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Travel + Leisure Names Delray Beach in Top 12 Best Beaches in Florida

Friday, June 19, 2020 - 4:18pm

Travel + Leisure has released their article on the "12 Best Beaches in Florida" placing Delray Beach at number 7!

"Delray Beach is the perfect place to alternate between napping, swimming in the ocean, and entertaining people-watching. With a wide sandy sprawl that’s lined with grass and palm trees, you’ll have plenty of space to relax. When you need a break from the sun, window shop on Atlantic Avenue or take in the murals and public art in the Pineapple Grove Arts District."

Read the entire article HERE. And watch the video below:


Support Black-owned Businesses in Downtown Delray

Monday, June 15, 2020 - 6:13pm
Delray Beach’s history is rooted in a strong black community that has helped build and shape our village to be what it is today. As we continue to grow and learn, we understand that we have an inherent duty to dismantle systemic racism and create powerful change amongst our entire community. We want to show our support for the black-owned businesses within the Downtown Delray Beach district by highlighting them, in hopes that this small act will result in amplifying their voices and give them the recognition they deserve in society. As thousands of people take to the streets to protest around the world, we are committed to change and vow to listen. 
Below is a working list of black-owned businesses in Downtown Delray that we hope you will support in some way. If we are missing a business in the Downtown Delray Beach district, let us know in the comments!
Support Black-owned businesses in the Downtown Delray Beach District:
Donnie Dobson recently retired, closing Donnie's Place, a Legacy Business in Downtown Delray Beach.
Art and Cultural Centers
Barber & Beauty Salon
Professional and Essential Services
Dedrick D. Straghn, Attorney & Counselor at Law
SOD Unlimited
Corner Office
Know of other black-owned businesses in Downtown Delray Beach? Message us to have them added!

Downtown Delray Business Relief Assistance Grant

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - 9:39am

[Update: Application closed] Downtown Delray Business Relief Assistance Grant — Due to the results of the COVID-19 Executive Orders, all non-essential businesses and restaurants within Downtown Delray Beach had been forced to close or change their operation to provide curbside pickup or delivery service. Downtown Delray Beach is home to over 96% small businesses making up the fabric of the community. Many of these businesses have been along Atlantic Avenue for over 10 years and are now facing an unprecedented crisis.

The Downtown Development Authority has designated $30,000 to assist small storefront businesses within the DDA district that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Downtown Delray Local Business Relief Grant Assistance program will award up to 30 businesses $1,000 grants. Administered and funded by the Downtown Development Authority, these grants are designed to serve as flexible emergency funding in an effort to assist with retaining as many small storefronts, for-profit businesses including retail, gallery, independent restaurant, or retail service business with a physical location within downtown Delray Beach customarily open for customers/patrons. Grant criteria include the small business being open and operating for over five years, have 25 employees or less, and be locally owned and operated. Grant awards to individual businesses shall not exceed $1,000. The online application will go live on June 16, 2020, at 8 a.m. and the deadline for submission is 11:59 p.m. on June 17, 2020.

The Business must meet the criteria below to be eligible to apply:

-     Own a storefront business within the DDA district that qualifies as a "small business" (25 employees or less)

*Business owners with multiple locations within the Downtown Delray district may submit one application for each site. A separate application must be submitted for each location.

-       Business Type: For-profit, retail, gallery, independent restaurant with a physical location within the downtown & customarily open for customers/patrons

-       Open and Operating within the district for over 5 years (Business Tax Receipt, BTR, or other proof of operations, proof of business's state license (Sunbiz), and W-9 must be provided)

-       Be locally owned (owner to reside in Palm Beach County)

-       Lost ability to operate due to COVID-19 public health requirements OR demonstrate that the COVID-19 outbreak caused a minimum 50% decline in revenues since March 13, 2020 (using average revenue for the same two-month period in 2019 and/or average monthly revenue based on total 2019 revenue).

