Sweet Home FloAla: Date Night

Since my boyfriend and I both go to school in Tuscaloosa, nights out at home can be few and far between. For that reason, date nights almost exclusively begin downtown.

I’ve already expressed my love for Trowbridge’s as the perfect lunch spot. However, since the beloved soda fountain closes at 5:30, it always comes down to Ricatoni’s, City Hardware, and Rosie’s for dinner dates.

I am classically indecisive, so narrowing down my options to these three choices sometimes makes things easier…but not always. Ricatoni’s, my all-time favorite restaurant and the location of our first date in 2013, wins me over easily with Fettucine Alfredo and Ravioli Ricatoni. However, City Hardware’s Crab Cake Sandwich and Rosie’s Pollo Loco are also mouth-watering options, and all are so equally tempting that we’ve had to “pick a number between one and three” many times. Thankfully, neither of us is ever disappointed in the winner of that game.

After dinner, Carson and I like to walk down Court Street, often seeking out live music (which is thankfully abundant in the Shoals) or simply enjoying the peacefulness of downtown before finishing out the night with dessert and a $5 movie from Target.

Date nights downtown are one of our favorite traditions, and downtown Florence has so much to offer when it comes to delicious dining and local talent.

Emily Strickland, Communications Intern

The Watervines & Strange Waves

The WaterVines and Strange Waves are hitting First Fridays in downtown Florence! The WaterVines kick things off at 5 on the main stage on Mobile Plaza.

Sweet Home Flo-Ala: Trowbridge’s

Until August 2015 I’d lived my whole life in Lauderdale County, so when I entered my freshman year at the University of Alabama I was faced with the prospect of learning an entirely new city. This experience has been important not only because it has been one of my first forays into the independence of adulthood, but also because it gave me a renewed appreciation for the Shoals and the hometown that I love–Florence.

Tuscaloosa has no shortage of meat-and-threes, trains, or championships. One thing Tuscaloosa doesn’t have, though? Trowbridge’s.

The bustling, classic diner has been a Shoals favorite for over a century, and one of my personal favorite downtown spots for as long as I can remember. You’ll come for the chicken salad and pimiento cheese, but you’ll stay for the deliciously iconic desserts. My personal favorite has to be the Coke float, but the restaurant’s really known for the orange pineapple ice cream (a recipe developed by Mr. Trowbridge and later sold to Purity) and the Oh My Gosh (a brownie sundae big enough for your whole party that truly lives up to its name.)

I’ve yet to find an equal to the gem that Trowbridge’s is, and it’s always one of the first spots I and my other out-of-town friends hit as soon as we’re home.

Shoals Symphony at UNA

The mission of the Shoals Symphony Association is to enhance the cultural life of all residents of the Shoals area through musical performances and educational programs.

Tail-Wagger Tuesday

Every Tuesday at Singin’ River from 4-9pm bring your fur babies with you to enjoy a pint and they get Free dog treats!

Shoals Writers Guild Meeting

Listen to Sarah Belanger and Kamara Bowling Davis discuss the process of writing North Alabama Beer: An Intoxicating History.

Thirteenth Annual Knitout

Come join us for our 13th Annual knit-out event.
Free classes from 11am-1pm.
Fashion Show & Door Prizes from 2pm-4pm.
We will provide supplies and teach you knit and crochet.

First Fridays

Join friends, family or co-workers to experience the wonderfully festive atmosphere of First Fridays in Downtown Florence!

On the first Friday of each month from March through December, Historic Downtown Florence comes alive with art, music, shopping and entertainment for the whole family! Enjoy the sights and sounds around every corner – dine in one of our fine restaurants – shop at our galleries and stores – or take a leisurely stroll to enjoy one-of-a-kind arts and the finest live music around!

Alabama Renaissance Feast

The Alabama Renaissance Feast includes a four course meal and entertainment suitable for all ages. Tickets are $25.00 and go on sale at the Kennedy-Douglass Art Center on Tuscaloosa Street, Florence, AL on October 2nd. Tickets may be purchased by snail mail from October 2nd- October 14th by sending a check to the Alabama Renaissance Faire, P.O. Box 431, Florence, AL 35631. Pre-paid tickets will be mailed beginning October 2nd. No mail orders will be honored after October 14th. Seating is limited to 200.