Booze brings boon to North Georgia towns in alcohol sales
Blue Ridge got a big shot in the arm in 2008, when voters agreed to let restaurants sell beer, wine and liquor except on Sundays. The final restriction fell on May 20, when Blue Ridge voters OK’d Sunday sales of beer, wine and liquor.
Friday, June 20th 2014, 10:34 am EDT by
BLUE RIDGE, GA (Times Free Press) — Tourists pack the sidewalks of this mountain town, and merchants offer everything from wine tasting to hot stone massage to bamboo fly-fishing rods handmade by the store’s owner — who was commissioned by former President Jimmy Carter to build a trout rod.
But it wasn’t always this fancy — or lively — in Blue Ridge.
Jeff Turner, a 20-something with deep family roots who has visited Blue Ridge all his life, remembers when downtown was pretty much dead.
“Everyone here, when you graduated high school, it was either farming or working in the Levi’s factory,” said Turner, a trout fishing guide who recently bought Blue Ridge Fly Fishing, a shop in the heart of downtown. “Now there’s options for people again.”
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