Thursday, May 20, 2010

Weekend Roundup

Baby Boom

The Growler has learned that Meade Memorial Church is going to be offering day care soon.

Their SUP request was submitted to the City in late March and is still being reviewed, so the Growler can't tell readers yet if the church will accommodate infants as well as toddlers.

However, the historic church (located at 322 N. Alfred Street) will be holding an ice cream social from 12 noon to 3 p.m. next Sunday, May 23 in their parking lot at Princess and Alfred to publicize their plans. Church leaders will be handing out flyers about the proposed day care center and how to get further information.

Good news for the neighborhood, given all the baby bumps and strollers the Growler has spotted recently. Is there something in the water here?

Coffee on Queen

Neighbors who miss the late lamented Firehook Bakery on N. Fayette Street are rejoicing at the opening of Cafe Nicole last Friday at 1125 Queen Street.

Youthful entrepreneur Nicole Burlimann, previously on the staff at St. Elmo's Coffee House in Del Ray, has set up shop in the former Sargent's Restaurant, which has been empty since a fire in 2007. The new restaurant is open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily and serves coffee, espresso, juices, pastries from Bread and Chocolate, and light lunch items like wraps.

Welcome Nicole!

Sweet Home Alabama

Alabama Avenue LLC -- which has been doing the work of the angels by buying, rehabbing and selling derelict homes in the neighborhood -- has purchased attorney Bobby Stafford's property at the southeast corner of Queen and N. Henry Streets.

The building at 1026 Queen Street once housed a hair salon but has been empty in recent years. Late last month Alabama Avenue LLC received the last green light from the Board of Architectural Review to remodel the structure and build an addition.

The same group finished rehabbing the home at 1105 Queen Street earlier this year and quickly sold it.

So the question is this: is Queen Street finally on the upward swing?