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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Crunkleton Shares A Sneak Peek Inside Three Soon-To-Open Businesses!

Get ready, Huntsville! We’ve got updates on the openings of a few businesses that you’ve been asking about.

Here are the details on opening dates, events, and even some grand opening specials you can enjoy if you drop by!

Kennedy & Rowe Clothing Company – Opening March 10th

Confident, classy, refined—this is what comes to mind when entering the antique-ornamented space of the newest boutique in Downtown Huntsville.

Kennedy & Rowe Clothing Company (formerly J. Kennedy Clothing Company) will officially open its doors to the public on March 10th. The brand draws upon the timelessly classic flair of Jacqueline Kennedy to create styles for the modern woman that unleash confidence and individuality.

Co-owners Meagan Tortorigi and Anusha Alapati spent the last few months preparing the space with Persian rugs, cozy chairs, and antique trinkets.

“Our goal was to create a space where people want to sit down and stay awhile,” said Meagan. “Guests will feel comfortable to browse, relax, and chat with us about their wardrobe and accessory needs. Bringing Kennedy & Rowe to life has been an incredible experience, and we can’t wait to share it with you. See you on March 10th!”

Follow Kennedy & Rowe for more updates on its opening events. You can also check them out on Instagram.

Address:
The Garage at Clinton Row
114 Clinton Avenue, Unit 104
Huntsville, AL 35801

Oshi Poké Bowl & Sushi – Opening March 5th

Starting March 5th, Huntsville will be able to get its hands on a culinary trend that has exploded in popularity. Oshi Poké Bowl & Sushi is in the final stages of preparing the space for the many poké lovers who can’t wait to try this Hawaiian delight.

Min Liu, main operator of Oshi’s Huntsville location, said that the grand opening day would also include a special treat. Guests can enjoy a half-off poké bowl!

Bowls typically include fresh seafood, veggies, sauce, and seasoning—each selected by the customer. The customized meals at Oshi can include everything from sushi-grade tuna to mangos and squid ink rice.

But if you want to go the more traditional route, you can also pick from a large menu of sushi rolls that are proven crowd pleasers.

Whether it’s your first time trying poké or you’re a regular fan of the dish, be sure to visit Oshi when they open in just a few weeks!

You can get more information on Oshi’s opening here.

Address:
The Avenue
201 Jefferson Street, Suite 1
Huntsville, AL 35801

Baby Bite Bake Shoppe – Opening Mid-April

Photo credit: Baby Bite Bake Shoppe

When Crunkleton announced that Baby Bite Bake Shoppe was coming to town, the response was tremendous!

If you’re new to the brand, here’s a little background.

Pastry Art Bake Shoppe in Homewood and Inverness had Baby Bites on the menu for years before they decided to open a shop in Huntsville that specialized in its best-selling item. These bite-sized delights are a new twist on the traditional petit four with the perfect cake-to-icing ratio. And they come in a wide variety of flavors.

Co-owner and manager of Baby Bite, Emily Sharman, said that the new shop would be strictly grab-and-go with the option to sample several flavors in one order.

“You can get twelve different ones in a single order if you like,” explained Emily. “It’s cost-effective, and we have a lot of clientele that want to try several at once.”

While the space recently began construction, Emily said that everything would be ready to go in April.

Construction has begun and will be complete for an April opening!

“We plan to finish up the construction in late March,” she said. “But we want to take a couple of weeks to adequately train employees and make sure we are running at 100 percent for our guests.”

Baby Bite will announce the exact opening date on its Facebook and Instagram channels. So, be sure to follow them for all the info, along with some surprise opening day deals!

Emily with a sampling of delicious Baby Bites! Photo credit: Baby Bite Bake Shoppe

Address:
Westbury Square
975 Airport Road Southwest, Unit L
Huntsville, AL 35802

Are you excited about these store openings? Will you be there opening day? Let us know in the comments!

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Chuck Wagon Texas BBQ Expands To South Huntsville!

