Christmas In Cullman 2017 Kickoff Ceremonies

by | Nov 10, 2017 | Business, City News, Cullman City, Images, Interviews, Videos

Christmas In Cullman festivities kickoff in grand style this morning along 1st Avenue NE in the heart of Cullman’s historic shopping district.

The Alabama Retail Association (ARA) had chosen Cullman to be the first of five Alabama cities to kick off this year’s “Shop Alabama for the Holidays” initiative.

Cullman native Melissa Warnke started the season with welcoming remarks to a crowd of about 50 people.

The ARA is celebrating the start of the holiday shopping season. They are reminding residents of Cullman that when you shop with local retailers, you’re strengthening your local economy, supporting your friends and neighbors, and investing in the vibrancy of your community!

Their tour continues after this inaugural stop in Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile, and Montgomery over the next several days.

Featured speakers at today’s event were:

Melissa Warnke – Alabama Retail Association
Mayor Woody Jacobs – City of Cullman
Magan Bartlett – Cullman Chamber
Margaret Hamm – Warehouse District Retailers

Their hashtag this year is #BabyItsSoldInside, celebrating the reason Alabamians love to shop as part of their holiday tradition.

You can watch the entire proceeding here:

Following the speakers, the assembled crowd move about one-quarter of a blocks out in front of Mae’s Food Hall.

Here the holiday shopping season officially got underway an official Ribbon Stretching Ceremony featuring City of Cullman Mayor Woody Jacobs.

You can see all that along with interviews with Melissa Warnke, Councilman Johnny Cook, and business leader Shane Quick. You will also be introduced to Cullman’s new rooftop snow machine:

Melissa Warnke, manager of communications and engagement for the Alabama Retail Association.

She said her group will be urging shoppers to visit Alabama businesses this year. She also urges successful shoppers share photos or video of their purchases or shopping trips on social media using the hashtag #ShopAlabama & #BabyItsSoldInside.

“If we can all band together and shop our local retailers, it’s going to benefit your local community,” Warnke said.

Alabamians are expected to spend more than ever this year on gifts and other holiday-related purchases.

Shoppers in Alabama will spend more than $11.5 billion this year during the holiday shopping months of November and December, based on the Alabama Retail Association’s prediction of taxed sales for those months.

Through August of this year, Alabama averaged 1.61 percent growth in taxable sales each month over the same month last year. In the same period, the state of Alabama has also collected more than $41 million in sales taxes from out-of-state, online-only retailers, who have remitted voluntarily through the Simplified Sellers Use Tax program.

The Alabama Retail Association predicts all holiday taxed sales, including those voluntarily remitted, will grow by 2 percent, easily surpassing the $11.43 billion spent in the 2016 holiday shopping period.

Christmas In Cullman 2017 Kickoff Ceremonies

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Historic Downtown Cullman Shopping District

Christmas In Cullman 2017 Kickoff Ceremonies

Timothy Collins

Originally from Asheville, NC, Timothy brings an insightful holistic perspective as well as a mountain man tenacity to his various roles at Cullman Today. You can reach him at cullmantoday@gmail.com and/or (256) 615-8260.