Downtown Mobile news and info - July 2014
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Downtown Business Improvement District Adopts 2015-2020 Plan

For the last several months, the Renewal Committee of the Downtown Mobile District Management Corporation has been developing a new management plan for the District. This process is equal parts visioning and budgeting, and sets the agenda for the upcoming five years. 

In addition to continuing the goals of creating a very walkable, vibrant downtown both day and night, the committee added an emphasis on economic and residential development.

The creation of the management plan is part of the process required for the continuation of the Business Improvement District beyond June 2015. A public hearing will be held by the Mobile City Council Wednesday, November 12th at 10:30 a.m. at Government Plaza. Click here to review the plan.


Urban Emporium is Three!

Mobile's retail incubator is celebrating three years of cultivating new and expanding merchants this Friday, October 10th during ArtWalk. We'll be serving refreshments and offering prizes for our best customers!
This Friday also marks the opening of the Emporium's new Mobile Makers department. The maker movement is sweeping the country, with artists and artisans creating goods in their own communities with their own hands. Now, at least in Mobile, several of them will have a year 'round space to sell their products and creations. The space will open with handmade soaps and candles, beautiful ceramic pieces, journals and scrapbooks, and original art.  If you're interested in becoming part of the Mobile Maker space, contact Urban Emporium manager Kati Lovvorn. We would especially like to add food items and textiles to the mix.
Be sure to stop by Friday between 6:00 and 9:00 for all the fun...and help us celebrate three successful years!


Book Signing Event

Scott Bomar, author of "Southbound: An Illustrated History of Southern Rock," will sign copies of his book at Callaghans Irish Social Club  on Wednesday, October 15 at 5:30 p.m. Copies are currently available at Bienville Books, 109 Dauphin Street, and will also be sold at the signing.Anyone purchasing the book at the signing will have a chance to win two advance copies of upcoming biographies of Jerry Lee Lewis and Janis Joplin. 


New Businesses Open on Dauphin Street

Gallery 450, Port City Realty, LA Fotographee and Crush Imaging Studios have teamed up together in a shared work environment at 450 Dauphin Street. Their co-working community/co-working space is perfect for start-up businesses, creative freelancers and anyone who needs to have space available to use and/or a presence in the Downtown Mobile area. More info
Color Run 5K
The Mobile Police Department will close the following streets for the Color Run on Saturday, October 11th:

The Run will start at 8:00 a.m. in front of Mardi Park on Royal St. at Church St. and will travel south on Royal St. to Monroe St.; east on Monroe St. to Water St.; south on Water St. to Canal St.; west on Canal St. to Broad St.; north on Broad St. in the right lane to Congress St.; east on Congress St. to Royal St.; south on Royal St.  back to Mardi Gras Park.

The Conception Street Sewer Re-lining and  Bypass Project of the Mobile Area Water and Sewer System is moving along as planned. Bypass pipe is currently being assembled in the area known as “camper city.” On Monday, the contractor will begin setting up the traffic control signage in the area south of Government street. Soon after, pipe will be laid and small ramps built along the route at intersections and driveways to accommodate traffic. 

Conception Street between St. Michael and St. Louis streets will be closed to through traffic; all other streets will remain open to general traffic. 
It should be noted that all the anticipated activities and schedules are subject to change, as there are numerous outside factors at work around and associated with this project.



The Downtown Mobile Alliance is seeking sponsors for North Pole Stroll 2014. If we can pull together 20 sponsors at $500 and 15 at $250 each, we can make this popular happen! The Stroll, tentatively set for December 5th, has become a huge holiday happening, drawing thousands of families to Royal Street for all sorts of activities. Because the event has become so popular, the resulting lines have become excessively long, prompting us to rethink the Stroll. 

Instead of activities involving one child or family at a time, we're considering acts that can entertain hundreds at once. To do this, however, we'll need help from sponsors. If you're interested in supporting the North Pole Stroll 2014, please contact Carol Hunter.

LoDa Art Walk

Friday, Oct. 10
Downtown Mobile has become the place to see and be seen the second Friday of the month as thousands of folks stroll Dauphin Street enjoying art, live music, and great shopping and dining. Galleries and shops will be open with refreshments, and street vendors will offer one-of-a-kind hand made items. The Gulf Coast Exploreum also offers "Parents' Night Out," a program where you can drop off your kids at the Exploreum, freeing you to appreciate everything Art Walk has to offer.

Color Run and Health Awareness Day

Saturday, October 11th
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Downtown Mobile

The Color Run 5K, also knows as the Happiest 5K on the Planet, will kick off the day of health and fitness activities. After the race, head to Bienville Square where One Fit Mobile will be offering health screenings, exercise displays, a Kids Zone, live music and more. 


The Fall Farmers' Market is Back!

Saturdays, October 11th - November 22nd
7:30 a.m. - Noon
Cathedral Square

The fall harvest is in! 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 and enjoy lunch at one of downtown's great restaurants. 


Barre3 at the Market

Saturday, October 25th
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Cathedral Square

Take advantage of a free Barre3 class in Cathedral Square during the Market on the 25th. This high energy fitness routine is fun and effective! Teachers will lead the classes that merge yoga, ballet and pilates. No equipment or experience needed...just be ready to have some fun be energized! 

