Enjoy A Game Of Putt-Putt On The Square—“Downtown Open” Returns This Thursday!

It’s that time of year again! Grab your friends and head over to the historic downtown square to enjoy a free, family event that has been a crowd favorite for the last five years. The annual Downtown Open: Putt-Putt on the Square event is back, and we are excited to share that we are the presenting sponsor for 2018.

A creative urban putt-putt course, the Downtown Open will include 32 holes of golf situated at key spots throughout the neighborhood. Each unique hole is designed and sponsored by a local business so each stop on the course will bring new challenges, features, and fun.

And yes, Crunkleton will have a putt-putt hole on the course this year! We will be situated at spot #19 in front of Sam & Greg’s Pizzeria on the Northside Square. If you drop by, be sure to share a photo with us using the hashtag #SeeHuntsville, because we will be sharing our favorites on our Instagram feed.

Participants can choose to bring their own putter and golf ball or borrow them from Harrison Brothers Hardware, Sam & Greg’s Pizzeria, or UG White Mercantile. They will also give you a free scorecard so you can enjoy some friendly competition with your group. But remember, you can only borrow supplies during each shop’s normal business hours. If you plan to putt later in the evening, be sure to bring your own.

Open 24/7, the Downtown Open officially begins June 14th (this Thursday) and will last until June 24th.

For more information on the event and to RSVP, be sure to visit the Facebook event page here!

And if you want to make sure to visit every spot on the course, check out the image below.

We can’t wait to see you there!

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“Pet Wants” Pet Food Company Is Coming To The Avenue!

Attention, pet parents of Huntsville! The Avenue apartments on Jefferson Street will soon welcome a new tenant to the pack. Pet Wants pet food company is a new-to-Alabama shop that will provide high-quality pet food for cats and dogs, leashes, toys, and other select items.

“As the first Pet Wants location in Alabama, I am proud to meet the needs of our city’s four-legged companions,” said Kelli Smith, owner of Pet Wants in Huntsville. “I am genuinely concerned about your pets’ lives and I have personally seen the benefits of Pet Wants with my own dogs.”

A 1,170 square foot space, Pet Wants is slated to open in July 2018.

“It’s nutrition you can trust.”

Founded in 2010 by Michele Hobbs and Amanda Broughton, Pet Wants currently has more than 100 locations nationwide.

“Michele’s own dog had terrible skin issues due to allergies,” shared Kelli. “She was looking for ways to improve his health from the inside-out, and that’s when they decided to start a company that paid attention to the chemistry, quality, and sourcing of its pet food.”

The Cincinnati-based company’s mission is to “improve the nutrition, health, vitality, and well being of pets throughout North America.” And they are conquering that task one dog bowl at a time.

“Pet Wants is more than a pet store, it’s a pet nutrition company,” clarified Kelli. “We are dedicated to providing the highest quality food that will be in your pet’s bowl within weeks—not months. All of our food is free from by-products, corn, wheat, soy, and dyes. We make it possible for pets to get the most nutritious diet in a way that’s convenient for clientele.”

Speaking of convenience, Pet Wants will offer free delivery within a 50-mile radius of its downtown location, easy online ordering, and even have an auto-delivery option.

“If you choose, you can have our food delivered to your door or office every month,” said Kelli. “Maintaining your pet’s healthy diet should not be a chore. We hope to provide peace of mind—in more ways than one—when it comes to caring for your pet.”

“We slow-cook food to lock in nutrients.”

Unlike mass-produced pet food brands, Pet Wants orders small batches of food according to customer demand. This means all Pet Wants’ food in the shop is younger than eight weeks old. Customers can purchase food by the pound, meaning less food is wasted and every meal is fresh.

“Over time, the nutritional benefits of pet food naturally degrade,” explained Kelli. “Pet Wants’ food will only stay on our shelves for up to eight weeks. This helps us ensure your pet’s food is the freshest on the market and always nutritionally rich.”

Kelli also shared that an animal nutritionist is on staff at Pet Wants’ headquarters and monitors the quality of the food—down to its chemistry—in order to maintain the brand’s strict standards.

“Pet Wants ensures that every single batch is tested,” said Kelli. “I can confidently say that if it’s at my store, it’s quality.”

