Category Archives: TRAVEL + OTHER NEWS

THE FATHER OF THE BLUES + HANDY FEST

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“Where the Tennessee River, like a silver snake, winds her way through the red clay hills of Alabama, sits high on these hills my hometown, Florence.”
–W.C. Handy, Father of the Blues

We have written many times of our community’s rich musical legacy. The Shoals has a very notable place in modern music history; but, that history reaches much further back than many realize. William Christopher “W.C.” Handy was born and raised here in Florence in the late 19th century. Discovering a love of music at a young age, he took up the cornet and participated in acapella vocal lessons while attending grammar school. Later, after receiving his degree from the Teachers Agricultural and Mechanical College in Huntsville, Alabama, he became a teacher and briefly worked in a piping company before ultimately pursuing music as his true passion. His contributions in shaping the blues were influenced by the African-American musical folk traditions he experienced during his travels across the South, with “Memphis Blues” marking the beginning of his musical career.

For over 30 years, The Shoals community has hosted the W.C. Handy Music Festival. “Handy Fest,” as the locals call it, provides a few moments of unrivaled fun – in the middle of what can be a long, hot summer. Many of us anticipate the event all year and even the most confirmed homebodies spend multiple evenings out and about, listening to live music, visiting with friends, and exploring the community during festival week.

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THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 7.21.2014 – 7.25.2014

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“Savor the ritual of the table. Mealtime is a time for empathy and generosity, a time to nourish and communicate.”
—Alice Waters, The Art of Simple Food

Here is what we have going on at The Factory this week, Monday, July 21 – Friday, July 25:

STORE
Enjoy our newly updated retail space, view our bridal collection in the expanded storefront, and visit our new DIY section in the workshop area, where you can discuss your projects with our Studio Style DIY team.

Also, don’t forget our Summer Reading (+ More) promotion continues this week. Browse our collection of favorite books and summer essentials at a discounted price, available in-store and online for a limited time.

Store Hours
Monday – Thursday, 9:00am – 5:00pm

TOURS
Stop by any weekday at 2:00pm for a guided tour of our space, including The Factory, the Alabama Chanin production and design studio, and Building 14.

CAFÉ
The “Friends of the Café” Piggy Bank dinner featuring chef Vivian Howard is this Friday, July 25, beginning at 6:30pm. Join us for an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and music—all benefiting the Southern Foodways Alliance.
Limited seating is available; click here for more information.

Café Hours
Monday – Thursday, 11:00am – 3:00pm
*Lunch service begins at 11:00am, but coffee and snacks are available all day.

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THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 7.14.2014 – 7.18.2014

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The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read. –Abraham Lincoln

Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, July 14 – Friday, July 18:

STORE
Beginning Monday, we will highlight some of our favorite books and other summer essentials as part of our Summer Reading (+ More) promotion. Enjoy discounts for a limited time in-store and online.

Store Hours
Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm

TOURS
Stop by any weekday at 2:00pm for a guided tour of our space, including The Factory, the Alabama Chanin production and design studio, and Building 14.

CAFÉ
Join us in the café this week and enjoy recipes from this month’s featured chef, Vivian Howard of Chef & the Farmer. Her recipe for Blueberry BBQ Chicken Flatbread has become a new favorite, as well as our own house made, locally-sourced BLT (this week’s tasty special).
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MADE IN THE SOUTH AWARDS

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Garden & Gun magazine, in partnership with the Savannah College of Art and Design, has launched their fifth annual Made in the South Awards.

The awards are split into five categories: Food, Drink, Style + Design, Outdoors, and Home.

Entries for Southern-made products are being accepted through August 1, 2014. For more information on joining the competition, visit here.

Natalie will be judging the Style + Design category. Stay tuned for more information soon… (and good luck).

 

NEWSLETTER #18

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Newsletter #18 notes special features on our website—like our ongoing Basics Highlights and our upcoming Summer Reading (+ more) event beginning July 14.

