Economic Development

Our goal is to connect merchants with consumers who are willing to support the local economy and find the quality local products and services that Delray Beach is known for. The areas in and around Atlantic Avenue are filled with exceptional small businesses that offer the types of consumer goods that have been vital in helping us grow our Village by the Sea. If you know of any business who is looking to locate to Downtown Delray Beach, or who is currently in Downtown Delray Beach but needs help reaching their local market, we are here to help.

Mother's Day Orchid Giveaway

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 9:25am


Delray Beach, FL (April 2017)…Moms are the best so celebrate their special day! In honor of Mother’s Day, the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority presents the Mother's Day Orchid Giveaway.  Join us  from May 1-13, 2017 and receive one Phalaenopsis Orchid Plant* with every $200 spent shopping at Downtown Delray Beach fashion boutiques, specialty stores, gift shops, art galleries, spas, salons and fitness studios. Collect your receipts** and pick-up your orchid May 10 - 13th at one of two Orchid Stations located in front of Hands Stationers, 325 E Atlantic Ave. and Petite Connection, 1049  E Atlantic Ave. on Wednesday May 10th, Thursday May 11th and Friday May 12th from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday May 13th from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Enter To Win a Mother's Day Prize Package online from May 1 - May 17, 2017 at (beginning May 1).  Valued at over $500, the package includes Downtown Delray Beach dining, spa, shopping and attraction certificates.   For Orchid Giveaway details visit and, or call the DDA Office at 561.243.1077.

*While supplies last.

**Valid receipts required & must be presented at one of the orchid stations. Receipts (dated May 1 - May 13, 2017) must be from Downtown Delray Beach fashion boutiques, specialty stores, gift shops, art galleries, spas, salons and fitness studios (restaurant receipts are not valid).




The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) stimulates, enhances, and sustains the economic vitality of downtown Delray Beach and the quality of life enjoyed by locals and visitors.

World Champion Dancers Open New Studio in Delray Beach

Monday, March 6, 2017 - 11:41am

Media Alert: World Champion Dancers Open New Studio in Delray Beach

Clifton Sepulveda and Mar Martinez spent the last five years dazzling crowds and racking up awards as championship ballroom dancers. Karen Granger and Laura Simon spent that time developing a vibrant culture and business community in Delray Beach leading the Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Development Authority respectively. On March 16, the local business champions will lace up their dancing shoes to welcome the international ballroom champions and their new dance studio to Delray Beach.

Join, Clifton, Mar, Karen and Laura for the grand opening festivities at the new Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Delray Beach, 247 SE 6th Ave. Suite 4, Delray Beach, on Thursday, March 16, beginning at 5:00 p.m. (grand opening details below). The celebration will feature food and beverage from local establishments, professional dance performances and free beginner dance lessons for the public. Mses. Granger and Simon will each perform a showcase dance with Clifton prior to the official ribbon cutting ceremony. 

“We’re so honored that Ms. Granger and Ms. Simon agreed to let us teach them the timeless art of ballroom dancing in time for them to perform at our grand opening,” Martinez said. “Clifton and I fell in love with Delray Beach the moment we saw it and are so happy to get to share our excitement to be business owners here with the whole community.”

Join us for an evening of good food and great fun as we welcome the new Fred Astaire Dance Studio to Delray Beach. To RSVP, please click here.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Matt DeMargel



Grand Opening Festivities

(Thursday, March 16, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.)

Attire: Business Casual

5:00 p.m.         Doors open for food and greeting

5:15 p.m.         Official welcome and toast

5:25 p.m.         Showcase dances by Karen Granger and Laura Simon

5:30 p.m.         Official ribbon cutting

5:35 p.m.         Professional dance performance by Clifton & Mar

5:45 p.m.         Group Dance Instruction

6:00 p.m.         Open Dance Party with local band, South Florida Swing Band


About Fred Astaire Dance Studios®

Co-founded in 1947 by the legendary Fred Astaire, Fred Astaire Dance Studios set the standard of excellence in dance instruction. They feature ballroom and Latin style dance lessons for all ages and abilities in a fun, friendly atmosphere. Our unique method of instruction will allow you to learn dances from the Foxtrot to Salsa faster and more easily than you could anywhere else. Our mission is to enrich the lives of anyone and everyone who is associated with our company and to become your community dance studio.


