Downtown Mobile news and info - November 2015
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Though it seems a bit early to bring up the subject of holiday gift buying, let us point out that there are only 50 days until Christmas. Lest this bit of information add stress to your already hectic lives, we have a solution, especially for businesses that will be buying gifts for clients or employees. The Downtown Mobile Gift Card is an endlessly versatile and always appreciated gift. It's good at more than two dozen downtown shops, attractions and restaurants; all local businesses that support the entire community. The cards may be purchased at the Urban Emporium, 260 Dauphin Street. So this year, don't just give them one thing...give them everything downtown has to offer!


KABL & CO. Now Open

Downtown's newest retail enterprise is a feast for the senses. Stocked with gifts for men, women, little ones, and the home. KABL & CO. at 451 Dauphin Street brings a hip vibe to the middle of LoDa. They're open Tuesday - Thursday from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Friday & Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Learn more.

Serda's Coffe Co. Wins National Award

A coffee bean roasted right here in Downtown Mobile is now the official Bronze Medal winning coffee of the North American Golden Bean competition. The Ethiopian Tchembe might be hard to pronounce, but don't worry...just go into Serda's and ask for that award winning coffee before it's gone!

Christmas Jubilee Moves back Downtown

Kick off your holiday shopping and get in the Merry and Bright spirit at Junior League of Mobile’s 31st annual Christmas Jubilee at the Mobile Convention Center.  The Gulf Coast’s greatest holiday market features more than 100 merchants from around the country under one roof for three exciting days of shopping. Shoppers can feel good knowing that their support of JLM’s largest fundraiser will make a direct impact on the Mobile and Baldwin County communities through the development of JLM volunteers and the numerous local agencies and programs with which JLM partners. For all the details, click here.



Red Cross Building to be Redeveloped

A local investment group has purchased the long-vacant Red Cross Building at the corner of St. Francis and Broad streets. Plans for the 38,000 square foot building are still being developed, but whatever its next use or uses, its redevelopment will greatly enhance one of downtown's most important gateways. 

Weber's Dept. Store Sold

Since the 2013 death of long-time retailer Maxine Weber Geiser, the store that bore her family's name has stood empty. Soon, however it will be bustling with activity. A local group has purchased the building and though we can't release any details, look for a business that will add to downtown's growing creative enterprises. 


Shop Small Saturday
November 28th

If Black Friday, with its long lines and tedious crowds just isn't your thing, then Small Business Saturday might be the perfect alternative. Now in its fifth year, Shop Small Saturday has become an increasingly popular kick-off to the holiday shopping season. Last year 88-million people shopped with the local, independent merchants that make our downtowns vibrant, appealing places. 

Several downtown merchants will be participating the Saturday after Thanksgiving with special deals and giveaways. They'll be ready with helpful staff, often one-of-a-kind merchandise, and best of all, places to grab a bite or enjoy a beverage are just steps away.

Whatever else you plan for that long holiday weekend, please include a trip downtown to support the many local businesses that help our community thrive. 

Main Street Mobile Celebrates 25th Anniversary

For the past quarter century, Main Street Mobile has been guiding the redevelopment of Downtown Mobile. Born under the administration of Mayor Mike Dow, the organization has spearheaded major infrastructure improvements, implemented important master plans, overseen the formation of the Business Improvement District and created the Downtown Mobile Alliance.

That progress would not have been possible without the support of businesses and individuals who made financial contributions throughout the years. In recognition of Main Street's 25th anniversary, won't you consider making a donation to the Main Street Mobile  Endowment Fund

Earnings from the endowment  provide a secure and permanent source of funding for important downtown projects each year. Contact Kristin McCracken to learn how to help.

DOWNTOWN DOINGS - Events for the upcoming week

Cocktails for the Coast

November 5th, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Five Rivers
The Alabama Coastal Foundation"s fifth annual Cocktails for the Coast will celebrate the importance of our shared coastal heritage and the dedicated individuals who work tirelessly to preserve our rich coastal resources. All proceeds benefit the Alabama Coastal Foundation's habitat restoration and environmental education programs. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Jeffrey Payne, Acting Director of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management. Click here for tickets and more information.

Spark Talk: "Like Water for Chocolate"

November 5th, 6:00 PM
Gulf Coast Exploreum

Drinking chocolate established the social, economic and political significance of events among ancient Mesoamericans.  Dr. Lisa J. LeCount, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, examines how social practices, such as feasting, gifting giving, and cooperation built coalitions and created identities in ancient state-level societies. For more informatin about this talk and about the exciting exhibit, Chocolate!, click here.

Hargrove Foundation Gala

November 5th, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

The Hargrove Foundation is hosting its first community fundraising event. John Stallworth, Philanthropist, Board of Directors Chairman for the John Stallworth Foundation, and 2002 Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee will be the keynote speaker. Click here for tickets or more information. 

Fall Market on the Square

November 7th, 7:30 AM - Noon

The fall harvest is in...join us in Cathedral Square! Come and get your fresh greens, fall corn, squash, peppers, sweet potatoes, pasta's, seafood, sausage's, eggs, goat milk cheese, breads and baked goods. Also, shop for locally produced goods like handmade candles, soaps, pottery, and much more. Stay for live music or frolic around the fountain and grab a bite in one of downtown's many restaurants.

Senior Bowl Charity Run

November 7th

5K, 10K and One Mile Fun Run with a Family Fun Festival in Bienville Square. In addition to the foot races, the Wells Fargo Stagecoach will be on hand to offer free rides around Bienville Square during and after the races. Race registration and  more information.

