Revitalized 5 Points Merchants Association has high aspirations

By Steve DiMattia
Resident Community News

The 5 Points Merchants Association is alive and well.
After a long history of sporadic engagement and a six-year dormant period, the revitalized association held its first meeting May 2011 with David Joudi, whose Riverside Liquors & Village Wine Shop is among the oldest stores in the area, serving as president.
“We have a lot going on and needed to be ready when things really started happening,” Joudi said.
The group recently made a seamless transition into its second leadership board, with Allan DeVault, from Black Sheep Restaurant, as president. Joining him is Vice President Bill Martin, Five Points Antiques; Treasurer Amy Horton, Regions Bank; and Secretaries Nancy Darlow, The UPS Store, and TJ Vedegys, Divine Approach.
“Our goals are to bring people to the area through interesting events and great businesses, and to be an information source for residents,” DeVault said.
The association plans to offer two signature events a year, increase pedestrian safety through upgraded sidewalks, improve traffic flow by reworking the roundabout and enhance landscaping. “We want to be a force for positive change in the neighborhood,” DeVault said.
The association currently has 20 members, all merchants, but invites residents and professionals to join. Annual membership fees are $200 for merchants, $100 for professionals and $25 for residents. Meetings take place the third Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. at Black Sheep, 1534 Oak Street. Non-members are welcomed to attend.
For more information, visit their Facebook Page at or contact Allan DeVault at
(904) 355-3793.

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