Honoring people who helped make our downtown the heart of the community – with a nod to Fort Payne’s historic sock industry and the connective threads that bind our community as one.
Media and Community Invited
Who: Fort Payne Main Street Organization – Board of Directors
What: Launch of “Our Common Thread” a Fort Payne Main Street District Awareness Campaign. “Our Common Thread” weaves the history of Fort Payne sock-making, with people from all walks of life who helped establish downtown Fort Payne as the heart of the community, giving it character, personality and a foundation for success. Fort Payne Main Street’s Promotion Committee, and its Design Committee, chaired by Mary Reed, CEO of Heritage Wire, helped create the campaign to draw attention to our community’s rich heritage and the importance of our downtown business district. Window wraps featuring honorees, will be placed strategically throughout the downtown area beginning October 2020.
The first honoree is Ida Goza, a female entrepreneur, sock manufacturer, real estate owner, and community advocate. We celebrate Ms. Goza in conjunction with October’s National Women’s Small Business Month. The wrap featuring Ms. Goza, will be placed on the window of the Quinn Building, owned by Ms. Goza’s grandson, Glenn Horton, president of Southern Properties. Glenn has created a mini-sock mill at The Quinn, where visitors to downtown Fort Payne can see how socks are made. The window wrap will feature Ms. Goza and her sock mill employees on a company picnic.
More about National Women’s Small Business Month: https://www.business.com/articles/womens-small-business-month/.
Where: The unveiling event will be in downtown Fort Payne on the sidewalk in front of the Quinn Building at 102 1st Street and across the street at The Spot – social distancing and mask required, please.
When: Friday, October 30 at 9 am CST
For more information contact:
Connie Fuller, Executive Director, Fort Payne Main Street
Phone: 256-996-2131 | firstname.lastname@example.org