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 HOLDS ATLANTIC AVENUE CAREER EXPO
Jobs Available at Downtown Shops, Restaurants & Hotels

An Atlantic Avenue Career Expo is scheduled for Thursday, October 12, 2017 at the Delray Beach Public Library (100 W. Atlantic Avenue), from 9am-11am and 1pm-3pm. The expo will feature retail and hospitality job opportunities offered by shops, restaurants and hotels throughout the downtown Delray Beach area.

The expo is a collaborative effort by the City’s economic development team, and is part of a larger workforce and talent development strategy that promotes local hiring. Organizing and supporting partners include CareerSource Palm Beach County; the City of Delray Beach; Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency; the Office of Economic Development; the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority; the Delray Beach Public Library; the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce; the West Atlantic Redevelopment Coalition; and the Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative.

Potential job applicants can get tips from CareerSource Palm Beach County on how to best prepare for the expo at a job seeker workshop, scheduled for Tuesday, October 3, from 1:00pm to 5:30 pm, in the Tower Room, on the second floor of the library. Attendees will receive tips on a variety of practical subjects, including writing and editing resumes, professional presentation, job interviews, and communications skills.

For more information about the job seeker workshop, or to register as a participating employer for the career expo, contact Michal Corbit at CareerSource Palm Beach County at (561) 340-1060 x2368.

Click here to learn more.

October Sidewalk Sale & Susan G. Komen GO PINK

The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and while many of you already contribute or produce something in October around this cause, we are encouraging you all to maybe do a little more on Oct. 26th. Since the Summer Sidewalk Sale was cancelled due to the hurricane, we are recreating for this day Thurs., Oct. 26 from 10am – 6pm. The Susan G. Komen South Florida chapter came to us in August to partner on the Downtown Goes Pink program.  We along with West Palm Beach and Stuart are taking part in the program.  Not that this is a competition or anything – but we would love to have Downtown Delray out shine these other two cities!!!!

Click here for more information from Susan G. Komen with the sidewalk sale participation included. The DDA will be adding pink lighting to the streets and we are working with our partners at the City to enhance the gateway lights and Old School Square.  This is the first time that they are producing Downtowns Go Pink and if all goes well it could continue.  

 

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: 

October Merchant Meeting: TBA

 

 

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. 

Downtown Delray Beach to Paint the Town Pink for Breast Cancer

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 11:00am

 

For Immediate Release

October 13, 2017

Downtown Delray Beach to Paint the Town Pink for Breast Cancer

West Palm Beach, Fla.– On October 26, 2017, Delray Beach will be one of three South Florida cities to host the first ever “Downtowns Go Pink” in support of Susan G. Komen South Florida® and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pink lights, compliments of the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority, will adorn trees and lightpoles on Atlantic Avenue and in Pineapple Grove, and businesses throughout Downtown including The Colony Hotel, Caspian, Old School Square and the Hyatt Place will be accented with pink lighting.

Restaurants and stores are offering special discounts and items, gifts with purchase, and a portion of sales support Komen’s local life-saving breast cancer programs and research to find a cure.  A sidewalk sale on the same day gives shoppers all the more reason to visit Downtown Delray Beach.

Komen has partnered with Delray Beach’s Downtown Development Authority to engage a variety of establishments and offer shoppers and diners a fun day or evening out on the town including:

  • Avalon Gallery—10% of each sale donated to Komen
  • C. Orrico—10% of each sale donated to Komen
  • Dada—$2 donated from the purchase of every signature breast cancer cocktail
  • Hand's Office & Art Supply—10% of each sale donated to Komen
  • Morley—10% of each sale donated to Komen
  • Periwinkle—10% of each sale donated to Komen
  • Sequin—Gift with purchase of $38+ and 10% of each sale donated to Komen

In addition, Cut 432 has made a generous donation to support Komen South Florida. 

More stores and restaurants are joining every day. For the latest information about participating businesses, visit www.DowntownDelrayBeach.com/SidewalkSale or to learn more about Downtowns Go Pink in West Palm Beach and Stuart, visit www.komensouthflorida.org/events/gopink or email info@komensouthflorida.org.

