Economic Development

Increased Summer Safety Patrol Hours Means Later Nights Enjoying All that The City has to Offer!

Downtown Visions Safety Ambassador

Beginning in May our Downtown Visions Safety Ambassadors team started new, increased hours within the Downtown Development District.  Hours during the week include Monday through Thursday starting at 6 AM until 11:45 PM and weekend hours are 9 AM thru 1:45 AM. 

We hope these enhanced service hours provide guests, residents and tourists with the opportunity to enjoy all that the city has to offer this summer. From the brand-new restaurants such as Stitch House to late-night shows at The Grand Opera House and The Queen. Our safety ambassadors are here to help you! 

You'll see our Safety Ambassadors up and down Market Street wearing bright yellow jackets. Our friendly team is devoted to serving you. Each ambassador receives 80 hours of in-house training in addition to field training on topics such as crime prevention, customer service, local history and local attractions. They can give you directions, information on restaurants, hotels and local shops — just ask!

The ambassadors also offer a safety escort service. Simply call (302) 425-4200 x1 to request a free Safety Escort anywhere within the neighborhood, 

Wilmington's Dining Scene Welcomes an Authentic French Brasserie

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For those of us craving authentic French food with no place to appease our palate, our dreams have been realized. Margaux Restaurant in downtown Wilmington, DE is now accepting reservations.

The downtown dining scene is rapidly expanding its offerings and Margaux is a perfect compliment to all that Market Street has to offer. 

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The closest thing to a trip to France (and much less expensive) Margaux features signature cocktails, an authentic French cheese plate, a wide-variety of menu options to please even the pickiest of guests and desserts that make us request seconds.

If you are looking for a place to celebrate, or just want to make an ordinary day a special occasion, visit the newly opened Margaux at 902 N Market Street. Be sure to call ahead to make reservations, limited seating is available, 302-929-7080.

View the full menu here.

Stay in the Know in Your City and Contribute to Wilmington's Future! Join us for an Evening of Conversation!

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Join Downtown Visions and City of Wilmington, Delaware Mike Purzycki - Mayor of the City of Wilmington for an evening of downtown news and conversation with the Wilmington Department of Police - Delaware, Chief Robert J. Tracy and the new Delaware College of Art and Design President, Jean Dahlgren. All are welcome to join us on Tuesday, June 27th at DCAD, 600 N Market Street, doors open at 5 p.m.!

Light appetizers and refreshments will be served. Following the event, Chelsea Tavern is offering all guests 20% off food and alcoholic beverages!

Sponsored by The Kenny Family Foundation , N.K.S. Distributors and Downtown Visions

Registration is requested but not required here.

Block Parties, Jazz Nights and More at the Rock Lot this Summer

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Thanks to the Wilmington Renaissance Corporation's Creative District initiative the revitalization is moving westward of Market Street and the LOMA district. Neighborhoods are truly blossoming.

The Creative District encompasses the area bounded by Fourth, Ninth, Market and Washington Streets. Within this district, at 305 W. 8th Street there is a gem of a place called the Rock Lot. This beautiful artistic cove is designed to bring the local community together. Join us for a variety of complimentary events at the Rock Lot this summer:

Leading up to the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, the Creative District Wilmington is teaming up with Market Street Music to bring well-known jazz musicians to the green space in the heart of the district.

A community lending library is coming to The Rock Lot and in order to celebrate its opening, we’ve invited Bryce Bullock, nine-year-old comic book creator and author, to read his latest work!

 

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While kids are home on summer break, Creative District Wilmington partners up with the Wilmington Public Library and members of the community to host a series of reading events at the Rock Lot.

Host Christian Wills, the creative mind behind Sweet Jams!, the spoken word nights at UDairy Creamery’s Market Street location, is bringing OutSpoken! to the Rock Lot! The spoken word nights are open-mic events and the public is invited to participate!

Join Chris Devany of ASCAB Capoeira Delaware at the Rock Lot to experience an interactive session of this creative 16th-century art form.

 

Enjoy an evening of food, fun and fellowship. All are welcome. (Grown and prepared by William Penn High School culinary students.)

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There are Over 1,500 FREE Parking Spaces Available to Downtown Wilmington Visitors Nights and Weekends

Date nights, girls night out and hitting the town on the weekends and evenings just became even simpler. 

Art loops, festivals, concerts and restaurants galore are available in downtown Wilmington and if your excuse for not attending was lack of parking, think again.

Colonial parking is making your next trip to Wilmington a breeze. Below is a parking map resource we want you to print and stick in your vehicle, or have handy as a screenshot on your phone. These are all surface lots available on the nights (Monday-Friday after 5 PM) and weekends (all-day) provided by Colonial Parking for FREE.

If you happen to pull an all-nighter during the week, be sure to move your vehicle by 7 AM. 

Events coming up that you may want to utilize these spaces for include The Art Loop, DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, Big Noise and Ladybug Festival