Around Midtown

The Perfect Gift

The Perfect Gift

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

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

The Holiday Shop – A Photo Album

By on 11 December, 2017 in Holidays, Shopping with 0 Comments

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

Cottage Hill By Candlelight

By on 8 December, 2017 in Holidays with 0 Comments

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

A Trip About a Dog

By on 7 December, 2017 in Brandie Johnson, Pets with 1 Comment

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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Historic Midtown

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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Fitzgerald Fun

Fitzgerald Fun

By on 14 June, 2017 in Art, Fun, Historic Midtown with 0 Comments

This weekend’s going to be hopping over at Montgomery’s own Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum. First, we’ve got Yoga With Zelda on Saturday – it’s a $10 donation to the museum to get your bliss on with the staff of Montgomery’s Yoga Wellness Center. That class is from 4:30-5:45, and you can expect to leave […]

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Eating Midtown

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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Eight Fair Mistakes

Eight Fair Mistakes

By on 2 November, 2017 in Food, Fun, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

You think you know what to expect from the Alabama National Fair – a lot of pretty unhealthy food items, some people harassing you to play games and win stuffed animals, a number of recently reassembled shiny rides designed to move quickly for several days at a time and then be transported cross-country. We went […]

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New Food Update

New Food Update

By on 29 September, 2017 in Food, Kate and Stephen, Restaurant Reviews with 0 Comments

Earlier this year, we thought for a little while that we might have to move to Atlanta for work. For a variety of reasons, we didn’t want to go, although we like Atlanta just fine. Spoiler alert: We stayed in Montgomery. But as we weighed the pros and cons, one thing stood out to us […]

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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

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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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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“A Little Kingdom I Possess”

By on 27 November, 2017 in Art, Fun, Sarah Thornton with 0 Comments
“A Little Kingdom I Possess”

“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.” ― Louisa May Alcott Did you know that Louisa May Alcott did not want to write Little Women? She had already created […]

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Kickstart Some Art

By on 20 November, 2017 in Art, Fun, Kate and Stephen with 2 Comments
Kickstart Some Art

For several years now, the local holiday pop-up shop has become a fixture of our gift-acquiring (and subsequent giving) efforts. The pop-up shop an amazing annual project that brings together the work of local artists using all kinds of media for a limited time only. We only regret that it’s just open over the holidays, […]

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Pet Problem-Solving

By on 17 November, 2017 in Lynne Burford, Pets with 0 Comments
Pet Problem-Solving

My rescue efforts have been busy lately with dogs coming in and dogs finding homes, and I have been thinking of all the different needs that the dogs have, and the ways I have learned to help them. I want to share with you some things that I have tried and some tips that I […]

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Christmas Classics

By on 16 November, 2017 in Karren Pell, Music with 0 Comments
Christmas Classics

When I started working on the 2017 Old Alabama Town Revue Holiday show, I had this idea of presenting a lot of new songs. But I hit some resistance. My friend, fellow band member, and all around co-conspirator Toni Wood counseled that people expect certain songs for certain holidays and are disappointed if they don’t […]

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Art Trail in Cloverdale-Idlewild

By on 13 November, 2017 in Art, Fun, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Art Trail in Cloverdale-Idlewild

Not a day goes by when we don’t give thanks for living in our wonderful neighborhood. The wide streets are safe for jogging and dog walking, there are beautiful mature trees to provide shade (and drop plenty of leaves this time of year), and our neighbors are interesting and creative people. This time of year, […]

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What Happened to Manners?

By on 10 November, 2017 in Carole King with 0 Comments
What Happened to Manners?

With the holiday season approaching I’m sure we’ll all be out and about rushing with things to get done — for work and home, for ourselves and for others. But I’ve been noticing more and more the lack of what I just call plain ‘ole manners in establishments where I’m spending my hard-earned money. So […]

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A Trip to Wonderland

By on 8 November, 2017 in Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments
A Trip to Wonderland

Before embarking on my 36-year real estate career, I spent some time in the field of marketing and advertising. And it was during this time that I was introduced to and fell in love with the architecture variously identified as International Style, Minimalist and Modernist. A failed architecture student turned graphic artist came to work […]

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Tandem Kayaking…Just Say No

By on 1 November, 2017 in Brandie Johnson, Fun with 0 Comments
Tandem Kayaking…Just Say No

Before my husband, David, and I moved back to Montgomery, I lived in Wetumpka for 12 years. Since migrating to Dalraida, I’ve made the short trip to Wetumpka many, many times; not only to visit family and friends that live there, but also for a little weekend fun. I know it may seem like a […]

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