By Ann Cipperly Stacks of paper are neatly arranged on Barbara Patton’s desk at the Opelika Chamber of Commerce office. A stunning photo of the historic Searcy home, now the Chamber office, hangs behind her desk. As president of the Chamber, Barbara has a love of Opelika that has been the driving force behind her years of involvement in the town since the early 1970s.
A White Elephant Gift Exchange is a great way to jazz up a Christmas party, and though the gifts may be tacky, your tablescape doesn’t have to be! Gather friends, family, or co-workers and celebrate the holidays by hosting a White Elephant Gift Exchange and Brunch. Set the stage by using a large white elephant to create the perfect statement centerpiece as well as to
By Ann Cipperly When Dolly and Paul Marshall were working in Washington, D.C., they began to think about owning their own business, as they were dealing with heavy traffic driving home to Virginia. As they researched businesses and franchises, McDonald’s peaked their interests. With an offer to have their own restaurant, they packed up and moved to east Alabama where they now own eight McDonald’s
By Jess Margeson As the reigning 2015 Miss Alabama, Meg McGuffin continues to prove that she is more than a pretty face. On any given day, the 22-year-old Ozark native and Auburn graduate speaks to a variety of student and community groups, raises money for a host of non-profits, all while remaining firm in her commitment to continuing her own education. A former “Miss Auburn
By Ann Cipperly After 14 months of construction, an old vacant building in downtown Opelika was transformed into Zazu Gastropub, a stunning, five-level restaurant striking in character with sandy old bricks, wide-plank flooring, flickering gas lanterns and repurposed wooden beams from the Old Mill in Opelika. The downtown Opelika location is the third home for Chef Graham Hage’s Zazu restaurant. He originally opened the