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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Huntsville Restaurant Week Has Arrived—Time To Eat!

Welcome to Huntsville, Alabama—a city bursting at the seams with unique, diverse, and delicious restaurants. On any given day, it’s possible to experience cuisine from all over the world without ever leaving the Rocket City. If you’ve been looking for an excuse to head out and explore the local food scene, you’re in luck. The 6th annual Huntsville Restaurant Week is happening August 11th through the 20th!

A part of the statewide Alabama Restaurant Week, this culinary event puts a spotlight on Huntsville/Madison eateries by encouraging patrons to enjoy discounts, tastings, and special events all throughout the week at participating restaurants. An impressive 60 restaurants will offer deals this year, making it the largest (and most diverse) Restaurant Week in the city’s history.

And as an added bonus this year, local breweries will be offering specialty brews designed specifically for the event. It’s clear that in Huntsville, food is a big deal.

So get ready for a marathon week of enjoying some of the best cuisine the city has to offer!

What kind of deals can you get?

Great question. Participating restaurants have been asked to offer at least one of the specially priced menu options:

  • Lunch Specials – $10 or $15 featuring two courses
  • Dinner Specials – $10, $20, $30, and $40 with three courses
  • Bonus Bites – This category features establishments that do not offer lunch or dinner but will participate by giving discounts on desserts, appetizers, or smaller bites.

Click here to view the entire list of participants in the 2017 Huntsville Restaurant Week.

We had to try out a few for ourselves!

With all of this much-deserved hype, a few of us at Crunkleton set out to try some specials. (And we will be trying more as the week goes on.) What we discovered were some of the most mouth-watering dishes we’ve ever tasted.

Church Street Wine Shoppe

The deal – $15 Food and Wine pairing. Options include Guacamole & Belle Chevre Dip, Basil Pesto Flatbread, Barbecue Chicken Flatbread or Summer Salad. One of those items will be paired with a wine choice of Leap of Faith Corbieres or Mode de Vie.

We couldn’t help it—we ordered it all! It’s impossible to decide between Barbecue Chicken and Basil Pesto, after all. And the guacamole almost stole the show! With a generous helping of Belle Chevre atop, every bite was extra creamy and flavorful.

But the Summer Salad was nothing to be ignored. The fresh slices of watermelon and heirloom tomatoes were perfectly paired with the Mode de Vie. Speaking of wine, the selections were outstanding, as well.

The Mode de Vie White Blend is from the Languedoc region of France and is making its world debut at Church Street Wine Shop. At the moment, it’s an exclusive offering of the restaurant made by local Huntsvillian Bjoern Lanwer.

And let’s not forget the red wine, Leap of Faith. Another creation of Bjoern, this wine comes from the Corbieres region of France and is also making its world debut. Be sure to check out the artwork on the bottle. It was designed by Kevin LePrince who broke fundraising records at the Huntsville Museum of Art as their featured artist, selling over 20 paintings in one night.

Church Street Wine Shoppe is the perfect place to get something fresh and filling this week. And be sure to ask for the guacamole.

Mason Dixon Bakery and Bistro

The deal – $15 “Steve Martin” jerked chicken sandwich with grilled pineapple, lime aioli, and smoked jicama slaw. (For a vegan option, substitute jerked portabella in place of chicken) with a choice of side salad (house, Caesar or cucumber) and a choice of fresh baked cupcake.

Have you ever seen the Steve Martin movie “The Jerk”? Mason Dixon loved the 1979 classic so much that they named a sandwich after it. It IS jerked chicken, after all. Along with its clever name comes a bold, sweet, and savory taste.

It wasn’t difficult to devour the entire thing, and the pineapple and jicama slaw balanced out the flavors perfectly.

If you’re in need of a gluten free option this week, look no further. The team at Mason Dixon will make your wishes come true.

Honest Coffee Roasters

The deal – $10 ANY Acai Bowl paired with ANY Specialty drink

Honest Coffee Roasters has become a popular spot for hanging out, having business meetings, and catching up with friends. And it’s located in the heart of Downtown Huntsville. Yes, you can get some wonderful specialty coffee there, but locals are falling in love with their acai bowls too.

