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    YPCullman: Young Professionals Mix, Match and Have a Great Time

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    We’ve planned four quarterly socials this year, and then we will probably gain speed with each one. Then by 2017 I think you’re going to see some amazing things out of this group.” Leah Bolin, Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce president   CULLMAN - On Thursday, March...

    Colleagues Reflect on Cecelia Smith’s “Major Impact” on Cullman Tourism

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    Photo: Cecelia Smith waits on eager tourists to stop by the Ardmore exit so she can share with them all that Cullman has to offer. CULLMAN - If you’re close to the tourism industry in our area, the announcement of the departure of Cullman’s Tourism...

    Cause of Monday Night Fire at Walker Brothers Building Supply in Baileyton Still Unknown

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    Of course we are still trying to figure out what we’re going to do. For trusses, we will probably be buying them from somewhere else.” Terry Walker, owner   BAILEYTON – Last night, Monday, March 7, a fire completely destroyed part of Walker Brothers Building Supply, located...

    Ryan’s Restaurant Closes with No Notice- Company Bankruptcy Uncovered

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    Updated at 3:41 p.m. on March 7 with the addition of the official statement from Buffets, LLC. (see end of article) CULLMAN - Ryan's Restaurant on Cherokee Avenue in Cullman closed without notice or warning this weekend, leaving employees and customers alike looking for answers....

    Chamber’s 73rd Annual Meeting & Gala Honors Chaney, Smith

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    CULLMAN -  Last night’s Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce shindig at Stonebridge Farm was a party with a purpose. The 73rd Annual Meeting & Gala, “Great Leaders Serve,” had a “Downton Abbey” theme and saw many attendees decked out in 1920s attire. It also...

    Cullman Named No. 2 Micropolitan Area Based on Corporate Facility Investment

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    We have some great leadership and people that recognize from the outside that Cullman is the place to be, and they’re starting to recognize it more and more every day. They know what you and I have known a long time!” Cullman Economic Development Director,...

    YPCullman- New Group for Cullman’s Young Professionals

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    We will begin with quarterly socials. Over time, we hope this will evolve into community awareness and concern, committee involvement, entrepreneurial roundtables and eventually leadership roles.” Leah Bolin, Chamber president   CULLMAN - Young professionals in Cullman will soon have a new organization. On Thursday, March 17...

    New in Town: Warren’s Home Decor

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    The shop is in a house and decorated like inside a home. We want to give the customer a homey feel when they are in shopping.” Tania Warren, store owner   CULLMAN - Warren’s Home Decor is a family-owned business that is new to Cullman. On Friday,...

    Chamber’s 73rd Annual Meeting & Gala Will Have “Downton Abbey” Theme

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    This year’s theme will be focused around the popular British drama series, ‘Downton Abbey,’ set in the 1920s. Guests are encouraged to dress to coordinate with the theme - you might just win a contest! So get ready to step back in time with...

    The Antique Market of Cullman to Close Jan. 31

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    CULLMAN - After one year in business, The Antique Market of Cullman will be closing its doors for good on Jan. 31. When asked if she was surprised to make the decision to shut down her shop, owner Beth Veigl said no.         “This is a business...

    CRMC Announces 30-Bed Expansion; Dr. Vincent F. Bergquist Healthcare Professional of the Year

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    Photo shows CRMC CEO James Clements and Dr. Vincent F. Bergquist.     It is a very exciting time at CRMC. “The hospital’s growth in service area and increase in volume, particularly from inpatient visits, support the need for the expansion.” CRMC Board Chair Judy Butler-Patterson   CULLMAN - On...

    Exit 305 Officially Opens

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    I like to cut ribbons for new factories and new roads because that means we are making good progress. In this part of the state, up here, you all are doing fantastic.” Gov. Robert Bentley   GOOD HOPE – As of today, Friday, Jan. 22, exit 305,...

    Good Hope Service Center Launches Fundraiser for Good Hope Schools

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    So please join us in making this fundraiser a success for our children and their future. Come in to Good Hope Service Center for all your vehicle needs and mention Good Hope Schools and let us know if you'd like the donation in your...

    Concert Promoter Premier Productions Ranked 16th in the World

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    CULLMAN - Concert promoter Premier Productions, co-owned by Cullman’s Shane Quick, was recently ranked 16th on Pollstar’s list of Top 100 Promoters of 2015, based on worldwide ticket sales. The company ranked seventh in the United States. “To be mentioned in the same breath as...

