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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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ON DESIGN: THE SCHOOL OF BAUHAUS + CREATIVE PROCESS

ON DESIGN: THE SCHOOL OF BAUHAUS + CREATIVE PROCESS

In October of 2014, and as an extension of our Makeshift initiative, we began a new series of events and conversations called On Design. This series explores art, design, makers, relationships, and how those who create can elevate craft in general. Natalie hosted our inaugural event, which was an exploration of the school of Bauhaus and the creative process. While it’s no substitute for being there in person, here are some of Natalie’s thoughts from the presentation. Feel free to share your own thoughts and join the conversation. (And we look forward to seeing you at the next event.)

From Natalie:

When making plans to expand The Factory beyond a space used solely for manufacturing, I initially imagined a place for our workshops to be housed along with a kitchen for catering. We now have a beautiful space for working and making, as well as a kitchen that accidentally developed into a weekday, lunch-only café that works in-service to our store and design + manufacturing facility.

This space has further developed into a place for the community to meet over tables and food and design and conversations and (hopefully) more.

I grew up in the community of Central, which is about 10 miles west x northwest of The Factory, as the crow flies. I grew up in a time when there was very little art in the school curriculum, but there was still much making being done in the home. My grandmothers and grandfathers planted gardens, raised cows, put up tomatoes, made bread, tatted lace, and made their environments as beautiful as possible with the resources they had available. This work came to inspire my entire work history and the space known as The Factory today. I always said that I went to the art school of “Pinkie and Blue Boy.” Those were the only paintings that hung in our home as I was growing up. These, along with several other paintings, with names like Tyrolean Hof, and Jesus on the Rock, were always in the background, subtle inspiration for our daily lives.

ON DESIGN: THE SCHOOL OF BAUHAUS + CREATIVE PROCESS

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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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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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IN PROCESS: BUILDING 14 FINISHINGS LIBRARY

IN PROCESS: BUILDING 14 FINISHINGS LIBRARY

When we first opened our Building 14 division in July of 2013, we learned quickly that there was still SO MUCH to learn. So, with the concept of The School of Making firmly in place, we began at the beginning to work on a set of finishing examples for our Building 14 machine-made division. Like our Alabama Chanin Library of hand-embellished fabric swatches, this library documents the capabilities of the machines, folders, and attachments we have available in the factory and the endless variations and combinations that create everything from collars to hems and in between.

In 2015, and as we fold our MAKESHIFT programming into The School of Making, we foresee many more conversations about design, fashion, DIY, and community. And, of course, we will continue sharing the evolution of our manufacturing systems—including this new sort of maker’s library—to explore their part in the larger making process.

IN PROCESS: BUILDING 14 FINISHINGS LIBRARY

Photos from Abraham RoweAngie Mosier, and Rinne Allen

#makeshift2015

IN PROCESS: BUILDING 14 FINISHINGS LIBRARY

THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 1.19.2015 – 1.24.2015

THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 1.19.2015 – 1.24.2015

“Just when you think life is a bitch, it has puppies.” – Lois Battle, The Florabama Ladies’ Auxiliary and Sewing Circle

Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, January 19 – Saturday, January 24:

STORE
Join us today, January 19, for Third Mondays @ The Factory. Spend your morning working on your latest project in the company of fellow sewers. Share inspiration, encouragement, and fellowship. Coffee, tea, and light breakfast with be available for purchase from The Factory Café. Please bring your own fabric and sewing notions.

Monday, January 19, 2015
8:30am – 11:30am

The Factory
462 Lane Drive
Florence, AL, 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 customer favorite Open-Faced Meatloaf Sandwich, as well as our Lentil and Wild Rice Salad.

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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SATURDAY BRUNCH + THE WEEK IN REVIEW

SATURDAY BRUNCH + THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Join us tomorrow, January 17, for Saturday Brunch at The Factory Café. This week’s Brunch features a Factory Benedict loaded with pork paillard, poached eggs, and sriracha hollandaise sauce, as well as ricotta pancakes with house made honey ricotta, Amish butter, and maple syrup.

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

View our Saturday 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 FACTORY | THIS WEEK 1.12.2015 – 1.17.2015

THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 1.12.2015 – 1.17.2015

“..I do not want art for a few; any more than education for a few; or freedom for a few… ” – William Morris

Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, January 12 – Saturday, January 17:

STORE

A big THANK YOU goes out to Southern Living Magazine for including Natalie as one of the 50 People Who Are Changing the South in 2015. There are a lot of good folk on the list and we are proud to be included.

Join us on Monday, January 12, for On Design. This fourth event in our lecture and conversation series will feature a multimedia presentation by Natalie Chanin on William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement.

Our One-Day Sewing Workshop will take place in our Pop-Up Store inside the Billy Reid shop in Austin, Texas, on January 15. Work with Natalie Chanin to create a hand-sewn project from a selection of kits available as part of our Studio Book Series. There will also be discussion of the physics of sewing, reverse appliqué, garment construction, and an overview of other Alabama Chanin techniques. Register here or contact workshops (at) alabamachanin.com for more information.

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 Petite Homemade Meatloaf, as well as our new Sweet Potato Risotto.

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.

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

Below is the menu for Monday, January 12; check here each day for an updated menu.

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SATURDAY BRUNCH + THE WEEK IN REVIEW

SATURDAY BRUNCH + THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Join us tomorrow, January 10th, for Saturday Brunch at The Factory Café. This week’s Brunch features a Factory Benedict loaded with scallopini pork loin, poached eggs, and Sriracha sauce, as well as pancakes made with house made honey ricotta, and served with Amish butter, and maple syrup.

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

View our Saturday menu below.

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

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

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

THE WEEK IN REVIEW
On Monday, we shared our interview with New York Time’s Bestselling Author, Emily Spivack. Spivack opened up about her childhood, her inspirations, writing process, goals for Worn Stories, and what the future holds for her. Read the interview in its entirety here.

Newsletter #24 previewed some of the exciting things on the horizon for us in 2015. New events, new products, new recipes, the addition of Saturday Brunch to The Factory Café, site changes—and more announcements to come. Join our mailing list here to stay abreast of all the goings-on.

We were intrigued by the idea of combining Italian dishes with classic Southern influences. Read our review of the cookbook, Collards and Carbonara: Southern Cooking, Italian Roots to learn more about this distinct cuisine (and take a sneak peak at a homemade gin and tonic recipe) here. We are looking forward to hosting Andy and Michael one day soon at The Factory Café.

This week, we explored the colors black and gold as pieces from our collection (and/or DIY Kits), come stenciled with new shades of Gold textile paint. Learn about some of the history of pairing black with gold and our inspiration for using it in our Journal post Inspiration: Black and Gold.

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