Category Archives: TRAVEL + OTHER NEWS

INVENTORY SALE (IT’S BACK!)

INVENTORY SALE

Find year-end savings at our annual Inventory Sale,
both in-store and online, starting on Friday, December 26th.

One-of-a-kind pieces, specialty fabrics, and a selection of accessories and books—all first-come, first-served.

Make post-holiday plans to visit us at The Factory:
462 Lane Drive
Florence, AL 35630

STORE HOURS
Monday-Friday from 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm

Check back daily for new additions and growing savings each day:
Through Friday Midnight–30%
Through Sunday Midnight–40%
Through Monday Midnight–50%
Through Tuesday Midnight–60%
Through Wednesday Midnight–70%

As always, please contact us if you have any questions: orders [at] alabamachanin.com, or call +1.256.760.1090

LAST-MINUTE GIFTS: CLICK, IT’S DONE.

LAST MINUTE GIFTS

It may be cliché to say, “I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas.” But, truthfully, I can’t. Once again, the holiday is upon me before I’ve had enough time to even drop a card in the mail. While I am sure you are all completely prepared, here are some options for last-minute gifts—just in case. While we practice slow design, we do have the ability to ship some items quickly. Each of these gift options have been made either here at The Factory, locally, or regionally. They are ready to be packed with care and shipped right to your door.

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SHIPPING (THERE’S STILL TIME.)

UPS - SHIPPINGorder by these dates for shipping via UPS

For those of you who are searching for the perfect gift – there’s still time. Today we have Last Minute Gift ideas coming your way.

Use the map for UPS (pictured above in Carmine) and USPS (pictured below in Evergreen) to determine your last day to place your orders.

If we receive your order before 2:00pm CST on the dates listed, we will ship all in stock items from The Factory in Florence, Alabama, on the same day. Because we practice slow design, some garments and hand-made items are made-to-order and may require a production and delivery time of up to six weeks.

Give us a call if you have questions about placing an order in time for the holidays, +1.256.760.1090, or email orders@alabamachanin.com Monday-Friday from 8:00am – 4:30pm CST.

UPS - SHIPPINGorder by these dates for shipping via United States Postal Service

NEWSLETTER #23

Newsletter #23

We have a lot of new announcements this month online and at The Factory. Our holiday Evergreen collection launches online tomorrow, and our DIY Gift Guide will be featured online beginning Thursday, December 11th.

This Thursday from 2:00pm – 4:00pm we will also host a Holiday High Tea at The Factory to celebrate the one-year anniversary of The Factory Store + Café’s grand opening. We invite our friends and neighbors to enjoy complementary high tea and to shop the Alabama Chanin holiday market (look for our Evergreen collection too). The Factory is now open on Saturdays. The store is open from 10:00am – 4:00pm, and the café is open from 11:00am – 2:00pm.

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xoNatalie and all of us @ Alabama Chanin

OPEN FOR BUSINESS

OPEN FOR BUSINESS

The notion of the five-day workweek was introduced in the early 20th century in New England, as a way for Jewish workers to observe the Sabbath. This idea slowly spread to factories across the nation—mainly due to union demands. Department stores were also gaining popularity during the late 1800s and early 1900s and, once the 40-hour workweek became standard, more and more people began to spend their newly established weekends shopping in the city.

As weekend and holiday shopping became a popular pastime, big department stores began to construct window displays with the intent of luring shoppers inside. These creative and festive displays originally introduced the notion of “window shopping.”

Some of my favorite memories as a child were Saturdays with my grandparents and cousins on trips “to town,” window shopping, strolling the sidewalks, lunch at Trowbridge’s Ice Cream Bar, and catching up with friends and neighbors. When we began talking about a Saturday opening and lunch at The Factory, these childhood Saturday memories came to mind.