“Let’s discuss your pet’s needs.”

First and foremost, Kelli said she wants to work with and help animals in need.

“I welcome consultations with our clients via phone or in-person at the store so we can discuss which foods will most benefit their pets in the long run. We can take a close look at the contents of the food they are feeding their pet and figure out ways to improve the diet together.”

Different formulas for cats and dogs are available in store, along with a line of salves, balms, and sprays for dogs that are made from therapeutic-grade essential oils. Be sure to ask Kelli about Pet Wants’ all-natural mosquito, flea, and tick spray.

“I create the balms and sprays in-house,” said Kelli.

“Bring your pets and hang out with us!”

When asked why she chose downtown for her home base, Kelli raved about the area’s community feel.

“Opening the shop in downtown was always a goal of mine,” said Kelli. “There’s nothing better than the family vibe and support that businesses give each other here. I believe our location will help us reach the most pets possible with quality nutrition, while still providing individualized attention to our customers.”

Pet Wants will be a pet-friendly space that welcomes four-legged friends. There will always be fresh water—and maybe a treat or two—ready for your dog when you visit.

“Downtown Huntsville is an active, pet-friendly place,” said Charlie Sealy, co-developer of The Avenue. “The residents of downtown, visitors to the dog park and other parks, as well as owners seeking the very best for their pets will find Pet Wants to be an exceptional boutique offering wonderful products and services.”

Why choose Pet Wants?

“We are passionate about your pets,” promised Kelli. “We’re fresh, local, and we want to be a valuable part of the Huntsville pet community. Our job is done when we see the pet you love begin to feel better, play better, and enjoy each day to the fullest.”

Stay tuned to our blog and social media channels for more updates on Pet Wants! We will be sure to send out information on the grand opening soon. Be sure to follow Pet Wants on Facebook and Instagram.

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315 Franklin: A Fresh Take On Office Space In Downtown Huntsville

Creating a dynamic office space that’s inventive, flexible, and practical is a challenge, but it’s a project that Will Brannon and his brother Curt Brannon were willing to undertake. As Co-owners of 315 Franklin Street, they had a vision for Downtown Huntsville that included the addition of a space that would not only be unique, but also serve a purpose that would benefit the city.

Larger cities like San Diego and New York have long embraced the concept of shared office spaces, but the trend has made its way to Huntsville and has already attracted several dynamic businesses.

“Companies are becoming more open to the concept of less traditional methods when expanding,” Will explained. “The purpose of 315 Franklin was to create an experience. When you walk inside these doors, we want you to feel a certain way and reap the benefits that the space can offer.”

When faced with the mission of redeveloping one of downtown’s spaces on Franklin Street, Will and Curt seized the opportunity to “invest in Huntsville’s growth.”

Building A Community

What does a shared office space look like and how does it function? At 315 Franklin, you’ll find several amenities that point tenants to one goal—building a community. Collaborative office spaces are growing in popularity, according to Will. But 315 takes it a step further by offering desks to employees of different companies who can use the space, its conference room, and rooftop terrace all without the expense of renting a dedicated office.

“For instance, if you had a business that recently signed a 5-year lease on a new office space to meet their current needs but grew rapidly, our concept provides flexible, dynamic space and bandwidth,” assured Will. “It not only gives them a space to do their job, but ideally, they will be working elbow-to-elbow with people from complementary companies. We’ve created an ecosystem that’s conducive to networking, building relationships, and referring business to each other.”

“Imagine you are an architect with a vision,” he went on. “You will be in the same office with subcontractors and developers that will offer insight into your project that you may otherwise have missed out on. That’s just one benefit of the space.”

With the addition of new businesses and an increased focus on the “live, work, play,” lifestyle, Downtown Huntsville is leading the way in new, experiential ideas. 315 Franklin is a progressive space that shows the city has a lot of growth on the horizon.

Huntsville’s Investment In Growth

“If you quit seeing change in Huntsville, check your pulse,” joked Will. “The city’s growth as a whole makes projects like this possible. Thanks to Downtown Huntsville, Inc., and the leaders who want to see Huntsville grow and change, we are enjoying the benefits of larger cities.”

