Top 5 stories you don’t want to miss—including new businesses and old-fashioned spots

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Huntsville’s hopping all over the place. (Sarah Gronberg / Hville Blast)

So much is happening in Huntsville each week that it’s easy to miss something. Don’t worry, though, we’ve got you covered.

These were the buzziest stories last week on Hville Blast, all in one place. Let’s get you up to speed.

1. Hickory Store BBQ—a new, local barbecue joint—is coming to Huntsville

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A beautiful sign for a beautiful place—with even more beautiful barbecue. (Hickorystorebbq / Facebook)

What’s happening: A local barbecue expert is taking his barbecue to the next level with a physical location. Glenn McAlpin and his wife Kathleen are working on Hickory Store Barbecue in the Monrovia area, and they’re expecting to be serving up their craft barbecue at the end of April.

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2. 5 openings and closings you need to know about in Huntsville—Biscuit Belly, Jim n’ Nicks and more

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That’s one loaded biscuit. (Biscuit Belly: Huntsville / Facebook)



  • We’re sad to see Bacchus Wine + Tapas shut their doors for good—we’ll miss their European fare and live piano music.

3. There’s a beautiful new plant store opening in downtown Huntsville

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The cutest little plant shop is opening soon. (Sarah Gronberg / Hville Blast)

What’s happening: Plant lovers, rejoice. There’s a new specialty plant shop opening in Clinton Row, opening this spring (perfect timing, right?). You can expect to find beautiful rare plants as well as hand-mixed potting soils at Zacari Plant Company.

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4. 13 spots in the Huntsville area with an old-fashioned feel

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This place is like a time machine—with yummy food and drinks. (Paynes Soda Fountain / Facebook)

What’s happening: If you’re wanting to time travel, this is about as close as you’re going to get in the Huntsville area. Folks are loving the old-fashioned feel of these thirteen spots where you can shop, eat, drink and be entertained—all while feeling like you’re in a completely different era.

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5. Huntsville is getting a Vans store—what you need to know

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What’s your favorite style? (Vans / Facebook)

What’s happening: Bridge Street Town Centre is getting a dedicated Vans store full of all their iconic styles. We’re not sure exactly when it’s opening, but we’ll keep you updated!

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Sarah Gronberg
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