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Downtown Albany puts on a party hat

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The weather should be perfect for some activities Friday night in downtown Albany, on the heels of two new business openings.

One of the newest is Global Essence, which carries wood carvings, oils and incense. And the Downtown Fresh Market which has fruits and vegetables galore.

Downtown manager Aaron Blair has only been in the job six months, everyone can agree that there's a new energy in downtown Albany, and it is a step in the right direction. 

Mrs. Juju Jones grew up on Jefferson street in downtown Albany. "As old as I am, you've seen a lot of changes."

When she was a child, her parents brought the family to the farmers market every Saturday. "I remember the farmers market years ago on flint street. We would get up early in the morning to go shop there."

Well she may have that chance again.  "It's just wonderful to see everything perking back up."

From apples, to oranges and any other fruits and vegetable you can think of the new downtown fresh market has it.  "Isn't this wonderful?"

All this new synergy coming to downtown makes JuJu a little emotional. "It was just so wonderful to grow up in a small town," she said.

Now a couple of blocks down the street, the owners of Global Essence are trying to create new memories.  "Some people are scared of the mask," said Beverly Jenkins.

They got the idea for the store after a trip to the Philippines. "I was taking note of the tribal craft work, and it made me want to open a store," she said. 

Once inside, you can find things from India, Asia and even Africa.  "You know to share with south Georgia what the world has to offer. There's a new energy that's come to downtown and that has a lot to do with the people here. That's what we're getting back to."

And folks who support downtown, hope that growth continues.

Another brainchild of Aaron Blair is D'town Friday Nights. It starts at 8:00PM on the parking deck. There will be live music, food, and drinks, and admission is free.

An open house at the Fresh Market runs until eight o'clock. It and Global Essence officially open Saturday.