“Baby Bite Bake Shoppe” Announces New Huntsville Location!

Very soon, Huntsville will welcome its newest bakery to Westbury Square on Airport Road. Get ready to taste a little bit of heaven at Baby Bite Bake Shoppe!

The specialty bakery will offer made-from-scratch, bite-sized cakes that are already the talk of the town in Birmingham. After Baby Bites spent several years as the “scrumptious treat-of-choice” at Pastry Art Bake Shoppe in Homewood and Inverness, creators of the popular dessert saw the opportunity to branch out and highlight their best-selling item by introducing an all-new bakery.

Emily Sharman, who will be Baby Bite’s co-owner and manager, was working with Pastry Art owners Carol and Dennis Gregg when she was presented with the opportunity of opening her own bakery.

“When I graduated college, we discussed me opening a shop that highlighted one of their proprietary products—Baby Bites,” said Emily. “Carol has created a unique baked item that centers on freshness, quality, and variety. We knew we could expand to other markets by showcasing Baby Bites and creating the Baby Bite Bake Shoppe.”

With a loyal following already established in Huntsville, Emily committed to making the new bakery a reality and plans to open its doors in late January 2018.

Photo credit: Baby Bite Bake Shoppe

What is a “Baby Bite?”

Achieving the ideal cake-to-icing ratio on baked goods is an art form—one that Pastry Art has taken the time to perfect. A new twist on the traditional petit four, “Baby Bites” are a unique creation that serve as a delectable treat for occasions of every kind and a wonderful alternative to a full cake.

“Many of the people who visit Pastry Art come just to grab a dozen Baby Bites of different flavors for client meetings, family get-togethers, or gifts,” said Emily.

Based on the success of the Birmingham stores, the potential for the product as a stand-alone offering was evident. As plans were laid out, Carol and Dennis fully supported Emily’s vision to branch out with the Baby Bite product and create a new kind of bakery with a signature vibe.

“And if you’re looking for a way to personalize events, Baby Bites are the perfect choice,” she said. “They can be customized with flowers, drizzles, monograms, or logos to make every gathering special.”

Strictly a grab-and-go shop, Baby Bites will have plenty of products available to choose from each and every day.

“Anyone can customize their box to have whatever flavors they prefer,” assured Emily. “Get twelve different ones in your order if you like! It’s a cost-effective way to sample our entire inventory. But we are betting that you’ll have a hard time choosing a favorite.”

Photo credit: Baby Bite Bake Shoppe

Why Huntsville?

As a Birmingham native, Emily immediately noticed something special about the Huntsville area on her visit to scout potential locations.

“The first thing that stood out to us was the community feel and welcoming attitude of the city,” she explained. “Being a part of Huntsville as it grows will be a privilege, and we believe it’s the perfect place to start a new business. Everything about it made us feel comfortable and confident with our decision.”

After weeks of searching, Emily and the team settled on the 1,320 square foot space at Westbury Square.

“The fact that our store would already be in a booming shopping center was exciting,” said Emily. “There’s great parking, ample traffic, and we think we will be bringing in a perfect spot for an after-lunch treat. Plus, it’s centrally located to many of Huntsville’s highlights.”

In addition to its focus on community, Huntsville sparked the team’s interest because of its enthusiasm for the culinary arts.

“Of course we want to be in a city that already loves and appreciates quality food,” said Emily. “Events like Taste of Huntsville and Huntsville Restaurant Week will offer us yet another avenue to share our Baby Bites and get customers excited about our product.”

Photo credit: Baby Bite Bake Shoppe

What will the bakery be like?

Caramel, Turtle, Strawberry Margarita, Key Lime, Coconut, and Italian Cream—you can order all of these flavors and more at Baby Bite Bake Shoppe!

“We have more than twenty Baby Bite flavors available, with daily specials and seasonal bites drawing in new crowds each week,” explained Emily. “We usually offer nine flavors to choose from each day. Red velvet is our best seller!”

Emily said that the bakery will have a “young, fun look” and incorporate decorative items like lighting fixtures made from mixing bowls, along with chic, rustic features.