Barre Envy Is the First and Only Luxury Fitness Studio in Artist Alley

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 11:38am

Barre Envy Is the First and Only Luxury Fitness Studio in Artist Alley

Come see the inspiring space this Friday, March 3rd for a VIP Open House including a complimentary class, local bites, product samplings and cocktails

February 27, 2017 - Delray Beach, FL  - Introducing a new collaboration bringing style and substance to Barre fitness. On Friday, March 3, 2017, Barre Envy will be hosting a VIP Open House for our Delray Beach community. Doors will open at 6:30pm. Barre Envy is leading the trend by establishing their business in the newest hot spot in Downtown Delray, Artist Alley. The quaint neighborhood is set up to embrace the arts and Barre Envy’s mission is to support the new area by moving their business and bringing local art inside the studio, as well. The newly branded studio, formerly The Barre Studio, which was located off of Atlantic Avenue for 5 years, has rebranded and made the move. They invite you to come see their inspiring space and explore Artist Alley.

The monthly First Friday Art Walk, put on by the Downtown Development Authority, will also be going on that night and it’s encouraged to venture out to the participating art galleries & studios.

The evening’s events entail:

  • A complimentary Barre Envy class (sign up required limited space)
  • Opportunity to meet the owners Kim Palacio and Erin Heit
  • Talk with instructors
  • Take advantage of Special Night Package of 15 classes for $150
  • See the mural inside by well-known artist Amanda James (owner of Amanda Johnson Studio in Artists Alley) who will be there as well
  • Learn about Allure Aesthetics services
  • Sample Levar+ Skincare
  • Shop Mindy Gang Jewelry
  • Taste apps and specialty drinks from Banyan Restaurant

Kim Palacio, Co-Owner, Barre Envy “I am excited about our location here in the middle of Artist’s Alley. The sculpting and toning that we do with the body through our precise technique is a form of art. So, I feel we have found our perfect home. Our clients are loving the close proximity to Bedner’s and all the great restaurants that are in walking distance. After class they are shopping, grabbing coffee, lunch or dinner. The sense of community is wonderful.”

Erin Heit, Co-Owner, Barre Envy “When Kim presented the idea of collaborating on bringing her existing successful barre business to the new and upcoming area of Delray Beach, Artist Alley, I knew I needed to be involved. To be able to offer my extensive branding experience to bring together two of my passions, fitness and art, was a dream come true, and Barre Envy was created.”

Barre Envy is the first and only luxury fitness studio located in trendy Artist Alley, Delray Beach, FL. We invite you to experience  the difference our attention to your proper form and alignment makes. The smallest adjustments creates the biggest changes. We are your new destination to sculpt and transform your body. Details Matter. Located 341 NE 3rd Ave , Delray Beach FL 33444 Phone 561-891-0006,

Media Contact: Erin Heit

Phone: 305-962-7273



Learn more about Barre Envy


Monday, February 27, 2017 - 12:03pm



Delray Beach, FL Just a few reservations remain for the 9th annual Savor the Avenue on Monday, March 27th at 5:30 p.m. !  Steve Weagle, WPTV NewsChannel 5 Chief meteorologist, will once again host 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).  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.

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 table scape by uploading a picture of the best table to Facebook or Instagram, using #SavorPeoplesChoice and checking in to or tagging the restaurant name.

The Savor the Avenue 2017 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 and  Reservations are made with the restaurants directly, and seating is limited.  The DDA is pleased to announce that restaurants will donate $3 from each reservation at Savor the Avenue to the Delray Beach Public Library

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

Savor the Avenue is presented by:  Delray Beach MagazineBoca Raton Magazine, and the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority

Final day to reserve your seat is March 24.  For information and menus please visit and, or call 561.243.1077. #SavorTheAvenue




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 or phone 561.243.1077.


