Amazing Lash Studio Expands To Merchant’s Walk!

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Last year, Damon and Missy Carnes were looking to find the next breakout franchise, and it looks like their bet on Amazing Lash Studio is paying off.

Since opening their Madison location of the franchise this past October, in the Heritage Square shopping center on Hwy 72 W, the studio has been fully booked almost every day.

The franchise, which has more than 60 studios so far – with plans for 100 more by the end of 2016, offers eyelash extensions at a price point and quality that has not been available previously.

“The beauty of the concept is that it takes something that is normally very expensive, that people treat themselves to because it’s something they really love, and it brings it to a price point where they can get it all the time,” Carnes told us back in 2015.

Now, recent franchisee Gina Thurman is hoping the same bet will pay off for her in Huntsville with her new Amazing Lash location at the Whole Foods anchored shopping center, Merchant’s Walk.

“I can’t wait to bring Amazing Lash Studio to Huntsville,” said Gina.  “The thing I love most about the concept is that we’re able to offer custom eyelash extensions to fit each individual person’s preferences, and that it’s all done while you relax in your own private suite.  You can’t get that anywhere else.”

The store plans to hold its grand opening in the early fall of this year and will be located on the first floor of the center next to Farm Burger, Maki Fresh and ENVY Boutique.

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Portrait Of A City: Huntsville AL

During my time here at Crunkleton I’ve had the good fortune to be involved in a lot of exciting projects, but the one that has meant the most to me by far, has been having the opportunity to document the spirit of Huntsville itself.

Old and new, the past and present walking hand in hand as the city grows, changes and evolves, it fills me with so much joy to discover hidden details, record fleeting moments and capture the spirit of our beautiful and unique city.

Below are just a small selection of the images I’ve taken over the last year, telling the story of our city one photograph at a time.

If you want to see more images like this and keep up with my ongoing project, be sure to follow our company Instagram account where I post new images of Huntsville every week!  Simply CLICK HERE to follow us!

If you too want to add to our ongoing project, simply use the hashtag #ThisIsMyHsv on your Instagram post to share what you love about our beautiful city!

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Take a Hike, Huntsville: Trails To Explore In Your Own Backyard

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Punxsutawney Phil has spoken and spring is on it’s way!

With all that beautiful spring weather just around the corner, we can’t wait to get outside and enjoy all of the amazing hiking, biking and walking paths Huntsville has to offer!

And we’re not the only ones, even national retailer and outdoor guru REI is excited about enjoying Huntsville’s plethora of trails this spring! In an article titled “5 DESTINATIONS TO GET YOU PSYCHED FOR SPRING HIKING” REI blogger Derek Hamilton lists Huntsville, Alabama among Boulder, Colorado; The Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona; Point Reyes National Seashore, Califorina; and The Great Smokey Mountain National Park in North Carolina as their top five destinations to get out and go hiking this spring!

So if you’re looking to take their recommendation and explore a little more of your own backyard this spring, we’ve taken a moment to step away from our usual commercial real estate blogging and put together a list of some of the best hiking trips in and around the Huntsville Area! Hopefully one of these will inspire you to spend a little time discovering all the amazing outdoor opportunities Huntsville has to offer!

Natural Wells Trail

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Length Of Hike: Approx 3.5 Miles if you start at the picnic area, descend the McKay Hollow Trail, then take the Natural Well Trail to the well itself.  Then turn around and return back up the Natural well trail, veer left onto the Arrowhead trail for a time, then follow the McKay Hollow Trail back to where you started.
Difficulty: Moderate – Extremely Difficult
Highlights: A deep cavernous natural well over 200 ft deep.
Location: Click Here
Maps & Information: Click Here

A natural pit cave, Natural well has an initial drop of around 200 feet!  A safety fence is in place around the cave, but be sure to stay at a safe distance.  This trail takes in some of the best routes on Monte Sano, featuring some amazing natural rock formations but hikers should be aware that the trail descends about 800 feet and then ascends another 600 feet with lots of ups and downs each way, so be sure to wear a sturdy pair of boots when tackling this trail!

Three Caves

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Length Of Hike: .26 Mile Loop (or a 4.46 Mile hike if you start Downtown)
Difficulty: Easy
Highlights: Three large “Caves”.
Location: Click Here
Maps & Information: Click Here

A former limestone quarry, and not really caves at all, the trailhead for the Three Caves loop is only a short 2.1 mile walk from Big Spring Park in Downtown Huntsville.  Once at the “Caves” visitors can enjoy a walk around the top, take a sneak peek inside the “caves” from the opening (the interior of the old quarry has been closed since 2007) or have the opportunities to extend their hike by exploring the other connecting trails in the area.

Be sure to stay up to date with all the amazing summer concerts that are held here as well by CLICKING HERE!

Stone Cuts Trail

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Length Of Hike: Approx 4.4 miles if you start at the main Monte Sano trailhead, follow the North Plateau Loop, Then the Sinks Trail to the Stone Cuts Trail, and taking the Sinks Trail and North Plateau Loop back again.
Difficulty: Difficult
Highlights: Passage ways through natural rock cuts and formations
Location: Click Here
Maps & Information: Click Here

This trail is just fun.  Filled with some difficult terrain, beautiful rock formations, and scenic views, you’ll want a sturdy pair of hiking boots to tackle this challenging trail!

Fire Tower Trail

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If you want to locate the tea house on your hike for a picnic, you're looking for this symbol on the linked map.

If you want to locate the tea house on your hike, you’re looking for this symbol on the linked map.

