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…

Shopping Local, More than a hashtag in Opelika

Opelika has long been a community that supports local businesses. Now, more than ever, it is easier to shop local with so many new businesses opening here. #ShopLocal is a familiar hashtag that encourages people to try and shop with local businesses as much as they can. However, we have to each make it an effort in our daily routines to choose a local business over a national chain. Now, we know that there are many good reasons to choose shopping at national chains and they are an important part…

Southern Crossing: Shopping Local in Opelika

Southern Crossing was a pioneer in downtown retail, opening over 20 years ago and with Valerie and her husband taking over a few years ago, it continues to cater to shoppers in Opelika’s historic downtown. We stopped by to talk to Valerie about owning a business in downtown and how the local business community supports each other and the community of Opelika. This content generously sponsored by: Point Broadband, your local provider for the only fiber optic Internet in Opelika, TV and Phone for residential and business. #GetThePoint

Griff Goods Brings Sustainable Clothing Option to Downtown

Abby Griffin, owner of Griff Goods, talks with us about her passion for sustainable clothing and what that means to her and why Opelika is the right place for this new shopping experience. Abby opened Griff Goods in the Spring of 2019 on First Avenue in Downtown Opelika. Her passion for sourcing sustainable and responsible clothing is a new concept in men’s retail options for the area and she talks about why she’s passionate about helping people know where their clothes come from and why it is important to practice…

Weekend RoundUp: Hello April!

Thursday Sylvia Rose Novak will be playing at the Irish Bred Pub. Purchase tickets online! Friday Pop-punk-ish show in the record shop with local pals Radio Decay + Toguro from Tuscaloosa + Esther Kinsaul, this Friday, starting around 8 p.m. Saturday Red Clay Brewing Company will be celebrating 4 years in dowtown Opelika. Watch the Final Four on the best outdoor patio in town at La Cantina. The Opelika High Theatre Society Presents The Little Mermaid. Tickets available at the door. Alabama Avenue will be back at Eighth & Rail.…

Weekend Roundup: Spring is here!

Opelika Weekend Events

It’s the first weekend of Spring and we’re already suffering from a severe case of Spring Fever. The only cure is to get out and enjoy the weekend in Opelika! Here’s what’s happening around town to get your weekend fix of fun. Friday Cakeitecture Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening: Welcome the newest retail bakery to downtown! The Flannel performs at Eighth & Rail Matt Prater performs at The Sound Wall Saturday Spring on First: Griff Goods is hosting a Saturday long event on First Avenue. If you haven’t explored this…

The Weekend Round Up Pre-Valentines Edition

Opelika Weekend Events

It’s the weekend before Valentine’s Day so if you don’t have a date, head out this weekend and mingle! Friday Rock with 8 Track Rewind at Wild Wing Cafe from 8:30 to 12:30 p.m. Eighth & Rail is ready for a night of rock with Poison Whiskey. Live at The Bottling Plant will be featuring Rebecca Egeland and Justin Cross, two local singer/songwriters in Birmingham, Al. The event will be recorded and filmed with a live audience and each audience member will get a copy of the final product. Saturday…

Having Your Say: The Survey!

We asked our over 6,000 followers a few questions about who they are and what they feel is important when it comes to Opelika’s business and entertainment options. Here’s what you had to say! OpelikaLife’s audience are embracing the #shoplocal lifestyle and 74% of you say supporting a locally owned restaurant is important when choosing a restaurant and 77% say shopping at a locally owned business is their preference. This is great news for the businesses in the downtown core that are overwhelmingly locally owned and operated. This community has…

“Favorite Things” Holiday Giveaway!

Welcome to #OpelikaLife’s 2nd Annual “Favorite Things” Giveaway! We are so excited to continue this budding tradition while giving Opelika businesses the spotlight for the busiest shopping season of the year. If you’re looking for gifts for your friends and family this year, be sure to #ShopLocal with our vendors below and to enter the #giveaway¬†for these amazing gifts, join us HERE on Facebook. Happy Shopping!

#MyOpelikaChristmas: Events all season for the whole family!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…in Opelika! Every year, Opelika packs the calendar with holiday events for the whole family. Here’s a rundown with links to the events to find out more information. Make your holidays memorable with these great events throughout the city all season. Be sure to take plenty of photos and share with the hashtag #MyOpelikaChristmas Nov 24 – Shop Small Saturday Support small businesses in Opelika by shopping local. Historic Downtown shops will be open to help you find the perfect gifts on your…