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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CRUNKLETON COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE GROUP
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The 2016 Downtown Huntsville Christmas Shopping Guide

We’re back again to share our second annual Downtown Huntsville Christmas Shopping Guide with you!

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Downtown Huntsville is bursting at the seams with brand new retail shops this holiday season! So if you’re looking to get away from the mall, head to Downtown Huntsville and check out a few of these great stores! They’re sure to have something for everyone on your list!

Just like last year, we’ve put together a little look book of what you can expect to find at each store along with their hours of operation and location!

And this year, because there are simply SO MANY new stores that they all just wouldn’t fit on one blog post, we’ve given the guide it’s very own website!  You can even shop by the type of gift you are looking for!

The 2016 Downtown Huntsville Christmas Shopping Guide

(click the text above to view the 2016 Downtown Huntsville Shopping Guide)


Want a tiny peek inside the guide?  Here’s a small sampling of what you’ll find when you look around the guide. (For more photos from each store and to view their hours, location and connect with them online simply click on the store’s name).

UG White Mercantile

Roosevelt & Company

Elitaire Boutique

The Pants Store

Harrison Brothers Hardware

Want to see more!? Then check out the full listings for all these amazing Downtown stores on The 2016 Downtown Huntsville Christmas Shopping Guide by CLICKING HERE where you can check out even more amazing Downtown Huntsville shops like these:

Awe Boutique
Meraki Boutique
Woodtech
Clachic Boutique
Christina Wegman Fine Art
Echo Records
Elsweyr Shoppe
81:Home, Gift & Glam
The Whateva Shop
& Don’t Forget About Gift Cards!

Want to help spread the word and help others shop local and support our Downtown this holiday season? Then share the 2016 Downtown Huntsville Shopping Guide on your social media!

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Construction Update #2: The Garage At Clinton Row

There have been some big changes at The Garage At Clinton Row since our last construction update in June, so we decided it was about time for a follow up post!

Here’s where we’re at in the construction process:

  • Almost all the suites are fully constructed and tenants are starting to get in and put their own unique personal touches on each space with their final build out.
  • The brand new exterior siding is up in front of the store fronts and  features brick, two different textures of wood planks, and industrial inspired metal siding details.
  • All the windows, doors and even two full size roll-up garage doors have been installed in the development.

All that’s left is for the tenants to finish building out their spaces, signage to be installed and (the element I’m more excited for) the current chain-link fencing to be replaced with brand new custom, decorative, metal panels on the sides of the building!

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Looking down the breezeway toward Jefferson St.

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A sneak peek inside Elitaire Boutique’s space at The Garage.

If you’re interested having your business join Roosevelt & Company, Boutique Elitaire, Indigo Shoppe & Frios Gourmet Pops at The Garage At Clinton Row, we still have a limited amount of space left for lease in the development.  Contact Anusha Alapati for more details!

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Pints & Pixels: Where Everybody Knows Your Game

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“If you’re crazy enough to do something like this, you had to have an initial love for these games.”

That’s the first thing co-owner Richard Moss tells me as we sit down at a high-top table in the middle of downtown’s newest entertainment venue, restaurant and bar: Pints & Pixels.

The sound of classic 80’s & 90’s music videos surrounds us on flat screen TVs mounted throughout the space, interrupted only by the whirls, pops, and dings of vintage arcade game sound effects.

Moss starts off our conversation by telling me about a business trip his coworkers took to Portland where they fell in love with a new concept bar called Ground Kontrol that served up vintage video games alongside beer and was aimed primarily for adults, “They came back and told me about it, and it just instantly struck me as this place that I wanted to be, I hated that I had missed it.”

Over the years Moss tells me he watched as the concept began popping up in more and more locations all over the country, appealing to broader and broader demographics from the nostalgia seekers, to men and woman of every age, until finally his entrepreneurial nature decided he could watch no longer and needed to bring the concept to Huntsville.

THE PIXELS

“So,” he says, “We started collecting games.”

“I couldn’t just go to a place and buy 50 games ready to go,” he tells me, “it takes time to collect and curate enough of these games for a concept like this to work.”

