Category Archives: TRAVEL + OTHER NEWS

THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 5.19.2014 – 5.23.2014

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“If you look for the hardest place to find, you’ll find us. We’re down here in the corner, right on turn three, up against the fence. You’ve got to know, to know where to find this kitchen.” – Ken Enck, owner of a NASCAR-fueled hidden kitchen.

Come find our own hidden kitchen in Industrial Park this week. Explore the retail space and stay for one of our acclaimed Kitchen Sisters’ dishes. Please note that our café hours have changed for lunch service from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm; but, we have coffee and snacks available all day. Also note that due to a family illness, Jack-o-Lantern Farm CSA box deliveries were delayed this week; pick up your boxes beginning Friday, May 23.

Here is what we have going on at The Factory Store + Café this week, Monday, May 19 – Friday, May 23:

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Visit our retail space on Friday for our Memorial Day Sale and save 20% on all merchandise in-store (and online).
(This excludes all Heath products, books, and music.)

Also, don’t forget about our upcoming workshops:

Two-Hour Sewing Workshop + Afternoon Tea

Friday, May 23

Studio Week @ The Factory

Monday, May 26 – Friday, May 30

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
Strawberry season has arrived at The Factory, and to celebrate we are serving a Southern favorite: Strawberry Shortcake. Come enjoy some of our delicious Kitchen Sisters’ dishes such as Angelo Garro’s Wild Fennel Cakes, and top off your meal with our newest dessert.
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MAKESHIFT 2014

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MAKESHIFT began three years ago as a conversation about the intersection of the disciplines of design, craft, art, fashion, and DIY—and, on a bigger level, using this intersection as an agent of change in the world. Since then, we’ve explored making as individuals, and how making as a group can open conversations and build communities.

For MAKESHIFT 2014, we have once again partnered with Standard Talks in New York to host the conversation, and will cover a range of topics, including raw materials, craft, fashion, global communities, food, and the act of making. 2014 James Beard award-winning chef Ashley Christensen will also participate in the discussion, helping answer the question: What can design learn from food?

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MAKESHIFT POP-UP SHOP + ALLISON MOORER

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We are in New York City this week for our third year of the MAKESHIFT initiative. MAKESHIFT is, at its core, a conversation about the intersections of fashion, design, craft, and food, and how each discipline can better work together to elevate those principles.

Alabama Chanin has set up shop at our friend Lisa Fox’s beautiful East Village store, lf8, for the month of May. lf8 (elevate) is also featuring the work of photographer Mary Ellen Mark, as well as a special performance piece by musician and friend Allison Moorer. Event details are as follows:

Store Hours
Tuesday – Sunday
12:00pm – 6:00pm
Closed Mondays

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80 East 7th Street
New York, NY 10003

The pop-up features works by Mary Ellen Mark, the Alabama Chanin collection, and one-of-a kind, indigo-dyed Alabama Chanin garments and accessories, alongside the lf8 collection. Visit in the afternoons from 2:00pm until 4:00pm through Friday, May 16 to sit with Allison Moorer and sew, talk, sing, and conspire.

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THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 5.12.2014 – 5.16.2014

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“Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action.”
–Mother Teresa

Come join us at The Factory this week and experience the love we put into every thread, garment, conversation, collaboration, and plate of food. Please note that our café hours have changed, that we can better serve the community.

Here is what we have going on at The Factory Store + Café this week, Monday, May 12 – Friday, May 16:

STORE
Explore our growing Studio Style DIY section,
online and in-store. We offer a range of projects and kits for all skill levels, including our Swatch of the Month membership.

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
As we continue to explore
the world of Hidden Kitchens in the café, we hope you will join us for lunch and (perhaps) share your own memory of a ‘hidden’ kitchen.

Café Hours Monday – Friday, 11:00am – 3:00pm
*Lunch service begins at 11:00am, but you can drop by earlier for
coffee.

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SOUTHERN MAKERS 2014

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Last weekend, some of our team traveled down to Montgomery, Alabama for the second annual Southern Makers event. Southern Makers is a one-day experience that celebrates innovation and creativity of all types of makers in Alabama. The day is filled with everything from panel discussions and live music, to cooking demonstrations and workshops. Some of the top talents working in design, architecture, fashion, and food throughout the state are celebrated each year.