“We are going for bright colors, engaging in-store graphics, and a welcoming atmosphere so you feel like you are visiting a friend,” said Emily. “We have many people visit Pastry Art for more than just the desserts—they come to hang out with us and chat. Baby Bite Bake Shoppe will be the same way.”

Baby Bite Bake Shoppe will be one of those places that you can get a delectable product and enjoy a social visit with our team,” said Emily. “We put a lot of focus on our customer-employee relationships, and we look to guests to inspire the directions that our business takes.”

Photo credit: Baby Bite Bake Shoppe

A sweet treat for the Rocket City!

More than anything, Emily is excited to join the Huntsville community and bring a little bit of sweetness to the town.

“Everyone here has been so uplifting,” said Emily. “We can’t wait to open and invite you into our shop! We will bake up some goodies that are sure to bring a smile to your face. See you soon, Huntsville!”

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J. Kennedy Clothing Company Joins Traditional Style With An Adventurous Edge In New Downtown Women’s Boutique

“For elegance, for resilience, for grace. Terribly simple—yet terrifically glamorous.
Uptown or downtime—bring wonderful manners and a flair for adventure. Horseback riding or sail boating today?”

Behind the brand of J. Kennedy Clothing Company is a passion for empowering the modern woman through timelessly classic style. A new women’s boutique coming to Downtown Huntsville in Spring 2018, J. Kennedy will supply a unique inventory of heirloom quality clothing and goods.

The new shop is the final tenant to join the thriving businesses at The Garage at Clinton Row—an adaptive reuse development that converted the bottom of a city parking deck into a strip of retail stores. The grand reveal of the shop took place last week at the Clinton Avenue Block Party and is already drawing the interest of Huntsville shoppers.

For Co-Owners of J. Kennedy, Meagan Tortorigi and Anusha Alapati, the project to open the store has been a year in the making. The shop plans to open its doors in March of next year, with online shopping available in February.

“Huntsville is a growing city with a need and appreciation for diversity in clothing,” said Meagan. “While we are a small, local boutique, we will provide exceptional customer service, style, experience, and assistance in outfitting. Now is the time to bring J. Kennedy to life.”

The Story.

“The look, the walk, the clothes, the grace.”

With years of retail experience under her belt as the owner and operator of Huntsville’s Cotton Cottage Boutique, Meagan reached out to Anusha with the proposition of opening a new women’s outfitter with a signature style.

“Managing Cotton Cottage was an incredible experience,” said Meagan, who will handle the day-to-day business of J. Kennedy. “After I moved to Birmingham, I left the retail business to focus on other pursuits. Now that I am back in Huntsville, it’s time to take on J. Kennedy with Anusha by my side. I couldn’t ask for a better business partner.”

As they formed plans for their new store, the image of one fiercely confident woman came to mind—Jacqueline Kennedy.

The Inspiration.

“It’s not just about what you wear, but how you wear it.”

Jacqueline Kennedy’s signature poise motivated Meagan and Anusha to create a new kind of women’s boutique for Huntsville. Everything from the design of the space to the available brands were carefully selected to reflect the refinement of the American fashion icon.

“Whether she was out on the field or at an upscale ball, Jackie Kennedy carried her strong sense of style with her,” said Anusha. “It’s something to be admired. Our new store will reflect the adventure and sophistication that she conveyed.”

Shoppers at J. Kennedy will be able to find a look for every occasion—styles for work, a night on the town, or casual day wear. And plenty of accessories will be available as well, including jewelry, shoes, and leather goods.

“We want every visit to be a memorable experience for our clientele,” said Meagan. “And that starts the moment they walk into the store.”

The Experience.

“A button up and jeans stop traffic. The door opens and she enters, breathless, but on time.”

Antique wingback chairs, Persian rugs, wooden accent walls, and exposed brick—these are just a few of the accents to expect at J. Kennedy.

“It will be as if you’re walking into a chic hunting lodge to enjoy a glass of champagne with Jackie herself,” said Meagan. “It’s outdoorsy but sophisticated. It will stand out in terms of design, and we think it will fit perfectly with the well-established shops at The Garage. We are also working with the Huntsville Historic Foundation and Reconstruction South to secure furniture and other decorative items.”

