Rockaxe City Throwing Club, Welcome To Downtown Huntsville!

On the corner of Washington Street and Clinton Avenue, Downtown Huntsville will soon celebrate the opening of its newest addition, Rockaxe City Throwing Club!

The complex will have 12 throwing lanes, a total of 24 targets, and several axe types to choose from to test your skill and compete against friends, family, or even competitors across the globe.

Carly Seldon, Event Coordinator at Rockaxe, said they have many fun things in the works for guests in the coming weeks.

“Our staff has been training for months, preparing the space, and practicing the craft to make sure we are ready for our Grand Opening on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th),” she said. “It has been great to work with such an awesome team. We’ve come up with some creative ideas that will make your visit to Rockaxe a memorable one.”

But what brought Rockaxe to Downtown Huntsville? It turns out the owner has a love of the sport and a passion for the Rocket City.

Discovering The Sport

“Our owner, Tim Talbot, is a traveling ER doctor,” explained Carly. “A few years ago, he went to Canada with his sons and they ended up throwing axes every day while they were there. Because his sons are from Huntsville and he lives Downtown, he thought it was time to bring the sport home.”

Since then, Tim has worked tirelessly to make his dream a reality. Very soon, competitors will be welcomed into the space to experience what Rockaxe hopes will become Downtown Huntsville’s newest pastime.

“The space itself is very unique,” said Carly. “It has been designed to look like you’re outside at night. Imagine black ceiling paint, pendant lights, and twilight scenes. We will even make some of the beams look like trees.”

Rockaxe also has real-time cameras installed within each lane that are designed to make competitions more interesting.

“HDI cameras are available so guests can compete in real time with other ‘axeperts’ around the world,” said Carly. “Our staff has already been challenged by the team in Galway, Ireland. We plan to take them up on that offer soon!”

With competitions going on all over the globe at any given time, it’s easy to see that this sport is becoming a favorite among many major urban cities.

The Rise Of Urban Axe Throwing

According to Carly, urban axe throwing has been growing steadily in popularity over the last few years, making its way from Canada to the rest of the world.

“The sport began in Canada around 10 or 15 years ago,” she explained. “There were so many people interested that an official organization was created for it. It’s called the World Axe Throwing League (WATL), and we are the only location in Alabama that is accredited by the group.”

At Rockaxe, competitors will find camp axes, fireman axes, and more. But in order to compete for WATL, they must use a regulation axe with very specific standards.

“It helps to create consistency and fairness for every competition,” said Carly. “Our Grand Opening will be the first major competition to happen in the state of Alabama under WATL, and the winner will be the official state champion.”

Want To Join The Alabama WATL League?

Anyone interested in becoming an “Axepert”, as Rockaxe calls it, can join an 8-week long league series.

Huntsville axe throwing enthusiasts will meet on Tuesday and Wednesday night for two hours of throwing and competition with other leagues in the South and across the world.

Instruction is provided on the first evening and the competition runs for seven weeks. All points will count toward an international ranking and can earn league members a trip to the WATL World Championship to represent Alabama!

So be sure to head over to Rockaxe and test your skills on St. Patrick’s Day!

For more information on Rockaxe City Throwing Club and its Grand Opening, visit their website at https://rockaxecity.com or follow them on Facebook.

(All photos are courtesy Rockaxe City Throwing Club.)

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Crunkleton Shares A Sneak Peek Inside Three Soon-To-Open Businesses!

Get ready, Huntsville! We’ve got updates on the openings of a few businesses that you’ve been asking about.

Here are the details on opening dates, events, and even some grand opening specials you can enjoy if you drop by!

Kennedy & Rowe Clothing Company – Opening March 10th

Confident, classy, refined—this is what comes to mind when entering the antique-ornamented space of the newest boutique in Downtown Huntsville.

Kennedy & Rowe Clothing Company (formerly J. Kennedy Clothing Company) will officially open its doors to the public on March 10th. The brand draws upon the timelessly classic flair of Jacqueline Kennedy to create styles for the modern woman that unleash confidence and individuality.

Co-owners Meagan Tortorigi and Anusha Alapati spent the last few months preparing the space with Persian rugs, cozy chairs, and antique trinkets.