Length Of Hike: Approx 2.8 Miles Round Trip (and only about .25 miles or less if you go straight the picnic spot)
Difficulty: Easy
Highlights: The best picnic spot in Huntsville
Location: Click Here
Maps & Information: Click Here

As you can see from just the few we have mentioned in this post, Monte Sano State Park has dozens of beautiful trails ranging from the extreme to the easy to explore.  One trail we particularly enjoy on day’s when we’re looking to have an easy hike, and a nice relaxing picnic, is the Fire Tower Trail.  With it’s hidden Japanese tea house making the perfect spot to stop and spend a lazy day enjoying nature.

Green Mountain Nature Trail

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Length Of Hike: 1.5 Mile Loop
Difficulty: Easy
Highlights: Rustic covered bridge, picnicking spots and walking trails on a lake.
Location: Click Here
Maps & Information: Click Here

With a 17 acre lake acting as a wild duck refuge,  72 acres of plant and wildlife sanctuary for nature study, and fishing (for children & seniors), in addition to hiking trails and picnic spots,  The Madison County Nature Trail provides a great family friendly day outdoors.

Stephen’s Gap

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Length Of Hike: 2.4 Miles
Difficulty: Moderate – Difficult
Highlights: Majestic waterfall from a sinkhole in a cave.
Location: Click Here
Maps & Information: Click Here

Only 30 minutes away from the center of Huntsville, Stephens Gap offers a short hike with a big pay off.  No special gear is need to enter the cave, however hikers should be aware that the rocks inside the cave may be slippery, be sure to wear good hiking shoes and take care where you step, then take a moment to enjoy the view.  Hikers must obtain a permit to visit  the site! Click Here to find information on everything you need to know in order to gain a permit.

The Walls of Jericho

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Length Of Hike: Approx 7.7 Miles
Difficulty: Difficult
Highlights: Waterfalls and swimming holes.
Location: Click Here
Maps & Information: Click Here & Here

Located about an hour outside of Huntsville near Estillfork, AL, The Walls of Jericho is a 750-acre natural area that is within the 8,943-acre Bear Hollow Mountain Wildlife Management Area.  The “Walls” are an impressive geological feature that forms a large bowl shaped amphitheater and embedded in the limestone.  Filled with beautiful waterfalls and swimming holes this is a tough hike with lots of rewards!

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Focusing On The Science Of Fit

From Cross Fit, to Yoga, to Jane Fonda’s aerobics videos, people have been looking for new and creative ways to get fit for a long time. Well one fitness studio in town is taking a new tactic and using science as their guide.

“Everything we do is based in science, and we develop our programs with that in mind” explained Dawn Chenault, pilates instructor and co-owner of THE STUDIO in Huntsville, Alabama.

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Tucked away in the back corner of an office complex on Airport Road and Balmoral Dr, you may not have heard of the THE STUDIO before, but this small space is offering up some big ideas in the world of fitness.

“We had a reformer pilates product that we knew was different than anything else in the Huntsville market,” said Dawn on how the studio got its start.

Unlike traditional pilates, which generally consists of mat work on the floor and can often be difficult to do well and hard to control, THE STUDIO uses a machine called a “reformer.” A bed-like frame with a flat moving platform which rolls back and forth on wheels within the frame, The reformer is THE STUDIO’s magic ingredient, helping support the user throughout their exercise.

“A lot of the time people think of pilates as stretching, and that’s not what we do here, it’s more of an athletic program. It builds and tones muscle to give you this long, lean-looking body, but it’s safe. So everybody can do what they can do safely.”

And while rolling back and forth on wheeled platform may not sound like much of a workout, 5 seconds in one of THE STUDIOS targeted classes will have you changing your mind pretty quickly.

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But let’s get back to the science for a moment.

Unlike other studios that focus on reps, or weight, or time, THE STUDIO focuses on intentional movement and building their clients’ body awareness. “I think people don’t realize how much of a difference it makes when you really move more intentionally, choosing the exact muscle you want to engage,” said THE STUDIO instructor Lindsay Newlin. “Unless you’re engaging the correct muscles and holding your body in the correct alignment, it doesn’t matter how many reps you’re doing because your movement isn’t connected to your body in a way that is going to maximize its full potential impact.”

And it’s this focus on intentional movement that allows THE STUDIO to cater to a wide variety of clientele. “We have people in here that are young and fit and we have women who are in their 80s, and we can all work together,” said Dawn. “Within every class we can modify whatever exercise is being taught for just about anybody.”

JMP_9722Which is important, explained Dawn, since many of their clients come to them with some sort of brokeness to begin with. “We had one gal who came in here on her way to the neurosugeon because her hips were in so much pain. Come to find out after working with her on the reformer, that her body alignment was simply incorrect.” She went on to explain that, “Our instructors go through an intensive training program and apprenticeship that teaches them how to modify for anything. So if a client says, ‘this exercise hurts my shoulders’, my instructors know how to change whatever they are doing to keep that shoulder from hurting.” Usually she says, “teaching them to keep their bodies in the right place is everything.”

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And with a maximum of 10 students per class, THE STUDIO prides itself on that sort of personal engagement with its clients. From giving each participant personal attention in class, to helping them create goals for themselves and checking in with them on those goals along the way, to connecting them with their on-staff nutritionist who can provide grocery lists, meal plans and recipes. “We’re a small studio, so it’s like having personal training in a group setting,” said Dawn.

“The work here, it changes your body,” says Dawn. “It puts you in the best shape and the best form. I know personally I look better now than I ever have, I’m more fit, I feel better and I hold myself better. Knowing how to use your whole body changes every aspect of your life. It’s really a full encompassing, life changing workout.”

If you’re interested in learning more about the studio and getting a jump start on your own personal fitness goals this year, visit their website at: www.thestudio.training

THE STUDIO is located at 4240 Balmoral Drive, Huntsville AL 35801, you can find the entrance to their space on the right side of the Johnson & Hayes building.  A variety of classes are offered every day of the week except Sunday.

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