    SBA Disaster Assistance Approved for Coffee, Jefferson, Montgomery, Morgan and Surrounding Counties

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    MONTGOMERY - Gov. Robert Bentley on Friday announced that the Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved a request for disaster assistance for Coffee, Jefferson, Montgomery, Morgan and surrounding counties. The approval is based damage assessments from severe storms and flooding that occurred from Dec....

    State of the Community 2016 Held Thursday Evening

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    At Hanceville we try to be positive and progressive. To me, being progressive means we’re not sitting on our rear ends doing nothing, we are going to be moving forward. We are very proud of that. We have a lot of projects going on,...

    Farmers Still Grounded with FAA Registration Rule

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    MONTGOMERY – Farmers interested in using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) will have to wait a little longer despite the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) recent announcement of web-based aircraft registration for drone technology. The Alabama Farmers Federation’s Carla Hornady said the rule only applies to hobbyists...

    Walmart Grand Opening Set for Wednesday Morning

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    CULLMAN — On Wednesday, November 11, Walmart will open its second Cullman location. According to the new store's manager, Joey Childress, the grand opening ceremony of Walmart Supercenter #7280 will begin at 7:30 a.m. and sales will begin at 8 a.m. “We just cannot wait to start serving...

    Walmart Plans to Hire 1,500 Holiday Workers in Alabama; Wages Begin at $9 an Hour

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    BIRMINGHAM – Walmart announced this week it expects to hire approximately 1,500 associates at more than 100 stores in Alabama over the next few months to help during the busy holiday shopping season. The Alabama hires are among the 60,000 seasonal workers the company...

    Karma’s Coffee House Brews Double Shot of Quality

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    We went to the idea of what goes around comes around, like do good, be good and wound up with Karma’s. It seemed to be most fitting and we quickly and easily grew a brand at that point.” Katie Nelms — Owner, Karma's Coffee House CULLMAN...

    Publix Grand Opening Has Customers ‘Amazed’

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    I am amazed at how they have restocked their shelves. There’s got to be a thousand people that have come through already and it looks like the aisles are completely full!” Beth Collicott, Publix Customer CULLMAN — On Wednesday, Cullman’s newest grocery store opened its doors...

    Graves Marathon to Build New Store

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    We have people that like to come in and just sit and talk, drink a cup of coffee and shoot the bull for a while. That’s the way we want it, we want to keep it family-oriented, and country-flavored.” Tim Graves, Graves Marathon Owner CULLMAN –...

    Walmart Hiring Approximately 300 Associates for New Cullman Store

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    CULLMAN – Walmart will hire approximately 300 associates to work at the new Walmart slated to open this fall in Cullman. A temporary hiring center has opened at 3323 Alabama Hwy. 157, Suite C. Applications will be accepted Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday 8 a.m. to 1...

    Dayspring Dairy: Alabama’s First Licensed Sheep Dairy Farm

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    Our goal is to produce unique, delicious, safe, and healthy cheeses for our customers.” Greg Kelly, Owner - Dayspring Dairy GALLANT – Nestled in a valley in the piedmont of north-east Alabama with lush rolling pastures is Dayspring Dairy Farm. The family owned and operated farm is...

    Cullman Regional Airport: Flying in Commerce for Cullman County

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    Having a thriving regional airport makes Cullman more accessible and more efficient to do business with.” Mayor Max A. Townson CULLMAN – Cullman Regional Airport was built in the 1950s due to the hard work of the City and County of Cullman. Since then it has...

    Dairy Queen Opens New Cullman Location

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    The store on Highway 31 has been in the same location for sixty years, so when people say, ‘Let’s go to Dairy Queen’ that’s the location they think about. But as time goes on, we hope that the community will think about both places,...

    Russell Marine Makes a Splash: State’s Largest Boat Dealer Comes to Dodge City

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    Here at Russell Marine Smith Lake, we offer boat sales, service, on water service, a parts department, and a fully stocked wakeboard proshop, with all the watersports toys for you to enjoy while on the water.” Daniel Uline, Russell Marine Manager DODGE CITY – Russell Marine has celebrated more than 50...

