Frios Gourmet Pops Opens In Downtown Huntsville!

“When we first set foot in Downtown Huntsville, we knew we had to open our store here,” said Ericka Hopkins, owner of Frios Gourmet Pops – Huntsville. “It felt like a community—one where we could be the local popsicle shop that knew everyone’s name and remembered the kids’ favorite flavors. We are thrilled to bring Frios to the Downtown area. It’s fun, nostalgia, and a quality product all-in-one.”

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Located at the Garage at Clinton Row, Frios is now open and serving up the tastiest treats in town made with fresh ingredients and close-to-home flavors.

Hours for the shop are:

Monday – Thursday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday – Saturday 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday – 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“Customers can choose from about 80 different flavors,” said Ericka. “And you always know what you’re eating, because selections are based on the growing season. If we can’t get the freshest ingredients available, we won’t serve it.”

All popsicles are made from Alabama ingredients in an effort to support local farmers. Ericka and her husband Bart fell in love with the quality of Frios popsicles and contacted the company’s founder, Andy Harp, to get information about opening their own store.

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“Andy has the best personality to work with,” said Ericka. “He has been with us every step of the way in making our dream a reality. Andy is determined to keep ingredients as natural as possible, and that’s something that we found very important in a business.”

Based in Gadsden, Alabama, Frios has steadily grown to over 20 storefronts located in six different states—thanks to developing relationships with local farmers and the company’s eclectic personality.

“One of the best things about Frios is its focus on helping local farms thrive,” said Ericka. “All dairy used in our pops comes from a dairy farm outside of Dothan. We also sell products that support other Alabama businesses.”

In addition to delicious gourmet pops, Frios also serves G Mommas bite-sized cookies and Fox Point Farm Goat Milk Caramels.

“G Mommas cookies come directly from Selma, and Fox Point Farm is located in Kellyton,” said Ericka. “My husband and I are very passionate about helping small Alabama businesses, so we wanted our customers to have access to some of the best the state has to offer.”

Frios appeals to visitors of all ages, whether you’re a concerned parent who wants to serve healthy ingredients or an energetic toddler who wants a frozen treat.

“I have two very active little boys,” said Ericka. “There have been many times in the late afternoon I wanted to relax for a few minutes while the kids were entertained. That’s why we have activities for them here. Kids can draw on our chalkboard, or color a popsicle drawing to enter our weekly contest.”

Frios chooses a new drawing each week and displays it for all to see while rewarding the child with a free popsicle.

Ericka said more is coming to the store to add to the fun. The shop has a wall that’s set up for photos and will be getting funny props for visitors to use soon.

“My husband and I have always loved Huntsville,” said Ericka. “And we aim to serve the highest-quality frozen treats while bringing more fun to the community. Come on in and try the banana split pop! It’s delicious.”

You can read more about Frios HERE! 

Get connected with Frios Gourmet Pops – Huntsville by following them on Facebook and Instagram!

Have you tried Frios yet? What’s your favorite flavor? Let us know in the comments.

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Honest Coffee Roasters Opens Pop-Up Shop At U.G. White Mercantile In Downtown Huntsville

Coffee is more than a quick and simple pick-me-up to Brett Henry, founder and co-owner of Honest Coffee Roasters. It’s a science—a meticulous process that needs hands-on attention from the moment the coffee is grown to the time it’s placed in the customer’s hands.

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On Wednesday, March 22, Huntsville will be the new Honest Coffee customer thanks to a pop-up shop located on the second floor of U.G. White Mercantile in Downtown Huntsville. Among the outdoor gear, pottery churns, and old-fashioned candy, visitors will be able to sample the Franklin-based coffee company’s product for a limited time!

The pop-up shop is scheduled to operate for the next 4-6 weeks and will be open from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

“This pop-up shop serves a few purposes,” said Brett. “One, it will allow us to train our Huntsville-based baristas—something we take very seriously. And two, we can give people a preview of what to expect when we open our doors across the street at Clinton Row. We hope to welcome customers at our permanent location around May 1st.”

