Around Midtown

Good Things Come in Threes

Good Things Come in Threes

By on 9 May, 2016 in Art, Karren Pell with 0 Comments

I had three people visit me in April. I enjoy company, and while three seemed a bit much for one period, still, I love showing off our fair city. I took all three to see the fountain and to walk around Court Square. A series of pleasing trios can be found there: water, cobblestones, iron […]

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Dog Surgery: From Diagnosis to Recovery

Dog Surgery: From Diagnosis to Recovery

By on 29 April, 2016 in Kate and Stephen, Pets with 0 Comments

It started with a limp in December. The dog came in from a stint of running around the yard and wasn’t putting weight on her left rear foot. We figured she’d gotten a thorn in it, but even after producing a flashlight and poking around while she displayed considerable patience, we weren’t able to play […]

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What To Do With the Rest of Your Spring

What To Do With the Rest of Your Spring

By on 20 April, 2016 in City Living, Fun with 1 Comment

We’re past the midway point of April, and although there was a nice chill in the air this morning, we all know that the Death Heat™ is looming, turning a potentially lovely Alabama spring into a horrific science experiment. At that point, we will all either panic and scramble for air conditioning or trudge through […]

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Mediterranean Music at MMFA

Mediterranean Music at MMFA

By on 15 April, 2016 in Fun, Karren Pell, Music with 0 Comments

Folks who know me would agree that I write and perform within a fairly narrow, musical avenue of country and folk, with a dash of pop or blues now and then — “Americana” as the Nashville label says. But that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy other music. On April 23 at 3 p.m. vocalist-pianist Marc […]

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Historic Midtown

Old House Expo – Save the Date!

Old House Expo – Save the Date!

By on 31 March, 2016 in Historic Midtown, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

Thirty-one years ago, one worried historic preservationist (Marilyn Sullivan) and one old-house-loving REALTOR (yours truly) got together to brainstorm how to save one wonderful old house downtown (Brittain-Dennis cottage, now a fully restored and leased property in Old Alabama Town) and create positive buzz about Montgomery’s historic neighborhoods. What resulted is Old House Expo. This […]

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A Photo by Any Other Name

A Photo by Any Other Name

By on 22 February, 2016 in Carole King, Historic Midtown with 0 Comments

We’re working on a really neat archival project at Landmarks Foundation. With help from the National Archives through the Alabama State Historical Records Advisory Board, we received a grant to inventory, identify, and catalog assorted historical materials in our collection — photographs, documents, maps, drawings, publications. These historic records housed at Landmarks Foundation include the […]

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Renovation vs. Restoration: What’s the Difference, Why Should I Care and How Can I Help?

Renovation vs. Restoration: What’s the Difference, Why Should I Care and How Can I Help?

“Just totally renovated—shows like new!,” trumpets the MLS about a particularly lovely home. Another reads, “Restored from front door to rear porch and everything in between.” And if you are looking for a great older home, both of these will probably make your list of must-sees. When you enter the first property, it is everything […]

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Lockwood Tour of Homes in February

Lockwood Tour of Homes in February

By on 27 January, 2016 in Architecture, Carole King, Historic Midtown with 0 Comments

On Sunday afternoon, February 28, from 12:30 until 5:30, Landmarks Foundation is hosting its third annual tour of homes to familiarize the public with Montgomery’s historic housing stock. Six Frank Lockwood-designed homes in the Garden District, Old Cloverdale and Edgewood are open to the public, each one confirming that Lockwood was one of Montgomery’s premiere […]

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Eating Midtown

Vintage Year

Vintage Year

Like most reasonable folks, we reject labels like “foodies,” but we do greatly enjoy the experience of eating in a restaurant where a well-trained professional puts considerable amount of time and thought into preparing quality food, which is then brought to you by polite people. Sometimes, there’s wine involved. We aren’t wealthy enough to have […]

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NYC Gyro: A New Spin Downtown

NYC Gyro: A New Spin Downtown

By on 3 February, 2016 in Food, Meg Lewis with 1 Comment

I live downtown and I love it. My car goes days without being used because I can walk to work. I have miles of safe and challenging routes to run right out side my door. I cross paths on a daily basis with movers, shakers and lawmakers in the capital city. I never have to […]

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Out East: A Sunday Field Trip

Out East: A Sunday Field Trip

By on 9 December, 2015 in Food, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

Although we almost always write about doings in Midtown Montgomery, on Sunday we decided to take a trip all the way out to Chantilly Drive to investigate reports of a new Indian restaurant in the space where Taste of India used to be. Nothing beats a Sunday Indian buffet, so we were eager to see […]

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Cuisine Style Express

Cuisine Style Express

By on 21 October, 2015 in Food, Kate and Stephen with 1 Comment

It’s pretty much a straight shot from our house to the office, down near the Statehouse by way of Norman Bridge (which becomes Union as it diverges before the freeway). Sometimes we drive this stretch four times a day. So we thought we were pretty familiar with the take-out food options in the area (Derk’s […]

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Real Estate

Help Wanted: Crafting the Real Estate Experience of the Future

Help Wanted: Crafting the Real Estate Experience of the Future

By on 1 June, 2015 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

Just because we live and work in the older and historic parts of town, don’t assume that Sandra Nickel Hat Team, REALTORS, is stuck in the past. On the contrary, we spend a lot of time talking about the future and how to make buying and/or selling a house a more pleasurable and satisfying experience. […]

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Your Home Should Make You Smile

