Back in 1994, a group of downtown Alpharetta merchants banded together to promote their shops and restaurants in an effort to draw customers to the area. Now, 25 years later, that determination has paid off. That small group of business owners has transformed into the Alpharetta Business Association (ABA) and Alpharetta has become one of the best cities to live, work and play in Metro Atlanta.
The Alpharetta Business Association was originally known as the Downtown Alpharetta Business Association (DABA). Today, the ABA’s reach extends beyond downtown to every corner of Alpharetta and is the presenting organization of many local events and projects, including:
- Downtown Alpharetta Farmers Market – award-winning market featuring approximately 80 vendors every Saturday from mid-April to the end of October.
- Alpharetta Business Expo – one of the largest business expos in North Fulton County.
- Brew Moon Fests – spring and fall events featuring live music, food, and of course brews.
- State of the City Address and Mayor’s Breakfast – annual event for the Alpharetta Mayor to deliver the outlook for the City in the coming year.
- Alpharetta First – projects that help enhance the downtown area.
- Alpharetta Guidebook – comprehensive magazine that provides information about the City.
“We will be celebrating our 25 years of success throughout 2019,” said Peg Hussing, President of the Alpharetta Business Association. “Over the years, the organization has grown and changed but the original vision remains the same. We help create a thriving Alpharetta, alive with business, shopping and activity. That’s at the heart of our group.”
The longest-standing, still active members of the Alpharetta Business Association, include: Janet Rodgers, President of Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau; Carol Anderson-Wood, Manager of the Farmers Market; Richard Debban, RJD Architecture; Buddy Gash, owner of Picture Framer; Alyx Korner, owner Korner Soak; Larry Attig, Nature’s Veranda Landscaping; and Art Trotter, Trotter Holdings real estate services.