Clean Juice To Open First Alabama Location At Twickenham Square!

As promised, we have another exciting announcement about the Shops at Twickenham Square! Alison Dennis, who was featured in our recent Cabana Wax blog, has more news to share with Huntsville. And this time, it involves cold-pressed juices, açaí bowls, avocado toast, and other healthy fare.

“Our team can’t wait to open Alabama’s first Clean Juice location at Twickenham Square,” said Alison, co-owner and general manager of Clean Juice. “In Huntsville, we have a community that is always looking for ways to improve their health and wellness, and our store hopes to help people achieve some of their health goals in a fun and convenient way.”

A 1,200 square foot space, Clean Juice plans to open in August of this year! Very soon, people near the downtown, medical district, and Blossomwood neighborhoods will be able to drop in for a fresh juice and açaí bowl, or a pick up a quick bite from the shop’s grab-and-go bar.

The new eatery will be open:

Monday through Friday 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sunday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

What is Clean Juice?

When husband and wife team Kat and Landon Eckles were looking for a career change, the duo developed the idea of creating a juice bar that focused on providing fresh, organic options along with a guest-focused experience.

In 2015, the Eckles opened the original Clean Juice store in Huntersville, North Carolina. Three short years later, Clean Juice now has more than 100 locations throughout 16 states, with plans to continue expanding.

“The Eckles bring a fresh, trendy vibe to the Clean Juice brand that’s made it stand out in the market,” explained Alison. “They have created something truly unique, because it’s ‘health food’ that not only tastes great but is actually healthy. Customers can rest easy knowing that we’re using 100% USDA Certified Organic ingredients—meaning everything we serve, from our celery to our coffee to our cinnamon, is free from chemicals, pesticides, and GMOs. And we never add sugar to your drink.”

With its extensive menu of juices, smoothies, açaí bowls, and toasts, Clean Juice provides nutritional information for all of its offerings online.

Clean Juice has drummed up praise in publications like Huffington Post, Inc., and Bustle Magazine since its opening. In fact, the business was voted “Fastest Growing Franchise for 2018” by Franchise Gator; its success shows no end in sight.

The dream team.

Alison’s involvement with Clean Juice actually came out of wanting to situate Cabana Wax at Twickenham Square. She and her husband Garrett found the perfect space next to Beaute Nail Spa, but it had twice the amount of square footage they needed.

“As luck would have it, our friends Allie and Todd Hose, and Todd’s brother and sister-in-law, Tyler and Jessica Hose, had known the Eckles for years and had been awaiting the right opportunity to open a Clean Juice store in Alabama,” said Alison.

Left to Right: Garrett Dennis, Alison Dennis, Allie Hose, Todd Hose (Photographer: Tall Guys Photography)

“After the Hoses introduced us to this awesome concept, we met with the coporate office and immediately knew we wanted to be part of the business. So, we pitched the idea of incorporating Clean Juice and Cabana Wax into the space, and the landlord agreed to let us divide it.”

It was decided that each of the six would have ownership in Clean Juice and contribute their unique skills to the project.

“Allie is a marketing professional, Todd is a former commercial real estate agent, Tyler works in finance, Jessica grew up immersed in a family of successful business owners, and Garrett and I are lawyers,” Alison shared. “More importantly, all six of us wholeheartedly believe in the concept and are passionate about making Twickenham one of the brand’s best stores.”

“Huntsville was the perfect spot for the first Alabama location.”

“On a macro level, the people of Huntsville are smart and they care about their health,” said Alison. “This is evident from the amount of interest Huntsvillians show in fitness and clean eating. On a more micro level, our space at Twickenham Square is surrounded by businesses that serve similar interests. People who want a 30-minute workout at 9Round or a quick service at Cabana Wax are likely to be interested in fast, healthy food too.”

Clean Juice will also benefit those who live and work near Twickenham who have awaited a convenient spot for coffee and breakfast items beginning at 7 a.m. on weekdays.

“We take customer care seriously.”

