Downtown Cartersville’s entertainment district ‘premieres’ this evening. City Council OKs Thursday-Saturday guidelines for a year-long test of ‘stroll, shop and sip.’.

Downtown Cartersville’s entertainment district ‘premieres’ this evening. City Council OKs Thursday-Saturday guidelines for a year-long test of ‘stroll, shop and sip.’.

 

Starting at 5 this evening, downtown Cartersville’s new “Entertainment District” begins under a one-year test approved by the City Council last month.
Downtown customers can sip, stroll and shop three days each week as follows:
  • Thursdays and Fridays, 5 until 10 p.m.
  • Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.
There are guidelines to be followed, both within the district as well as established COVID-19 safety concerns, says Lillie Read, Cartersville’s Downtown Development director. What to know:
  • Patrons will be able to shop and stroll while enjoying their to-go beverages within the boundaries of the district).
  • All beverages must be purchased from a licensed establishment within the district (no BYOB).
  • All beverages must remain in the disposable Entertainment District approved cup at all times.
  • Drinking alcoholic beverages from a can, bottle or any other container except the designated disposable plastic cups for off premises consumption is prohibited and is subject to a fine of at least $100.
  • Littering a designated disposable plastic cup within the Downtown Entertainment Zone is subject to a fine of at least $100.
  • No designated disposable plastic cups are allowed to be in motor vehicles. A fine of at least $100 is possible for each cup in said vehicle.
  • No alleys are to be included within the Downtown Entertainment Zone.
  • Each retail location has the right to refuse outside beverages.

The launch coincides with downtown Cartersville’s “Galentine’s Girls Night Out” set for 6-8 this evening. The entertainment district was approved by City Council members at the Jan. 7 meeting. You can watch it here.

No go in Rome: Last June, Rome City commissioners again rejected a downtown consumption proposal much like Cartersville’s entertainment district. Pushed as temporary measure that would help boost downtown traffic and sales following the pandemic shutdown, the proposal was rejected by a 5-3 vote. Minutes.

 

The zone includes a good chunk of Main Street with a few dips to the south, north to Church Street under the “under the bridge” area by Appalachian Grill, Public Square, Wall Street and part way over to Tennessee Street.
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