Bartow’s Tufted Bedspread Industry



On Thursday, August 27, at 7:00 p.m., Bartow History Museum welcomes guest speaker Dr. Randy Patton. Patton will discuss the origins and development of the tufted bedspread industry of northwest Georgia and the role played by Bartow Textiles and the Bandy family.

Chenille describes bedspreads and other goods decorated with work called tufting. Throughout much of the 20th century, spread factories and private makers created goods using this method and hung them on lines along the Dixie Highway, luring travelers to purchase their wares. At first a true cottage industry, chenille soon became a major enterprise in northwest Georgia, eventually leading to the manufacture of tufted carpet. Cartersville’s own Bartow Textiles became a major tufted textiles producer in the 1940s.

Dr. Patton, a history professor at Kennesaw State University, has researched and written extensively on the subject of textile history in northwest Georgia, including on Catherine Evans Whitener who is considered the creator of the tufted textile industry.

The Evening Lecture will take place at the Bartow History Museum located at 4 E. Church Street in downtown Cartersville.  Parking is available next to the building.  The lecture is free to members and included with the price of admission for not-yet members. For more information on this and other BHM programs, call 770-382-3818, ext. 6286 or visit our website at

Primo’s Cocina Mexicana Named August Merchant of the Month

Located on 148 West Main Street, Suite 100 is Primo’s Cocina Mexicana. Primo’s is a truly unique, authentic, family friendly Mexican restaurant located right in Downtown Cartersville. Their hours are Monday-Thursday: 11AM – 10PM, Friday- Saturday: 11AM – 11PM, and Sunday: 11AM – 9PM.  Click here to check them out, and be sure to pay them a visit soon!


August First Friday in Downtown Cartersville Kid’s activities, farmers market vendors, and free concert


CARTERSVILLE – The Cartersville Downtown Development Authority invites you to the August First Friday event, “Buy Fresh, Buy Local”. The event will take place on Friday, August 7th, and will be held in the Wall Street parking lots in downtown Cartersville.

This event will start at 5pm with free kids’ activities provided by Rhea Lana’s of Cartersville. Coconuts Ice Cream will be on site with their truck to keep everyone cool with ice cream and shave ice. Vendors from the Cartersville Farmer’s Market will be set up offering everything from fruits and vegetables to jams and jellies to arts and crafts. Free musical entertainment will be provided by The Owens Brothers who will be playing from 6-8pm.

“The Owens Brothers also played at our Tomato Festival that took place recently, and everyone loved them, so we’ve asked them to come back and play some more great tunes for us. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs and enjoy listening to great music,” says Special Events Coordinator Hollie Duncan. “This is such a great opportunity to support our local community, so make sure to stop by our downtown shops and restaurants, many of which will be open until 8pm or later. There is no cost for this fun event, and it is a wonderful opportunity to get out of the house with your family and enjoy Friday evening in Downtown Cartersville shopping, dining, and playing,” continued Duncan.

For additional information, visit or call 770.607.3480.

June 2015 Board Meeting Minutes

DDA Board Meeting Minutes

June 18, 2015

Board Members Present: Nancy Jackson, Earline Burke, Dan Kramer, Jim Ballew & Maureen Kirkland

Board Members Absent: Bill Chandler & Lara Jeanneret

Others Present: Dan Porta, Hollie Duncan & Lillie Read

Meeting was called to order by Earline Burke.  Everyone was asked if they had reviewed the previous meetings minutes. Dan made a motion to approve the May 21st minutes; Jim seconded; all voted in favor.

Financial Report:  Dan Porta discussed the budget and said we were still under budget overall. The City Council will do a 2nd reading this evening and should approve the new budget tonight.   Cuts were made to the proposed budget in the areas of training and funding to the art market, but overall the DDA is showing an increase in the overall operating budget.

B.I.D.:  Earline discussed the budget and the balance for various projects that are underway including the Pavilion.  Further discussion on purchasing a sound system for the pavilion took place including getting estimates for the total cost that will be paid for from the promotion budget.  Further Design projects will be limited until more funds are received as the Pavilion Project is a huge expense to incur.

