Monday, March 13, 2017

Resource Team Visits Toccoa

Press Release

Release: Immediate

Contact:  Christian Hamilton, 706.898.5777

Date: 03/13/2017

RE: Toccoa Welcomes TPD Resource Team


TOCCOA, GA, March 13, 2017 – Main Street Toccoa, in conjunction with the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce and the Stephens County Development Authority, was pleased to welcome a Tourism Product Development (TPD) Resource Team from the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) on Tuesday, March 7th and Wednesday, March 8th.

The TPD Resource Team consisted of tourism officials in the State of Georgia whose goal was to evaluate Toccoa’s tourism resources, catalog them, make recommendations, and provide a report, all with the goal of growing the various tourism resources that the City of Toccoa and Stephens County have available.

The TPD Resource Team visited various local sites, including Camp Toccoa at Currahee, the Currahee Military Museum, the Historic Ritz Theatre, Traveler’s Rest, the Currahee Club, and the Currahee Vineyard, among others.

They will return in approximately three months to present their findings. Main Street Toccoa will host a town hall meeting, open to the public, at the Historic Ritz Theatre at the Schaefer Center, to showcase these findings. Toccoa’s visit by a TPD Resource Team will also place Toccoa in a small pool of cities eligible for TPD grant funding.

For more information about this visit, please contact Sharon Crosby at the Main Street office at 706.282.3309


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Monday, February 27, 2017

Historic Plaque Dedication: Master's Touch Artworks

Press Release

Release: Immediate

Contact:  Christian Hamilton, 706.898.5777

RE: Historic Plaque Ceremony, Master’s Touch Artworks, 03/02/17


TOCCOA, GA, February 27, 2017 – The fifth historic plaque in the 2016-2017 series of plaques dedicated to downtown buildings will be unveiled on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 5 p.m., at Master’s Touch Artworks, located at 36 West Doyle Street. This plaque will celebrate the history of Green’s Bargain Annex

Serving as an accessory to Green’s already successful department store, the Bargain Annex was added on to the store around 1950 and was designed to sell cheap and discounted goods. Green’s Department Store was located on downtown Doyle Street right next to the Globe Department store, and they sold much of the same products: Men and womenswear, home goods, furniture, and various odds and ends, though with a particular eye for salesmanship.

 The historic plaque program highlights ten historic buildings in Toccoa, and the remaining plaques are set to follow each month. Once all plaques have been installed, they will be added to Main Street Toccoa’s Historic Walking Tour Guide.

The Main Street Office is happy to answer any questions regarding the Historic Plaque Program. Please contact Christian Hamilton at 706.898.5777 for inquiries.


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Lightwire Theater Performs at the Ritz

Press Release

Release: Immediate

Contact:  Christian Hamilton, 706.898.5777

Date: 02/27/17

RE: Lightwire Theater Presents The Ugly Duckling


TOCCOA, GA, February 27, 2017 – Main Street Toccoa is pleased to announce Lightwire Theater’s performance of The Ugly Duckling on March 3rd and 4th. Both performances will take place at 7 P.M.

Lightwire Theater, based in New Orleans, Louisiana, is well-known as a semi-finalist on America’s Got Talent and the winner of TruTV’s Fake Off. Their theatrical performances capture the senses with a stunning mix of music, dance, and electroluminescence. Performers wear light rigs in a pitch-black auditorium, evoking imagery and becoming anthropomorphic characters through their high-tech gear.
Lightwire Theater’s rendition of the classic tale, The Ugly Duckling, is family-friendly and the perfect show for all ages. Parents will have the opportunity to educate their kids on the values associated with courage and diversity, while adults will be dazzled by the incredible display of lights.

Tickets are available now through the Main Street Toccoa office and the Toccoa Welcome Center. Prices are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door the night of each show. Doors open at 6:30pm for both performances.

This performance is partially funded by the Georgia Council for the Arts, a non-profit organization in Georgia dedicated to the showcasing of the arts across the state.

For more information about Lightwire Theater’s The Ugly Duckling, please contact Christian Hamilton at the Main Street office at 706.898.5777

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Historic Plaque Dedication: Sherwin-Williams

Press Release

Release: Immediate

Contact:  Christian Hamilton, 706.898.5777

RE: Historic Plaque Ceremony, Sherwin-Williams, February 2, 2017


TOCCOA, GA – The fourth historic plaque in the 2016-2017 series of plaques dedicated to downtown buildings will be unveiled on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 5 p.m., at Sherwin Williams, located at 33 North Sage Street.

In May of 1963, the Toccoa Sherwin-Williams opened, serving as a downtown staple for the last 53 years. However, this building was not always a Sherwin-Williams. Constructed in 1953, the Sherwin-Williams building has housed several businesses, including two furniture stores, the Gibson-Wilson Furniture store and, for a very short time in the beginning of the 1960s, Stinespring Furniture. Next door, Sewell Furniture opened in October of 1962 and stayed in that location for 31 years, effectively creating a nexus of furniture stores around the block over several years. This building is currently owned by Mr. Janney Sanders, a local attorney.

 The historic plaque program highlights ten historic buildings in Toccoa, and the remaining plaques are set to follow each month. Once all plaques have been installed, they will be added to Main Street Toccoa’s Historic Walking Tour Guide.

Everyone is invited to attend this event! The Main Street Office is happy to answer any questions. Please contact Christian Hamilton at 706.898.5777 for inquiries.


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Monday, January 9, 2017

McCurry's Men's Shop Historic Plaque Installed

Press Release

Release: Immediate

Contact:  Christian Hamilton, 706.898.5777

RE: Completed Installation of Historic Plaque at The Chattel Shop/Phyllis’ Hairworks


TOCCOA, GA – On Thursday, January 5, 2017, The Chattel Shop/Phyllis’ Hairworks received the third historic plaque in the 2016-2017 series of plaques dedicated to downtown buildings. The ceremony took place at 5:00 p.m. in front of The Chattel Shop to celebrate the history of McCurry’s Men’s Shop.

A classic sight in Historic Downtown Toccoa, McCurry’s Men’s Shop was founded by Mr. Carl McCurry as a retail location designed to provide casual, formal, and professional wear to men of all ages. The building which housed McCurry’s Men’s Shop was originally constructed around the year 1900, making it one of the older buildings in Downtown Toccoa.

Currently, the building that housed McCurry’s Men’s Shop is now owned by Phyllis Skelton and is home to her business, Phyllis’ Hairworks, a successful downtown women’s hair salon, as well as Gail’s Infinity Hair Salon, and The Chattel Shop.

The ceremony was brief and memorable, with a large crowd drawing from family members and friends, the Toccoa Historic Preservation Commission, ER Committee, Promotions Committee, downtown business practitioners, community members, and Main Street staff. Many anecdotes were told regarding the history of the building and the legacy of Mr. Carl McCurry himself.

The next historic plaque will be presented at Sherwin-Williams, honoring the legacy of Sherwin-Williams, on February 2, 2017 at 5 p.m.

For further questions, please contact Christian Hamilton at the Main Street Office in City Hall at 706.898.5777.

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