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Maker booths are organized by region; North, Central, and South Alabama were all represented at this year’s event. Alabama Chanin set up shop next to our several of our neighbors and friends, including artist Audwin McGee, Scout By Two, Billy Reid, Zkano, and Butch Anthony.

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NEWSLETTER #16

Newsletter #16

Newsletter #16 features our Mother’s Day Gift Guide, workshop specials, and more new products (like Short Stack Editions and additions to our DIY Kits).

Stop in to The Factory Café this month as we feature The Kitchen Sisters—Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva—as part of The Factory Café Chef Series.

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

xoNatalie and all of us @ Alabama Chanin

 

THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 5.5.2014 – 5.9.2014

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“There are still traditions that bring communities and families together instead of propelling them apart. And there are people out there pumping new life into old traditions and inventing new ones, people for whom food is an all-American reason to slow down and pursue some happiness.”

– Alice Waters, from the foreword of Hidden Kitchens

Here is what we have going on at The Factory Store + Café this week, Monday, May 5 – Friday, May 9:

STORE
Come and browse our selection of gifts for Mom (featured in-store and online). Treat the mothers in your life (or yourself) to something special.

Also, don’t forget about First Mondays at The Factory. Come sit, sew, and enjoy the company of fellow stitchers.

Call Carson at +1.256.760.1090 for more information.

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
Back by popular demand, this week’s special features tomato soup and grilled pimento cheese—the ultimate comfort foods. We’ve also added several new recipes to our menu—like vegetarian chili and poached eggs. Come and explore the tastes of hidden kitchens from around the country, as part of our ongoing Chef Series.

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

*Lunch service begins at 11:00am

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THE FACTORY CAFÉ CHEF SERIES: THE KITCHEN SISTERS

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This May, Alabama Chanin is featuring two of my personal heroines (and, now, dear friends) as part of our ongoing Chef Series at the café. They might not be chefs, but Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva are The Kitchen Sisters—independent producers who create radio stories for NPR and other public broadcast outlets. Davia and Nikki are two of the most genuine and real women I know. Without their dedication to telling the real story, I would not be the person I am today. Route 66 changed my perception of storytelling in the autumn of 1994. I remember the first moment I heard their tracks: in the third story of a rented house on a square in Savannah, Georgia. Just like that, my life changed.

Davia and Nikki met and began collaborating in the late 1970s, hosting a weekly radio program in Santa Cruz, California. Their name was taken from two eccentric brothers—Kenneth and Raymond Kitchen—who were stonemasons in Santa Cruz in the 1940s. One night, they were discussing the Kitchen Brothers, who were featured in a book about Santa Cruz architects, as prep for an interview with the book’s author—while also cooking dinner for a group of people on the commune where Nikki lived—and got caught up in legends of local masonry (chimneys, yogi temples, Byzantine bungalows…), and food prep fell to the wayside. Dinner that evening was a disaster, and The Kitchen Sisters were (laughingly) born.

Oral histories heavily influenced their style of radio production. Over the years, they have produced a number of series, such as Lost & Found Sound, The Sonic Memorial Project, The Hidden World of Girls, and Hidden Kitchens. Regardless of topic, Davia and Nikki find a way to build community through storytelling.

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CLOSED TODAY

CLOSED TODAY

Due to potentially hazardous weather, Alabama Chanin and The Factory will be closed Monday, April 28th.

We are asking all of our friends, family, and team members to be cautious and stay safe.

xoNatalie

 

 

THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 4.28.2014 – 5.2.2014

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“You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.”
—Albert Camus

Here is what we have going on at The Factory Store + Café this week, Monday, April 28 – Friday, May 2:

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Make plans to join us in Montgomery this weekend at the 2nd annual Southern Makers event. We will have an Alabama Chanin Pop-Up Shop on site and will also be hosting a DIY Chair Workshop.

Call Carson at +1.256.760.1090 for more information.

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