Mobile Ballet Presents: Snow White

November 7th, 7:30 PM
November 8th 2:30 PM
Mobile Civic Center

The classic fairy tale comes to life in a ballet performance that's fun for all ages. Tickets

Fantasia & Friends

November 7th, 8:00 PM
Mobile Civic Center

Special guest comedian Ricky Smiley, the soulful sounds of Lyfe Jennings, and special guest appearance by Tucka King of Swing. Tickets and more info.

Cascading Mum Display 

November 7 - 21st, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Daily
Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Mum’s the word at Bellingrath Gardens and Home in November, when it’s time for the 52nd Annual Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums show. It's the nation's largest outdoor cascading mums display. Mums in beautiful fall colors are hung on balconies and on the bridges at Mirror Lake. Towers of mums fill the gardens along the Great Lawn and Live Oak Plaza. The Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums display represents nearly a year's worth of work by Bellingrath's staff, which meticulously cultivates the plants from January to October.Learn more


November 10th, 7:00 PM
Crescent Theater

LUNAFEST is a traveling film festival of award-winning short films by, for and about women. This season, the program of six films – filled with stories of reflection, hope and humor – will travel to over 175 cities. And our group is bringing it to Mobile!! Each year, various organizations bring LUNAFESTs to their communities and raise funds for their local non-profits as well as our main beneficiary - Breast Cancer Fund. We will be raising money to support programs that benefit and empower women, such as Penelope House and Hope Haven. Learn more

Bay Bites

November 10th, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Cathedral Square

Bay Bites III is hosted by Mobile Baykeeper's Young Advisory Council. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy cuisine from local food trucks, live music, and adult beverages in the middle of beautiful downtown Mobile. This event benefits Mobile Baykeeper's efforts to promote clean water, clean air and healthy communities throughout the Mobile Bay Watershed, Alabama's waterways, and coastal communities. More information.

Veterans Day Activities

November 11th

The Mobile Bay Area Veterans Day Commission will honor Adm. (Ret.) Thad W. Allen, former 23rd Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, as Patriot of the Year, and Jim Jeffries, a U.S. Army veteran and reservist, as Veteran of the Year. The day’s events begin with the annual parade along Government Street in downtown Mobile at 10 a.m., featuring several Veterans’ organizations, active duty units, Reserve & National Guard units, ROTC and JROTC units, scouts and local marching bands. The luncheon follows, and is sponsored by BAE Systems. Later at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park there is a Freedom Celebration at 3 p.m. and a Mobile Pops Concert at 7 p.m. The parade and celebrations at Battleship Memorial Park are free to the public. There are limited luncheon tickets available. Lunch tickets. 

Light the Night

November 12th, 5:30 PM
Bienville Square

Light The Night, Leukemia & Lymohma Society’s annual fundraising walk held in communities throughout the country, features teams of co-workers, families and friends walking together in twilight holding illuminated lanterns – white for survivors, red for supporters and gold to remember those who have lost their battle. The Walk, which commemorates lives touched by blood cancers, is a celebration, with music, refreshments and family activities. Learn more.

What's on the Screen

The Gulf Coast Exploreum with its I-MAX Dome will educate and entertain at the same time! 
Current films, showtimes and tickets

The Crescent Theater features current releases and popular documentaries. Plus, you can relax in one of 10 recliners and enjoy a glass of wine or beer during the show.  

Current films, showtimes, and tickets

Live Music Listing

Looking for some great live local and regional music in downtown? Check out these sources:

Soul Kitchen
Alchemy Tavern

Moe's Original BBQ
O'Daly's Irish Pub
The Listening Room

Lagniappe has a listing of live music in the Mobile area.


King Tut

Through April 3, 2016
History Museum of Mobile
Experience the life and death of one of history's most legendary kings through TUTANKHAMUN: Wonderful Things from the Pharaoh’s Tomb. The exhibition of more than 100 reproductions of the boy king’s treasures opens October 20 at the History Museum of Mobile. Ten years in the making from the artisans of the Pharaonic Village in Egypt, this collection recreates Howard Carter’s 1922 discovery of Egyptian King Tut’s tomb, the richest archaeological find of all time. Learn more.

Chocolate! The Exhibition

Through January 17, 2016
Gulf Coast Exploreum
The Gulf Coast Exploreum has brought to Mobile  a unique and educational exhibition for young and old alike. Chocolate! The Exhibition explores the rich natural and cultural history of one of the world’s favorite treats, tracing chocolate from its origin in the rainforest to its status as a global economic commodity.
Chocolate! and its national tour were developed by the Field Museum of Chicago and was supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation. Learn more.

History Refused to Die

Through December 20th
Alabama Contemporary Art Center

Featuring over 75 works by 15 Alabama self-taught artists from the collection of William S. Arnett and Souls Grown Deep Foundation, History Refused to Die examines the textured African American experience in Alabama. Special video installation by Tom Leeser. Often referred to as "outsider" or "folk" art, works from this genre of truly astonishing American art are sure to engage and surprise visitors of all ages and walks of life. Learn more.

Holiday Market at the Gallery

Be sure to visit this amazing artist cooperative during ArtWalk, Friday, November 13th. Dozens of local artists working in several different media: paint, wood, ceramics, jewelry, and more. The holiday market is a great place to start (or end) your Christamas shopping!
Learn more.
With 90 interactive exhibits, simulators, displays and theaters, GulfQuest is a place you'll want to visit often.

The exhibits are housed on multiple decks of a life-sized replica of a container ship, so come ready to walk and browse and take your time. There are many places to sit and enjoy the view, both inside the museum and outside overlooking the beautiful Mobile River and the busy of Port of Mobile.

For any additional information, please visit the GulfQuest

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