After a successful year of weekday commerce (our one year anniversary was November 18th), The Factory Store and Café are now open for business each Saturday. My daughter Maggie, who doesn’t yet know what it means to “work”, is excited to have the chance to help in the café. We are grateful to our staff who have rearranged their schedules to allow for Saturday opening, and to all of our guests who made a visit last Saturday. Please join us for brunch each and every Saturday for an ever-changing and evolving menu.

Thank you to everyone who made this first year a roaring success. We are grateful for each and every visit and hope to see you again soon.
xoNatalie

OUR HOURS:

The Factory Store
9:00am – 5:00pm Weekdays
10:00am – 4:00pm Saturdays

The Factory Café
11:00am – 2:00pm Monday – Saturday

 

TRAVEL: THE GARAGE

TRAVEL: THE GARAGE

About two hours south of The Shoals is Birmingham, Alabama’s largest city. It is a city built on railroad industries and iron and steel production. Birmingham has been called “The Iron City” and “The Magic City,” and it has a contentious past as a central player in our nation’s civil rights struggle. But today’s Birmingham has much to offer in the way of history, art, food, culture, and nightlife.

One of our favorite spots is The Garage, run by our long-time friend Kay Woehle. Kay’s father, architect Fritz Woehle, bought the building that houses The Garage in the 1970s. Back then, the former garage (pictured in the old, bent black and white photos shown here) was being repurposed as storage space.

Fritz converted part of the building into a design space and leased the remaining space to other artists and small business owners. The Garage—known for years as The Garage Café—was opened in one of these spaces by Jimmy Watson in the mid-1990s. After Jimmy passed away earlier this year, the Woehle family took over management of the bar.

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#givingtuesday

#givingtuesday

#givingtuesday and #gratitude

Today, December 2, 2014, is the second annual #GivingTuesday.

“It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company, or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.”

Remember SOLA and so many others that could use a little help. Gratitude is everywhere to be found.

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

Shop Small Business Saturday on Saturday, November 29th
at The Factory in Florence and at our pop-up shop at Billy Reid Austin.

Join us and save 25% off purchases*.

Alabama Chanin @ The Factory
462 Lane Drive, Florence, AL 35630

Saturday Hours
STORE 10:00am – 5:00pm
CAFE 11:00am – 2:00pm

Alabama Chanin Pop-up Shop @ Billy Reid Austin
1122 W 6th Street, Austin, TX 78703

Saturday Hours
STORE 10:00am – 7:00pm

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SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY @ THE FACTORY

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY @ THE FACTORY

In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday as a way to help small businesses gain local attention, and in turn, more customers. Small Business Saturday falls between Black Friday and Cyber Monday—two of the biggest (and busiest) shopping days of the year, occurring at big box retail locations and e-commerce platforms, respectively. The day encourages consumers to make an impact in their neighborhood and community by shopping at small businesses instead of major retailers.

Over the past several years, this shopping day has grown into something of a movement. Small Business Saturday has been officially recognized by the U.S. Senate, and politicians all over the nation (including President Obama) have expressed their support. Each year, more and more communities and businesses get involved and promote the importance of shopping “small”. It is the hope of all those participating that this, the fifth year of Small Business Saturday, is the biggest one yet.

For the first time since opening last November, The Factory Store + Café at Alabama Chanin will be open on Saturday, November 29th, as part of Small Business Saturday; and, per many requests, we will begin keeping shop hours each following Saturday. This decision came about in order to make our storefront and café more easily accessible to those who may work during the week or live too far away for a weekday visit. (Weekend road trip, anyone?)

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ALABAMA CHANIN @ AUSTIN, TEXAS

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Join us this Thursday evening, November 6th, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in Austin, Texas, for a reception celebrating our Alabama Chanin pop-up shop inside the Billy Reid store at 1122 West 6th Street. The Austin store features our Heath + Alabama Chanin collaboration, Alabama Chanin Essentials, alongside our hand-dyed Indigo, books, and more.

For more information, contact: austin (at) billyreid.com, sales (at) alabamachanin.com, or call, +1.512.354.1884.

See you there,
xoNatalie

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