The City of Huntsville is growing rapidly in popularity and population. In fact, Huntsville leads the growth in Alabama according to a Census released earlier this year. So, what keeps this city growing and changing? It seems to have something for everyone—award-winning restaurants, nightlife, shopping centers, event spaces, entertainment and events. Huntsville shows no signs of slowing down.
What’s on the horizon for the Rocket City? Here are a few things you can expect to see and enjoy.
Located in bustling Downtown Huntsville, The Garage at Clinton Row is a brand new destination for shopping, dining and entertainment. The Garage is a unique venue that is directly connected to a public parking deck, and is within easy walking distance to a number of shops and restaurants that are sure to provide an enjoyable afternoon.
The best thing about The Garage is its focus on creative regional business. Clinton Row states that the mission of The Garage is to bring together “passionate entrepreneurs to connect with the public, share their ideas, and grow their business.” The Garage currently has several shops open and has plans on adding more. Here’s a quick look at some of the available stores:
For even more shopping fun, you can visit The Clinton Row Project just across the street to browse through a collection of small incubator retail shops within one convenient space.
Something big is taking the place of the former Holiday Inn hotel site in Downtown Huntsville. CityCentre at Big Spring is a new project that will bring unparalleled shopping and dining to the area. It will also feature comfortable downtown living—floor plans of units will be made available soon.
The site will be completed in phases and will include urban-style hotels, a market-style food dining hall, retail venues, and commercial office spaces. Visitors to Huntsville will be able to take in the best the city has to offer with food, shopping and popular downtown spots all within a leisurely walking distance.
Stay up to date on the project by visiting the official CityCentre website.
One of the most frequently visited areas in Huntsville is getting a major $2-million-dollar makeover that will be revealed in April 2017. The repairs include a list that will address major concerns including collapsing seawalls, poor water flow, broken and uneven sidewalks, erosion, and insufficient electrical infrastructure. All of these renovations aim to make the park more primed for major public events, as well as provide a beautifying face-lift.
In the meantime, all seasonal events will continue as scheduled, and take place in Big Spring Park East. All renovations will be complete in time for Panoply 2017.
Huntsville’s hub of nature, specialty gardens and serenity will be greeting visitors with a new 30,000 sq. ft. welcome center soon. The $12-million-dollar expansion that broke ground in January 2016 will be complete in Spring 2017.
The new facility will feature a larger gift shop, café, and new guest amenities. It will also house three new rental venues, including the Grand Hall that can seat up to 350 guests, and the Carriage House which seats around 150.
Membership at Huntsville Botanical Garden continues to grow each year. The new features will help increase attendance and offer additional venues for weddings and corporate events. Be sure to come out for its debut in 2017!
Know of more exciting openings in the Huntsville area? Comment below and let us know!
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Haley Clemons is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a degree in public relations. She spends most of her free time exploring local towns, trying new restaurants and planning her next international trip. Her favorite place on earth is Seaside, Florida on scenic highway 30A! She loves church, her family, friends and her fluffy white cat named Truman (after The Truman Show). She’s also a big Jim Carrey fan. She currently works as a marketing writer at a local weather technology provider. She started her travel blog earlier this year and records her latest adventures for everyone to enjoy. Read more from Haley at www.life-in-between.com.