By Mike S Payton, Contributing Reporter
DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA – Despite the devastating coronavirus pandemic, stay-at-home orders and business closures in March, rising COVID-19 cases and crippling economic results, Delray Beach has seen some good news as a number of businesses have opened in the last month.
President of the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce, Stephanie Immelman, said, “I’m very encouraged about the environment for businesses in Delray Beach. Since the Chamber re-opened it’s offices in June, we have scheduled about one Grand Opening per week for the next month or so.”
Adding, “The City’s Business Assistance Task Force (City, Chamber, CRA, DDA) has been hard at work throughout the pandemic to shepherd businesses through this difficult time. It indicates the importance that the town places on our business community.”
Some of the businesses that are part of the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce that have opened since June are: BurgerFi on Linton Road ‘redefining the way the world eats burgers’ which opened on June 12th. Also End of the Ave which is ‘selling great hotdogs and tasty tacos in Delray Beach’ which opened on Thursday, June 25th.
The Study Lounge, opened July 1st and is described as ‘not your typical tutoring center’ with 4,000 square foot space open seven days a week it offers a lounge setting to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of today’s teens’.
Coming up will be the July 15th opening of Toasted Leaf Spa and Wellness, offering ‘the healing benefits of CBD immersed within an enchanting garden spa’. A few other businesses which have opened and recently joined the Delray Chamber, but not scheduled grand openings yet are: 9 to 5 Office, Brewed for You and OneMedia Wireless.
Other big restaurant openings that are not part of the Chamber are Hawkers Delray Beach in early June, which is the latest location for the Asian street food chain. Also just last week the Taru Restaurant at Sundy House on June 29th, the new seafood-meets-comfort-food restaurant inside the 1902-era property.
Immelman confirms why she is optimistic about new business coming to Delray Beach, “Delray Beach continues to be a desirable place for people to visit, which creates a virtuous circle.”
“If you build a place that people want to visit, you build a place that people want to move to. If you build a place that people want to move to, you build a place that people want to move their businesses to.”