The bottom floor of 315 is already fully leased to Haufe, a next-generation Talent Management/HR company that “enables companies to attract, engage, and retain the top talent they need to be leaders in their industries.” The company’s previous headquarters was in San Francisco, but they recently made their move to Huntsville.

“Haufe was coming to Huntsville regardless, which says a lot about our city,” said Will. “But they were attracted to 315 Franklin because of the concept—the availability of shared space upstairs pacified any concerns they had of outgrowing their new office. If they grow, they can simply rent a desk upstairs and expand as needed. They were a great candidate for the space and we are glad to have them.”

Will went on to share that much of the success with the project is due to relationships with trusted commercial real estate agents, developers, and leaders that believed in the idea. But it’s a project with no end in sight.

A Vision Evolving Daily

“First of all, this is not what I thought I’d be doing in my career,” clarified Will. “My intention was always to go to medical school and become a doctor. After working in a hospital for a while I discovered that it wasn’t for me, so I started from square one. I began working for an experiential marketing company and it became my new passion.”

Thanks to the background in marketing, Will said he and his team were able to research trends in larger cities and envision what Huntsville will become.

“The thing about this space that’s so great is that there’s always room to change the vision—it’s always growing,” he said.  “We always have the option of making a version two. We want to hear from people on what else would make this space even better. We have the rooftop terrace, that’s something people have come to appreciate in a work environment.”

At the end of the day, a space needs to have value. Will says that making the space work with your story is where you can find that value.

Telling Your Story With A Space

Many of the amenities in 315 Franklin are designed to be flexible and, at the same time, easily controlled. When considering the value of the space, Will and Curt wanted to ensure that it was beneficial for all age groups and working styles.

“We made sure there is room for both isolation and collaboration,” assured Will. “Some people here like to have quiet—and we have space for that—while others prefer a more collaborative environment. Making the space work with both is a necessity in order to create the most positive workplace.”

All of the desks in 315 Franklin were custom made by SCSWORX in Huntsville, the company where Will currently serves as President. In fact, members of Will’s sales and creative teams have desks on the top floor. As an experiential marketing company, SCSWORX helps companies build better tangible brand experiences. In the case of 315 Franklin, the brand is the space itself.

“We designed all of the desks with wheels on them, because we never know what the next day will hold,” said Will. “Tomorrow may be a day that we want to collaborate, but today we may need our space. Simple things like the addition of those wheels make the space flexible and controllable.”

Thankful For Recognition

Recently, 315 Franklin was on a list of possible Downtown Huntsville projects that were nominated for Project of the Year. While the award went to the deserving Preservation Company, Will said 315 Franklin was honored to be on the same list.

“Just to be mentioned in the same sentence as the other nominees was incredible,” beamed Will. “I held those projects on a pedestal, and the fact that people acknowledged what we were doing here as deserving of a nomination—well, we are overwhelmed. We have so many people to thank—Peter Lowe, the Huntsville Historic Preservation Commission, Downtown Huntsville, Inc., and many more—for believing in projects like this. We love to see the city grow and change, and it’s even better to know we were a small part of it.”

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The 2017 Downtown Huntsville Christmas Shopping Guide

It’s that time of year again! We are excited to share our third annual Downtown Huntsville Christmas Shopping Guide!

From local art and paper goods to men’s clothing and antiques, Downtown Huntsville has your Christmas list needs covered.

Each year, we release a lookbook of Downtown retailers so you can see the types of gifts and goodies you will find in each store, along with their hours of operation and locations. We’ve included stocking stuffers, gifts for dad, children’s toys, locally made items, gift cards, and much more. There’s plenty to be found in the heart of the Rocket City!

This year’s website was updated with some of the newest shops to join the Downtown family, like Scout & Molly’s Boutique and Asylum Comics. We also added some old favorites like Lewter Hardware Company and Greene Street Market Store—just to name a few.

2017 Downtown Christmas Shopping Guide

Here’s a sneak peek of what you can find in this year’s guide. Happy shopping, everyone!

Greene Street Market Store

Boutique Station

Lewter Hardware Company

Huntsville Museum of Art Store

Click here to view the official guide and get a look at the other amazing shops Downtown!

Help spread the word and support local shops by sharing this guide on social media!

Did we leave out one of your favorite Downtown stores? Send us an email at info@crunkletonassociates.com so we can add them to the list!

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