Curio By Hilton Hotels Coming To Downtown Huntsville!

(Historic downtown property to be redeveloped as Downtown Huntsville’s first boutique hotel: 106 Jefferson.)

Crunkleton Commercial Real Estate is proud to announce that historic 106 Jefferson Street is being redeveloped to house Downtown Huntsville’s first full-service boutique hotel. The former Hale Brother’s Furniture site will soon be the location of 106 Jefferson Hotel, A Curio Collection by Hilton. An upscale soft brand within Hilton’s portfolio, Curio currently has more than 50 unique hotels throughout six continents. Construction for 106 Jefferson is slated to begin in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Situated one block from the city square, 106 Jefferson will be in the center of downtown’s business, retail and entertainment districts. Guests will have immediate access to Huntsville highlights such as The Garage at Clinton Row retail center, The Avenue shops, Big Spring Park, CityCentre at Big Spring, Von Braun Civic Center, the Huntsville Museum of Art and much more. 106 Jefferson will be the third Curio hotel to enter the Alabama market with existing locations in Birmingham and Mobile.

“Expanding the Curio collection to Huntsville will not only fill a void for upscale accommodations but also offer a venue for corporate events and conferences, elegant dining and social gatherings,” said Wesley Crunkleton, principal at Crunkleton Commercial Real Estate and co-developer of 106 Jefferson. “Its strategic location makes it the ideal destination for travelers who are looking for an authentic Huntsville experience with easy access to downtown hot spots. We look forward to bringing new life to this historic property and creating an exceptional getaway.”

The proposed hotel will be a convenient option for both leisure travelers and business professionals. 106 Jefferson’s six-story downtown location will feature 117 guests rooms, a full-service restaurant, best-in-class amenities, meeting rooms and rooftop bar on the 7th floor.

106 Jefferson will introduce an unmatched level of service, quality and luxury to the market while delivering a one-of-a-kind experience for visitors,“ said McLean Wilson, principal at Kemmons Wilson Companies and co-developer of 106 Jefferson. “We are thrilled to offer our skills and hospitality experience to Huntsville for this exciting project.”

Redevelopment of the historic property will utilize an experienced team of collaborators led by Crunkleton Commercial Real Estate and Kemmons Wilson Companies as co-developers. Memphis-based Bounds & Gillespie will serve as architects for the development, and the award-winning Valor Hospitality Partners, whose expertise has been recognized by Condé Nast Traveler and other key players in the tourism industry, will handle management of the new hotel.

For more information on the news of this release, contact Crunkleton Commercial Real Estate’s Marketing Coordinator Haley Clemons at haley@crunkletonassociates.com.

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Clean Juice To Open First Alabama Location At Twickenham Square!

As promised, we have another exciting announcement about the Shops at Twickenham Square! Alison Dennis, who was featured in our recent Cabana Wax blog, has more news to share with Huntsville. And this time, it involves cold-pressed juices, açaí bowls, avocado toast, and other healthy fare.

“Our team can’t wait to open Alabama’s first Clean Juice location at Twickenham Square,” said Alison, co-owner and general manager of Clean Juice. “In Huntsville, we have a community that is always looking for ways to improve their health and wellness, and our store hopes to help people achieve some of their health goals in a fun and convenient way.”

A 1,200 square foot space, Clean Juice plans to open in August of this year! Very soon, people near the downtown, medical district, and Blossomwood neighborhoods will be able to drop in for a fresh juice and açaí bowl, or a pick up a quick bite from the shop’s grab-and-go bar.

The new eatery will be open:

Monday through Friday 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sunday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

What is Clean Juice?

When husband and wife team Kat and Landon Eckles were looking for a career change, the duo developed the idea of creating a juice bar that focused on providing fresh, organic options along with a guest-focused experience.

In 2015, the Eckles opened the original Clean Juice store in Huntersville, North Carolina. Three short years later, Clean Juice now has more than 100 locations throughout 16 states, with plans to continue expanding.

