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Downtown Mobile news and info - July 2014
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Support for Renewal of Historic Tax Credits Impressive

Mardi Gras may be a season of merriment and frivolity, but there is serious work to be done this month! As the legislature prepares for the start of the 2017 session next week, Mobile's elected and business leaders held a news conference to encourage the renewal of the State Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits. A recently completed economic impact study concludes "that the Alabama Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit program provides important benefits to local, regional, and state economies."

In 2013 the legislature passed the bill creating the program, which triggered more than $333 million in investment throughout the state in its three year span. In Mobile alone, 12 projects totaling $42 million were undertaken or are currently underway. As is the case with most of the 52 rehabilitation projects statewide, many of these buildings would still be derelict "but for" the existence of the HRTC. The program expired last year with several projects on the waiting list.


To read the full news release, click here. 

RETAIL & RESTAURANT NEWS



Roosters Now Open

Frankie Little's fast casual restaurant at 211 Dauphin Street is serving up a new twist of familiar favorites. Burritos, nachos and tortas, sure...but customized exactly as you wish. Tasty margaritas will complete the Latin American experience! Roosters Latin American Food
 

Dinner with a View

Dauphin's, atop the RSA Trustmark Building, is offering a specail Valentine's Day Dinner. Three courses, romantic setting, stunning views! Reservations
O'Daly's Hole in the Wall Now Open
You might expect pizza and wings from the people who also bring you an annual keg toss, but Fried Shepherd's Pie and Reuben Wontons take bar food to a whole new level. O'Daly's Hole in the Wall is also a new service concept for downtown. You order at a little window inside O'Daly's on normal nights, but when crowds are larger, the big window on Dauphin Street opens up. Click here for the full menu.

DEVELOPMENT BUZZ

Tour Downtown on a Segway


If you thought all you could order at Spot of Tea was a great breakfast or lunch, think again. The downtown restaurant institution is now offering tours of downtown by segway...one of the best ways to experience the city's rich architectural and cultural history! The three hour tours leave several times a day from the Dauphin Street restaurant. Click here to learn more and book a tour.

New Salon and Gallery


The team at Inspire Salon and Gallery at 412 Dauphin Street, downtown's newest full service salon, is ready to make you as beautiful as the space they now occupy in the Mattress Factory. They're open Tuesday - Saturday and offer salon services for women, men and children. For more information, go to inspiresalonandgallery.com.
Pop-Up Museum Gets a New Look

The Mobile Museum of Art's downtown Pop-Up Museum has changed up its display at 300 Dauphin Street. The windows are now filled with dramatic artistic glass in black and white. 
Battle House Garage Balconies for Mardi Gras
 
Host a Mobile Mardi Gras Party from your private balcony on Royal St. connected to the Battle House Hotel. The garage balconies offer great views of the parades and are ideal for catching plenty of throws, with private restrooms just steps away. To reserve your balcony, call Corinne Smith at 251.338.5441 or email corinne.smith@renaissancemobile.com
 
 
SPECIAL EVENTS

The Vernardos Circus is teaming up with the Alabama Contemporary Art Center to present Cirque Du Mardi Gras!  Festivities run through February 14.  More information about the circus, as well as tickets, can be found here. 

With the help of Alabama Public Radio, StoryCorps. is coming to town next week to start preserving Mobilians' stories.  Schedule an appointment to tell your story here.
CULTURAL EVENTS

 Mobile Opera Winter Gala Concert
February 3 & 5
The Steeple on St. Francis

Mobile Mystery Dinner: Next of Kin
February 5
Riverview Renaissance Hotel
MUSIC

Rock and roll legends ZZ Top will perfom at the Saenger Theater on February 18. More info and tickets here.


LoDa Live - Live music in and around Downtown Mobile
OUTDOOR EVENTS

Winter Wednesdays at Bellingrath: Fertilizing Roses
February 8, 10:30 AM
Bellingrath Gardens & Home


 
EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENTREPRENEURS 



Exchange 202 - Coffee Chats and Lunch & Learns

Socialize Your Bizness - What'z Up Wednesday and Fast 5

Chamber of Commerce - Member and Non-Member Events
MUSEUMS & ATTRACTIONS

Drugs: Costs and Consequences
February 3 - September 3, 2017
Gulf Coast Exploreum

Exhibit created by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the DEA Educational Foundation, with the intention of educating the public on drugs and their harmful effects.  For more information about the exhibit, click here. 
GALLERIES

Gallery 450

Alabama Contemporary Art Center

Mobile Arts Council

Cathedral Square Gallery
WHAT'S ON THE SCREEN

LA LA LAND - Showings for the award-winning film have been extended for a third time! 


Wild Africa
IMAX Theater, Gulf Coast Exploreum

 
FUNDRAISERS

Feb. 4 - Five teams from the Mobile Police Department trade their handcuffs for pots and pans in the Second Annual MPD Chili Cook-Off.  Festivities begin at 8 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.  More info here.

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The Downtown Mobile Alliance exists to support the redevelopment of Downtown Mobile through marketing, advocacy and the management of Business Improvement District services.
Carol Hunter
Downtown Mobile Alliance
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