    Goat Island Brewing: The Beer Next Door

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    CULLMAN – Watch out, Back Forty Beer Co. and Good People Brewing Co., there’s a new brew in town. Cullman is getting its first production brewery. Mike Mullaney, John Dean, Brad Glenn and Gery Teichmiller are the masterminds behind the new idea that has...

    Learn How to use Chalk Paint at Cullman’s Vintage West

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    Bring your own piece to work with, or we can provide something for you – it’s up to you.” Teresa Daniel, Owner of Vintage West CULLMAN – Chalk Paint was developed over 20 years ago by Annie Sloan and now it is a famous decorative paint....

    Jim ‘N Nick’s Community Bar-B-Q Celebrates 30th Birthday By Giving Back to the Community

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    We don’t do traditional advertising. What we call our advertising budget is what we do in good wills for the community.” Beth Kibler, Jim N’ Nick’s Sales Manager CULLMAN – Last Monday Jim ‘N Nick's proudly celebrated their 30th birthday with a Day of Giving. The...

    Hot Days and Cool Treats: Self-Employed Cullman Ice Cream Truck Driver Chris Eady is Ready to Deliver

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    I’ve been in several different trucks; I’ve worked for the same company for years. I decided I wanted to work for myself, so I bought my own truck in March of this year.” Chris Eady, Cullman Ice Cream Truck Owner CULLMAN – Spring is just around...

    Couponing Classes Offered to the Masses: Fancher Tutoring Service Helps Make Saving Money Easy

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    I’ve spent more than 30 hours collecting all you need to know to begin your coupon journey in a convenient kit that will not only teach you how to coupon, but will keep you organized so that you can continue to save money month...

    Cooking to Love: Augusta’s Sports Grill Carries on a Family Legacy

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    Some people say they love to cook, but I think my grandmother cooked to love, and we’re carrying on that legacy.” Debbie Veres, Co-owner of Augusta’s Sports Grill CULLMAN – A new restaurant has opened its doors in Cullman on March 5, and the response has...

    The Antique Market of Cullman: Quaint New Business Filled with Bits and Pieces of Cullman History

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    CULLMAN – There is a new business in town and it is full of antiques and Cullman history. The Antique Market opened its beautiful old doors on February 3, 2015. It is located in the heart of the Downtown Historic District of Cullman. “The store...

    Dale Greer Discusses the Work of the Alabama Workforce Council at Chamber’s Biscuits & Business Event

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    HANCEVIILLE – In July of 2014, Gov. Robert Bentley appointed industry leaders, educators and others to work on the Alabama Workforce Council. The council’s primary goal is to create a conversation between education and industry by advising and supporting the state Board of Education. Assistant...

    Chamber Hosts Seminar on Using Facebook & Social Media to Build and Grow Local Businesses

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    You don’t need millions of fans, you just need to start with three or four people who want to hear what you have to say and that will share what you have to say.” Mike Coleman, Web Consultant CULLMAN – On Tuesday, the Cullman Area Chamber...

    LeNa` Powe of West Alabama Speaks on Helping Communities Help Their Workforce Development

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    CULLMAN – Industry and training were on the menu at the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce’s February Community Luncheon this past Friday. With industry and business expansions at an all time high in the Cullman area, those at the luncheon learned of new ways...

    Lilly Grae & Co.: A Place to Create and Celebrate Hard Working Wives and Mothers

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    The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more in life there is to celebrate!" Audra Vest, co-owner of Lilly Grae & Co.  CULLMAN – If you are a fan of Pinterest and love to make unique crafts, then you are in for a real...

    New Davidson Homes Offer A piece of luxury

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    CULLMAN – With several expansions happening all around in industrial and retail businesses alike, the Cullman area is pulling in more newcomers to our community. With many professionals coming to the city, they need somewhere to live, and Davidson Homes plans to fulfill that...

    Putting Cullman to Work: City and County Come Together to Host Job Fair at WSCC

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    The city and county work very close together anyway, and our job together is to promote industry in any way we can. This would have been too big of a project for any one department, so it has been a benefit to combine resources.” Cherrie...

    Celebrate the “Magic of Success”

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    CULLMAN - The Chamber of Commerce’s 72nd Annual Meeting & Gala is scheduled for Thurs, Feb. 19, 2015. The theme of this year’s gala is the "Magic of Success" as the featured speaker for the night will be Atlanta magician, mentalist and speaker Joe Turner. The event will also...