Committee Reports:

Outreach: Maureen and Jim have been working jointly to arrange the kickoff of new Block Captains which is set to take place by August or September.  They are working on creating better modes of communication including a Closed Merchant/Business Social Media Page that will keep people better informed and create an avenue to relay information.  Supplying the Welcome Center with Coupons and Flyers was discussed as a way to better engage potential customers.  Working jointly with City Offices so that the DDA will be aware of any new businesses at the beginning stages so that they can be welcomed and guided.  Lots of discussion took place on the need for pictures and promotional material that will be used on the website and also be distributed to other organizations so that Downtown Cartersville is properly represented.  Maureen and Jim will concentrate on gathering current contact information from Merchants so that all records are up to date.  It will also serve as a way to meet and get to know the community.

Design:  The partnership with Keep Bartow Beautiful was discussed for the planter project. The boxes have been ordered for each planter.  Using Native Flowers in the boxes and also tying into the Keep America Beautiful Day on Sept. 6th was mentioned. Valerie Gilreath, the city grant writer attended the last design meeting and gave invaluable information on moving forward with design projects.  The Harmony Park project was not a large enough scope for the grant being considered so the scale of the project is being rethought and larger more art and sculpture inspired plans are now being discussed.  A meeting to discuss further design details is set for June 24th at 2:30pm.

Promotion:  The Bluegrass Festival was heavily discussed.  The lack of sponsors and funds to create the festival was brought up as a major concern as well as the festival zone and securing an alcohol vendor. The lack of attendance at the Committee meetings weighed heavily on people.  A conversation about concentrating on 2016 and forgoing the 2015 festival was mentioned.  Mixed opinions on that subject and a strong dissenting opinion arouse. All further Bluegrass Festival talk was tabled until after the Bluegrass Committee Meeting on Monday June 22nd including the signing of a contract for the headlining band.

Economic Development:  No report as Bill was absent.


Old Business

Farmer’s Market Advisory Committee:  This year is moving along well so far.  Several events are in the works including a Zucchini and Tomato Festival.  Attendance has been good.  Discussion took place over restroom availability and the best way to go about providing access to the bathrooms.  Portable Bathroom were deemed not a viable option as the liability and expense was too great.

Pavilion Update:  The planning of the Pavilion is still underway.  The lighting design is being finished then bidding will commence on the project.  Breaking ground is set for July and the project is set to be complete in September now instead of August as previously thought.

Firehouse Update:  Some information on the Carpet in the firehouse was located.  After talk with the Fire Marshall the project will either be cleared or the carpet will be replaced.  With either outcome there will be progress made by the end of June.

Cameras:  Security Cameras have been purchased for the Train Depot.  They should be installed sometime in July and the expected cost should come under budget.

New Business

Welcome Reception: Tuesday June 23rd is set for the Welcome Reception for Lillie.  The Event will take place at the City Loft at 5:30pm.  Light Refreshments and a Cash Bar are available.

Annual Chamber of Commerce Cookout:  The Chamber is planning on having their annual cookout in the Downtown area this year.  The Firehouse is a possible location and a Festival Zone will be set up.  The proposed date is the 2nd Thursday of October.

DDA Website Updating & Mobile App Updates:  Discussion took place on the need to update various aspects of the website and the mobile app.  Closed Businesses need to be removed and information and links need to be current.  Lillie will contact Tara for some information on how to proceed with certain updates.  Maureen also mentioned it was a good time to get all updated information from Downtown Merchants so that all contact information is current and correct.

Manager, Special Event Coordinator & Welcome Center Report:  Hollie reported that she has been kept busy with various activities and press releases for the upcoming Welcome Reception, the multiple farmer’s market festivals and the WBHF Radio Spots.  Handling all Social Media relations, the Downtown Lowdown and the Merchant of the Month were discussed.  Hollie proposed that we extend the contract to create the Downtown Lowdown videos that feature Downtown Merchants at the cost of $125 per video.  Funding for the July video was approved.  Jim made a motion; Nancy 2nded.  The board discussed a wider distribution of the video, including using it on the website and as a promotional material to share with other organizations.  The board did request feedback on the current numbers the video reaches to make sure that it is a wise expense.

Meeting was adjourned. Next regular scheduled meeting  is July 16, 2015 @ 8:30am.



