Our 2023 Cutest Street in Alabama is Downtown Wetumpka’s Company Street. There are many factors that contribute to our distinction of “Cutest Street in Alabama.” This year, our decision was made based on community involvement and revitalization efforts as well as overall charm.
Downtown Wetumpka has seen an impressive shift over the last years and the revitalization efforts were accelerated by an appearance on HGTV’s Home Town Takeover. This feature boosted Wetumpka’s tourism rates and increased name recognition for the city.
While the city was already on track to see improvements, this exposure was a driving force in moving them forward quickly and effectively. Many areas of the city saw aesthetic improvements over the course of the show, Company Street being one of them.
Company Street was frow to Wetumpka’s upcoming arts festival on November 11th. The Wetumpka Wildlife Arts Festival (WEWA) is a cumulation and celebration of wildlife and field sports through the arts. The celebration took place on the banks of the Coosa River and offered a variety of exciting experiences.
Take a walk with us to see why Company Street was awarded this year’s title of Cutest Street in Alabama.
(The Kelly Fitzpatrick Center for the Arts/Facebook)
The Kelly Fitzpatrick Center for the Arts, most often referred to as The Kelly, is a cultural gem in the heart of Wetumpka. With a vision to “engage, inspire, and educate artists and the public at large by promoting local and regional visual arts,” The Kelly intends to stoke the embers of creativity and community within Wetumpka and has done so successfully since 2011.
While The Kelly is classified as an art gallery and museum, their main mission centers around a handful of key initiatives: making art available to everyone, showcasing the rich artistic heritage of Wetumpka and Elmore County, being an asset for downtown and the City of Wetumpka, being a catalyst for art education and development of the city’s young people, and creating and preserving a legacy of the visual arts in the community.
(Company St. Mercantile/Facebook)
Company Street Mercantile is a Company Street staple. Offering apparel, home goods, and more, Company Street Mercantile has something for everyone. The Mercantile is proud of its thoughtful selection of products as it curates an offering that aims to preserve the beautiful qualities of the past.
“At our store, we believe that every item we sell should have a sense of history and authenticity, and we take great care to ensure that every piece we carry meets our exacting standards. From vintage-inspired pieces to handcrafted artisanal goods, every item in our collection has been hand-selected for its beauty, quality, and enduring appeal.”
(The Coosa Cleaver/Facebook)
The Coosa Clever is another well-loved stop along Company Street. Known for its casual, laid-back feel and delicious dishes, The Coosa Clever is a favorite among visitors and locals. The menu is wide-ranging with eye-catching starters like Tump Tump Shrimp and Fried Green Tomatoes with Crawfish Remoulade and entrees like Blackened Mahi-Mahi and Chicken Bruschetta.
Though known for its comfortable atmosphere, The Coosa Clever comes to play with a full menu reaching beyond starters and mains. The Coosa Clever also offers salads, flatbreads, handhelds, pasta, and desserts. They hit all of the fan favorites with dishes from Cowboy Burgers to Lobster and Crab Mac and Cheese.