A Very Happy Thanksgiving From Crunkleton!

With the holidays quickly approaching, we are reflecting on the many things we have to be thankful for this season. This year has been filled with exciting projects, new team additions, and much more.

Here are just a few of the reasons we are thankful:

The Addition Of New Businesses To Huntsville/Madison

Many new businesses have joined the Huntsville area this year. From first-to-Alabama eateries to clothing boutiques and medical offices, Huntsville’s growth has been impressive. We are always excited to work with incredible business owners and visionaries.

Restaurants like Wayback Burgers, Honest Coffee Roasters, and Frios joined the Huntsville scene this year (as well as many others), while Earth & Stone Wood Fired Pizza expanded to an additional location in Madison.

Downtown has seen a lot of growth, as well. Shops at The Avenue like Scout & Molly’s Boutique, Zoom Indoor Cycling, and Church Street Purveyor are now open and welcoming new clientele and guests.

And there’s even more to come! Very soon, the Rocket City will enjoy the grand openings of Oshi Poke Bowl & Sushi, Baby Bite Bake Shoppe, Soda Jerk, and J. Kennedy Clothing Company. These businesses span across the city, and we can’t wait for them to open their doors.

Welcoming New Team Members

This year, Crunkleton welcomed three new team members and celebrated the promotion of Lauren Plott to Property Manager.

Haley Clemons joined the team as the new Marketing Coordinator, Shelby Smith brought her talents to the Office Manager position, and Alex Oden became Crunkleton’s newest Office Broker.

 Announcing New Developments

This year’s major announcement was STOVEHOUSE. As we revive the historic Martin Stove building on Governors Drive, we will continue to update you on what businesses are coming to the project. We have received a lot of interest, and we can’t wait to share it all with you soon!

Enjoying Team Outings

Whether it’s team dinners, enjoying a day outdoors or volunteering together, we are thankful that we have had time outside the office to enjoy each other’s company.

We hope that this Thanksgiving brings you and your loved ones many blessings.

Happy Thanksgiving from Crunkleton!

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HALEY CLEMONS
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CRUNKLETON COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE GROUP
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“Baby Bite Bake Shoppe” Announces New Huntsville Location!

Very soon, Huntsville will welcome its newest bakery to Westbury Square on Airport Road. Get ready to taste a little bit of heaven at Baby Bite Bake Shoppe!

The specialty bakery will offer made-from-scratch, bite-sized cakes that are already the talk of the town in Birmingham. After Baby Bites spent several years as the “scrumptious treat-of-choice” at Pastry Art Bake Shoppe in Homewood and Inverness, creators of the popular dessert saw the opportunity to branch out and highlight their best-selling item by introducing an all-new bakery.

Emily Sharman, who will be Baby Bite’s co-owner and manager, was working with Pastry Art owners Carol and Dennis Gregg when she was presented with the opportunity of opening her own bakery.

“When I graduated college, we discussed me opening a shop that highlighted one of their proprietary products—Baby Bites,” said Emily. “Carol has created a unique baked item that centers on freshness, quality, and variety. We knew we could expand to other markets by showcasing Baby Bites and creating the Baby Bite Bake Shoppe.”

With a loyal following already established in Huntsville, Emily committed to making the new bakery a reality and plans to open its doors in late January 2018.

Photo credit: Baby Bite Bake Shoppe

What is a “Baby Bite?”

Achieving the ideal cake-to-icing ratio on baked goods is an art form—one that Pastry Art has taken the time to perfect. A new twist on the traditional petit four, “Baby Bites” are a unique creation that serve as a delectable treat for occasions of every kind and a wonderful alternative to a full cake.

“Many of the people who visit Pastry Art come just to grab a dozen Baby Bites of different flavors for client meetings, family get-togethers, or gifts,” said Emily.

Based on the success of the Birmingham stores, the potential for the product as a stand-alone offering was evident. As plans were laid out, Carol and Dennis fully supported Emily’s vision to branch out with the Baby Bite product and create a new kind of bakery with a signature vibe.

“And if you’re looking for a way to personalize events, Baby Bites are the perfect choice,” she said. “They can be customized with flowers, drizzles, monograms, or logos to make every gathering special.”

Strictly a grab-and-go shop, Baby Bites will have plenty of products available to choose from each and every day.

“Anyone can customize their box to have whatever flavors they prefer,” assured Emily. “Get twelve different ones in your order if you like! It’s a cost-effective way to sample our entire inventory. But we are betting that you’ll have a hard time choosing a favorite.”

