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May 28, 2015 - "Concerts by the River"

The Decatur Parks & Recreation "Concerts by the River" begin this coming Monday and occur EVERY Monday (weather permitting) in June and July! So bring your family and friends to enjoy some really great acts this year!

6 p. m. - 8 p. m. at Rhodes Ferry Park (weather permitting).




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May 22, 2015 - Daikin Amphitheatre Opening Ceremony

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Daikin Amphitheatre Opening Ceremony this past Friday, May, 22, 2015! We're excited about this new outdoor venue that will bring entertainment and family enjoyment to the exciting atmosphere in the heart of downtown!

A fun event that has already been scheduled at the new Daikin Amphitheater is “First Friday Family Fun Flicks.” The movies start a 8:00 p. m. and guests are asked to bring lawnchairs, blankets, snacks, etc. The next movie, Frozen, will be shown on Friday, June 5. The movies are free and are sponsored by Decatur Parks & Recreation and First Baptist Church. More movies and dates are listed in link http://www.decaturparks.com/tyfoon/…/fckeditor/file/ffff.png


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May 22, 2015 - River Clay Arts Festival

Mark your calendar to join us in historic downtown Decatur for the River Clay Fine Arts Festival on September 26 – 27, 2015. The festival will feature artists exhibiting and selling their works from across the country. In addition to visiting with and purchasing art from outstanding artists, you will enjoy art demonstrations, musical performances, children’s activities and more.


•Saturday, September 26, 2015... 9 am – 5 pm

•Sunday, September 27, 2015 10 am – 4 pm

The festival will be located at the Decatur City Hall Campus at 402 Lee Street NE Decatur, AL 35601.

For more information on the River Clay Fine Arts Festival and to apply online visit http://www.riverclay.org/ http://www.riverclay.org/artists/artist-application/


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May 14, 2015 - Orchestra Sul Ponticello

Orchestra Sul Ponticello presents "A Bluegrass Spring" this Saturday, May 16, 2015, at 7 p. m. Share this exciting concert with your family and friends! Bring everyone together for the thrilling pops concert with a country flair by SPECIAL GUEST: Iron Horse Bluegrass.

The concert is at the new Daikin Amphitheater at Founders Park in Downtown Decatur (located at the corner of Bank Street and Church Street).

Rain location is Southside Baptist Church on 9th Street in Decatur.


Tickets at entry: $15 - adults $5 - students cash or check only

www.orchestrasulponticello.com Twitter: @sulponticelloAL Instagram: @sulponticelloALhttps://www.facebook.com/events/1596890883882136/


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May 14, 2015 - The Antique Basket

Have you stopped by The Antique Basket, located on 2nd Avenue, lately? DDRA invites you to stop by and say hi to the new owner, Audrey. Audrey will show you The Antique Basket's vintage, repurposed, hand-painted, antique furniture, local art and unique finds!


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May 13, 2015 - 3rd Friday Downtown Decatur

Join us for 3rd Friday Downtown Decatur. Third Friday is a monthly event, March through October, held from 5 PM to 9 PM on 2nd Avenue and Bank Street. You’ll experience classic cars, dining, shopping, vendors, artists, children’s activities, special events and FUN! The event takes place rain or shine, although some events may be cancelled or moved inside if raining. For more information regarding 3rd Friday visit 

To view 3rd Friday Downtown Decatur video click link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sb9UsYUwqg

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May 1, 2015 - ATD Director Lee Sentell's Report

Please share ATD Director Lee Sentell's report:

  The new Alabama Tourism Economic Impact Report showed the state earns about $5 in taxes from each $1 invested in tourism sales and marketing. Unlike most agencies that spend money from the General Fund, the tourism department earns $14 million in lodgings taxes for its operations and sends three times that amount ($42 million) to increase the General Fund, says Montgomery economist Dr. Keivan Deravi.

He calculates that 23 milli...on tourists spent $11.8 billion in the state. Tourists paid more than $548 million in state taxes with another $219 million in local taxes. Without spending by these visitors, each household in the state would have had to pay $408 in additional taxes.

Deravi says the seven largest counties captured 75 percent of the total. The remaining 60 counties are responsible for $3 billion in direct spending. “Those smaller counties greatly benefit from direct marketing and awareness activities initiated by the tourism department,” which yields an additional $68 million in state taxes.

In the past 12 years, the amount that tourists spend has grown by 79 percent. The number of tourism industry employees has grown by nearly 80 percent to about 165,000 Alabamians, said state tourism director Lee Sentell. During that time, the agency’s Montgomery office staff has been reduced by 20 percent because of attrition to rank as one of state government’s most efficient departments.

Aggressive advertising and promotion of Alabama’s destinations have greatly improved the state’s image, said Sentell. “Our award-winning restaurants, the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail and major attractions change the perception of our state,” he said.

In addition to grants that market hometown festivals, the department supports major events, such as IndyCar races in Birmingham, NASCAR races in Talladega, SEC baseball in Hoover and college football bowl games. Special promotions, such as the current Year of Alabama Barbecue, focus positive attention on the state.

At the direction of the Legislature, the tourism agency has developed contingency plans for a 15 percent cut and a 30 percent cut for operations next year.

Lee Sentell Alabama Tourism Department 401 Adams Avenue, Suite 126 Montgomery, AL  36104 334.242.4169

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April 27, 2015 - Chad Pregracke with Living Lands and Waters

Chad Pregracke, CNN's 2013 Hero of the Year, with Living Lands and Waters will be in Decatur, Thursday, April 30th through Wednesday, May 6th, as part of his Tennessee River Clean-Up.

Visit the links below to view the calendar of events, volunteer opportunities and Mike Rowe's (Somebody's Gotta Do It) visit with Chad.

http://livinglandsandwaters.org/…/ten…/huntsvilledecatur-al/... https://www.facebook.com/visitnorthal/photos/a.576382442428554.1073741859.108783702521766/849640811769381/?type=1&theater http://www.cnn.com/…/mike-rowe-chad-pregracke-r…/index.html…

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April 23, 2015 - Oyster Shells and Fish Tails

Friday, April 24, 2015, 6:00 p. m., at the Point Mallard Expo Pavilion

Join us for the delicious annual fundraiser supporting the Community Free Clinic of Decatur-Morgan County featuring roasted and raw oysters, catfish dinner, and new this year: Sautéed and fried crab claws!

