One of the most exciting things about Downtown Huntsville is its focus on adding new and interesting concepts to the area. Whether it’s a new shop opening or the addition of an original mural, you’re sure to discover something fun each time you explore.
This week, we’ve put together a quick update on some of the latest additions and changes that have taken place in downtown over the past few months. Stores have expanded and evolved, new fitness classes have been added, and there’s even a new shop at Purveyor Huntsville!
Here are some things you should check out next time you’re enjoying a day downtown:
Clachic Boutique and 81 Home, Gift & Glam Expansion
If you’ve visited Clinton Avenue, you know it’s home to many unique retail shops. As Downtown Huntsville’s shopping scene continues to grow, it’s exciting to watch local entrepreneurs succeed in growing their business.
Clachic Boutique and 81 Home, Gift & Glam are located at the Clinton Row Shops, a group of downtown storage units that were transformed into retail in 2014.
At the shops, you will find passionate makers and shop owners who sell everything from handmade jewelry and monogrammed accessories to yoga classes and local art. Now with a new phase of complete build-outs taking place, Clachic Boutique and 81 Home are the first stores to be operating with a brand new look.
Clachic Boutique is a lifestyle brand mirrored after specialty boutiques in Europe that sell scarves all year round. Now, the brand has progressed to sell a variety of affordable women’s accessories and clothing including jewelry, hats, purses, and much more!
81 Home, which shares the space with Clachic, has gifts for the whole family including home décor, apparel, accessories, and small gifts.
You can follow Clachic and 81 Home, Gift & Glam on social media for the latest updates and available inventory.
Sonoma Shoppe at Purveyor
An all-new neighborhood wine and cheese shop, Sonoma Shoppe can be found at The Avenue apartments inside the hugely popular Purveyor Huntsville. And although Sonoma Shoppe is connected to Purveyor, it is its own entity.
Lined with a beautiful wine wall, Sonoma Shoppe has everything you’d need for a perfect picnic. Come shop from a selection of cheeses, chocolates, crackers, produce, vinegar, cookies, olives and olive oils—the list goes on and on. They even have a fridge where they keep chilled wine, root beer, kombucha, and more refreshments. Somona Shoppe is adding new inventory every day!
If you’re having a perfect night at Purveyor and you fall in love with a wine that you simply can’t live without, head over to see if Sonoma has it in stock. You can take it out of the store inside your brand new wine purse, courtesy of Sonoma Shoppe.
Hours for Sonoma Shoppe are:
Monday – Wednesday (Noon – 7 pm)
Thursday – Saturday (Noon – 8 pm)
Wheelys Mobile Café
When exploring Big Spring Park, you may run into the newest (and smallest) café on the block. Wheelys Café usually parks on the West side of the Historic Square near the park entrance and they are always serving up something new.
Wheelys calls itself a “new kind of coffee chain” that operates on a bike-powered cart. As the “world’s smallest café”, they also offer an assortment of teas, chips, desserts, small snacks, hot food, and soft drinks. You can be sure you’ll get the perfect afternoon pick-me-up or a delicious wake-up call on your way to the office.
Follow Wheelys on Facebook to see when and where they will be out and about. You can also see what goodies they will be serving at certain Downtown Huntsville events! At the Paddle the Canal Festival, for instance, Wheelys had lunch ready with a menu of tacos, Spanish rice, and quarter-pound hot dogs. Delicious!
Holmes Avenue Becomes Two-Way Road
Recently, Holmes Avenue converted into a two-way street bringing numerous benefits to commuters and pedestrians alike. The three-block stretch of Holmes between Jefferson and Lincoln now mirrors Clinton Avenue’s two-way traffic.
The change helps traffic move much easier downtown and makes the experience for shoppers and restaurant-goers much more enjoyable and easy to navigate.
Light On Yoga Fitness Continues to Grow
Light On Yoga Fitness, located at the Shops at Clinton Row, has expanded from its original 200 square feet to 750 square feet during its first year of business. In fact, the yoga studio has expanded a total of three times and has hopes to expand even more very soon.
Cathy Lighton, owner of the studio, was the only instructor when the business began. Now, the team is made up of seven yogis who teach various methods and styles of yoga.
One of the most popular classes at Light On is the Aerial Yoga class where students use one of the five silks that have been added to the space. They also offer a private Lyra Hoop class.
Kundalini Yoga is the newest addition to the schedule of classes. It incorporates movement, dynamic breathing techniques, meditation and chanting of mantras. Very soon, the studio will host an Acro Yoga Workshop and an Arm Balance Workshop, as well.
Photo credit: Doug Lighton
Photo credit: Doug Lighton
If you book a class at Light On Yoga, be sure to get a picture of the new angel wing mural painted by artist Robert Bean.
What updates or additions to the downtown area are YOU excited about? Let us know in the comments!
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