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Business and industry • institutional At the center of town, Monticello fairly sparkles with history. Spending five minutes in downtown will convince the newcomer of that. A meander along almost any sidewalk can lead to homes from another era, several with historical markers by the walks. Preservation of past glories is dear to the heart of the Monticello populace, and it shows.

Chamber of CommerCe One of the best places to learn about Jefferson County is the Chamber of Commerce. With about 200 members from the community, the chamber, located at 420 W. Washington St., will gladly fill you in on what’s available. Call (850)

997-5552 for more information.

Downtown CommerCe Monticello boasts a brisk downtown shopping area. Clothing, unique gifts and antiques, furniture, jewelry, sporting goods, and office supplies are available in various establishments. Auto service stations, bed-and-breakfasts, a dry cleaner, a couple of thrift stores, an art gallery, and the post office are in the surrounding blocks of the Jefferson County Courthouse, which sits proudly on the roundabout at the U.S. 90 and U.S. 19 intersection. Several restaurants do lunch trade downtown with a variety of selections. Beauty

shops and abound.

barbershops

MONTICELLO OPERA HOUSE The Perkins Block, housing the Opera House, sits along the roundabout and offers many annual events. With productions ranging from mystery dinner theater productions to concerts with nationally known musicians, the Opera House is great entertainment. Built in 1890 and renovated in the 1970s, this historical building is a “must see.” Stop by the Perkins Block, located at 185 W. Washington St., or contact the Opera House at (850) 997-4242 for more information.

BANKS An early stop for the newcomer will be a bank. In Monticello, you can find Farmers & Merchants Bank (FMB) and a branch of Capital City Bank, both of which offer a full range of banking services. The two banks’ friendly and knowledgeable staff can assist in all your banking needs. Farmers and Merchants Bank is one of Florida’s oldest banks, with a convenient location in the center of town. FMB is located at 200 E. Washington St., or it can be reached at (850) 997-2591. For more than 110 years, Capital City Bank has been helping clients reach their financial goals. Capital City Bank is located at 800 S. Jefferson St.; it can be reached at (850) 342-2500.

At FMB We Know Your Name and We Appreciate Your Business

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