The Overall Company Opens to Hundreds

The Overall Company Opens to Hundreds

I attended the opening party last night at The Overall Company, which has reopened in the John Emerald Distillery,  and got a chance to talk to Jay and Laura. Thought I’d share that interview with you this morning: Jerry : So Laura … Laura: Okay Jerry : This was the official grand opening party tonight. The crowds have been incredible, how do you feel? Laura: I’m so grateful everyone’s here, and I’m excited that we’re re-launching and we get to see all our wonderful customers every day. Jerry : What’s for breakfast, because I’m coming…

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James Brothers Bikes Opens Opelika Location on April 1st (Really)

James Brothers Bikes Opens Opelika Location on April 1st (Really)

I stuck my head into the new James Brothers Bike this afternoon while out running errands and discovered their opening is tomorrow, April 1st. And trust me folks, this is not a cruel April Fools Prank, like I pulled last year.  So I grabbed the iPhone to ask him a few questions and recorded the results. Here’s that chat! Jerry: Tell me what the concept is of opening the bike shop over here in Opelika. Phillip: Why we came to Opelika? Jerry: Yeah. Phillip: We saw that the interest in cycling was really growing…

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The Overall Company Returns in Two Short Weeks

The Overall Company Returns in Two Short Weeks

Working at my stand up desk the other morning I noticed a friend walking up the driveway. Not getting a lot of walk up traffic (Thank God), other than the USPS, FedEx or UPS, I headed to the front door for an intercept. It was Laura of the famed Laura and Jay Prichard team, owners of The Overall Company. She was making a swath thru the neighborhood dropping off invites to their special grand opening. I guess if you’ve been away a while, or living in a cave, you may…

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Best Weekend Party Spot Shifts Down South Railroad to Eighth & Rail

Best Weekend Party Spot Shifts Down South Railroad to Eighth & Rail

Is it just me, or has Downtown Opelika’s Eighth & Rail become the cities number one nighttime party place.  The past several weekends Friday and Saturday Nights are packed with a mix of younger (most are younger than me) and old gathering to meet friends, grab a drink or two and enjoy some of Mike Paterson’s Sushi or Cheesecake. The entertainment this weekend was exceptional with Larry Mitchel on Friday and the Krissy Andrews Band on Saturday. And if the beer seemed a bit colder this past weekend, it might…

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Parking Problem – What Parking Problem?

Parking Problem – What Parking Problem?

A recent post I made on Facebook has created a firestorm of controversy and finger pointing in the downtown community.  Now I don’t plan to quote a lot of what was said in my post and reactions of others, but I did want to summarize the concerns of some and what seem obvious solutions to ease parking when it gets busy downtown. The restaurant with the best parking situation the past few years is probably Café 123. The staff parks in the rear and due to the hours when the…

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Alabama “To Go” Beer Sales from Breweries Nearly Possible – Legislative Alert (Updated Post)

Alabama “To Go” Beer Sales from Breweries Nearly Possible – Legislative Alert (Updated Post)

Before passage of the Gourmet Bottle Bill, Alabama was the only state that restricted the size of bottled or canned beer to no more than 16 oz. Starting in 2011, Free the Hops began introducing the Gourmet Bottle Bill to raise the limit to 25.4 oz. On May 16, 2012, Governor Bentley signed the Gourmet Bottle Bill into law, and it goes went effect on August 1, 2012. This allows for many high-end, gourmet beers in Alabama that are only bottled in these larger container sizes. This legislation was also…

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The Move to “The Round House” is This Week!

The Move to “The Round House” is This Week!

This week is “Moving Week” for my work office. It’s actually the official move of several into the new co-work space in downtown Opelika called The Round House.  Several of the group are talented people I have known from the Opelika area for years, others will be new faces with a variety of skills.  My move will probably be later in the week as I wait for a new desk to arrive. Instead of a work station, I’m thinking of it as a new “Productivity Station”. It will be my…

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