Exciting news, Huntsville! After 10 years of success at its Madison location, Chuck Wagon Texas BBQ is set to open a second restaurant in South Huntsville at Redstone Ridge Shopping Center. The soft opening of the new location is tentatively scheduled for January 4, 2018.

The 3,200 square foot space off South Memorial Parkway will offer the eatery’s same signature menu while creating a unique dining experience for both lunch and dinner crowds.

Owner of Chuck Wagon, Stephen Holley, said the barbecue joint has had plans of expanding for years, but wanted to wait until the right time to introduce a second location.

“We are very excited to bring Chuck Wagon’s Texas-style barbecue to the South Huntsville community,” said Stephen. “Over the years, we have had a lot of requests to expand, and now is the perfect time to make it happen. We’ve spent nearly a decade perfecting the quality of our food, service, and overall experience. Our new location will allow us to share our crowd-pleasing menu with a new audience while making visits more convenient for our Huntsville-based clientele.”

The History of Chuck Wagon

“Our restaurant actually began in the 1970s under the name Barbecue Boutique in west Texas,” said Stephen. “My dad, Mike Holley, was working as a petroleum engineer out there at the time. He started cooking on the oil fields and really developed his skills. He always said that after those big guys smelled his food all day, it better taste good.”

Barbecue Boutique was a consistent hit with the engineers. But it wasn’t long before Mike’s career took him to the Rocket City.

“When we moved to Alabama, dad was in the military as a radar specialist,” he said. “We decided to try out our first Chuck Wagon location in Athens where we served food for two years. Then we moved to our current Madison location where we have been in business for nearly a decade.”

During its 10 years as a Madison-favorite, Chuck Wagon has served its signature spread of beef brisket, pulled pork, spicy sausage, pork ribs and chicken to countless local and out-of-town customers. Stephen said the restaurant’s success is due to its focus on creating an excellent product and memorable visit.

“Our style of barbecue has its roots in Texas,” said Stephen. “We work with an offset-style of cooking, versus smoking or grilling over coals. And we serve mostly beef rather than pork. Everything has a Midwest flair to it.”

In addition to its existing menu, Chuck Wagon in South Huntsville will also be introducing a few fried items. But Stephen said he’s most excited about the new jalapeño cornbread.

“Pair it with one of our brisket sandwiches and we guarantee you’ll be in barbecue heaven.”

A Rustic Western Look

Guests at the new location are in for a surprise when they come to dine at Chuck Wagon. The new space has been transformed into an “Old Town” of the West, complete with artwork and details that transport customers to a time of campfires, cattle ranchers, outlaws, and rodeos.

“When you visit, you will actually sit in our custom-built Old Town,” said Stephen. “Everything from the booths to the murals on our wall will be uniquely made.”

The name of the restaurant also has its roots in Western history.

“In the old cattle drives, the chuck wagon would travel a day ahead of the group,” he said. “They would have dinner ready when the ranchers caught up so they’d immediately be able to sit down and have a hot meal. The name fits us perfectly.”

A New Home in South Huntsville

“Right now, we cater to a heavier lunch crowd at our Madison location, and we will continue to do so,” said Stephen. “This additional spot at Redstone Ridge puts us near the arsenal gate, families, and more of our Huntsville customers. We think it will make us available to serve more lunch and dinner crowds.”

Richard Crunkleton, who handled leasing for Chuck Wagon, said the new location is a perfect addition to the South Huntsville shopping center.

“Chuck Wagon has a proven track record of excellence at its Madison location,” explained Richard. “This second restaurant will allow them to deliver their five-star product to a different market in the city. We’ve had a great time working with them on their expansion to Redstone Ridge.”

As for Stephen, he’s ready to serve up some Texas-style grub and can’t wait for the opening.

“Come try us out,” urged Stephen. “We will make sure you have a great experience and some delicious barbecue done right.”

To learn more about Chuck Wagon Texas BBQ, visit http://www.chuckwagon-bbq.com or follow them on Facebook.

