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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018

Forego your search for the basic ankle bootie and hunt for a pair you've never even considered. We've zeroed in on some of the biggest boot trends this fall, including some that will put you in touch with your wild side, make you want to plan a trip out West or pay tribute to Prince. This is your official bootie call.

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Cover Story

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2009

For almost 200 years, Commerce Street has served as the main mercantile, transportation and business artery for the city of Montgomery. From that day in October of 1821 when the steamboat Harriott reached the Montgomery landing after a treacherous ten-day journey up the Alabama River from Mobile, the citizens of the recently united settlements formerly known as Alabama Town and New Philadelphia were connected to the markets around the globe. Montgomerians now had access to all types of finery from Europe and Asia. After that cargo was offloaded onto the wharfs at the foot of Commerce Street, the empty space on the decks was replaced with hundreds of bales of short staple Alabama cotton headed for the textile mills of Europe. There were over 300 pick-up spots at river wharfs between the ramps and slides at the foot of Commerce and the port in Mobile. The rudimentary feeder system allowed area farmers to arrange for wagonloads of their cotton bales to lade aboard the broad decks of the steamships bound for the transoceanic cargo ships and lucrative foreign markets. In this part of antebellum Alabama, "Cotton WAS Commerce." 

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Take Five

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018

When Fido just cannot seem to stay on the couch any longer, leash up your pups and check out these pet-friendly spots in Montgomery! Enjoy our city’s fall air while keeping man’s best friend close to your side. Studies prove that having a dog close by not only provides companionship but can also help lower your blood pressure. What better way to help your health and spend time with your pet?

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Connections

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018

The Lower Dexter Improvement Association created First Friday Cruise-Ins at the summer’s start, and they have been a huge success with interest and crowds growing each month. Past featured car clubs have included Capital City Corvette Club, Gump Jeeps, Mustangs & Model A’s and Truck Night. Some events featured pedal-car races and free haircuts by The Chop Shop and River Region Golden Shears. Local restaurants on the block, Momma Goldberg’s, Frios Pops, Cuco’s Mexican Café and Island Delight, stay open for those looking to grab a bite to eat.

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Special Feature

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018

The more things change, the more they stay the same. The brick and mortar may have moved, but what hasn’t changed is the delightful experience you can expect each time you walk into Al’s Flowers.

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Special Feature

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018

We all spend a lot of time in our car and know that when our car is clean and we love what we drive, it makes all the difference. Proline Detailing is one of the best-kept secrets in the River Region for helping to make this a driver’s reality.

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Connections

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018

Some artists are said to be born with a paint brush in hand, and that is certainly true of Ruthie Carlson. She barely remembers a time when art was not a vital part of her life. Growing up, Ruthie’s father owned a printing company. Her relationship with her father and his printing company was the beginning of her love of art. “On Saturdays rather than watching cartoons, I would go with him to the office. He would lead me through aisles and aisles of paper and allow me to collect as much as I could carry in every size and color. Then, he would set me up on a drawing table in their art room with a magnitude of magic markers, pens, pencils, scissors, rulers and more. Every girl’s dream, right? Well definitely mine!”

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In Motion

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018

If you thought spontaneous getaways and wild trips ended with summer break, think again. The girls at RSVP packed their bags and went soaring through Georgia’s skies with an easy-to-plan and easy-to-enjoy road trip.

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Connections

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018

Montgomery kicked off Independence Day early on July 3 at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival with Stars in the Park. Approximately 3,000 people filled the ASF’s grounds with their blankets, chairs and picnics for a spectacular outdoor concert and firework display commemorating Independence Day. Artistic Director Rick Dildine, Mayor Todd Strange, and Commissioner Elton Dean all spoke at the event.  The Citywide Choir sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful,” and the cast of “Annie” sang several songs to get the crowd excited about their upcoming production. Troy University sponsored the Alabama Educator of the Year Award, which was presented to Jeff Glass of Wetumpka High School by Chancellor Jack Hawkins. Greta Lambert also presented the Tomorrow Kids award to five local students. The evening concluded with a group of 50 community members reading the Declaration of Independence.    
 

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Connections

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018

ADT opened its 2018-2019 “Once Upon a Season” with two successful FREE performances of “Stars on the Riverfront” July 29 and July 30, 2018 at the Riverwalk Amphitheatre. The performances were a culmination of a two week summer intensive seminar with prestigious professional faculty from around the country. Charles Jinright, Montgomery City Council President and Emcee Olivia Deas, news anchor at WAKA, welcomed the audience Sunday and Monday nights, acknowledged the City of Montgomery for the lovely venue, noted the dancers hard work and thanked the sponsors.

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