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
It is the height of summer still in Alpena, Michigan. You can feel the energy downtown as everyone rushes to enjoy these next few weeks before school starts up again and the air cools. On Sundays, the energy of our … Continue reading 15 Things to do Downtown on any Sunday
As promised, here is our second installment of highlighted downtown businesses: the business behind the beautiful floral arrangements, Classic Designs by Doreen Thomas CF. According to Thomas, her love of growing flowers began at age ten and since then, every year … Continue reading Business Spotlight: Classic Designs by Doreen Thomas CF
There’s been an air of melancholy every time I walk down Second Avenue this week, every time I pass that “closing sale” sign at Country Cousins. Most who grew up in Alpena know that iconic bright pink storefront– and remember … Continue reading A brief history of Country Cousins & the Douville Bakery
It’s officially public: the former site of Fletcher Street Brewery will become Alpena’s newest venue for weddings and other special events. The historic building, located on the Thunder Bay River on Fletcher Avenue, will become The Fletcher Street Depot, the vision … Continue reading Former brewery site to become event venue
The sound of the wrecking ball can once again be heard in downtown Alpena– and soon, the Alpena Power Company building will be completely gone. The demolition of any building forces us to look at our familiar spaces with new eyes. … Continue reading A brief history of the Alpena Power Company block
Today, one of the most well-known pieces of art in downtown Alpena came down. For the last thirty years, the mural on the side of the former Alpena Power Company building, located on River Street, has been a permanent … Continue reading Alpena Power Company mural comes down