Dec. 2—Cookies, hot cocoa and holiday shopping were the hallmarks of the most recent North Augusta Forward holiday business event.
The Cookie and Cocoa Crawl took place at participating North Augusta Forward businesses in the downtown area, allowing residents to take advantage of late night store hours to catch up on holiday shopping.
Wayne Cooper and his family continued its decade-long tradition of going to see the tree lighting and exploring downtown.
"We're lifelong residents so we have been doing this for decades. It means a lot to me too to bring him, my grandson, down here and take part," Cooper said.
Mel Lambert, owner of the Beveled Edge at 526 Georgia Avenue, loves to see the community support the downtown area.
"For North Augusta Forward to organize all of this, it's helpful because I wouldn't do all of this on my own because I am just ready to go home after a long day of work," Lambert said. "But for North Augusta Forward to do something every month and stay consistent, I think it is fun. I like participating so I will probably do it more."
Local artist and musician Billy S is glad to see the community support around the holidays, while promoting his work.
"I would just like to show it so it brightens up the street and it just makes the city a little more exciting. I like to see these kinds of things happening for North Augusta," he said. "It just needs to keep building the way it is. There's a lot of new ideas in town, a lot of new businesses and there are new families and new excitement."
Samantha Winn covers the city of North Augusta, with a focus on government and community oriented business. Follow her on Twitter: @samanthamwinn and on Facebook and Instagram: @swinnnews.