Your Home Should Make You Smile

Monday morning I was out on my front porch when a dog and her owner passed by. Being the neighborly thing to do, I called out a greeting. She responded warmly and then introduced herself as a Perry Street resident, fairly new in the Garden District. “I love walking by your house,” she said warmly. […]

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Making a List

Making a List

No house is perfect. We’ve all got little things that need fixing. Some are piled on top of the vague aspirations that populate the “someday” pile. Someday we’ll replace that electrical outlet. Someday it’d be nice to have a brighter kitchen. Someday we really need to get around to repainting the front door. Other things […]

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Inside King Lear’s House

Inside King Lear’s House

By on 27 April, 2015 in Kate and Stephen, Real Estate with 0 Comments

For those who don’t know, MML is sponsored by the Hat Team Realtors. This means two things for our readers. First, you get to read all of our content without advertisements – a blessing in today’s increasingly ad-ridden Internet experience. Second, it means that sometimes we get to go look around in other people’s houses […]

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Other Recent Posts

Happy Anniversary!

By on 6 May, 2016 in Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Happy Anniversary!

The top five most popular posts on this website were written by people other than us. My first reaction was a bit of a sting to the ego, that old writer’s companion. But that insecure feeling quickly faded under the sunlight of reflection. The most clicked-upon posts in the history of this blog were written […]

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Our Front Porch

By on 26 April, 2016 in Sarah Thornton with 0 Comments
Our Front Porch

New York City is one of a kind. It is vibrant and fast-paced and filled to the brim with every kind of person you could possibly imagine. There are a million things to do, see, and be there. It is also expensive, intimidating, exhausting… There is something that happens to a person after they have […]

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Gift-Giving Outside the (Gift) Box

By on 19 April, 2016 in Carole King with 0 Comments
Gift-Giving Outside the (Gift) Box

Looking for an unusual gift for Mother’s Day, Graduation, Wedding, Father’s Day or even a birthday? Don’t despair. For the person who has absolutely everything, we have the answer for you! A one-of-a-kind original piece of artwork from one of the creative artists with the Alabama Folks Art Project. The innovative art project is sponsored […]

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Montgomery Biscuits 2016

By on 14 April, 2016 in Fun, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Montgomery Biscuits 2016

Anyone with experience baking knows that you have to pay attention, or else your biscuits could burn. In the world of minor league baseball, it could be tempting to take your eye off the Montgomery Biscuits — because there are so many interesting things happening with folks that are no longer directly part of the […]

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Ten Things at the Eastbrook Flea Market

By on 29 March, 2016 in Fun, Kate and Stephen, Shopping with 0 Comments
Ten Things at the Eastbrook Flea Market

We’re noted junk store enthusiasts. We’ve written about our adventures in Southeast Alabama and elsewhere here, but the other day it occurred to us that we’ve (weirdly) never written a post about one of Montgomery’s great treasures – the Eastbrook Flea Market. Which is a shame, because Eastbrook is really a wonderful place and we’ve […]

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Once Upon A Time…

By on 25 March, 2016 in Sarah Thornton with 0 Comments
Once Upon A Time…

“In the end, we’ll all become stories.” – Margaret Atwood Last night, and very early this morning, I sat in the waiting room of the delivery wing of the hospital, anxiously awaiting the arrival of my nephew. When anticipating a new soul entering the world, we as humans seem to gravitate toward two basic behaviors: […]

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Amplify Salon & Spa

By on 21 March, 2016 in Kate and Stephen, Municipal business with 0 Comments
Amplify Salon & Spa

Moving from Los Angeles to Alabama meant breaking off one of my most important long-term relationships: the one with my hairdresser. Although we could still be friends, I’d have to find someone else to cut my hair. I asked her advice about how to find a new person in my new home. “Find someone with […]

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Alabama Book Festival 2016

By on 15 March, 2016 in Carole King, Fun with 0 Comments
Alabama Book Festival 2016

It’s Spring, it’s Easter and it’s Alabama Book Festival time! This year’s festival will be Saturday, April 23. More than 45 writers, poets, scholars and industry professionals will converge on Old Alabama Town to read from their works and discuss them throughout the day in buildings and tents scattered across the historic grounds. Books by each […]

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The Best Laid Plans….

By on 9 March, 2016 in Art, City Living, Fun, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments
The Best Laid Plans….

If you’ve read many of my posts here — or if we’ve met to discuss the possible renovation of your home — you’ve heard (or read) me say, “Where renovation is concerned, you need to allow twice as much money and ten times as much time as you had originally anticipated.” That phrase can most […]

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A Spring Thing

By on 7 March, 2016 in Karren Pell with 0 Comments
A Spring Thing

Although winter did not treat us harshly here in Montgomery, I still think most of us are nursing a strong case of spring fever at the top of March. The Old Alabama Town Revue Crue feels the same, and so the show on April 2 is titled, “It’s a Spring Thing.” However, this show is […]

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Four Score: Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike

By on 3 March, 2016 in Art, Fun, Lynne Schneider with 0 Comments
Four Score: Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang offers Cloverdale Playhouse audiences a deeply fun evening at the theater. Sarah Walker Thornton, Cloverdale Playhouse Artistic Director and director of this play, chose a script that is seriously sweet, funny, and redemptive. It won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play. Thornton’s production at […]

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Going Once, Going Twice …

By on 29 February, 2016 in Fun, Kate and Stephen, Shopping with 1 Comment
Going Once, Going Twice …

“The auctioneer has his finger in every pie. Wherever there is anything to be sold, there he is, whether it is a truckload of food on the docks at daybreak, or the art of the world for the great auction galleries at night. Nothing is too large for him or too small. “What am I […]

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