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December 30, 2012

Holiday offers first chance for stores to test alcohol sales

CULLMAN — Inside Pop-A-Top package store, shelves are stocked and coolers are full to capacity.

If alcohol sales on the Fourth of July and Labor Day were any indicator of what Eddie Hamm can expect this New Year’s holiday weekend at his store in Hanceville, it’s safe to say he’s prepared.

“We’ve been getting in some extra stuff in so that we’re stocked up,” Hamm said. “Every holiday we’ve had so far has gone real good, so hopefully New Year’s will, too.”

Monday night will mark the first New Year’s Eve since alcohol sales began in the city in June, following years of prohibition. Voters approved to legalize liquor sales in Hanceville in March by a 495-398 vote. Since then, the city of Good Hope also voted to legalize alcohol sales in August by a vote of 293 to 241.

Meanwhile in Cullman, Bill Tomlin, owner of The Local Standard downtown, is preparing for his business’ second annual New Year’s Eve party.

“We’re going to have live music, food, and a champagne toast at midnight,” Tomlin said. “It’s going to be great.”

He added with the holiday falling on a Monday this year, it’s made for easier planning.

A few blocks away, Grumpy’s Italian Grill is planning an eventful evening as well, with food, drinks, and live entertainment. Katie Burney is expected to perform from 8 p.m. until midnight.

* Ashley Graves can be reached by phone at 734-2131, ext. 225, or by email at

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