The Cuban Café Is Coming To Promenade Point Shopping Center!

A brand-new local eatery will soon bring the sights, sounds, and flavors of Cuba to the Madison/Huntsville area! Join us in welcoming The Cuban Café to the Promenade Point shopping center at 5510 Promenade Point Parkway.

Utilizing the culinary savvy of Jesenia (Jessi) Ysalgue and the entrepreneurial spirit of her husband Andy Ysalgue, The Cuban Café will be a vibrant spot where guests can experience authentic Cuban culture and cuisine.

Photo Credit: Katie Shelton; Jesenia (Jessi) Ysalgue: Co-owner & Operating Manager; Andy Ysalgue: Co-owner

“We are happy to announce that lovers of traditional Cuban dishes in the Madison/Huntsville area will soon have a great option to enjoy close by,” said Andy, co-owner of The Cuban Café. “There’s going to be something to satisfy every one of your senses, and we can’t wait to open our doors and deliver a memorable experience.”

The Cuban Café will serve guests six days a week and is tentatively scheduled to open in early August of this year. The hours will be:

Monday – Closed

Tuesday – Thursday: 11am-10pm

Friday – Saturday: 11am-11pm

Sunday – 11am-9pm

Bold, Fresh Flavors in Every Bite

What makes The Cuban Café unique? According to Jessi, operating manager and co-owner, it’s the years of training in the restaurant industry, authenticity, and soul that goes into every dish.

“This is the way I was taught to cook as a child, so I have been making these dishes all my life,” explained Jessi. “There’s something so special about Cuban food and the way it makes you feel. Cilantro, garlic, peppers—you can taste every ingredient and appreciate what it brings to the meal.”

For years, Jessi and Andy had the dream of opening a café that served the fresh and bold flavors they grew up with. And now, Jessi is inviting others to discover the delight of Cuban cuisine.

“We will, of course, have a traditional Cuban sandwich made with roasted pork, sweet ham, pickles, and swiss,” assured Jessi. “It’s one of our favorites and we are thrilled to serve it alongside other types of sandwiches and many other menu items including ropa vieja, picadillo, and much more.”

Ropa vieja is Jessi’s favorite dish to eat when visiting family in Miami. She explained that the name of the dish translates to “old clothes” in Spanish, a term that describes the look of the meat once it’s prepared.

“It’s a beef stew that includes meat shredded like old clothes,” she laughed. “It has meat, veggies, red sauce, and spices. When it’s homemade, the flavor will almost smack you in the face. It’s delicious.”

There will also be plenty of desserts to choose from on The Cuban Café menu, like Jessi’s famous flan.

“It’s the best flan I’ve ever had in my life,” complimented Andy. “We beg her to make it for every family event—they are never complete without it. I know guests are going to love it.”

The future home of The Cuban Cafe!

 Enjoy the Sights, Sounds, and Flavors of Cuba

Homemade fare isn’t the only reason to visit The Cuban Café—there’s much more to experience. For instance, there will be a decorated patio where patrons can smoke cigars and sip a craft cocktail while listening to the smooth sounds of drums, guitars, bongos, and trumpets playing in the background. Latin music will play an important role in the overall atmosphere.

“We want The Cuban Café to be more than a place you drop by for a good meal, although it will be that,” clarified Andy. “Our patio will be one of the most comfortable spots in the café. We want people to be able to close their eyes and feel like they are in Cuba or Miami. We keep using the word ‘authentic’, but that’s really what we are going for. Sharing these parts of the Cuban culture is something that’s special to us.”

Andy also shared that live music may be at the café during special occasions and events.

“Grab a mojito or a Cuban sandwich and hang with us for awhile,” invited Jessi. “We are a place that everyone in the family can enjoy. And we are just around the corner for all of our Madison customers.”

In the End, It’s About the People

For Jessi, nothing excites her more than opening the doors and getting to know her guests.

“We’ve wanted to bring this café to life for years,” shared Jessi. “So we have put a lot of planning and hard work into making sure it’s exactly what we envisioned. You can find Cuban sandwiches in many places—and they are all delicious. But we wanted to share them with traditional ingredients, prepared in a way that stood the test of time in our own family. We love Madison and Huntsville, and we are eager to open so they can try our recipes.”

Jessi and Andy have been part of the Madison/Huntsville community for 10 years. After one visit, the couple immediately fell in love with the area and decided it was the perfect place to raise a family.

“The first time we visited ten years ago, we had 70-degree weather, a tornado, and snow flurries all within four days,” joked Andy. “We love the colors and the seasons here, but more than anything we love the people and the family atmosphere.”

