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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Another Update For The Avenue—Scout & Molly’s Grand Opening Party This Week!

If you’ve strolled by The Avenue in Downtown Huntsville recently, you’ve seen the major changes happening at the retail shops on the ground floor. With women’s boutique Scout & Molly’s already open and other shops soon to follow, we are excited to share the latest updates with you.

There’s exciting news from Scout & Molly’s, as they plan to host their Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting party this Thursday, October 5th from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Owner of the shop, Lori Mullins, said she’s “excited to offer a fantastic destination for women to come again and again to find a fresh selection, with stylists at the ready to make them look their best.”

Scout & Molly’s will have some amazing prizes to give away at the event. So come by this week and check out its beautifully unique style and apparel. The grand prize is a $250 shopping spree and shopping party!

Church Street Purveyor

Church Street Purveyor’s opening is just around the corner, and the team said to stay tuned to their social media channels to stay up to date on their opening. Very soon, guests will be able to enjoy the restaurant’s chef-curated food, handcrafted cocktails, and spirits.

Oshi Poké Bowl & Sushi

The Hawaiian poké concept, Oshi Poké Bowl & Sushi, plans to begin construction within the next couple of weeks. After they complete three months of building time, the team said they are pushing for a 2017 opening.

Oshi plans to have a Grand Opening special for guests that come in the first week in order to celebrate the restaurant’s first Alabama location. Get more details on Oshi’s Facebook page—they will release more info about a month prior to their opening.

Zoom Indoor Cycling

Zoom Indoor Cycling’s soft opening is scheduled for October 10th, and you can book a free preview class now. Pre-opening classes are 100% free and will give you a chance to check out Zoom before they open. Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity! Click here for more info.

Soda Jerk

The old-fashioned soda shop with a very modern twist, Soda Jerk, will bring uniquely delicious American fare to Downtown Huntsville. Owner Tom Sheffer will have more information soon about the projected opening for this eatery. So stay tuned here!

Have you visited Scout & Molly’s? Excited about the concepts coming to The Avenue? Let us know in the comments below!

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New “STOVEHOUSE” Development Coming Soon To West Huntsville!

Stovehouse Properties and Crunkleton Commercial Real Estate Group are proud to announce Huntsville’s newest development coming soon to west Huntsville. Introducing, STOVEHOUSE!

(Click here to view the official PRESS RELEASE.

The historic Martin Stove building, located at 3414 Governors Drive, will soon become the site of the city’s next large-scale food, office, events, and entertainment complex. A 200,000 square foot building situated on a 10-acre property, STOVEHOUSE will blur the line between modern and historical, work and play, and small-town culture and high-tech urban energy.

Owners of STOVEHOUSE, Danny and Patti Yancey, purchased the building in 2016 and plan to preserve its rich history while creating a new thriving mixed-use center in Westside Huntsville.

“STOVEHOUSE will fill the vacancy for an all-in-one entertainment, dining, and business hub in west Huntsville’s burgeoning arts, brewery, and cottage-living district,” said Danny. “We’re intentionally building this development to be a destination that nourishes the community.”

An example of office space at STOVEHOUSE.

STOVEHOUSE will be the home of Huntsville’s first permanent urban food garden. Along with chef-driven dining options, there will be a gourmet wine bar, specialty coffee bars, and ample flexible event spaces.

With multiple entertainment stages that will adjust to fit audiences of 100 for more intimate shows, and crowds of up to 2,000 for well-known acts in its multi-purpose hall, STOVEHOUSE will be suitable for business meetings, conferences, weddings, and similar uses.

“We will be bringing regular, curated concerts to a city that appreciates world-class culture,” said Danny. “As the project moves forward we will continue to release details on the entertainment and event aspects of STOVEHOUSE.”

But Huntsville won’t have to wait long to see this development’s progress.

“We’re excited to help bring this vision to life,” said Wesley Crunkleton, co-developer of STOVEHOUSE. “Its close proximity to downtown, I-565, and Redstone Arsenal will make it the ideal hub for businesses, first-to-Alabama restaurant concepts, new entertainment, and events. The project is already underway and Crunkleton will announce the first confirmed tenant very soon.”

Construction is underway at STOVEHOUSE!

The History of STOVEHOUSE

The Martin Stove building dates back to the 1920s and was home to both Rome and Martin stove companies. At the time, it employed thousands of people in the surrounding neighborhoods.

The building, whose original address was 901 Fifth Avenue West, was completed in 1929 as home to Rome Electric Range Company which billed itself as “The Only Electric Range Factory in the South.” Rome produced the successful “Electric Belle” stove before the building was purchased by Martin Stove in 1939.

Huntsville’s Martin Stamping and Stove grew to produce the most complete line of gas heaters on the American market, as well as in Canada and Mexico. During World War II, the plant manufactured bomb crates, grenade fuse cans, and reclaiming drums for the Ordnance Department. Martin closed its doors in 2001 and the location has been home to several businesses before the Yanceys purchased it for redevelopment in 2016.

Preserving the past was important to the team of experts and collaborators executing the development, so many of the property’s original features will be maintained and highlighted throughout STOVEHOUSE.

“When you’re here in the bones of the building, you see the marks of hard-working Westside Huntsville folks who sweated it out producing tangible goods, from stoves to materials for World War II,” said Danny. “I imagine they would have enjoyed having a place in the community to unwind. STOVEHOUSE is being designed to honor that kind of hard work and the leisure it earns.”

Stay tuned!

As the project moves forward we will continue to update you here on construction and what’s coming to STOVEHOUSE. You can also sign up for updates on the development’s official website at www.stovehouse.com.

For more information on leasing, visit the property page on our website.

Is there a concept you’d like to see at STOVEHOUSE? Comment below and let us know.

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