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Delray bookstore changes with times: ‘Now we sell entertainment’

Best-selling author John Green once said that he wouldn’t have a career if it weren’t for independent bookstores. Surely, many debut writers who have gained new fans of their work by frequently hosting readings or signings at local book stores would agree with him. Although many believe that small book sellers are doomed due to the growing takeover of the reader market by Amazon and chains like Barnes & Noble, many independent bookstores are still holding strong. Murder on the Beach, a mystery bookstore nestled in Pineapple Grove Way in Delray Beach, is an example of such book locales that cater to both long-time customers and those who are surprised to discover it while walking around the area filled with restaurants and cafes. Joanne Sinchuk, who founded Murder on the Beach in 1996, says that for her the most challenging aspect of owning an independent bookstore is keeping up with…

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December 2, 2018|Export, General

Delray City Market’s Team Grows With Professional Food Hall Architect- Hugh Boyd

Delray City Market gains another asset to their team. Hugh Boyd, is principal of Hugh A. Boyd, Architects, a specialty architecture firm based in Montclair, New Jersey, that he founded in 1987. Mr. Boyd has extensive experience in retail and commercial space design, merchandising, and graphic concepts, with particular expertise in the programming and design of public markets. Recently the firm designed the very successful Market at Grand Central Terminal, New York, the redevelopment of Cincinnati’s historic Findlay Market, and new public markets in Portland, Maine and Charleston, West Virginia. Mr. Boyd’s expertise also extends to the study and design of roadside markets around the country, including the highly successful expansion and renovation of Atkins’ Farmers Country Market, in Amherst, MA. For further inquiry, please contact Marc Yavinsky at 561.282.5715.

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November 28, 2018|Export, General

Menin Development Announces Akira Back for The Ray Restaurant

Menin Development is pleased to announce Akira Back as one of its signature restaurants in The Ray Hotel, which will be located in Pineapple Grove in Delray Beach. The Ray is scheduled to open fourth quarter 2020. Akira Back is a Michelin-starred chef and restaurateur with emphasis on building world-class, one-of-a-kind dining experiences. With 24+ years’ experience of opening exciting, buzz-worthy restaurants across the world. Back’s signature restaurants include: Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Akira Back Restaurants in Singapore, New Delhi, Jakarta, Toronto, Dubai, Bangkok, DOSA and Seoul. Coming soon: Signature restaurants in Beverly Hills, San Francisco and Bali. The star chef will be taking over a 4,200 SF space in The Ray Hotel. Chef Back will be bringing his bold interpretations of Asian fare with American influence. Using only the high-quality ingredients and creating a culture of world-class service. For further inquiry, please…

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November 6, 2018|Export, General

Delray City Market Receives Final City Approval

Menin Development, Inc. announced it has received final approval from the City of Delray Beach on its signature Food Hall, Delray City Market, to be located 1/2 a block south of downtown Atlantic Avenue. Designed by world-renowned firm, Gonzalez Architects in Miami, Delray City Market is scheduled to be complete in second quarter 2020. – Architecturally significant mixed-use building, a half-block south of Atlantic Avenue in the heart of downtown Delray Beach, FL. – 120,000 square foot, 4 story building – 30,000 square foot food hall – Approximately 30 best-in-class vendors – Live music, cooking classes, guest chefs, events – 3,000 square foot rooftop community garden space – Approximately 200 car, 3 level enclosed parking garage – Uber/ Lyft drop off areas For further inquiry, please contact Marc Yavinsky at 561.282.5715.

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October 24, 2018|Export, General

Menin Development Announces Interior Designers for The Ray Hotel

Menin Development is pleased to announce the The Ray Hotel’s award winning interior designers, Alessandro Munge from Studio Munge and Therese Virserius from Virserius Studio. Alessandro Munge is the founder and principal designer at Studio Munge, an interior design partner to some of the world’s most iconic brands and top-tier developers. With 20+ years on projects worldwide, some of his recent, significant projects include: • Nobu, Toronto • The William Vale Hotel, Brooklyn • Shangri-La Qiantan, Shanghai • Suites at the Ritz Carlton, Toronto Therese Virserius is the founder and principal designer at Virserius Studio, an interior design firm focusing on unexpected, results-driven hospitality experiences. Their expertise is creating compelling and diverse hospitality experiences throughout the US, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Russia Recent, significant projects include: • The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas • Paris Marriott, Charles de Gaulle • Hyatt Regency, Montreal • Big Easy Grill + Wine Bar, Durban, South…

