I had the pleasure of checking out the very first First Fridays, and what a wonderful experience!

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First Fridays was amazing! I attended the inaugural event at Haynie's Corner in the Arts District this weekend, and I am even more in love with the Arts District! My friend Sara and I tried to tackle the task of hitting all of the local businesses that were on the map. We fell a little short, as we only managed to squeeze in 9 of the 13 locations.

 

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We started at Penny Lane Downtown for our espresso fix and live music from The Honey Vines.

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From there we made our Judson street to visit Stef L's Amour to scope out the artwork of local artist UndergroundBison and of course to peruse all of the wonderful vintage apparel.

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Moving down Washington Ave, we found ourselves at stops #3 & #4. Soup Solutions and The Beauty Room. If you've never used a bar of handmade soap or tried a custom made blend of facial oil, you don't know what you're missing out on!

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We hit Curvo Labs next, which was located right next to the Alhambra Theatre on Adams, and was full of amazingly wonderful art prints from local artists.

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Stop #6 was the all new Dapper Pig, which will be opening soon! They were displaying the artwork of the ever talented, Alex Morgan.

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From there, we popped into the Haynie's Corner Pub, which was not on the map, but was open for a sneak peek. The pub has been newly renovated and features reclaimed wood from the old Funky's. Oh! And there's a piano!

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22 Jefferson was our next stop - an amazing little local art gallery located at, you guessed it, 22 Jefferson Ave. It was packed full of so many wonderful pieces from local artists.

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Our final stop for the night was Bokeh Lounge where we enjoyed the lovely sounds of Katie Watts performing live. There was a great crowd, a great energy, and of course the music was amazing! I'm looking forward to their Grand Opening reveal of the new renovations!!!

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I really cannot wait for next month's First Fridays event. It was so wonderful to see so many people out and about in the Haynie's Corner Arts District supporting local.