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!

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/

Florence Bacon Fest

Get ready bacon lovers and mark your calendars now! Florence Main Street is bringing the Bacon Fest to downtown Florence this fall!

This day full of Bacon, Brews, Music and Fun will include several events.

The .5k Pig and Swig Fun Run
Registration – 8:00am ~ Run Begins – 8:30am
Each runner must swig and eat 2 pieces of bacon at the start and the half way point.
Each runner will receive a participation medal.
Cash prize awarded for best costume.
registration forms will be available online August 11th.

The Downtown Bacon Crawl
10:00am – 2:00pm
Participating merchants will have samples of all types of bacon treats for ticket holders to enjoy while they shop hop through downtown.
Ticket sales for the Bacon Crawl will begin August 11th.
Tickets are $10 at the office and $11 online.
Tickets will only be sold IN ADVANCE (no day of tickets will be available). Limited number of tickets available.

Alabama Craft Beer Festival
1:00pm – 5:00pm
Penny Beer Garden 2017 – Sample the best beers brewed in the state of Alabama as well as visit with the brewers themselves.
For more information about this event and to purchase tickets, now on sale, visit their webpage at https://alabamacraftbeerfestival.com/

The BBQ Block Battle
BBQ Cook-Off
Judging begin at 2:00pm.
Tickets for BBQ Block Battle Tasting will be available for purchase
the day of the event at 3:00pm. Tickets are $10 Limited number of tickets available.

Downtown Block Party
Live Music Downtown through out the afternoon and evening.

Be sure to follow this event for updates and exciting new things added to the event as our planning progresses. We’re so excited!

Florence Main Street
301 North Pine Street
Florence, AL 35630

Business hours:
Monday – Thursday 8am – 5pm
Friday 8am – 12pm
256-760-9648

America’s Main Street Contest

Florence Main Street has the chance to win $25,000! All it takes is one click to vote for #DowntownFlorence to win. You can vote once a day, now through April 23rd. We ask that you please take two seconds to vote and then share with your friends! Think of all the amazing things we could do for our downtown!

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VOTE HERE!

3rd Annual Downtown Chocolate Crawl

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Do you love chocolate and sweet deals? Then this is the event for you! 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! Make it a date or bring your friends for a day full of shopping and fun! 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 10% off their purchases at participating businesses.

Tickets for the 3rd Annual Downtown Chocolate Crawl will go on sale Monday, January 16th at 10:00am! Only 350 tickets will be sold for this event. Tickets will be $10 at the office and $11 online ($1 will be added as a processing fee)
Check back here for more details!

3rd Annual Downtown Chocolate Crawl

Tickets for the 3rd Annual Downtown Chocolate Crawl will go on sale Monday, January 16th at 10:00am! Only 300 tickets will be sold for this event. Tickets will be $10 at the office and $11 online ($1 will be added as a processing fee)

Do you love chocolate and sweet deals? Then this is the event for you! 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! Make it a date or bring your friends for a day full of shopping and fun! 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 10% off their purchases at participating businesses.

Check back here for more details. Share this event with your friends and family so they can join in on the fun too!

Downtown Florence Christmas Open House

Florence Main Street presents Downtown Florence Christmas Open House Saturday, November 19th from 10:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m. There will be sales, discounts, refreshments, a stocking surprise, a chance for you to vote for your favorite window decoration, and more! More details coming soon!

Florence Main Street Announces Nominated Charities for Florence Restaurant Week 2016

image-7For the last four weeks Florence Main Street has been collecting on-line and mail-in nominations from the community for their favorite charity to be on the Restaurant Week ballot.  After sorting over 750 nominations submitted between September 15-October 13, Florence Main Street finally has the top three most nominated charities and the two wild-card picks who will compete for the coveted $5,000 from our Presenting Sponsor, McDaniel Window & Door.

Last year, Presenting Sponsor Mike McDaniel awarded the $5,000 check to winning charity Shoals Sav-A-Life, and this year he is looking forward to making another charity very happy.

This year, we are thrilled to announce a second sponsor – Alabama Outdoors! During restaurant week be sure to go and visit Alabama Outdoors to see their fall inventory and cool specials. When you make a purchase show them your receipt from a participating downtown restaurant and they will donate 10 percent of your Alabama Outdoors purchase toward a check for the second place charity!  

In no particular order, the five charity finalists are: Room In The Inn, Salvation Army, Heart of Alabama Save Rescue Adopt, Meals on Wheels and Sidney’s Safe Foundation.  All five charities will be competing for the communities’ vote during Florence Restaurant Week, October 21st – October 30th. Whether you buy a cup of coffee from Rivertown or have dinner at Odette, every purchase will come with a ballot for the opportunity to vote for the charity of your choice.

