May 28th, 2021 | Written by Kingsli Kraft Memorial Day has always felt like the gateway to summer, or at the very least, it’s the metaphorical sign on the side of the road that tells you just how many miles … Continue reading What does Summer 2021 look like in Downtown Alpena?
On Friday, the Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library officially launched a new historic walking tour that highlights the places of worship throughout the City of Alpena. The self-guided walking tour highlights fifteen of Alpena’s historic churches and places of worship, including the historic churches that are located in downtown. Continue reading Learn more about downtown’s historic churches with Library’s new self-guided tour
Do you own a business and have interest in joining the growing downtown community? The Alpena Downtown Development Authority (DDA) recently launched a new Recruitment Grant Program to encourage existing businesses to relocate or expand into Downtown Alpena. The program … Continue reading DDA launches recruitment grant to encourage existing businesses to grow in Downtown Alpena
Photography is one of my favorite past times. I love capturing moments big and small in this beautiful community I call home, and spending an afternoon dressed up and doing a mini-photoshoot with friends can be so much fun. Here … Continue reading 5 Instagram Backdrops in Downtown Alpena (Part 1)
Written by Kingsli Kraft | September 4th, 2020 With routines so dramatically changed over the past year, finding fun and safe things to do with the kiddos is needed now more than ever! Here are 9 creative things to do … Continue reading 9 Fun Things to do Downtown with Kids
Written by Kingsli Kraft | May 22, 2020 Some of our downtown restaurants, bars and retail shops are reopening this weekend with social distancing measures in place, per Governor Whitmer’s executive order. For businesses, that means reduced capacity requirements, new … Continue reading Reopening – 7 Things You Can Do as a Customer to Shop + Dine Safely
We are only a few weeks away from Fresh Waves 2021, the third of year of the project created to bring vibrant, one-of-a-kind artwork to Downtown Alpena lead by the Alpena Downtown Development Authority (DDA). This year, eight artists will … Continue reading Fresh Waves 2021: Meet the Artists
Written by Kingsli Kraft | July 2, 2021 If you tuned in to Coffee with Kingsli this morning on Facebook Live, then you already heard some of these updates! We are posting them here as well to add all the … Continue reading Celebrate Fourth of July Weekend in Downtown Alpena
Written by Kingsli Kraft | June 22, 2021 The Alpena Downtown Development Authority is hosting Chalk-it Up this Saturday, June 26th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Chalk it Up began in late summer 2020 as a way to encourage … Continue reading Chalk it Up in Downtown Alpena this Saturday!
May 7th, 2021 | Written by Kingsli Kraft Artist Applications are now open for the Alpena Downtown Development Authority’s (DDA) mural project, Fresh Waves. Applications are due on May 25th, 2021 by midnight. This is the third year the DDA … Continue reading Alpena DDA Seeking Artists For Third Year of Fresh Waves the Downtown Mural Project
Written by Kingsli Kraft | April 28th, 2021 In honor of National Small Business Week, the Alpena Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is hosting a new event, the Small Business Showcase. The Small Business Showcase is a week-long event meant to celebrate … Continue reading Alpena DDA Celebrates Small Business Showcase
Written by Kingsli Kraft | February 4, 2021 Valentine’s Day is traditionally another day in the year when people celebrate their love for each other. With the main focus being romantic relationships. Some call Valentine’s Day a “Hallmark Holiday,” but … Continue reading 8 Ways to Celebrate Love in Downtown Alpena this Valentine’s Day
Challenging, uncertain, and unprecedented are a few words to describe 2020. During this challenging year, thank you for supporting our downtown community. Whether you shopped local, volunteered with a downtown nonprofit, ordered take-out from a downtown restaurant, stocked up on … Continue reading 2020: In Review
Written by Kingsli Kraft | December 4th, 2020 The holiday season is upon us and while we may not be able to celebrate in the ways we usually would, here are some ideas of things to do to get in … Continue reading Spread a Little Holiday Cheer in Downtown Alpena
This holiday season, tall lampposts throughout Downtown Alpena have a new set of banners that feature winter-inspired artwork created by local artists. Last winter, the Alpena Downtown Development Authority (DDA) hosted a competition that encouraged local artists to submit artwork … Continue reading New Holiday Banners Feature Local Artwork in Downtown Alpena