BBA Spring Festival

Everything was “blooming in Buford” for the Buford Business Alliance’s Spring Festival on Saturday, April 30, in downtown Buford. It was a picture-perfect spring day along Main Street as the public came out to support the local small businesses that took part in the event.

The festival made its return this year after a two-year hiatus caused by COVID-19 and was held along Main Street at the amphitheater in between South Hill and Wilson streets. Vendors, 33 in total, sold their products or offered their services for four hours to all those who attended the event. 

“The Buford Business Alliance would like to thank all of the event sponsors and vendors for making the event such a success,” said Freda Kalina, president of the Buford Business Alliance. “An extra special thank you to our gold level event sponsor, The Senior Journey.”

The event would not have been a success without the hard work and support of the staff at the city of Buford. The city provided workers to ensure the success and safety of the event.

“On behalf of myself and the BBA, thank you to the city of Buford — the city manager, Bryan Kerlin; Rhonda Cunningham, who has worked hand in hand with us to coordinate the city’s efforts; Dan Branch, the public safety director, and his department for ensuring the safety of everyone involved; and to the countless other city staff from the street, electric and code departments who had a part in making this event a success,” Kalina said.

Throughout the event, a variety of hits from yesterday and today were played by JAMMIN’ DJs. Aerial photography and event photography were provided by Lawrence Jackson with Game of Drones.

“This event would not have gone so smoothly without the efforts of our event organizer, Barbara Reynolds with BFabulous Eats and Events,” Kalina said. “Thank you for the countless hours poured into this event.”

Kalina encourages Buford residents and city visitors to consider supporting the event sponsors that were key to the success of the Spring Festival.

Gold level sponsor The Senior Journey is a local business devoted to helping families navigate the challenges of finding their aging loved ones the care they need. The Senior Journey seeks to educate people through the use of their website, posts on Facebook and Instagram, an interactive digital magazine, a mobile app, a YouTube channel and a podcast. For more information on The Senior Journey visit

Silver level sponsors included Spraggins Law Firm, the North Gwinnett Voice, Luxe Aesthetics Studio, Guaranty Mortgage and Cleaned Bins. Bronze level sponsors for the event were Card My Yard and ecomaids.

The Buford Business Alliance is a nonprofit organization made up of more than 120 local businesses that make supporting the community and small businesses their top priority. The organization hosts monthly networking events, as well as several community events annually. 

Coming up for the BBA are monthly business networking events — the after hours event will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at WaterMark Senior Living at 5755 Conner Road in Flowery Branch, and the breakfast meeting will take place from 8 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 17, at 8 a.m. at Tannery Row Ale House at 554 W. Main St. in Buford.

The business alliance’s next community-wide event will be the second annual Buford Restaurant Week from Saturday, June 18, through Sunday, June 26, followed by a Christmas in July event Saturday, July 23.

For more information on the Buford Business Alliance, click here

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