-       Have no outstanding liens or legal judgments

-       Demonstrate the desire to continue operations and have applied for federal relief provided

Submitted applications will be reviewed based on timestamp received, and 30 qualified businesses will each be awarded a $1,000 grant by June 19, 2020. Grants recipients must provide the DDA with proof of how the funds were used within 60 days of receipt of the grant funds.

Questions regarding the grant should be emailed to grant@downtowndelraybeach.com

PDF documents you will need to complete your form:

  • Business Tax Receipt (or other proof of years in operations as a business/organization)
  • Proof of business’s state business license (Sunbiz)
  • W-9 Form
  • Proof of decline in revenue


We strongly urge interested businesses to take the weekend to review the application criteria, gather any necessary supporting documents you will need, and take a look at the SAMPLE APPLICATION prior to the application going live.

 If you have any questions, please reach out to grant@downtowndelraybeach.com and we can assist you.



Insider tips to a Staycation in Delray Beach

Friday, May 22, 2020 - 4:34pm

A much needed change of scenery is only a drive away...

For the past few months many have put life on pause.  This hiatus from normal life while spending lots of time at home... working, teaching school to kids, fixing up the house, spending quality time with the family... is all in close quarters.  Need a vacation from your stay-at-home vacation? 

The thought on all of our minds is... how do we vacation now?  With grand summer travel plans canceled and hesitation to go far away from home, you should look no further than Downtown Delray Beach!  Jump in the car for a short drive to relaxation, sun, and fun.  There is something for everyone from the beach to shopping and dining, all walkable from your hotel!  

Don't want to break the bank? We have compiled a list of deals for Palm Beach County and Florida Residents from some authentically vibrant Delray Beach spots.  

Where to stay:

910 W Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444
Florida Resident deal:
Florida Residents Save 15%!
If you are a resident of Florida you can save 15% off of our regular rates. Use special rate code FR6 to activate discount.
(Valid May 28-October 15, 2020)


202 SE 5th Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33483
Florida Resident Deal:
Discounted Room Rate for an Aloft King or 2 Queen Room
Includes: Complimentary Self-Parking, late checkout and a Snack Pack of signature Re:Fuel snacks and beverages.
Palm Beach County Resident Deal:
Discounted Room Rate for an Aloft King or 2 Queen Room
Includes: Complimentary Self-Parking, late checkout and 2 Complimentary House Ale's from Saltwater Brewery

Where to eat:

840 E Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33483
Florida Residents Deals:
Extended Happy Hour | Mon-Fri open-6pm 
Happy Hour food menu | 2:30-5pm at all tables and bars  
(Dine in only. Valid until Sept 30, 2020. Can not be combined with other discounts.)
$1 Kids Meals | Mon-Thur
$1 kids meal with purchase of an adult entrée. Every $1 will be donated to Achievement Centers for Children & Families.
(Dine in only. Children 12 & under. Valid until Sept 30, 2020. Can not be combined with other discounts.)
½ Price Wine Monday & Wednesdays
½ off any bottle of wine with purchase of an entrée (excluding Dom Perignon)
(Can not be combined with other discounts. Valid until Sept. 30, 2020)
Taco Tuesday
Beginning at 5 pm – Expanded menu with taco salads, nachos, different tacos. $16 taco plate with rice & beans, including a house margarita, draft beer or soda.  Upgrade options available on margaritas
(Dine-in only. Valid until Sept 30, 2020. Can not be combined with other discounts.)
12 for $12 menu  | Mon-Fri, 12-2pm  (see smoked salmon and grilled cheese photo attached)
12 items priced at $12 each including an n/a beverage.
(Dine-in only. Valid until Sept 30, 2020. Can not be combined with other discounts.)


