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Cultural holiday

By By Lydia Grimes
Local businesses will celebrate “An Atmore Noel” next week with a Christmas open house and customer appreciation night from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday. The event is the third in a series of events to showcase downtown businesses.
Thirty merchants in the downtown area will participate, Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce Director Sheryl Vickery said, and many will offer special values for Christmas shopping.
Refreshments will be served in some of the businesses and carolers, choirs and musicians will perform all over downtown.
ECATS buses will be available for customers who wish to park and not have to worry about finding a parking place.
Cathy Coley, a merchant and member of the Atmore Chamber of Commerce, said that the area of downtown merchants who are participating has been extended to include Trammell Street, along with Ridgeley and Main streets.
There will be a live nativity scene, and children can get their pictures made with Santa.
Vickery said the downtown events have been a good way to bring more shoppers downtown.
Participating merchants are Annie’s Community Cup, The Atmore Advance, Atmore Ambulance, “Atmore News,” Barnett and Associates, Brothers Auto Sales, Central Farm Supply, Coley Petals and Parties, Country Charms, Cutie Pies Bakery, Earle’s, Edgar’s Business Machines, F.S. Advisors Inc., First National Bank and Trust, Gregg’s, Gulf Winds Federal Credit Union, Jus Because, K-9 Kleaners, Maxwell, Haley and Castleberry, Pintoli’s, Roaster’s Gallery, Shirley Darby Law Office, Strand Theater, The Beans Store, The Tot Shop, Twice as Nice, and United Bank. Angela &Co. and Atmore Florist will also participate, setting up booths at the Advance.
For more information, contact a member of the Downtown Area Committee. They are Tracy Miller at Jus Because, Frances Dunn at Earle’s, Stephen Van Pelt at First National Bank, Leigh Anne Jones at United Bank, Carl Anderson at The Tot Shop, Joel Lambert at Roaster’s Gallery and Cathy Coley at Coley Petals and Parties.