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Downtown Report for Week of May 5


107, the funky new bistro downtown continues to draw attention. Bret and Sherri Holbert received two grants for their restoration on 107 Grand Avenue in historic downtown Paris totaling $7500.

“The Holberts did an amazing job on their repurpose a building that was once an eyesore.  We were delighted that they chose to be in downtown Paris, and invite the community to downtown to visit them and the other amazing stores,” said Cheri Bedford, Main Street Coordinator.

Shown here are Main Street Board and Committee Members: Jill Drake , Stella Nance, Jerry Coyle, Becky Semple, Karie Raulston, Joey Sleeper, the historic preservation officer for the City of Paris, Sherri and Bret Holbert, and Cheri Bedford.

Saturday kicked off the first concert in the Music On Main concert series sponsored by Paris Downtown Association. The Draggin’ Man Band played an accoustic show that was made more colorful as many North Lamar High School Students swarmed the fountain for prom photos while enjoying the live music.

Farmer’s Market also kicked off its season on Saturday.  Now in its fourth year, the market opens at 8am on Saturday until noon, though larger crowds often buy out the very best produce early so make plans to visit the 28 vendors first thing Saturday morning and enjoy a cup of That Guy’s Coffee, gourmet roasted locally in downtown Paris.  The Farmer’s Market downtown is open every Saturday through the fall.

Paris Community Theatre will hold a 5K “Run for the Arts” this Saturday, May 10th at 8am.  The run will begin at the Civic Center Sports Pavilion and will take place on the Trail de Paris.  You can register for the 5k or the 2 mile walk by click on this link.  This event is a fundraiser for the much needed new roof for the PCT Brown Centre for the Creative Arts, the home of PCT’s children’s programming.

Driving through downtown and want to know who is open?  Look for the white Paris Downtown Association membership flags which are out in front when businesses are open.  Want to be a member or support of Paris Downtown Association? Contact Stella Nance at or drop in and see her at Spangler’s at 32 W. Plaza in beautiful downtown Paris.

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