The downtown area is an important part of any town. After all, this particular area is what started the town many years ago. Most downtown areas feature specialty shops, restaurants, theaters, and so much more. The downtown area, or as many refer to it as “Main Street,” truly is the heart of the community.
There are many wonderful Main Streets located throughout Alabama, and listed below are 7 of the very best.
Downtown Florence is located in North Alabama and is, without a doubt, the ultimate shopping destination. A couple of popular stores include Billy Reid and JAR & Company. A variety of dining establishments are also located in downtown Florence, including The Pie Factory and Ricatoni's Italian Grill. "First Fridays" is held in downtown Florence on the first Friday evening of each month (Mar-Dec). During this popular event, businesses stay open late and downtown Florence comes alive with shopping, art and entertainment for the entire family.
Eufaula, located in southeast Alabama, is known for its charming antebellum homes. It's also one of the most picturesque and historic towns in the South. Eufaula's historic downtown area is filled with many unique shops that attract visitors from all over.
Selma is located in Dallas County, on the banks of the Alabama River. This historic city is best known for the "Selma to Montgomery Marches," which took place on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Selma's downtown area includes a few shops, the public library and the historic St. James Hotel.
Fairhope is a charming town that's situated on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay. Its downtown area features art galleries, restaurants and more than 80 unique shops.
Opelika's motto is "Rich in Heritage with a Vision for the Future." Its downtown area includes several charming boutiques and restaurants. One of their most popular events is "First Fridays," which is held on the first Friday evening of every month. During this event, shops stay open late and guests get to enjoy live music.
Anniston, The Model City of the South, is located in Calhoun County. Its charming downtown area features several unique shops, a farmers market and a federal building made of marble.
Monroeville is known as the "Literary Capital of Alabama" because it's where Truman Capote and Harper Lee grew up, in addition to several other well-known writers. Monroeville's historic downtown area features many unique shops and restaurants, but its main feature is the Old Monroe County Courthouse. This historic courthouse was the model for Harper Lee's courtroom settings in her novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Today, this courtroom is one of the most recognized in the world because of the novel's film adaptation.
Which of these downtown areas (Main Streets) in Alabama have you visited? What others can be added to the list? Let us know in the comments below!