301 E Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33483
Palm Beach County Resident Deals:
Forget Tacos, Drink Tequila 
$20 Bottomless Tequila cocktails with the purchase of an app or entree every tuesday at Johnnie Brown's 
(Tuesday's only, not valid with any other offer, only good for dine-in guests, must be 21 years of age to consume alcoholic beverages)
Whiskey & Wings Wednesday 
Join us every Wednesday at Johnnie Brown's for $5 Jack Daniels Cocktails and $1 Wings 
(Wednesday's only, 5 piece minimum wing order to receive the $1 per wing price. All sauce flavors included, not valid with any other offer, only good for dine-in guests, must be 21 years of age to consume alcoholic beverages)

634 E Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, Florida 33483
Palm Beach County Resident Deal:
20-30% off all full bottles of wine through June & July 
(Must purchase meal to receive discount)


200 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444
Florida Resident Deal: 
Daily Social Hour 
All menu items 20% off!


169 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444
Florida Resident Deal: 
Daily Social Hour
All menu items 20% off!


10 E Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444
Florida Resident Deal:
Bottomless Brunch | every Saturday and Sunday 
Enjoy bottomless mimosa, bloody marys and rosé drink specials with order of Brunch Entree
Order 1 Liter Margarita bottles and receive $10 off with the purchase of a brunch entree.  
(Dine-in guests are limited to an hour and a half stay.)
10 NE 5th Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33483
Palm Beach Resident Deal:
15% off any popcorn tins
(mention this resident discount to receive, offer valid indefinitely)

Give Back to Delray Beach Cultural Centers

Monday, May 4, 2020 - 8:49am
Coined as the "Most fun small town in the U.S.,” Delray Beach couldn't claim that title without our beloved Art & Cultural hubs. These cultural centers are the places that connect Delray Beach through live performances, gallery exhibitions, classes, and so much more…and will be even more valuable for connecting us as we emerge from this crisis.  They provide entertainment for residents and visitors alike and offer opportunities to be a part of something bigger.  They preserve the architectural, memories, nature, and history of Delray Beach that we know and love with a bit of style and flair, maintaining our Authentically Vibrant Village by the Sea. 
Now more than ever we need to help preserve these cultural centers, that are the essence of our unique Delray Beach vibe.



Arts Garage 


What they are all about: Arts Garage strives to connect our community (Delray Beach!) to the world through the Arts.  Priding themselves on their diversity, the breadth of their programming provides a constantly refreshing atmosphere and delightful discoveries for attendees.  Arts Garage is a community cultural hub where you can learn and experience the arts. We look forward to the return of their regularly scheduled concerts, theatre performances, visual art shows, and visual & performing art classes.  


Virtual Programs:  From our HeARTs to your homes - a video series to bring Arts Garage to you!  Heartwarming performances and entertainment for the family while you have to stay home. 

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/user/DelrayArtsGarage/videos


How you can support them: Arts Garage asks you to participate in #givingtuesdaynow because Art & Music Matters! Donate herehttps://artsgarage.org/donations


Arts Warehouse 


What they are all about:  Arts Warehouse is an Arts Incubator space for studio artists that also holds gallery exhibitions, visual art workshops, professional development opportunities, talks, and special events.  With a few dozen Artists studios in the building the atmosphere is always buzzing with creativity and activity. The Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency rehabilitated this warehouse in late 2017, creating this artist community that honors the history of Artist Alley - a buzzy vibrant place to find Art!  


Virtual Programs:  You can view the current Exhibition "Visual Voices" online heremake sure to scroll all the way down and watch the video!  Arts Warehouse also participates the DDA Virtual First Friday Art Walks, find their virtual art walk tour here.