Also featuring Alabama A&M professor, Dr. Horace Carney's live band, "OMNI Music".


$55.00 per person. Book your reservations now. You may call the Clinic at 256-309-2491.

You don't want to miss this fun evening out!



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April 22, 2015 - Steeple Chase 8K

Calling all Runners - Steeple Chase 8K - benefiting the Neighborhood Christian Center of Alabama, Inc. in downtown Decatur

MAY 2, 2015 @ 7:00 AM: RACE STARTS SATURDAY----------May 1st from 4:00-7:00pm: packet pick-up/registration at First Baptist Church of Decatur----------May 2nd from 5:30-6:45am: race day packet pick-up/registration at First Baptist Church of Decatur----------River City Runners will be passing out timing chips pre-start on Saturday morning near the finish l...ine.

Also, the Ainsley's Angels of America will be participating in the Steeple Chase 8K on May 2, 2015 at 7:00 a.m. Check out their website at www.AinsleysAngels.org. You will be impressed with this non-profit who makes it possible for individuals who would not normally get to participate in races without their support. Make plans to run/walk or come out and cheer the participants on. Go register at steeplechase8K.org


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April 21, 2015 - The Hot Sardines

Hot Jazz from Prohibition-Era, Bourbon Street to the Cabarets of Paris

The Hot Sardines will perform at the Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at 7:30 p. m. Single Tickets can be purchased online at www.princesstheatre.org/ or call the box office M-F, Noon - 4PM (256)340-1778.



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April 20, 2015 - NCCA Football Camp

Neighborhood Christian Center of Alabama, Inc. Football Camp Kicks off their 20th year celebration!

With special guest Dt Shackelford Linebacker for Ole Miss Rebels & Austin High School Graduate... Two time recipient of the Chucky Mullins Courage Award, ESPN.com’s SEC All-Bowl Team, Wuerffel Trophy Winner,...just to name a few awards!

Saturday, April 25-----9:00-11:30am 1st-5th grade Decatur High’s practice facility refreshments provided T-shirt for participants $20 per player (pre-registered) $25 per player (day of camp)

Register online at decaturncc.org. Online deadline is April 22, 2015.


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April 16, 2015 - The Miracle Worker

Bank Street Players Presents The Miracle Worker

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Decatur, AL, April 16, 2015:  Bank Street Players will present The Miracle Worker by William Gibson on April 23rd, 24th and  25th at 7pm with a 2pm matinee on Saturday the 25th. This three-act play will be presented at the Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts in Decatur. Admission is $12, $10 for student and seniors, all seats are general admission. Tickets may be purchased day of the show, and t...he box office is open 2 hours prior to curtain. For more information you may call (256) 318-3265 or visit www.bankstreetplayers.org.

This classic play tells the story of Annie Sullivan and her student, blind and mute Helen Keller. The Miracle Worker dramatizes the volatile relationship between the teacher and her charge. Trapped in a secret, silent world, unable to communicate, Helen is violent, spoiled, almost sub-human and treated by her family as such. Only Annie realizes that there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from the dark, tortured silence.

Directed by Carol Puckett.

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April 13, 2015 - Leave No Trace

LEAVE NO TRACE Sunday, April 19th, 2015 2-4 p.m. • Delano Park

Presented by Delano Park Conservancy In Partnership with Cook Museum of Natural Science

Lady Bug Release • Fun Activities & Games • Prizes

**The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is a national movement whose mission is to protect the outdoors by teaching & inspiring people to enjoy it responsibly. With a special emphasis on educating youth, the goal of Leave No Trace is to reach every park & every school program to instill an appreciation for the outdoors & for the importance of good stewardship. As part of its mission to educate the public through programs & exhibits, Delano Park Conservancy in partnership with Cook Museum of Natural Science is introducing Leave No Trace to our community with a special event on Sunday, April 19, 2015. As summertime approaches & we spend more time outdoors, our hope is that we will all learn more about the importance of the Leave No Trace slogan, "take only pictures, leave only footprints, and kill nothing but time."

See you "Sunday in the Park" Rain or Shine www.delanopark.org

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April 8, 2015 - Guided Walking Tours

Guided Walking Tours of Decatur’s Historic District Offered Each Saturday in April!

Decatur, Ala. (March 19, 2015) – Decatur Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau announces the return of free, guided walking tours each Saturday in the month of April. Residents and visitors are invited to take part in a casual stroll through historic Decatur and learn about the city’s history and heritage.

Scheduled for April 4, 11, 18, and 25, the one-hour walking tour begins at 10 a.m. at the Old State Bank. Knowledgeable guides will escort participants through historic neighborhoods and landmarks where they will share the history of the city and entertaining accounts of the city’s storied past. The tour features a different route, theme, and tour guide each Saturday. April 4 – Scottsboro Boys tour led by Peggy Towns. Tour includes a visit to the exhibit at the Morgan County Archives. April 11 – Old State Bank and Historic Depot tour led by David Breland April 18 - Old Decatur Historic Neighborhood tour led by Squee Bailey April 25 – Civil War tour led by Jonathan Baggs

Reservations are not required and tours are held rain or shine. Decatur’s guided walking tours are part of the April Walking Tours coordinated by the Alabama Tourism Department. Decatur is one of 26 towns across the state participating in the annual event. For more information, call the Decatur-Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 256.350.2028 or 800.524.6181.

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April 6, 2015 - C.F. Penn Hamburgers

C. F. Penn Hamburgers event with Food Network.

Join us in downtown Decatur THIS Saturday, April 11th between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. A new show called "Southern Fried Road Trip" will be filming at C. F. Penn Hamburgers. The hosts, Jamie & Bobby Deen, will be there and would like for you to come by and share a great Penn’s Story. Please share this information and let’s get folks to turn out with some great stories!

