Main Street Manning Annual Meeting well attended

CJ’s Creations held a ribbon cutting as part of the Main Street Manning Annual Meeting on Sept. 24. Shown as the ribbon is cut are Manning City Councilman Johnny Gordon, Jim Giffin with the South Carolina Small Business Development Center, Manning Mayor Julia Nelson, Dick Jackson, CJ’s owner Carol Jackson, Carolyn McNeal with CJ’s, Clarendon Chamber of Commerce President Nelson Walker, Nancy Coxe with CJ’s, and Chamber Executive Director Dawn Griffith.
Sharron Haley/Clarendon Citizen - CJ’s Creations held a ribbon cutting as part of the Main Street Manning Annual Meeting on Sept. 24. Shown as the ribbon is cut are Manning City Councilman Johnny Gordon, Jim Giffin with the South Carolina Small Business Development Center, Manning Mayor Julia Nelson, Dick Jackson, CJ’s owner Carol Jackson, Carolyn McNeal with CJ’s, Clarendon Chamber of Commerce President Nelson Walker, Nancy Coxe with CJ’s, and Chamber Executive Director Dawn Griffith.

Main Street Manning’s Annual Meeting looked more like a huge block party as dozens turned out for the 2013 Main Street Stroll.

“We, council and myself, are very pleased at the overall participation in our 2013 Main St. Stroll,” said Manning Mayor Julia Nelson. “Our Main Street Committee, along with Carrie Trebil, was very creative in planning this year’s event. We can’t wait to see what’s planned for us next year.”

Nelson said she’d also like to thank all the business owners and citizens for being cooperative and supportive.

The event kicked off with a ribbon cutting ceremony at CJ’s Creations, 15 W. Rigby St. After a few minutes enjoying the wonderful food and looking around the boutique, the crowd meandered over to Sub Station II, 37 N. Brooks St. for refreshments and a surprise for its owner Rick Richardson. Nelson presented Richardson with Main Street Manning’s Hero Award. Nelson asked the crowd to just look around the Sub Station’s walls to view pictures of ball teams, beauty queens, special events and occasions that Richardson has contributed to over the years.

“He is a true hero to many in Manning,” Nelson said when awarding the plaque.

Next, everyone headed next door to Linda’s, 35 N. Brooks St. for another ribbon cutting ceremony.

After more refreshments and a tour of Linda’s, the crowd had the opportunity to visit with several vendors who set up tents down the middle of Brooks St. (Manning’s main street).

Inside the Clarendon Chamber of Commerce, Pamela Evans, the owner of the Sugar and Spice Fairy, which will be opening at 5 W. Boyce St., just in time for Halloween, had samples of what the folks in Clarendon County can expect when she opens the doors of her totally renovated business. Evans even offered tasters small cups of milk to enjoy with their cookies.

The Chamber also offered a variety of those famous Murphy’s donuts for people to enjoy, courtesy of Calla Lily Café.

Sam Levy of Sam Levy and Sons Photography set up a beautiful fall background with bales of hay, pumpkins, mums and fall decorations for individuals to have a free fall photo.

Brunson’s Pharmacy, who won Main Street’s Most Hospitable award, invited folks inside and they too offered refreshments.

Goody’s stayed open late for individuals to enjoy some evening shopping.

Main Street Manning also recognized Ruth Lambert’s preservation efforts at The Shoppe on Brooks, 17 N. Brooks St., by awarding her Main Street’s Inspiration Award. 

Main Street Manning presented the Brooks St. Exchange for having the Best Window Decoration.

Southeastern Technologies was open later allowing folks to tour its facility and get to meet the owners, Joe and Fawn Pedalino.

The owner of the Giggling Gator at 9 E. Boyce St., Lisa Gibbons, was awarded the Main Street Best Building Renovation award for 2013.