Earlier this week, the Alpena Downtown Development Authority (DDA) released its applications for artists and locations for this year’s mural as part of Fresh Waves, the new initiative to add more public art in Downtown Alpena. Fresh Waves was launched … Continue reading Downtown Alpena prepares for second year of mural project, Fresh Waves
Written by Kingsli Kraft | October 4th, 2019 This fall, a small group of business owners—with help from the Downtown Development Authority will bring a fun new event to Downtown Alpena: Rise Artisan Market, a pop-up market that will be … Continue reading Downtown Business Owners Partner with DDA to bring Rise Artisan Market to Life
Written by Kingsli Kraft | June 14, 2019 For fifty-three years, Thunder Bay Theatre has been leading conversations about difficult topics in our community through the shows they perform on the stage at 400 N. Second Avenue. Just last year … Continue reading Thunder Bay Theatre and Art in the Loft Tackle Difficult Conversations in Series of Diversity Panels
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