On The Tracks: A downtown wine tour & cheese Event returns this Friday

Opelika Main Street presents its annual On The Tracks this Friday, October 18 in historic downtown Opelika. This annual event is a favorite for Opelika and with wines hand selected and curated by Nelson Marsh of Ampersand Wine, the event has become even more popular. Event tickets are on sale online through Friday. VIP tickets are $42 and Early Bird tickets are $30 each. Tickets include access to the event, a wine glass and tastings at each stop along the shops in historic downtown. This year, several new businesses are…

Lee County Fair Returns Oct 1-5

Lee County Fair

It’s not really Fall in Opelika until the Lee County Fair returns. For 73 years the Lee County Fair has been entertaining folks throughout the county. We look forward to more than just the rides, the shows, the livestock and good ol’ fair food all make a trip to the fair fun for all ages. This year’s fair opens on October 1st and runs through October 5th at the Lee County Fairgrounds. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for children and $1 for seniors and military. The fair hosts the…

40th Anniversary of Norma Rae, Filmed in Opelika

In 1978, Opelika became the co-star in the film Norma Rae. Filmed on location in Opelika and centered on the struggle to bring unions to southern mill workers, the film starred Sally Field in the lead role. Just about everyone that lived in Opelika during that time have great stories about the shooting of a big Hollywood production in our town and casually running into the cast and crew all over town. The Academy Award winning film celebrates its 40th Anniversary and Opelika Main Street is hosting a screening downtown…

National Voter Registration Day

Today, September 24th, is National Voter Registration Day but every day is voter registration day. Take a minute to go to Vote.org and confirm that you are registered to vote at your current address and if not, register! Opelika’s population is approximately 30,000 and there are 22,831 registered voters. In the last local election, only 1,397 people voted. That’s 6% of registered voters. When people say their vote doesn’t matter, you aren’t one of millions in the elections in Opelika, you’re one of a few thousand. Every vote counts, register…

ShopLocal with OpelikaLife: Cakeitecture Bakery constructs memories

We spoke with Carie, the owner of Cakeitecture Bakery, in downtown Opelika. Carrie relocated her business to one of downtown’s iconic historic buildings. The former home of Diana Shops, the bakery now creates custom cakes and cookies. The only bakery officially licensed to use the colors, logo and likenesses of Auburn University, Carie and her staff keep busy creating treats for the university and their fans. But, Carie reminds us she likes to stay close to her first customers and loves to create cakes for small parties and gatherings. Cakeitecture…

Make Your Move Teaches More Than Dance

Make Your Move Dance

Studies show that kids involved in the arts and, in particular, dance learn many skills that they carry throughout their life besides their moves on the dance floor. Mandy and Jamie, owners of Make Your Move Dance Studio talked to us about how their classes teach self esteem, confidence and teamwork. Located in their 7,000 square foot studio at USA Town Center, Make Your Move offers classes for students as young as 3 and programs throughout senior year. We talked with them about their passion for teaching and being a…