How you can support them:  When Arts Warehouse reopens, they always love volunteers!  If your interested read more here OR contact them directly if you would like to donate: https://artswarehouse.org/contact/# 




What they are all about:  A beautifully renovated historic school, Old School Square, serves as a cultural center of Delray Beach. With many different facets to their program and large scale events, Old School Square creates an easily approchable community atmosphere for enjoying the Arts in Downtown Delray Beach, with a range of programs including theatre, live music, art, and learning.  Their campus includes: Crest Theatre - where you can view Plays, comedy and concerts, Cornell Museum - where fabulous Art Exhibtions by Local and National Artists take place, Old School Square Pavilion - where national acts & free live music events and the GreenMarket takes place, Creative Arts school - where the public can take classes in various forms of art (drawing, painting photography, etc.), and the Fieldhouse - where community events like the orchid show happen, as well as a space you can also rent for your own event!   Old School Square acts as a historical gem and a destination for community culture.
How you can support them:  Your donation can make a difference to help Old School Square continue their programming for the community, find out the details here:  https://oldschoolsquare.secure.force.com/donate/?dfId=a0nF0000008AkwWIAS



What they are all about: The Delray Beach Historical Society, believing that a sense of history is fundamental to understanding human experiences, collects, preserves and shares materials from Delray Beach’s past, so that present and future generations can comprehend more fully their predecessors, their communities and themselves. The society encourages and assists people of all backgrounds and interests to learn more about Delray Beach’s diverse history.
Virtual Programs:  While in person tours are suspended you can visit the Delray Beach Historical Society website for a plethora of Delray Beach history http://delraybeachhistory.org/learn/
How you can support them: Help the Delray Beach Historical Society preserve the memories of Delray Beach, find out more here - http://delraybeachhistory.org/make-a-donation/



What they are all about: The Spady Museum’s mission is to expand, preserve and present the culturally diverse history of the black communities of Delray Beach.  At Spady, there is a strong sense of community and bringing people together to educate and share the history of the area.  Normally, the Museum runs a historical tour throughout Delray Beach.   When you get a chance to visit the Museum you will find a vibrant gallery that rotates exhibits highlighting local culture, as well the Museum houses events like yoga and cooking classes that bring the community together while learning. 
How you can support them:  Become a member at Spady, https://spadymuseum.com/join-now/


What they are all about: The Sandoway Discovery Center offers a glimpse into South Florida’s fragile marine and freshwater environments through educational exhibits and programs. Sandoway opened its doors in 1998 and quickly captivated the interest of students, teachers, naturalists, community leaders, visitors and residents of Delray Beach and surrounding communities. The unique facility offers hands-on learning experiences, which focus on Florida’s fragile ecosystems and their inhabitants. Meet sharks and other fish at the coral reef pool, explore Southeast Florida’s largest private shell collection and join us for special events such as Earth Day and beach clean-ups. The center’s library is a great resource to explore natural history and the environment. The observation deck, shell collection and native plant and butterfly garden also allow the visitor to learn about our unique coastal environment.
How you can support them:  Become a member https://sandoway.org/member-benefits/   Pick from an array of adorable animals to “adopt”  - pay for their care for a year https://sandoway.org/adoptions/  or become a part of the Shark Society https://sandoway.org/corporate-membership/
What they are all about: The Delray Beach Children's Garden was created to nurture eco-consciousness in children. We believe that given the opportunity to learn, play and explore in nature, children will grow up wanting to be environmental stewards. We also understand the positive impact a greenspace can have on a community.

From the start, the founding committee believed that a garden for children should include children in the design and build. Children have been an integral part of creating what the garden has to offer today, from serving as judges at our design charrette, to working as volunteers throughout the build. The land, leased to us from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, has been transformed into an eco-wonderland and thriving community garden and nature center through the support of countless volunteers and supporters.

Garden Features:  Veggie Garden Labyrinth, Rare and Tropical Fruit Trees, Fish and Turtle pond, Twig Tunnel, Banana Forest, Well Wishes Healing Garden, Interactive weather and solar power stations, Adventure Boat, Dream Garden, Giant Storytelling Chair with a Treasure Chest Library, Shade Lounge, and the Simon Grass River Chickee Hut for classes, celebrations and gatherings.

How you can support them: The Children's Garden as many options for helping them plant seeds of goodness!  Find out more donating details here:  http://www.delraybeachchildrensgarden.org/support