“The Eckles bring a fresh, trendy vibe to the Clean Juice brand that’s made it stand out in the market,” explained Alison. “They have created something truly unique, because it’s ‘health food’ that not only tastes great but is actually healthy. Customers can rest easy knowing that we’re using 100% USDA Certified Organic ingredients—meaning everything we serve, from our celery to our coffee to our cinnamon, is free from chemicals, pesticides, and GMOs. And we never add sugar to your drink.”

With its extensive menu of juices, smoothies, açaí bowls, and toasts, Clean Juice provides nutritional information for all of its offerings online.

Clean Juice has drummed up praise in publications like Huffington Post, Inc., and Bustle Magazine since its opening. In fact, the business was voted “Fastest Growing Franchise for 2018” by Franchise Gator; its success shows no end in sight.

The dream team.

Alison’s involvement with Clean Juice actually came out of wanting to situate Cabana Wax at Twickenham Square. She and her husband Garrett found the perfect space next to Beaute Nail Spa, but it had twice the amount of square footage they needed.

“As luck would have it, our friends Allie and Todd Hose, and Todd’s brother and sister-in-law, Tyler and Jessica Hose, had known the Eckles for years and had been awaiting the right opportunity to open a Clean Juice store in Alabama,” said Alison.

Left to Right: Garrett Dennis, Alison Dennis, Allie Hose, Todd Hose (Photographer: Tall Guys Photography)

“After the Hoses introduced us to this awesome concept, we met with the coporate office and immediately knew we wanted to be part of the business. So, we pitched the idea of incorporating Clean Juice and Cabana Wax into the space, and the landlord agreed to let us divide it.”

It was decided that each of the six would have ownership in Clean Juice and contribute their unique skills to the project.

“Allie is a marketing professional, Todd is a former commercial real estate agent, Tyler works in finance, Jessica grew up immersed in a family of successful business owners, and Garrett and I are lawyers,” Alison shared. “More importantly, all six of us wholeheartedly believe in the concept and are passionate about making Twickenham one of the brand’s best stores.”

“Huntsville was the perfect spot for the first Alabama location.”

“On a macro level, the people of Huntsville are smart and they care about their health,” said Alison. “This is evident from the amount of interest Huntsvillians show in fitness and clean eating. On a more micro level, our space at Twickenham Square is surrounded by businesses that serve similar interests. People who want a 30-minute workout at 9Round or a quick service at Cabana Wax are likely to be interested in fast, healthy food too.”

Clean Juice will also benefit those who live and work near Twickenham who have awaited a convenient spot for coffee and breakfast items beginning at 7 a.m. on weekdays.

“We take customer care seriously.”

“The founders of Clean Juice created the business with very specific core values,” said Alison. “One of the most important tenets behind the brand is that we respect others by respecting their time. We want to be a place that you get in and out of quickly without sacrificing food quality.”

Each day, the juice bar will have a grab-and-go bar stocked and ready to go upon opening.

“The main takeaway is that you come first and side work comes second,” clarified Alison. “There will never be anything more important than you when you’re in our store.”

 Why choose Clean Juice?

Although Huntsville will have to wait until August to get its hands on a cold-pressed juice or a Beach Bowl, the owners of Clean Juice Twickenham promise it will be well worth it.

 “We believe we can inspire and motivate people by making clean eating enjoyable,” said Alison. “Whether it’s almond toast or a chocolate protein smoothie, we want you to have confidence that what you’re eating is organic, full of nutrients, and carefully vetted by the Clean Juice team.”

Want to learn more about Clean Juice? Visit www.cleanjuice.com to get the full menu, nutrition facts, and more.

Do you enjoy juices and smoothies? If so, what kinds are your favorites? Let us know in the comments below!

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Domaine South Relocates To Downtown Huntsville Square!

