It’s Valentine’s Day Week! Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, or just want an excuse to splurge, here are some of the specials happening throughout downtown this week. 1. Valentine’s Day dinner & food specials: Fresh Palate: From 4-9 pm, … Continue reading Valentine Day’s Guide 2018
If you have been on facebook lately, you may have seen a new page that your friends had like, commented on, or shared: C.I.A. Restaurant. No, not the CIA taking up shop in Alpena– but a new restaurant coming to … Continue reading New restaurant coming to Downtown Alpena
We all know that downtown is full of some amazing shops and people– but we’d like to get to know them a little better. Welcome to our new series, where we will be making our way through downtown businesses, getting … Continue reading Business spotlight: Soaps and Such
After the last blog post, a few readers asked: What about kid-friendly things to do in Downtown Alpena over the winter months? Here’s what I could find: Young kids 1.Preschool Playdate at Alpena Public Library. Every other Tuesday, kids 3-5 years … Continue reading Things to do in Downtown Alpena over the winter: Kids Edition!
One of the questions I often hear is: what is there to do around here in the winter? Or, in the non-question form: this place dies around here in the winter. Don’t believe it! Here are some of the special and ongoing … Continue reading What’s there to do in Downtown Alpena over the winter?
Happy New Year! Now that 2017 is over, we can say with certainty that it was, indeed, from start to finish, a great year. We’ve compiled some of our favorite photos of Downtown Alpena from 2017– we hope you enjoy! … Continue reading 2017 in Downtown Alpena: in photos
January is upon us. The month of January is conventionally thought to be named after Janus, the Roman god who was depicted as having two faces– one to look forward, and one to look backwards. As 2017 comes to a … Continue reading 2017: A Year in Review.
November is here. Is it too early to start getting festive? The blog thinks not. Here are ten things to mark your calendar for this holiday season in downtown Alpena: 1. Shop at the Downtown Holiday Open House, hosted by … Continue reading Ten ways to get festive this holiday season in downtown Alpena
Something may be rotten in the state of Denmark– but something awesome is coming to the state of downtown Alpena. On Saturday, November 4th at 6 pm, the Alpena Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and Thunder Bay Theatre are launching their … Continue reading Plays in the Park program kicks off with free outdoor performance of Hamlet
Attention all chefs: registration for the fourth annual Chowder & Chili Cook-off is live! The event this year is planned for Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 12-5 pm. Based on feedback the DDA Promotions Committee has received, there are going to … Continue reading Registration is live for Chowder & Chili Cook-off 2017
There’s been an air of melancholy every time I walk down Second Avenue this week, every time I pass that “closing sale” sign at Country Cousins. Most who grew up in Alpena know that iconic bright pink storefront– and remember … Continue reading A brief history of Country Cousins & the Douville Bakery
After a year and a half, the blog now has a second writer! Molly Stricker recently moved to Alpena, Michigan to work for Thunder Bay Theatre– and is getting ready to bring some great new content to the blog. Before … Continue reading The blog welcomes new writer Molly Stricker!