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Valentine’s Day Gift Guides

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 3:31pm

The month of L-O-V-E is fast approaching, and with that comes Valentine’s Day! A day to show your S.O. how much you love and adore them. Picking out that perfect gift to express your feelings can be tough…this is where we come in! The Delray Beach DDA has curated a few little gift guides to help spark your romantic creativity and encourage you to keep the love local and shop small! Whether you are looking for the perfect gift or unique experience for her, for him, or maybe even a fun night out with your galentines, we’ve got you covered...

Valentine’s Day Gifts for HER:

  1. Heart-themed apparel & accessories from Periwinkle – nothing says I love you like wearing your heart on your sleeve (literally), so check out local boutique Periwinkle and she will be all HEART EYES for you.
  2. Love Baskets from Serenity & Tea by the Sea – For the SWEETheart in your life. Let the gals at Serenity & Tea by the Sea put together the perfect basket filled with baked goods, love-themed trinkets, & more!
  3. Couples Massage @ The Seagate Hotel & Spa – A gift for both of you! Enjoy a relaxing couples massage at the beautiful Seagate Hotel & Spa. Make a day of it by utilizing the hotel gym, follow-up your massage with lunch at the spa pool and take in the South Florida sunshine.
  4. A Romantic Dinner @ The Grove – If you haven’t been to The Grove restaurant in Pineapple Grove yet, this is the perfect excuse to check it out. The atmosphere is romantic, the drinks are refreshing, and the food is a love story in itself.
  5. Custom Bouquet of Flowers from From Rhoem With Love – Go straight to the flower king himself for your bouquet this year. Let Joseph show you the true art of flower arranging and wow you’re her with a bouquet as beautiful and unique as her!
  6. Love Sculptures from Avalon Gallery – Make sure your love is set in stone by gifting her a romantic love sculpture from local business Avalon Gallery. Hint: This could be the perfect gift to present an engagement on! ;)
  7. Colorful Stacking Rings from Vintage Tess – Maybe your not quite ready for the diamond, or maybe that was giving a while back; either way, we say rings are a girls best friend, so gift her some fun, colorful rings from Vintage Tess (by appointment only due to COVID-19)

Valentine’s Day Gifts for HIM:

  1. Maritime Journey Cologne from Tommy Bahama – Let’s be real, this is a gift for you too. Keep your man smelling fresh and beachy with this signature cologne from Tommy Bahama. This cool bottle with a faux boat cleat is sure to impress.
  2. Faux Wood BruMate from Quiet Storm Surf Shop – Keeping is drink cold is almost important as his love for you, so gift him this necessity and he will be sure to love you forever! (Brumates come in multiple colors and different shapes)
  3. Cigars from a Local Cigar Shop – Cigar shops are a plenty in Downtown Delray, so check out our list here and consult the experts on cigars your man will be sure to L-O-V-E.
  4. Paddle Board Rentals for Two from Surf District Surf Shop – Change it up this year and plan an adventurous outing for V-Day. Rent paddle boards from SDSS, enjoy some fun in the sun, snorkel, and relax with your man.
  5. Surf District Surf Shop Hat – Make sure your man is protected from the sun. These fun, branded hats will do the trick.
  6. Couples Massage @ The Seagate Hotel & Spa – Because men tend to neglect their self-care, go in on a romantic, relaxing massage package at the Seagate to rejuvenate, relax, and restore!
  7. Romantic Dinner Cruise on the Lady Atlantic – Try something new with a dinner cruise aboard the Lady Atlantic! Enjoy cocktails, food, and tunes while sailing up and down the beautiful Intracoastal waterway.

