Huntsville Speaks: STOVEHOUSE

It’s time again for another “Huntsville Speaks” where we ask for feedback from the community on what YOU want to see come to the Rocket City!

Your input matters, and that’s why we continue to ask you what it is you’d like to see and enjoy in Huntsville. You speak, we listen—and we go out and try to make it happen!

This time, we are asking everyone to weigh in on our latest big announcement: STOVEHOUSE. Not only will this development be home to the city’s first urban food garden, but it will also include a rooftop wine bar and plenty of space for events—big and small!

We’d love to hear YOUR ideas on what restaurants and eateries you’d like to see in this one-of-a-kind historic space. We are looking for unique, regional concepts. Is there something in Birmingham, Chattanooga, Atlanta, or Nashville that you’d like to see here? Comment below and let us know!

Need a little help brainstorming? Here are some examples of what could be fitting for this space.

“What restaurants and eateries would you love to see at STOVEHOUSE?”

 Food from around the world:

Are there concepts out there that feature cuisine from a specific region that you’re passionate about? Restaurants that serve up favorites from around the world are always a popular choice. Döner kebab, dumplings, falafels, pierogies, gyros, ramen—there’s a lot out there to choose from!

 Food for the dessert lover:

Are you ruled by your sweet tooth? When we see shops that serve cookie dough, specialty ice cream, macaroons, and pies, we can’t help but want them nearby. What kind of dessert shops would you like to see at STOVEHOUSE?

Food for specific diets:

Restaurants like Mason Dixon Bakery & Bistro have seen a lot of success in Huntsville because they offer incredible fare for customers with gluten allergies or other dietary restrictions. There are a growing number of options in the culinary world for vegans, vegetarians, and people who prefer to eat organic or local. Would you like to see more restaurants like this in Huntsville? If so, which ones?

Those are just a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing. What restaurant concepts do you want to see at STOVEHOUSE?

Comment below and let us know! Or send us a direct message on Facebook or Instagram. We are listening.

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CRUNKLETON COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE GROUP
HALEY@CRUNKLETONASSOCIATES.COM

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Join Crunkleton At The Big Spring Crush Wine Festival!

This Saturday, 2,000 wine connoisseurs will gather in Downtown Huntsville to celebrate the fourth annual Big Spring Crush Wine Festival and sample more than 150 wines from around the world!

Ashley Ryals, owner and chief creator of Homegrown Huntsville, saw the need for a wine festival in the Rocket City and has worked tirelessly each year to bring the event to life. Guests can expect new twists and experiences to the lineup and enjoy a fresh take on what was voted Downtown Event of the Year in 2015.

“I think my favorite part of planning and putting on the event is contributing to the economic growth and development of downtown,” said Ashley. “We have return customers each year and everyone seems to love it. This year we have plenty of new surprises for guests to enjoy.”

Credit: Homegrown Huntsville – Big Spring Crush Wine Festival

Crunkleton will be there this year as a major sponsor and would love to invite you to join us for this fun event! You can find us at the “Crunkleton Tent” where guests will be purchasing beer and wine by the glass and wine bottles throughout the evening.

How did it all begin?

“I got started with Homegrown Huntsville five years ago,” said Ashley. “It all began with our signature event series—Dine & Dash. I always knew Huntsville needed a wine festival, but it wasn’t the right timing for downtown. So, I put on Dine & Dash for three years to build up a database of wine lovers.”

After Downtown Huntsville, Inc. made strides in revitalizing the downtown area, Ashley knew it was time to implement the festival. She hoped for 1,000 attendees the first year but ended up with 1,500.

Photo credit: Gregg Clemis (Big Spring Crush 2016)

The event started in 2014 after Ashley spent months coordinating with her team and with local vendors to supply wine and other elements. It wasn’t long until the festival gained the attention of wine suppliers in California.

“The wine industry is taking notice,” explained Ashley. “In fact, we have nine suppliers from California this year. Huntsville is growing as a wine community and the support we give to local events encourages these suppliers and vendors to reach out.”

What can you expect this year?

“Every year comes with its twists and turns, and we are big on keeping things fresh,” said Ashley. “We also have some old favorites that we keep bringing back because people seem to love them.”

VIP Three-Course Dinner

This year, VIP guests will be treated to a delectable three-course dinner provided by Church Street Purveyor.

And if that wasn’t enough, they will also be able to indulge in 25 additional high-end wines while dining and watching SEC football on large monitors.

Beer and Wine Sales Tent

Crunkleton is proud to sponsor the Beer and Wine Sales Tent! If you’ve sipped through several wines and discovered one you can’t live without, come by the tent to purchase it by the bottle at special pricing. It’s also the perfect place to grab a glass of wine that will pair wonderfully with your entree from the local food trucks.

All wine bottles will have special festival pricing that night only! This means it’s the perfect evening to stock up your wine cellar.

Photo credit: Gregg Clemis (Big Spring Crush 2016)

Pop-Up Local Market

All vendors in the market will be giving out samples, as well as free water to keep guests hydrated.

Dayspring Dairy, Fred Bread, and Cork and Cream will be present this year and will have goodies available for purchase (in addition to the free samples).

