There’s an art to welcoming visitors to town. And the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau takes that very seriously.
The Visitor Center not only offers information about things to do (and eat!) while you’re here, it provides coupons to make the activities cheaper and unique souvenirs of the city.
…Which brings us back to the art of welcoming visitors, and one of the newer additions to the Visitor Center. Sometimes when you visit someplace, you just need to be able to say “been there, done that, got the t-shirt,” and for those times, the Visitor Center will certainly sell you some of the most cheerful town t-shirts you’ve seen.
But sometimes? Sometimes you want a little something more. A little something special. (Spoiler alert: Have I used the word “art” yet?)
2016 is the Year of Alabama Makers, and to celebrate, the CVB has partnered with Arts Huntsville on a collection of items by local artists that are both beautiful and Huntsville-y; unique souvenirs that you’ll be proud to display (and proud to buy, if you’re the sort that enjoys supporting local artists).
The #iHeartHsv Collection will last through the end of the year, and has a variety of items, ranging from the craftily conventional — #iHeartHsv coffee mugs – to the decoratively different (I’m betting you don’t already have a rocketship birdfeeder). Ornaments, necklaces, wine stoppers, platters and more are joined by photos, prints, and postcards.
Item prices range from as little as two bucks to $75. Purchases are cash only, and 100% of each sale goes straight to the artists. Participating artists include Carrie Alderfer, Teri Hartmann, Mellissa Meeks, Jahni Moore, Lisa Philippart, Jack Rogers, Wallace Turmann, Jeff White and Monica Yothers.
Join us in putting the “art” in iHeartHsv!
Which iHeartHsv blogger wrote this?
David Hitt is a native of Huntsville who enjoys telling the stories of his hometown. He works in strategic communications for NASA’s Space Launch System, the rocket that will send astronauts to Mars and prove once again that nobody builds ‘em like the Rocket City. David tells Huntsville history stories at the Huntsville Ghost Walk, Constitution Village’s downtown trolley tour, and the Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll. He’s the author of two books on space history, “Homesteading Space” and “Bold They Rise” and is the director of the Comic Science Improv comedy troupe.