Downtown Opelika business owner receives prestigious award


Special to the
Opelika Observer

Opelika Main Street and Main Street Alabama presented the prestigious “Main Street Alabama Hero Award” to local developer Richard Patton last Thursday.
Patton was honored for his work in transforming Opelika’s 1st Avenue in recent years, aiding the redevelopment of the area.
Once an industrial street filled with empty cotton warehouses, the 700 block of 1st Avenue has recently seen multiple new business locate there including Resting Pulse Brewery, Griff Goods, Mama Mocha’s Bodega, Sneak & Dawdle and 10,000 hz records.
“Richard Patton and his family have been an integral part of the revitalization of downtown Opelika,” said Opelika Main Street Executive Director Ken Ward. “The work Richard has done on 1st Avenue has helped expand the reach of downtown, creating jobs for Opelika residents and new spaces for small businesses to locate.”
The Alabama Main Street Hero Award recognizes a community leader or public figure who has made an outstanding contribution to a local Main Street organization.


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