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
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
Written by Kingsli Kraft | June 21, 2019 Not to jinx things, but it seems like it is really starting to feel like summer in Downtown Alpena. I’ve really been looking forward to summer this year. Last summer, I was … Continue reading Kingsli’s Favorite Things | June 2019
by Kingsli Kraft | January 11, 2019 One of my favorite past times is exploring our wonderful little downtown, especially as we grow and welcome new shops and businesses into our community. This past November was the first time I … Continue reading Kingsli’s Favorite Things | January 2019
The fifth-annual Chowder & Chili Cook-off is only a few weeks away– and like last year’s event, the cook-off will be completely zero-waste with the help of a local group of students. What does it mean to be zero-waste? Zero-waste events … Continue reading Alpena Chowder & Chili Cook-off to be zero-waste event
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
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!
Wondering where the blog has been in the last few months? This past May, the idea for a blog came out of an Alpena DDA committee I was part of and excitement about all things Alpena. This August, however, I moved to … Continue reading Blog Downtown… Australia?
Spring has finally arrived in downtown Alpena. The last of snow piles, gone; the strands of Christmas lights, taken down; the river, unfrozen. Spring has arrived— as poet ee cummings says, with its hands “carefully to and fro moving … Continue reading Blog Downtown Alpena is live!