Municipal business

The Killing of Bernard Whitehurst

The Killing of Bernard Whitehurst

By on 25 October, 2018 in Book reviews, Fun, Karren Pell, Municipal business with 0 Comments

One of my favorite people has a new book, and therefore a signing, at one of my favorite places. On November 1, at 5:30 p.m., Foster Dickson will sign and talk about his new book, Closed Ranks: The Whitehurst Case in Post-Civil Rights Montgomery, at the Read Herring Bookstore on 105 South Court Street. If […]

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Bell Building Rebirth

Bell Building Rebirth

You know the Bell Building, even if you’ve never been inside. It’s one of the key features of Montgomery’s downtown skyline. It’s our city’s first skyscraper, and we know it a bit better than most because we went into and out of it for about seven or so years at the end of its first […]

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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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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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A Jewel on Mt. Meigs: Kru

A Jewel on Mt. Meigs: Kru

A good bar doesn’t have to do a lot of things, but to qualify as a “good bar,” it should perform well in a couple of basic categories. Kru (2118 Mt. Meigs Rd.) is a great bar, and even though it has only been open since 2014, it is already a cherished local institution. The […]

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Pure Barre

Pure Barre

By on 26 September, 2016 in Fun, Kate and Stephen, Municipal business with 0 Comments

Plenty of things go out of fashion for perfectly good reasons: congealed salads, legwarmers, Foreigner. But there are other customs that genuinely deserve reaffirmation and renewal. Chief among these, for my money, is the hand-written thank you note. A few weeks ago I found one in my mailbox. It wasn’t for receipt of a gift […]

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Papa Roc’s Italian Restaurant

Papa Roc’s Italian Restaurant

It’s easy to roll your eyes when someone talks about “branding” their small business, but our initial reaction to Papa Roc’s can offer a valuable lesson to anyone with some basic training in public relations and design — and can offer a different lesson to folks who might make the mistake of judging a book by […]

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Savanna Tropical Cafe

Savanna Tropical Cafe

It seems like we’re in the middle of a renaissance for downtown lunch options. On A Roll continues to kill it Tues-Fri with fresh, delicious meals and a rotating menu in their silver trailer; NYC Gyro has substantially stepped up their falafel game (try the baba ghanoush); and SaZa will serve you a great slice […]

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The Kids Have Got Gumption

The Kids Have Got Gumption

By on 8 June, 2016 in Meg Lewis, Municipal business with 0 Comments

For college students, summer used to be a few months of freedom – days of endless naps, camping trips, and dreaming about the future. Times have changed, though. These days, no college student worth their university branded apparel would be caught dead lazing away these precious summer hours that would be better spent gaining valuable […]

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Amplify Salon & Spa

Amplify Salon & Spa

By on 21 March, 2016 in Kate and Stephen, Municipal business with 0 Comments

Moving from Los Angeles to Alabama meant breaking off one of my most important long-term relationships: the one with my hairdresser. Although we could still be friends, I’d have to find someone else to cut my hair. I asked her advice about how to find a new person in my new home. “Find someone with […]

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