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April 2, 2015 - New Look on Lower Bank Street

Lower Bank Street is going to shine brighter thanks to the new decorative lampposts that were recently installed between Cain Street and Vine Street. The lampposts, along with the decorative banners, will greatly improve the landscape of the downtown area as well as improve lighting. The enhancements will bring a sense of cohesion to 2nd Avenue and Bank Street while capturing their uniqueness and individuality. DDRA invites you to come see the new lighting and enjoy an enhanced walking experience in downtown.


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March 25, 2015 - Construction on Phase II of the Alabama Center for the Arts

Construction is coming along nicely at the new Alabama Center for the Arts Phase II. Phase II is comprehensively focused on the performing arts including music, drama and audio engineering. The growth of this dynamic educational institution is a major impetus in achieving our goal of developing an art based economy in the downtown. The school is located at 133 2nd Ave., adjacent to but separate from the Alabama Center for the Arts Phase I. http://www.alabamacenterforthearts.org/ https://www.facebook.com/alabamacenterfortheartsdecatur?fref=nf


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March 23, 2015 - Albany Art Supply Company

DDRA welcomes Albany Art Supply Co. to downtown Decatur! Albany Art Supply Co. is located at 205 Oak Street NE. For a listing of their supplies, services, classes and events visit their website at http://albanyartsupplyco.wix.com/albany-art-supply-co. Check out the Decatur Daily article featuring Albany Art Supply Co. http://www.decaturdaily.com/news/arts-center-spinoff-business/article_7ee66a96-bcab-11e4-9221-773bcd2c0408.html#.VO1hLDPqu5A.facebook

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March 18, 2015 - Decatur Gateway Pedestrian Bridge

Decatur, Alabama is a city and a community well known for its unquestioned willingness to become involved and work together in partnerships with end results that set a high standard for community development.

Recently, one such partnership became a successful example of what can be accomplished when you bring together the best of those talents and ideals. It is a project guided by the Decatur Downtown Redevelopment Authority that culminates in the completed design phase of wh...at is to be known as the Decatur Gateway Pedestrian Bridge.

This proposed bridge is one of the critical components in the Strategic Plan for the on-going revitalization and redevelopment of downtown Decatur. This single direct tie would allow safe pedestrian access between the riverfront and the downtown via foot traffic that would be unimpeded by the heavy flow of traffic on a major highway.

The Decatur Downtown Redevelopment Authority is the lead manager for the development of the Decatur Gateway Pedestrian Bridge Engineering and Education Design Program and in doing so, is responsible for coordinating all parties involved in the process. This is a unique program in that it brings together the STEM program engineering classes at Austin High School in Decatur and the various design and engineering firms involved in the design of the bridge itself. The students are given the opportunity to work side by side with the professional firms in the classroom and in the field to create a community oriented, real time, practical project that will deliver a high profile impact on the future economic development of the city itself. The end result will have immersed the student in the realities of the engineering design process that will take them from the initial concept to bid ready plans and specifications.

Click the link to watch the Decatur Gateway Pedestrian Bridge Project video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gi7MWimpd4

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March 16, 2015 - 3rd Friday Downtown Decatur

3rd Friday Downtown Decatur starts THIS Friday, March 20, 2015!! Join us for a FUN night of dining, shopping, music, classic cars, artists and vendors!


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March 16, 2015 - Thank You for Your Participation!

Last month, DDRA asked for your participation in the Main Street Alabama online survey seeking community feedback on our downtown development and how you imagine the future of the area. We asked that you take a few minutes to share your thoughts and we are thrilled to say that over 900 people participated in the survey!

Thank you for your participation and for encouraging your family, friends, and co-workers to participate as well. There will be a public presentation highlighting key findings and strategies. We will make an announcement soon with the date and time.

Thanks again!

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March 12, 2015 - Breathe Yoga Barre

DDRA is thrilled to welcome Cathy and Anna of Breathe Yoga Barre (located at 410 Johnston St. SE, Suite C) to downtown Decatur! Breathe Yoga Barre is a striving, all-encompassing fitness studio for men and women of all ages and capabilities. For more information visit their website: http://www.breatheyogabarre.com/


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March 9, 2015 - Paint the Town Green

Help us celebrate Paint The Town Green THIS Saturday, March 14, 2015 through Tuesday, March 17, 2015 in downtown Decatur!

Downtown Decatur will celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a leprechaun hunt, participating shop/restaurant discounts or prizes, green lights, shamrocks, a selfie contest, a drum circle and more. Visit the Paint the Town Green event page for more information. https://www.facebook.com/events/627963200666312/

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February 17, 2015 - Take Ten for Downtown Decatur

Main Street Alabama -- an organization that focuses on bringing jobs, dollars and people back to Alabama's historic downtowns -- began this month a market study focusing on Decatur's downtown area. The study focuses on economic impact, recruitment, business development and revenue leakage to other communities. Main Street now wants to hear from you.

Below is a link to a brief (less than 10 minute) survey seeking community feedback on our downtown development and how business ...leaders like you imagine the future of the area. We ask that you take a few minutes to share your thoughts, as well as forward this to your friends, family and workforce. Your feedback is 100 percent confidential. The survey will be taking submissions until Feb. 28.

Thank you in advance for your willingness to serve and participate.

Click the link below to take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/…

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January 26, 2015 - Train Depot Restoration

David Breland, Director of Historic Resources, City of Decatur, AL, quoted, “ALL ABOARD!  It is time to stand up for our Depot!  This 1905 architectural and historical gem is a symbol of our city and both its past and future.  We want a first-class museum here to be enjoyed not only by ourselves, but also by our children and grandchildren and by visitors to our city.  Please g...ive generously to insure that this treasure is restored to its former glory!”     

