Around Midtown

Failed at Swimmin’

Failed at Swimmin’

By on 1 October, 2018 in Fun, Kate and Stephen, Outdoors with 0 Comments

We may be well enough into the football season to have a sense of who’s going to be grumbling in December, but it’s still hot in Alabama in September. That seems to be the general trend of things, so information about where to go to cool off while getting exercise is pretty handy stuff. Alabama […]

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“We Could Play at Questions!”

“We Could Play at Questions!”

By on 28 September, 2018 in Art, Fun, Sarah Thornton with 0 Comments

“It is not hard to understand modern art. If it hangs on a wall, it’s a painting, and if you can walk around it, it’s a sculpture.” -Tom Stoppard Heads or tails? Left or right? Yes or no? “To be or not to be?” In life we are faced with endless questions, choices we must […]

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“Decide Not to Surrender. That is Strength.”

“Decide Not to Surrender. That is Strength.”

By on 4 September, 2018 in Art, Sarah Thornton with 1 Comment

“There are four things in life that will change you: love, music, art, and loss. The first three will keep you wild and full of passion. May you allow the last to make you brave.” -Erin Van Vuren Friends, this has been a rough month. Sure, it has been a bit more humid and hot […]

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Go Beyond Your Form

Go Beyond Your Form

By on 2 August, 2018 in Art, Sarah Thornton with 0 Comments

“Decisions are made by those who show up. Don’t ever forget that you’re a citizen of this world.” -from “The West Wing” by Aaron Sorkin As I have said time and time again, theater is a team sport, and especially community theater. Every part of the machine has to work together to bring a play […]

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Historic Midtown

A Good Thing Lasts a Long Time

A Good Thing Lasts a Long Time

Why pay rent when a beautiful home is within your reach? Is your object to enrich your landlord or to provide a cosy corner for yourself and family? Please remember that we are offering lots for almost nothing as compared to City lots, and on terms which will enable you to pay for them with […]

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A Cinderella Story?

A Cinderella Story?

By on 12 July, 2018 in Fun, Historic Midtown, Karren Pell with 0 Comments

Renovator’s Happy Hour is coming right up on Thursday, July 26 from 5:30-7:00 at 2531 Brewton Street. The hosts are Sarah and Windham Graves. Guests are invited to tour both projects: a bungalow and a cottage built circa 1940s. However, the star of the evening will be their Great Dane, Cinderella. She’s big, she’s brindle, […]

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Discover the Magic

Discover the Magic

By on 19 June, 2018 in Historic Midtown, Karren Pell with 0 Comments

I am a fan of Montgomery history. One of things I especially appreciate is knowing when pieces of the past remain a part of the present. One example of such a situation is the old bell from Freeny’s Tavern. Clemet Freeny, a Georgia native, first visited the area that would become Montgomery in 1809. Documentation […]

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Historic Preservation – Economic Developer’s Friend

Historic Preservation – Economic Developer’s Friend

WACV, a local FM talk radio station, has periodically on its morning show a segment called “Did You Know…” Today on Midtown Montgomery Living we’re going to play that game. What do the (soon-to-be a boutique hotel) Murphy House, the train shed on the Montgomery riverfront, and the warehouses-now-office-buildings along Commerce Street have in common? (Cue […]

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Eating Midtown

Pies and Pints

Pies and Pints

By on 25 August, 2018 in Food, Kate and Stephen, Restaurant Reviews with 0 Comments

We sure have written about a lot of pizza places for Midtown Montgomery Living over the years. Just last week, our review found the atmosphere at Bibb Street Pizza to be pretty fun, even though the food was kind of uninspiring. And our first ever post here, a long eight years ago, was about our […]

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Yokohama and DoReMi Karaoke

Yokohama and DoReMi Karaoke

By on 26 June, 2018 in Amanda Burbank, Bars, City Living, Food, Fun, Music with 0 Comments

This month I helped plan a surprise party. We had a dozen guests and wondered what restaurant would best accommodate that many on a Saturday night. Someone suggested Yokohama which they said had private rooms you could reserve. This seemed like a good idea; we love Japanese and most of us had never been there. […]

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Stovetop Smoking

Stovetop Smoking

By on 29 May, 2018 in Cooking, Food, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

I’m not much for kitchen gadgets. We don’t have a ton of storage in our old Cloverdale-Idlewild home, so there’s not a lot of places to put things. And although I love to cook, I find that most gadgets just end up getting in the way and taking up space. But I recently got something […]

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Craft Beer at Common Bond

Craft Beer at Common Bond

Let’s just start with the basics up front: We are not beer snobs. It’s not that we don’t have preferences. We absolutely do. But we’re not immersed in the culture, and we pretty much value the opportunity to relax with a cold beer almost as much as the content of whatever is in the glass. […]

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Real Estate

Getting on the Ladder to Homeownership

Getting on the Ladder to Homeownership

By on 6 August, 2018 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

Recently I read a blog post about Millenials and their being largely absent from the ranks of homeownership. It delved pretty deeply into the factors that might contribute to that situation. “Settling down is being pushed further out,” the article observed. And that made me think of my two youngest nieces, Emily and Lilly, the […]