“The best wines are the ones shared with friends.” – Unknown

“There’s a French term that describes our type of shop,” explained Kristian Denis, Curator and Co-Owner of Domaine South. “It’s called ‘cave à manger’, and Paris is dotted with many neighborhood spots like ours. Yes, we are a fine wine shop. But we will also have small plates, coffee, tea, locally made goods, cookbooks, and more. Domaine South will be the perfect place on the square to unwind at any time of day.”

Husband and wife owners Kristian and Mike Denis first opened Domaine South’s doors in 2015 on Cleveland Avenue but quickly outgrew the space. After relocating next door, the business took off as they added artisanal cheeses to the menu and began to offer locally made art, pottery, and other small gifts.

The new location of Domaine South on the square.

Now, the couple plans to add an innovative wine-by-the-glass program to the business. But first, they needed to find a location that would make the feat possible.

“We looked at adding it to our current space, but we quickly discovered there was no way to make it work the way we wanted,” insisted Kristian. “It became a matter of waiting for the perfect space to open up, and we’ve always had our eye on Downtown Huntsville proper.”

The cozy new shop on the square will be in a 1,200 square foot space on the first floor of 103 North Side Square. Hours will be from mid-morning until after dark, and they are tentatively scheduled to open in July of this year!

Domaine South’s current location on Cleveland Ave. Photo credit: Domaine South

Our focus sets us apart.

With a spotlight on smaller production and old-world wines, Domaine South strives to fill its shelves with thoughtfully curated selections. They have been building their knowledge since the 90s through experience at wholesale companies and creating wine lists for restaurants.

“My father was in the military and I grew up in Europe,” said Kristian. “That’s where I was first exposed to an appreciation for quality wine. I believe the team at Domaine South has a unique depth of experience in both the wine and food industries. We always encourage customers to bring in their menus so we can help them find the perfect pairings for a dinner party or event.”

At Domaine South, you will find a wide range of wines from France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Germany, Portugal, Greece, California, Oregon, Washington, and much more. If it passes the rigorous testing of the curators, it makes it to the shelves for all to enjoy.

“Almost every wine we carry is sustainably grown, organic, or biodynamic,” stated Kristian. “A large part of ensuring the quality of wine starts with how it’s being grown. We pay attention to that and always take it into consideration.”

Photo credit: Domaine South

For us, it’s about bringing people together.

The future wine bar at the North Side Square space will offer downtown residents and professionals another place to relax, connect with friends, or simply pick up a bottle of wine for dinner on the way home. There will also be an outdoor patio space and seating inside.

“Our new location will allow us to better serve our guests with even more offerings,” assured Kristian. “We will have the new wine bar—of course—where people can order wine by the glass. But we will also have charcuterie, cheeses, coffee, tea, desserts, and a small brunch on the weekends. We plan to add more to our retail side of the business with even more locally made gifts.”

The wine shop also hopes to be the go-to spot for supplies when it comes to popular Downtown events like Concerts in the Park.

“We are thrilled to welcome yet another unique and thriving concept to the downtown community,” said Wesley Crunkleton, Principal and Leasing Agent at Crunkleton Commercial Real Estate. “Domaine South is a great addition to the diverse landscape of businesses that make downtown a well-known destination for retail, dining, and entertainment.”

Photo credit: Domaine South

We will always keep our Southern hospitality and flair.

Domaine South plans to source its coffee, tea, and desserts from Southern makers in order to preserve its support of locally made goods and Southern hospitality.

“We want to be here for any and all questions our customers have,” guaranteed Kristian. “We care about passing on that Southern hospitality and doing everything we can to find you the perfect wine.”

Domaine South is still open at its current location on Cleveland Avenue at AM Booth’s Lumberyard and will continue to be open until its move to the downtown square.

“We couldn’t have accomplished this growth without the support of our customers,” Kristian added. “Come by and chat with us when we open. We promise a relaxing, enjoyable experience. You may even discover a new favorite wine or two.”

Want more information about Domaine South? Visit its website at www.domainesouth.com, or follow them on Facebook and Instagram. Have you been to Domaine South before? Let us know in the comments below!

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5 Fun Updates In Downtown Huntsville!

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.

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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