Contributions can be made to the Depot through The Community Foundation of Greater Decatur for Depot restoration.  Contributions will be applied first to the required $200,000 of community-based support necessary to restore the transportation museum portion of the building itself.  Contributions in excess of this amount will assist in furnishing the transportation museum portion of the project and also to purchase historic artifacts for the museum.

Subject to City Council approval, naming rights with appropriate signage are available for the following portions of the museum:  Naming of the entire transportation museum $100,000, naming of the main large interior room of the museum $50,000, naming of the ticket office media room/mini-theater $25,000, naming of the exterior loading area between the Depot and the tracks (which will be converted to an excellent sitting/train-watching area) $50,000.

For more information on the project and/or naming rights, contact David Breland at 256-565-3788.



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January 15, 2015 - Main Street Alabama Begins Intensive Study of Decatur Market

Main Street Alabama's latest news release!!

For Immediate Release – January 14, 2015


Contact: Marylon Barkan 205.516.4506 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Main Street Alabama Begins Intensive Study of Decatur Market

Decatur—Main Street Alabama began an intensive study of Decatur market today by hosting an organizational kick off meeting with representatives from the Decatur Downtown Redevelopment Authority (DDRA) and Jay Schlinsog of Downtown Professionals Network (DPN) from Franklin, Tennessee.  DPN is charged with completing a full market analysis that will include implementable strategies for growing businesses in downtown Decatur. “I am excited to begin work in Decatur,” said Jay Schlinsog, President of the Downtown Professionals Network, “the downtown community has strong leadership through the DDRA and the final report will include implementable strategies for strengthening the districts offerings that will be based on the primary market research we will be conducting.“ Main Street Alabama is sponsoring the study for Decatur as a part of the services that are offered through the organization to their Designated Communities. “The Decatur market analysis is an important piece to position downtown for growth,” stated Mary Helmer, President and State Coordinator of Main Street Alabama.  “It is necessary to determine market leakage and analyze what downtown Decatur can reasonably recapture to strengthen already existing businesses and recruit new businesses to the district.  Tools such as this market analysis are a key reason communities pursue Designation for our downtown revitalization program.   The insights that we will yield from this study will give DDRA clear direction when it comes to addressing market leakage, recruiting entrepreneurs to address weaknesses and building on our downtown’s strengths.” 

Rick Paler, Director of the Downtown Decatur Redevelopment Authority stated, “Main Street Alabama is taking us to the next level in facilitating our in-depth downtown market analysis.  This analysis, will be one of the most critical tools that we will have at our disposal in order to expand the continued economic development of our downtown and moving it to a higher degree of success.” 

Main Street Alabama focuses on bringing jobs, dollars and people back to Alabama’s historic communities.  Economic development is at the heart of our efforts to revitalize downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts.


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December 1, 2014 - Blush Boutique & Specialty Shop

We welcome Marley, Magan and Morgan of Blush Boutique and Specialty Shop to downtown Decatur! Blush Boutique and Specialty Shop is a new women's clothing store located at 306 2nd Ave. SE, inside JAR & Company.

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November 21, 2014 - Indigo's

We're excited to welcome a new women's retail boutique, Indigo's, to downtown Decatur! Indigo's is located at 209 B 2nd Avenue. Their bohemian-style clothing, local handmade jewelry and art makes them a unique and fun addition to downtown! For more information visit http://www.decaturdaily.com/news/women-s-retail-growing-on-decatur-s-nd-avenue/article_b28b584a-6a29-11e4-8320-07128dc926bd.html?mode=story

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November 5, 2014 - Christmas Open House

Christmas Open House is Thursday, November 13, 2014, 5pm-9pm, in downtown Decatur.  Enjoy visiting our many unique shops for great holiday shopping - you are sure to find something special for all the loved ones on your list. 


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October 30, 2014 - Zelivi

DDRA would like to welcome Zelivi Mommy and Me Boutique to downtown Decatur! Zelivi is located at 708 1/2 Bank St. NW, next to The Paper Chase, Miranda Alexander Interiors, Little Feet Boutique and Cloud 9http://zelivi.com/

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October 15, 2014 - Morgan County Archives New Exhibit

Downtown Decatur will celebrate the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the Morgan County Archives new exhibit, The Civil War in Morgan County, this Friday, October 24, 2014, at 10 am. The ribbon cutting and grand opening will kick-off the commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the 4-day Civil War battle in Decatur. For more information visithttp://www.civilwardecatur.com/.


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October 1, 2014 - Pineapples & Holly's

We are thrilled to inform you that Pineapples Home Decor has moved across the street to a new location, 206 2nd Avenue. Joining them is Holly's, a custom floral shop! These two businesses provide seasonal gift and decorating ideas, along with Christmas decorations and gifts year-round. 


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September 8, 2014 - Grant Street Barber Shop

We're happy to welcome the latest addition to downtown Decatur: Grant street barbershop located at 209 Grant St. SE!

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August 27, 2014 - Jar & Company

Be sure to stop by downtown's new retail store, JAR & Company! Jar & Company (located at 306 2nd Ave. SE) opened its doors for the first time during 3rd Friday Downtown Decatur. They are still in the process of receiving inventory and will soon have brand names such as: Vineyard Vines,Southern Proper®Southern TideOver Under ClothingCoast Apparel and women's clothing, Jadelynn Brooke!

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August 18, 2014 - 40th Birthday Celebration

Mellow Mushroom Decatur Alabama will celebrate Mellow Mushroom's 40th Birthday on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014! This celebration is taking us back to 1974, which means they are throwing back the prices to 1974! A small pizza - $2.50, Coke products - 30 cents, Budweiser - 75 cents, Michelob - 75 cents, PBR - 75 cents! Visit http://www.40yearsbaked.com/ for Mellow Mushroom's birthday prize contest. http://mellowmushroom.com/
http://mellowmushroom.com/happenings #MyDecaturAL

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August 15, 2014 - Local Art Tour

Bank Street studios and merchants will display original artwork by local artists on Thursday, August 21, 5-8pm. The Local Art Tour will provide visitors with the opportunity to enjoy a variety of artforms and meet the artists! 


