Entries by Lori Connors

Gold Sprint: A Tale of Bikes and Beans

Differentiation is in the details. With so many new tantalizing third-wave coffee hangs popping up in Huntsville, there’s only one that features a trike-riding stuffed raccoon that’s toting a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. Add to that are felt pennants, elaborately designed skateboards, and a multitude of karate trophies. Gold Sprint Coffee + Bikes […]

New Manufacturing Technologies Helping Create the ‘Smart’ Factory

Manufacturing innovations such as Blockchain, Additive Manufacturing, and Augmented Reality are a few of the hot new technologies that were discussed at the recent Society of Manufacturing Engineers-National Defense Industrial Association Technology Interchange Symposium. Blockchain and Digital Thread According to Forbes, Blockchain offers manufacturing great potential to deliver business value through increasing operational transparency across […]

Alana Parker of Rocket City Drywall Wears Many Hats

A wearer of many hats, Rocket City Drywall owner Alana Parker shared her triumphs as well as her challenges to a packed house for a recent Catalyst Center for Business & Entrepreneurship series “Strong Coffee, Strong Women” breakfast at the Stovehouse. “I’m the president, but I’d like to say that I’m also the vice president, […]

Technology Changing the Way Factories Are Operated

It’s a great time to be in manufacturing and Huntsville is quickly becoming the pre-eminent manufacturing hub of the South. Advancements in technology promise to deliver solid returns on investment while realizing cost savings over the long haul.  As technology continues its rapid growth and development trajectory, the shop floors are becoming “smart factories” to […]

Ditto Landing Launches New Concepts, Programs

It’s summertime, when most north Alabamians reignite their love affair with the great outdoors. For many, this will involve being close to the water. As some head south for the sandy shoreline; those “staycationing” will plan their adventures around the local bodies of water. One place that comes to mind is Ditto Landing. What do […]

New Salon is Right in The Avenue’s Wheelhouse

The Rocket City’s bustling downtown will soon get a hip, new business addition. “It’s a cool story and there’s a methodology to our madness,” said Johnny Grimes II, owner of the Wheelhouse Salon soon to open at The Avenue. “We always wanted to open multiple locations. The Huntsville location will be our fourth salon.” Five-and-a […]

Stovehouse Grand Opening Set for May 24

What do Huntsville neighborhood pools and the Stovehouse have in common? On May 24, they will be open to the public, garnering much fanfare; kicking off the Memorial Day weekend and all that comes with endless summer evenings. The Martin Stovehouse, circa 1929, has been totally reconfigured and reimagined to create an enticing and eclectic […]

Urban Engine Discussion Focuses on Unique Challenges Faced by Women in Business

The Rocket City is known for its high-tech, digital-driven businesses and engineering. But, if you’re a woman in those industries, there are challenges that male counterparts don’t have to face. So, Urban Engine Executive Director Toni Eberhart stepped in to help women answer those challenges with a panel discussion called “Her-Story.” “We decided to do […]