Property & Business Owner Town Hall Session

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.


10 N Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach

Featuring, ROBERT J. GIBBS, AICP, ASLA, CNU-A (click here to view bio)

President, Gibbs Planning Group

Presenting on “New Trends in Urban Retail Planning and Development”

and hear updates and plans from the DDA Board

Please RSVP 561.243.1077


Downtown Merchant & Business Association (DMBA): Upcoming Meetings 

The Downtown Merchant & Business Association consists of restaurants, 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, April 12 at Northern Trust on Atlantic Ave, 8:30 a.m.

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


Delray Affair After Dark

The Best Kept Secret of the Delray Affair, April 7- 9

The Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce puts on the Delray Affair but we, the DDA, are launching a Delray Affair After Dark Campaign, in collaboration with the Chamber, to promote Downtown businesses and to encourage guests to stay Downtown after the Delray Affair booths close at 6pm.

Attention Downtown Businesses: 
Take advantage of the crowd during the Delray Affair weekend & send us your Delray Affair After Dark Promotions (valid April 7 - 9). Special promotions & events* may be emailed to:

*All of the Downtown business promotions will be displayed on  and many will be featured in our Downtown Delray Beach social & PR channels and on the Downtown Blog (

About Delray Affair After Dark:

The Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 55th year of the Delray Affair April 7-9. What is the best kept secret of the Delray Affair you ask?  Well, it’s Delray Affair After Dark

As booths close around 6 p.m. & the Delray Affair crowd thins, parking lots and valet stands become available, guests have the opportunity to walk “on” the Avenue not just “along” the Ave, and our galleries, retail shops and restaurants are here for the locals & visitors with special offerings & promotions! Opportunities abound for great dining, entertainment, shopping and socializing Downtown.

Pop-up live entertainment will also be setup on the streets Downtown from 6-9 p.m. on Friday (4/7) & Saturday (4/8) night to encourage guests to stay, shop & dine after the booths close.

CLICK HERE to view MERCHANT TIPS for the 55th Annual Delray Affair. 


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:

New 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
•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

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, 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

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. 


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 and  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,, or call 561.243.1077.