Everything You Need To Know About Earth And Stone Wood Fired Pizza’s Madison Location

On March 17, Earth and Stone Wood Fired Pizza shared some wonderful news with its fans—“We signed the lease yesterday on our new location! Very excited to be opening in Madison. We are projected to open our doors by mid-May!”

That’s right, Madison! You are about to have delicious, farm-to-table pizza right in your backyard. While most of Huntsville is already a fan of the restaurant’s Yellowhammer location, Stan Stinson and Tina Ford—co-owners and founders of Earth and Stone—have committed to expanding the business to Medical Park Station in Madison.

The Location

Situated off of busy Highway 72, the new Earth and Stone location immediately caught the eyes of Stan and Tina.

“We have a really good following in Madison because we spent several years building our brand there. This new location was very serendipitous,” said Stan. “It’s a former pizza place, so we were able to get a restaurant going without all the expense of a start-up.”

Stan said that business partner Tina Ford will handle the day-to-day operation of the Madison location while he maintains the restaurant at Campus 805.

“Tina will bring a group of trained folks from our current location and we will grow from there,” said Stan. “We plan to flip-flop back and forth between locations so we can both be involved in maintaining the customer experience.” In addition to experience, the Madison location will have the same menu offerings that are available at Campus 805.

The Menu

“We want our Madison customers to enjoy everything that we have available at our Yellowhammer location,” said Stan. “So, our menu will be duplicated.”

The restaurant will also have 4-6 beers on draft and will serve a selection of craft beers, wine, and ice cream (including their adult ice cream flavors). As for the pizza, all of the fan favorites will be there.

But where did the team come up with the flavors and offerings that customers have come to know and love over the years? According to Stan, it all comes down to experimentation.

“The Latham—for example—has a really cool story behind it,” said Stan. “A few years ago, we were at Latham Farmers Market. Every year, the Methodist Church has a food drive where northern Alabama farmers donate sweet potatoes.”

On that particular day, the church had received a large shipment of donated sweet potatoes, and Stan was tasked with coming up with a clever way to use them. As a fan of starchy sweet potatoes cooked with caramelized onions, Stan knew he was up to the challenge of creating something delicious and unique.

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“At Latham’s, we were usually set up next to Humble Heart Farms: Goat Cheese,” said Stan. “We had the arrangement to trade our pizza for their goat cheese. Suddenly, it clicked. I could create a pizza with all of the ingredients together.”

And so, The Latham was born. Stan credits the success of the pizza inventions to quality ingredients and research.

The Earth and Stone Difference

When it comes to being a dedicated foodie, Stan goes the extra mile. From the moment Earth and Stone became a concept, the team started researching best practices for making dough and even gave away pizza to willing taste testers until they discovered the perfect recipe.

“Right after we bought our first wood fire oven, we spent two months perfecting our dough recipe,” said Stan. “After giving away nearly 1,000 pizzas, we think we have it just right. We believe Madison will see a difference in the quality we offer.”

All of Earth and Stone’s pizzas cook in two minutes flat and use flour from Italy that can withstand 900 degrees. This commitment to excellence creates a noticeable difference.

“You’ll see black spots on our dough that develop flavor; you’ll see browning and blistering,” said Stan. “We aren’t a pizza chain. We are in this to be a unique offering to the market.”

(Speaking of unique, Earth and Stone’s adult ice cream selection is growing in popularity. The restaurant’s house-made ice cream comes in flavors like Bourbon Butter Pecan and Tequila Sunrise!)

The Future

What started as one of Huntsville’s first food trucks has become a sensation that the Rocket City can’t seem to get enough of. So much so, that Earth and Stone has been approached about adding more locations outside of the Huntsville-Madison area. But for Stan and Tina, customer experience comes before anything else, which plays a huge factor in any future plans.

“We want our customers to have the same experience wherever they eat our product,” said Stan. “It’s our customers that allowed us to grow, and that’s why we will always stay heavily involved with the daily operations of Earth and Stone. It’s because of them we are successful. And we can’t wait to connect with our fans in Madison. We will see you soon!”

Be sure to follow Earth and Stone on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Frios Gourmet Pops Opens In Downtown Huntsville!

“When we first set foot in Downtown Huntsville, we knew we had to open our store here,” said Ericka Hopkins, owner of Frios Gourmet Pops – Huntsville. “It felt like a community—one where we could be the local popsicle shop that knew everyone’s name and remembered the kids’ favorite flavors. We are thrilled to bring Frios to the Downtown area. It’s fun, nostalgia, and a quality product all-in-one.”

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Located at the Garage at Clinton Row, Frios is now open and serving up the tastiest treats in town made with fresh ingredients and close-to-home flavors.

