Welcome “Oshi Poké Bowl and Sushi” As The Avenue’s Next Tenant!

Have you heard of poké? If you’ve been on social media within the past year, you’ve probably seen a few pictures of poké (pronounced POH-keh) bowls show up in your Instagram feed. But if not, you’re about to find out all about the latest culinary trend because it’s coming to Downtown Huntsville in November!

“In Japanese, ‘oshi’ (oishii) means great taste,” said Min Liu, main operator of Oshi Poké Bowl & Sushi‘s Huntsville location. “We have watched the trend spread from the west coast and beyond in the restaurant industry and we realized the concept works well. One of the best features of the poké bowl is that everything is customizable and countless combinations of flavors and textures can be experienced.”

Oshi will be open from 11 am – 9 pm, Monday through Sunday!

As the concept of poké spread, Min, Chef Jackie Chang, Tom Huang, and Paul Liu—the dream team behind Oshi—decided to expand their gastronomic horizons and offer the same high-quality ingredients they were accustomed to working with within a more casual dining atmosphere.

“Poké is a dish that originated in Hawaii and has grown in popularity because larger markets embraced the concept,” said Min. “The bowls typically include fresh seafood, vegetables, sauce, and seasoning. At Oshi, customers will be able to select their desired protein, veggies, and seasonings to create a one-of-a-kind meal.”

So whether you’re a tuna fan, love crab meat, or prefer mango and squid ink rice, Oshi will be able to cater to your needs. The selections are extensive and they are all sourced from the freshest sustainable sushi-grade fish.

Oshi plans to work with local Huntsville breweries to provide a craft beer selection. Wine and sake will also be available for purchase.

A 2,362 square foot space, Oshi will showcase recipes from Min’s uncle, award-winning Chef Jackie Chang. Jackie began his culinary career in 1992 and has since offered his skills to multiple high-profile restaurants, including Umi Sushi and O-Ku Sushi in Atlanta.

Originally from South Korea, Jackie moved from the island of Jeju to Atlanta, Georgia where he spent the next year learning English. He later perfected his skills in hibachi-style cooking and delivered meals that married great food with an exceptional culinary art form.

“My uncle Jackie is a genuinely nice guy with a lot of enthusiasm for what he’s accomplishing,” explained Min. “He began his career by taking over one of my mother’s restaurants and has used his incredible work ethic and showmanship to be picked up by some of the most renowned restaurants in the Atlanta area.”

Photo credit: Oshi Poke Bowl & Sushi

Tom Huang will also bring his experience and expertise to the table with his history in restaurant ownership and operation. As the Founder of the popular Chin Chin restaurants, he is well known throughout the restaurant community as an innovative game changer with more than 20 Chinese restaurant locations in the southeast area.

With the recipes from Jackie and the help from his associates, Oshi will offer high-end dining in a more relaxed setting.

“In fact, we plan to have the aesthetics of the space match the commitment we have to providing the freshest, high-grade food possible,” said Min.

The look and feel of Oshi will take on a “modern minimalist” design with mainly black and white décor, wood accents, hints of green, and clean, simple plants dispersed throughout. Min said the idea is to emphasize the simplicity and quality of the available fare.

Anusha Alapati, Crunkleton broker and leasing agent for The Avenue, was excited from the get-go at the prospect of bringing Oshi to life in Huntsville.

“When I discovered this group of restaurateurs in Atlanta, I knew immediately that Oshi’s healthier options and modern minimalist ambiance were something Huntsville would embrace,” said Anusha. “I think this is especially true in the downtown area where cuisine is increasing in diversity and quality.”

While Oshi will open its first Alabama-based restaurant at The Avenue, Min said they plan to open the restaurant’s first site in Alpharetta, Georgia by October. However, Huntsville has always been in the plan for the team due to its growth and overall enthusiasm for eclectic dining.