    It’s Cold Outside But the Nightlife is Hot

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    CULLMAN – For years, residents of Cullman who wanted to go out at night for a few drinks and live entertainment had to travel to Huntsville or Birmingham. Since the city passed the legal sale of alcohol with official sales taking place in 2011,...

    Feed, Seed and Whatever You Need!

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    CULLMAN – Located adjacent to the old train depot and across the railroad tracks is one of Cullman’s finest stores – Chambers Farm and Garden Supply. Chambers Farm and Garden Supply have everything you need to grow your garden, feed your critters and so...

    The Big One That Got Away

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    CULLMAN - The city of Cullman has lost one of its best catches – Scales Seafood Market has closed its doors, leaving many seafood lovers around town in shock. The market, which was located at 221A 2nd Avenue SE, Cullman, brought the wonderful flavors of...

    “The Barbecue State”

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    CULLMAN – Johnny’s Barbecue has been in business for more than 52 years serving smoky barbecue to the masses. They are known for their friendly service, huge potatoes, and award winning barbecue. It is for these reasons and more that you can find their...

    Truckers Can Find Great Food on the Road Again

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    HANCEVILLE – Just off the Hanceville exit on I-65, next to the Shell Station, there is a little known restaurant. It has been there for many years, but has recently come under new ownership. What used to be known as Southern Sunrise Restaurant has...

    What Time Is It? Tax Time

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    CULLMAN – Someone once said that the only two things you must do in this life is die and pay taxes. If you are expecting a big return, you may be reveling in the notion of getting that sweet check, but for many, this...

    Local Restaurants in Cullman Offer Food and Entertainment on New Year’s Eve

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    CULLMAN - For those who want to spend a night on the town, but do not feel like traveling too far for New Year’s Eve, there are some events right here in Cullman. Several local restaurants will be jamming and eating until midnight, and...

    A Style for All is Available at Younique Boutique

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    CULLMAN - Across from Sacred Heart School, there is a little boutique that is helping women find the best style for them. We have many great boutiques in town to choose from, but at Younique Boutique, you are guaranteed to find amazing customer service...

    Open for Business on Christmas

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    CULLMAN - It’s Christmas Day and you have a last minute purchase you need to make, or maybe Mom burnt supper and you need a place to eat. No matter the reason, a few stores will still be working for you on Christmas Day....

    Bennett’s at Christmas

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    CULLMAN - As children, we have all been excited and fascinated by Santa, elves, holiday decor and beautiful lights. Many years ago, department stores in larger towns delighted their customers with beautiful window displays and customers were eager to view these displays as a...

    Last Minute Shopping for Christmas

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    CULLMAN - So tomorrow is Christmas Eve, and you realize that you had one more gift that you needed to get. Perhaps for a game of Dirty Santa at your aunt’s house, or it could be that work is so crazy at this time of...

    TP Country Club: Cullman’s Best Kept Secret

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    CULLMAN – Imagine long rolling hills and soft green grass, now add shady trees dotting throughout that same land and ponds of all shapes and sizes lay sprawled amongst the area. Built high upon one of the hills is a place where people can...

    Former employee now New Owner of Cutie Patooties

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    CULLMAN - There are some stores in Cullman that are old favorites. Establishments that have been around for years and everyone knows the place you are referring to when you bring up the name. Cutie Patooties, is one such place, and after years of business...

    Shop Small and Local This Saturday

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    CULLMAN - It is a great time to turn a profit for businesses during the holidays. Black Friday is very lucrative for most businesses, especially big box stores like Target and Walmart. This year, remember the little guy and shop local this Saturday to...

    Littleville Blue Finds New Home

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    CULLMAN - If you are looking for one of a kind items and antiques, then look no further than Littleville Blue. Their work and eye for seeing the hidden potential in old items is truly something you need to see for yourself. They recently made...

    Cullman Applebee’s Honors POW MIA Veterans

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    CULLMAN – The Cullman Applebee’s Restaurant loves our veterans. Last Tuesday on Veterans Day, not only did they feed our veterans for free all day, but they also allowed the American Legion and the ladies of the American Legion Auxiliary to perform a POW...