The duo also mentioned the growth of the area and said they hope the new café will be a player in the continuing progress of the city.

“We wanted to create a place that brings the community together to enjoy great food and fun,” said Jessi. “Madison and Huntsville have some amazing restaurants—we eat at them frequently. We are honored to soon be a part of such a diverse, quality group of restaurateurs.”

“Our roots are in Miami, but we have made Madison our home,” said Jessi. “This is a way for us to invite our friends to experience something they may not have had the chance to experience before. Whether you’re coming to grab a bite, hang out at the bar, or relax on our patio, we want you to leave feeling refreshed, happy, and—of course—full of comforting Cuban cooking.”

To learn more about The Cuban Café and to get updates on its opening, be sure to like them on Facebook!

Photo Credit: Katie Shelton; “There’s something so comforting about traditional Cuban cooking…” – Jessi Ysalgue

Have you tried Cuban food before? What’s your favorite dish? Let us know in the comments!

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Clean Juice To Open First Alabama Location At Twickenham Square!

As promised, we have another exciting announcement about the Shops at Twickenham Square! Alison Dennis, who was featured in our recent Cabana Wax blog, has more news to share with Huntsville. And this time, it involves cold-pressed juices, açaí bowls, avocado toast, and other healthy fare.

“Our team can’t wait to open Alabama’s first Clean Juice location at Twickenham Square,” said Alison, co-owner and general manager of Clean Juice. “In Huntsville, we have a community that is always looking for ways to improve their health and wellness, and our store hopes to help people achieve some of their health goals in a fun and convenient way.”

A 1,200 square foot space, Clean Juice plans to open in August of this year! Very soon, people near the downtown, medical district, and Blossomwood neighborhoods will be able to drop in for a fresh juice and açaí bowl, or a pick up a quick bite from the shop’s grab-and-go bar.

The new eatery will be open:

Monday through Friday 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sunday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

What is Clean Juice?

When husband and wife team Kat and Landon Eckles were looking for a career change, the duo developed the idea of creating a juice bar that focused on providing fresh, organic options along with a guest-focused experience.

In 2015, the Eckles opened the original Clean Juice store in Huntersville, North Carolina. Three short years later, Clean Juice now has more than 100 locations throughout 16 states, with plans to continue expanding.

“The Eckles bring a fresh, trendy vibe to the Clean Juice brand that’s made it stand out in the market,” explained Alison. “They have created something truly unique, because it’s ‘health food’ that not only tastes great but is actually healthy. Customers can rest easy knowing that we’re using 100% USDA Certified Organic ingredients—meaning everything we serve, from our celery to our coffee to our cinnamon, is free from chemicals, pesticides, and GMOs. And we never add sugar to your drink.”

With its extensive menu of juices, smoothies, açaí bowls, and toasts, Clean Juice provides nutritional information for all of its offerings online.

Clean Juice has drummed up praise in publications like Huffington Post, Inc., and Bustle Magazine since its opening. In fact, the business was voted “Fastest Growing Franchise for 2018” by Franchise Gator; its success shows no end in sight.

The dream team.

Alison’s involvement with Clean Juice actually came out of wanting to situate Cabana Wax at Twickenham Square. She and her husband Garrett found the perfect space next to Beaute Nail Spa, but it had twice the amount of square footage they needed.

“As luck would have it, our friends Allie and Todd Hose, and Todd’s brother and sister-in-law, Tyler and Jessica Hose, had known the Eckles for years and had been awaiting the right opportunity to open a Clean Juice store in Alabama,” said Alison.

Left to Right: Garrett Dennis, Alison Dennis, Allie Hose, Todd Hose (Photographer: Tall Guys Photography)

“After the Hoses introduced us to this awesome concept, we met with the coporate office and immediately knew we wanted to be part of the business. So, we pitched the idea of incorporating Clean Juice and Cabana Wax into the space, and the landlord agreed to let us divide it.”

It was decided that each of the six would have ownership in Clean Juice and contribute their unique skills to the project.

“Allie is a marketing professional, Todd is a former commercial real estate agent, Tyler works in finance, Jessica grew up immersed in a family of successful business owners, and Garrett and I are lawyers,” Alison shared. “More importantly, all six of us wholeheartedly believe in the concept and are passionate about making Twickenham one of the brand’s best stores.”

“Huntsville was the perfect spot for the first Alabama location.”

“On a macro level, the people of Huntsville are smart and they care about their health,” said Alison. “This is evident from the amount of interest Huntsvillians show in fitness and clean eating. On a more micro level, our space at Twickenham Square is surrounded by businesses that serve similar interests. People who want a 30-minute workout at 9Round or a quick service at Cabana Wax are likely to be interested in fast, healthy food too.”

