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Athens Main Street Merchants Alley now open

The family-friendly gathering place features exclusive, original artwork.

ATHENS, Ala. — Artists and builders have worked on the alley in Downtown Athens for months-- and they can't wait to reveal it on November 5th. 

Merchants Alley is a true community lead project with pieces made by students and local artists. 

It will be a place to hangout, listen to music, and have a good time. 

Tere Richardson of Athens Main Street says, "Athens really is a wonderful city, and we have a lot of historic buildings. but we really didn't have that fun, kind of funky place to gather and this is what the Merchants Alley is all about."

Merchants Alley is family friendly, and in right in the middle of the purple cup district. 


Athens Main Street received a $14,500 grant from Limestone County Legislative Delegation, which will go towards the Merchants Alley Renovation Project.

Athens Main Street said this grant puts the total fundraising efforts for the project past $120,000.

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“The Limestone County Legislative Delegation gave us the funds to cross the finish line for the Merchants Alley Renovation Project,” said Athens Main Street Executive Director Tere Richardson. “We truly appreciate the support from our local legislators.”

Contributors to the grant include the following state lawmakers:

  • Sen. Tim Melson - $5,000
  • Rep. Danny Crawford - $5,000
  • Rep. Andy Whitt - $2,000
  • Sen. Tom Butler - $1,500
  • Speaker Mac McCutcheon - $1,000

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Merchants Alley's grand opening date is tentatively set for November 5, 2021.

The alley, themed as "Amplify Athens," will feature a series of artwork with music at its core, according to Athens Main Street. The alley is located between Terranova's Italian Restaurant and the Athens Main Street office on North Jefferson Street in Downtown Athens.

More information on the renovation can be found on Athens Main Street's website.

WATCH: Merchant's Alley Artwork unveiled in Athens


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