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Downtown Report for Week of March 31

Over fifty people met in the Paris City Council chamber last week in a town hall forum hosted by the City of Paris.  City Manager John Godwin led the discussion by posing the question, ‘What can the City do to encourage and facilitate the development of downtown?’  Business owners, loft residents, city officials and Paris Downtown Association members carried on an open dialog about the challenges and aspirations for the revitalization of downtown.  There was much discussion about parking and the speed, flow, and direction of traffic as well as requirements for occupancy of buildings by new owners.  The bottom line was that Godwin and the City realize the significance and value of a vital downtown and are open to ways the City can be an ally in that growth.

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Wall full of a variety of balsamics
to try at Olive Paris

Olive Paris, one of the newest members of the downtown community celebrated its ribbon cutting Friday as the newest member of the Lamar County Chamber of Commerce.  Owner Robin Zimmerman has brought a great new boutique to Paris which specializes in hand crafted olive oils and balsamics.  With fresh bread from The Paris Bakery, you can sample and have bottled an amazing variety of olive oils infused with different herbs and spices or a delicious and amazing array of balsamics.  Whether you are a foodie, love cooking or simply looking for a unique gift, Olive Paris will have you coming back for more.

Bret Holbert reports that 107, the funky new open air eatery and drinking establishment, is near completion and hopes to be open soon.  “I think the local media may have announced 107 a little prematurely back in October, but it has been great in creating public awareness and anticipation,” Holbert said.  “It is probably better that we are open just when the weather is turning perfect.”  107 is located at 107 Grand Avenue just off the Plaza.

winefestTickets are on sale for Paris, Texas Wine Fest 2014. The date is Saturday, April 12th.  Now in its 3rd year, Wine Fest is the most sought after ticket in town, having sold out the previous two with people scrambling to find an extra ticket.  Each ticket holder gets a wrist band and a wine glass that allows them to go to a dozen different downtown boutiques where a dozen caters and a dozen wineries provide food and wine to the ticket holders.  Because of the amount of food and wine being supplied, the event is limited to 350 tickets.  This year, the tickets are only available online at www.pariswinefest.com  They will absolutely sell out so if you plan on going, go ahead and click on it now and get your tickets.

Also on Saturday April 12th, The Listening Room at That Guy’s Coffee will have a special concert featuring the great Butch Hancock.  Butch is an Austin/Terlingua singer songwriter, that Rolling Stone calls a “raspy voiced West Texas mystic.”  If you are a Guy Clark or Leonard Cohen fan you will love Butch Hancock.  Tickets are available on www.ThatGuysCoffee.com.  The doors open at 7:00 and the music begins at 7:30.  Bring a bottle of wine and they will provide glasses and a corkscrew or savor some of That Guy’s Coffee.

The Paris Downtown Association exists to promote retail growth and economic vitality in our downtown.  Membership is $120 per year and is open not just to downtown businesses, but any advocates who wish to be involved in the rebirth of our downtown. For additional information or to join, contact Stella Nance at Spangler’s – 903-784-2524.

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