Honest Coffee Roasters’ Pop-up Shop will operate on the 2nd floor of U.G. White in Downtown Huntsville.

Let’s be Honest, what makes the coffee so great?

At Honest Coffee, you won’t find people who are simply, “roasters.” You will find craftsman—people who view the art of coffee making as a chance to be brilliant and push the limits of what defines an exceptional cup of coffee. And you will discover that once you’ve had your eyes opened to the world of boundary-breaking coffee, it will be hard to go back.

“Sourcing is one thing that sets us apart,” said Brett. “We actually send our roasters down to the country of our coffee’s origin. We get to be the first to pick lots. Coffee is a fruit, and if you’re able to physically see which plants are producing the best fruit and foster a relationship with the local farmers they will be compelled to give you the best crop on hand.”

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Honest Coffee is also able to control the quality of its product while it’s being stored. All coffee is brought up in small shipments, stored and roasted quickly. “It’s just like we’ve always stressed: We like less,” said Brett. “Less time in the roaster and fewer days before consumption.” And while sourcing is a cornerstone of the company, excellence also depends on the people involved.

“We have gone to great lengths to find and recruit the best talent possible,” said Brett. “These are people who are willing to go the distance and commit to our mission. The roasting process can make or break you, and we know that the talent we have on hand is passionate and committed to delivering the best possible product.”

A quick 30 seconds too long in the roaster can negatively affect the quality of the coffee. The conditions have to be perfect, according to Brett. And he is confident that the roasters at Honest have the process down to an art.

“They even account for the humidity in the room,” said Brett. “A number of different variables mean the process can be totally thrown off if you don’t handle it properly. That’s why we send our roasters all over the country to continue to train and stay updated on the best roasting processes. This is their livelihood, and they take it seriously.”

Photo courtesy of © Honest Coffee Roasters

All baristas who work with the team at Honest Coffee have to undergo a thorough training process. Christy Graves, operating manager for the future Honest Coffee location on Clinton Row, said that introductory training lasts three weeks, followed by an additional three months before baristas earn their aprons.

“It’s very extensive,” said Christy. “We don’t just hire anyone and let them start messing with the equipment and serve customers right away. It’s a very thoughtful process for us. All this training leads to a finished product that looks beautiful and tastes amazing.”

“Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abraham Lincoln

“At a very core level, we want to inspire people to be excellent in whatever they do,” said Brett. “We hope that by taking our business so seriously and caring a great deal about what we produce it inspires people to be the best in whatever they commit to—family, work, hobbies—be the best you can be.”

Do everything in a way you can be proud of. It’s a simple message, but one that’s stood the test of time for Honest Coffee.

Photo courtesy of © Honest Coffee Roasters

“We want our customers to have an experience, not just a cup of coffee,” said Brett. “Come visit us at our pop-up shop and get a preview of what’s to come. We think it’s going to be some of the best coffee you’ve tasted in Alabama—honest.”

Follow Honest Coffee Roasters-Huntsville on social media! Check out their Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Honest Coffee Roasters, Pop-up Shop:

U.G. White Mercantile

115 Clinton Ave E.,

Huntsville, AL 35801

Hours: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 Are you excited about Honest Coffee Roasters coming to Huntsville in May? Do you plan on visiting their pop-up shop? Let us know in the comments!


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Let The Battle Of The Food Truck All-Stars Begin!

1483721641597While the overwhelmingly popular Downtown Huntsville Street Food Gathering brand has been retired for 2017, Downtown Huntsville is excited to welcome a new and exciting food-centric event in its place: The Battle of the Food Truck All-Stars!

Curious how it will work?  Here’s what we know:

In just a few days, on February 9th at 6pm, the owners of 23 food trucks will gather at Yellowhammer Brewing and have 5 minutes each to present on their menu, branding, customer service and design to a panel of expert judges.

