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Downtown Huntsville honors best project, event and advocates of 2015

January 16, 2016

The Von Braun Center Propst Arena was brimming Friday morning as leaders celebrated the top downtown Huntsville project, event and advocates of 2015. Yellowhammer Brewing and Earth and Stone Wood Fired Pizza took the coveted Downtown Huntsville, Inc. Project of the Year award, given annually to a business or an individual who brings innovation to […]


Details announced for 2015 Big Spring Crush Wine Festival in Huntsville’s Big Spring Park

June 15, 2015

Last year’s inaugural Big Spring Crush Wine Festival – the first of its kind in Huntsville – was a sold-out affair. This year it’s becoming an annual Huntsville tradition, said Ashley Ryals, owner and chief creator Homegrown LLC, the organizer behind Big Spring Crush. It’ll be scheduled for the last Saturday in September each year. […]


Beer Hop Craft Beer Trolley Tour returning to highlight Huntsville suds

April 24, 2015

There are two prerequisites to being a destination on the Beer Hop Craft Beer Trolley Tour – one, be located in Huntsville city limits and two, have a taproom. Of course, this automatically excludes Madison breweries like Rocket Republic and Blue Pants Brewery. So for Beer Hop’s first 2015 installment, set for April 30, creator Ashley […]


Cool Spaces – The 1841 Mercury Building – a cool place to work past & present

February 25, 2015

Mercury was the Roman god of communication, commerce and messaging. Built in 1841 and located at 313 Franklin Street, Huntsville’s Mercury Building was home for many years to a weekly publication called The Mercury. Today it is a vibrant hub of design, communication, messaging and creativity. The basement level and all three floors contain cool […]


City Harbor Crush: Wine festival announced for Guntersville

February 24, 2015

A new event is coming to Guntersville this year and for the city and the coordinator behind it, the event is a first. Last year downtown Huntsville saw an event that had visitors waiting along the street to attend – Big Spring Crush. It was downtown Huntsville’s first wine festival. Ashley Ryals is the owner […]


Winter Wine Week: Does surging Huntsville craft-beer market hint wine could take off here next?

February 17, 2015

Out of the 42 American Wine Society certified wine judges living in the United States, four reside in the Huntsville area: Marjorie Ducote, Kristen Lindelow, Steve Young and Edwin Nunez. Add to that fact, last year Rocket City fine-dining spot Cotton Row was the lone Alabama restaurant to receive Wine Spectator magazine’s Best of Award […]


Big Spring Crush is a go; what you need to know about first Huntsville wine festival

September 24, 2014

Those gigantic construction vehicles have been removed and the temporary chain-link fencing is being rearranged. And by Saturday afternoon, the lovely Big Spring International Park East will still be the site of Big Spring Crush, Huntsville first wine festival, which will offer 200 wines in a verdant outdoor setting under an array of illuminated tents. […]


Big Spring Crush, new wine festival, coming to downtown Huntsville this fall

June 23, 2014

Three years ago, Ashley Ryals wasn’t sure Huntsville was ready to host a wine festival. Flash forward to the morning of June 23, as Ryals hosted a press conference announcing Big Spring Crush, which she says will become Huntsville’s first-ever wine festival, when it’s held 4 – 9 p.m. Sept. 27 in Big Spring International […]


Homegrown Huntsville’s Brew Hop is a craft-beer trolley tour ready to roll to local breweries

June 18, 2014

It’s a little like taking a taxi – if a taxi held 35 people and the fare also included a sampling of killer beers at each place you stopped. Local beer lovers, meet Brew Hop, event planner Homegrown Huntsville’s craft-beer trolley tour debuting June 26. Local financial professional Rob Heard, a patron of Homegrown’s signature […]


Homegrown Huntsville launches monthly ‘Dine & Dash’ event in April

March 29, 2012

You’ve probably heard of speed dating. How about speed dining? Homegrown Huntsville’s new Dine & Dash, a monthly event beginning in April, is all about sampling the menus of as many downtown Huntsville restaurants as possible in one night. “It’s called Dine & Dash for a reason; it’s going to be very fast-paced,” said Ashley […]


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