Around Midtown

Rescued Relics Begins Fifth Year of Success

Rescued Relics Begins Fifth Year of Success

By on 15 December, 2014 in Carole King, Historic preservation, Shopping with 0 Comments

One of my first posts for MML was about Rescued Relics, our salvage warehouse at Old Alabama Town. So I thought it was time for an update on what has been a huge success! We initiated this innovative way to produce income when the city budget cuts took their toll on our operations here at Old […]

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Pop-up shop updates

Pop-up shop updates

By on 11 December, 2014 in Fun, Holidays, Shopping with 0 Comments

Last week Carole King alerted us to the New South Maker’s Emporium, a pop-up shop full of goods by local artists. The folks at Helicity were kind enough to share some pictures from the store as well as a partial list of vendors here. If you haven’t stopped by, there’s still plenty of shopping time […]

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It’s all About Gingerbread

It’s all About Gingerbread

By on 3 December, 2014 in Fun, Holidays, Karren Pell with 1 Comment

The Capitol Heights by Candlelight Christmas Tour has been a Montgomery tradition for 27 years. It’s a living tradition, often sporting a new element or two. This year as you tour the historic homes, look for the gingerbread houses. Gingerbread also has a long tradition and I am getting ready to tell you some tales! […]

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New Holiday Shopping Adventures at the Pop Up

New Holiday Shopping Adventures at the Pop Up

By on 1 December, 2014 in Art, Carole King, Fun, Shopping with 0 Comments

If you enjoyed Montgomery’s first attempt at new innovative retail—the Pop Up Shop, Tallapoosa Street Goods—you’re gonna love this year’s holiday Pop Up! The 2013 Tallapoosa Street location was in business for less than three weeks and sales totaled $11,000, with 33 artists selling goods from a week before Christmas to a little after New […]

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Historic Midtown

Springtime Will Eventually Arrive, But in the Meantime…

Springtime Will Eventually Arrive, But in the Meantime…

As we settle in for some chilly temperatures and dream of spring and daffodils, now is the time to plan for those annual projects. You’ll be ready to start those projects as soon as the groundhog misses seeing his shadow! Mailboxes are beginning to fill up with seed catalogs, and we long to get dirt […]

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The Many Travels of the Monument

The Many Travels of the Monument

By on 17 November, 2014 in Carole King, Historic Midtown with 1 Comment

We’ve all heard about the “infamous” Robert E. Lee. But who was he? And how did a statue of him end up in the front of his namesake high school? For those readers not from the South (or those just in need of some historical brushing up), a little background: Robert E. Lee was the […]

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Walking Downtown: Montgomery Ghost Tour

Walking Downtown: Montgomery Ghost Tour

Regular readers of MML know that we’re interested in all things Halloween. So we were immediately interested to learn about Haunted Montgomery Tours, a relatively new entry to the city’s growing set of Halloween offerings. Although they normally offer tours on Fridays and Saturdays starting at 8:30, the staff were nice enough to set up […]

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What’s a Lockwood?

What’s a Lockwood?

By on 25 September, 2014 in Architecture, Carole King, Historic Midtown with 1 Comment

With the recent news that the Standard Club located on Narrow Lane Road will have a new life as a hospice facility, local preservationists are breathing a collective sigh of relief. The Standard Club was designed by noted Montgomery architect Frank Lockwood and built in 1929. You may have heard that name batted around in […]

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Eating Midtown

Shopping and Dining at Mr. Chen’s

Shopping and Dining at Mr. Chen’s

It seems like ever since it broke onto a dramatically-improving local Chinese food scene, Montgomery residents have fiercely treasured Mr. Chen’s. If you’ve never been, it’s out on the Atlanta Highway in the same shopping center as the Burlington Coat Factory. Mr. Chen’s makes a unique contribution to the local food scene because it’s both […]

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Downtown and Doughnuts

Downtown and Doughnuts

There’s a strange little building downtown, sitting on the corner of Commerce and Tallapoosa, across from the Renaissance Hotel and kitty-corner from Sous La Terre. This building is fairly new, and the landscape around it seems even newer, as if someone had laid sod in a hotel parking lot. Even more unusual, this building has […]

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The Layover Gets a New Door

The Layover Gets a New Door

By on 17 September, 2014 in Bars, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

We’ve long been vocal boosters of the Montgomery airport. Our local airport is close to our house and offers cheap parking, an easy check-in process, small-to-nonexistent security lines, free wireless access, plenty of plugs and comfy chairs (some of which are of the rocking variety). Sure, there are only a few airlines to choose from […]

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Green Chile Alert

Green Chile Alert

By on 25 August, 2014 in Food, Kate and Stephen with 5 Comments

What does home smell like for you? I’m from New Mexico, and for me home has two very distinct smells. First among these is pinon, usually burned as wood or incense. It’s a very unique smoky and ancient odor which you really should experience if you haven’t already. After all, you’ve only got five senses. […]

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Real Estate

Shattering Some Misconceptions about Homebuying

Shattering Some Misconceptions about Homebuying

By on 27 October, 2014 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

It’s fascinating to me how stuff gets passed off from person to person “as the Gospel truth.” And fictions about the homebuying process are among the most widely spread mis-truths going around today. So if you — or someone you care about — is thinking about buying a home this fall, listen up! Misconception: If […]

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Don’t Just Sit There … Do Something!

Don’t Just Sit There … Do Something!