Hours for the shop are:

Monday – Thursday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday – Saturday 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday – 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“Customers can choose from about 80 different flavors,” said Ericka. “And you always know what you’re eating, because selections are based on the growing season. If we can’t get the freshest ingredients available, we won’t serve it.”

All popsicles are made from Alabama ingredients in an effort to support local farmers. Ericka and her husband Bart fell in love with the quality of Frios popsicles and contacted the company’s founder, Andy Harp, to get information about opening their own store.

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“Andy has the best personality to work with,” said Ericka. “He has been with us every step of the way in making our dream a reality. Andy is determined to keep ingredients as natural as possible, and that’s something that we found very important in a business.”

Based in Gadsden, Alabama, Frios has steadily grown to over 20 storefronts located in six different states—thanks to developing relationships with local farmers and the company’s eclectic personality.

“One of the best things about Frios is its focus on helping local farms thrive,” said Ericka. “All dairy used in our pops comes from a dairy farm outside of Dothan. We also sell products that support other Alabama businesses.”

In addition to delicious gourmet pops, Frios also serves G Mommas bite-sized cookies and Fox Point Farm Goat Milk Caramels.

“G Mommas cookies come directly from Selma, and Fox Point Farm is located in Kellyton,” said Ericka. “My husband and I are very passionate about helping small Alabama businesses, so we wanted our customers to have access to some of the best the state has to offer.”

Frios appeals to visitors of all ages, whether you’re a concerned parent who wants to serve healthy ingredients or an energetic toddler who wants a frozen treat.

“I have two very active little boys,” said Ericka. “There have been many times in the late afternoon I wanted to relax for a few minutes while the kids were entertained. That’s why we have activities for them here. Kids can draw on our chalkboard, or color a popsicle drawing to enter our weekly contest.”

Frios chooses a new drawing each week and displays it for all to see while rewarding the child with a free popsicle.

Ericka said more is coming to the store to add to the fun. The shop has a wall that’s set up for photos and will be getting funny props for visitors to use soon.

“My husband and I have always loved Huntsville,” said Ericka. “And we aim to serve the highest-quality frozen treats while bringing more fun to the community. Come on in and try the banana split pop! It’s delicious.”

You can read more about Frios HERE! 

Get connected with Frios Gourmet Pops – Huntsville by following them on Facebook and Instagram!

Have you tried Frios yet? What’s your favorite flavor? Let us know in the comments.

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Honest Coffee Roasters Opens Pop-Up Shop At U.G. White Mercantile In Downtown Huntsville

Coffee is more than a quick and simple pick-me-up to Brett Henry, founder and co-owner of Honest Coffee Roasters. It’s a science—a meticulous process that needs hands-on attention from the moment the coffee is grown to the time it’s placed in the customer’s hands.

Photo courtesy of © Honest Coffee Roasters

On Wednesday, March 22, Huntsville will be the new Honest Coffee customer thanks to a pop-up shop located on the second floor of U.G. White Mercantile in Downtown Huntsville. Among the outdoor gear, pottery churns, and old-fashioned candy, visitors will be able to sample the Franklin-based coffee company’s product for a limited time!

The pop-up shop is scheduled to operate for the next 4-6 weeks and will be open from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

“This pop-up shop serves a few purposes,” said Brett. “One, it will allow us to train our Huntsville-based baristas—something we take very seriously. And two, we can give people a preview of what to expect when we open our doors across the street at Clinton Row. We hope to welcome customers at our permanent location around May 1st.”

Honest Coffee Roasters’ Pop-up Shop will operate on the 2nd floor of U.G. White in Downtown Huntsville.

Let’s be Honest, what makes the coffee so great?

At Honest Coffee, you won’t find people who are simply, “roasters.” You will find craftsman—people who view the art of coffee making as a chance to be brilliant and push the limits of what defines an exceptional cup of coffee. And you will discover that once you’ve had your eyes opened to the world of boundary-breaking coffee, it will be hard to go back.

“Sourcing is one thing that sets us apart,” said Brett. “We actually send our roasters down to the country of our coffee’s origin. We get to be the first to pick lots. Coffee is a fruit, and if you’re able to physically see which plants are producing the best fruit and foster a relationship with the local farmers they will be compelled to give you the best crop on hand.”

Photo courtesy of © Honest Coffee Roasters

Honest Coffee is also able to control the quality of its product while it’s being stored. All coffee is brought up in small shipments, stored and roasted quickly. “It’s just like we’ve always stressed: We like less,” said Brett. “Less time in the roaster and fewer days before consumption.” And while sourcing is a cornerstone of the company, excellence also depends on the people involved.