This week only, Honest Coffee will offer two items that are not normally found on the menu. Introducing the Sunset Spritzer and Midnight Maqui Bowl!

This sweet, salty, and very filling bowl is just what we needed on a busy Monday morning. The Midnight Maqui Bowl features dried cherries, pretzels, bananas, cherries, honey, salt, and maqui powder. Maqui is a super fruit that is growing in popularity and packed full of antioxidants.

And the Sunset Spritzer is the coffee shop’s version of a cherry soda—delightful!

There are also other specialty drinks to choose from including the Twickenham Tea Latte, Ninth Green, and Peach Please. Why not try them all?

Of course, this is only a VERY small sampling of what is available this week. (If we had time we’d definitely try them all!) We hope everyone has a chance this week to investigate the unbelievable culinary scene in Huntsville.

Oh, remember to take plenty of food pictures and tag them with #DineHSV. You just might win a prize!

 Is there a special you are excited to try or a restaurant we should go check out this week? We love suggestions. Let us know in the comments below!

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Construction Update: The Avenue

Recently, we announced the addition of three new tenants that will join Church Street Purveyor at The Avenue in Downtown Huntsville—Scout & Molly’s Boutique, Soda Jerk, and Zoom Indoor Cycling. We wanted to give you a quick update on the progress of these exciting businesses coming to the Rocket City.

Scout & Molly’s construction is mostly finished and owner Lori Mullins announced via Facebook on July 27th that the shop would be opening within 30 days! We can’t wait to see the beautiful inventory that will soon be on the shelves.

Be sure to follow Scout & Molly’s Downtown Huntsville location on Facebook and Instagram to get additional updates on the opening!

Church Street Purveyor has a gorgeous space with intricate architecture and stunning details already coming together. The restaurant will offer a unique dining experience where you can take your food and wine pairings to the next level. Church Street Purveyor is scheduled to open mid to late September.

Construction at Zoom Indoor Cycling is moving along fast. It’s going to be a wonderfully built fitness space with spa-grade amenities and plenty of room for high-energy, exhilarating classes. Owners Justin and Cara Goodman said they plan to have a soft-opening in September. Be sure to join Zoom’s mailing list to lock in pre-opening rates, which will be their lowest ever! Check out Zoom Huntsville’s official website where you can subscribe to opening updates and more.

One more update:

  • Soda Jerk is a new eatery created by restaurateur Tom Sheffer that will offer quintessential American fare and a selection of craft beer, cocktails, and wines. As construction moves forward, we will continue to give updates on when you can get your hands on this delectable food made with uptown ingredients and a downtown vibe.

Remember, we still have a few spaces left! If you’re a retail business that’s interested in joining the shops at The Avenue, contact Wesley Crunkleton or Anusha Alapati to take the first steps in bringing your concept to Downtown Huntsville.

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The Evolution of 104 Jefferson

When searching for his next renovation project, Wesley Crunkleton, Principal at Crunkleton Commercial Real Estate, ended up finding a space that surprised him.

“When I was initially told about this property being a potential opportunity, I had a hard time identifying which property they were referring to,” he said. “When I walked over to Jefferson Street to check it out, I remember saying to myself that I didn’t think I’d ever realized the building was there. However, once I started walking through the space I saw a ton of potential.”

After finishing The Garage at Clinton Row, the 11,000 square foot mid-block building would soon become the site of Wesley’s next downtown real estate redevelopment.

The exterior of 104 Jefferson before renovations began.

The Plan

During the past few months, anyone walking downtown near Jefferson Street noticed the changes taking place at one of the block’s historic buildings. Although hidden behind a construction tent at times, the property was quickly becoming one of the city’s next modern office spaces.

“We had been looking at other opportunities for renovations downtown that didn’t work out at the time,” said Wesley. “The contractor I used for The Garage at Clinton Row put me in touch with the owners of 104 Jefferson and that’s when the project really took off.”

After a few months of deliberation and patience from all parties involved, everyone agreed to terms of the building’s purchase. A schedule of events was quickly put together.

“Our first order of business, after we had devised a plan for the property, was to make sure that the City of Huntsville Inspection and Fire Department were on board, as well,” he said.

