First Fridays March 2018

Join us as we kick off First Fridays for 2018! We’ll have dozens of arts and crafts vendors lining Court Street, downtown restaurants and shops will be open, plus live music on the Big River Broadcasting Stage. We’ll also be celebrating the Florence Bicentennial.

Music lineup:
5pm – Emmalee Martinez
6pm – Barry Billings
7pm – Coffee Black

First Fridays is presented by Listerhill Credit Union and is a committee of Downtown Florence Unlimited.

Chocolate Crawl 2018 Recap

 

Just a bit more than a week before Valentine’s Day, Florence Main Street hosted our 4th Annual Chocolate Crawl! This year was just as great as the rest with delicious chocolate treats that were to die for and new businesses to visit as well as our returning favorites!

Tickets this year sold out 3 days before the event and even though it was cold out, we had a great crowd!  We saw so many new faces and heard a lot of positive feedback from the patrons.  Many of them said it was the best year yet!

On top of that, ticket holders enjoyed 15% off their purchases as well as a chocolate treat at participating businesses. Grier Insurance even gave away dinner for 2 at Ricatoni’s to one lucky winner!

This year’s chocolate treat winner was Cloth & Stone with their Chocolate Wine Cake!  Great job to the Cloth & Stone team, we heard crawlers raving about that treat and the store it was in all day.

A very close second was Miss Beth’s Tailoring and Alterations with their Oreo Bon Bons!  Miss Beth’s was a first time participant in the crawl this year and nearly clenched the victory, so congratulations to all involved; everyone seemed very impressed.  

A few honorable mentions this year were North Alabama Chiropractic’s Chocolate Covered Bacon, Jack O’ Lantern Farm’s Mocha Turnovers, and Printers and Stationer’s Mini Cannoli’s, but there were many more amazing treats as well that were very well made and well received.

We can’t thank the participants enough.  The bar had already been set high by the previous years and the ball was still knocked out of the park by each and every one of you!  

If you missed out this year, don’t worry; there’s always next year! If you love bacon, be on the lookout for our Bacon Fest in June that will include our annual Bacon Crawl!

Tailwagger Tuesday

When you buy a pint your pup gets free dog treats every Tuesday from 4:00pm – 9:00pm!

15th Annual Empty Bowl Luncheon

The 15th Annual Empty Bowl Luncheon to feed the hungry will be Wednesday, March 14th, 2018. It will be held 11:00AM-1:00PM at the Marriott Conference Center. This event is hosted by the Salvation Army’s Women’s Auxiliary. Tickets are available at The Salvation Army on Huntsville Road or at Trinity Ceramic Supply. $15 in advance or at the door.

Firekid at LIVE

Join Singin’ River and Listerhill Credit Union in celebrating the 1 year anniversary of Singin’ River LIVE with a St. Patrick’s Day party featuring Firekid! Tickets go on sale Friday, February 9th at 9am.

4th Annual Chocolate Crawl

The Downtown Florence Chocolate Crawl is back for its 4th year in a row!

Do you like chocolate and shopping? Then we’ve got a deal for you! Grab your date or group of friends and enjoy a day filled with chocolate treats and good deals! Downtown Florence boutiques, salons, and other stores will be turning into Chocolate Shops for one day only and they want you to come see them! This event is known as ‘trick or treating for adults” and “a wonderful time had by all, sampling sweets and exploring all the great stores in downtown Florence”!

Each business will be showcasing their current styles, specials, and services along with a bite-sized sample of a chocolate treat. During the Chocolate Crawl, shoppers will also get 15% off their purchases at participating businesses.

Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.florencemainstreet.org/store/downtown-chocolate-crawl/downtown-chocolate-crawl-tickets/

Tennessee Valley Strummers Performance

The Tennessee Valley Strummers will return to the Florence/Lauderdale Visitor Center in McFarland Park to play folk dulcimer music in the Gallery on Friday, November 17, from 2 to 4 p.m.

The dulcimer, which means “sweet sound,” is a four-stringed instrument developed in the 1700s in the southern Appalachian Mountains. The featured players use a tablature system of playing, based on fret numbers, which enables them to play with others – even if they have never met before.

Visitors are encouraged to join the Strummers in playing as well. Under organizer, Jack Brewer the Tennessee Valley Strummers also play at the Wayne County Welcome Center in Collinwood, Tennessee; Tupelo, Mississippi and local nursing homes. Brewer stated that the group believes tourism and local community have a great impact on the economy. The strummers enjoy playing for locals and interacting with their listeners.

Visitors are encouraged to come out and listen to the music and tour the Center. Admission is free.
For more information call the Florence/Lauderdale Tourism Office at 256-740-4141.

Starting off the Year with Florence Main Street

Do you have any new goals for 2018?  If so, downtown Florence Alabama has what you need to chase those goals!  Whether you aspire to be stronger, faster, healthier, dress better, or anything in between, the city of Florence has a local business to help you reach those goals.  

If you want to take your body to a new level physically, you’ll want to check Florence’s great fitness and health businesses.  These are great options to have whether you need training and individual attention from an experienced instructor at the Fit Facility, OR, if you’ve already got a workout regiment and need a clean community environment to execute it in like The Basement Gym.  For those of us who aspire to learn while they work out, Contender Boxing and Grit Fitness have boxing, yoga, and cycling classes that help us get into shape while learning new techniques!  Add that on top of our Jack-o’-Lantern Farm and Valley Health Foods businesses that can help anyone make sure that their diet healthily compliments their lifestyle, and there’s no way that getting healthier will stay on the list of unchecked resolutions.

As far as fresh and stylish clothing go, Florence AL has got you covered there as well.  Whether you find your ideal style in Coco’s Boutique, Karen’s Corner, Harper Clothing Co., or Jar & Co. it is all a part of what the brilliant shop owners of Florence have to offer.  Find an amazing piece of clothing that’s just barely out of your size range?  Take it to Miss Beth’s Tailoring and Alterations and have it sized up or down to suit your needs.  If more exotic clothes catch your eye, head over to The Eclectic for interesting and rare finds!  With all of these businesses ready and standing by to help put you in your ideal clothes and help in any way they can, becoming a savvy, experienced, and thrifty shopper is easy.

These are just some of the ways our thriving town can help you with your New Year’s resolutions.  Since there’s no way anyone can cover every advantage to shopping in Downtown Florence on one simple blog post, I’ll stop here; but if anyone has any questions about businesses and services offered in the downtown area, feel free to call us at 256-760-9648 OR contact any businesses directly on their Facebook accounts!  We all look forward to another great year of serving you.

Bicentennial Birthday Bash

The City of Florence will celebrate its 200th birthday, and this will kick off almost a year of events as part of this very special occasion. The rain location is the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library.

Florence Wine Fest

TASTE 100+ WINES. ENJOY LOCAL FOOD PAIRINGS. REPEAT.

Florence Wine Fest is headed back to Downtown Florence, AL for its third year on March 9-10, 2018 and is bigger and better than ever. Make plans to buy your tickets early so that no one in your squad gets left in the dust! Tickets go on sale now.

Florence Wine Fest is a rain or shine annual celebration of wine, food, and community in downtown Florence, AL. Each March, attendees can explore 100+ fantastic wines from around the globe and local food pairings from some of the Shoals’ best chefs all while soaking in the electric atmosphere of historic downtown Florence, AL. Plus, ticket holders will enjoy special events and discounts all weekend long at many participating downtown businesses!

Tickets: www.florencewinefest.com

*Attendees must be 21+ years of age and present valid identification upon entry to the event. All ticket sales are final.