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Opelika Main Street invites Auburn students and the community to shop late and eat local this Friday, November 1, 2013. Downtown shops will stay open until 8 p.m. or later so patrons can eat, hang out and explore downtown Opelika at night. Event director, Pam Powers-Smith, said this event has been going on for several years.

“We are so excited to host First Friday’s again,” Powers-Smith said. “Shops have an opportunity to reach out and meet more customers while they stay open late.”

One retail shop in particular is thrilled to stay open. The assistant manager at Fringe, Lisa White plans to keep the store open after 8 p.m.

“We are excited to be participating in First Fridays,” White said. “It is a great atmosphere where people can shop while visiting with friends.”

Fringe is a consignment boutique that sells name brand apparel as well as formal and cocktail dresses. They have three locations around the Auburn and Opelika area, and have been open for nine years.

In addition to shops staying open, live music will be at First Fridays to add to the atmosphere. Senior at Auburn University, Kristin Morgan will be performing by the flagpole on Railroad Avenue.

“I will be playing cover music as well as some original songs,” Morgan said. “I have performed at First Fridays before, and I am excited to be playing again.”

Powers-Smith encourages everyone to come support local businesses downtown Opelika like Taylor Made Designs, Southern Crossing, Coveted Closet, Transformations and many more.

Those interested in attending the event or who want to find out more information can visit, or like First Fridays on Facebook.

“First Fridays is a great event because it allows for those people that can not get to the downtown shops before they close the ability to shop and hang out,” Powers-Smith said. “It is a great time to get a head start on holiday shopping.”


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