“The founders of Clean Juice created the business with very specific core values,” said Alison. “One of the most important tenets behind the brand is that we respect others by respecting their time. We want to be a place that you get in and out of quickly without sacrificing food quality.”

Each day, the juice bar will have a grab-and-go bar stocked and ready to go upon opening.

“The main takeaway is that you come first and side work comes second,” clarified Alison. “There will never be anything more important than you when you’re in our store.”

 Why choose Clean Juice?

Although Huntsville will have to wait until August to get its hands on a cold-pressed juice or a Beach Bowl, the owners of Clean Juice Twickenham promise it will be well worth it.

 “We believe we can inspire and motivate people by making clean eating enjoyable,” said Alison. “Whether it’s almond toast or a chocolate protein smoothie, we want you to have confidence that what you’re eating is organic, full of nutrients, and carefully vetted by the Clean Juice team.”

Want to learn more about Clean Juice? Visit www.cleanjuice.com to get the full menu, nutrition facts, and more.

Do you enjoy juices and smoothies? If so, what kinds are your favorites? Let us know in the comments below!

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Cabana Wax Coming To Twickenham Square!

“Necessity is the mother of invention,” quoted Alison Dennis, Founder of Cabana Wax. “Waxing should not be reserved for special occasions. It should be convenient and affordable. That’s why I’m opening Cabana Wax in Twickenham Square—to create an experience that truly puts the customer first and makes a consistent waxing routine realistic for more people.”

Located off Gallatin Street near Huntsville Hospital, the Twickenham Square shopping center is already home to well-known spots like Cajun Steamer, Mei Wei, Taco Mama, Pants Store, the Artisan apartments, and—of course—Publix. But a new business, Cabana Wax, is scheduled to open in early August of this year!

The 1,000 square foot studio will have six treatment rooms and receive clients:

Monday – Thursday 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Friday 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday Noon – 6 p.m.

Pictured: The location of the future Cabana Wax at Twickenham Square.

A wax studio designed from the consumer’s perspective

Alison, a 29-year-old entrepreneur and former lawyer, made plans to create the new wax studio after moving to Huntsville in 2017. “I discovered the quick and affordable waxing services I was accustomed to in larger cities were not readily available,” she said.

With the idea of a new wax studio budding in her mind, Alison sat down and made a list of ways a hypothetical new studio could optimize the customer experience.

“For example, Sunday is a big ‘get-things-done’ day for me,” she stated. “Most spas are closed on Sundays, so I knew I wanted my studio to be open every day. That would make it easier for clients to find times that worked for them.”

“I also wanted to keep it simple: no memberships, no introductory rate followed by a steeply increased rate on the second visit—just a consistent low price with no obligations.”

Pictured: Alison Dennis, Founder of Cabana Wax; Photographer: Jake Lott

Alison also wanted a centralized location near other businesses that would have great synergy with her own and would be convenient to the downtown, Blossomwood, and medical district neighborhoods. For her, the Shops at Twickenham Square was the perfect place to develop her vision.

“The foot traffic at Twickenham is incredible, and I knew Cabana Wax would feed off nearby businesses like 9Round and Publix,” Alison explained. “In addition to taking clients by appointment, we will be a great option for walk-in clients who want to take advantage of our services between errands. And our business model creates a situation where that’s actually possible.”

In addition to its convenient location and hours, Cabana Wax also promises affordability.

“It’s hard for many people to pay $90 a month for basic beauty habits like hair removal,” said Alison. “By cutting down the cost on all of our services, we are giving more people the opportunity to try new things and make them part of a routine they can afford to sustain. At our prices, a customer can get a high-quality Brazilian wax and lash perming service for the same cost as just a Brazilian at other spas.”

Waxing services at Cabana range from $5 to its signature $50 Brazilian. Customers can also try a few other services the Cabana Wax team has carefully selected as complements to its full-service wax menu, including dermaplaning, microdermabrasion, lash perming and lash tinting, all of which will be offered for less than the typical cost.

With plans to open by August, the team has already secured a studio manager, an experienced esthetician who will train Cabana’s staff to maintain the brand’s promises from day-to-day.