While in Delray Beach, Komen encourages a visit to the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum to see “Shades of Pink,” an exhibit by photographer Michiko Kurisu featuring the personal journeys of nine local African-American women. The exhibit runs October 19th through November 11th and is a joint project among Susan G. Komen® South Florida, the West Palm Beach, FL Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and The Spady Museum.

About Susan G. Komen and Komen South Florida

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Komen South Florida is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. Through events like the Komen South Florida Race for the Cure®, Komen South Florida has invested over $14 million in community breast health programs in Palm Beach, Martin, and St. Lucie counties and has helped contribute to the more than $920 million invested globally in research For more information, call 561-514-3020 or visit www.komensouthflorida.org.

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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Media Contact:

Jennifer Martinez
JLM Communications
Jennifer@jlmcommunications.net
(561) 301-4998

Shop, dine and enjoy the ease of paying for parking in Delray Beach

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 3:57pm

Shop, dine and enjoy the ease of paying for parking in Delray Beach

The City announces new mobile payment and pay-by-plate parking meters

Delray Beach, FL (October 6, 2017) -  Gone are the days where you had to display your parking receipt on your dashboard! The city of Delray Beach is pleased to announce the launch of a new pay-by-phone and pay-by-plate program enabling drivers to conveniently pay for parking on their mobile device.

Users can now use the Parkmobile app to pay for parking on all on-street, surface lots and garages throughout the city. You can also pay with credit/debit cards and U.S. bills at all meters, if preferred. The Parkmobile app can be downloaded for free from the Android and Apple app store.

The pay-by-plate option can be found in the beach area. Due to the city's beach renovations, meters were temporarily suspended. With most of the construction complete, payment for beach parking will resume on Monday, October 9, 2017.  Patrons can use any meter to add time by simply using their license plate number. Pay-by-plate will operate from the Beach Pavilion at A1A and Atlantic Ave, south to Casuarina Road. The same meters can be found in the City-owned garage at street-level spots on the barrier island. 

For more information on parking, please contact Jorge Alarcon, the parking facilities manager at alarconj@mydelraybeach.com.

DELRAY BEACH DDA HONORED WITH INTERNATIONAL DOWNTOWN ASSOCIATION AWARDS

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 9:52am

 

Delray Beach, FL (September 15, 2017)…The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority has been recognized by the International Downtown Association with the Downtown Achievement Award of Excellence for Delray Fashion Week 2017, and with a Certificate of Merit award for the Inside Downtown Delray Beach Video Series.  The awards were presented during the 63rd Annual Conference and Tradeshow in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

The Award of Excellence acknowledges innovative best practice entries which exceeded the juror criteria. Delray Fashion Week 2017 was among 18 qualified entries in the category of Events and Programming. This category featured programs and events that improved the image and vitality of downtown.

The Inside Downtown Delray Beach Video Series was among 13 qualified entries in the category of Marketing and Communication. This category featured plans or strategies that used print, electronic media, or multimedia efforts to promote downtown.

“The DDA is proud to have been recognized alongside our international downtown organization peers, from Winnipeg to New York City, and Ft. Collins to Fresno, “ said  Laura Simon, Executive Director, Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority. It is the collective mix of our merchants and businesses though, and their collaborative spirit, that enable programs such as Delray Beach Fashion Week to be successful, and the ability to showcase the beauty, diversity and uniqueness of Downtown Delray through their perspective in the Video Series.”

“The Delray Beach DDA received the IDA Award of Excellence and IDA Certificate of Achievement for conducting innovative best practice work in the industry of urban place management,” said David Downey, IDA President and CEO. “These projects are shining examples of excellent downtown management delivering real value to the city.”

Washington, DC-based IDA is the premier organization for urban place professionals who are shaping and activating dynamic city center districts. The Downtown Development Authority is the urban place management organization representing the interests of property owners in Delray Beach, FL.

                                                           

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About the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority

The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority stimulates, enhances, and sustains 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.