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J. Kennedy Clothing Company Joins Traditional Style With An Adventurous Edge In New Downtown Women’s Boutique

“For elegance, for resilience, for grace. Terribly simple—yet terrifically glamorous.
Uptown or downtime—bring wonderful manners and a flair for adventure. Horseback riding or sail boating today?”

Behind the brand of J. Kennedy Clothing Company is a passion for empowering the modern woman through timelessly classic style. A new women’s boutique coming to Downtown Huntsville in Spring 2018, J. Kennedy will supply a unique inventory of heirloom quality clothing and goods.

The new shop is the final tenant to join the thriving businesses at The Garage at Clinton Row—an adaptive reuse development that converted the bottom of a city parking deck into a strip of retail stores. The grand reveal of the shop took place last week at the Clinton Avenue Block Party and is already drawing the interest of Huntsville shoppers.

For Co-Owners of J. Kennedy, Meagan Tortorigi and Anusha Alapati, the project to open the store has been a year in the making. The shop plans to open its doors in March of next year, with online shopping available in February.

“Huntsville is a growing city with a need and appreciation for diversity in clothing,” said Meagan. “While we are a small, local boutique, we will provide exceptional customer service, style, experience, and assistance in outfitting. Now is the time to bring J. Kennedy to life.”

The Story.

“The look, the walk, the clothes, the grace.”

With years of retail experience under her belt as the owner and operator of Huntsville’s Cotton Cottage Boutique, Meagan reached out to Anusha with the proposition of opening a new women’s outfitter with a signature style.

“Managing Cotton Cottage was an incredible experience,” said Meagan, who will handle the day-to-day business of J. Kennedy. “After I moved to Birmingham, I left the retail business to focus on other pursuits. Now that I am back in Huntsville, it’s time to take on J. Kennedy with Anusha by my side. I couldn’t ask for a better business partner.”

As they formed plans for their new store, the image of one fiercely confident woman came to mind—Jacqueline Kennedy.

The Inspiration.

“It’s not just about what you wear, but how you wear it.”

Jacqueline Kennedy’s signature poise motivated Meagan and Anusha to create a new kind of women’s boutique for Huntsville. Everything from the design of the space to the available brands were carefully selected to reflect the refinement of the American fashion icon.

“Whether she was out on the field or at an upscale ball, Jackie Kennedy carried her strong sense of style with her,” said Anusha. “It’s something to be admired. Our new store will reflect the adventure and sophistication that she conveyed.”

Shoppers at J. Kennedy will be able to find a look for every occasion—styles for work, a night on the town, or casual day wear. And plenty of accessories will be available as well, including jewelry, shoes, and leather goods.

“We want every visit to be a memorable experience for our clientele,” said Meagan. “And that starts the moment they walk into the store.”

The Experience.

“A button up and jeans stop traffic. The door opens and she enters, breathless, but on time.”

Antique wingback chairs, Persian rugs, wooden accent walls, and exposed brick—these are just a few of the accents to expect at J. Kennedy.

“It will be as if you’re walking into a chic hunting lodge to enjoy a glass of champagne with Jackie herself,” said Meagan. “It’s outdoorsy but sophisticated. It will stand out in terms of design, and we think it will fit perfectly with the well-established shops at The Garage. We are also working with the Huntsville Historic Foundation and Reconstruction South to secure furniture and other decorative items.”

J. Kennedy plans to keep customers in mind when making decisions on what goods to carry in the 1,000 square foot space. Anusha said the company will reach out on social media in the coming months to hear what Huntsville has to say.

The Journey.

“For elegance, for resilience, for grace. Terribly simple, yet terrifically glamorous.”

Huntsville, what makes you feel glamorous? Confident? Classic? J. Kennedy wants to know.

“We want our customers to have a voice when it comes to what brands and fashion we offer,” explained Meagan. “Reach out to us via social media and let us know what you want us to carry. Every time we go to market we have our customers’ needs in mind. Speak up, because we are listening.”

Get to know J. Kennedy on Facebook and Instagram as they reveal more about the store in the coming months.

Visit https://www.jkennedyclothing.com for more.

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