Clean Juice will also benefit those who live and work near Twickenham who have awaited a convenient spot for coffee and breakfast items beginning at 7 a.m. on weekdays.

“We take customer care seriously.”

“The founders of Clean Juice created the business with very specific core values,” said Alison. “One of the most important tenets behind the brand is that we respect others by respecting their time. We want to be a place that you get in and out of quickly without sacrificing food quality.”

Each day, the juice bar will have a grab-and-go bar stocked and ready to go upon opening.

“The main takeaway is that you come first and side work comes second,” clarified Alison. “There will never be anything more important than you when you’re in our store.”

 Why choose Clean Juice?

Although Huntsville will have to wait until August to get its hands on a cold-pressed juice or a Beach Bowl, the owners of Clean Juice Twickenham promise it will be well worth it.

 “We believe we can inspire and motivate people by making clean eating enjoyable,” said Alison. “Whether it’s almond toast or a chocolate protein smoothie, we want you to have confidence that what you’re eating is organic, full of nutrients, and carefully vetted by the Clean Juice team.”

Want to learn more about Clean Juice? Visit www.cleanjuice.com to get the full menu, nutrition facts, and more.

Do you enjoy juices and smoothies? If so, what kinds are your favorites? Let us know in the comments below!

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“Pet Wants” Pet Food Company Is Coming To The Avenue!

Attention, pet parents of Huntsville! The Avenue apartments on Jefferson Street will soon welcome a new tenant to the pack. Pet Wants pet food company is a new-to-Alabama shop that will provide high-quality pet food for cats and dogs, leashes, toys, and other select items.

“As the first Pet Wants location in Alabama, I am proud to meet the needs of our city’s four-legged companions,” said Kelli Smith, owner of Pet Wants in Huntsville. “I am genuinely concerned about your pets’ lives and I have personally seen the benefits of Pet Wants with my own dogs.”

A 1,170 square foot space, Pet Wants is slated to open in July 2018.

“It’s nutrition you can trust.”

Founded in 2010 by Michele Hobbs and Amanda Broughton, Pet Wants currently has more than 100 locations nationwide.

“Michele’s own dog had terrible skin issues due to allergies,” shared Kelli. “She was looking for ways to improve his health from the inside-out, and that’s when they decided to start a company that paid attention to the chemistry, quality, and sourcing of its pet food.”

The Cincinnati-based company’s mission is to “improve the nutrition, health, vitality, and well being of pets throughout North America.” And they are conquering that task one dog bowl at a time.

“Pet Wants is more than a pet store, it’s a pet nutrition company,” clarified Kelli. “We are dedicated to providing the highest quality food that will be in your pet’s bowl within weeks—not months. All of our food is free from by-products, corn, wheat, soy, and dyes. We make it possible for pets to get the most nutritious diet in a way that’s convenient for clientele.”

Speaking of convenience, Pet Wants will offer free delivery within a 50-mile radius of its downtown location, easy online ordering, and even have an auto-delivery option.

“If you choose, you can have our food delivered to your door or office every month,” said Kelli. “Maintaining your pet’s healthy diet should not be a chore. We hope to provide peace of mind—in more ways than one—when it comes to caring for your pet.”

“We slow-cook food to lock in nutrients.”

Unlike mass-produced pet food brands, Pet Wants orders small batches of food according to customer demand. This means all Pet Wants’ food in the shop is younger than eight weeks old. Customers can purchase food by the pound, meaning less food is wasted and every meal is fresh.

“Over time, the nutritional benefits of pet food naturally degrade,” explained Kelli. “Pet Wants’ food will only stay on our shelves for up to eight weeks. This helps us ensure your pet’s food is the freshest on the market and always nutritionally rich.”

Kelli also shared that an animal nutritionist is on staff at Pet Wants’ headquarters and monitors the quality of the food—down to its chemistry—in order to maintain the brand’s strict standards.

“Pet Wants ensures that every single batch is tested,” said Kelli. “I can confidently say that if it’s at my store, it’s quality.”

“Let’s discuss your pet’s needs.”

First and foremost, Kelli said she wants to work with and help animals in need.

“I welcome consultations with our clients via phone or in-person at the store so we can discuss which foods will most benefit their pets in the long run. We can take a close look at the contents of the food they are feeding their pet and figure out ways to improve the diet together.”

Different formulas for cats and dogs are available in store, along with a line of salves, balms, and sprays for dogs that are made from therapeutic-grade essential oils. Be sure to ask Kelli about Pet Wants’ all-natural mosquito, flea, and tick spray.

“I create the balms and sprays in-house,” said Kelli.

