'This month is not just about Small Business Saturday, but about supporting the local businesses,' expresses Marjorie Ferrer, Exec. Director of the DDA.
Delray Beach, FL (PRWEB) October 30, 2013
This November, the Downtown Development Authority of Delray Beach encourages the public to shop local and support the community.
Downtown Delray Beach is filled with over 400 small businesses including fashion boutiques, fine art galleries with local artists, salons, and one of a kind specialty shops, making Delray Beach the best place to shop local. This historic downtown has been the canvas for the small business owner since the early 1900’s, drawing independent retailers and restaurateurs to downtown to start their business and to create their legacy. Delray Beach is a community that is filled with pride and rich with a strong sense of community which makes celebrating shopping local a natural fit.
During the month of November, in conjunction with the American Express Small Business Saturday Shop Small movement, the DDA is promoting the many wonderful and unique small businesses that truly are the “heart of our community”. Many of the businesses along Atlantic Avenue and throughout Pineapple Grove are signing up with American Express Shop Small to provide an American Express shopping credit to customers, as well as creating other special offers and events to reward their customers for shopping local.
“This month is not just about Small Business Saturday, but about supporting the local businesses,” expresses Marjorie Ferrer, Exec. Director of the DDA. “We have mom and pop shops that have been a part of the fabric of our downtown for almost 80 years, such as Hand’s Stationers, Delray Camera Shop and Avalon Gallery and some that have recently invested into the neighborhood like Sequin, Ginjer, IT’SUGAR and The Juicebuzz, so November is the perfect time for us to celebrate them all.”
Some of the special highlights for the month are:
- The Olive Taste of Delray Beach offering gift with purchase
- MintFit 111 will be offering a discount to those who shop local and show their receipts at the gym
- Shea’s Bakery is offering discounts for the entire month to small business owners on their baked goods orders
- Wine Tasting events at The Wine Wave
- Special Book Signing events at the local bookstore, Murder on the Beach Bookstore
- Open Studio Events and Hair Salon Special Events happening throughout the month
We encourage the public to take this opportunity to visit these cornerstones of the community, meet the merchants that have made this neighborhood your neighborhood. For more information about Shop Local Month in Downtown Delray Beach visit http://www.downtowndelraybeach.com and join the conversation on facebook at http://www.fb.com/DelrayDDA or use the hashtag #ishopdelray.
About the Downtown Development Authority:
For the past 41 years, the Downtown Development Authority has assisted in successfully branding Delray Beach as the Village by the Sea. The Delray Beach DDA was created by Resolution 9-71, which became law on March 22, 1971, as a dependent district of the City of Delray Beach.
“The DDA 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.”
The main areas of involvement in downtown development include: Marketing and Promotions; Economic development programs; Security and crime prevention; Traffic and parking; Clean and safe. In addition to the main areas mentioned above, the DDA also works closely with merchants to develop seasonal retail awareness campaigns to generate traffic and sales.