Join Florence Main Street for our preview of Florence Restaurant Week during the Taste of Downtown event on Tuesday, Oct. 18th at Singin’ River Brewing Company! Get to know the nominated charities you will be voting for from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, while tasting samples of dishes prepared by all participating restaurants. Admission: $10 in advance and $15 at the door (while supplies last). Tickets can be purchased online at www.dineoutflorence.com and www.florencemainstreet.org or at the Florence Main Street Office ~ 301 N Pine Street.

FLORENCE RESTAURANT WEEK IS OCTOBER 21st-30th. Please help us do good where it counts by voting for one of the five charities by dining at any of the participating downtown restaurants and shopping at Alabama Outdoors!

Participating Restaurants: On the Rocks, Pie Factory, Woodpecker Café, Wildwood Tavern, Rivertown Coffee, FloBama, 306 BBQ, Odette, Legends, Ricatoni’s Italian Grill, City Hardware, Singin River Brewing Co., and Rosie’s Mexican Cantina.
Florence Main Street is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to working with business owners, community leaders, and residents toward the common goal of revitalizing Downtown Florence, culturally and economically. For more information about us or any of these efforts, please contact Florence Main Street at 256-760-9648 or info@florencemainstreet.org.

Taste of Downtown

Florence Main Street is kicking off Florence Restaurant Week with the Taste of Downtown on Tuesday, October 18th from 6:00pm until 8:00pm at Singin’ River Brewery, 526 E College Street ~ Florence AL.
The Taste of Downtown is a fun event showcasing participating downtown restaurants, sponsors of Restaurant Week, our judges, and volunteers. In addition, we will unveil the five local charities that make it to the coveted charity ballot. This is the community’s opportunity to sample fabulous food from our downtown restaurants while meeting some of our local charities in person to ask questions and understand how they impact the Shoals.

Florence Restaurant Week 2016

For the last four weeks Florence Main Street has been collecting on-line and mail-in nominations from the community for their favorite charity to be on the Restaurant Week ballot.  After sorting over 750 nominations submitted between September 15-October 13, Florence Main Street finally has the top three most nominated charities and the two wild-card picks who will compete for the coveted $5,000 from our Presenting Sponsor, McDaniel Window & Door.

Last year, Presenting Sponsor Mike McDaniel awarded the $5,000 check to winning charity Shoals Sav-A-Life, and this year he is looking forward to making another charity very happy.

 

This year, we are thrilled to announce a second sponsor – Alabama Outdoors! During restaurant week be sure to go and visit Alabama Outdoors to see their fall inventory and cool specials. When you make a purchase show them your receipt from a participating downtown restaurant and they will donate 10 percent of your Alabama Outdoors purchase toward a check for the second place charity!  

In no particular order, the five charity finalists are: Room In The Inn, Salvation Army, Heart of Alabama Save Rescue Adopt, Meals on Wheels and Sidney’s Safe Foundation.  All five charities will be competing for the communities’ vote during Florence Restaurant Week, October 21st – October 30th. Whether you buy a cup of coffee from Rivertown or have dinner at Odette, every purchase will come with a ballot for the opportunity to vote for the charity of your choice.

Join Florence Main Street for our preview of Florence Restaurant Week during the Taste of Downtown event on Tuesday, Oct. 18th at Singin’ River Brewing Company! Get to know the nominated charities you will be voting for from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, while tasting samples of dishes prepared by all participating restaurants. Admission: $10 in advance and $15 at the door (while supplies last). Tickets can be purchased online at www.dineoutflorence.com and www.florencemainstreet.org or at the Florence Main Street Office ~ 301 N Pine Street.

FLORENCE RESTAURANT WEEK IS OCTOBER 21st-30th. Please help us do good where it counts by voting for one of the five charities by dining at any of the participating downtown restaurants and shopping at Alabama Outdoors!

Participating Restaurants: On the Rocks, Pie Factory, Woodpecker Café, Wildwood Tavern, Rivertown Coffee, FloBama, 306 BBQ, Odette, Legends, Ricatoni’s Italian Grill, City Hardware, Singin River Brewing Co., and Rosie’s Mexican Cantina.
Florence Main Street is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to working with business owners, community leaders, and residents toward the common goal of revitalizing Downtown Florence, culturally and economically. For more information about us or any of these efforts, please contact Florence Main Street at 256-760-9648 or info@florencemainstreet.org.