It’s about you

When asked why Huntsville should use Cabana for all their waxing needs, Alison had one thing to say.

“Cabana Wax is about you,” she guaranteed. “We will help you amplify your natural beauty while showing respect for your time and money.”

For more information on Cabana Wax, visit www.cabanawaxstudio.com. You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram for more updates.

 Stay tuned to our blog, because we will be sharing another space coming to Twickenham Square very soon!

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Historic Huntsville: The Hotel Twickenham

On an April afternoon in 1914, the City of Huntsville was at a standstill. The Daily Times headline read, “Fitting Exercises In Celebration ‘Breaking Dirt’ For New Hotel.” The article following relayed the names of several businesses that would close from 1:30-3 pm that day, and children praised the ceremony for helping end the school day at noon.

Crowds advanced to the city center and patiently waited for the festivities to begin. It was the official groundbreaking of the Hotel Twickenham and Huntsville had never seen such an elaborate spectacle.

At 2 pm, the nearby factories blew their whistles to welcome the hotel into existence. Brass bands boomed, crowds cheered, and a golden shovel—held by a Miss Elizabeth Cooper—officially broke ground.

The Hotel Twickenham claimed its title as the “Pride of Huntsville” during its heyday. An establishment steeped in elegance, Twickenham was the getaway of choice for dignitaries and traveling businessmen, and known as the venue where locals wined, dined, and enjoyed elaborate parties from 1915-1971.

Pictured: Groundbreaking ceremony of the Hotel Twickenham in 1914. Photo credit: Huntsville History Collection, The Historic Huntsville Quarterly, Huntsville Public Library Heritage Room

Its life on the corner of Clinton Avenue and Washington Street is one of glory, with stories that often involve the hotel’s famed manager Quincy B. Love. Adored by the community and hailed as one of the most active and progressive members of the town, his passing was greatly mourned.

Today, a municipal parking garage sits where the Hotel Twickenham once stood. But it is fondly remembered as “The Best American plan hotel in Alabama.”

Photo courtesy Huntsville Library Archives. Twickenham hotel (pictured left).

The Hotel Twickenham – “Pride Of Huntsville”

In many ways, the features of the Twickenham Hotel were firsts for Huntsville. Most notably, the hotel was advertised as being fireproof. This was important to many people at the time because fires at the nearby Huntsville Hotel devastated the community in both 1910 and 1911. Clearly, it was still at the forefront of Huntsvillians’ minds.

Creation of the hotel was headed by William F. Struve and Quincy B. Love who partnered to build it at the site of the old Huntsville City Hall.

“Bess Hay, William Struve’s niece, came up with the name ‘Twickenham’ for the hotel,” shared Donna Castellano, Executive Director of the Historic Huntsville Foundation. “The Clinton Avenue hotel had five stories, 80 rooms, and one elevator. And it opened with great fanfare in 1915 with a seated dinner for 200.”

“Never has there been a larger or more representative gathering in this city, for the response to invitations for the banquet was generous.” – The Times, March 11, 1915

Invitations to a grand opening banquet were sent out to the city and welcomed with much excitement. Hallways of the ornate hotel were decorated with bundles of flowers, and guests were treated to an exotic menu of green sea turtle, roast young turkey, and asparagus on toast.

Mr. Love spoke to guests and assured them that the hotel would run on a very high plane business plan. Music played softly in the background as the Florence Orchestra serenaded the room, and toasts were made to a bright future.

The Hotel’s Heyday

It was said that many traveling businessmen would arrange their itineraries around a stay at the Twickenham. Huntsville itself was a popular spot for hotel developments because it was situated between major trade routes. And the city’s scenic beauty even further convinced travelers to have their stopovers there.

For many years, the Twickenham was famous for its incredible service—no doubt thanks to Mr. Love—and delectable cuisine. Guests described the rooms as large, airy, light, and cheerful. They also appreciated the fair pricing when dining in at the establishment.

Twickenham, like many of the other early Huntsville hotels, offered auxiliary businesses like coffee shops, gift shops, pool halls, and a barbershop as well.

