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New signs to mark the ‘zone’

Randy Reeves gives a thorough power washing to the Alien Zone store at 216 N. Main St. as the retailer prepares for new paint and signage. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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Alien Zone, which includes the Area 51 attraction and the Cosmic Jukebox novelty store, was one of three downtown businesses to receive assistance and funding from grants obtained by MainStreet Roswell.

The grants pay for a design expert to create new paint and signage themes for store exteriors and provide some money for materials and labor.
Reeves owns the downtown building and is the father of Alien Zone business owner Jessie Payne. Aaron Payne, in foreground, and Travis Reeves stand ready to lend a hand to the prep work.

MainStreet Roswell Executive Director Kathy Lay said that architect William Powell has submitted designs to all three store owners, and work is expected to begin by volunteers or contractors next week, with MainStreet Roswell volunteer crews pitching in to paint, install tiling and complete other work Sept. 9-10 and Oct. 14-15.

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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.