“Bring your pets and hang out with us!”

When asked why she chose downtown for her home base, Kelli raved about the area’s community feel.

“Opening the shop in downtown was always a goal of mine,” said Kelli. “There’s nothing better than the family vibe and support that businesses give each other here. I believe our location will help us reach the most pets possible with quality nutrition, while still providing individualized attention to our customers.”

Pet Wants will be a pet-friendly space that welcomes four-legged friends. There will always be fresh water—and maybe a treat or two—ready for your dog when you visit.

“Downtown Huntsville is an active, pet-friendly place,” said Charlie Sealy, co-developer of The Avenue. “The residents of downtown, visitors to the dog park and other parks, as well as owners seeking the very best for their pets will find Pet Wants to be an exceptional boutique offering wonderful products and services.”

Why choose Pet Wants?

“We are passionate about your pets,” promised Kelli. “We’re fresh, local, and we want to be a valuable part of the Huntsville pet community. Our job is done when we see the pet you love begin to feel better, play better, and enjoy each day to the fullest.”

Stay tuned to our blog and social media channels for more updates on Pet Wants! We will be sure to send out information on the grand opening soon. Be sure to follow Pet Wants on Facebook and Instagram.

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Cabana Wax Coming To Twickenham Square!

“Necessity is the mother of invention,” quoted Alison Dennis, Founder of Cabana Wax. “Waxing should not be reserved for special occasions. It should be convenient and affordable. That’s why I’m opening Cabana Wax in Twickenham Square—to create an experience that truly puts the customer first and makes a consistent waxing routine realistic for more people.”

Located off Gallatin Street near Huntsville Hospital, the Twickenham Square shopping center is already home to well-known spots like Cajun Steamer, Mei Wei, Taco Mama, Pants Store, the Artisan apartments, and—of course—Publix. But a new business, Cabana Wax, is scheduled to open in early August of this year!

The 1,000 square foot studio will have six treatment rooms and receive clients:

Monday – Thursday 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Friday 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday Noon – 6 p.m.

Pictured: The location of the future Cabana Wax at Twickenham Square.

A wax studio designed from the consumer’s perspective

Alison, a 29-year-old entrepreneur and former lawyer, made plans to create the new wax studio after moving to Huntsville in 2017. “I discovered the quick and affordable waxing services I was accustomed to in larger cities were not readily available,” she said.

With the idea of a new wax studio budding in her mind, Alison sat down and made a list of ways a hypothetical new studio could optimize the customer experience.

“For example, Sunday is a big ‘get-things-done’ day for me,” she stated. “Most spas are closed on Sundays, so I knew I wanted my studio to be open every day. That would make it easier for clients to find times that worked for them.”

“I also wanted to keep it simple: no memberships, no introductory rate followed by a steeply increased rate on the second visit—just a consistent low price with no obligations.”

Pictured: Alison Dennis, Founder of Cabana Wax; Photographer: Jake Lott

Alison also wanted a centralized location near other businesses that would have great synergy with her own and would be convenient to the downtown, Blossomwood, and medical district neighborhoods. For her, the Shops at Twickenham Square was the perfect place to develop her vision.

“The foot traffic at Twickenham is incredible, and I knew Cabana Wax would feed off nearby businesses like 9Round and Publix,” Alison explained. “In addition to taking clients by appointment, we will be a great option for walk-in clients who want to take advantage of our services between errands. And our business model creates a situation where that’s actually possible.”

In addition to its convenient location and hours, Cabana Wax also promises affordability.

“It’s hard for many people to pay $90 a month for basic beauty habits like hair removal,” said Alison. “By cutting down the cost on all of our services, we are giving more people the opportunity to try new things and make them part of a routine they can afford to sustain. At our prices, a customer can get a high-quality Brazilian wax and lash perming service for the same cost as just a Brazilian at other spas.”

Waxing services at Cabana range from $5 to its signature $50 Brazilian. Customers can also try a few other services the Cabana Wax team has carefully selected as complements to its full-service wax menu, including dermaplaning, microdermabrasion, lash perming and lash tinting, all of which will be offered for less than the typical cost.

With plans to open by August, the team has already secured a studio manager, an experienced esthetician who will train Cabana’s staff to maintain the brand’s promises from day-to-day.

It’s about you

When asked why Huntsville should use Cabana for all their waxing needs, Alison had one thing to say.

“Cabana Wax is about you,” she guaranteed. “We will help you amplify your natural beauty while showing respect for your time and money.”

For more information on Cabana Wax, visit www.cabanawaxstudio.com. You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram for more updates.

 Stay tuned to our blog, because we will be sharing another space coming to Twickenham Square very soon!

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