Written By Kingsli Kraft | March 20, 2019 This spring, the Alpena Downtown Development Authority will be replacing the banners on the tall light posts throughout downtown. Rather than ordering stock designs, the DDA is hosting a Downtown Banner Art Competition, calling for local artwork that showcases the creativity and vibrancy of our community. This year’s theme for artwork is “Downtown Vibes.” We want to see what inspires you about our downtown. What makes our downtown unique? What do you think defines Downtown Alpena specifically? The Banner Art Competition will be accepting entries from now until April 20th. Digital entries … Continue reading ALPENA DDA ANNOUNCES NEW BANNER COMPETITION
It’s been another great year in Downtown Alpena. Three new holiday events and promotions, a new bar crawl with live Shakespeare performances at each stop, ten new businesses, new Christmas decorations, and an art-tastic collaboration with Art in the Loft— … Continue reading The Alpena DDA Annual Report 2018 is here!
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 … 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.