Media Contact:

Sarah E. Flynn - Willcaro Communications LLC

561.866.5064 -


Friday, February 17, 2017 - 9:44am

(February 17 - 26)

Contact: Lisa Franson, Cell: (954) 290-1326,

When: ATP Champions Tour Event: Friday, Feb. 17 - Sunday, Feb. 19
Stadium matches start Friday @ 6 pm, Saturday & Sunday @ 12:30 pm

ATP World Tour Qualifying: Saturday, Feb. 18 - Sunday, Feb. 19
Starts @ 11:00 am Saturday & Sunday

ATP World Tour Event: Monday, Feb. 20 - Sunday, Feb. 26
Monday - Friday: Day Session starts @ 11:00 am, Night Session @ 6:00 pm
Saturday Semifinals: Day Session starts @ 1:00 pm, Night Session @ 6:00 pm
Sunday Finals: 1:00 pm (doubles), 3:00 pm (singles)

Where: The Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center, 201 W. Atlantic Avenue. I-95 exit 52
(Atlantic Ave), Florida Turnpike: Exit 81 (Atlantic Ave). Head east using either exit and look
for the tournament signs.

The ATP Champions Tour Field : Six "legends of the game" are playing eight matches (7
singles, 1 doubles) in a USA vs International format. The USA team includes Mardy Fish,
James Blake & former Boca Raton resident Vince Spadea vs the International trio of
Fernando Gonzalez of Chile, Boca Raton resident Sebastien Grosjean of France, and
Vero Beach resident Mikael Pernfors of Sweden.

The ATP Champions Tour Schedule: All eight matches are pre-scheduled and the lineup
can be found at ATP Champions Tour Lineup.

The ATP World Tour: The field is led by world No. 4 Milos Raonic of Canada and 2009
US Open champion and 2011 Delray Beach champion Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina.
Del Potro is one of five former Delray Beach singles champions in the field, joining
defending champion Sam Querrey (2016), Ivo Karlovic (2015), Delray Beach resident
Kevin Anderson (2012) and Tommy Haas (2006). Also in the mix is American Jack Sock,
now world No. 19, and Australian Bernard Tomic. The four-time Delray Beach doubles
champion Bryan Brothers will battle for the doubles title with defending champions Oliver
and Fabrice Martin.

The ATP World Tour Draw: The 2017 singles draw will be made Friday (Feb. 17) at 2:00
pm, with Monday's matchups announced when the draw is completed. There are a pair of
pre-scheduled matches on Tuesday, Feb. 21: No. 1 seed Milos Raonic plays his first round
match at 12:30 pm, with Juan Martin Del Potro opening his 2017 season in the nightcap at
8:00 pm. The Bryan Brothers play their first-round doubles match on Wednesday at 8:00

TV Coverage: Starting Tuesday, Feb. 21, The ATP World Tour event will be televised
domestically on Tennis Channel and internationally in more than 110 countries.
Tickets:Ticket prices range from $25.25 to $85.25 for individual seats. Tournament
packages (sessions 1-17), Weekender packages (sessions 13-17, quarterfinals,
semifinals, finals), on-court Best Seats in the House and covered Stadium Veranda seating
are also available. Tickets can be purchased by phone (561-330-6000), on the website at
Delray Beach Open Tickets, or at the on-site box office.

Special Admission Offers:
Military, Police, Firefighters & Emergency Personnel: Two complimentary
tickets per session with official department ID for Sessions 1 - 6 (Friday, Feb. 17-
Monday, Feb. 20)

Senior Days BOGO Presented by the Delray Medical Center: Offer available on
reserved and box seats for Monday (Feb. 20), and Wednesday (Feb. 22) day
sessions for seniors 55-and-older.

Food Drive Presented by Champion Porsche: (Monday, Feb. 20), donate eight
canned non-perishable items and receive a complimentary ticket for the day session.