J. Kennedy plans to keep customers in mind when making decisions on what goods to carry in the 1,000 square foot space. Anusha said the company will reach out on social media in the coming months to hear what Huntsville has to say.

The Journey.

“For elegance, for resilience, for grace. Terribly simple, yet terrifically glamorous.”

Huntsville, what makes you feel glamorous? Confident? Classic? J. Kennedy wants to know.

“We want our customers to have a voice when it comes to what brands and fashion we offer,” explained Meagan. “Reach out to us via social media and let us know what you want us to carry. Every time we go to market we have our customers’ needs in mind. Speak up, because we are listening.”

Get to know J. Kennedy on Facebook and Instagram as they reveal more about the store in the coming months.

Visit https://www.jkennedyclothing.com for more.

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You’re Invited To The Clinton Avenue Block Party!

On Friday, October 27th, bring your family and friends to Downtown Huntsville to celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the opening of The Garage at Clinton Row!

The tenants at The Garage, and retailers on Clinton Avenue—U.G. White and The Clinton Row Shops—will be joining together to make this a memorable event with something for all ages to enjoy.

From 5:30 – 8 p.m. guests are invited to this free family event that will feature live music from Rob Aldridge & The Proponents, complimentary cocktails and hors-d’oeuvres, store discounts, giveaways, and more!

Here’s some of what you can expect at the Clinton Avenue Block Party 2017:

The Garage at Clinton Row

  • Honest Coffee Roasters will be providing special pour over demonstrations by showcasing three different preparation methods of their all-seasons blend, Dual Axes. Sample some free coffee and see if you can tell the differences between brews.

Green Pea Press will also be on-site at the coffee shop making custom t-shirts for the event!

Once the block party kicks off, Roosevelt’s will have Church Street Purveyor in the store providing food and special drinks.

Not only is this the 1-year anniversary of the opening of Roosevelt’s, but it’s also Teddy Roosevelt’s birthday! So, be sure to drop by because they will be giving away a FREE GIFT to the first 25 individuals who make a purchase that day!

  • Elitaire Boutique has plenty of fun planned for its guests at the event. The shop will have Old Frond Floral Co. on its mezzanine doing elegant Fall floral arrangements in store. Along with hors-d’oeuvres and drinks, Elitaire will be doing special in-store discounts for those who attend, and a separate giveaway for customers.
  • Frios will have arts and crafts for the kids to enjoy!

Spoiler alert: the newest and last tenant to join the shops at The Garage at Clinton Row will be revealed at the start of the event!

 U.G. White Mercantile

Shops nearby The Garage will be bringing even more to the party! Head over to U.G. White where you can shop and take part in:

  • Book signings by Sarah Belanger Demanuf for her book “North Alabama Beer: An Intoxicating History”, John Kvach for his Photographic History of Huntsville book, and Terri French for her History of Huntsville Textile book
  • A FREE demo/workshop with Yoga Gypsy Fitness
  • Beer from Church Street Purveyor

Clinton Row Shops

Retailers at the Clinton Row Shops will also be offering various discounts on their unique inventory!

Grand Prize Giveaway!

Many of the shops will be contributing prizes to a Grand Prize Giveaway that will take place around 7:15 p.m. (All guests at the event can grab a drawing card from any of the shops listed in this blog to participate.)

There are plenty of great prizes to win—$50 gift cards, gift baskets, coffee, t-shirts, and much more will be given away to several lucky winners!

See you there!

To stay up to date on the details of the block party, and to RSVP, be sure to join the event on Facebook.

The Garage at Clinton Row is located at:

114 Clinton Avenue E

Huntsville, AL 35801

 

Many thanks to this event’s sponsors/contributors:

Honest Coffee Roasters

Elitaire Boutique

Frios Gourmet Pops

Roosevelt & Co.

U.G. White

Clinton Row Shops (Downtown Storage Huntsville)

Downtown Huntsville, Inc.

Have questions about the event? Let us know in the comments and we will get those answered for you!