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Why Huntsville?

As a Birmingham native, Emily immediately noticed something special about the Huntsville area on her visit to scout potential locations.

“The first thing that stood out to us was the community feel and welcoming attitude of the city,” she explained. “Being a part of Huntsville as it grows will be a privilege, and we believe it’s the perfect place to start a new business. Everything about it made us feel comfortable and confident with our decision.”

After weeks of searching, Emily and the team settled on the 1,320 square foot space at Westbury Square.

“The fact that our store would already be in a booming shopping center was exciting,” said Emily. “There’s great parking, ample traffic, and we think we will be bringing in a perfect spot for an after-lunch treat. Plus, it’s centrally located to many of Huntsville’s highlights.”

In addition to its focus on community, Huntsville sparked the team’s interest because of its enthusiasm for the culinary arts.

“Of course we want to be in a city that already loves and appreciates quality food,” said Emily. “Events like Taste of Huntsville and Huntsville Restaurant Week will offer us yet another avenue to share our Baby Bites and get customers excited about our product.”

Photo credit: Baby Bite Bake Shoppe

What will the bakery be like?

Caramel, Turtle, Strawberry Margarita, Key Lime, Coconut, and Italian Cream—you can order all of these flavors and more at Baby Bite Bake Shoppe!

“We have more than twenty Baby Bite flavors available, with daily specials and seasonal bites drawing in new crowds each week,” explained Emily. “We usually offer nine flavors to choose from each day. Red velvet is our best seller!”

Emily said that the bakery will have a “young, fun look” and incorporate decorative items like lighting fixtures made from mixing bowls, along with chic, rustic features.

“We are going for bright colors, engaging in-store graphics, and a welcoming atmosphere so you feel like you are visiting a friend,” said Emily. “We have many people visit Pastry Art for more than just the desserts—they come to hang out with us and chat. Baby Bite Bake Shoppe will be the same way.”

Baby Bite Bake Shoppe will be one of those places that you can get a delectable product and enjoy a social visit with our team,” said Emily. “We put a lot of focus on our customer-employee relationships, and we look to guests to inspire the directions that our business takes.”

Photo credit: Baby Bite Bake Shoppe

A sweet treat for the Rocket City!

More than anything, Emily is excited to join the Huntsville community and bring a little bit of sweetness to the town.

“Everyone here has been so uplifting,” said Emily. “We can’t wait to open and invite you into our shop! We will bake up some goodies that are sure to bring a smile to your face. See you soon, Huntsville!”

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CRUNKLETON COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE GROUP
HALEY@CRUNKLETONASSOCIATES.COM

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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Coming Soon to Huntsville: Wingstop and Wayback Burgers!

While many know the Waddell Plaza retail development on University drive as home to Mei Wei, Smoothie King, and Jersey Mike’s, Huntsville residents will soon have two new eateries to enjoy at the center: Wingstop and Wayback Burgers!

Located across the street from the Target anchored Westside Centre shopping center at the intersection of University Drive and Waddell Dr. NW, their new home at Waddell Plaza will mark the first location in the Huntsville area for both companies.

Wingstop, which first opened for business in 1994 as a small buffalo-style chicken wing restaurant in Garland, Texas has since grown to having more that 1,000 restaurants across the United States, Mexico, Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia and the United Arab Emerates. The eatery specializes in fresh never faked wings, hand-cut seasoned fries and sides. With flavors ranging from Mango Habanero, to Hawaiian, Louisiana Rub and Garlic Parmesan, the company prides itself on being in the business of flavor.

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Wayback Burgers, now famous for their Triple Triple burger (which contains a staggering 9 patties, 9 slices of American cheese, lettuce and tomato), was first opened as Jake’s Hamburgers in Newark, Delaware in 1991. Featuring burgers made from 100% ground beef, hand-dipped milkshakes and signature hotdogs, Wayback Burgers has built a reputation for doing things “the-way-they-used-to-be” and have become known and loved for their Burger of the Month and Milkshakes of the month, serving fun combinations such as their Ruben burger and Buffalo Mac and Cheese Burger and milkshake flavors such as Mango and Orange Creamsicle.

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Both stores are set to open at the Waddell Plaza development later this year.

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KADIE PANGBURN
MARKETING COORDINATOR
CRUNKLETON Commercial Real EState Group
KADIE@CRUNKLETONASSOCIATES.COM