“Our goal was to create a space where people want to sit down and stay awhile,” said Meagan. “Guests will feel comfortable to browse, relax, and chat with us about their wardrobe and accessory needs. Bringing Kennedy & Rowe to life has been an incredible experience, and we can’t wait to share it with you. See you on March 10th!”

Follow Kennedy & Rowe for more updates on its opening events. You can also check them out on Instagram.

Address:
The Garage at Clinton Row
114 Clinton Avenue, Unit 104
Huntsville, AL 35801

Oshi Poké Bowl & Sushi – Opening March 5th

Starting March 5th, Huntsville will be able to get its hands on a culinary trend that has exploded in popularity. Oshi Poké Bowl & Sushi is in the final stages of preparing the space for the many poké lovers who can’t wait to try this Hawaiian delight.

Min Liu, main operator of Oshi’s Huntsville location, said that the grand opening day would also include a special treat. Guests can enjoy a half-off poké bowl!

Bowls typically include fresh seafood, veggies, sauce, and seasoning—each selected by the customer. The customized meals at Oshi can include everything from sushi-grade tuna to mangos and squid ink rice.

But if you want to go the more traditional route, you can also pick from a large menu of sushi rolls that are proven crowd pleasers.

Whether it’s your first time trying poké or you’re a regular fan of the dish, be sure to visit Oshi when they open in just a few weeks!

You can get more information on Oshi’s opening here.

Address:
The Avenue
201 Jefferson Street, Suite 1
Huntsville, AL 35801

Baby Bite Bake Shoppe – Opening Mid-April

Photo credit: Baby Bite Bake Shoppe

When Crunkleton announced that Baby Bite Bake Shoppe was coming to town, the response was tremendous!

If you’re new to the brand, here’s a little background.

Pastry Art Bake Shoppe in Homewood and Inverness had Baby Bites on the menu for years before they decided to open a shop in Huntsville that specialized in its best-selling item. These bite-sized delights are a new twist on the traditional petit four with the perfect cake-to-icing ratio. And they come in a wide variety of flavors.

Co-owner and manager of Baby Bite, Emily Sharman, said that the new shop would be strictly grab-and-go with the option to sample several flavors in one order.

“You can get twelve different ones in a single order if you like,” explained Emily. “It’s cost-effective, and we have a lot of clientele that want to try several at once.”

While the space recently began construction, Emily said that everything would be ready to go in April.

Construction has begun and will be complete for an April opening!

“We plan to finish up the construction in late March,” she said. “But we want to take a couple of weeks to adequately train employees and make sure we are running at 100 percent for our guests.”

Baby Bite will announce the exact opening date on its Facebook and Instagram channels. So, be sure to follow them for all the info, along with some surprise opening day deals!

Emily with a sampling of delicious Baby Bites! Photo credit: Baby Bite Bake Shoppe

Address:
Westbury Square
975 Airport Road Southwest, Unit L
Huntsville, AL 35802

Are you excited about these store openings? Will you be there opening day? Let us know in the comments!

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Downtown Huntsville Property To Undergo Renovation: 117 Clinton Avenue

Vibrant Clinton Row in the heart of Downtown Huntsville has steadily grown into one of the city’s most unique and frequented retail destinations. Illuminated by its many shops and boutiques and adorned with twinkling string lights, Clinton Row is easily recognized when exploring the Downtown neighborhood.

Over the years, you watched as Clinton Row made its transformation to the retail, dining, and entertainment hub that it is today. A city parking deck became The Garage at Clinton Row retail center. Downtown storage units were converted into the Clinton Row Shops— home to more than a dozen independently owned and operated stores. U.G. White Mercantile added even more unique, quality goods to the area and Pints & Pixels brought delicious food and fun.

Very soon, Clinton Row will be introducing its next opportunity for new restaurant and retail concepts to join this popular scene.

Crunkleton Commercial Real Estate is excited to announce that 117 Clinton Avenue is scheduled to receive major renovations that will make it the ideal home for Clinton Row’s next exciting retail shop or restaurant.

Proposed renovations for 117 Clinton Avenue.

The location currently has two units available for lease, and more information can be found here. Stay tuned to our blog for more updates as this project moves along.

Interested parties can contact Crunkleton Commercial Real Estate Group for more information by calling 256-536-8809. Or send an email to info@crunkletonassociates.com.

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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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