Downtown Mobile news and info - February 2016
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Born to Celebrate!

If anyone ever doubted that Mobilians were indeed born to celebrate, they need only spend time in the Port City over the next week and a half. With all the parades, balls, parties and general festivities, you might think we're too busy to keep our minds on business, but Mobilians are great multi-taskers. We are able to draft contracts and put deals together with a beverage in one hand and a pen in the other, all while wearing a ball gown or tails. Just take a look at all the new downtown business announcements  in the articles below.


New Restaurants Abound

We officially hit the "Dining Destination" threshold five restaurants ago, but very soon you'll have even more reasons to dine Downtown. Bob Baumhower will open Dauphin's, his new fine dining concept,  in the top floor  of the RSA Trustmark Building next Thursday. 

Folks have been raving about Chuck's Fish in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham for years, and soon Downtown Mobile will be added to the list. The seafood restaurant will be going into 551 Dauphin Street later this year. 

And while you will find great munchies at the new Wet Willies, the focus will be on the frozen daiquiris -- 20 standard flavors, or mix your own for endless options. The Savannah-based bar will be going into the space at the corner of Dauphin and Conception streets at the southwest corner of Bienville Square and plans to be open in a few months.

New Tenants at the Urban Emporium

The calendar still says winter, but spring break will be here before you know it. This year you won't have to go very far to find a one-of-a-kind swimsuit because Mermania is moving into the Urban Emporium on the 15th. The suits are designed and sewn by Mobile designer Megan Kowal, who has developed quite a following on-line. She'll also be carrying swimwear for men, and cover-ups and accessories for everyone.

Zeal Boutique will also be setting up shop in the Emporium in the next several days. The owners have stores in Mississippi and west Mobile and are now bringing their trendy clothing and jewelry to downtown shoppers.

Congratulations, Bob Omainsky!

Mobile has some important representation on the board of one of the nation's powerhouse trade associations. Bob Omainsky of the Wintzells' Oyster House empire has just been elected to serve on the board of directors of the National Restaurant Association. Omainsky is among 10 newly elected directors who were selected at the association's annual meeting last week in Palm Beach, Florida. With more than 40,000 members representing nearly 500,000 foodservice establishments, the National Restaurant Association is the leading voice of an industry that plays a key role in Downtown Mobile's redevelopment. Congratulations, Bob!


Historic Tax Credit Successes

It its first two and a half years of availability, Alabama's tax credit program for the renovation of historic buildings has generated almost $400,000,000 in investment throughout the state. Right here in Mobile, the program is in part responsible for the renovation of the Buick Building, Marine Street Lofts and The Admiral Hotel...projects that are creating additional tax revenue for the city and state while also spurring additional development in the surrounding neighborhood. 

Several other projects approved for the state tax credits are underway in the Port City, and many more renovations of distressed historic buildings would be undertaken if the credits, which have essentially expired, are extended by the Alabama legislature. Rep. Victor Gaston of Mobile has introduced a bill that would extend the program for seven years...just imagine how much investment the state would experience with a seven year horizon! As successful as the program is, however, it needs your support. To learn more about the state historic tax credit program, visit Then, contact your state representative and senator and ask for their support for this important economic development tool. 

Downtown Car Care

The expert mechanics at Downtown Car Care are ready to tackle your every automotive need. The new shop opened in the old Gwin's Printing building at 451 St. Francis Street recently and is equipped to handle everything except body work. It's a great new use for a building that has seen service as a tobacco warehouse, office storage, a printing business...and now a much needed downtown auto shop!
New Bike Racks

The Loda Bier Garten has teamed up with the Delta Bike Project and the City of Mobile to install colorful bike racks on Dauphin Street. The racks can easily acomodate up to a dozen bikes, and provide a much better option than the street lights, trees and trash cans that were used previously. The Delta Bike Project has also installed a bike pump/repair station nearby to take care of repairs on the go. 


Special Events

The Great Mardi Gras Chill Out - Feb. 6th, 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM, Nina Nicks Joseph Center

ArtWalk - Feb. 12th, 6:00 - 9:00 PM, LoDa Arts District

Government Street Forum - Feb. 11th, Noon - Government Street Presbyterian Church

St. Paul and the Broken Bones - Feb 5th, 8:00 PM, Saenger Theatre

LoDa Live - Live music in Downtown Mobile
Cultural Events

Da Vinci - Machines and Robotics - Opens Feb. 10th, Gulf Coast Exploreum

Raising Roses - Feb. 10th, 10:00 AM, Bellingrath Gardens

Museums and Attractions

Da Vinci



Alabama Contemporary Art Center

Cathedral Square Gallery

Gallery 450

Mobile Museum of Art

Mobile Arts Council

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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.
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Downtown Mobile Alliance • 251.434.8498 office
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