Thriving After The Pandemic – 20 New Down Establishments…

Sachin Ghatwal

You may have observed construction going on in and around downtown. There are many restaurants, bars, and shops gearing up to open their doors. 

According to the Downtown Mobile Alliance, the end of 2022 will see the opening of roughly 20 new enterprises. 

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This is just what we need to form a truly thriving downtown. It looks like we’re recovering nicely from the economic impact of the pandemic. 

This continued development is highly awaited by those who frequent the downtown area. There wasn’t much to do there anymore, and their weekends were starting to get stale. 

Folks are thrilled about this progress since who would say no to a bunch more stuff to do? 

A New Haunted House Just in Time for Halloween

a new haunted house just in time for halloween

There’s a new haunted house downtown, and horror fans are giddy with excitement. 

Opened earlier this month, Sweet Dreams Haunted Attraction is the place to go if you’re into getting frightened. 

Ronnie and Katelyn Jordan, the owners, have made many sacrifices to open their haunted house to the public. 

The COVID-19 pandemic forced them to relocate their haunted house from its original location in suburban Mobile to the city’s central business district. 

They envisioned it as a massive haunted attraction that draws visitors from all over the globe. They hope to make Mobile known for having the best haunted house in all of Alabama. (and Mobile surely has some popular haunted places!)

In only a few months, the Jordans constructed their terrifying house. Everything was hand-crafted by the workers. It has all the hallmarks of a ghastly Victorian mansion: blood, dolls, and the works! 

The Jordans have employed almost 60 shock performers to startle visitors. The owners report that there have been a lot of “code yellows.” That’s a good sign. 

The Sweet Dreams Haunted Attraction charges $30 for each guest. A VIP pass can be purchased for $50. The duration of the entire experience is approximately 30 minutes. Find it at 811, St. Francis St.

Food Trucks Galore By The Beach 

food trucks galore by the beach

On November 12 and 13, the Town Green area of the Gulf Shores Public Beach will play host to the Coastal Alabama Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival, presented by Food Truck Festivals of America.

Event hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days. 

Until now, this has been the first event in the area to focus solely on food trucks. 

The Gulf of Mexico will be the picturesque backdrop for guests while they sample various libations and tasty treats.

Lots of food trucks will be available for residents and guests to try. The festival’s website currently lists 24 food trucks that will be present.

Over 30 different types of craft beer, cider, wine, and spirits will be available for purchase at the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber’s beer tent.

Festival-goers may also look forward to lawn activities, live music, and a marketplace with products from independent local companies and artisans.

City officials have compared the event to the city’s other festivals, including the Waterway Village Zydeco & Crawfish Festival, which takes place in April, and are family-friendly.

The event is open to the public with no entry fee.

Time To Vote Again 

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Voters in Mobile County, Alabama, will be asked to approve the county’s signature road and bridge initiative at the polls once again on November 8, 2022. 

The Special County Election ballot will conclude with the Transportation Pay-As-You-Go Program for 2022.

The PAYG program in Mobile County is the first of its kind in Alabama and serves as an example for other localities. 

So far, it has appeared on the ballot 18 times, and each time it has been passed by voters. 

In light of the proposed enhancements’ importance in easing congestion in Mobile County, voters’ approval of the program is once again essential.

Since 1977, the PAYG program has invested about $1 billion into the infrastructure of Mobile County’s roads and bridges.

A Little Shakespeare 

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Shakespeare’s Macbeth will be performed by the Alabama School of the Arts at the University of Mobile.

Macbeth is a tale of cruelty, love, and murder about a couple’s desire for power and their subsequent shame and regret. 

Perfect for the Halloween season, this spectacular production does justice to the intensity and savagery of Shakespeare’s eeriest play.

The performance will be at the UM College Woods Auditorium, directed by assistant theater professor Stewart Hawley.

Showtimes for Macbeth are October 27-29 at 7 p.m. and October 30 at 3 p.m. The price for adults is $20, while student tickets are only $10.

A Treat For Kids Who Love Aviation 

Thriving After The Pandemic - a treat for kids who love aviation

It’s Manufacturing Month, and to celebrate, Bishop State Community College (one of our local colleges), Flight Works Alabama, Airbus, and the Mobile County Public School System (MCPSS) are teaming up to introduce kids to the exciting world of aviation.

Students enrolled in Bishop State’s Aviation Manufacturing Technology dual enrollment program will travel to Flight Works Alabama and Airbus on Tuesday, October 18.

The Discovery Space at Flight Works Alabama features more than 40 exhibits, and the entire facility spans 15,000 square feet. 

In addition, the students will visit the Airbus US Manufacturing Facility to learn about the production process of a commercial airplane.

With the skills gap leaving too many jobs vacant, Manufacturing Month highlights the reality of current manufacturing vocations. 

About 800,000 positions in the sector become available every month on average. 

According to studies conducted by the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte, more than 2.1 million manufacturing positions in the United States could remain unfilled by the year 2030.

Students will be able to see firsthand how their studies in high school can prepare them for a rewarding career in aviation right here in Mobile, thanks to these excursions.

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