Around Midtown

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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The Hobbit

The Hobbit

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

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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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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There’s Summer Yet for Art Camps

There’s Summer Yet for Art Camps

By on 10 July, 2018 in Art, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

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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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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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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A “Four Sisters’ House” on Renovators’ Tour

A “Four Sisters’ House” on Renovators’ Tour

If you work downtown and travel Perry Street on a daily basis, you probably have never even noticed the neat pieces of Montgomery’s rich architectural history located on the west side of that street. Four two story Victorian style houses stand together facing busy one way South Perry Street. These four houses, known as the […]

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Eating Midtown

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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Hank and Whiskey

Hank and Whiskey

By on 16 May, 2018 in Bars, Karren Pell with 0 Comments

Carole King and I were giving a PowerPoint presentation to a group of international students the other day on historical sites in downtown Montgomery. We had, of course, included the statue of Hank Williams which now stands at the front of the tunnel entrance. We used the photo in our latest book, Images of Modern […]

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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

“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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Studio Ghibli Comes to Montgomery

By on 21 May, 2018 in Amanda Burbank, Art, Fun with 0 Comments
Studio Ghibli Comes to Montgomery

The first Studio Ghibli film I experienced was Spirited Away after it won Best Animated Feature at the 75th Academy Awards in 2003. I was instantly enchanted by the multiple worlds created by filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki filled with lush visuals and complex characters. This was a different kind of animated movie; it was profound and […]

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Fences At the Cloverdale Playhouse

By on 30 April, 2018 in Amanda Burbank, Art, Fun with 0 Comments
Fences At the Cloverdale Playhouse

The Cloverdale Playhouse’s production of August Wilson’s play Fences opened in Montgomery the same weekend as the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. This is a momentous moment for our city, a call to confront the horrors of the past and to push forward towards change. Wilson’s plays have been awarded multiple Pulitzer Prizes for […]

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“Little by Little, One Travels Far”

By on 27 April, 2018 in Art, Fun, Sarah Thornton with 0 Comments
“Little by Little, One Travels Far”

“The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot ever fence it out.” -J.R.R. Tolkien Our current production at the Playhouse, August Wilson’s Fences, is one of our biggest undertakings yet. It is not our largest cast, nor is it our most intricate set (though the set is quite […]

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Vintage Cafe

By on 23 April, 2018 in Food, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Vintage Cafe

“Let’s get a cup of coffee,” is a phrase that carries several meanings: “I’d like to spend anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour with you,” “I’d like to hang, but don’t want to commit to a meal,” or maybe, “I’m leaving open the possibility that you don’t drink alcohol.” Problem is, since Cafe Louisa […]

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Looking Forward to a Big Saturday

By on 18 April, 2018 in Fun, Karren Pell with 0 Comments
Looking Forward to a Big Saturday

One of my most favorite events of the whole year, The Alabama Book Festival, is this Saturday, April 21, from 9:00-4:00 at Old Alabama Town on 301 Columbus Street. It is open to the public, is so much fun, and this year has fabulous authors. The fun starts before Saturday! Thursday night the Capri Theatre […]

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Rock and Roll Sushi

By on 16 April, 2018 in Food, Kate and Stephen, Restaurant Reviews with 0 Comments
Rock and Roll Sushi

For a town with so much fresh seafood, good sushi is surprisingly hard to find. So when we heard that a new franchise sushi place was opening out by Whole Foods, we made the long trek East to see what it was all about. Both times we went, the place was pretty packed, with servers […]

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Walk A Mile In My Shoes: Foster Care Awareness

By on 13 April, 2018 in Amanda Burbank with 0 Comments
Walk A Mile In My Shoes: Foster Care Awareness

I was babysitting six kids, busy helping with homework, when the phone rang. The mom, Jessica Bedient, was calling from court where three babies had officially been put into custody of Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR) and assigned to their home for foster care. This was the second week in a row that she […]

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