Third Annual Tomato Festival at the Cartersville Farmer’s Market


CARTERSVILLE- The Cartersville Farmer’s Market is well underway for the 2015 season and our big event this month is the Third Annual Tomato Festival, which will take place on Saturday, July 25th, from 7 AM to 12 PM at the Founder’s Oak Parking Lot across from City Hall.


Activities will begin around 10 AM and will include a tomato contest for the local farmers. The categories will be: the biggest, the tastiest, and the most unusual tomatoes. Voting will be open between 10 AM and 11 AM, and the winner of each category will be announced after all of the votes are counted. There will also be a kids’ coloring and painting station set up, along with a tomato planting activity, next to the judging table.


The Owens Brothers will be providing live music entertainment, and The City Cellar and Loft will be joining the Farmer’s Market and serving their famous Fried Green Tomatoes from 10 AM to 12 PM! The Cartersville DDA will be giving away tomato sandwiches made with fresh tomatoes from our local farmers.


“We’d like to encourage the entire community to come out to the Farmer’s Market to help us judge all of these locally produced tomatoes,” says Special Events Coordinator Hollie Duncan. “These beautiful, ripe tomatoes are finally in season, and what better way to enjoy them than at the Tomato Festival. After tasting all of these delicious tomatoes, you are sure to want to take some home with you. So bring the whole family to the Cartersville Farmer’s Market on July 25th and Buy Fresh, Buy Local.”


Bartow History Museum’s 6th Annual Bake Sale Fundraiser


Come out and support the Bartow History Museum on Saturday, August 1, 2015, during the 6th Annual Old Fashioned Bake Sale! The sale will include a tasty assortment of baked goods ranging from whole and sliced cakes, pies, cookies, brownies, baked breads, and much more. Proceeds will help the Bartow History Museum continue to preserve Bartow County’s history, and share it through our programs, lectures, and exhibits.

The sale will begin at 9:00 a.m. and continue until 2:00 p.m. Baked items have been donated by volunteers, museum staff, and local businesses such as: Grand Oaks, Jefferson’s, Flavorful Events at Stonewall Manor, Moore’s Gourmet Market, Gilbert Farms, Louie’s Café, Adam’s BBQ, Aroma Mills Bakery, E-Street Tavern, Sweets by Chy, Sweet Pea’S, and others.

This year’s fundraising event will also include a Vintage Car Show to complement our feature exhibition, “Fill ‘er Up: The Story of the Service Station.”  The car show will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will include hot dogs, music, Kona Ice, raffle, rides on a barrel train, and more.  Visitors will also have an opportunity to vote on their favorite vintage car.

This event will take place at the Bartow History Museum located at 4 E. Church Street in downtown Cartersville. Please call Tiffanie Buchberger at 770-382-3818 x 6284 with any questions regarding the bake sale or visit our website at

Willow Day Spa


The Pumphouse Players Named July 2015 Merchant of the Month

Located on 114 W Main Street is the Legion Theatre where The Pumphouse Players perform. They just wrapped up their 40th season and are now beginning their 41st season. We hope you all will support them and consider attending one of their amazing shows this summer. Click here to view the July 2015 Merchant of the Month video segment featuring these guys.

In April 1975, Don and Ollene Kordecki, Mimi Collins, and Roger Hilton were discussing the lack of an organized theater group in Cartersville, Georgia. After an evening spent discussing various names for the new group, a decision was made on The Pumphouse Players. The first show produced was Mary, Mary, a comedy. For three nights in July the store-front offices of the former First National Bank loan office on Main Street were converted into a make-shift theater with chairs and a platform borrowed from the civic center and the Episcopal church. The play was brought back as a dinner theater event at the Ramada Inn Restaurant in September and October of that year.

Over the next two years The Pumphouse Players performed at several venues in the area, including the American Legion, Elk’s Club, and a park recreation hall. Beginning in September 1977 with Arsenic and Old Lace the PHP found a home at the Grand theatre in Cartersville, where they remained until the early 1990s. In 1991 and 1992 the theatre group relocated to a facility Under The Bridge, just down from the Grand. The PHP moved to the historic Legion theatre started in 1993 with One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. For over 20 years and into the foreseeable future this is our home and we have made it our own.

Since 1975, The Pumphouse Players has produced nearly 200 plays and has involved hundreds of people in all aspects of theater. We have maintained the historic aspects of the Legion while making it into one of the best and longest-running theaters in northwest Georgia.