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August 8, 2014 - Cook Museum of Natural Science

One word can be used to sum up the new plans for the future Cook Museum of Natural Science in downtown Decatur - AWESOME! DDRA is extremely excited about the 57,000 sq. ft. multi-level building that will change the look of downtown. The museum (projected to be finished in the Spring of 2017) will provide an exciting and educational experience for visitors of all ages! Be sure to visit their website http://www.cookmuseum.org/ for updated plans and news.


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August 5, 2014 - D'Allen Salon

We welcome D' Allen Salon to downtown Decatur! D' Allen Salon opened earlier this year and is located at 219 2nd Ave., Suite C, next to Jennifer's Salinity, Salon 219, and The Loft. 

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July 25, 2014 - All Creations Salon

We are thrilled to welcome All Creations Salon to downtown Decatur! They are located at 303 2nd Ave., Suite D1, next to The Antique Basket and Inner Peace Massage.


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July 18, 2014 - Alabama Center for the Arts Phase II

On July 10, 2014, the Alabama Center for the Arts Phase II Groundbreaking took place in downtown Decatur! The new school (collaboration between Athens State University and Calhoun Community College) will be located at 133 2nd Avenue across from the Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts. Phase II is comprehensively focused on the performing arts including music, drama and audio engineering. The school is aggressively integrating itself into the community and working to both lead and participate in assorted community projects. The growth of this dynamic educational institution is a major impetus in achieving our goal of developing an art based economy in the downtown!


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July 9, 2014 - Memi's

We welcome Memi's on Bank (previously located on Bank Street) to 2nd Avenue! They are located at 119 2nd Ave. SE, next to The Laurel Tree Boutiqueshine(salon) and Goody 2 Shoes. Their unique merchandise includes beautiful pieces of pottery, jewelry, frames, artisan pieces, etc.!


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July 8, 2014 - Market Street River Walk

We think The Market Street River Walk (phase III) looks great!! The project was done through the funding partnership efforts of the City, Pugh Wright McAnally Engineers, The Corridor Foundation, Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce and Decatur Downtown Redevelopment Authority.



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June 24, 2014 - Waggin' Tails

DDRA is happy to welcome Waggin' Tails A Pet Grooming Salon to downtown Decatur! Waggin' Tails is located at 212 Johnston Street SE. Days and hours of operation are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 7:30am-5:30pm. Conveniently located in downtown where Fido can get a clean, great look while you shop, eat, work, rest or play!


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June 13, 2014 - The Gallery

We’re excited to welcome The Gallery, located at 221 E. Moulton Street, to downtown Decatur. The Gallery is a shop with a little bit of everything: clothes, shoes, accessories, gifts, electronics, furniture, home décor, etc. With the wide assortment of items, every customer is sure to find something!

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June 9, 2014 - Salinity

Congratulations to Jennifer's Salinity on recently celebrating their one year anniversary and expanding their business! Salinity is located at 219 A & B Second Avenue, downtown Decatur. With the expansion they have included a new salt therapy bed! For more information contact them at (256) 560-1760.


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June 4, 2014 - Echo Gypsy Studio

We welcome EGE Art Studio to downtown! The performance based, family-oriented studio is located at 215 2nd Ave. SE Suite 2, next to Decatur Athletic Club, SilkRoad Salon and Back Alley Bistro. It provides an opportunity for aspiring artists and actors to explore and showcase their talents right here in downtown Decatur!


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June 2, 2014 - Volkert

We are proud to welcome Volkert, a multi-disciplinary, full-service engineering and environmental firm that provides services to state departments of transportation, federal agencies, local and municipal governments, as well as private industry, to downtown Decatur! They are located at 222 E. Moulton Street. Some of their local projects include Priceville High School, a classroom addition to West Morgan Elementary School and a new administrative addition to Danville High School. For more information on their company visit http://volkert.com/.


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May 28, 2014 - Jefferson's Restaurant

May 19, 2014 was the Grand Opening of Jefferson's of Decatur! We are thrilled to welcome them to downtown! Jefferson's is located at 103 2nd Ave. SE, catty-corner to Mellow Mushroom Decatur Alabama. http://www.jeffersonsrestaurant.com/



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May 21, 2014 - The Market at Casa Grande Park

It's hard to beat an open-air market that provides locally-grown produce, fresh baked goods, handmade items, flowers, entertainment, etc. The Market at casa grande park (218 2nd Avenue SE Decatur, Alabama 35601) is every Tuesday until Oct. 14th from 4:30pm to 7:30pm in downtown Decatur. The market is a fundraiser to benefit the Princess Theatre, a cultural anchor for Decatur, Alabama. 

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May 20, 2014 - Decatur Downtown Demon Dragons

We had a great day at the 3rd Annual Decatur Morgan Hospital Foundation Dragon Boat Festival at Point Mallard Park on May 10, 2014! Many thanks to the Decatur Downtown Demon Dragons for their participation! Thanks to Ronnie Moore - Team Captain! www.decaturdragonboat.org


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May 18, 2014 - Moe's Original Bar B Que

Moe's Original Bar B Que - Decatur, Alabama opened for business on May 8, 2014! We are thrilled to have them on 2nd Avenue in downtown (202 E. Moulton St. Suite C)! For more information on Moe's visit their website at http://www.moesoriginalbbq.com/

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May 16, 2014 - Emphasis Salon and Brooklyn Unique Events

DDRA welcomes Kisha, Beverly and Terrie of Emphasis Salon and Brooklyn Unique Events to downtown Decatur! Emphasis Salon and Brooklyn Unique Events are located at 321 2nd Ave SE near The Antique Basket and Inner Peace Massage.

