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Food trucks coming to Roswell’s new Alive at the Square events
by Joan Durbin
jdurbin@neighbornewspapers.com
August 08, 2012 02:18 PM | 2126 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Now that a part of Canton Street is being closed for the monthly Alive After 5 events, the crowds who flock to the wildly successful street festival might think it can’t get much better.

However, the fun will expand to Roswell Town Square Aug. 16.

And for the first time in Roswell, five gourmet-quality food trucks will be there to offer a wide variety of menus for a unique dining experience.

“Knowing the incredible excitement that has been generated around the food truck explosion in our Atlanta metro area, I suggested that we focus on getting the food trucks to our square for a festival,” said Kelley Davis, the new event’s coordinator.

“Greg Smith and Jessica Clark with the Atlanta Street Food Coalition have been integral partners in the planning for getting the first food truck event in Roswell. We will have King of Pops, WOW, Nana G’s, Happy Belly, Buen Provecho and Food Movement. Park Square will be closed to traffic and home to our food truck party,” Davis said.

Arts and crafts will also be at the party. “We have about 20 vendors, everything from handmade jewelry, up-cycled handmade clothing, water color paintings, pottery, paintings, photography, illustrations and handmade accessories from known local and southeastern artisans,” Davis said.

Ashley Harris, owner of Ragamuffin Music Hall at the corner of Atlanta and Mill Streets, volunteered her professional expertise and connections to provide a line-up of live music for the event.

The shops on Oak Street, collectively known as SoCa for “south of Canton,” are part of the Roswell Square Merchants Alliance and their shops will be open for the event., as will shops and businesses on an around the square.

The two trolleys which were shuttling visitors to Canton Street will be running more frequently to make it easy to hop aboard and enjoy the activities both uptown and downtown.

The trolleys will service all parking lots at City Hall, Mimosa Street, Bulloch Avenue, Roswell Methodist, Roswell Baptist and Roswell Presbyterian.

Alive at the Square is organized by the Roswell Square Merchants Alliance, founded in the spring of 2012. It was formed to extend the city’s core shopping and dining experiences to include all of the businesses in the historic district, from SoCa south to the square and all the way down to the river along South Atlanta Street.

Davis and her mother, Anne Reddick, are not only business partners in the town square area but next door neighbors there, as well.

“We are both residents of the Mill Village and we felt that the resurgence of businesses around the square was a good time to organize a Roswell Square Merchants Alliance to promote our Historic Downtown Roswell District like the Canton Street businesses have promoted the Roswell Uptown District,” Reddick said.

Alive After 5 and Alive at the Square will be held every third Thursday through October from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information on Alive at the Square, go to www.RSMAlliance.com.
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