Buford Business Alliance Spring Festival Celebrates Community

Everything was “blossoming in Buford” for the Buford Business Alliance Spring Festival on Saturday, April 30, in downtown Buford. It was a perfect spring day along Main Street as the public came out to support the local small businesses that took part in the event.

The festival returned this year after a two-year hiatus caused by COVID-19 and was held along Main Street at the Amphitheater between South Hill and Wilson streets. The vendors, 33 in total, sold their wares or offered their services for four hours to everyone who attended the event.

“The Buford Business Alliance would like to thank all of the event sponsors and vendors for making the event such a success,” said Freda Kalina, President of the Buford Business Alliance. “A special thank you to our gold level event sponsor, The Senior Journey.”

The event would not have been a success without the hard work and support of the Town of Buford staff. The city provided workers to ensure the success and safety of the event.

“On my behalf and on behalf of the BBA, thank you to the Town of Buford – City Manager, Bryan Kerlin; Rhonda Cunningham, who worked hand-in-hand with us to coordinate the city’s efforts; Dan Branch, the director of public safety, and his department to ensure the safety of everyone involved; and the countless other city street, electrical and code department employees who helped make this event a success,” said Kalina.

Throughout the event, a variety of hits from yesterday and today were played by JAMMIN’ DJs. Aerial photography and event photography were provided by Lawrence Jackson with Game of Drones.

“This event wouldn’t have gone so well without the efforts of our event planner, Barbara Reynolds with BFabulous Eats and Events,” Kalina said. “Thank you for the countless hours dedicated to this event.”

Kalina encourages Buford residents and visitors to the city to consider supporting the event sponsors who have been key to the Spring Festival’s success.

Gold Level Sponsor The Senior Journey is a local business dedicated to helping families overcome the challenges of finding their aging loved ones the care they need. The Senior Journey seeks to educate people through the use of their website, Facebook and Instagram posts, interactive digital magazine, mobile app, YouTube channel and podcast. For more information on The Senior Journey, visit theseniorjourney.net.

Silver level sponsors included Spraggins Law Firm, North Gwinnett Voice, Luxe Aesthetics Studio, Guaranty Mortgage and Cleaned Bins. Bronze level sponsors for the event were Card My Yard and ecomaids.

The Buford Business Alliance is a non-profit organization made up of more than 120 local businesses that make supporting the community and small businesses their top priority. The organization hosts monthly networking events, as well as several community events each year.

Coming up for the BBA, monthly business networking events – the after-hours event will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10 at WaterMark Senior Living at 5755 Conner Road in Flowery Branch, and breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17 at 8 a.m. at Tannery Row Ale House at 554 W. Main St. in Buford.

The next business alliance community event will be the second annual Buford Restaurant Week from Saturday, June 18 through Sunday, June 26, followed by a July Christmas event on Saturday, July 23.

For more information on the Buford Business Alliance, click here.

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