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May 8, 2014 - Decatur Morgan Hospital Foundation Dragon Boat Festival

Thanks to all of the Decatur Downtown Demon Dragons who put in some practice time Monday evening at Point Mallard Park in Decatur! We're fired up about the 3rd Annual Decatur Morgan Hospital Foundation Dragon Boat Festival happening this Saturday, May 10, 2014. The Dotting of the Eye Ceremony starts at 8:30am and the races begin at 9am. All proceeds will be used to purchase R Series Advance Life Support Defibrillator, a sophisticated yet easy-to-use manual defibrillator with full networking capability and full CPR support, for the Decatur Morgan Hospital. We invite everyone to come out and enjoy the fun! www.decaturdragonboat.org


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May 1, 2014 - The Sassy Owl Boutique

DDRA welcomes The Sassy Owl Boutique to downtown Decatur!! Sassy Owl Boutique is located at 312 2nd Ave. SE next to EMP Studios. We're thrilled to see the activity on this block!! The energy from the new merchants,  The Sassy Owl Boutique, EMP Studios, Gyro Uno, The Antique Basket, How Bazaar, Inner Peace Massage, Emphasis Salon, and Brooklyn Unique Events, is fantastic!


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April 28, 2014 - Zaxby's

On April 21, 2014, LZ welcomed customers to the new Zaxby's restaurant located on Sixth Avenue at Grant Street SE in downtown Decatur! We are glad to have such a tasty addition in the downtown area! For more information visit http://www.zaxbys.com/home.aspx


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April 21, 2014 - EMP Studios

DDRA welcomes EMP Studios to downtown Decatur! EMP studios is located at 310 2nd Ave. SE next to The Sassy Owl Boutique. For more information visit their website at http://emp-studios.com/31.

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April 11, 2014 - How Bazaar

DDRA is excited to announce the opening of a new shop, How Bazaar!! It is located at 302 2nd Ave. SE. You'll find a diverse range of items from unique vendors and artists! For more information visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/howbazaarmall?fref=ts


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April 4, 2014 - "Sample A Day at the ACA"

Calhoun Community College had a recruiting event, "Sample A Day at the ACA," today, April 4, 2014. The event was for homeschool and public school students who were interested in learning more about the Alabama Center for the Arts. David Breland (Director of the Old State Bank) helped give several tours of the downtown area that included the history, businesses, parks, gardens, homes, museums and historic buildings of the downtown area. He pointed out great opportunities available to artists for photography, sketching, drawing, painting, etc. We thank Calhoun Community College and Alabama Center for the Arts for the opportunity to share the wonderful attractions of downtown Decatur! 


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April 2, 2014 - Bank Street Streetscape

There are some very exciting changes happening on Lower Bank Street in downtown Decatur! New sidewalks, diagonal parking spaces and landscaping (Hannah's Lawn & Landscape Service, Inc.) are enhancing the overall look and feel of the downtown area!


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March 26, 2014 - C & P Home Brewing Supply and More

We are delighted to welcome C & P Home Brewing Supply and More to downtown Decatur! They are located at 113 Grant Street, inside Cafe 113, Inc. Their days/hours are weeknights 4pm-6pm/7pm and Saturday 2pm-7pm (hours are subject to change). Contact at (256) 566-1398 or (615) 804-0860 for more information.


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March 19, 2014 - 3rd Friday

3rd Friday Downtown Decatur begins Friday, March 21, 2014! Join us in downtown Decatur for great shopping, restaurants, music, classic cars, children's activities, vendors, special events including a new event, Songwriter Showcase!! It's going to be amazing! https://www.facebook.com/3rdfridaydowntown

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March 12, 2014 - Painting Pizazz

There will be a Painting Pizazz, March 18, 2014, 6pm-8pm, at the Alabama Center for the Arts in downtown Decatur, Rm 208!! For more information, registration, and future classes visit www.calhoun.edu/communityed.


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March 7, 2014 - Carriage House

We are thrilled to have men's clothing and accessories in downtown Decatur!! Carriage House (115 Johnston Street SE) now has brands such as Collared Greens and Bird Dog Bay!



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March 5, 2014 - Tour for the Alabama Center for the Arts Students

On February 27, 2014, DDRA had the opportunity to take some of the Alabama Center for the Arts students on a tour of downtown Decatur! The tour was geared toward the arts, architecture, history of downtown, museums, shops, restaurants, and helping students learn to navigate the downtown area. David Breland, Director of the Old State Bank, was the tour guide and did an amazing job informing the students of all that downtown has to offer. We thank him, the professors, and the students for a wonderful experience!

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February 24, 2014 - Carnegie Carnival

The 3rd Annual Mardi-Gras-style event, Carnegie Carnival, will be presented by the Carnegie Visual Arts Center on Saturday, March 1, 2014 in downtown Decatur! For events and additional information visit http://www.carnegiecarnival.org/


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February 19, 2014 - Gyro Uno

Another great reason to come downtown and enjoy some good food! Gyro Uno in downtown Decatur is now open! They opened on Sunday, February 16, 2014, and are located at 324 2nd Avenue in the former site of Minnie Lee's Soul Food.


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February 14, 2014 - Hardee's

We're glad to see that Hardee's, located on Church Street at Sixth Avenue NE in downtown Decatur, has opened!! Their opening date was on Monday, February 10, 2014. Visit their website at http://www.hardees.com/ for more information.


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February 5, 2014 - Zaxby's

Zaxby's, a chicken fingers and wings specialized restaurant, is currently under construction on Sixth Avenue at Grant Street SE in downtown Decatur. For more information on Zaxby's visit their website: http://www.zaxbys.com/home.aspx


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January 31, 2014 - Strategic Plan Community Meeting #2

The second Strategic Plan Community Meeting was held last night at The Magnolia Room in downtown Decatur. Community leaders and partners discussed the next five year plan, 2015-2019. Some of the upcoming initiatives include residential and retail development, the second phase of the Alabama Center for the Arts, the Cook Museum of Natural Science, and expanded marketing of existing retail as well as the downtown in general. The redevelopment of the West Moulton warehouse district as Decatur Downtown Commons will be a major priority with the main thrust focused on the potential development of the Alabama Center for Science and Technology. The attendance and input was much appreciated, as we understand the commitment of our leaders and partners is the reason for the success we have had. Decatur Downtown Redevelopment Authority is looking forward to the next five years in downtown Decatur!


