By Sara Wilson
Opelika Observer

Cotton Valley Trader, an outlet for local craftsmen and artists, opened for business on Feb. 1 in Opelika.
Connecting to the community is an important aspect of running a business like Cotton Valley Trader. The store will offer a variety of products that range from home decor and food items to hunting goods. By offering these services, it gives an opportunity for local artists to showcase their merchandise to the public.
“Everything that we stock in here is made locally. By locally, we mean anything within a 50-mile radius,” said Craig McCullough, owner of Cotton Valley Trader.
According to Cotton Valley Trader’s Facebook page, part of the dream is to appreciate the talent of local artists.
“Cotton Valley Trader was born from a need that we continued to find in our local area of Opelika, AL. There is so much talent here! People who are constantly creating beautiful merchandise by hand and imagination alone,” read a post on the Cotton Valley Trader Facebook page.
The store has a local, crafty vibe which is why McCullough is hoping to attract local homeowners who are looking to outfit their homes in that certain style.
The name of the store has special meaning to McCullough and his family.
“Between Union Springs and Tuskegee is a small area called Cotton Valley, Alabama. That’s where we were born and raised … We decided that is a great name to go with,” McCullough said.
The grand opening is scheduled for March 7 with doors opening at 9 a.m. and the store staying open until 5 p.m. Throughout the day will be giveaways and contests for prizes. Appetizers will also be available.
For more information, like and follow their Facebook page or call 334-500-2878. The store is located at 808 Columbus Parkway.