“We are thrilled to have Oshi Poké Bowl & Sushi open its first restaurant in the state of Alabama at The Avenue,” said Sasha Sealy, co-developer of The Avenue. “It is a great addition not only to our development but also to Downtown Huntsville. It’s a new dining option that mirrors what you would typically see in urban, mixed-use developments in larger cities like Atlanta, Nashville and Chicago.”

As for Min, he had one more thing to share.

“Huntsville is growing rapidly and it’s evident that this city appreciates great food,” said Min. “We plan to give our patrons the restaurant experience they deserve. For me, working in this business is a way of life. Eating is essential, but you can make it an experience—a memory. That’s what we want to do at Oshi. We want to make sure you can’t wait until your next visit.”

Visit https://www.facebook.com/OshiPokeAvenue/ to learn more. And stay tuned to our blog for updates about the opening of this new, exciting restaurant!

Have you tried a poké bowl before? Let us know in the comments below!

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Construction Update: The Avenue

Recently, we announced the addition of three new tenants that will join Church Street Purveyor at The Avenue in Downtown Huntsville—Scout & Molly’s Boutique, Soda Jerk, and Zoom Indoor Cycling. We wanted to give you a quick update on the progress of these exciting businesses coming to the Rocket City.

Scout & Molly’s construction is mostly finished and owner Lori Mullins announced via Facebook on July 27th that the shop would be opening within 30 days! We can’t wait to see the beautiful inventory that will soon be on the shelves.

Be sure to follow Scout & Molly’s Downtown Huntsville location on Facebook and Instagram to get additional updates on the opening!

Church Street Purveyor has a gorgeous space with intricate architecture and stunning details already coming together. The restaurant will offer a unique dining experience where you can take your food and wine pairings to the next level. Church Street Purveyor is scheduled to open mid to late September.

Construction at Zoom Indoor Cycling is moving along fast. It’s going to be a wonderfully built fitness space with spa-grade amenities and plenty of room for high-energy, exhilarating classes. Owners Justin and Cara Goodman said they plan to have a soft-opening in September. Be sure to join Zoom’s mailing list to lock in pre-opening rates, which will be their lowest ever! Check out Zoom Huntsville’s official website where you can subscribe to opening updates and more.

One more update:

  • Soda Jerk is a new eatery created by restaurateur Tom Sheffer that will offer quintessential American fare and a selection of craft beer, cocktails, and wines. As construction moves forward, we will continue to give updates on when you can get your hands on this delectable food made with uptown ingredients and a downtown vibe.

Remember, we still have a few spaces left! If you’re a retail business that’s interested in joining the shops at The Avenue, contact Wesley Crunkleton or Anusha Alapati to take the first steps in bringing your concept to Downtown Huntsville.

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Broker Spotlight: Anusha Alapati

How did you become interested in commercial real estate?

That’s an interesting story—I sort of fell into it. When I graduated college I was offered a job at my great uncle’s company, Yedla Management, that develops hotels across the Southeast. I became very interested in the development side of the business and he suggested that commercial real estate might be something that would fit me. He was right.

I wake up every day feeling blessed to be in my position. It’s challenging, fun, and very rewarding.

Anusha Alapati

What do you love most about your job as a commercial real estate broker?

Being able to help the City of Huntsville grow and thrive is something that never gets old. We are a big city with a small-town feel, and it’s amazing to watch new businesses be supported by the community with such enthusiasm.

Even the challenges are enjoyable—they can end up being the most fun. Creating retail synergy is a giant puzzle, and I have the privilege of thinking through those challenges and helping produce something out-of-the-box, memorable, and highly successful. And of course, the relationships I’ve built through my position have been a major highlight.

What makes Huntsville a wonderful destination for new businesses?

We are starting to see the urbanization of Huntsville as our city is embracing the live, work, play lifestyle. Like I said, the support that the community gives is unmatched. Huntsville is on the rise, and new concepts are welcomed here with open arms.

The city shares a passion for development and growth, and that’s reflected in the way we encourage new business ventures. I hope to bring more interesting retail concepts to the Rocket City.

