Enjoying an Evening at Bridge Street in Huntsville, AL

Coffee, Coffee Bars, Desserts, Food, Huntsville, Restaurants, Shopping

Bridge Street, in far west Huntsville,Alabama is a new shopping development with a lake, plenty of restaurants and shops, and a new, tall Westin hotel. Connor’s Steak and Seafood is a particularly good place for a steak dinner, and the nearby Cafe 153 is a great place for an after-dinner latte or espresso. Lighting and live musicians on weekends make Bridge Street a fun destination. 

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Valet Boutique, Huntsville AL

clothing, Fashion, Hip Hop, Huntsville, Shoes, Shopping, Sneakers, Travel, Urban Wear

I was disappointed to learn that Kreativ Sole had closed, but Huntsville has a new upscale hip-hop boutique called Valet Boutique (@ValetBoutique) that has a full array of urban wear for the discerning customer. Visit them at http://valetboutique.blogspot.com/, like them at http://www.facebook.com/valetboutique or follow them at https://twitter.com/ValetBoutique.

Huntsville’s Lowes Mill: An Art Community

Art, Huntsville, music, Record Stores, Shopping

Lowes’ Mill in Southwest Huntsville is a former cotton-textile mill that dates from around the beginning of the 20th Century. After a stint as a Genesco Shoe factory, it closed, and has since been turned into a unique gallery of artists’ studios, galleries and shops. I had driven out there Saturday to visit Vertical House Records, but unfortunately they had closed at 5 PM. 

James Music, Huntsville AL

Albums, Blues, Hip Hop, Huntsville, music, Record Stores, soul, Vinyl

James Music, formerly James Records and Tapes, is a legendary urban music institution on Memorial Parkway in Huntsville, which I honestly thought had closed. Instead, I learned that the building had suffered water damage and thus was closed for awhile, but is back open again. There is an especially good selection of rare vinyl, a section of local Huntsville rap artists, and a good selection of blues and southern soul.