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October 10, 2018|Export, General

Menin Development Appoints Food Expert, Ted Spitzer from Market Ventures Inc. to Consult for Their Delray City Market Food Hall

Ted Spitzer is a food guru, partner at Market Ventures, Inc. a specialty urban planning and economic development firm that assists public, non-profit, and for-profit clients with planning, creating, and managing innovative food-based projects and programs. They have particular expertise in public markets and farmers’ markets, where we blend cutting edge business practices with a thorough understanding of and appreciation for the unique challenges facing local farmers and small businesses. Their work includes both retail and wholesale markets, including the emerging concept of “food hubs.” Some of their significant projects include: Detroit’s Eastern Market, the Hartford Regional Market, the Western North Carolina Farmers’ Market in Asheville, the Rochester Public Market, the South Carolina State Farmers’ Market in Columbia, The Milwaukee Public Market and the Grand Rapids Downtown Market. The Downtown Market is a 2015 recipient of the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence and won the American Planning Association’s Excellence…

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September 15, 2018|Export, General

Menin Development works with Expert Hotel Advisor John Ceriale for The Ray Hotel

Menin Development hires expert hotel Advisor John Ceriale to counsel the development of The Ray Hotel. John Ceriale, exclusive advisor to the Blackstone Group on all hotel properties worldwide, is helping with the development of The Ray Hotel. He is a 2016 Platinum Circle Honoree and was part of the Cornell School of Hotel Administration Dean’s Advisory Board. Ceriale is the Founder and CEO of Prospect Hotel Advisors. For further inquiry, please contact Marc Yavinsky at 561.282.5715.

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September 3, 2018|Export, General

Mark Zeff Award Winning Interior Designer, Hired by Menin Development to Design Delray City Market

Menin Development hires Mark Zeff to design Delray City Market. Zeff, a tenant of Chelsea Market, knows the ins and outs of food halls. Zeff’s company MARKZEFF, is an interdisciplinary architecture and design firm that emphasizes innovation and originality in every project. Founded in 1985, the firm has created extraordinary environments all over the world. Based in Dumbo, Brooklyn, the company specializes in a broad range of work from luxury residential, hospitality, and retail to high-end real estate development to product and brand development to super yacht design. This award-winning practice has earned its reputation for delivering cutting edge design with an eye for elegance and style. MARKZEFF is counted among the Top-200 Interior Design Giants and the top 75 Hospitality Giants in Interior Design magazine. For further inquiry, please contact Marc Yavinsky at 561.282.5715.

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August 9, 2018|Development, Export, General

Delray City Market

Delray Beach will soon have a unique dining and entertainment space which pays homage to the city’s status as a South Florida, ‘must-see’ foodie, art and celebration destination. Menin Development aims to break ground in fall of 2018 on Delray City Market, the area’s first-ever food hall and community event space. “The design and atmosphere of Delray City Market will be a monument to Delray’s unique style, energy, and food centric culture which continues to drive a major residential and tourism boom for the area” says Menin Development CEO Craig Menin. The 120,000 square foot and four story building will have a prime location along Southeast 3rd Avenue a half block off south of Atlantic Avenue. Delray City Market will be a home for comradery and community where friends and families, coworkers and out-of-towners can come together in a casual setting to enjoy something for everyone. Menin says there will…

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June 21, 2018|Development, Export

The Ray Receives Final Site Plan Approval

Menin Development, Inc. announced it has received final site plan approval from the City of Delray Beach on its signature hotel development, The Ray, to be located in the Pineapple Grove Arts District of downtown Delray Beach, two blocks north of Atlantic Avenue. Designed by world-renowned firm, Gonzalez Architects in Miami, The Ray is scheduled to be complete in first quarter 2020. Some of the project’s features include: 141 rooms and suites 2 full service restaurants Lobby bar Glass enclosed event space “The Cube,” with garden above that has capacity up to 300 people Rooftop pool and bar Fitness center Modern tropical design State of the art technology Curated artwork and outdoor public space Onsite valet parking, within parking garage “We are excited to have reached this important milestone in our efforts to bring a new hotel concept to Palm Beach County, and our hometown of Delray Beach,” said Craig…

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June 21, 2018|Development, Export