Merchants Association works to increase visibility

Atlanta Downtown Merchants Association works to bring more events, activities and adventure to Atlanta’s Downtown area by implementing a Third Thursday Throwdown for kids.
ADMA member Krystl Dawn, co-owner of Flip-N-Cheer said the association is hoping to continue implementing crafts or games for the kiddos who are out of school for the summer during the third Thursday of every month, or ADMA’s Third Thursday Throwdown.
“Every third Thursday of the month, many of the local merchants will have a discount,” Dawn said, of the monthly event. “Some will have gifts for customers, some will give 20 percent off or put different items on clearance.”
Bob’s Printing does the sponsorship and promotion for the monthly Throwdown event, Dawn said, adding that ADMA considers all businesses from US 59 all the way to downtown as part of what makes up Atlanta’s downtown district.
During June’s “Throwdown”, Price Hardware hosted area children as they painted designs on their very own flower pots. All paints and supplies were provided by Price Hardware and 903 Artisans teamed up to help.
“The kids were able to take home their artwork,” Dawn said. “We really want to do these things to have more people downtown because many people haven’t realized what all we have down here.”
Besides a hardware store and gym, ADMA includes a tanning salon, library, clothing and makeup boutiques and more.
“With the Third Thursday, we are trying to get people into these merchant stores, boutiques and restaurants,” Dawn said.
Dawn said she co-owns Flip-N-Cheer with her husband, Joe, and friends/business partners Megan and Brian Adcock. Flip-N-Cheer is located a few feet from the Atlanta library, which many consider the heart of Atlanta’s downtown district.
“The library always has something cool going on,” Dawn said. Two weeks ago, the library hosted a traveling science museum to both excite and educate local students on subjects such as space, electricity, weather and energy.
Favorite local cafe Rabbit Patch is also a member of ADMA.
“Try their fried bologna sandwich, with avocado,” Dawn said, adding that other Rabbit Patch favorites are the Monte Cristo and Patty Melt.
ADMA also includes members Made in the Shade, Family Nutrition, Terri’s Treasures, Old Rustic Treasures (antiques and homemade bathbombs), State Bank, Price Hardware, The Kitchenette, Rachael’s Place (booth rental), Come and Take it, Farmhouse Flowers, Kendell Wolfe Insurance, Olive Branch Salon, Merle Norman, Grandma’s Attic, Cobblestone Interiors and Rocking A Boutique.
 Dawn said ADMA has been around for quite sometime but really began to pull together toward the latter part of 2018 with ideas to liven up the downtown area.
“We kicked off 2019 really strong by electing officers and started really trying to raise money to bring more events and activity to the downtown area,” Dawn said.
Ted Brabham, Grandma’s Attic owner, was elected president of ADMA; Judy Pitts, of Cobblestone Interiors, was elected vice president; and Becky Wilbanks, owner of Merle Norman, was elected treasurer.
“Wilbanks  actually bought Merle Norman very recently and moved it into the new location,” Dawn said. 
“Rocking A Boutique moved into the old Mere Norman location. They are a western wear boutique, with boots, shoes, clothes, hats, jeans and children’s clothes.”
“Grandmaw’s Attic antique shop has some of the most sought after antiques,” Dawn said. “He has some really cool pieces that he gets.”
Pitts’ Cobblestone specializes in lovely decor, home interiors, gifts, clothing and jewelry, Dawn said.
To keep up with what ADMA does next for the community, check out their Facebook page ‘Atlanta Downtown Merchants Association’, as well as the Journal.
Any business located from downtown to US Highway 59 can be considered for membership with ADMA, according to members.
Dawn said the local businesses hope to liven up the downtown area and draw more locals and visitors into the area to show them why Atlanta’s downtown district is such a treasure.


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