In 2008, Alabama Chanin moved operations from a three-bedroom house at Lovelace Crossroads on the outskirts of Florence, Alabama, to a former textile manufacturing facility built in 1982 in the local industrial park. The Factory, as the space is called, has become not only home to the Alabama Chanin design and production studio but also to workshops, events, and dinners. The space is filled with books, music, the hum of making, and more recently, machines for the new A. Chanin line. In 2013, Alabama Chanin began an expansion of The Factory that includes a new event space and full-service café, and houses workshop headquarters and the flagship store.
Our community was, for generations, home to textile mills that employed an incredible number of area residents. This industrial building, The Factory, where we work and spend hours of our lives has seen thousands of workers pass through the doors over the years; it has heard the hum of machines running and the voices and laughter of employees passing the day away. This building is part of Alabama Chanin’s history, but, more importantly, it is part of our community’s history—a symbol of economic boom, hard times, and community rebuilding.
THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK
09. 1.2014 - 09. 5.2014
“There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.” - Leo Tolstoy
Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, September 1 – Friday, September 5:
This month’s First Monday will be moved to Tuesday, September 2. Join us then, in our newly expanded studio space, to work on your latest sewing project.
While you’re here at The Factory, see “Making Pictures: Three for a Dime”- a collaborative exhibition between Alabama Chanin, artist Maxine Payne, and Phillip March Jones of Institute 193.
Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
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.
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 egg salad, pimento cheese, and our roasted tomato soup.
Monday – Friday, 11:00am – 3:00pm
*Lunch service begins at 11:00am, but coffee and snacks are available all day.
Below is the menu for Tuesday, September 2nd; check back each day for an updated menu.
Choose two of the following:
a half of your choice of sandwich, a cup of roasted tomato soup, or a Local Green Salad,
with a chocolate chip cookie, and your choice of tea or coffee
Fig and Goat Cheese Tartine
ciabatta toast points with an herbed goat cheese, fig preserve,
and crispy country ham 5.50
White Bean Hummus
with house made flatbread 4.95
Quiche of the Day
with smoked sausage, sweet peppers, and caramelized onions,
served with roasted potatoes and a side of Local Green Salad 10.95
Jack-o-Lantern Farm’s BLT Sandwich
with Duroc bacon, greens, and Heirloom tomato,
served with a side of Local Green Salad or your choice of chips 11.95
Roasted Vegetable Sandwich
roasted eggplant, squash, peppers, and red onions with fresh ricotta cheese,
served on homemade ciabatta bread,
with a side of Local Green Salad or your choice of chips 11.95
Ashley Christensen’s Banana Panna Cotta
served with bourbon caramel sauce,
topped with homemade graham crackers 4.95
filled with Zingerman’s cream cheese,
topped with a blueberry, thyme, and port sauce 4.95
with peach-bourbon, blueberry, and watermelon-ginger sorbets,
topped with lime salt 4.25
Three Chocolate Chip Cookies 2.95
(All desserts are made to order; please allow 10 minutes.)
Side of Local Green Salad 5.50
Pimento Cheese Sandwich
served open-faced 7.45
Grilled Cheese Sandwich 4.95
Gram Perkins’ Homemade Egg Salad Sandwich
served open-faced 7.45
Cup of Soup with toast 4.50
Bowl of Soup with toast 6.50
Route 11 Potato Chips 1.50
Mountain Valley Spring Water (flat or sparkling)
Full Bottle 3.75
Individual Size 1.90
Bottle Drinks 1.90
Organic Iced Tea
your choice sweet, unsweet, or half-and-half 1.90
Hot Tea 1.90
The Factory Blend Drip Coffee 2.50
When possible, we proudly serve organic and source our ingredients locally from Jack-o-Lantern Farm, Belle Chevre, and other purveyors.
Enjoy your lunch on exclusive Alabama Chanin @ Heath Ceramics dinnerware.
MULETOWN ROASTED COFFEE + THE FACTORY BLEND
My mornings always start with coffee. Like many of you, the act of drinking coffee has long been a part of my daily routine. So, I was excited when approached with the idea of crafting my own organically-sourced blend. If you’ve visited The Factory lately, you’ve probably enjoyed a cup of our house coffee, which is roasted by Muletown Roasted Coffee, based in nearby Columbia, Tennessee. I drink it at home, in the car, at work (and I’ve noticed most of our staff does as well. If you happen to drop by when we are having a meeting, you’ll find most of us taking sips between taking notes). We have several former baristas and coffee aficionados on our team and we all agree: our Factory blend is borderline addictive. The flavor is smooth, yet dark, with a buttery feel and a slight dark chocolate finish. Delicious.
You can purchase The Factory Blend at our café or from our online store.
Read more about Muletown Roasted Coffee on our Journal.