You specialize in retail leasing—what does that mean?

Focusing on a particular area of commercial real estate is something that differentiates Crunkleton. We have brokers that specialize in certain types of leasing, allowing them to stay hyper-focused on a specific side of the business. My specialty is retail.

I understand the landscape of boutique, restaurant, and specialty retail leasing and what it takes to be successful in those areas. It’s something that has always clicked with me and it’s where my passion is.

What projects have you found especially rewarding?

That’s too difficult to answer; every project is unique. I do love the challenging projects, because they make you stay on top of your game and expand your skillset. You are never stagnant in this line of work. It requires you to keep growing.

That being said, it has been a privilege to be a part of the revitalization of Downtown Huntsville. Wesley Crunkleton did an amazing job of executing his vision for The Garage at Clinton Row, and I was given the opportunity to lease the development. Working with Charlie and Sasha Sealy on The Avenue was also an exciting undertaking because it was one of the first large-scale mixed-use developments in the downtown area.

But it’s not just about downtown, projects like Central Park Village, 2700 Capitol Park in Tuscaloosa, and the chance to work with retailers in expanding to other cities has been very fulfilling too.

Anusha worked on major Downtown Huntsville projects like The Garage at Clinton Row. Here she is in her favorite dress from Elitaire Boutique, a tenant at The Garage!

What piece of advice would you give to someone considering a career in commercial real estate?

It takes grit, persistence, leaving your comfort zone, and developing meaningful relationships to be successful.

Be ready to work hard. It involves constant research and putting yourself out there to make sure the job is done.

How do you stay on top of your game?

In this business, you have to stay ahead of the trends. What do people want? Where do people want to shop? What experience can you deliver to a retail consumer that leaves a lasting impression? I am always researching trends—Business Insider, Forbes, Shopping Centers Today, you name it. I also attend major conferences like ICSC and I travel to research new concepts.

It’s important to understand how millennials live, work, and find entertainment. Trends change rapidly and are vastly different today than 5 years ago, or even 2 years ago.

What value do you hope to bring to your clients?

I want to ensure a seamless process and be a resource for them. I want to be there to connect them to the people and assets they need for a prosperous business. Watching my clients grow and flourish is why I do what I do.

Enjoying a day of fly fishing in Blue Ridge, GA.

What do you enjoy doing outside of the office?

Staying active in the community is important to me, which is why I try to spend my free time volunteering with organizations like Mayfair Inner City Church and Junior League of Huntsville. I’m also a member of Committee 100 YP and a newly elected member of the Huntsville Museum of Art Foundation Board.

I also love fly fishing, spending time with my family, my boyfriend Matt, and my dog Charlie.

You can contact Anusha by email at anusha@crunkletonassociates.com or by calling 256-536-8809.

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Ramp Up Your Workout At Zoom Indoor Cycling—Coming To The Avenue!

Tired of your boring workout routine? Can’t stand another minute on a treadmill? Huntsville will soon have a new way to get fit thanks to the addition of Zoom Indoor Cycling coming to The Avenue later this summer!

The indoor cycling studio will be in a 2,588 SF space next to Scout & Molly’s, a new women’s boutique that was recently announced on our blog. Husband and wife owners of Zoom, Justin and Cara Goodman, are ready to bring fun, effective workouts to the Downtown Huntsville area.

“I think people will be surprised at how fun it is to get a killer workout,” said Justin. “The studio has theatre-quality sound, the playlists are always changing, and our instructors do an incredible job at pushing people to reach their individual limits—and they’re having fun so time flies by.”

Whether you’re looking for a heart-pumping workout or just need an hour to forget your worries, Zoom has a class that will cater to your needs.

“With the dim lighting and stadium seating in the studio room, it’s an environment where everyone has the freedom to work on being their best self without worrying about feeling self-conscious,” said Justin. “Our job is to support clients and inspire them with great music and coaching. We give them a place to unplug and let go of the stress of the day. ”

Image courtesy of Zoom Indoor Cycling.

