The Cahaba Heights Merchants Association(CHMA) was founded in March 2018 with a mission to organize a strong network of local businesses dedicated to customer service and a commitment to building value for the neighborhood. The CHMA provides outreach to the community through organized events, promotions & beautification in an effort to build a community friendly shopping area. In the first year, we have over 50 members & organized several events for the community.The CHMA actively worked with our local city council to get money allocated for infrastructure improvements such as road widening, sidewalks & storm drainage. The CHMA organized multiple community events such as "Deck the Heights", "Light the Heights" and the "Heights Hangout." The merchants organized, developed and paid for all the events without any outside funding. The CHMA started a grassroots movement to improve and bring excitement to Cahaba Heights. In our first full year we raised over $6000 for beautification of Cahaba Heights & our goal is to raise an additional $10,000 in 2019. Our association donated over $500 to Vestavia Hills High School group Just Singin' for their trip to perform at the National Choir's Directors Association. Our small businesses are making an impact all around our community. Cahaba Heights is a better place because of the willingness of small businesses working together to make a difference. Cahaba Heights is going through a revitalization and the small businesses are working towards keeping it small and local. Cahaba Heights is in need of landscaping, sidewalks and street lighting. The Mainstreet Award would truly help us start shining even more as a local mainstreet. Our city has also deemed us "a diamond in the rough" and Cahaba Heights would be honored!