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January 23, 2014 - Streetscape Construction

In our continuing efforts in developing downtown Decatur, streetscape construction has begun on Lower Bank Street. Shops will remain open during this time. Posted is a concept example of a similar look that Bank Street will have when finished!


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January 20, 2014 - Cook Museum of Natural Science

Cook's Pest Control is investing in a new natural science museum that will be located in downtown Decatur! Cook Museum of Natural Science will open in 2015 and will relocate to the former Car Quest auto parts building at the corner of Lee Street and Fourth Avenue. As stated in their press release, the museum is developed to celebrate the theme that "Life is Amazing!" It will feature interactive, hands-on and experiential exhibits of mounted wildlife and various North American ecosystems, as well as other natural science topics, including rocks and minerals, the human body, the universe and planet earth. DDRA is thrilled about what this project offers to the community, nation and world - an exciting and educational experience with fascinating elements and features for visitors of all ages!!
The project can be followed on the website http://www.cookmuseum.org/ and their Facebook page.
For additional information visit: http://www.cookmuseum.org/press-release/ http://www.decaturdaily.com/news/local/article_e554f3e4-81f9-11e3-9a85-0019bb30f31a.html#.Ut2IrWnATbo.

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January 19, 2014 - The Old State Bank

The Old State Bank has placed 6 large tables (with 6 attached seats at each table) on the brick and concrete terrace between the OSB and the future site of the Amphitheatre. There are also waste receptacles and one large (4 person) bench installed. There will be several other benches installed soon (total capacity of table and bench seating should be about 60) and 10 large planters to visually liven the place up. The tables and benches will be used for various events and festivals downtown, as well as lingering downtown visitors. 

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January 17, 2014 - Strategic Plan Community Meeting #1

Decatur Downtown Redevelopment Authority held the first of two Strategic Plan Community Meetings last night at The Magnolia Room in downtown Decatur. Community leaders and partners were there to discuss the next five years, 2015-2019. Read more from the Decatur Daily about the meeting and upcoming changes you can expect in downtown Decatur! http://www.decaturdaily.com/news/local/article_05c59126-7f32-11e3-9a8e-001a4bcf6878.html


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January 10, 2014 - Moe's Original Bar B Que

Have you noticed the construction on 2nd Avenue next to the Mellow Mushroom Decatur Alabama? Moe's Original Bar B Que is coming to downtown Decatur! Moe's has been named Top 10 BBQ Joints in America. For more information on Moe's check out their website http://www.moesoriginalbbq.com/.


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January 9, 2014 - Michael Mason Bridal

A Happy New Year to All and a Happy Welcome to Michael Mason Bridal, located at 719 Bank Street! C.J. Marshall and Phillis Alldredge celebrated a ribbon cutting and open house this morning at their new location. Congratulations and welcome to downtown!


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December 23, 2013 - Holiday Windows for Cheer and Charity

On December 14th, The Antique Basket was named the #WindowsforCharity contest winner 2013 and won $250 for the charity of their choice. They matched the $250 and presented $500 dollars to Carol Wicks of Decatur Animal Services!


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December 14 - Holiday Windows for Cheer and Charity Winner

Congratulations to The Antique Basket on 2nd Avenue for winning the #WindowsforCharity Contest 2013!! Nichole McCleskey (owner of The Antiique Basket) was thrilled to receive a check for $250 to the charity of her choice, Decatur Animal Services! We thank the merchants for posting their fabulous windows on our Facebook page and everyone who participated in voting for your favorite window!

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December 10, 2013 - The Historic Decatur Christmas Tour

The Historic Decatur Christmas Tour will be this Saturday, December 14, 2013, from 2pm to 8pm. There will be carriage rides, holiday treats, caroling, decorating tips, and self-guided tours of Decatur's beautiful historic treasures bedecked in their finest holiday attire! The Historic Decatur Christmas Tour has been selected as one of Southeast Tourism Society's Top 20 Events for December 2013. For ticket and tour information visit http://decaturchristmastour.com/


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December 5, 2013 - "A Downtown Christmas"

“A Downtown Christmas” will be held the first three Saturdays (7th, 14th, 21st) in December from 1-3 p.m. in historic downtown Decatur.

 Activities include:

  • Carolers on 2nd Ave/Moulton Street and Bank Street all three weekends

  • Free hot chocolate at Casual Gourmet and the Amberly Suites all three weekends

  • Santa’s workshop ornament making – FREE – all three weekends
    • Casual Gourmet and the Amberly Suites

  • Santa & The Grinch strolling 2nd Ave & Bank Street all three weekends

  • Gift wrapping stations:

    • Dec 7th: Neighborhood Christian Center & Back Alley Bistro

    • Dec 14th & 21st: Former Memi’s location & Back Alley Bistro

  • Local art for sale




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December 1, 2013 - Holiday Windows for Cheer and Charity

Some of the Downtown Merchants are participating in the contest, Holiday Windows for Cheer and Charity. The merchants have decorated their front windows and/or storefronts for the holidays for a chance to win a $250 contribution to the local non-profit of their choice. The window with the most likes or shares wins!

To vote, the public can visit DDRA's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/DecaturDowntown and enter the hashtag #WindowsforCharity to like and share their favorite window. The contest will end at noon on December 13, 2013.

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November 14, 2013 - Tourism Professional Award and Julian Walker "Mr. Tourism Award"

Tiffany Garth of the Amberley Suite Hotel and David Breland of the Old State Bank won the Tourism Professional Award and Julian Walker "Mr. Tourism Award" at the 2013 Annual Tourism Breakfast. We are grateful for their working hard to make downtown Decatur a hospitable place to visit!

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November 8, 2013 - Christmas Tree in Founders Park

This morning, we planted a new tree in Founders Park in front of the Old State Bank. On November 14, 2013, Decatur Downtown will have a tree lighting during Christmas Open House (5pm-8pm). This is the first time downtown has had a tree lighting in many years and we plan for it to become a tradition. The lighting will take place at 6:30pm.


