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…

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…

La Cantina tranforms a historic creamery into a popular TexMex Restaurant Downtown

We spoke to Jennifer, the owner of La Cantina, about being a part of the downtown business community and how the local business owners work together to participate in events and support each other. That makes downtown a destination for the community and beyond. The site of the former Meadow Gold Creamery, La Cantina has transformed a historic building into a TexMex restaurant. Jennifer also told us about some new additions to the menu and a new live music series on their covered patio. This content generously sponsored by: Point…

Ampersand Wine redefines Wine Bar for Downtown

We talked with Nelson, the owner of Ampersand Wine in downtown Opelika about how his passion for wine led him to open a wine bar in downtown with the most wines by the glass than anywhere in the United States. Ampersand Wine is located on South Railroad Avenue in what used to be several turn of the century buildings converted into one space. Nelson has turned a passion for wine and studying in Italy to create a unique experience for wine lovers here in Opelika. There are no menus and…

From Bottling Plant to Event Center: Creating an Entertainment Destination in Downtown Opelika

Lisa Ditchkoff purchased the Coca-Cola Bottling Plant from Coca-Cola in 2008 with a vision to create a one of a kind event space in Historic Downtown Opelika. Today, The Bottling Plant Event Center hosts their own performances and creates memorable events for weddings, private events and more. We spoke to owner, Lisa Ditchkoff, this week about her vision and the transformation of this once industrial space to a beautiful historic event space with the only rooftop terrace overlooking downtown in Opelika. Find out what events are coming up at The…

Museum of East Alabama: 30 years of heritage

The Museum of East Alabama will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a birthday party Tuesday, Aug. 20 from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Homemade refreshments will be served along with ice cream and refreshing Toomer’s Lemonade. The public is invited to this special celebration and to stroll through the museum to view over 5,000 artifacts from Lee and surrounding counties that have been preserved for future generations. Located at the corner of South 9th Street and Avenue A, the museum boasts a collection that is a time capsule of life…