Domaine South Relocates To Downtown Huntsville Square!

“The best wines are the ones shared with friends.” – Unknown

“There’s a French term that describes our type of shop,” explained Kristian Denis, Curator and Co-Owner of Domaine South. “It’s called ‘cave à manger’, and Paris is dotted with many neighborhood spots like ours. Yes, we are a fine wine shop. But we will also have small plates, coffee, tea, locally made goods, cookbooks, and more. Domaine South will be the perfect place on the square to unwind at any time of day.”

Husband and wife owners Kristian and Mike Denis first opened Domaine South’s doors in 2015 on Cleveland Avenue but quickly outgrew the space. After relocating next door, the business took off as they added artisanal cheeses to the menu and began to offer locally made art, pottery, and other small gifts.

The new location of Domaine South on the square.

Now, the couple plans to add an innovative wine-by-the-glass program to the business. But first, they needed to find a location that would make the feat possible.

“We looked at adding it to our current space, but we quickly discovered there was no way to make it work the way we wanted,” insisted Kristian. “It became a matter of waiting for the perfect space to open up, and we’ve always had our eye on Downtown Huntsville proper.”

The cozy new shop on the square will be in a 1,200 square foot space on the first floor of 103 North Side Square. Hours will be from mid-morning until after dark, and they are tentatively scheduled to open in July of this year!

Domaine South’s current location on Cleveland Ave. Photo credit: Domaine South

Our focus sets us apart.

With a spotlight on smaller production and old-world wines, Domaine South strives to fill its shelves with thoughtfully curated selections. They have been building their knowledge since the 90s through experience at wholesale companies and creating wine lists for restaurants.

“My father was in the military and I grew up in Europe,” said Kristian. “That’s where I was first exposed to an appreciation for quality wine. I believe the team at Domaine South has a unique depth of experience in both the wine and food industries. We always encourage customers to bring in their menus so we can help them find the perfect pairings for a dinner party or event.”

At Domaine South, you will find a wide range of wines from France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Germany, Portugal, Greece, California, Oregon, Washington, and much more. If it passes the rigorous testing of the curators, it makes it to the shelves for all to enjoy.

“Almost every wine we carry is sustainably grown, organic, or biodynamic,” stated Kristian. “A large part of ensuring the quality of wine starts with how it’s being grown. We pay attention to that and always take it into consideration.”

Photo credit: Domaine South

For us, it’s about bringing people together.

The future wine bar at the North Side Square space will offer downtown residents and professionals another place to relax, connect with friends, or simply pick up a bottle of wine for dinner on the way home. There will also be an outdoor patio space and seating inside.

“Our new location will allow us to better serve our guests with even more offerings,” assured Kristian. “We will have the new wine bar—of course—where people can order wine by the glass. But we will also have charcuterie, cheeses, coffee, tea, desserts, and a small brunch on the weekends. We plan to add more to our retail side of the business with even more locally made gifts.”

The wine shop also hopes to be the go-to spot for supplies when it comes to popular Downtown events like Concerts in the Park.

“We are thrilled to welcome yet another unique and thriving concept to the downtown community,” said Wesley Crunkleton, Principal and Leasing Agent at Crunkleton Commercial Real Estate. “Domaine South is a great addition to the diverse landscape of businesses that make downtown a well-known destination for retail, dining, and entertainment.”

Photo credit: Domaine South

We will always keep our Southern hospitality and flair.

Domaine South plans to source its coffee, tea, and desserts from Southern makers in order to preserve its support of locally made goods and Southern hospitality.

“We want to be here for any and all questions our customers have,” guaranteed Kristian. “We care about passing on that Southern hospitality and doing everything we can to find you the perfect wine.”

Domaine South is still open at its current location on Cleveland Avenue at AM Booth’s Lumberyard and will continue to be open until its move to the downtown square.

