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First Friday Art Walk in Downtown Delray Beach - July 1st!

Friday, June 24, 2016 - 11:53am

The July 1st First Friday Art Walk features special offers and is the best way to kick-off the holiday weekend in Downtown Delray - enjoy an evening of art, education and relaxation in an award-winning Arts Town!

First Friday Art Walk is a self-guided tour held every month, from 6 - 9 p.m.  Stroll through art galleries and working studios, and meet talented, local artists. Navigate your way through the myriad styles of art in the Downtown Delray Beach Arts District: Atlantic Avenue, Pineapple Grove and Artists Alley.  To learn more, visit:


Special Offers & Noteworthy News from our participating First Friday Art Walk galleries & studios:

Black Pearl Fine Art - 514 E. Atlantic Avenue

New, rare Dr. Seuss limited edition pieces - just in! Also, enjoy 20% off custom framing.

Cacace Fine Art - 354 NE 4th Street, Suite D – Artists Alley

Enjoy wine & cheese with all of the artists:  Vincent J. Cacace, James P. Kerr & Bernard Franz. Giclees will be at the best price of the year & complimentary framing.

Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square - 51 N. Swinton Avenue

Opening reception for the 6x6 exhibit with wine & light bites.  Extraordinary 6×6 art works donated by artists from around the country featuring paintings, collage, mixed-media, glass, wood, photographs and more. The Cornell Art Museum’s Art Walk Gallery features month-long, pop-up exhibits of works by local artists opening during First Friday Art Walk.

DeBilzan Gallery - 38 E. Atlantic Avenue

Offering discounted (limited) prints signed by William DeBilzan himself. Prices range from $150 - $300, and 15-25% off on select original paintings. Beginning at 8 p.m., enjoy drinks and renowned electronic music producer "opengrass" ( performing until 11 p.m.

Lois Brezinski Artworks - 533 E. Atlantic Avenue

Enjoy wine and light bites plus special Art Walk savings.

Magnus & Gordon Gallery - 354 N.E. 4th Street Unit C – Artists Alley

Enjoy a 10% discount on all original artwork purchased during the Art Walk.

Walker Romaine Gallery - 345 NE 3rd Ave - Artists Alley

Enjoy wine and cheese as you view works from two new contemporary abstract painters: Lucia Gomez and Janet Siegel Rogers.


Full list of participating Art Walk Galleries:

Pineapple Grove: Addison Gallery, Gallery at Studio 5, Delray Art and Framing, Ford Fine Art (gallery closed on July 1).

Artist Alley Studios: 4th Avenue Photography & Video, Amanda Johnson (gallery closed on July 1), Attila Konnyu, Cacace Fine Art, Cloud House Pottery, Laszlo's Painting Studio, Ona Steele Studio (gallery closed on July 1), Stacy Balmuth, Magnus & Gordon Gallery, Diane Carter, Jane Strisik Studio, Jan Murphy Studio, Jeff Whyman Studio, Studio Romaine, Walker Romaine Gallery.

Atlantic Avenue: Artists' Guild Gallery, an auxiliary of the Boca Raton Museum of Art; Artworks by Lois Brezinski; Avalon Gallery; Black Pearl Fine Art; Blue Gallery; Cornell Art Museum; DeBilzan Gallery; Extreme Art International; Lidia Tohar Studio 101; Sundook Fine Art Gallery.

For more information please call 561.243.7000 or visit

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 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


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

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

New & Noticed in Downtown

Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 12:16pm

Delray Beach, FL (May 1, 2016)…All of the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) districts from The Set, Pineapple Grove, and the Beachside, to Atlantic Avenue and SOFA are experiencing exciting changes. We would like to offer a special welcome to the new residents of the SofA One Apartments who have recently moved into Downtown. Thank you for making Delray Beach your home!


Elektrik Boutique
Retail – E. Atlantic Ave

Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market
Retail/Grocery – Pineapple Grove

Dunkin’ Donuts
Restaurant - SOFA

Juice Papi
Juice Bar - SOFA

Black Pearl Fine Art
Gallery – E. Atlantic Ave

Gary Rack’s FARMHOUSE Kitchen
Restaurant – Opening May 16 – E. Atlantic Ave

Retail – Beachside

Electric Bicycle Rentals & Retail Store – Arts & Entertainment District

CENA: Modern Italian
Restaurant – E. Atlantic Ave

Silver Ball Museum Arcade
Museum/Entertainment (Vintage Pinball) – E. Atlantic Ave

Windy City Pizza
Restaurant – The Set

KTCHN - WOO Incubator Space
Office Space – Arts & Entertainment District

The Grove Health
Restorative Medical Center – Pineapple Grove

2nd Time Around
Will be moving on June 1st to their other location at 801 George Bush Blvd

Project Mate Bar
Specialty Store – Pineapple Grove

Restaurant – SOFA

Style & Wine
Retail - SOFA

PurLife Fitness
Fitness – Pineapple Grove

Coming Soon
Capital One 360 Café
Banking – E. Atlantic Ave

Under Construction
The Metropolitan
Residential/Retail/Office – SOFA

Uptown Atlantic
Residential/Mixed-Use – The SET

Uptown Delray
Residential Apartments - SOFA

SofA One
Residential Apartments – SOFA

111 First Delray
Residential Condominiums – SOFA

*SOFA = South of Atlantic

For more information, please visit or call 561.243.1077.


Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 11:11am
Delray Beach, FL (April 7, 2016)...Cheers to a successful 8th Annual Savor the Avenue 2016! Downtown Delray Beach on East Atlantic Avenue from Swinton Avenue to East Fifth Avenue (U.S. 1) was once again the place to be when on March 21st 1,160 guests sat down for dinner together at the one quarter mile long dining table. This culinary tradition, made possible by the Delray Beach Magazine & Boca Raton Magazine’s partnership with the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA), and hosted by Steve Weagle of WPTV NewsChannel 5, showcased many of the fine dining establishments located within the Downtown area.
The Delray Beach Historical Society was the beneficiary of $3,360. Each guest reservation included a $3 contribution to this non-profit so that present and future generations can comprehend more fully their predecessors, their communities and Delray Beach’s diverse history. The 18 restaurants prepared 4,400 food courses with three chefs and 10 staff per restaurant, and included: 32 East, 50 Ocean, Cabana El Rey, 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 & Tequila Bar, Salt7, Solita & Mastino Delray, Taverna Opa, The Office, Tryst, and Vic & Angelo’s. The 1,100 bottles of wine weredonated by local beverage distributors to each restaurant. For the fourthyear, the Savor the Avenue restaurants competed in the Best in Show table décor contest. The winners were: 1stplace - 50 Ocean, 2nd place - Salt7, and 3rd place - Max’s Harvest. 
Restaurants shared: 
"Savor is the only event that occurs in Delray that focuses on full size menu servings and allows us to bring the restaurant to the street–showcasing the cuisine and décor of Salt7, said Kyle Gonzales, Director of Marketing, Salt7.
"This was our 8th year participating and Savor is one of the nicest events that we do– classy, a big draw, and lots of fun! The long table down the Avenue is really cool, guests love this event, and it is also good for the retail businesses and other restaurants Downtown, said Todd Lawrence, General Manager, City Oyster. 
"Our guests look forward to Savor the Avenue every year, many calling months ahead of time hoping to secure a spot. We are a long time Delray establishment and 32 East& Tryst have a lot of Delray pride. We couldn't imagine not being a part of such a unique event that highlights many of the best restaurants in Downtown Delray, said Butch Johnson, Owner, 32 East and Tryst. 
"Savor The Avenue is an economic development focused program for the DDA, said Laura Simon, Executive Director. As such, we have now moved the event to a Monday based on feedback from our merchants. They believe that this day of the week with the additional traffic of the more than 1,000 guests and others who come to see this unique experience is more beneficial for the Downtown business community. In addition, guests were asked to participate in a survey and were entered into a drawing for an opportunity to win a dinner for two at a Downtown Delray Beach restaurant of their choice. We greatly appreciate everyone’s support for this unique and SOCIAL dining experience. 
Guests shared:
"The tables every year are fantastic and so much fun to stroll around and see the creativity. Everyone at this event seems to be in such great spirits and it’s such a joy meeting the new people each year at our table. The staff was awesome, the food was spectacular, the music was perfect for the venue and I can't wait for next years’ Savor the Ave!"
"We had nine in our party and everything was fantastic! It all seemed to run very smoothly, and despite the temps being a bit chilly and some winds, it didn't take the "warmth" out of our absolutely favorite Delray Beach event of the year!!"
"LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this event!!!! It is so unique and such a great way for the many restaurants to showcase their specialties!!! I recommend this to everyone I know and they all love it after attending. Keep up the great work DELRAY!!!"
Savor the Avenue is presented by: JES Publishing (Delray Beach Magazine & Boca Raton Magazine) and the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority. Savor the Avenue 2016 was sponsored by: Atlantic One Realty, South Florida BMW, 111 First Delray, Atlas Party Rental, and The Hyatt Place Delray Beach. Special thanks to Delray Garden Center for providing plant décor. 
For more information, please visit or phone 561.243.1077. To view photos from the event visit

Celebrate Mom!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 11:59am
Delray Beach, FL (April 6, 2016)...In honor of Mother’s Day, the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority presents the Downtown Delray Orchid Giveaway April 30 – May 7, 2016. Shop the more than 300 fashion boutiques, art galleries, gift shops, spas, salons and fitness studios Downtown, collect $200 in receipts and receive a Phalaenopisis Orchid plant. 
"Created by the DDA to encourage shopping Downtown for the Mother’s Day holiday, this annual program is generously supported by the Merchants and Merchant Association," said Laura Simon, Executive Director, DDA. "This is our way of saying thank you for shopping in Downtown Delray Beach!"
The Orchid Stations for turning in receipts will be located in front of Hands Stationers at 325 E Atlantic Ave and Petite Connection at 1049 E. Atlantic Ave on April 3 and May 4-6 from 11am to 3p.m. and May 7 from 11am to 5pm. Restaurant receipts are excluded and the orchid plants are available in a variety of colors while supplies last.
Enter to win a Mother’s Day Prize Package from April 30 – May 10, 2016 at Valued at over $500, the package includes dining, spa and shopping certificates from Downtown Delray Beach businesses.
For Orchid Giveaway details visit and, or call the DDA Office at 561.243.1077.