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Focus Physiotherapy Opens Second Location Near Madison!

“When it comes to physical therapy, there is a large spectrum of services available to those who need it,” said Jonathan Zecher, Director of Clinical Education at Focus Physiotherapy. “At Focus, we aim to go beyond generic exercises and modalities like hot and cold packs. A client’s unique issues call for a tailored, individualized approach. We take pride in providing that level of service.”

The desire to improve the practice of physical therapy propelled Jonathan and his colleagues, Chad Hobbs and Mandy Teng, to bring Focus Physiotherapy to life. In 2015, Jonathan and Mandy opened the doors at their first clinic and soon found that they needed a larger facility to operate at peak performance. And now, the clinic has reached a new milestone—a second location near Madison off Highway 72.

“We do things differently here,” explained Mandy, Director of Patient Services. “Our therapists focus on a set of values and standards when working with each patient. It’s much more than metrics and numbers. We want to empower our patients to take control of their own wellness.”

Brought together by their shared passion, the team at Focus is heading the charge in offering physical therapy that’s anything but “one-size-fits-all.” Instead, they strive to provide a customized, specific program for each client.

The Spectrum of Physical Therapy

Simply put, not all physical therapy is the same. This is a belief that the Focus team has brought to the forefront when executing patient care and designing programs.

In fact, the clinic currently has some of the only therapists in North Alabama certified in specialty treatments like the Schroth Method for scoliosis and Vestibular Therapy that is specific to treating issues, such as vertigo and dizziness.

“If you have lower back pain, the same ten exercises that worked for someone else may not work for you,” said Jonathan. “All of our therapists are trained in what’s called ‘manual therapy techniques.’ It’s a hands-on approach that aims to reduce pain, enhance mobility, and increase muscle function.”

With an extensive background in physical therapy—more than 17 years—Jonathan has experienced the discipline of PT from many perspectives.

“I’ve always had the drive to push the envelope when it came to physical therapy,” said Jonathan. “The best therapy experience comes when a positive clinical experience is offered in a warm, welcoming environment. We will certainly carry that over to our Huntsville West location.”

As Director of Patient Services, Mandy took the lead in creating a friendly space that’s attentive to patients’ needs at Focus.

“We aren’t just treating them [patients] as another person walking through our door,” said Mandy. “Our team does a great job of developing relationships. We get to be there as patients progress and attain goals they set for themselves. Whether it’s returning to their favorite sport or holding their grandchildren again, we understand how important it is to help make those goals reachable.”

In addition to investing in its patients, the clinic also puts attention on helping its therapists and support staff grow as well.

“Part of my job is to mentor our therapists and help them develop their clinical skills,” explained Jonathan. “When they join our team, they commit to a 3-5 year structured curriculum to advance their skills.”

“Exactly,” Mandy added. “We each spend time mentoring our team, not only in the clinical aspect of things but also in the business and customer service side. Our goal is to create a team where everyone is motivated and autonomous. That’s the kind of work environment we all want to build.”

Why Another Location?

“By expanding, we can serve a broader client base throughout North Alabama,” clarified Jonathan. “We felt like the corridor on Highway 72 was an ideal spot because it’s convenient for clients who may be driving to and from Huntsville for work. We will be in a spot that can serve patients coming from Harvest, Athens, or Monrovia.”

Jonathan further explained that physicians in the Madison area had been pushing for Focus to expand—they were ready to send patients their way.

“In regards to our growth, I think it’s a testament to the strength of the relationships we have built over the years,” affirmed Mandy. “Physicians want to send their patients somewhere they can rely on the quality of care they will get. We try to be the whole package here—targeted therapy, great customer service, and economical options.”

It’s Just The Beginning

It won’t be long before Focus expands even further across the North Alabama region.

“We have had plans of expanding since the day we opened in Huntsville,” shared Mandy. “This new location near Madison is just the first step in a much larger movement. We will continue to push ourselves and create more options for our patients. Their success is what makes this job so rewarding.”

If you’re interested in how Focus can help improve your wellbeing, visit www.focus-physio.com, or call 256.883.0636.

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