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THE HEART: ZACHARIAH CHANIN

THE HEART: ZACHARIAH CHANIN

At almost any workplace, you can hear employees talk about their co-workers with a closeness and familiarity; after years of working alongside one another, your officemates can (in some cases) begin to feel like family. In the past, that has actually been the case here at Alabama Chanin. Studio and dye house directress Diane Hall has worked alongside her daughter—who has also been one of our artisan stitchers. Some of our other artisans have been sisters, mothers and daughters, aunts and nieces, cousins, and almost any other combination of relations. And all these years, it never occurred to me that I would have the opportunity to work with my son, Zachariah, known by everyone here as “Zach.”

The company that has become Alabama Chanin started in New York City, first in Brooklyn Heights and then at the Hotel Chelsea on 23rd street, in a borrowed apartment that was my first hand-sewing studio. The apartment was three rooms and a tiny kitchen. The front room, looking out over 23rd street, housed my bed, ironing board, and sewing center; the middle room was Zach’s. In those early days, he was enlisted to carry wet fabrics to the laundromat around the corner, keep me company on jaunts to the 26th Street Flea Market, and generally assist where needed.

I guess I should have known that he would eventually come to assist me in my design efforts. In fact, at my graduation from the School of Design at North Carolina State University, they asked Zach to stand, as he had completed most of my college education with me. He stood to a round of applause as the youngest “designer” to graduate from the program. (He is blushing as I write this…)

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THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 2.9.2015 – 2.13.2015

The Factory This Week 02.09.2015 - 02.13.2015

“Doubt thou the stars are fire, doubt that the sun doth move, doubt truth to be a liar, but never doubt I love.” – William Shakespeare

Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, February 9 – Saturday, February 14:

STORE

Join us as we discuss The Business of Artisan Work at our OnDesign event Monday, February 9. Buy your ticket now to reserve your seat; cost includes admission, participation in the conversation, and a cup of coffee or tea.

On Tuesday, February 10, we launch our new collection color Apple. Visit us online or in-store.

Our pop-up shop at Billy Reid in Austin, Texas, will be open through the 22nd of this month. Visit us there and receive 30% off our limited-edition pieces.

Monday, February 16, join us to sew and socialize at Third Mondays @ The Factory. Work on your latest sewing projects in our extended studio space while enjoying the company of fellow sewers and a cup of coffee.

STORE HOURS

Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm

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 for lunch at The Factory Café this week and enjoy a fresh menu every day.

Also don’t forget to take a look in our cooler—fully stocked with homemade ready-to-go items like Magpie and Ruth’s Pimento Cheese and our Carrot Ginger Soup.

We offer freshly baked whole cakes as well. Our cakes are made from scratch, fresh from the oven. Please provide 24 hours’ notice when placing an order.

Custom catering is now available for all events and occasions. Work directly with our head chef, Zach Chanin, and the Alabama Chanin team to create a menu tailored to your needs.

Café Hours:
Monday – Saturday, 11:00am – 2:00pm
*Lunch service begins at 11:00am but coffee and snacks are available all day.

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SATURDAY BRUNCH + THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Saturday Brunch + The Week in Review

Join us tomorrow, February 7, for Saturday Brunch at The Factory Café. This week’s Brunch features our French Toast made from ciabatta bread in a cinnamon custard, topped with maple syrup and freshly whipped cream; or try our House Made Granola, served with local honey and vanilla yogurt.

As always, we will have a selection of seasonal choices that highlight products from local and regional farms and purveyors.

View our Saturday Brunch menu here or check below.

Saturday Store Hours: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Café Hours: 11:00am – 2:00pm

The Factory Store + Café
462 Lane Drive
Florence, Alabama 35630

Call us: +1.256.760.1090 or email office (at) alabamachanin.com

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THE FATBACK PIG PROJECT

THE FATBACK PIG PROJECT

Being intimate with the obstacles of implementing Slow Design, we are inspired by how the Slow Food movement has successfully encouraged us to pay attention to the food we eat, where it comes from, and how it is produced. And, it’s beautiful—and even more inspiring—how the conversation has quickly moved beyond the concepts of sustainable farming and organic produce to sustainable livestock farming and animal husbandry. Will Harris of White Oak Pastures has been a leader in the crusade to raise livestock using traditional, multi-species grazing rotation, with no hormones and antibiotics since the mid-1990s.

It’s been said that it is not necessary to be a “pig” in order to raise one. These days, our friends at the Fatback Pig Project are proving just that by producing sustainable pork right here in the state of Alabama. This initiative, initially formed as a collaboration among Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q co-founder Nick Pihakis, chef Donald Link, John Michael Bodnar, and Mike Bodnar, is working to create a network of Fatback Farms—farms that produce heritage breeds of pigs.

THE FATBACK PIG PROJECT

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THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 2.2.15 – 2.6.15

The Factory This Week 02.02.15 - 02.06.15

“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, February 2 – Saturday, February 7:

STORE
Join us in our studio space for First Mondays to work on your latest sewing project in the company of fellow sewers. Coffee, tea, and light breakfast will be available for purchase from The Factory Café.

Register now for the February 9th OnDesign lecture on the Business of Artisan Work, presented by Natalie Chanin. This is the fifth event in a series of lectures and conversations hosted at The Factory. This event is open to the public with limited seating.

Look for new pieces from our collection (like the Car Jacket pictured above) both in-store and online.