USTA Kidz Day: On President's Day (Monday, Feb. 20) there are on-court and off-court
activities for kids ages 6 to 16 plus a ticket to the ATP World Tour day session. Prices range
from $10-$20 with accompanying adult tickets $10. All registration must be completed online:
Kidz Day Registration.

Gates: Open an hour before play, with the exception of those holding passes or tickets for
on-site special events.

Official Parking:  Follow signs to $5 parking in South County Courthouse Parking Garage
(Atlantic & SW 2nd Ave) or Old School Square Parking Garage (Entrance on NE 1st Ave),
Valet Parking $20. $10 discounted valet parking available for Porsche drivers.

Downtown Roundabout Trolley: Service runs between the Delray Beach Tri-Rail station
and the tournament weekdays (Monday through Friday) from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm and on
weekends (Saturday and Sunday) from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm. The trolley stops near the
tournament entrance on W. Atlantic Ave.

Security/Items Disallowed: In conformance with local requirements and facility rules, the
following items ARE NOT allowed on the premises: Backpacks, large handbags, coolers,
laser pointers, aerosol cans or weapons of any kind. All bags or other items will be subject
to search. All persons entering venue will be subject to wanding. The following items ARE
allowed in the facility: Cameras and one (1) sealed bottle of water per person. Umbrellas are
permitted on-site, but the use of umbrellas is NOT permitted in the stadium or in outside
court seating areas.

Information: Visit or call 561-330-6000.

About The Delray Beach Open: The only tournament in the world featuring an ATP Champions Tour event
and an ATP World Tour event in the same week at the same venue is held in Delray Beach, Florida February
17 - 26 at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center.The ATP World Tour's first North American hard court
event of the outdoor season is one of just 11 ATP World Tour events in the United States. In 2017 it will be
celebrating its 25th year overall and 19th in Delray Beach. The ATP Champions Tour event is in its 8th year
and was the first-ever event played on US soil. Each year the Delray Beach Open brings world-class tennis
players and thousands of visitors to Delray Beach and Palm Beach County. In 2010, the tournament received the Discover The Palm Beaches Florida's annual Providencia Awardfor its extraordinary contribution to tourism. The City of Delray Beachwas also a finalist for the USTA's "Best Tennis Town" Award and in 2003, the tournament was the recipient of an "ATP Award of Excellence." For more information please visit

About ATP: The ATP is the governing body of the men's professional tennis circuits - the ATP World Tour ,
the ATP Challenger Tour and the ATP Champions Tour. With65 tournaments in 30 countries, the ATP World
Tour showcases the finest male athletes competing in the world's most exciting venues. From Australia to
Europe and the Americas to Asia, the stars of th e 2017 ATP World Tour battle for prestigious titles and
Emirates ATP Ranking Points at ATP World Tour events (including Master Series 1000, 500 and 250 events),
as well as Grand Slams (non ATP events). The ATP Champions Tour brings together many of the greatest
tennis players in history for nostalgic, competitive and entertaining tournaments around the world. Players are
either formerly ranked No. 1 in the world in singles, a Grand Slam singles champion or finalist, or a singles
player on a winning Davis Cup team. Players must be retired from ATP World Tour competition and each
event can invite wild card entrants of its choice.

About The City of Delray Beach: In the southeast corner of Palm Beach County on the Atlantic seashore,a
Village by the Sea that began as an agricultural community in 1895 has become one of Florida's most popular
destinations for visitors, newfamilies and seasonal residents. The City of Delray Beachencompasses slightly
over 16 square miles with a permanent population of nearly 65,000 and growing. Renewal and redevelopment
efforts have resulted in recognition as the All-America City in 1993 and 2001, the Blue Wave
designation for clean and beautiful beaches, and hailed by city planners around the nation as a model for
growth management. In 2012 during the nationally televised "Best of the Road" special, Delray Beach was
chosen by Rand McNally, USA Today and the Travel Channel as the "Most Fun Small Town" in America.
In 2014, USA Today also named it as one of the "Best Atlantic Beaches in Florida."

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