Arise coffee bar and gym

Arise coffee bar and gym will host a welcome event Friday that features live music and a casual, walk-in gumbo dinner. Admission to the show and dinner is $10 per person.

HANCEVILLE — A new business is buzzing in downtown Hanceville, with the arrival of Arise coffee bar and gym, a split-concept business that’ll let caffeine fiends get their java fix in a casual atmosphere — while their friends (or spouses) pump serious iron nearby.

Owned by Hanceville’s Leah Ann McCollins, Arise coffee fills a vacant space in the city’s historic heart, located at 113 Commercial Street just next door to Outbreak Games — another recently-opened business that’s contributing to Hanceville’s slow downtown renaissance.

While the gym won’t open until early December, the coffee side of the business will host a welcome event Friday that features live music and a casual, walk-in gumbo dinner. Admission to the show and dinner is $10 per person.

At Hanceville’s regular city council meeting Thursday, local leaders looked to another community-boosting event on the near horizon: the third annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Tinsel Trail, sponsored by the local Civitan club as a fundraiser for the club’s four annual Wallace State scholarships for Hanceville seniors.

This year’s tree lighting and trail opening will be held on Black Friday (Nov. 29) at 5 p.m. at Veterans Park. The Tinsel Trail will feature locally-sponsored Christmas trees that’ll stay lit from Nov. 29 through Dec. 31, and anyone interested in adding their own decorative spin to the trail can inquire at Hanceville City Hall to get started on a tree of their own.

As they’ve done in the recent past, several downtown businesses will open their doors late on Black Friday, welcoming guests who’ve attended the tree lighting to make a night of things by strolling over for some Christmas window shopping (as well as some actual shopping) — and maybe even a cup or two of hot chocolate.

The council also signed off on this year’s Cullman County Christmas Parade, the 30th annual parade in the series. Kicking off at noon on Dec. 12, the parade will start at Wallace State Community College and run south along U.S. Highway 31, terminating at the new Hanceville Fire Station No. 1. Like the Tinsel Trail, the parade is sponsored by the Civitan club and sanctioned by the city. Inquire at Hanceville City Hall if you’re interested in sponsoring a float at this year’s parade.

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