By Katie Bosarge Patterson
South Huntsville Main Business Association
It’s hard to believe that 2022 is almost behind us! As we take time to reflect on all of the amazing things that have happened in South Huntsville, it is refreshing to recount all of the improvements and new businesses that have come to the area. As for the South Huntsville Main Business Association, we have kept busy providing support and promotion for our members. We began the year with our first Business Builders Breakfast that provided an opportunity for participants to network with other businesses and build their business.
We also involve the community in our events like the Rosie’s Plaza Spring Festival that showcased the businesses in the Rosie’s Plaza. This fun filled event provided the community with live music from the Grissom High School Jazz Band, free snow cones and a chance to enter their name for door prizes from the participating businesses. The businesses were pleased with the increased traffic that the festival brought to their front door.
The completion of the Weatherly Multi-Use Path saw the culmination of efforts by the City of Huntsville and the Madison County Commission to revitalize the oldest greenway in Huntsville. The path now provides a connection between the Aldridge Creek Greenway and the Hays Farm greenway system. It is also a significant section of the 16-mile loop of South Huntsville.
The cool breezes of October brought us the Bluegrass & BBQ Festival that takes place annually at Southside Park. This year’s event saw beautiful weather and record attendance to enjoy three entertaining performances by local and nationally known artists.
Our two Progressive Dinners introduced participants to some of our new local restaurants as we traveled around South Huntsville on the city Trolley. The group enjoyed experiencing the fabulous food and the restaurant owners appreciated the new faces that entered their business for the first time. Fun was had by all!
Our annual economic booster event for our business was the Snowman Shopping Spree that took place on the Saturday of Veterans Day weekend. We kick off the holiday shopping season by hosting an event that is fun for the whole family and brings customers to our local businesses. As you hunt for the snowmen and collect stickers for your SNOW card, you are supporting locals shop owners and their businesses.
We are honored to have been nominated for the Huntsville Madison County Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards in the Best Non-Profit category. This is a first for South Huntsville Main Business Association and we are extremely proud to be among the outstanding non-profit organizations that were nominated.
We will close out the year with our annual Krampus Run 5K on December 3rd that will take place on Elgie’s Walk Greenway next to Grissom High School near Hays Farm. We hope to see you out there enjoying the beautiful greenway and burning some calories before the Holiday season gets into full swing!
Happy Holidays from all of us at South Huntsville Main Business Association!