GALentine’s Day Gifts for the Gals:

  1. Give the gift of sweets from Kilwins – Carmel Apples, Chocolate Covered Oreas, a Box of Chocolates, OH My! Friendships are made of chocolate in our opinion…
  2. Private Food Tour with Craft Food Tours – Nothing says “Galentine’s Day” like a fun food tour with our favorite foodie duo. Book a tour for you and your gals to explore some of the best food Delray has to offer. Get a behind the scenes look into the restaurants in Downtown Delray & enjoy a fun night out with your BFFs.
  3. Tickets to see Easton Corbin @ Old School Square Pavilion - Grab the gals and buy a pod fo this must-see country music concert at Old School Square! Nothing says love ya lots like the seranade of a song with 4 of your besties! (pods are sold in increments of 4 seats per ticket)
  4. Rent a private Theater at IPIC – Kick it up a notch and rent out a theater at IPIC for you and all your crew. With a wide array of movies to choose from, spaced out seating pods, and unlimited popcorn, it will be a night the gals will surely remember!
  5. Make a Floral Arrangement at Death or Glory with Jen Blossom Events – Grab your gals and reserve your spot for this fun upcoming DIY event. Cocktails and florals are the perfect combo. Jen will teach you how to create a floral masterpiece that you can take home for yourself, or gift it to someone else.
  6. Friendship Bracelets from Coco & Co – When acronyms just get you…LYLAS and other fun bracelets are available at Coco & Co for you to gift to your besties. Pick out the perfect saying to fit each friend, or go all matchy-matchy with your besties!

These are just a FEW of the many great gifts available in Downtown Delray shops & boutiques. For a list of all of our Downtown Shops, click HERE. For a list of our Restaurants & any Valentine’s Day specials going on, click HERE.

 

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Unique Outdoor Dining Spots in Downtown Delray Beach

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 9:37am

In Delray Beach, outdoor dining is synonymous with dining in general. With 85+ restaurants offering either outdoor seating or open-air spaces, you’d be hard-pressed to find a place that you couldn’t enjoy the fresh air! Since we live in a beautiful climate year-round, the options to sit outside and enjoy your meal alfresco are endless. With so many great restaurants & cafés to choose from, we’ve decided to highlight just a few this month (albeit there are so many more, so we will be highlighting different restaurants each month). We have also compiled a list for you categorized by neighborhood, so you don’t miss out on trying any of our 100+ amazing restaurants in Downtown Delray Beach!

 

Dada – 52 N Swinton Ave.

Don’t miss the ambience and charm of Dada, an award-winning restaurant located in the West Atlantic neighborhood on Swinton Ave. Take a step back in time when you dine in the historic Tarrimore house. The inside is intimate, the outside is cozy, the food – delicious. Sit under their signature Banyan tree surrounded by twinkle lights and hanging lanterns and you will feel like you’re being served a 5-star meal in your own backyard. Don’t forget to check out their signature mojito menu, a drink you will definitely want to try.

Dishes to try:

  • Dada Dates
  • Pork Belly Burnt Ends
  • Jalapeño-Agave Glazed Salmon
  • Mojito: Classic or Mango-a-go-go
  • Dessert: Warm Banana Bread

 

 

 


 

  

Hawkers – 640 E Atlantic Ave.

Located on the east side of Federal Hwy is the colorful and vibrant Hawkers Asian Street Food. Putting out major laid-back vibes with its open-air courtyard, Hawkers takes you away from the bustling sounds of Atlantic Ave. and plants you on a couch, with a fire, good tunes, and some café style lighting to really set the mood. This spot is perfect for a group of friends to hang out or a family to dine at and is a place in Downtown Delray you don’t want to miss. Its eclectic menu of Asian-inspired and infused dishes will leave you wanting seconds (which you will probably order, because their happy hour is worth it!)

Dishes to try:

  • Roti (a must)
  • Seoul Hot Chicken Baos
  • Korean Twice Fried Wings
  • Drink: Sake Flight, Gin Rickshaw, Tiki, Do You Love Me
  • Dessert: Jo-Hé Bag O’ Donuts

 

 

 


  

Caffe Luna Rosa – 34 S Ocean Blvd.

Situated across from Delray Beach’s 2-mile stretch of white sand beach is Caffe Luna Rosa. Touted as an “Award-Winning Oceanside Dining Experience”, you can’t get any closer to the sea than this Italian-style restaurant. With plenty of outdoor seating, and an open-air indoor dining room, you feel the fresh ocean breeze throughout your entire meal. The breath-taking views are worth a visit alone, but you won’t be disappointed in the array of amazing food options either.

