The Annex On Lake Martin will open Oct. 5 with live music, food trucks, activities for all ages and more from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 8614 Kowaliga Rd. The multi-service venue on nearly 20 acres along state Route 63 at Kowaliga will make its debut with a free festival to showcase a variety of amenities that include a covered pavilion and event space, retail shopping and boat and RV storage.
Developed by MAlexander Properties, The Annex will include 6,000 square feet of covered entertainment space for weddings, car shows, flea markets, reunions and other occasions.
“Nobody has anything that large and outdoor around the lake,” said The Annex owner Mark Alexander, a Lake Martin native.
Alexander also has included 8,000 square feet of retail space that could be subdivided to accommodate a variety of business models. In addition, the facility includes 100 16-foot by 43-foot boat and RV storage units with 14 feet of vertical clearance to accommodate 40-foot RV units and allow weekend boaters to keep tops raised and boats well protected during summer or winter storage.
The property includes about 5 acres of wetlands, through which Alexander plans to build trails that will be open to the public year round for wildlife viewing.
“We’re having a grand opening on Oct. 5, so people can come in and see what The Annex is and all the different ways that they can use it,” Alexander said.
The grand opening event will begin at 11 a.m., and Southern City Lights will take the stage at 4 p.m. to headline the day’s entertainment schedule. Southern City Lights, based in Heflin, Alabama, was voted “Best Wedding Band in Alabama” in 2018 and 2019 by theknot.com, one of the nation’s largest online resource wedding marketplaces. The band plays a wide mix of musical styles all across the Southeast.