Cork and Cream—in case you haven’t heard—makes wine ice cream! Yes, you can have your wine and eat it too.

Photo credit: Gregg Clemis (Big Spring Crush 2016)

Grape Stomping

Let loose and pretend you’re in Napa Valley by entering the grape stomping exhibit. Guests can donate any amount of money to stomp the grapes and all proceeds go directly to Susie’s Wish Foundation that sends local people with terminal cancer to the beach.

It’s a fun way to experience the wine making process and give to a great cause.

Food Trucks

There will be a stellar lineup of local foods trucks that will be showcasing “wine-inspired menu items.” This means they will pair perfectly with your glass of white or red.

You can stop by Beast Mode, Fire & Spice, I Love Bacon, Manic Organic, and Back Alley Bistro!

Live Music

And what’s a festival without entertainment? Live music will begin at 4 p.m. and last throughout the evening.

4 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. – Milltowne Band

6:15 p.m. – Alabama Commercial Wine Competition Awards

6:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. – Winslow Davis Ensemble

Photo credit: Gregg Clemis (Big Spring Crush 2016)

Excited yet?

We are thrilled to be a part of the event and we can’t wait to see you there. If you have any questions or still need to purchase your tickets, you can get all the info you need and more at www.homegrownhuntsville.com.

Click here to purchase your tickets, and use the promo code “crunkleton” to get $10 off general admission!

Have you been to Big Spring Crush before? Will you be coming this year? Let us know in the comments below!

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CRUNKLETON COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE GROUP
HALEY@CRUNKLETONASSOCIATES.COM

Get Involved: Free 2 Teach

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetThis past week our office had the opportunity to give back to our local community through volunteering with local non-profit: Free 2 Teach!

Born from the desire to give back and support local teachers, Free 2 Teach provides free resources to teachers in Madison County’s three public school systems. Supplying free resources to more than 3,800 full-time classroom teachers and their 52,000 students in Madison County, Free 2 Teach has given away over $1.1 million worth of free resources to our teachers, their students and their classrooms since they opened their doors in 2013.

From what started out as a collection of donated supplies in Free 2 Teach Executive Director, Eula Battle’s garage, The organization has grown into operating out of a 10,000SF retail and warehouse space off Leeman Ferry Road.

Which is where we came in.

Supported by a team of dedicated volunteers, Free 2 Teach runs a tight ship. Volunteers are put to work in one of two areas, the warehouse (sorting, logging and organizing donations), or the store (checking teachers in when they arrive, stocking merchandise, ringing the teachers up when they have finished shopping, and helping them load up their vehicles).

And with experienced volunteers to help guide you through each of the duties to be attended to around the shop, no prior experience is needed and new volunteers are always welcome!

Here are just a few images of our time volunteering with Free 2 Teach, if you too are interested in volunteering with Free 2 Teach, you can CLICK HERE to go to their website and sign up to help!

If you’re interested in simply getting more involved in your local community and discovering ways to help, join our quarterly volunteer team by sending an email to lauren@crunkletonassociates.com and we’ll make sure to notify you the next time we volunteer!

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Get Involved: CASA Of Madison County

One of my favorite things we do as a company is our quarterly volunteering with local non-profits from around the city.  This quarter we had the privilege to volunteer with CASA of Madison County!

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CASA (Care Assurance System for the Aging and Homebound) is a non-profit organization located in Huntsville, Alabama that provides assistance to individuals age 60 and older and to the homebound (wheelchair and bed bound) of all ages.

The organization’s mission is to enable the elderly and homebound to maintain their independence, dignity, health and safety.  One major way they do this is by ensuring these individuals have access in and out of their homes.  That’s where we came in.

Located just north of Downtown Huntsville is CASA’s warehouse, a streamlined workshop that constructs accessibility ramps.  Sectioned into stations, volunteers arrive at the workshop and are immediately put to work cutting 2×4’s,  framing,  and painting.

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While there, you work to build, cut and frame a stockpile of every element that goes into the  construction of accessibility ramps in the area.  This enables installation crews to simply arrive at the warehouse, load up all the prefabricated, precut sections they need for a build, and be on their way.

While some prior experience with a few basic power tools is a plus, no experience is required to volunteer.   Each station is set up with preset cuts, premeasured lengths and easy to follow templates that allow individuals of all experience levels to quickly jump in and start helping.  And there is always a CASA team member who is standing by happy to show you the ropes and explain each step of the process.

If you’re interested in volunteering with CASA as well, you can find out more information by visiting their website HERE.  You can also connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram!

Interested in joining our volunteer team next time?  If you’re like me, I’ve always loved the idea of volunteering, but just never knew where to start, who to contact, or how to sign up.  Joining our quarterly volunteer team makes it easy!  We’ll search out a great non-profit that needs our team’s help, send out an email blast with all the details and all you have to do is join us on the day of.  What could be simpler than that!?   If you’d like to join our team and be notified the next time we volunteer in the community, just send a quick email to lauren@crunkletonassociates.com.

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CRUNKLETON & ASSOCIATES
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