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
Earlier this summer, the Alpena Downtown Development Authority (DDA) announced that a pair of murals will be painted downtown this summer as a part of the Fresh Waves project. In a few weeks, one of these murals will be painted … Continue reading Second mural to be painted as part of Fresh Waves this summer
UPDATED 7/24/2020 This blog past has been updated to reflect a change in the first mural location as a part of the 2020 Fresh Waves project. The new location will be the warehouse of Thunder Bay Theatre, located on Fletcher … Continue reading First location announced as part of this summer’s mural project, Fresh Waves
Written by Kingsli Kraft | February 27, 2020 Close your eyes and imagine this: You’ve just arrived in Downtown Alpena. It’s a crisp day in March. You’ve parked your car and you’re crossing Chisholm Street walking up Second Avenue, heading … Continue reading Collaborative, Welcoming and Playful—New Artistic Community Center, Artbox, Opens Downtown
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 | May 8, 2019 This Sunday is Mother’s Day. As I’ve gotten older, it has gotten more difficult to find gifts for the special women in my life who have helped to shape me into the … Continue reading 8 Ways to Spend Some Quality Time with your Mom Downtown this Weekend
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
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!