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Downtown Mobile news and info - July 2014
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A Big Weekend for the Arts

Now in its fifth year, the SouthSounds Music and Arts Festival has matured into a full-fledged happening. Focused on highlighting the talents of emerging southern musicians, the festival now fills nine venues and offers free concerts in Cathedral Square. But there's much more than music this year. You'll find more information in the listings below, but here's a short list of what's happening downtown this weekend:
  • Friday night - ArtWalk, SouthSounds, Engaging the Next Generation, Food Truck Fair, Lighting of the Oaks in Bienville Square
  • Saturday - SouthSounds, LoDa Squares Sidewalk Art Competition, Art Market, SouthSounds Podcast LIVE, Mobile Symphony Orchestra
  • Sunday - SouthSounds, Art Market, Mobile Symphony Orchestra
Historic Tax Credit Bill Passes the Alabama House 

In a 91-4 vote, the Alabama House of Representatives approved HB62, the extension of the State Historic Tax Credits. These credits have been pivotal in the redevelopment of several abandoned properties in the Port City (see the Buick Building, right) and have generated nearly $400,000,000 in private investment statewide.

Many thanks to Mobile's Rep. Victor Gaston, who led the House effort to extend the program, amid strong opposition. His leadership has been crucial in securing this incentive that has and will continue to create jobs, increase property values and strengthen city centers across the state. 

The bill now goes to the Alabama Senate, where sponsor Sen. Jabo Waggoner has made it a priority. If you have the opportunity, please be sure to thank Rep. Gaston and the entire Mobile and Baldwin legislative delegations for their support of this important bill.

RETAIL & RESTAURANT NEWS

New Restaurant Announced


Bun-D, the European based health conscious restaurant chain, is opening its first US location in the "Three Sisters" Building at the corner of Dauphin and Royal streets later this year. The menu features salads, pitas, breakfast and smoothies. According to Realtor John Peebles, the Airbus presence in Mobile is what first caught the attention of the Bun-D team.

Tasting Menu Now Available at Saisho

Saisho, the Japanese inspired gastro-pub, is now offering bar snacks from 4:30 - 6:00 during the week and an exclusive multi-course tasting menu at the special chef's table. The menu is inspired by Japanese "kaiseki" and beautiful seasonal/ local ingredients.

Learn more here.
Downtown Sidewalk Sale April 16

In conjunction with opening day of the Market on the Square, the merchants of downtown are moving items outdoors, making it that much easier for you to shop and enjoy the great weather. You'll find sales and special deals on great spring merchandise. Be sure to register at participating merchants to enter a drawing for a Downtown Mobile Gift Card.

DEVELOPMENT BUZZ

Proposed Residential Development Receives Support


The Mobile City Council this week approved incentives for a 264 unit apartment development planned for the east side of Water Street. Assuming the remaining financing falls into place, Meridian at the Port would be located between the International Trade Center and the GM&O Building.
 
The $46 million project features a pool, fitness center, an unmatched view of the waterfront and other modern amenities apartment dwellers expect. It will also double the number of rental units downtown. The term "game changer" was used by Mayor Sandy Stimpson and members of the city council before the vote. We couldn't agree more. 

 

Fuse Project 


The Fuse Project hosted a groundbreaking ceremony at 200 Government Street last week for its nonprofit co-working space for local organizations who serve the public purpose. The co-working space will be located on the fourth floor of the city-owned building.

Spaces such as this are designed to do several things: create a more collaborative atmosphere for nonprofits, reduce nonprofit overhead, increase fundraising, create jobs, and create a spark for more people to give back to their community. Various membership options are available. Contact Adrienne Golden for more information.

 

New Law Firm Downtown


The law firm of Rockwell and Kaufman purchased, and will occupy, the professional office building located at 7 Dauphin St. in downtown Mobile. The property was built in 1875 and is adjacent to the historic "Three Sisters" building at the corner of Dauphin and Royal streets. The property sold for $580,000. Allan Cameron of NAI Mobile handled the transaction.  
 

New Business in Ft. Conde Village


Fort Conde Village is now home to Inspired Business Furniture, a new firm specializing in customized solutions to office furniture needs. Lest you think that means you need to be a big company, or one with a big budget, not to worry, IBF is happy to help whether you need one chair or an entire building outfitted.  

Inspired Business Furniture, located at 164 St. Emanuel Street, is also proving to be a big supporter of the Downtown Mobile community by stepping up to sponsor Mobile Streets Alive last year.

Learn more. 



 

SPECIAL EVENTS



Matt Johnson Woodcarving Demonstration - 4/8

LoDa Sidewalk Chalk Competition - 4/9

Engaging the Next Generation - 4/8

Mobile Mystery Dinner - 4/22                         

Black Rodeo - 4/23

 

MUSIC



SOUTHSOUNDS Music Festival - 4/9, 4/10, 4/11

MSO: A Thousand and One Arabian Nights 4/9, 4/10

Legends of Southern Hip Hop 4/9

Ben Folds with YMusic - 4/23

Soul Kitchen Music Hall

LoDa Live

CULTURAL EVENTS


Market on the Square - every Saturday, starting 4/16

Crawfish in the Courtyard - 4/12

Dispatches from the Gulf - 4/9

WEEKLY CRAWFISH BOILS


LoDa Bier Garten - Mondays - 6PM - Free

O'Daly's - Tuesdays - 6PM - Free

Montego's - Wednesdays - 6PM - Free

Hayley's - Thursdays - 6PM - Free

Saddle Up Saloon - Sundays - 3PM - $5

The Garage - Sundays - 5PM - Free

The Merry Widow - Sundays - 5PM - Free

MUSEUMS AND ATTRACTIONS


Da Vinci - Machines and Robots

Tutankhamun

GulfQuest


Mobile Carnival Museum

GALLERIES


Cathedral Square Gallery

Gallery 450

Mobile Arts Council

History Refused to Die

WHAT'S ON THE SCREEN


GulfQuest - Special showing tonight: Dispatches from the Gulf

Gulf Coast Exploreum I-MAX Theater

Crescent Theater


 

FUNDRAISERS


Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy: The SS Lucky Duck Fundraiser

About Us

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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