I look around the floor, and it’s clear to see the love that went into every selection of every game that has made it out onto the floor, from golden age classics like Pac-Man and Galaga, to 90’s era fighting games and side-scrolling games like X-Men and Turtles, driving games, a shooting game, a vintage console game room and of course pinball.

JMP_0155Moss looks around the room as I ask him, of all the games, which his favorite? His eyes twinkle and he glances to the left and tells me, “It’s kind of obscure, but I really like Mr. Do! over here.” I look over to see a small brightly colored cabinet with beautiful late 70s / early 80s artwork. He tells me it was made by a lesser-known arcade company back in the 80s named universal. The company it seems had a reputation for creating knock offs of other popular games. “That doesn’t seem very original, but they always added a few wrinkles, they made it different.” Mr. Do! he tells me is essentially a knock off of a game called Dig Dug, “I just find Mr. Do! to be really really fun, much more so actually than Dig Dug, which is a great game as well.”

His other favorite game? Space Invaders.

“Space invaders was really one of the gateway arcade games for me as a kid,” he tells me. “If I had two quarters to rub together, I’d go by the UtoteM convenience store after school and put them both in space invaders. So that game holds a lot of good memories for me for that reason.”

But his newest love is pinball.

“When I was a kid it was all about the video games, and if I went and tried to play a pinball game it lasted about three seconds. I didn’t know what to do, I had to put 50cents in to just to play it, and I didn’t get any bang for my buck out of it, so I just want back to playing video games.” What Moss didn’t realize, he tells me, is that pinball went through a revolution and resurgence in the 90s where some amazing games were made. “I had no clue about it until I started doing my initial arcade bar research and after playing a few times I knew I needed pinball to be a part of this.”

But Moss knows that a lot of people feel the same way about pinball as he did as a kid. That’s why he is excited to organize pinball 101 classes once Pints & Pixels is up and running where they can take the glass off the top of the game and show how some of the rules work. “Every game has different rules, different modes you can enable, different ways to get an extra ball or start a multi-ball, all kinds of fun stuff most people aren’t always aware of because they can only fit so much onto those little 3×5 cards with the game play rules.”

But the thing Moss likes most about pinball is the personal interaction the user has with the game. “People play pinball and it’s physical, it’s very real. When you hear the sound of a ball hitting something, that was an actual sound that came from a real ball actually hitting something, it wasn’t from the speakers, it wasn’t digitized.” He goes on to tell me that even “the idea of nudging the game, people may think ‘oh that’s cheating’ no, it’s part of the game! That just goes to show you how different of a game it is that bumping the cabinet and shoving it around a little bit to try and get the ball to go where you want it to is actually a part of the game.”

Pints & Pixels Huntsville ALI look down at the table where we are sitting and see a pile of custom tokens and Moss explains to me that all the arcade games will be run by token play.

“We feel like for the experience of the play, putting that token into the slot, hearing it clunk in, and knowing you’ve invested that little bit of something into that game, makes the game better for you. Makes it more fun, makes you care more about how well you play, and that’s part of the experience so we wanted that to be the case for our customers as well.”

THE PINTS

But of course, “Pixels” is only half of the “Pints & Pixels” concept, “We really tried to do the beer part of this right,” Moss told me. And with 20 beers on tap, an assortment of craft brews, bottled beers, classic cocktails, and wine, Moss tells me they want to “focus on real good classics, just like the games.”

In addition to the bar, local restaurant concept Anaheim Chili will be serving up a full menu of dishes to help create an environment that is open to both kids and adults.

Moss and his team have also commissioned four local artists to create work for space as well. Donald Walker, Christina Wegman and Float have all created hand painted vintage arcade inspired murals for the space and custom-framing artist Vaughn Bocchino has helped to display a selection of artwork throughout the space.

GRAND OPENING DETAILS

Currently Pints & Pixels is tentatively set to hold their grand opening on April 9th.

They are located at 115 E Clinton Ave on the 3rd floor of the UG White Building in Downtown Huntsville.

After opening their operating hours will be Tues-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-12am and 11am-8pm on Sunday.

For more information, and to keep up to date on the grand opening, you can connect with them online at their WEBSITE, on FACEBOOK and also here on TWITTER.

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