Judges for the event will include: Chefs Leonardo Maurelli III (Executive Chef of the Hotel at Auburn University) and James Boyce (Boyce Restaurant Concepts) and marketing gurus Trent Willis (Founder & CEO of Red Brick Strategies) and Lisa van der Reijden (Principal, VDR Designs).

After deliberating, the judges will select 10 food trucks to move on to the final round, and then YOU THE PEOPLE will vote for 2 more via an online poll that will open in February!

The final 12 Food Truck All-Stars will then compete twice a month from May – October at various times and locations around Downtown Huntsville to see who will be named Champion!

Here’s the current list of food trucks that will be competing for one of the final 12 spots:

Washington Square Catering
Local J’s
Sno~Depot
Rollin Lobstah
Huntsville Alabama MaggieMoo’s
Cafe on Wheels Neon Lilly
Kudzu Cafe
Dales Stuft
Sweet Temptations LLC
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Angel’s Island Coffee
Grumpy’s Restaurant
Beast Mode
Badd Newz BBQ
Pearl: Asian Cuisine
I Love Bacon Food Truck
Fire & Spice
TIM’S CAJUN KITCHEN
Earth and Stone Wood Fired Pizza
Betty Jo’s Gourmet Food Truck
Comin In Hot Food Trailer & Catering
Back Alley Traveling Bistro
Manic Organic Food Truck

To join in the selection event, support your Downtown Huntsville food trucks and learn more about what to expect in 2017, be sure to come out to Yellowhammer Brewing, Thursday February 9th from 6-9pm!

The event is free and open to the public. Guests are welcome to watch the presentations that are being judged and will be able  to purchase food from Earth and Stone Fired Pizza during the event and, of course, beer can be purchased from Yellowhammer Brewing.

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Crunkleton’s Top 10 From 2016

While 2016 has been a challenging year filled with many ups and downs for many people across the country, we wanted to take some time today and celebrate a few of the amazing moments it held as well!

Over the course of this year, we’ve had the opportunity to interview some fascinating people, break some exciting news to the community, delve into local history, and highlight a variety of new businesses on our blog .

So to celebrate the end of another amazing year in Huntsville and welcome in an even brighter 2017, here is a list of our top 10 most popular blog posts from 2016 along with a few honorable mentions! As you’ll see, it’s been a VERY big year for Downtown Huntsville! A huge thank you to everyone that helped make this year so special!


Honorable Mentions

Take a Hike, Huntsville: Trails To Explore In Your Own Backyard

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New Proposed Development Announced For The Old Huntsville Times Site

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Historic Huntsville: The Story Behind The I. Schiffman Building

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Church Street Purveyor Is Coming To The Avenue In Downtown Huntsville!

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Top Ten Posts Of 2016

10. Indigo Shoppe Finds A New Home In Downtown Huntsville At The Garage

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Indigo is now open for business as Meraki Boutique at The Garage At Clinton Row!

9. Pints & Pixels: Where Everybody Knows Your Game

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8. Huntsville Speaks: Downtown Entertainment

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7. Sneak Peek: Upcoming Retail Developments in Huntsville – The 2016 Edition

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6. Roosevelt & Company Brings The Full Service Men’s Provisioner Back To Downtown Huntsville

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Roosevelt & Co. is also now open for business in Downtown Huntsville at The Garage At Clinton Row!

5. Take A Sneak Peek Inside The Avenue!

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4. Honest Coffee Roasters & Greasy Hands Barbershop to join The Garage At Clinton Row!

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3. Holmes & Greene Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before

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2. From Parking Garage To Fashion House: Downtown Huntsville’s Newest Fashion Destination Is An Ode To The Classic

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See more photos from Kayla’s store which is now open at The Garage At Clinton Row by CLICKING HERE!

 

And the number one most popular blog post from 2015 was:

1. A Downtown Transformation Creates Retail Synergy In An Unlikely Location

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See more photos from the grand opening celebration for The Garage At Clinton Row on November 3rd of 2016 by CLICKING HERE!

Did your favorite story from our blog this year not make the top ten? Comment below and let us know which post was your personal favorite!

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