We also have new events on the calendar at The Factory, like our second “Friends of the Café” dinner on July 25. The dinner features chef Vivian Howard and is a benefit for the Southern Foodways Alliance. Visit here to register.

Join our mailing list and stay up-to-date on all the happenings at Alabama Chanin.

Update your mailing subscription to include the newsletter (and Daily Journal) here.

xo Natalie and all of us @ Alabama Chanin

 

 

THE FACTORY SALE

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Our doors are open.

July 7 – 11

50% off select items, including garments, fabric, DIY kits, notions,
and other odds-and-ends we have rounded up.

Items will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

While you are here, join us for lunch in the café.

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

Store Hours
Monday – Friday
9:00am – 5:00pm

Café Hours
Monday –  Friday
11:00am – 3:00pm

THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 7.7.2014 – 7.11.2014

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“Once you have eaten—shared food with a person, there’s a deep psychological system that means, you know, we are like family.” –Jonathan Haidt, On Being

Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, July 7 – Friday, July 11:

STORE
Visit us this week for the launch of The Factory Sale. We will be offering 50% off select items, including garments, fabrics, DIY kits, notions, and other odds-and-ends.

Also, don’t forget First Mondays @ the Factory. Come and connect with fellow sewers and share inspiration while working on your latest project.

Store Hours
Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm

TOURS
Stop by any weekday at 2:00pm for a guided tour of our space, including The Factory, the Alabama Chanin production and design studio, and Building 14.

CAFÉ
Our second “Friends of the Café” dinner, featuring Peabody award-winning chef Vivian Howard, is happening later this month. (Click here for more details.)

Also, our Vivian Howard and Southern Foodways inspired menu is launching this Wednesday, July 9. Until then, experience new dishes from our own kitchen—such as our house made BLT and pimento cheese.
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UPCOMING SALE @ THE FACTORY

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Join us the week of July 7 – 11 for our first sale at The Factory.

50% off select items including garments, fabric, DIY kits, notions, and other odds-and-ends we have rounded up. Items will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, so set your clocks.

While you are here, stay awhile and have lunch or coffee with us in the café.

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

Store Hours
Monday – Friday
9:00am – 5:00pm

Café Hours
Monday – Friday
11:00am – 3:00pm

 

THE FACTORY CAFÉ CHEF SERIES: VIVIAN HOWARD

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I feel a certain kinship with Vivian Howard, even though we’ve never met. We both left home at an early age, finding big lives and successful living elsewhere; we also both followed our inspirations as they directed us back to our regional homes, where we’ve found hard-won fulfillment. Vivian works with food as her medium, much in the way that Alabama Chanin works with cotton jersey. She explores regional food traditions and seeks to translate them into a modern light.

We are thrilled that Vivian Howard will be the featured chef for the month of July in our café, and also visiting us here at The Factory on July 25th for our second “Friends of the Café” Piggy Bank Dinner, benefiting the Southern Foodways Alliance.

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FASHION BY HAND + ANNA MARIA HORNER

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Friend, inspiration, and collaborator Anna Maria Horner has been featured on our Journal several times. She is a multi-talented woman fluent in more than one creative medium, from her imaginative books and fabric design to fine art. Natalie and Anna Maria’s friendship has only continued to grow as they connect over everything from food and family, to sewing and gardening.

Since we last featured Anna Maria on our Journal, she has added child number seven to her large and happy home. She, her husband Jeff, and their children (aged 1 to 22) live on two acres of land in Nashville, Tennessee. Anna Maria’s ability to balance her life as a mother and entrepreneur is truly remarkable.

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Having collaborated with Anna Maria on garment design (and creation the textile patterns Little Flowers and Little Folks), we are excited to work with her once again during an upcoming weekend workshop in Nashville: “Fashion by Hand” with Anna Maria Horner and Natalie Chanin.

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