Around Midtown

Open Arms

Open Arms

By on 30 June, 2016 in Art, Sarah Thornton with 1 Comment

Editor’s Note: On June 12, 2106, the 70th Annual Tony Awards were held in New York City to recognize achievement in theater and Broadway productions. Regular Midtown Montgomery Living contributor Sarah Thornton, artistic director at the Cloverdale Playhouse, submitted the following reflection on the awards and what they mean for our Midtown Montgomery community. — […]

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Punk Rock Flea Market – Birmingham

Punk Rock Flea Market – Birmingham

By on 28 June, 2016 in Fun, Kate and Stephen, Shopping with 2 Comments

It doesn’t take a Ph.D. in cultural studies to understand that we’re all experiencing increased specialization and customization. People don’t want 500 television channels, they want to pick a la carte to consume only their favorite kinds of information. We prefer news to be tailored to meet our pre-existing ideological preferences. The Internet is accelerating […]

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Language Is More Dangerous Than Fire

Language Is More Dangerous Than Fire

By on 25 June, 2016 in Art, Fun, Kate and Stephen with 2 Comments

I once knew a woman who wanted to get a tattoo of a strange word on her wrist. The word? “Kimota!” The exclamation point is mandatory, because it’s the kind of word that is exclaimed in an old-fashioned comic book called “Marvelman.” The word, when uttered, caused a young journalist named Micky Moran to transform […]

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Montgomery Film Festival VII

Montgomery Film Festival VII

By on 6 June, 2016 in Art, Fun, Kate and Stephen with 1 Comment

Longtime readers of Midtown Montgomery Living will know that we absolutely love going to the annual Montgomery Film Festival. We wrote about the second annual and the third annual, missed a few years for various reasons, and last night went to the sixth annual. Making a movie is still difficult, but certainly a lot easier […]

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Historic Midtown

This Place Matters

This Place Matters

You might have noticed the Facebook posts featuring a photo of a person with a sign (“This Place Matters”) standing in front of a historic building in Montgomery. May was National Preservation month and there was big push to spotlight some Montgomery landmarks. However, the “This Place Matters” campaign, promoted by the National Trust for […]

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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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Eating Midtown

Papa Roc’s Italian Restaurant

Papa Roc’s Italian Restaurant

It’s easy to roll your eyes when someone talks about “branding” their small business, but our initial reaction to Papa Roc’s can offer a valuable lesson to anyone with some basic training in public relations and design — and can offer a different lesson to folks who might make the mistake of judging a book by […]

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Savanna Tropical Cafe

Savanna Tropical Cafe

It seems like we’re in the middle of a renaissance for downtown lunch options. On A Roll continues to kill it Tues-Fri with fresh, delicious meals and a rotating menu in their silver trailer; NYC Gyro has substantially stepped up their falafel game (try the baba ghanoush); and SaZa will serve you a great slice […]

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Veggie Entrees

Veggie Entrees

A lot has changed in the four years since the Alabama Department of Tourism asked us to write a blog post about vegetarianism for their “Year of Alabama Food.” Since we authored that post back in 2012, a lot of Montgomery restaurants have closed, and several new ones have opened. And despite the end of […]

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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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Real Estate

New Neighbors in Old Houses

New Neighbors in Old Houses

By on 7 July, 2016 in Karren Pell, Real Estate with 1 Comment

We are friends and neighbors here on North Lewis Street in historic Capitol Heights. We share potluck dinners, drinks on front porches, and cookouts on back decks. We look out for each other’s house, pets and, well, each other. So when Fred and Bobby delivered the news they were moving to Hazel Hedge, we were […]

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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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Other Recent Posts

Back to School

By on 10 August, 2016 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Back to School

Signs of back-to-school are all around us as we move to the midpoint of the month of August. Large displays of the required school supplies are advertised in all the discount stores. BOGO for pencils, erasers, pens, notebooks, crayons, and hand sanitizer (what’s that about?) are advertised. Racks of the required basic monotonous uniforms that are […]

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Tuskegee Day Trip

By on 18 July, 2016 in Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Tuskegee Day Trip

This is the story of how I came to be choking back tears while sitting in the trailer of an 18-wheeler on the landing strip of an airfield. I was technically on property owned by an economically-decimated municipality, but was adjacent to a federally-owned National Historic Site. The 18-wheeler was idling in the scorching July […]

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No Place Like Home

By on 11 July, 2016 in Sandra Nickel with 1 Comment
No Place Like Home

Earlier this month I had the incredible opportunity to spend 10 days in New York City. This good fortune was mine through the largess of a real estate friend there, who was taking a trip to Europe and needed someone to tend to his two cats. He got no-cost cat-sitters, and my brother Frank and […]

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Shop Local

By on 5 July, 2016 in Carole King with 2 Comments
Shop Local

On my weekly (or bi-weekly) trip to the grocery store, while sitting at that dreaded Carter Hill Road and Mulberry Street light, I noticed a very intriguing advertising billboard. The sign said The internet did not pave Carter Hill Road. Now I was dreading the road work, traffic jams and rubber necking along my eastward […]

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The Kids Have Got Gumption

By on 8 June, 2016 in Meg Lewis, Municipal business with 0 Comments
The Kids Have Got Gumption

For college students, summer used to be a few months of freedom – days of endless naps, camping trips, and dreaming about the future. Times have changed, though. These days, no college student worth their university branded apparel would be caught dead lazing away these precious summer hours that would be better spent gaining valuable […]

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Adventure, Marty!

By on 27 May, 2016 in Art, Fun, Sarah Thornton with 0 Comments
Adventure, Marty!

“I bet all caterpillars cry when they’re crawling out of the cocoon.” – Strip Talk on the Boulevard, by Donna Spector Somewhere on the Boulevard in Hollywood lies a dilapidated drugstore in plain sight where no one ever enters to find the secret treasures hidden inside. Yet, if you are brave enough to jump down […]

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Fleet Feet Montgomery

By on 26 May, 2016 in Kate and Stephen, Shopping with 0 Comments
Fleet Feet Montgomery

I started running just over a year ago. I’d never done it before, but I figured it was worth a try: something I could do on my own time, outdoors, without the many ways a gym can overload your senses. I’ve written here before about other fitness adventures. I’ve tried the fabulous personal trainers at […]

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New Nature Experiences

By on 23 May, 2016 in Carole King, Fun, Outdoors, Parks with 0 Comments
New Nature Experiences

Sometimes I get tired of walking or biking in my neighborhood or adjacent historic areas and long for some adventure! So this last Sunday afternoon I opted to explore the new Lagoon Park Trail that I keep hearing so much about. After loading my trusty two wheeler up in the back of my car I […]

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That Lady on the Train

By on 17 May, 2016 in Sandra Nickel with 2 Comments
That Lady on the Train

Last week my husband Jim and I had the opportunity to take an overnight train trip. We had flown to Washington D.C. for meetings and were guests of Amtrak on the return leg. We are fortunate to travel a good bit, and this trip reminded me of what we all have lost across the years […]

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Good Things Come in Threes

By on 9 May, 2016 in Art, Karren Pell with 0 Comments
Good Things Come in Threes

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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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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Dog Surgery: From Diagnosis to Recovery

By on 29 April, 2016 in Kate and Stephen, Pets with 0 Comments
Dog Surgery: From Diagnosis to Recovery

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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