With the ongoing revitalization project in Downtown
Arab, there is no better place to do business than
right along Main Street.
Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio has
relocated to 117 N. Main Street. Stop by and see their
new shop and see what's new at Merle Norman.
Deep South Mercantile will open on
March 1, 2018. Their brand new shop is located at 64
N. Main Street. Where modern and vintage Southern
Stay tuned for more exciting news of more openings
coming very soon! Visit the Downtown Directory for a
list of Downtown Businesses
The 34th Annual Poke Salat Festival will be held on
Friday and Saturday, May 18th and 19th. This annual
event fills the streets of Downtown Arab with artisans
and crafters, entertainment, a children's play area and
a Bluegrass Band Competition.
The Main Event
Bring the family, and join your friends and neighbors as
the Arab Downtown Association hosts a series of free
concerts Downtown. Held in the cooler Fall months, the
entertainment is family friendly, with bands and
entertainers in a variety of music styles.
An ongoing revitalization project is taking place in
The Downtown Area was recently designated a local
The City received a grant that funds a project to
update the sidewalks and streetscaping along Main
Street, making Downtown more handicap accessible and
giving the area a facelift with new gardens, benches
and old fashioned street lighting placed throughout
Downtown Farmer's Market
Located at 307 N. Main Street, the Downtown Farmer's
Market is open on Mondays,
Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9am-3pm, April through
The market brings a number of local farmers
selling locally grown produce.
To register to for the market, please
Cost of Freedom Museum
The Cost of Freedom Museum, located in the former
Arabian Theater building, 135 N. Main Street, has
displays from every war the United States has been in,
with guided or self guided tours available. Donations
Tuttle Thompson Park
Located at the corner of Hwy 69 and Main Street, the
park and statue are a tribute to the City's founder,
Stephen Tuttle Thompson. A tale that the local's
love to retell is how Stephen Tuttle Thompson chose the
name Arad for our town, naming it after his own son,
Arad Thompson. When the paperwork was sent to
Washington, along with other choices Bird and Ink, the
clerk thought Arad was a typing error and changed it to
Arab, incorporating the City and setting up the first
post office as Arab, Alabama.
1883 Northern Methodist Cemetery
Also located in the downtown area, is the historic 1883
Northern Methodist Cemetery. Grave sites
include the City's founder, Stephen Tuttle Thompson's,
along with those of a number of Confederate Veterans and
one Union Captain. One woman buried there was born
during the War of 1812 and lived under 21 presidents.
This is the only cemetery in Marshall County to be
included in the Alabama Historic Register of Cemeteries.