“These older properties can be tricky because they were built during a period of time that either did not involve the inspection process or the process was vastly different from today. Both the Inspection and Fire Department can really be helpful on the front end with a project like this, and I would always recommend that anyone planning to undertake a downtown renovation get them involved early in the process.”

(Below are images of the property BEFORE the renovation.)

From January to July of this year, the look and feel of the property changed dramatically.

The Design: Modern Industrial

Although the building’s construction was completed in 1915, its interior design was frozen in time somewhere between the late 80s and early 90s.

“When I came across the space, everything was very retro,” explained Wesley. “Funky shapes, bold reds, and other dated elements were interspersed throughout the property. We knew there needed to be a significant amount of work done to uncover its true potential.”

104 Jefferson’s facelift was not a simple undertaking. Work began to expose brick walls and incorporate sleek glass, clean lines, and aesthetically pleasing paint colors. In fact, only two colors were used throughout the final product. The wooden doors you see today are made from the wooden rafters taken out of the second-floor ceiling.

“The goal was to make everything clean as possible,” he said. “We ended up using a dark tile with a dark grout that gives the lobby a slate or concrete finish look. The seamless glass entry doors in each suite are a hint to the modern, while the exposed brick gives it the industrial feel.”

(Here are images of 104 Jefferson AFTER the renovation.)

The character of the property began to take shape with the addition of exposed sprinkler pipes and artistic lighting fixtures. But its crowning jewel was something that received much attention from the community—a hidden mural that made its debut during the fourth day of chipping away at the lobby’s plaster.

The Discovery: A Message From The Past

 “Without a doubt, you need to remove the plaster. Take it off.”

This was the advice given to Wesley on a business trip to Chattanooga while visiting a contractor acquaintance who had tackled similar projects. Not wanting to begin a project that he couldn’t execute 100 percent, the encouragement was the push he needed to make the final design decision to uncover the wall beneath the old plaster.

“I already knew it was something that I wanted to do—expose the brick,” said Wesley. “And sure enough, we started chipping away and found yellows, greens, and blues. The old sign started to show itself. It was a welcomed surprise.”

After doing research, Wesley determined that the sign was for Bull Durham Tobacco. Co. and had been hidden for decades.

“It’s the same tobacco company whose factory was operational in the mid-1900s but burned down in North Carolina where the company was based,” he said. “We thought the connection to the past would be a wonderful feature to the building that would add personality and interest its visitors.”

The Modern Office Space: Where Is It Headed?

It’s impossible to ignore the changes in the look, feel, and function of 104 Jefferson. In an effort to keep pace with the transformations in today’s office settings, the space was built to encourage collaboration, creative team building, and successful project execution.

“Simply put, offices are headed to less of an office feel,” clarified Wesley. “Offices are becoming a place that you not only work but hang out, as well. The days of squeezing into a tiny conference room and exhausting yourself over a whiteboard are gone. Now, business might be done over a game of pool in the back lounge where people brainstorm.”

The Environment: Downtown Huntsville

Businesses are flocking to the downtown area in order to take advantage of the off-site meeting spaces, like coffee shops and bars, in order to recruit new hires and take a mental break from the daily grind.

Exterior of 104 Jefferson after the renovations.

Current tenants at 104 Jefferson include KPS Group and Prime Lending, which moved in after the renovations were completed to the ground floor.

“It really is more about your office dynamic rather than what downtown provides as an office setting,” he said. “For instance, Prime Lending moved its business from South Parkway. The ability to walk out the door and go have a drink or shop at The Garage at Clinton Row helps them utilize downtown as a built-in recruiting tool.”

The Reward: A Completed Project

“One of the most gratifying parts of any project is when people are pleased with what you’ve done to their property,” beamed Wesley. “The seller of the site found me after the renovation was complete and said they were very happy with the way it turned out. It’s a great feeling, and we are very thankful at how patient and supportive they have been throughout the process. It was truly a team effort. Everyone involved has been incredible.”

Next time you are exploring Downtown Huntsville, take a moment to stop and look at one of Huntsville’s newest office spaces that combines the present with the past. It very well could be the perfect spot for your business.

 To learn more about 104 Jefferson, click here.

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