Dishes to try:

  • Luna Rosa Breakfast Pizza
  • Locals hack: ask for the off-menu homemade banana bread (it’s worth the extra calories!)
  • Linguini Amalfitana
  • Vitello alla Parmigiana
  • Drinks: Bloody Mary Antipasti (for brunch) or Prickly Pear Mule

 

 

 


 

 

(first photo courtesy of @TheDelrayEdit)

Casa L’Acqua Ristorante – 9 SE 7th Ave.

If you’re looking for something cozy and off the beaten path, look no further than Casa L’Acqua. This charming cottage-style restaurant serves up fine dining Italian with a laid-back vibe. Located right off of Atlantic Ave. on SE 7th Ave, Casa L’Acqua is the perfect spot for an intimate date night under the stars. Come hungry and ready to try some unique Italian dishes.

Dishes to try:

  • Octopus Carpaccio
  • Costoletta alla Salvia (double-cut veal chop)
  • Branzino alla Sale (whole Branzino fish)
  • Dessert: A Chocolate Martini
  • Drinks: A bottle of their fine wine

 

 


 

Death or Glory – 116 NE 6th Ave.

Located in the historic Falcon House of Delray Beach, Death or Glory’s roots started 100 years ago with many stories held within their walls. Their rum-focused drink menu pays homage to the rum runners of the Florida 1920’s. This tiki-esque restaurant/bar is all about “never give up, never grow old”, which is conveyed through the fun décor they have up year-round. Whether it’s spooky vibes for Halloween or it’s full-on holly jolly Christmas décor, there is always a theme going on at Death or Glory. Their quirky menu is vegan-inspired and puts a spin on a ton of classic dishes. It’s the perfect spot for a group of friends, a fun date night, or to just meet new people! After all, everyone is family here.

Dishes to try:

  • Chickpeas (dusted in “Cheeto” spice!)
  • Crispy Chicken Sandwich
  • Drinks: Painkiller, Elusive Dreams

 


 

Brulé Bistro – 200 NE 2nd Ave.

Brulé is a staple restaurant in Downtown Delray. Located in the heart of the Pineapple Grove district. This adorable little bistro, chalk full of outdoor seating, is the perfect spot for brunch, lunch, happy hour, or dinner. Run by amazing local chef, Suzanne Perotto, a ton of heart and soul goes into every item on the menu. With delicious food, drinks, and the perfect ambience, it is sure to please. Don’t forget to check out its sister restaurant – Rose’s Daughter, just a few blocks south!

Dishes to try:

  • Tuna Poke
  • Chicken Meatballs
  • Crispy Shrimp Tacos
  • Brule Burger
  • Drinks: The Lady Rules, Some Like it Hot

 

 


 

Want to check out some other amazing outdoor dining spots? We have categorized them by neighborhood:

West Atlantic Ave Neighborhood

East Atlantic Ave.

Beachside

SOFA

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Pineapple Grove

Would you like to see more photos of our different outdoor dining options? Click the gallery link below:

Looking for how to spend a day in Downtown Delray? Check out this blog post

Delray Beach Market Press Release - December 7, 2020

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 2:52pm

DELRAY BEACH MARKET TO LAUNCH AS FLORIDA’S LARGEST
FOOD HALL EXPERIENCE THIS MARCH

The Sprawling 150,000 Square-Foot City Hub Conceptualized by Menin Development will

Will Become An Artistic New Flagship Attraction for Residents + Visitors of Delray Beach

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

DELRAY BEACH, FL (December 7, 2020) – Poised to be America’s premier model food hall with heavy emphasis on artistic eye candy, Delray Beach Market by Menin Development is readying to open this March after a year of construction just half-a-block south of Atlantic Avenue in the heart of downtown Delray Beach, Florida.