    Donut Joe’s Promises Big Smiles, Hot Coffee and Fresh Donuts

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    CULLMAN - A new shop has opened its doors to the public recently, and the smell wafting in the air around it is absolutely heavenly. Raymond Earley and his wife opened their doors two weeks ago, and began distributing amazing fresh baked donuts and...

    Applebee’s First Week Equals Huge Success and Business Boom for the Cullman Area

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    CULLMAN - Unless you have been living under a rock the past few months, then chances are you have seen or heard about the new Applebee’s restaurant that has made its new home in Cullman. Opening at the beginning of this past week, the...

    Same Great Wings and Awesome New Owners

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    CULLMAN - The Downtown Grill has been a staple around Cullman for quite some time. It’s simple, but delicious diner food has kept its doors open for years. It has been the place to eat before a big game, or just to grab a...

    Christmas is Coming to Cullman

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    CULLMAN - Christmas is always a magical time of year for everyone. Christmas gifts, hot cocoa, lights and, of course, Santa! All of these things and more will be found at this year’s upcoming Christmas in Cullman event, and shopping sales all around town...

    Compton’s Veterinary Clinic Makes New Home Beautiful

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    CULLMAN – On Highway 31, there is a house that has been a home and place of business to establishments like the Candle Garden for many years. Recently, however, new ownership has transformed this beautiful building into a sanctuary for the pets of Cullman...

    Dream Home Outlet: Get the Home of Your Dreams

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    CULLMAN – If you are looking for the home of your dreams, you may want to take a short drive out to the new Dream Home Outlet. Locally owned and operated, Dream Home Outlet offers you the best in manufactured homes at a price...

    Ride in Style at 278 Auto Wash and Detail

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    CULLMAN – At 17 years old and a junior in high school, Nathan Haynes has operated his own business, 278 Auto Wash and Detail, since July of this year. As a former employee in fast food, Nathan said, “I like being my own boss.”   While most...

    Cullman Gets a Taste of Ireland

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    The Irish Chipper Opens   CULLMAN – Cullman is getting a taste of Ireland with the opening of The Irish Chipper. This charming new restaurant is located downtown, next to The Downtown Grill, and is open for lunch.   Owners Doris and Martin Merriman are pleased to bring...

    Fall Fashion: A New Season Means New Fashion Trends

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    CULLMAN – Fall is here and that means your fashion will need to be up to speed with the fast approaching weather changes. Boutiques such as Bessie Mae, Bella Faire, Natural Selections and What a Girl Wants are already prepared for the fall season...

    The Creators Place Offers Natural Remedies in Downtown Cullman

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    CULLMAN – The Creators Place held its grand opening last Friday afternoon. This unique store is located in downtown Cullman across from First Community Bank. It carries everything from herbs to jewelry and certainly has something for all ages and styles.   The Creators Place offers...

    Good Hope Pharmacy Opens

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    GOOD HOPE – Good Hope Pharmacy is officially open! Located on Highway 69 in north Good Hope, this pharmacy offers a little bit of everything to the citizens of Good Hope and beyond.   This pharmacy is owned by brothers Kiah and Patrick Brown and their...

    Hot Dog! Dodge City Has a Sneaky Pete’s!

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    Specialty Hotdog Restaurant New to the Area DODGE CITY – Dodge City is home to the newest hot dog restaurant in the area. Sneaky Pete’s, famous for their outstanding hot dogs, along with the High Quality Fuel Station, offer a wide variety of merchandise to...

    Just Repurposed: Furniture Offered a Second Life

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    CULLMAN – A unique shop right here in Cullman that you can’t miss is Just Repurposed, located at 8200 US Highway 31, Number B in Hanceville. Just Repurposed was opened in June 2013 and recently celebrated its one year anniversary. The idea of the...

    The Truth About Vaping

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    CULLMAN – No ash, no tar, no second hand smoke and no smell are just a few of the obvious benefits of vaping. Some claim that electronic cigarettes are a healthier alternative to smoking, while some claim since the long term effects of vaping...

    Open the Red Door

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    Red Door Clothing Offers Awesome Clothing, Accessories and Private Parties   CULLMAN – There is a wonderful clothing store here in town that will have you all dressed up and looking good in no time! Cullman’s Red Door Clothing is the place to go when creating...