About three and a half years ago, our downtown community welcomed a new small business to Second Avenue: Bob’s Bullpen. Bob’s Bullpen is your local go-to spot for new and vintage comic books, graphic novels, posters, toys, gifts and games. … Continue reading Bob’s Bullpen: More Than a Comic Book Shop
REGISTER HERE: Chowder and Chili Cook-off Registration Packet 2018 Save the date: The 5th Annual Downtown Alpena Chowder & Chili Cook-off is scheduled for Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 12-4 pm. Like last year, the event will take place on Second … Continue reading Registration is live for the 2018 Downtown Alpena Chowder & Chili Cook-off
If you’ve been downtown lately, you may have noticed a new pop of color (or three!) in some of the windows. Maybe you were driving along Chisholm and thought to yourself, “was that a giant green hotdog in a hot pink bun on the old Hallmark building?” Yes! Yes, it was! Art in the Loft, Omega Electric and Sign Company, and the Downtown Development Authority partnered together to bring this new project to life in our downtown windows. Justin Christensen-Cooper, the Executive Director of Art in the Loft, was originally inspired by another program in Philadelphia that he came across … Continue reading #REACHourpotential: Bringing Color Downtown
1.Start the day off with a bloody mary or mimosa at Fresh Palate. From 9 am- 3 pm, the Palate will have build-your-own bars for both beverages. Grab a breakfast burrito or bowl while you’re at it. 2. Catch the … Continue reading Ten things to do in Downtown Alpena this July 4th
APPLY HERE About the Program The DDA is looking for creative, outgoing, and motivated individuals to be Downtown Ambassadors. Downtown Ambassadors share their positive experiences downtown on Instagram on designated Posting Days during a three month season. Participants must… Be … Continue reading Downtown Alpena Ambassadors Program!
Have you heard the news? The State Theater marquee is going to remain in Downtown Alpena– not only will the marquee keep its iconic “State” lettering, it will also receive some upgrades to make it fully functional again. A few … Continue reading State Theater marquee to keep lettering, receive upgrades
It’s been awhile since we’ve done of these. So if you haven’t been in Downtown Alpena over the last few months, here’s some of the news you may have missed: 1. The Royal Knight Movie Theater closed. About a year ago, … Continue reading News in brief: April 2018
Know someone with a background in urban design? The Alpena Downtown Develoment Authority (DDA) is hiring a summer intern in the field of downtown beautification, green-space development, and downtown maintenance. The DDA summer intern will be responsible for researching downtown … Continue reading The Alpena DDA is hiring a summer intern!
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
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.
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