Haru Korean & Sushi Opens in Madison, Alabama


“Haru—it means ‘day-by-day’ in Korean, and ‘spring’ in Japanese,” said Ian Kim, co-owner of Madison, Alabama’s newest Korean & Sushi Restaurant, Haru. “I think the sound of the word is beautiful. That’s why we decided to use it for our restaurant.”

Located in the Spencer Square Shopping Center, visitors can now find the city’s newest Korean restaurant serving up everything from noodles and soups to sushi and spicy chicken.

Ian and his mother Koung Kim officially opened the restaurant on March 6th. “We can’t wait for everyone to come try us out,” said Ian. “We are proud of our menu because everything we’re serving is fresh, flavorful, and authentic.”


Steeped in tradition and experience, Koung Kim has been cooking Korean dishes for nearly 30 years and is bringing new ideas and passion to the customers at Haru. “My mother has been cooking Korean food for many years, and it shows,” said Ian. “She has always enjoyed it. Every morning, sometimes at 4 or 5 a.m., she wakes up ready to cook. It’s something she does very well.”

From the moment you enter Haru, it’s easy to see that the restaurant is a labor of love, evidenced by the fact that Ian went so far as to create specific pieces for the restaurant by hand. “I came up with the design myself,” said Ian. “I actually built the sushi bar. It took a lot of time, but it turned out very well.”

As the name suggests, hints of spring can be found throughout the restaurant. Bright blue hues, gold light fixtures, and a decorative mural make it a light and welcoming atmosphere.


“We already know a lot of people in this area will love having a new Korean and sushi restaurant to visit,” said Ian.

Why is Ian so sure people will love Haru? Because this isn’t the first time the Huntsville and Madison area has been able to sink its teeth into the Kim family’s tasty cooking. For the past three years, Huntsville has been able to visit Haru at the family’s food truck. (You may know it as the “Yellow Bus”.) Ian and Koung see this new brick and mortar location as the next step in serving their community with quality Korean fare and sushi.

Never fear, though! According to Ian, patrons of Haru’s “Yellow Bus” will still be able to frequent the food truck. “We have turned over the food truck to my sister. We make the food for her and she runs it. People seem to love it.”

So what can you expect on your visit to Haru? “I assure you, my mom makes wonderful food,” said Ian. “Try it and you will 100% love it!”

Want to give Haru a try? You can find them in Spencer Square Shopping Center. Stay tuned to Crunkleton on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more updates on Haru.

8760 Madison Blvd
Madison, AL 35758

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Cornerstone Place Breaks Ground in Madison Alabama!

Get excited Madison because there’s a brand new development coming your way spring of 2016!


Cornerstone Place, located on the corner of Wall Triana Highway and Highway 72 in front of the Planet Fitness, is almost fully leased and will welcome two tenants who are brand new to the Madison market: Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina and Uncle Maddios Pizza Joint!

The development, which broke ground last week, is scheduled to be completed sometime in the spring of 2016.

The development has a remaining 1,400 SF of retail space left available.

So Madison, what type of use would you love to see take the remaining space?  Leave us a comment below with your ideas!

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Don’t bat your eyes, Amazing Lash Studio opens first Alabama location in Madison


Damon and Missy Carnes are always on the lookout for the next big market disruption. They recognized the early signs with Massage Envy and brought the breakout franchise to Huntsville in 2012. Their next bet, Amazing Lash Studio.

“My wife and I had been talking about what’s the next big thing, what is the next breakout idea,” said Damon Carnes. “Massage Envy really changed the market, so what’s coming next? And that’s when we heard about Amazing Lash Studio. We got the information, we looked at the website, we went to Dallas, Texas to visit two studios, my wife got lashes, she wore them for three weeks and was sold. She was going to be a customer and wanted it to be in a studio she ran.”

Damon says the price point and the quality offered at Amazing Lash Studios – which has only begun franchising in the past year – have been big reasons for the company’s growth (50+ studios so far, with plans for 100 more in 2016).

gorgeous“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,” he said. “It’s great if you’re a runner or a swimmer or if you’re very active because you don’t have to worry about sweating and having make-up rolling down your face. The lashes are so vibrant that sometimes people don’t wear mascara with them.”

Other reasons to love the concept says Carnes, high standards, hygiene and specialization.  “We use a medical-grade adhesive and have four styles of lashes each with their own proprietary application method,” said Carnes.  “We only hire licensed cosmologists and estheticians who get put through an additional two weeks of training before they ever touch a customer.  And most importantly,  we only do lashes.  That way no one is in the middle of doing a manicure or pedicure or cleaning out a foot bath and then transfering those chemicals to your eyes during your lash application.”

Damon and Missy moved to the region when they opened their first Massage Envy studio and believe this market is right for Amazing Lash Studio as well.

“There is no where around that is like Huntsville/Madison area in terms of growth, demographics, cost of living and accessibly.  It’s a great place to live, and it’s a great place to go into business,” he said.

Now they are looking to become regional developers of Amazing Lash Studios. “We will be looking for franchisees to open approximately 30 locations across all of Tennessee and Alabama in the next five years,” Damon said. “After the Madison location in Heritage Square, the next location to open will be in Cool Springs, up in Nashville, probably opening around February next year.”

The Heritage Square location in Madison will hold a grand opening in late October. If you want an invite to that, complete with special goodies, head over to the website: http://www.AmazingLashStudio.com and find the Heritage Square location to sign up and receive your invitation!

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