Around Midtown

On Physical Retail

On Physical Retail

By on 5 February, 2018 in Kate and Stephen, Municipal business, Shopping with 1 Comment

We needed to go to the mall. There are some things you can shop online for, and we do more than our share. In an era where you can get everything from Star Wars-branded Cheezits to a crowbar online, why even leave your house? Turns out, even if you are profoundly lazy, there’s some stuff […]

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Playing Ping Pong and Helping Others

Playing Ping Pong and Helping Others

By on 31 January, 2018 in Fun, Karren Pell with 0 Comments

A Ping Pong Tournament: Doesn’t that sound like fun? And to make it better, the event is a benefit for a fabulous program — Renascence. The tournament and the fun start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 3, at the Alcazar Center at 555 Eastern Boulevard. Ping Pong (or table tennis, as some call it) is […]

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A Thousand Words or One Act

A Thousand Words or One Act

By on 29 January, 2018 in Art, Fun, Sarah Thornton with 1 Comment

“Cages or wings? Which do you prefer? Ask the birds.” -Jonathan Larson, Tick, Tick… Boom! When I was a little girl, I truly believed that a viable career option was to become an elf in Santa’s North Pole Workshop. Whenever I was asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” that was […]

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48 Hours in Memphis

48 Hours in Memphis

By on 22 January, 2018 in Fun, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

Two weeks ago we had the opportunity to visit Memphis. Though it’s just a few hours away by car, we flew. Next time we’ll drive – it’s even closer than New Orleans, which is nice. The city is very fun, extremely underrated actually, with lots to offer the casual visitor. Here’s what we did during […]

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Historic Midtown

Rescued Relics

Rescued Relics

In what will surely be a series of upcoming posts on Midtown Montgomery, we’ve decided to renovate the shed that lives in the back yard of the Midtown house that we purchased about a decade ago. In the ten years that we’ve owned it, we’ve managed to store a few things in the shed, mostly […]

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Minnie, Katie, Hazel and Emily

Minnie, Katie, Hazel and Emily

By on 17 August, 2017 in Historic Midtown, Karren Pell with 0 Comments

School has started, and so I thought I would review some history on Capitol Heights Elementary School. Carole King and I did a presentation at Old Alabama Town in July on the school, and it seemed interest in school remains strong. My interest in solving my history mysteries about schools in Capitol Heights remains strong. […]

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Kress on Dexter—Dexter Avenue’s Newest Restoration

Kress on Dexter—Dexter Avenue’s Newest Restoration

By on 11 August, 2017 in Carole King, Historic Midtown with 4 Comments

If you’ve missed our first two Renovators’ Happy Hour, don’t despair! You’ll have another opportunity to see the newest, most innovative happening in Montgomery’s historic preservation movement hosted by Landmarks Foundation and the Historic Neighborhoods Coalition. Kress on Dexter will be open on Thursday, August 31, from 5:30 until 7:00 for our viewing and enjoyment […]

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A History Mystery

A History Mystery

By on 19 July, 2017 in Historic Midtown, Karren Pell with 3 Comments

On July 9, Carole King and I gave a presentation for the Landmark’s Foundation’s “Discovery Sundays” program at the Loeb Center in Old Alabama Town. Our subject that day was Capitol Heights and two fires that were defining moments for that community. These fun and informative talks are sponsored by Ross Clayton, Inc., and their […]

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Eating Midtown

Experience Underground Music at Barra Hookah

Experience Underground Music at Barra Hookah

By on 12 January, 2018 in Amanda Burbank, Bars, Fun with 0 Comments

Last Friday night we attended Gravity at Barra Hookah for the second time. The dance music party series is now to be a monthly feature at the hookah lounge. Three local DJs: Oz Entertainment, BG, and Chasing, started this event in November last year as a way to promote underground house and techno music, electronic […]

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First Watch

First Watch

By on 3 January, 2018 in Kate and Stephen, Restaurant Reviews with 0 Comments

It was cold outside, and we wanted brunch. We headed over to Zelda Road to go to First Watch, a place that’s quickly risen to the top of our local list. We’d been there for a “take Mom to lunch” type of thing, and also had an early morning coffee there. The place bills itself […]

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Decker’s Cafe

Decker’s Cafe

By on 21 November, 2017 in Food, Restaurant Reviews with 0 Comments

It’s strange. Decker’s Cafe has a sign, but almost no online presence. There are a handful of seemingly-defunct Facebook pages, but that’s about it. It’s located at 500 Monroe Street in the Lurleen B. Wallace office building. Lurleen Wallace, pictured below looking crisp in a white blazer, was Alabama’s first female governor, and much like […]

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Island Delight – Dexter Ave

Island Delight – Dexter Ave

By on 6 November, 2017 in Food, Kate and Stephen, Restaurant Reviews with 0 Comments

With a beloved relative in town, we were looking for a lunch place that would impress. But we also needed it to be pretty quick. So we went over to the new Island Delight location on Dexter last week, and we had a great experience. If you’ve only been to the location out by Maxwell, […]

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Real Estate

A Renter’s Hunt for Home

A Renter’s Hunt for Home

By on 30 August, 2017 in Lynne Schneider, Real Estate with 1 Comment

My house hunt began when I realized that my rental unit was actually a True Friendship Litmus Test. With its one-butt-kitchen and lone bathroom, houseguests waited in line for a snack and/or the loo. Even when no guests were there, I still had to handle the stress of murmuring “Excuse me,” hundreds or perhaps thousands […]

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Thinking About Waiting to Buy?  Might Want to Think Again!

Thinking About Waiting to Buy? Might Want to Think Again!

