Fri, July 19, 2024

Amping up business in the CSRA

If you are looking for something to do after work this evening, venture to The Alley in Aiken. The Market in The Alley has returned on Thursdays in June from 6 to 8 pm. The event features live music from Amp the Alley. You can also grab a bite to eat at some of the local restaurants, and check some items off of your shopping lists by perusing farm-fresh produce, a selection of artisan goods, baked goods, and jewelry.

Market the Alley is sponsored by the Aiken Downtown Development Association and the City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.

The event will also provide a chance to reconnect with a business that closed two months after opening. As ABD reported, True Aiken at 311 Hayne Avenue SW closed because of a fire next door that caused extensive smoke damage. Owner, Sarah Dodge found a new location, the former site of Cyndi’s Sweet Shoppe at 146 Laurens Street. Her goal was to open on Mother’s Day, but better late than never.

“The owner of the building made some improvements to the space, including refinishing the floors. We also are bringing in new inventory, so it took a little longer than we anticipated,” Dodge explained.

She is excited about reopening today because of the events in The Alley. For a local business, foot traffic is crucial.

“People have been curious about what is coming and we plan to stay open beyond our normal closing hour of 5:30 pm. We plan to stay open as long as the crowd wants to explore what we offer.”

Editor’s Note:
Mitzi Oxford is a veteran broadcaster and features writer who also worked at the same television station in Columbus, Georgia as Augusta’s Brad Means! If you have a South Carolina story idea for Mitzi, please email her at

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