Parade down Clinton Avenue. Hotel Twickenham is pictured on the left. Photo credit: Huntsville History Collection, The Historic Huntsville Quarterly, Mary Medaris Burgess Lee

Under the attentive management of Love, the Hotel Twickenham won recognition as the “Best American plan hotel” in Alabama. And the sensation of the hotel showed no signs of stopping.

But in 1925, tragedy struck.

The Passing Of Mr. Love

“Death of Love Caused Sorrow,” was the headline of an article in the Times on June 8, 1925. Quincy B. Love passed away at 3 o’clock in the morning, and the city was devastated by the news.

Regarded as one of the most popular men in Huntsville, Love’s passing was observed as a “distinct community loss.”

According to the Times, “Mr. Love was perhaps the most popular hotel man in Alabama, especially with the traveling men. Nearly all of these knew him intimately, and the others who patronized him knew him but to love him.

Photo courtesy Huntsville Library archives.

“He came to Huntsville at a time when our city was practically without hotel facilities and built the magnificent Twickenham, standing as it does ‘The Pride of Huntsville.’”

Love was also remembered for his ability to bring together community leaders and create positive change. Described as a man who was “never satisfied with giving up,” he brought transformation to Huntsville that directed the city to where it is today.

The article closed with a final remark on Love’s success. “Whoever succeeds him there will find a standard of service that should never be lowered…He is gone now and we shall miss him. Peace be to his ashes and may the tender love and benediction of our Heavenly Father attend his loved ones and bless his memory.”

It was later reported that the auditorium at his funeral was full—a testament to the kind of man he was.

Fire insurance map that shows the Hotel Twickenham on Clinton Avenue. Courtesy Huntsville Library Archives.

A 1984 edition of The Historic Huntsville Quarterly of Local Architecture and Preservation stated “Mr. Love’s untimely death in 1925 dealt a blow to the Twickenham from which it never recovered. His wife managed it for a while, and then his son, Quincy, Jr., but never with his success.”

When the Russel Erskine was built in 1929, it created thriving competition for the existing Huntsville hotels. Although business at the Twickenham slowed down, it remained a popular venue for small parties and dances. Management of Twickenham was passed to different hands during its lifetime, but many still saw the hotel as a monument to Quincy B. Love.

Becoming The Clinton Avenue Garage

Although the hotel closed to guests in 1971, its popularity was briefly revived in 1974 when it served as a downtown senior center. The Fellowship Center, as it was called, transformed the old building into a place for seniors to enjoy dancing, laughing, and social gatherings.

Photo courtesy Huntsville Library archives.

Events at the Fellowship Center were many, and several took place in the Twickenham Hotel ballroom—including a Customs and Cultures luncheon in which people from other countries would bring food to share.

But as time went on, the space once again needed a new purpose. In 1975, the city council voted to build the Clinton Avenue parking garage on the site.

Photo courtesy Huntsville Library Archives.

On June 2, 1975, the hotel was demolished, along with other Clinton Avenue buildings to make way for the new city parking garage.

The Revitalization of Downtown Huntsville

Today, the Clinton Avenue parking garage has found new life with the addition of several retail shops to its ground floor. Now known as The Garage at Clinton Row, the development brought back several of the business services that were once offered near the Hotel Twickenham—a coffee shop, men’s wear, boutiques, and others.

The development for the Garage was completed in 2016 and celebrated with a grand opening party. Today, Clinton Avenue is a major retail destination for both local and regional shopping—and a place where locals spend time mingling.

As the City of Huntsville continues to grow, it’s incredible to look back at where we once were.

In the same spot, more than 100 years apart, Clinton Avenue was home to a grand opening celebration. Although the scenery has transformed, the love for our city and the hope for a better future hasn’t changed at all.

Do you have more information on the Hotel Twickenham? We always want to make sure we have the most accurate info. All information in this article is courtesy of the Huntsville Public Library archives. 

Contact Haley Clemons at haley@crunkletonassociates.com to add to this story. 

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