“We couldn’t have accomplished this growth without the support of our customers,” Kristian added. “Come by and chat with us when we open. We promise a relaxing, enjoyable experience. You may even discover a new favorite wine or two.”

Want more information about Domaine South? Visit its website at www.domainesouth.com, or follow them on Facebook and Instagram. Have you been to Domaine South before? Let us know in the comments below!

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Rockaxe City Throwing Club, Welcome To Downtown Huntsville!

On the corner of Washington Street and Clinton Avenue, Downtown Huntsville will soon celebrate the opening of its newest addition, Rockaxe City Throwing Club!

The complex will have 12 throwing lanes, a total of 24 targets, and several axe types to choose from to test your skill and compete against friends, family, or even competitors across the globe.

Carly Seldon, Event Coordinator at Rockaxe, said they have many fun things in the works for guests in the coming weeks.

“Our staff has been training for months, preparing the space, and practicing the craft to make sure we are ready for our Grand Opening on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th),” she said. “It has been great to work with such an awesome team. We’ve come up with some creative ideas that will make your visit to Rockaxe a memorable one.”

But what brought Rockaxe to Downtown Huntsville? It turns out the owner has a love of the sport and a passion for the Rocket City.

Discovering The Sport

“Our owner, Tim Talbot, is a traveling ER doctor,” explained Carly. “A few years ago, he went to Canada with his sons and they ended up throwing axes every day while they were there. Because his sons are from Huntsville and he lives Downtown, he thought it was time to bring the sport home.”

Since then, Tim has worked tirelessly to make his dream a reality. Very soon, competitors will be welcomed into the space to experience what Rockaxe hopes will become Downtown Huntsville’s newest pastime.

“The space itself is very unique,” said Carly. “It has been designed to look like you’re outside at night. Imagine black ceiling paint, pendant lights, and twilight scenes. We will even make some of the beams look like trees.”

Rockaxe also has real-time cameras installed within each lane that are designed to make competitions more interesting.

“HDI cameras are available so guests can compete in real time with other ‘axeperts’ around the world,” said Carly. “Our staff has already been challenged by the team in Galway, Ireland. We plan to take them up on that offer soon!”

With competitions going on all over the globe at any given time, it’s easy to see that this sport is becoming a favorite among many major urban cities.

The Rise Of Urban Axe Throwing

According to Carly, urban axe throwing has been growing steadily in popularity over the last few years, making its way from Canada to the rest of the world.

“The sport began in Canada around 10 or 15 years ago,” she explained. “There were so many people interested that an official organization was created for it. It’s called the World Axe Throwing League (WATL), and we are the only location in Alabama that is accredited by the group.”

At Rockaxe, competitors will find camp axes, fireman axes, and more. But in order to compete for WATL, they must use a regulation axe with very specific standards.

“It helps to create consistency and fairness for every competition,” said Carly. “Our Grand Opening will be the first major competition to happen in the state of Alabama under WATL, and the winner will be the official state champion.”

Want To Join The Alabama WATL League?

Anyone interested in becoming an “Axepert”, as Rockaxe calls it, can join an 8-week long league series.

Huntsville axe throwing enthusiasts will meet on Tuesday and Wednesday night for two hours of throwing and competition with other leagues in the South and across the world.

Instruction is provided on the first evening and the competition runs for seven weeks. All points will count toward an international ranking and can earn league members a trip to the WATL World Championship to represent Alabama!

So be sure to head over to Rockaxe and test your skills on St. Patrick’s Day!

For more information on Rockaxe City Throwing Club and its Grand Opening, visit their website at https://rockaxecity.com or follow them on Facebook.

(All photos are courtesy Rockaxe City Throwing Club.)

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Chuck Wagon Texas BBQ Expands To South Huntsville!

Exciting news, Huntsville! After 10 years of success at its Madison location, Chuck Wagon Texas BBQ is set to open a second restaurant in South Huntsville at Redstone Ridge Shopping Center. The soft opening of the new location is tentatively scheduled for January 4, 2018.