Pink Heart and Ponies

Oct. 12
Fundraiser for the Pink Heart Fund taking place at the OK Bicycle Shop featuring the music on the man behind the New Oreleans Saints "Saintsations," Brent Loper. Expect a silent auction, raffle, complimentary appetizers and local celebrity bartenders from Boteler, Finley, and Wolf, Attorneys at Law. Pony tail donations and pink streak hair extensions will be available at Salon 5400, and pink hearts can be donated to loved ones. All proceeds go to the Pink Heart Fund

Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn

Oct. 17
15-time Grammy winner Bela Fleck comes to Mobile with his equally talented wife, Abigail Washburn, to give us a glimpse into what it means to not just be masters of banjo, but to have mastered the art of the duet. Also featuring local band Roman Street, tickets are on sale now at the Mobile Saenger Theater.

Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome 
Saturday, October 18th
10:00 a.m.
Bienville Square

Join in the one-mile walk for Down syndrome awareness as part of the 7th Annual Buddy Walk.  More than 750 people are expected to attend the event, which is one of over 250 Buddy Walks across the U.S. this fall to raise awareness and funds for programs that benefit people with Down syndrome and their families. 
This year’s Buddy Walk will be held in Bienville Square, located in the heart of downtown Mobile.  Along with the walk through the historic area, there will also be live music by The Lizards, food, special guests, games for all ages, vendors and exhibitors and much more. Learn more.

Mad Men: Sinatra and The Pack

October 11th at 8:00 p.m.
October 12th at 2:30 p.m.
Saenger Theater

The Mobile Symphony Orchestra heads to 1960s Madison Avenue as their Pops series opens with Mad Men. Steve Lippia and the MSO swing the stage performing standards made famous by Sammy, Dean, and the chairman of the board, Frank Sinatra! Learn more.

Lyle Lovett and his Acoustic Group

Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Saenger Theater

After four Grammys and 14 albums, the prolific country music icon Lyle Lovett is coming to Mobile. His unique style which blends country, jazz and folk is praised by audiences of all ages. Lovett has also received the Americana Music Association's inaugural "Trailblazer Award," and was recently named the Texas State Musician. Mobile Saenger


92 ZEW's 30th Birthday Concert

October 24 7:30 p.m.
Saenger Theater

92 ZEW and Huka Entertainment present 92 ZEW's Then and Now concert. For the first time in 20 years, you can see one of Mobile's most influential bands Will & The Bushmen, featuring original members Will Kimbrough, Mark Pfaff and Sam Baylor. Plus see the modern all-star band Willie Sugarcaps, featuring Will Kimbrough, Graysin Capps, Sugarcane Jane, and Corky Hughes. There will also be a multi-media viewing of 92 ZEW's 30 Years as the Sound of Mobile.


Oct. 24 and 26
Mobile Civic Center

Werther is in love with the beautiful Charlotte, though she is engaged to Albert. Werther pours his heart into letters to Charlotte and fuels his obsession for her. He visits her one final time and neither can bear the emotion, so, unable to live any longer, Werther takes his own life, dying in the arms of his true love. Mobile Opera.

Mystere de Lore

October 30th
6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Gulf Coast Exploreum

Mystere de Lore is an interactive event with acrobats, sword swallowers, dagger throwers and more! Enjoy French cuisine and cocktails while various performers amaze you throughout the event, all to the amazing sounds of Az Izz. The event is set to be an annual fundraiser for the Exploreum. 
More info

Mobile Streets Alive

Sunday, November 2nd
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

The Streets are Open, to everyone except cars! Come downtown Sunday, November 2nd to enjoy live music, good food, but most of all activity! The streets will be lined with basketball, wiffleball, rock climbing, and so much more! Yoga classes will be offered in Cathedral Square, and make sure you bring the whole family so the kids will have a chance to compete in a bicycle race for a brand new [prize to be determined]! Check out the event page and make sure you like Streets Alive on Facebook!


Faces of Mobile and the Ark of India

Two exhibits at the History Museum of Mobile. One tells the stories of dozens of Mobilians over the course of our city's three centuries; from merchants to artists to teachers to slaves, meet all the lesser-known but no less important citizens who helped make our city what it is today. The second exhibit is an account of a late 19th/early 20th century Alabamian artist's voyage to India, using his sculptures, paintings, photographs and writing. Museum of Mobile.

Penguin Planet and Voices of Jerusalem

Come to the Gulf Coast Exploreum and meet live African Black-Footed penguins and see them laugh and play, while learning about penguins from all around the world. While you're at the Exploreum, take advantage of the IMAX theater and explore the city of Jerusalem, a city destroyed and rebuilt countless times throughout its 5,000 year history and the center of three major world religions. Exploreum.

Watercolor & Graphic Arts Society Juried Show

October 10 - November 10th
Urban Emporium

The judged and juried pieces from members of the Watercolor and Graphic Arts Society will remain on display and for sale on the walls of the Urban Emporium through November 10th. 
Through the month of October

Cathedral Square Gallery welcomes new artists Cynthia Scott, jewelry designer; Julie Andel, nature and landscape photographer; and Claudia McClure, painter.  
ARTWALK - Friday October 10 - Halloween Fun with Wine Tasting & Appetizers  
Over 50 regional artists showing in all media
'Open Sundays' - Artists Creating and refreshments  612 Dauphin St. across from Wintzell's Oyster House

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 • 251.434.8498 office
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