“We have gone to great lengths to find and recruit the best talent possible,” said Brett. “These are people who are willing to go the distance and commit to our mission. The roasting process can make or break you, and we know that the talent we have on hand is passionate and committed to delivering the best possible product.”

A quick 30 seconds too long in the roaster can negatively affect the quality of the coffee. The conditions have to be perfect, according to Brett. And he is confident that the roasters at Honest have the process down to an art.

“They even account for the humidity in the room,” said Brett. “A number of different variables mean the process can be totally thrown off if you don’t handle it properly. That’s why we send our roasters all over the country to continue to train and stay updated on the best roasting processes. This is their livelihood, and they take it seriously.”

Photo courtesy of © Honest Coffee Roasters

All baristas who work with the team at Honest Coffee have to undergo a thorough training process. Christy Graves, operating manager for the future Honest Coffee location on Clinton Row, said that introductory training lasts three weeks, followed by an additional three months before baristas earn their aprons.

“It’s very extensive,” said Christy. “We don’t just hire anyone and let them start messing with the equipment and serve customers right away. It’s a very thoughtful process for us. All this training leads to a finished product that looks beautiful and tastes amazing.”

“Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abraham Lincoln

“At a very core level, we want to inspire people to be excellent in whatever they do,” said Brett. “We hope that by taking our business so seriously and caring a great deal about what we produce it inspires people to be the best in whatever they commit to—family, work, hobbies—be the best you can be.”

Do everything in a way you can be proud of. It’s a simple message, but one that’s stood the test of time for Honest Coffee.

Photo courtesy of © Honest Coffee Roasters

“We want our customers to have an experience, not just a cup of coffee,” said Brett. “Come visit us at our pop-up shop and get a preview of what’s to come. We think it’s going to be some of the best coffee you’ve tasted in Alabama—honest.”

Follow Honest Coffee Roasters-Huntsville on social media! Check out their Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Honest Coffee Roasters, Pop-up Shop:

U.G. White Mercantile

115 Clinton Ave E.,

Huntsville, AL 35801

Hours: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 Are you excited about Honest Coffee Roasters coming to Huntsville in May? Do you plan on visiting their pop-up shop? Let us know in the comments!


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Haru Korean & Sushi Opens in Madison, Alabama

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“Haru—it means ‘day-by-day’ in Korean, and ‘spring’ in Japanese,” said Ian Kim, co-owner of Madison, Alabama’s newest Korean & Sushi Restaurant, Haru. “I think the sound of the word is beautiful. That’s why we decided to use it for our restaurant.”

Located in the Spencer Square Shopping Center, visitors can now find the city’s newest Korean restaurant serving up everything from noodles and soups to sushi and spicy chicken.

Ian and his mother Koung Kim officially opened the restaurant on March 6th. “We can’t wait for everyone to come try us out,” said Ian. “We are proud of our menu because everything we’re serving is fresh, flavorful, and authentic.”

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Steeped in tradition and experience, Koung Kim has been cooking Korean dishes for nearly 30 years and is bringing new ideas and passion to the customers at Haru. “My mother has been cooking Korean food for many years, and it shows,” said Ian. “She has always enjoyed it. Every morning, sometimes at 4 or 5 a.m., she wakes up ready to cook. It’s something she does very well.”

From the moment you enter Haru, it’s easy to see that the restaurant is a labor of love, evidenced by the fact that Ian went so far as to create specific pieces for the restaurant by hand. “I came up with the design myself,” said Ian. “I actually built the sushi bar. It took a lot of time, but it turned out very well.”

As the name suggests, hints of spring can be found throughout the restaurant. Bright blue hues, gold light fixtures, and a decorative mural make it a light and welcoming atmosphere.

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“We already know a lot of people in this area will love having a new Korean and sushi restaurant to visit,” said Ian.

Why is Ian so sure people will love Haru? Because this isn’t the first time the Huntsville and Madison area has been able to sink its teeth into the Kim family’s tasty cooking. For the past three years, Huntsville has been able to visit Haru at the family’s food truck. (You may know it as the “Yellow Bus”.) Ian and Koung see this new brick and mortar location as the next step in serving their community with quality Korean fare and sushi.

Never fear, though! According to Ian, patrons of Haru’s “Yellow Bus” will still be able to frequent the food truck. “We have turned over the food truck to my sister. We make the food for her and she runs it. People seem to love it.”

So what can you expect on your visit to Haru? “I assure you, my mom makes wonderful food,” said Ian. “Try it and you will 100% love it!”

Want to give Haru a try? You can find them in Spencer Square Shopping Center. Stay tuned to Crunkleton on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more updates on Haru.

Haru
8760 Madison Blvd
Madison, AL 35758

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