A culinary phenomenon that not even COVID-19 could put a halt to, Delray Beach Market will serve as a physical homage to the Delray Beach experience, drawing from the town’s rich history as a travel and agricultural center as well as a winter escape for scores of unique personalities through the decades. Specialty food purveyors, innovative chef-helmed dining concepts and creative food incubators will be centered on local and ethnic gastronomy from established brick-and-mortar concepts to trendy food trucks. A creative beverage program, curated art and food exhibitions and an endless array of programming such as live music shows, culinary schooling, celebrity activations, and innovative events will be central to this new destination which will serve as a new flagship experience for Delray Beach, affectionately known as the Village by the Sea.

The culturally rich institution will deliver a recipe of equal parts market, community locale, art emporium, and culinary melting pot. Delray Beach Market will be the largest food hall ever to break ground in Florida and the very first in Delray.

“It’s been years in development and it’s finally here, ready to be revealed and to play host the nearly three million annual visitors to Delray Beach (Source: Downtown Development Authority). We’ve worked hard to analyze and forecast what Delray Beach locals were missing and what our friends from around Florida and the country would love to patronize in a new model food hall, and placed it all within this single destination for food lovers to enjoy,” says Jordana L. Jarjura, President & General Counsel for Menin Development.    

Standing four stories tall at 150,000-square feet and featuring over 25 local and regional eateries with a rotating lineup of smaller artisan vendor pop-ups throughout, the Market will put Delray on the national map for its unique culinary landscape. But beyond offering an architecturally striking arena for food and art to come together while welcoming over 2,000 visitors a day, Delray Beach Market will serve as both a communal and millennial hub for the city of Delray.

Opportunities for public gatherings through creative food museum exhibits, collaborations with the world’s greatest food artists, educational celebrity culinary demonstrations, as well as an abundance of activations for kids and families to partake in throughout the week will be central to the experience.

“Delray Beach Market will be as much about supporting up and coming chefs as it will be to housing experienced concepts ranging from eclectic to fast-casual and fine dining. The market presents the perfect eco system for operators hard-pressed to congregate together in a communal dining experience, with easy financial access and built-in customers,” says Andy Masi, Clique Hospitality Founder and CEO, whose team has been appointed to manage the facility.   

Construction on the food emporium began in November 2019 and includes 60,000-square feet of individually-curated hospitality vendors anchored amidst a backdrop of stunning, large format interactive murals and sculptures by world-renowned artists, a 220-car, four-level enclosed parking garage, first floor and mezzanine levels with an abundance of indoor and outdoor seating areas, as well as dedicated takeout/pick-up spots.

The main hall invites guests to enjoy the exciting sights and sounds of the Market, where a bright and eclectic mix of neon and retro modern signage sets the tone for communal or individual dining. A central bar will present the ultimate in build-your-own Bloody Marys along with a rotating menu of seasonal cocktails crafted by top mixologists.

A craft beer bar on the ground floor will offer a variety of craft beer selections from Florida’s celebrated local breweries. At the mezzanine level, an open show kitchen surrounded with lounge areas along with an additional bar will present a space ideal for hosting cooking and baking classes, while catering to private, corporate and special events.

Specialty COVID-19 design measures include touchless bathrooms, collapsible nanowalls for open-air spaces at the mezzanine special event level, two garage doors on the ground floor, enhanced air filter AC system, outdoor seating for 200, and plenty of socially-distanced spaced indoor seating.

“Our show kitchen will be completely furnished, ready for hosted entertainment with audience space and state-of-the-art audio and visual capabilities,” says Andy Masi. “Activations will be a constant curation here. We are going for big strategic partnerships and will have alliances with spirit brands, food brands and a healthy mix of food retail.” 

Notable restaurants on the ground floor will include Sorella’s, an artisanal handmade pasta house featuring Chef Jimmy Everett, a Florida native with extensive Italian cuisine experience in kitchens like Marea (New York City) and Al Molo (Hong Kong). Sorella’s unique product offerings will include fresh, handmade build-your-own-pastas as well as a variety of take-home retail items such as authentic sauces, pastas by the pound and other ready to eat items; Bona Bona, an over-the-top ice cream shop with a boozy streak known for wild concoctions like its toasted marshmallow merengue; Tekka Bar, an esteemed hand-roll and sake haven for sushi connoisseurs developed by acclaimed Las Vegas restaurateurs Takashi Segawa & Oliver Wharton, highlighting the freshest seafood alongside an eclectic sake program; and Tiffin Box, a fast, fresh Indian concept that aims to please the less traditional palate with delicately altered flavors and an amalgamation of recipes from different parts of India.

