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Artist David Blackwell gets a tip from one of the yougest visitors to Thursday's "An Evening on West Ridgeley."

West Ridgeley event a hit

Published 8:51pm Thursday, October 11, 2012

The first installment of “An Evening on West Ridgeley” brought a big crowd to one of the fastest growing blocks in Atmore’s downtown district Thursday night.

Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce Director Sheryl Vickery, who coordinated the new event, said she was pleased with the turnout.

“We’ve had people coming in steadily the whole time,” Vickery said during the event, which stretched for an entire block of storefronts and included stores ranging from long-time Atmore staples like Country Charms, to newer businesses like the Coffee House and B&G Treasurers.

In addition to specials buys at businesses located on West Ridgeley Street, the crowd was also treated to music from New Orleans-based musician David Blackwell, as well as free hot dogs and drinks.

Latisha Henderson, owner of Fabulous Fashions, said her store has been open since May and Thursday’s event was a great help in getting its name around town.

“Mine was real busy,” Henderson said. “It was busy from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. non-stop.”

Henderson said she would love to see the event become an annual occurrence.

“I wish we could have something like this every weekend,” she said. “I was just so busy.”

Prior to the event, Vickery said she was not sure if the event would become annual, but added it just depended on the community’s reaction.

So far, it looks as if “An Evening on West Ridgeley,” part two could be around the corner.

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