Around Midtown

Columbiana: The Drink

Columbiana: The Drink

By on 1 March, 2017 in Food, Kate and Stephen, Shopping with 0 Comments

A few years back, we published a piece about one of the awesome international grocery stores here in Montgomery. And we’ve also written an analysis about what cultural trends can be determined by scanning the aisles of our local Publix. So it’s not entirely out of the blue that we decided to comment on the […]

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Fight Club for Foodies

Fight Club for Foodies

By on 28 February, 2017 in Cooking, Food, Fun, Meg Lewis with 0 Comments

The first rule of Culinary Fight Club is … have fun! Last night four area chefs faced off in a competition to see who could improvise under pressure and win over a panel of judges and a hungry crowd at Alabama’s first Culinary Fight Club event. Held at 129 Coosa, the first time event drew […]

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Food, Drinks and Dancing for a Good Cause

Food, Drinks and Dancing for a Good Cause

By on 27 February, 2017 in Fun, Karren Pell with 0 Comments

One of the many things I love about living in one of Montgomery’s historic neighborhoods is that we find ways to help others. Sandra Nickel in Cloverdale collects coats and blankets to help the homeless in Montgomery during the winter. A portion of the Christmas fundraising in Capitol Heights is donated to the Brantwood Children’s […]

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The Art of Showing Up

The Art of Showing Up

By on 23 February, 2017 in Art, Fun, Sarah Thornton with 0 Comments

“What does he want from me? What should I try to be?/So many faces all around, and here we go. I need this job, oh God, I need this show.” – A Chorus Line, music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban It is an adage that actors are not professional actors, but professional auditioners. […]

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Historic Midtown

New Historic Preservation Awards Opportunity Announced

New Historic Preservation Awards Opportunity Announced

By on 13 March, 2017 in Architecture, Carole King, Historic Midtown with 0 Comments

The City of Montgomery’s Historic Preservation Commission has announced is first Historic Preservation Awards program to participate in the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s celebration of May as Historic Preservation Month. With this special awards program, the Commission will recognize contributions and activities that celebrate the historic preservation efforts and cultural resources that promote Montgomery’s […]

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Mid-Century Modern Is Alive and Well!

Mid-Century Modern Is Alive and Well!

By on 14 February, 2017 in Architecture, Carole King, Fun, Historic Midtown with 1 Comment

Is history of no interest to you? Do you consider old houses and the things in them stuffy and boring? Are flea markets and antique malls a waste of your time and interest? Well, prepare to be surprised! The Landmarks Foundations’ newest architectural adventure will be a tour of homes featuring Montgomery’s Mid-Century Modern design. […]

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What We Wished We’d Known

What We Wished We’d Known

You’re buying a house for the first time. Everything seems like a dream: the crown molding, the old floors, the large yard. You can’t believe that someone will help you by lending money to make this your home. If you choose wisely, your home will make you happy every day. You can drink coffee in […]

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Flickering Beauty: Cottage Hill Candlelight Home Tour

Flickering Beauty: Cottage Hill Candlelight Home Tour

Ever wanted to see inside the Winter Place? Want to meet some great people who share your love for historic homes and architecture? Ever get curious about what’s inside other people’s homes? Cottage Hill Historic District is the oldest residential neighborhood in Montgomery. It’s listed on both the National and Local Historic Registers. One of […]

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Eating Midtown

So Dong Gong Tofu & BBQ

So Dong Gong Tofu & BBQ

By on 9 January, 2017 in Food, Kate and Stephen, Restaurant Reviews with 1 Comment

It’s normal in a new year to count your blessings as you prepare for the year ahead. Montgomery’s got so much to offer, but sometimes we can fall into a rut by eating only at the handful of our favorite restaurants. Sure, everyone loves El Rey, but you can’t just eat burritos every night (and […]

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Meet Farmer Caylor Roling

Meet Farmer Caylor Roling

By on 12 December, 2016 in Farming, Food with 0 Comments

If you go to Montgomery’s beautiful Curb Market or eat a meal at Central or A&P Social, you’ll routinely see fresh produce that was grown right here in the downtown of our great city. We were curious about the downtown farm and how it works, so last week MML sat down with Caylor Roling, Montgomery’s […]

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Lunch at D’Road

Lunch at D’Road

By on 10 November, 2016 in Food, Restaurant Reviews with 0 Comments

After doing our civic duty on election day, we decided to try one of downtown’s new lunch options. Just around the corner from the fantastic Savanna Tropical Cafe are two new spots: Touch of Soul Cafe and D’Road Cafe. On the day we went, Touch of Soul closed early for the election. We’re glad it’s […]

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Fall Begins With Tavern Fest!

Fall Begins With Tavern Fest!