 

About IDA

The International Downtown Association is the premier organization for urban place professionals who are shaping and activating dynamic city center districts. Our members are city builders and downtown champions who bring urban centers to life, bridging the gap between the public and private sectors. We represent an industry of more than 2,500 place management organizations, employing 100,000 people throughout North America and growing rapidly around the world. Founded in 1954, IDA is a resource center for ideas and innovative best practices in urban place management. For more information, visit downtown.org.

 

 

Media Contact: Sarah E. Flynn - Willcaro Communications LLC 

561.866.5064 - sarahf@willcarocomm.com

DELRAY BEACH HOLDS ATLANTIC AVENUE CAREER EXPO

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 4:10pm

Jobs Available at Downtown Shops, Restaurants & Hotels

MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.— An Atlantic Avenue Career Expo is scheduled for Thursday, October 12, 2017 at the Delray Beach Public Library (100 W. Atlantic Avenue), from 9am-11am and 1pm-3pm. The expo will feature retail and hospitality job opportunities offered by shops, restaurants and hotels throughout the downtown Delray Beach area.

The expo is a collaborative effort by the City’s economic development team, and is part of a larger workforce and talent development strategy that promotes local hiring. Organizing and supporting partners include CareerSource Palm Beach County; the City of Delray Beach; Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency; the Office of Economic Development; the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority; the Delray Beach Public Library; the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce; the West Atlantic Redevelopment Coalition; and the Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative.

Potential job applicants can get tips from CareerSource Palm Beach County on how to best prepare for the expo at a job seeker workshop, scheduled for Tuesday, October 3, from 1:00pm to 5:30 pm, in the Tower Room, on the second floor of the library. Attendees will receive tips on a variety of practical subjects, including writing and editing resumes, professional presentation, job interviews, and communications skills.

For more information about the job seeker workshop, or to register as a participating employer for the career expo, contact Michael Corbit at CareerSource Palm Beach County at (561) 340-1060 x2368.

About CareerSource Palm Beach County:

CareerSource Palm Beach County is the non-profit organization chartered by the State of Florida to lead workforce development in Palm Beach County. During the past five program years, the organization has assisted more than 118,000 residents find employment ranging from entry level to executive suite, with salaries from these jobs creating $2.2 billion in annual average wages. More information is available at www.careersourcepbc.com.

About the Delray Beach Office of Economic Development:

The Delray Beach Office of Economic Development (OED) is a collaborative office, jointly funded by the City of Delray Beach and the Delray Beach CRA. Services offered to relocating, expanding and start-up businesses include site selection and relocation assistance; business grants and incentives; connections to community resources; small business and entrepreneurial support; workforce development; and project management. OED’s mission is to drive and inspire the growth of a diverse, vibrant, entrepreneurial economy for all.

 

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Message from Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein Regarding Hurricane Irma

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 10:05am
Message from Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein:
 
As Hurricane Irma approaches, the storm's impact to our city remains unknown, but our mission is clear - to stay safe no matter what comes our way. I urge all residents, visitors and business owners to prepare as best you can by stocking up on supplies, securing your homes and lending a hand to neighbors who need it.
 
During any major storm, it's also important to stay informed as the forecast changes, so if you haven't yet, follow the city's social media pages, and sign up for CodeRED. It's our way of getting critical information to you during extreme weather events such as Hurricane Irma. CodeRED sends notifications via voice calls, text messages and emails free of charge, so even if your power goes out, you can still receive crucial updates from city officials and emergency managers on your phone about evacuations, warnings, curfews, city services during the hurricane, shelters and more. To sign up, visit the city's Emergency Management web page or click  here.
 
You'll also find answers to all of your storm-related questions - from evacuation zones to preparing your pets for an emergency to where to find the right shelter for your family - on the city's website:  www.mydelraybeach.com/departments/protection.php. Take a few minutes to explore this information-packed site.  If you decide to leave South Florida,  FL511.com  is the state website for traffic conditions on state highways.  This afternoon, Governor Scott advised there are adequate fuel supplies along state highways. 
 
I wouldn't ask you to do something we haven't done ourselves. Rest assured that the city of Delray Beach and its first responders are as prepared for Hurricane Irma as possible, and I am confident we will all weather this storm together. 
 
Stay safe, Delray Beach.  
 
Cary Glickstein
Mayor