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Historic downtown Athens welcomes three new businesses

Some of the businesses are set to open within the next few months.

ATHENS, Ala. — Three new businesses will pop up in historic downtown Athens in the next few months. Other business owners say the timing couldn't be better. 

The owner of Salon Blush, Haleigh Fairbanks says, "Our town needs to recover from it [the pandemic]. I mean, we're a small town and we have a functioning square in the downtown area so it needs businesses that help keep it functioning."

A new art studio called 'That's SO Art' will open on 110 W. Market street. The owner, Sara Ogles, is an Athens native. Ogle began her business by selling pieces online. 

Right down the road, Athens Ale House and Cellar will open their doors in August. The ale house hopes to bring more traffic to the west side of the square. 

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"We have lots of great restaurants across the square, you know on the other side, but we really need-- and I would like to see some more come in--but we really need this [Ale House] to bring people on this side of the square," said Sonya Gordon, the manager of High Cotton Arts. 

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Across from Limestone County County Courthouse, EXIT Realty Downhome will join the group as well. 

Historic downtown Athens is an Art and Entertainment district and business owners encourage you to come out and have a good time. 

Visit the Athens Main Street Facebook page to learn more about each of the new businesses.