By on 11 September, 2014 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 2 Comments

Rarely a day goes by that I don’t receive a call from one or more Midtown resident who is angry and/or distressed by the condition of a nearby property. Generally I suggest that the caller contact Montgomery’s great 311 service to file a complaint. Sometimes that actually gets done, and often it does not. It […]

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Downtown Redevelopment and Dexter

Downtown Redevelopment and Dexter

April 16 will mark the one decade anniversary of the first-ever pitch at Riverwalk Stadium. The baseball field is more than the home to the Montgomery Biscuits. It’s also a symbol of downtown Montgomery’s rebirth. Many Montgomery residents don’t even remember a time before the stadium was completed in 2004. They can’t imagine the downtown […]

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Location, Location, Location!

Location, Location, Location!

By on 15 November, 2013 in Real Estate with 1 Comment

Never has this expression been truer than when buying property with resale in mind! Many buyers I work with, usually local and familiar with the area, are extremely location sensitive. This can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Some people want to be in a certain school district, some […]

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Other Recent Posts

Spring Civil Rights Anniversaries Will Be Epic

By on 12 January, 2015 in Lynne Schneider with 0 Comments
Spring Civil Rights Anniversaries Will Be Epic

This year, Montgomery’s past becomes a present-day chance for enrichment, culturally and economically. The city celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Selma marches that led to passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. This spring, Montgomery is the place to be. In March, tourists will revisit all three of the 1965 marches from Bloody Sunday […]

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Digital Neighbors: Nextdoor Dot Com

By on 8 January, 2015 in City Living, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments
Digital Neighbors: Nextdoor Dot Com

Perhaps you, like I, have heard and read a lot of complaints about how social media is going to be “the ruination” of us all. And pictures abound of folks walking side by side—or sitting across the table from one another—with their attention seemingly focused on their handheld devices and not their relationship with the […]

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Picture of the Week: January 6, 2015

By on 6 January, 2015 in Brian Holt, Picture of the Week with 1 Comment
Picture of the Week: January 6, 2015

Brian’s Thoughts: “After weeks of rain and gloom I wanted to start the new year off with some color, so here is the first shot of true color in the city. Over the next four weeks I hope to find other vibrant illustrations of color to show that even in the dark days of winter […]

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Montgomery in 2015

By on 5 January, 2015 in Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Montgomery in 2015

We don’t make New Years resolutions, we make wishes. Resolutions require planning, vision and, worst of all, determined persistence. Wishes, on the other hand, convey all of the aspiration without any of the work. So here, for your reading pleasure, are several Montgomery things that we’re wishing for (or even more passively, watching) in 2015. […]

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Charitable Giving 2014

By on 19 December, 2014 in Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Charitable Giving 2014

Good news! In a recent nationwide study, our state of Alabama ranks Number 3 in the nation in highest percentage of donated income and number 5 in median donation size. Despite our state’s overall low levels of wealth, we give away a lot of what we have. That’s a powerful thing. It’s an especially timely […]

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Picture of the Week: December 9, 2014

By on 9 December, 2014 in Brian Holt, Picture of the Week with 0 Comments
Picture of the Week: December 9, 2014

Brian’s Thoughts: “There was something about these trees, the light, and the feel of winter in the air today that made this scene capture my attention.”  Photographer Brian Holt (www.holtconnections.com) has recently moved to town and will be sharing a photo with us every Tuesday.  

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All I Want for Christmas

By on 8 December, 2014 in City Living, Sandra Nickel with 2 Comments
All I Want for Christmas

In the December 1989 issue of Garden District News (my neighborhood’s association newsletter), I wrote the following: All I want for Christmas… …is for all residents of the Garden District to be as proud of and dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the neighborhood as are those who have worked so hard to make […]

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Picture of the Week: November 25, 2014

By on 25 November, 2014 in Brian Holt, Picture of the Week with 0 Comments
Picture of the Week: November 25, 2014

Brian’s Thoughts: “I love finding a new spot full of light. I found this gem of a spot, right before sunset. The colors keep getting more and more vibrant. Can any guess where this is? ” Photographer Brian Holt (www.holtconnections.com) has recently moved to town and will be sharing a photo with us every Tuesday.

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Al’s Antique Mall

By on 24 November, 2014 in Kate and Stephen, Shopping with 0 Comments
Al’s Antique Mall

Back in September, Sandra Nickel reported here that local florist Al Cantrell was taking neighborhood development into his own hands by creating Al’s Antique Mall on Mulberry. The spot’s next to the closing Gun & Pawn shop and is destined to become a neighborhood fixture. We stopped by a few weeks ago to see what […]

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Artists’ Market Alert

By on 21 November, 2014 in Art, Fun, Shopping with 0 Comments
Artists’ Market Alert

Got holiday shopping to do? Want to support local artists? Tonight and tomorrow, there’s an artists’ market at the Museum of Fine Arts. Tonight you can get an early start, from 5:30 to 8:00, or shop tomorrow during the day from 10-4. Bonus: Tonight there is a cash bar & snacks.

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Libations and Other Holiday Joys

By on 20 November, 2014 in Fun, Holidays, Karren Pell with 0 Comments
Libations and Other Holiday Joys

Look at your calendar–the holidays are shining on the horizon. Two of my favorite events are at the top of the season: Old Alabama Town Open House and Old Alabama Town Revue on December 4. If you haven’t figured it out, both events happen at Old Alabama Town! The Old Alabama Town Open House starts […]

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The Playhouse Heads Fo(u)rth

By on 13 November, 2014 in Fun, Greg Thornton with 0 Comments
The Playhouse Heads Fo(u)rth

“I know, but what is it all about? People loose and at the same time caught. Caught and loose. All these people and you don’t know what joins them up. There’s bound to be some sort of reason and connection. Yet somehow I can’t seem to name it. I don’t know.” “If you did you […]

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