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 2015-16 Annual Report is available!

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.

 

Delray Beach Fashion Week 2018 - 5th Year Anniversary

Attn: All Downtown businesses. You are all invited to be a part of Delray Beach Fashion Week's 5th Year Anniversary. Delray Beach Fashion Week is an internationally, award-winning event that will be held January 24-28, 2018. If you are interested in participating or being a sponsor of this event, please contact the DDA office at DDA@DowntownDelrayBeach.com or (561) 243-1077. 

Click here to view the Retail Participation Form.

Click here to view the Hair Salon Form

Click here to view the 2018 Sponsorship Packages

Delray Beach Post Hurricane Irma Business Recovery Brief

Businesses throughout the Delray Beach community have been impacted by Hurricane Irma. As you work to assess the impact on your employees, property, inventory, equipment and operating revenue, here are a few resources that may help you during the recovery period. We stand ready to assist you and your employees – let us know how. Click here to view the resource guide. 

2018 Guide to Downtown Delray Beach

Advertising is available in the 2018 Guide to Downtown Delray Beach.

Click here to view the 2018 Media Kit. If you're interested in advertising in the 2018 Guide to Downtown Delray Beach, contact the DDA office at DDA@DowntownDelrayBeach.com or (561) 243-1077. 

 

Downtown Security Ambassador Pilot Program

We need your feedback on the pilot program. Click here to learn more about the pilot program. 

Please let us know if you'd like to see the program continue:

If you are a Downtown resident, property owner, business owner or visitor, send a letter or email about this pilot program to: DDA@DowntownDelrayBeach.com and/or click here to take the Downtown Ambassador SURVEY.

 

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 are held at Northern Trust Bank (770 E Atlantic Ave) at 8:30 a.m. 

-        Friday, Nov. 17

-        Friday, Feb. 16

-        Fri, March 16

-        Fri., April 20

-        Fri, May 18

Holiday Social and Window Contest award show

-        Thursday, December 14, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Summer Social:

-        Wed, June 13 

 

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 DelrayBeach. 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. 

Venetian Drive & Gleason Street Intersection Improvements

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 11:04am

The City of Delray Beach will be working in conjunction with R&D Paving, LLC on the Venetian Drive & Gleason Street Intersection Improvements project that will begin September 4, 2018. This project, developed by the City of Delray Beach, was developed for the purpose of improving the paver brick intersections and pedestrian crosswalks at the intersections with Atlantic Avenue. The anticipated completion date of this project is December 3, 2018.

This project will cause vehicular and pedestrian travel inconveniences and as a result, will be constructed in two phases. During Phase 1: east/westbound traffic along Atlantic Ave will remain open, pedestrian traffic will remain open and ONLY right turns (eastbound) are available from Venetian Dr. & Gleason St. During Phase 2: east/westbound traffic along Atlantic Ave. will remain open, pedestrian traffic will remain open, Venetian Dr. & Gleason St. access to Atlantic Ave. will be closed. During the construction period, there will be lane shifts, road detours, and pedestrian detours. For your safety please adhere to the posted maintenance of traffic signage.  All disturbed areas of work will be restored prior to to the project's completion.

 

If you have any questions or concern regarding the construction of this project, please feel free to call the City of Delray Beach's Program and Project Management Division at (561) 243-7341

Top 5 Ways to Practice Positive Mental Health

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 4:41pm

The busy season in South Florida is winding down and summer is on the horizon, so it’s no coincidence to us that Mental Health Awareness Month is in May.

It’s easy to get stuck in a routine with a schedule full of work, school, family and other personal commitments without ever taking a moment for a little R&R. Whether you prefer hitting the gym, getting pampered or simply being one with nature, take some time this month to take that much-needed mental break, right here in Downtown Delray Beach!

Here’s five top ways to unplug and practice positive mental health and wellness in #DowntownDelrayBeach!

  1. Get active

Set up a nice playlist, plug in your headphones and get moving! Taking a walk, run or bike ride along the beach is an easy way to increase your energy and revitalize your mind and body. If you’re looking for more structure, there’s always the option of hitting a gym or fitness studio and lucky for you, we’ve got plenty of options. Barre Envy, PurLife, Ride Delray and Slash Fitness are just a few places in Downtown Delray where you can work up a sweat and release the stress.

  1. Enjoy Nature

There’s nothing like the great outdoors and we’ve got the options to prove it! If the waves are calling your name, then Delray Beach is where you need to be. What’s better than swaying palm trees, the feel of the sand beneath your feet and sound of crashing waves to help you relax. We also have plenty of parks throughout Delray Beach, perfect spots for you to take a few moments to yourself. Veteran’s Park also provides a serene environment with a perfect view of the intracoastal waterway. Bring a blanket and book or word puzzle to stimulate your mind or set up an impromptu yoga session.

  1. Perfecting the swing  

​If you’re feeling competitive, then participating in sports is a great way to get the adrenaline going. The Delray Beach Tennis Center is friendly enough to make you feel at home, with courts large enough to make you feel like you’re playing alongside the greats. Play a casual game among friends or take a lesson from one of their instructors. If quiet precision is your style, then playing a round at Putt’n Around is exactly what you need. So, grab a snack and hit the course.

  1. Mind, Body & Soul

What better way to release the stress than to fine-tune your body? Enhancing your health and overall wellbeing is the most important way to practice positive mental health. Whether it’s a trip to Foot Haven Reflexology Bar or Acupuncture Zen, you’ll walk away anxiety-free and ready to take on the world!

  1. Be A Tourist

Sometimes if you need a refresher, a Delray Beach staycation provides the perfect mental getaway. Here in Downtown Delray Beach, we’ve got everything you need including hotels, restaurants, art galleries and museums. Put on your tourist cap and explore this village by the sea. Need some inspiration? Stop by our brand-new Visitor Information Center & grab some guidebooks while talking to our knowledgeable staff about all the hidden treasures you can experience in Downtown Delray Beach.

