Several businesses in downtown Douglasville have collaborated to bring attention to the area on Friday nights.
Infused Bath and Body, Blue Rose Art Bistro, The Vine Cafe & Marketplace, and Anything But Ordinary Event Hall were the first businesses to participate in Friday Night Live, which debuted on Nov. 3.
“We’re trying to figure out a way to bring more life to Douglasville and the downtown area,” Infused Bath and Body owner Bethany Petri said. “Inform the community of the new things happening, the stores and restaurants opening up and how we can just enjoy the people that live around here.”
The event will take place every first Friday of the month. Every consumer that visits all participating business will be put into a drawing to win prizes for supporting the local businesses.
Each business hosts live music, art exhibits, and food. On Nov. 3, Infused Bath and Body had a soapmaking demonstration, Blue Rose Art Bistro had live interactive paintings, The Vine Cafe & Marketplace had a cooking demonstration, and Anything But Ordinary Event Hall had a Washington, D.C. native exhibit her art pieces.
“Each one of us has something unique and different to bring to downtown Douglasville,” Anything But Ordinary Event Hall owner JaMelia Baylor-Stroud said. “So it’s not about a name thing or drop names competition. We’re all in it to win for Douglasville. To do it in Douglasville. To bring Douglasville back to life.”
The Friday night campaign came within weeks after city council members Mike Miller and Sam Davis told the Sentinel they wanted to bring change to the downtown area. Miller said he would like to see a hotel near the Douglasville Conference Center, and Davis said he wants a more liberal open container policy downtown to create an entertainment area like Carrollton has. Council member-elect Terry Miller, whose term will begin in 2018, said that he’d like to see the old conference center auditorium used as a venue for live theater.
The Douglasville Zoning Board also recently approved a Special Land Use request to make 8440 Courthouse Square East an escape room, which will add another source of entertainment to bring people downtown.
“I see it flourishing,” Blue Rose Art Bistro owner Michelle Jones said in regards to the future of downtown. “I see people walking up and down Broad Street just like any other community that has a downtown. From day one, I’ve always stated that it’s important for us to have a vibrant downtown and that’s the goal — to make sure we have a vibrant downtown.”
The next Friday Night Live event is tonight, Dec. 1, from 6-9 p.m. Friday Night Live tonight coincides with the the annual Douglasville Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting, which starts at 6:30 p.m. along Church Street.
Tonight's participating Friday Night Live businesses include:
• Infused Bath and Body at 6786 W. Broad St.— Christmas Cookies and Treats, acoustic Christmas music, local artist Tracie Joyner, Christmas cookie decorating and holiday bath bomb making.
• Blue Rose Art at 6774 W. Broad St. — Wine Tastings with chef pairings, a jam sesion with an open mic, an art exhibit, live interactive painting and arts and a gift shop.
• The Vine Cafe & Market at 6680 W. Broad St. — Southern Fish Fry, Smooth Jazz with Allen Cook, art by Donald Holdman and food trivia to win prizes.
• Anything But Ordinary Event Hall, 6650 W. Broad St. —A live DJ, holiday market pop-up shops and "Sunflowers in Motion" Line Dancing Grove and move to party hop music.
• 4th Time Around Interiors and Gifts, 6643 Church St. — Christmas goodies and hot apple cider, holiday music, holiday art and gifts and a gift wrapping workshop.
• Burlap Rose, 6651 B Church St. — Light holiday hors d'oeuvres, holiday cheer (classic, contempary, modern) and a sneak peak of holiday fashion.