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

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 for lunch at The Factory Café this week and enjoy a new menu every day.

Also don’t forget to take a look in our cooler—fully stocked with homemade ready-to-go items like pimento cheese and our carrot and ginger soup.

We offer freshly baked whole cakes as well. Our cakes are made from scratch, fresh from the oven. Please provide 24 hours’ notice when placing an order.

Custom catering is now available for all events and occasions. Work directly with our head chef, Zach Chanin, and the Alabama Chanin team to create a menu tailored to your needs.

Café Hours:
Monday – Saturday, 11:00am – 2:00pm
*Lunch service begins at 11:00am but coffee and snacks are available all day.

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SATURDAY BRUNCH + THE WEEK IN REVIEW

SATURDAY BRUNCH + THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Join us tomorrow, January 31, for Saturday Brunch at The Factory Café. This week’s Brunch features our Factory Benedict loaded with Irish bacon, poached eggs and sriracha hollandaise sauce, as well as our classic Farm Breakfast with cheesy scrambled eggs, a buttermilk biscuit, and homemade gravy.

As always, we will have a selection of seasonal choices that highlight products from local and regional farms and purveyors.

View our Saturday Brunch menu here or check below.

Saturday Store Hours: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Café Hours: 11:00am – 2:00pm

The Factory Store + Café
462 Lane Drive
Florence, Alabama 35630

Call us: +1.256.760.1090 or email office (at) alabamachanin.com

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BLUEWATER CREEK FARM

BLUEWATER CREEK FARM

Each week, as the Factory Café staff puts together our menu, they take into consideration the produce and meats available to them from our local farms and merchants. We have developed long-time relationships with growers like Jack-O-Lantern Farms, who provide us with homegrown, seasonal vegetables—using no pesticides, herbicides, or synthetic nutrients. In recent months, we have also begun working with Bluewater Creek Farm, a family-owned sustainable farm in nearby Killen, Alabama.

BLUEWATER CREEK FARM

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THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 1.25.2015 – 1.31.2015

THE FACTORY THIS WEEK 1.25.2015 - 1.31.2015

Diets, like clothes, should be tailored to you. — Joan Rivers, June 8, 1933 – September 4, 2014

Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, January 26 – Saturday, January 31:

Join Natalie as she takes a huge step towards a healthier lifestyle beginning on Monday, January 26 (check back on Monday for her Detox 2015 post). If you choose to do your own version of the detox, please do so carefully and with the advice of your doctor. To help all of us to get the best results from our health plans, we have created menu keys—found at the bottom of this post—for the items served at The Factory Café that will help everyone decipher which items are suitable for their own dietary program. Join us every day for nourishing, healthy food, and let’s help each other reach our goals—whatever they may be.

The Factory
462 Lane Drive
Florence, Alabama, 35630

Store Hours
Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm; Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm

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 for lunch at The Factory Café this week and enjoy our fresh, seasonal offerings. This week features items like our customer favorite, the Open-Faced Meatloaf Sandwich, as well as our popular Roasted Vegetable Quiche.

Whether stopping by to shop, eat lunch, or take the afternoon tour, don’t forget to bring home our egg salad, pimento cheese, and/or soup of the day. We also bake fresh ciabatta bread every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and have bread available daily for $6 per loaf.

We offer freshly baked whole cakes as well. Our cakes are made from scratch, fresh from the oven—from our family to yours. Please provide 24-hours’ notice when placing an order.

Custom catering is now available for all events and occasions. Work directly with our head chef, Zach Chanin, and the Alabama Chanin team to create a menu tailored to your needs.

Café Hours
Monday – Friday, 11:00am – 2:00pm; Saturday, 11:00am – 2:00pm
*Lunch service begins at 11:00am, but coffee and snacks are available all day.

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HOLIDAY STORE HOURS

HOLIDAY  STORE HOURS AT THE FACTORY

This week we will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, to celebrate the joys of the holiday season with our families.

We will re-open, with regular shop hours (shown above) on Friday, on December 26th, featuring our annual Inventory Sale both in-store and online.

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

Call us +1.256.760.1090 or email office (at) alabamachanin.com

 

ZINGERMAN’S @ THE FACTORY

ZINGERMAN'S @ THE FACTORY

In 1982, Ari Weinzweig and his business partner Paul Saginaw opened Zingerman’s Delicatessen in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Today, that institution has evolved into a collection of food specialty businesses (known as the Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, or ZCoB) that includes a bakery, mail order operation, a coffee company, candy manufacturer, a barbeque restaurant, creamery, and a catering and event planning service. The decision to build new, independent businesses (instead of franchising the deli) proved to be an sustainable strategy for operating a business, an effective approach for establishing growth opportunities for employees, and a way to ultimately give back to their Ann Arbor community.

In March 2015, we are delighted to be hosting Ari and our friends from Zingerman’s here at The Factory in Florence. I’ve long been an admirer and student of Ari’s work, teachings, and books. (And as an introduction to Ari, you might want to check out this interview with him on our Journal.) His philosophies and approaches to running a business have helped me and the Alabama Chanin family create a better work environment here at The Factory. Our staff studied Ari’s latest book, Managing Ourselves, as part of a workplace enrichment program, and we each wrote visions of how we want to take ownership of our individual roles, while benefiting the team and helping the company grow as a whole.

ZINGERMAN'S @ THE FACTORY

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