Atlantic Crossing Officially Breaks Ground

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 4:21pm

On Thursday, May 10, city partners, community members along with the media attended the groundbreaking ceremony for Atlantic Crossing, the new project which will span two full city blocks and will include 82 condos, 261 apartments, 83,000 square feet of office space and 76,000 square feet of shops and restaurant, accompanied by an underground parking garage.

 

The project, which is expected to have a five year buildout, will start with construction on the underground parking garage which is estimated to take 15 months to complete. Atlantic Crossing is the largest private investment in the City ($300 million) and is projected to bring 600 permanent jobs.

 

 

Downtown Delray Beach Property & Business Owners and Residents Attend Annual Town Hall Session

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 12:10pm

Delray Beach, FL (April 4, 2018)…The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority(DDA) hosted the Annual Town Hall Session for Property & Business Owners – “State of the Downtown”- on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Crest Theatre at Old School Square.  DDA Board President Peter Arts welcomed the more than 150 guests, followed by Laura Simon, Executive Director who shared the mission and focus of the organization –  marketing of the Downtown District, placemaking, and economic vitality.  She also included highlights of Delray Beach Fashion Week, the Downtown Security Ambassador Pilot Program and Savor the Avenue. 

Featured speaker Robert Gibbs, Gibbs Planning Group presented the results of the Downtown Delray Beach Downtown Retail Market Study and the Downtown Shopability Analysis.  Highlights included: 

  • Through the Retail Market Analysis, provided the categories of retail/restaurants that are supportable within the Downtown.
  • Providing strong recommendations from the customers point of view regarding ways to enhance the Downtown shopping experience including first impressions, and how important these are for a return visit.
  • Downtown Delray Beach has a walkability score of 92 out of 100 - among the highest in the nation. 
  • Reviewed all master plans, land development regulations, codes, parking regulations, and signage, and provided short, medium and long-term recommendations to create the #1 Downtown in the US.

 

“Delray Beach is one of the top five downtown shopping districts in the US,” said Robert J. Gibbs, AICP, ASLA, Gibbs Planning Group.  “It is filled with an exciting collection of restaurants, specialty shops and hotels all clustered around beautiful, walkable streets and squares. Delray has the rare X-Factor desired out by many millennials, young families, empty nesters and tourists.”

 

To view the complete reports, please visit:  www.DowntownDelrayBeach.com/Research-Data. The DDA is appreciative of Dada and Dr. Doodles Donuts for providing refreshments at the Property & Business Owners Town Hall.

 

About the Downtown Delray Beach Retail Market Study:  The report includes a written and illustrated summary of relevant population and demographic characteristics of the Downtown trade area, including the socioeconomic characteristics and buying patterns; and a qualitative opinion as to whether or not retail development is supportable, sales forecasts, and size estimates of the retail categories.

 

About the Downtown Shopability Analysis:  A comprehensive, market-based plan for the downtown commercial district to improve its retail market share and become more appealing to leading retailers and restaurants.  The plan includes short- medium- and long-term strategies and recommendations for building infill, lighting, open space, parking, storefronts, streetscape, tenant mix, vehicular circulation and walkability that can be made to achieve maximum shopper appeal and potential sales

 

 

For more information, please contact the DDA by email DDA@DowntownDelrayBeach.com or call 561.243.1077. 

 

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About the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority

The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority mission is to stimulate, enhance and sustain the economic vitality of Downtown Delray Beach and the quality of life enjoyed by locals and visitors.  For more information, please visit www.downtowndelraybeach.com or phone 561.243.1077.

 

DOWNTOWN DELRAY BEACH PROPERTY & BUSINESS OWNER ANNUAL TOWN HALL SESSION THE PUBLIC IS WELCOME!

Friday, March 16, 2018 - 1:19pm

Delray Beach, FL (March 16, 2018)…The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority(DDA) will host the Annual Town Hall Session for Property & Business Owners – “State of the Downtown”- on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach.  The public is encouraged to attend this event featuring Robert Gibbs, Gibbs Planning Group who will present the results of the Downtown Delray Beach Downtown Retail Market Study and the Downtown Shopability Analysis.

“Delray Beach is one of the top five downtown shopping districts in the US,” said Robert J. Gibbs, AICP, ASLA, Gibbs Planning Group.  “It is filled with an exciting collection of restaurants, specialty shops and hotels all clustered around beautiful, walkable streets and squares. Delray has the rare X-Factor desired out my many millennials, young families, empty nesters and tourists.”

Downtown Delray Beach Retail Market Study:  The report includes a written and illustrated summary of relevant population and demographic characteristics of the Downtown trade area, including the socioeconomic characteristics and buying patterns; and a qualitative opinion as to whether or not retail development is supportable, sales forecasts, and size estimates of the retail categories.

Downtown Shopability Analysis:  A comprehensive, market-based plan for the downtown commercial district to improve its retail market share and become more appealing to leading retailers and restaurants.  The plan includes short- medium- and long-term strategies and recommendations for building infill, lighting, open space, parking, storefronts, streetscape, tenant mix, vehicular circulation and walkability that can be made to achieve maximum shopper appeal and potential sales

To RSVP, please contact the DDA by email DDA@DowntownDelrayBeach.com or call 561.243.1077.  To view the report:  www.DowntownDelrayBeach.com/Research-Data.

 

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About the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority

The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority mission is to stimulate, enhance and sustain the economic vitality of Downtown Delray Beach and the quality of life enjoyed by locals and visitors.  For more information, please visit www.downtowndelraybeach.com or phone 561.243.1077.

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