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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Announcement: Honest Coffee Roasters Is Expanding Its Space!

If you’ve visited Honest Coffee Roasters in Downtown Huntsville, you have surely enjoyed the decadent lattes and espresso drinks on its crowd-pleasing menu. And let’s not forget those acai bowls that have gained much attention since the shop’s official opening in May.

But with crowds of Huntsvillians frequenting Honest daily, it quickly became evident that more seating was needed to accommodate the coffee lovers. Christy Graves, managing partner at Honest in Huntsville, said the downtown shop will be adding an additional 700 square feet of space—making room for extra seating and creating more opportunities for communicating with its guests.

“Two of the biggest challenges we have faced since opening are having enough seating and needing another point-of-sale register,” said Christy. “By adding additional space we are able to accomplish both.”

More comfortable seating

A mirror image of the existing shop, the expansion space will include new elements like a “comfy space” with a couch and chairs where guests can relax with friends. The additional square footage will also allow more room for their patrons’ business meetings.

“We have noticed that many downtown workers use our shop as a place to have casual business meetings,” explained Christy. “We will have ample seating and tables in our expanded space that will help create an environment well suited for that.”

More efficient ordering

Honest had another goal in mind—add an additional register.

“The second register will allow the Honest team more time to talk with first-time guests who may not know what to order,” said Christy. “It will also help us expedite the line of customers who are regulars and already know what they want. It’s a win-win.”

More fun this fall

The expansion is tentatively scheduled for completion in October, and Honest is ready to welcome its customers to the larger space with new fall-inspired menu items.

“Our baristas have been really creative and developed three new drinks for guests to try,” said Christy. “The Hashtag Fall, Bootlegger, and 3rd Degree. The Hashtag Fall is a tasty latte with sweet potato juice, dark brown sugar, and simple syrup. The 3rd Degree is our spicy mocha, and the Bootlegger is a housemade caramel bourbon latte. We also have a brand-new Harvest bowl that continues our partnership with Scott’s Orchard by featuring his fresh apples.”

Honest says thank you

“More than anything, we are overwhelmed with the support that we get daily from the city,” said Christy. “There are Tuesdays at 2 p.m. when we have a full house, and we always seem to have steady crowds. Our customers are the best, and we hope that this shop expansion will give them more reason and room to come hang out with us and enjoy their day with a good cup of coffee.”

Have you visited Honest Coffee yet? What’s your favorite item on the menu? Let us know in the comments below.

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