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November 1, 2013 - Best of the Best 2013

The following shops and businesses were named The Decatur Daily, Best of the Best 2013 Reader's Choice Poll:


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October 23, 2013 - The Artist Within

Jessica Lee and Skimble invite you to visit the new art gallery and puppet museum at The Artist Within, located at 409 Bank Street. You will see Skimble and Friends, along with artists, Jessica Lee and Linda Sanders Lee working on projects. You'll also see sketches of the designing process for the puppets, pottery, paintings, etc.!!


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October 16, 2013 - The Magnolia Room

A late, yet warm welcome to Bryan Chapman and Andy Thomas of The Magnolia Room, located at 216 Moulton Street in downtown Decatur. Bryan and Andy became business owners of The Magnolia Room on December 1, 2012, which was recently named The Decatur Daily, Best of the Best 2013 Reader’s Choice Poll: Best Wedding/Reception Venue! Bryan and Andy also own an event and consulting firm, Ingalls Entertainment Inc. Visit http://themagnoliaroomdecatur.com/ and http://ingallsentertainment.com/ for more information.


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October 7, 2013 -30th Anniversary Celebration

The week-long, cowboy themed, 30th Anniversary Celebration of The Princess Theatre for the Performing Arts will take place this week, October 7-11, 2013. Events are planned for every day with a special Block Party Friday, October 11. The western music and comedy band, Riders in the Sky, will perform two concerts on Friday. For more information visit http://www.princessanniversary.com/



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October 4, 2013 - Tours for the Alabama Center for the Arts Students

On October 2 & 3, 2013, DDRA had the opportunity to take some of the Alabama Center for the Arts students on a tour of the downtown area. Our mission was to provide information to the students about the arts, architecture, history, shops, restaurants, etc. in downtown, while helping them learn how to navigate downtown. Merchants and restaurants provided coupons, business cards, brochures, candy and cookies to make the tour more special. David Breland (Director of the Old State Bank) was the tour guide and did an amazing job introducing the students to the downtown area!



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October 3, 2013 - Inner Peace Massage

We are excited to welcome Katharine Taylor of Inner Peace Massage to downtown Decatur!! Inner Peace Massage is located at 303 2nd Ave. SE, beside The Antique Basket. For more information visit http://www.ipmassage.com/


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September 26, 2013 - Austin High School Students' Field Trip in Downtown Decatur

Austin High School students had a field trip today regarding the Gateway Pedestrian Bridge in downtown Decatur. They had the opportunity to observe drilling and testing techniques performed by Enersolve, an environmental and geo-technical engineering firm. The BP Foundation, through its commitment to education is partnering with DDRA by granting $100,000 to the Gateway Pedestrian Bridge in downtown Decatur. This project is unique in that the Design and Engineering professionals working on it will partner with the Decatur City Schools to involve Austin High School engineering students in the design process through the curriculum of their engineering program.


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September 23, 2013 - The Cupboard

DDRA welcomes The Cupboard to downtown Decatur. The Cupboard is located at 504 Bank Street NE next to Tammy Eddy Antiques and Chenault Studios - Photography Studio - Decatur, AL. You will find goods such as Bourbon Barrel Foods from Kentucky, 1818 Farms products made from goats milk, olive oil made from olives in South Georgia, pottery from Florence, art from Stephanie Schamban of Huntsville and much more!


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September 13, 2013 - Moe's Original Bar B Que

Moe's Original BBQ is coming to downtown Decatur! It will be located next to Mellow Mushroom Decatur Alabama and Decatur Downtown Redevelopment Authority on 2nd Avenue. We are pleased that construction will soon begin!

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September 6, 2013 - Beautiful Edge - A Paul Mitchell Focus Salon

DDRA welcomes Beautiful Edge- A Paul Mitchell Focus Salon to downtown Decatur!! Beautiful Edge Salon is located at 214 Moulton Street E. beside The Magnolia Room. Their products include Paul Mitchell (and pet friendly Paul Mitchell!), OPI, and Satin Smooth. They also have an amazing color bar!!


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September 4, 2013 - USA Cycling Bike Race

Downtown Decatur will have an action-packed and unique event on Saturday, September 7, 2013.  The USA Cycling Sanctioned Bike Race, Race for Grace, will take place in the renovated Arts & Entertainment District. For more information visit https://s3.amazonaws.com/USACFlyers/FL_2013-1560.pdf

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August 26, 2013 - Bank Street Art and Antiques

We would like to welcome Jackie Briscoe and Bank Street Art & Antiques to downtown!! Bank Street Art & Antiques is located at 818 Bank Street NE beside Tallulah's Inc. and across from Amberley Suite Hotel.

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August 9, 2013 - Swank on 2nd

DDRA welcomes Swank on 2nd to downtown!! Swank on 2nd is a new specialty retail store located at 312 2nd Ave. SE beside Seasonal on 2nd and across from The Antique Basket.




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August 6, 2013 - Petals for the Princess Market

Be sure to visit the Petals for the Princess Market at Casa Grande Gardens Park on 2nd Avenue. Every Tuesday from 4:30PM until 7:30PM there will be fresh goods from local farmers, artisan vendors, entertainment, and demonstrations. For more information visit http://petalsfortheprincess.com/


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August 2, 2013 - Wimberly's on 2nd

On August 1, 2013, we celebrated the ribbon cutting of a new antique gallery, Wimberly's on 2nd (previously Bank Street Antique Mall)!! Wimberly's is located at 206 2nd Ave. SE, beside Casa Grande Gardens Park. Congratulations, Gloria Arthur!!




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August 1, 2013 - NoraJo

DDRA is happy to welcome a new shop to downtown Decatur! Sarita Harp-Gillespie is the owner of a unique boutique, Nora Jo, named after her grandmothers, Nora and Josephine. NoraJo's offers stylish fashion for the body and home. Located at 207 B 2nd Ave. beside Uptown Girl Boutique and above Back Alley Bistro.


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