By on 12 July, 2017 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

Forgive me if this sounds a bit commercial. After all, I am real estate agent and my team and I make our living selling houses. So you may find me a bit suspect. What drives me to write this today is my many years in the business and memories of people who have told me, […]

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Three Issues to Consider When Shopping for a House

Three Issues to Consider When Shopping for a House

By on 23 June, 2017 in Lynne Schneider, Real Estate with 1 Comment

Three main issues inspired my house-gazing hobby to shift gears into actual house-shopping. So far, in my quest for a Home, I have learned some Profound Truths through frankly confronting three issues, which I will share with you. Profound Home Truth #1: The Bathroom Issue When I was not really on the hunt for a […]

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Columns and Arches and Moldings … Oh, My!

Columns and Arches and Moldings … Oh, My!

On Sunday — the annual Old House Expo Day in Midtown Montgomery — I spent four hours in the home at 728 Felder Ave. During the course of the afternoon, 147 people visited the property and the choruses of “Oooh and aaah” were loud and many! We Southerners (whether by birth or “By the grace […]

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Other Recent Posts

Airport Changes

By on 3 February, 2018 in City services, Kate and Stephen with 1 Comment
Airport Changes

One of the benefits of living in Montgomery is our adorable little airport. It’s just a few gates, and nobody would accuse it of being bustling, but it’s ours and it’s surprisingly efficient. We wrote about it somewhat cheekily when we were new to Montgomery, almost a decade ago. We’ve learned to love it in […]

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Light and Love

By on 17 January, 2018 in Fun, Karren Pell with 0 Comments
Light and Love

The Old Alabama Town Revue’s first show in 2018 is on February 1 – the day before Groundhog Day. However, we are songwriters and thus romantics, so in February we are bound to think of Valentine Day. Therefore the Old Alabama Town Revue Crue will celebrate both Groundhog Day and Valentine Day with the theme, […]

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For the Betterment of the Community

By on 10 January, 2018 in Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments
For the Betterment of the Community

Christine (Saoirse Ronan) wants badly to put Sacramento and her teen-aged years behind her.  Like many teen girls, she feels misunderstood and has a stormy relationship with her mother.  So begins Lady Bird , now playing both on the east side and at Montgomery’s historic Capri Theatre in Cloverdale. If you were ever a teen […]

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The Journey Goes On

By on 2 January, 2018 in Art, Sarah Thornton with 0 Comments
The Journey Goes On

“We do on stage things that are supposed to happen off; which is a kind of integrity, if you look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else.” – Tom Stoppard There are so many wonderful plays in the landscape of theater, so many important stories and voices to be heard. Part of the […]

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Happy, Jolly Time of Lights in Capitol Heights

By on 15 December, 2017 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Happy, Jolly Time of Lights in Capitol Heights

It’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas, at least in Capitol Heights! For decades the folks of Capitol Heights have chosen to celebrate this joyous season of the year as a community. When I first moved there in 1983, we decided to implement the Yuletide Decorating Contest. The entry rules were simple: just have […]

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The Perfect Gift

By on 13 December, 2017 in Holidays, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments
The Perfect Gift

As I was reviewing my emails today, I ran across this quote by Henry David Thoreau: “That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest.” And it struck me how very true that is, particularly at this time of the year when we are all tempted (and, everywhere we turn, encouraged) to spend, spend, spend. Frankly, […]

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The Holiday Shop – A Photo Album

By on 11 December, 2017 in Holidays, Shopping with 0 Comments
The Holiday Shop – A Photo Album

This past weekend we braved the snow to check out both the holiday pop-up at Kress and the Product of Montgomery store at 1228 Madison. If you’re still looking for interesting gifts for the folks on your list, we can’t recommend the Madison store highly enough (and Kress, though it was amazing, is now closed). […]

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Cottage Hill By Candlelight

By on 8 December, 2017 in Holidays with 0 Comments
Cottage Hill By Candlelight

While Montgomery braces for a rare Christmas treat of snow, the residents of Cottage Hill are getting ready for their own celebration of the holidays – their annual tour of homes. The Cottage Hill Candlelight Tour will be this Sunday, from 2-6. Every year, the event draws hundreds of people to the historic neighborhood, and […]

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A Trip About a Dog

By on 7 December, 2017 in Brandie Johnson, Pets with 1 Comment
A Trip About a Dog

Typically, I blog about quaint small towns with delicious pizza or my first trip to a classic tourist destination. But today’s post is a little different. Don’t worry though, there’s still food involved. My husband, David, and I don’t travel much during the holidays, most of our family members live within a half-hour drive. Our […]

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Pop-Up Piano Bar

By on 4 December, 2017 in Fun, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Pop-Up Piano Bar

Montgomery’s got a lot of wonderful amenities, but one thing it doesn’t have that you find in many big cities is a piano bar. You know, where you can listen to accomplished pianists play live music and maybe even sing along if the spirit moves you? Local resident Christopher Raborn is on a one-man crusade […]

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Little Women at the Cloverdale Playhouse

By on 1 December, 2017 in Amanda Burbank, Art, Fun with 0 Comments
Little Women at the Cloverdale Playhouse

The Cloverdale Playhouse’s production of Little Women is sweetly nostalgic. Its minimalist stage design is like a line drawing; it is like the edges of memories, giving bits of form to contrast the blank spaces which are just as rich. In the absence of specific details in the set, which consist simply of a trunk, […]

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Holiday Decoration

By on 1 December, 2017 in Holidays, Lynne Schneider with 0 Comments
Holiday Decoration

Thanksgiving kicks off an annual mad riot of festivities. Folks deck the halls for weeks. They plan and prep and freeze-for-later. They festoon with seasonal lights and inflate balloon critters in the yard. They welcome the holidays and gladden hearts. But Grinch that I am, I refuse to compete in the Holiday Olympics. And (of […]

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