Zoom will offer its signature zRide, a 45-minute full body rhythm ride, 7 days a week with convenient times throughout the day including before and after work hours.

Zoom’s classes are based on proven interval-style cardio sessions that promise an “empowering, uplifting, and entertaining” workout experience. Justin, drawing from 15 years of experience as a professional DJ, spends anywhere from 10 to 15 hours each week creating customized playlists for each class.

“We ride to the beat of the music the whole way,” said Justin. “All of our instructors bring a unique perspective to their 45-minute ride and that’s what makes the workout fit for all kinds of people.”

To keep things fun, Zoom Cycling offers themed rides, like 90s Hip Hop Throwbacks or Beyoncé vs. Justin Bieber, several times each week. Whatever the music selection, the classes are always high-energy and exhilarating.

What makes Zoom different than other indoor cycling studios?

“The entire Zoom experience is very different than what is offered at the local YMCA or box gym,” said Justin. “Our online sign-up process makes it very easy to sign up for memberships and book class online. Once you’re in our system, you can browse class times, see who the instructor is, and reserve your specific bike within each class you book.”

Best of all, there is no stress or anxiety about showing up 30 minutes prior to grab your number in the class.  Zoom’s studio is clean and calm like a high-end spa. They also provide fresh workout towels and filtered water complimentary to all clients. In the studio itself, there’s no bad seat. Bikes are arranged on stadium-style risers and each bike also has a console that displays ride information.

Students can opt-in to receive stat emails after classes by turning on their bike consoles. The machine tracks performance over time and helps clients monitor their success.

In addition to their custom class style, Zoom also spends countless hours preparing instructors to lead a class. “We typically do 3-6 months of training with each of our instructors before they ever lead a class solo,” said Justin. “It’s a rigorous process, but it’s something that helps us stand apart.”

“We try to make every class a great experience by keeping the group motivated,” said Justin. “And it’s not just about burning calories for us. Zoom is a cycling sanctuary that helps you achieve your goals both physically and mentally.”

Image courtesy of Zoom Indoor Cycling.

Downtown Huntsville will be Zoom’s second location.

Justin and Cara opened the first Zoom Indoor Cycling in Charlottesville, Virginia in April 2016. Since then, business has been booming, and they decided it was time to expand. As a native of Huntsville and a fitness enthusiast, Cara quickly narrowed in on their second location.

“Cara is from Huntsville—born and raised,” said Justin. “It’s a city that we love and a place we are excited to bring our new concept to. Downtown is growing so rapidly and we wanted to be part of the exciting movement.”

The couple felt that it was perfect timing for the studio to come to Downtown Huntsville, as the area is quickly becoming a more urban space and embracing new business markets that are popular in larger cities. They chose The Avenue because it was an “exciting and innovative” project.

Justin also mentioned The Avenue developers, Charlie and Sasha Sealy, and their commitment to enhancing the downtown area as a deciding factor in location selection. Sasha thinks the addition of Zoom to The Avenue will help complete the vision for the project.

“We are excited that Zoom is expanding from Charlottesville to Huntsville and we look forward to welcoming them,” said Sasha Sealy, developer at The Avenue. “Spin studios are extremely popular in urban areas, so it’s only fitting that Zoom found its home in Downtown Huntsville. We think it will be a great fitness option for The Avenue’s residents, as well as everyone in the Rocket City.”

Image courtesy of Zoom Indoor Cycling.

Zoom brings a new spin on the indoor cycling concept.

 “We pride ourselves in creating an innovative, immersive indoor cycling experience,” said Justin. “We are here to inspire and motivate people at all fitness levels to push their limits. Come see us at The Avenue later this year and we guarantee a sweaty good time. First class is free to try so you have nothing to lose!”

For more information on Zoom Indoor Cycling, visit www.zoomhsv.com. Or follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

What do you think about The Avenue’s latest addition? Are you a fan of group exercise or indoor cycling? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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