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Fixer-Upper TV Shows and the Unrealistic Expectations They’ve Created

Fixer-Upper TV Shows and the Unrealistic Expectations They’ve Created

By on 3 July, 2018 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

Chances are you’ve seen, and may be a fan of, Property Brothers, Fixer Upper, Flip or Flop and a host of other fix-up shows classified as “reality TV.” And like the Bachelor, Pawn Stars, Hell’s Kitchen and so many other iterations of reality television, very little “reality” is included in these highly scripted and edited […]

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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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Other Recent Posts

People from Mississippi are Weird

By on 28 September, 2018 in DIY, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
People from Mississippi are Weird

I was a conference recently in Mississippi, and was the recipient of the standard-issue bag of Professional Conference Swag™. You know the stuff: tote bag, various pens and notepads, perhaps a keychain or water bottle if they’re really spending big (shout-outs to all of the generous donors who make conferences happen). Frequently (we tend to […]

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Vote!

By on 23 September, 2018 in Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Vote!

On Wednesday night we went to the campaign office of Tabitha Isner in an unassuming building over on Ann Street. But we weren’t there to campaign for her. Instead, we were there for nonpartisan civic engagement. We were going to volunteer our time and our cellphone minutes to the Alabama Voting Rights Project, a group […]

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Calling all Boomers

By on 6 September, 2018 in Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Calling all Boomers

There’s something special about living in the same city as the State Archives. People come from all over the state, sometimes all over the country, to visit the Archives (and its top-notch museum) and here it is in our town. That might cause us to take it for granted, so if you haven’t been lately, […]

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My Home Sweet Home: Capitol Heights

By on 15 August, 2018 in Karren Pell with 0 Comments
My Home Sweet Home: Capitol Heights

Tuesday evening, August 7, 2018, was National Night Out. National Night Out is a designated event to meet and greet the members of the police and fire fighting force who work hard to keep our neighborhoods safe, and are there to help when that safety is breached. Tim & I almost did not go because […]

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Bibb Street Pizza Company

By on 10 August, 2018 in Kate and Stephen, Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Bibb Street Pizza Company

Effective parenting can be enhanced by a certain kind of alchemy. On some nights, you want a very particular combination of things: beer, food, perhaps some dining al fresco with a place for children to run around. Despite our occasionally temperate climate, Montgomery doesn’t have that many of these places. However, Bibb Street Pizza is […]

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The Hobbit

By on 23 July, 2018 in Art, Fun, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
The Hobbit

The stories we hear or read in childhood tend to stay with us for the rest of our lives. They infect our dreams while coloring our expectations for all future narratives. Some of this is because we are so impressionable at a young age. Some of it is because childrens’ stories tend to boil ideas […]

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There’s Summer Yet for Art Camps

By on 10 July, 2018 in Art, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
There’s Summer Yet for Art Camps

We don’t have children, so sometimes we forget to write about the many activities that Montgomery has available for young ones, particularly in the summer. (Note: If you are interested in covering the array of child-friendly events around Midtown, check out last week’s post about how to write for our site). That’s why we wanted […]

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“You Are Not the Hobbit that You Were”

By on 6 July, 2018 in Art, Fun, Sarah Thornton with 0 Comments
“You Are Not the Hobbit that You Were”

   “The realm of fairy-story is wide and deep and high and filled with many things: all manner of beasts and birds are found there; shoreless seas and stars uncounted; beauty that is an enchantment, and an ever-present peril; both joy and sorrow as sharp as swords.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien I have long been a lover […]

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Writing for MML

By on 5 July, 2018 in Fun, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Writing for MML

More than eight years! Crazy! We started at the end of April 2010 with a post about Tomatino’s. That restaurant is now in a new location, but makes delicious pizza! And you can get coffee there at Cafe Louisa too! Some of the original writers from eight years ago are still with us and going […]

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Jeff McLeod

By on 19 June, 2018 in Art, Kate and Stephen, Music with 0 Comments
Jeff McLeod

It has been a few years since we wrote about our favorite local “weird noise maker,” Jeff McLeod. Back in 2015, we talked about the diverse set of musical projects from McLeod that drove us to go see a performance at The Sanctuary (432 S. Goldthwaite). Before that, we were writing up his confrontational and […]

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Home Improvements: Know When to Stop

By on 6 June, 2018 in Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments
Home Improvements: Know When to Stop

If you’re like a lot of folks in Midtown Montgomery, you spent last weekend—or plan to spend this weekend—visiting all the lovely properties open during the Greater Montgomery Homebuilders 2018 Showcase of Homes. And to do so may see you looking at your current home through slightly different eyes, eyes that focus on improvements you […]

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“Do You Have a Plan?” “I Don’t Even Have a ‘Pla’…”

By on 4 June, 2018 in Sarah Thornton with 0 Comments
“Do You Have a Plan?” “I Don’t Even Have a ‘Pla’…”

“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” -Pablo Picasso For many people, summer is the time of relaxation and vacation. The hard work and grueling schedule of the school year […]

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