The 3,200 square foot space off South Memorial Parkway will offer the eatery’s same signature menu while creating a unique dining experience for both lunch and dinner crowds.

Owner of Chuck Wagon, Stephen Holley, said the barbecue joint has had plans of expanding for years, but wanted to wait until the right time to introduce a second location.

“We are very excited to bring Chuck Wagon’s Texas-style barbecue to the South Huntsville community,” said Stephen. “Over the years, we have had a lot of requests to expand, and now is the perfect time to make it happen. We’ve spent nearly a decade perfecting the quality of our food, service, and overall experience. Our new location will allow us to share our crowd-pleasing menu with a new audience while making visits more convenient for our Huntsville-based clientele.”

The History of Chuck Wagon

“Our restaurant actually began in the 1970s under the name Barbecue Boutique in west Texas,” said Stephen. “My dad, Mike Holley, was working as a petroleum engineer out there at the time. He started cooking on the oil fields and really developed his skills. He always said that after those big guys smelled his food all day, it better taste good.”

Barbecue Boutique was a consistent hit with the engineers. But it wasn’t long before Mike’s career took him to the Rocket City.

“When we moved to Alabama, dad was in the military as a radar specialist,” he said. “We decided to try out our first Chuck Wagon location in Athens where we served food for two years. Then we moved to our current Madison location where we have been in business for nearly a decade.”

During its 10 years as a Madison-favorite, Chuck Wagon has served its signature spread of beef brisket, pulled pork, spicy sausage, pork ribs and chicken to countless local and out-of-town customers. Stephen said the restaurant’s success is due to its focus on creating an excellent product and memorable visit.

“Our style of barbecue has its roots in Texas,” said Stephen. “We work with an offset-style of cooking, versus smoking or grilling over coals. And we serve mostly beef rather than pork. Everything has a Midwest flair to it.”

In addition to its existing menu, Chuck Wagon in South Huntsville will also be introducing a few fried items. But Stephen said he’s most excited about the new jalapeño cornbread.

“Pair it with one of our brisket sandwiches and we guarantee you’ll be in barbecue heaven.”

A Rustic Western Look

Guests at the new location are in for a surprise when they come to dine at Chuck Wagon. The new space has been transformed into an “Old Town” of the West, complete with artwork and details that transport customers to a time of campfires, cattle ranchers, outlaws, and rodeos.

“When you visit, you will actually sit in our custom-built Old Town,” said Stephen. “Everything from the booths to the murals on our wall will be uniquely made.”

The name of the restaurant also has its roots in Western history.

“In the old cattle drives, the chuck wagon would travel a day ahead of the group,” he said. “They would have dinner ready when the ranchers caught up so they’d immediately be able to sit down and have a hot meal. The name fits us perfectly.”

A New Home in South Huntsville

“Right now, we cater to a heavier lunch crowd at our Madison location, and we will continue to do so,” said Stephen. “This additional spot at Redstone Ridge puts us near the arsenal gate, families, and more of our Huntsville customers. We think it will make us available to serve more lunch and dinner crowds.”

Richard Crunkleton, who handled leasing for Chuck Wagon, said the new location is a perfect addition to the South Huntsville shopping center.

“Chuck Wagon has a proven track record of excellence at its Madison location,” explained Richard. “This second restaurant will allow them to deliver their five-star product to a different market in the city. We’ve had a great time working with them on their expansion to Redstone Ridge.”

As for Stephen, he’s ready to serve up some Texas-style grub and can’t wait for the opening.

“Come try us out,” urged Stephen. “We will make sure you have a great experience and some delicious barbecue done right.”

To learn more about Chuck Wagon Texas BBQ, visit http://www.chuckwagon-bbq.com or follow them on Facebook.

Have you tried Chuck Wagon’s Texas BBQ before? Let us know in the comments below!

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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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