Downtown Huntsville’s Newest Adventure—Paddle The Canal Festival!

Urban kayaking, friendly competition, entertainment, giveaways, and food—all of these things will be coming together soon in Big Spring Park for the Paddle the Canal Festival hosted by Downtown Huntsville, Inc.!

On April 22nd and 23rd, the canal between the Von Braun Center and Embassy Suites will be the showground for the city’s first-ever timed kayak and canoe races. Participants can choose to enter into one of three categories: Expert, Novice, or Costume. Paddlers will be chip-timed electronically and teams of two and four will be ranked per the sum of all team members.

After racers have a go around the course, they can join the rest of the crowd to enjoy giveaways from Redstone Federal Credit Union, souvenir booths, and free entertainment and activities.

There will also be plenty of food trucks to choose from, including Huntsville favorites like:

  • Angel’s Island Coffee
  • Beast Mode
  • House of Kabob
  • Little Red Lunchbox
  • Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream
  • Pearl Asian Cuisine
  • The Perfect Pucker
  • Shiver Shaved Ice
  • What’s Popp’N

Don’t have a kayak to participate?

No problem! The North Alabama Canoe and Kayak Club will have on-site rentals available for $5 for both days (use cash). But, of course, you are free to bring your own to the event.

On Friday evening, there will be a drop-off area in Paddler’s Park for your kayaks and canoes. And don’t worry! Downtown Huntsville Inc. has hired overnight security to monitor them for both nights.

Are you part of the Expert, Novice, or Costume category?

If you’re an expert paddler who loves the thrill of competition, you will be the first to race. All participants in the Expert category will have one chip-timed run of the course. It’s expected that these runs will each take 4 minutes or less.

Novice paddlers will follow once the Expert category is complete. You will also have one chip-timed run and will share the course during your run with one other racer who will be released when you are approximately half way through the course.

And finally, the Costume category will close out the races on the 22nd. This group of participants will complete an untimed run of the course and instead be reviewed by a panel of third-party judges. Expect to share the course in 30-second increments with others in this category.

Time

Races will begin at 7 a.m. on Saturday, April 22nd with the Expert category and will have a rolling schedule.

Once all of the races have been completed, participants can complete two additional untimed runs on the canal as a “free paddle” run. Racing will be completed by Saturday evening.

Registrants are welcome to return on Sunday, April 23rd for open paddle time between 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Place

This brand-new event will take place in beautiful Big Spring Park in Downtown Huntsville. The start-line area is called Paddler’s Park and is located behind the South Hall of the Von Braun Center.

Here’s the address:

Big Spring Park Canal – Downtown Huntsville

800 Monroe St. SW

Huntsville, AL 35801

Cost

The cost to compete is $30 for individuals, $50 for teams of two, and $95 for teams of four.

Your registration includes an event t-shirt, the guarantee of three course runs, and access to the private Paddler’s Park event area.

Members of Redstone Federal Credit Union are eligible for an exclusive 10% discount and can get more information here.

Purchase Tickets

Purchasing your tickets for the event is simple. Just click here to register as an individual or team. But remember, tickets are going fast—very fast!

Do you plan on participating this year? Comment below and let us know!

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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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Let The Battle Of The Food Truck All-Stars Begin!

1483721641597While the overwhelmingly popular Downtown Huntsville Street Food Gathering brand has been retired for 2017, Downtown Huntsville is excited to welcome a new and exciting food-centric event in its place: The Battle of the Food Truck All-Stars!

Curious how it will work?  Here’s what we know:

In just a few days, on February 9th at 6pm, the owners of 23 food trucks will gather at Yellowhammer Brewing and have 5 minutes each to present on their menu, branding, customer service and design to a panel of expert judges.

Judges for the event will include: Chefs Leonardo Maurelli III (Executive Chef of the Hotel at Auburn University) and James Boyce (Boyce Restaurant Concepts) and marketing gurus Trent Willis (Founder & CEO of Red Brick Strategies) and Lisa van der Reijden (Principal, VDR Designs).

After deliberating, the judges will select 10 food trucks to move on to the final round, and then YOU THE PEOPLE will vote for 2 more via an online poll that will open in February!

The final 12 Food Truck All-Stars will then compete twice a month from May – October at various times and locations around Downtown Huntsville to see who will be named Champion!

Here’s the current list of food trucks that will be competing for one of the final 12 spots:

Washington Square Catering
Local J’s
Sno~Depot
Rollin Lobstah
Huntsville Alabama MaggieMoo’s
Cafe on Wheels Neon Lilly
Kudzu Cafe
Dales Stuft
Sweet Temptations LLC
Tha food truck
Angel’s Island Coffee
Grumpy’s Restaurant
Beast Mode
Badd Newz BBQ
Pearl: Asian Cuisine
I Love Bacon Food Truck
Fire & Spice
TIM’S CAJUN KITCHEN
Earth and Stone Wood Fired Pizza
Betty Jo’s Gourmet Food Truck
Comin In Hot Food Trailer & Catering
Back Alley Traveling Bistro
Manic Organic Food Truck

To join in the selection event, support your Downtown Huntsville food trucks and learn more about what to expect in 2017, be sure to come out to Yellowhammer Brewing, Thursday February 9th from 6-9pm!

The event is free and open to the public. Guests are welcome to watch the presentations that are being judged and will be able  to purchase food from Earth and Stone Fired Pizza during the event and, of course, beer can be purchased from Yellowhammer Brewing.

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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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