Visitors can also gear up for a day on the ocean at local retail icon Nomad, a family-owned and operated veteran surf shop established in 1968, offering quintessential surf, swim and beach apparel collections, skate apparel and more.

ABOUT DELRAY BEACH MARKET

The brainchild of Menin Development and Clique Hospitality, Delray Beach Market is the largest food hall to ever break ground in Florida. Home to over 25 individually curated vendors offering both local and eclectic flavors in contemporary digs, the 150,000 square-foot Delray Beach Market, located at 33 SE Third Avenue in the heart of downtown Delray Beach, Florida, will be a central community hub, offering a taste of the city like never before. The Market will be open seven days a week between the hours of 7am and 11pm. Learn more by visiting www.delraybeachmarket.com.

ABOUT MENIN DEVELOPMENT

Menin Development, Inc., headquartered in Delray Beach, Florida, is a privately-held owner, developer and manager of commercial real estate properties. Menin has acquired, developed and remodeled, in excess of $1.5 billion of property in South Florida, Phoenix, New Orleans and throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast.  Presently, Menin Development owns, manages and is in development of more than $700 million of commercial real estate. Current development is focused on urban commercial mixed-use, hospitality and multi-family projects in South Florida, along with select single-tenant acquisitions in upscale markets nationally. The company was founded by Craig Menin in 1985. menin.com

ABOUT CLIQUE HOSPITALITY

Clique Hospitality, founded by Andy Masi, is a collaboration of talented food and beverage professionals who have helped shape the dining and nightlife landscape along the West Coast for the past two decades. Masi has dedicated his life to making guests feel that a simple night out is more than just a memory, but also an experience. Clique is a boutique hospitality and marketing company with operations in Las Vegas, NV, San Diego, CA and Delray Beach, FL. Clique specializes in approachable dining that sets trends, rather than following them. In its partnerships with many of the country’s most prestigious hospitality corporations, including MGM Resorts

International, Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, Pendry Hotels, Montage Resorts, and Red Rock Resorts, Clique is transcending hospitality through service, quality, and trendsetting design.  

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Press/Media Contacts:

Michelle Soudry, The Gab Group, 561.750.3500, msoudry@thegabgroup.com

Kristen Skladd, The Gab Group, 561.750.3500, kristen@thegabgroup.com

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Happy New Year! #LoveDelray - Photo Pop-Up

Tuesday, December 29, 2020 - 2:29pm

Image: Initial drawing of the pop-up by local artist Sharon Koskoff

There is a new photo opp in town! A temporary one that is…The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority has commissioned local artist Sharon Koskoff to paint a colorful and fun, pop-up photo opp to welcome in the new year. The 8 foot by 12 foot, three-panel, wood slab is shaped like a postcard and depicts a heart-shaped sun dawning over a blue-green ocean wave, plumeria flowers, and starfish. The words “Welcome 2021! Love, Downtown Delray Beach” grace the sandy shores and are meant to bring a positive message to Downtown Delray going into the new year.

     

As we leave the woes of 2020 behind, we welcome in the new year and new prospects. We want to share a positive message with the community and show our love for downtown Delray Beach and to all who work, live, and play here. Everyone is invited to visit this art installation, take photos, and share the #LoveDelray message!

This instagrammable pop-up art piece will be located at Old School Square Park (near the 100 ft Christmas Tree) from Tuesday, December 29th to Monday, January 18th, 2021. 

 

Construction Update: Delray Beach Market

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 3:14pm

From Kast Construction:

The Delray Beach Market project tower crane is planned to be removed on December 7-8, 2020. During this period of time we will have an MOT in place from 11/30/2020 thru 12/11/2020 to perform the water main extension along the West side of SE 3rd Ave, see attached map. Currently the display signs are up announcing this closure.