By on 14 September, 2016 in Carole King, Food, Fun with 0 Comments

On Friday, September 30, Landmarks Foundation will celebrate the 16th Annual Tavern Fest in historic Old Alabama Town. The one night event has become one of Montgomery’s most awesome craft beer, food, and music festivals. This year’s event will feature the music of the local band Blue Yonder and a variety of local and national […]

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Real Estate

In Praise of a Clean Slate

In Praise of a Clean Slate

By on 11 January, 2017 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

The New Year always excites me. I see it as a “clean slate,” and an opportunity both to start anew and to start new things. 2017 is no different. Last weekend I purged my closet of years’ accumulation of miscellaneous stuff. This past Friday our Hat Team met with a facilitator to brainstorm how better […]

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REALTOR Wanted: Must Do Windows

REALTOR Wanted: Must Do Windows

By on 12 August, 2016 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 1 Comment

In my 35 years in the residential real estate business, I’ve realized that some folks have a really jaded view of us REALTORS. Misunderstandings are common. We spend all day driving around in big fancy cars. We get to keep all of the commission that the seller pays. We are salaried and our broker pays […]

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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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Other Recent Posts

Cloverdale Playhouse: The 39 Steps

By on 10 February, 2017 in Art, Fun, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Cloverdale Playhouse: The 39 Steps

One of many benefits of community theater is how close you are to the stage. The intimacy of productions at the Cloverdale Playhouse is something really special. You can, at times, feel like you are part of the production. And while it’s true that from time to time we’ve seen the “fourth wall” broken at […]

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American Happiness: Humor and Horror

By on 7 February, 2017 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
American Happiness: Humor and Horror

Update: Jacqueline Allen Trimble, chair of the department of languages and literatures at Alabama State University in Montgomery was named as the recipient of the Seven Sister Book Award for the best book of the year. Jacqueline Allen Trimble’s first poetry collection, American Happiness, exposes the central irony we live and breathe in the United […]

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A Comedy in Long-Shot

By on 27 January, 2017 in Art, Fun, Sarah Thornton with 0 Comments
A Comedy in Long-Shot

“As someone said, “the finest comedy comes from the greatest truth”. Or was it “the best comedy is deadly serious”? Or was it “play it for real and not the gag” (that was Buster Keaton). Anyway, whoever said what when, I’d respectfully ask you to remember the story too. It’s there behind the mayhem.” – […]

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So Many Fun Things

By on 25 January, 2017 in Karren Pell with 0 Comments
So Many Fun Things

The Old Alabama Town Revue announces its third show in this season. The performance starts at 7 p.m. in the church on Columbus Street in Old Alabama Town on February 2 — yep, Groundhog Day. To honor that momentous date the Old Alabama Revue Crue will sing a song about groundhogs. Of course the month […]

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The Street That Raised Me

By on 23 January, 2017 in Lynne Burford with 0 Comments
The Street That Raised Me

Two years ago, I moved three doors down from the Midtown Montgomery house I grew up in. My neighborhood was my world when I was young. Kids had the freedom of really knowing every neighbor, of building forts and clubhouses and knowing which trees were the best for climbing. We played outside until the street […]

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Montgomery’s History is America’s History

By on 18 January, 2017 in Carole King with 1 Comment
Montgomery’s History is America’s History

Montgomery’s cultural heritage reflects two of America’s most transformative struggles — the Civil War and the civil rights movement. On February 18, 1861, Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as president of the Confederate State of America on the Alabama Capitol steps. Those same steps marked the final destination of the Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march on March […]

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Day trip: Wilderness Park, Prattville

By on 17 January, 2017 in Fun, Kate and Stephen, Parks with 0 Comments
Day trip: Wilderness Park, Prattville

You’ve got a few spare hours on an unusually under-committed Saturday. It has been nearly a decade since you last went to Pratville’s bamboo “forest,” otherwise formally known as Wilderness Park. You decide to return. The dog from 2008 is now deceased. The new dog stays on the leash, due to her excitability and newly-discovered […]

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Christmas is Upon Us

By on 21 December, 2016 in Holidays, Lynne Burford, Pets with 1 Comment
Christmas is Upon Us

Christmas is upon us, with all its warm fuzzies. We have had our first freeze, first fires in the fireplace, and the baking has started. Tis the season of giving, of making happiness, of being grateful. Of using your heart. Since I write about pets, it is only fitting that my eyes are always open […]

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Monster Jam at Garrett Coliseum

By on 19 December, 2016 in Fun, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Monster Jam at Garrett Coliseum

Friday night we went to see monster trucks at historic Garrett Coliseum. Neither of us had ever seen a live show of this particular kind before, so we weren’t sure quite what to expect — except that maybe it might be loud, gratuitous and spectacular. The hordes of children racing in with us from the […]

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Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

By on 16 December, 2016 in Art, Fun, Sarah Thornton with 1 Comment
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” -Helen Keller You decide to spend an evening at the theater. You buy your ticket, sit in your seat, and prepare to be entertained. You laugh, you cry, you compare the experience to Cats. Hopefully, you think a bit about what you saw. […]

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Did You Notice…?

By on 14 December, 2016 in Carole King, Holidays with 1 Comment
Did You Notice…?

This is that time of year for review and reflection! I just wanted to acknowledge some of small things that make such a large impact on my/our quality of life. Sometimes we just don’t recognize them until we slow down or someone else points them out to us. I received this note recently from a […]

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Sing Along For a Good Cause!

By on 6 December, 2016 in Fun with 0 Comments
Sing Along For a Good Cause!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock somewhere, you probably know about the pop culture sensation that is Hamilton. Thanks to its catchy soundtrack, the Tony award-winning musical is everywhere. It’s the hardest ticket to get for any kind of recurring show, and the history-drenched civics lesson was even in the news recently for offering […]

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