Atlanta-based Arrow Exterminators Acquires Huntsville’s Valley Pest Control

Atlanta-based Arrow Exterminators has acquired Valley Pest Control of Huntsville.

According to a news release, the merger establishes Arrow’s presence “in the high-tech and manufacturing region of North Alabama and allows Arrow to reach more residential and commercial customers with a full line of services.”

“We are delighted to welcome the customers and team members of Valley Pest Control to the Arrow family,” said Emily Thomas Kendrick, CEO of Arrow Exterminators. “Valley’s service pledge to their clients and desire for providing an outstanding customer experience makes this not only a perfect fit, but a strategic one as well.”

 “When we started thinking about finding a home for our employees and customers a few years ago, we knew we were looking for a company that treated people just like we have since I founded the company.  We knew that flawless customer service and a passion for how employees are treated was critical,” said owner Gary Phillips. “We found that in Arrow Exterminators and are very proud to now be part of the family. An opportunity for growth was also a critical piece of our decision-making progress and we knew there would be many opportunities for our employees in addition to being able to offer an expanded range of services to offer our customers.

“All of my employees, along with my wife and myself will continue working with Arrow Exterminators.”

Arrow Exterminators is the sixth-largest pest and termite control company in the United States.

“Valley Pest is extremely well regarded in the North Alabama, especially in the real estate community and we feel honored to have this well-trained, knowledgeable team of professionals join the Arrow family,” said Tim Pollard, Arrow’s president and chief operating officer. “Establishing a strong presence in Madison, Morgan and Limestone counties is strategic to our objectives.  We are continuously looking to merge with high quality companies who share our goals, principles and culture and we found the ideal fit with Valley Pest Control.”

Valley Pest Control will complement the other 13 Arrow Exterminators offices in the state of Alabama and will ultimately operate as Arrow Exterminators.

Let’s Cullet What it is: Phoenix Finds Myriad Uses for Recycled Glass

When the Solid Waste Disposal Authority ended its long-time contract with Republic Services, glass recycling went right along with it.

Bins filled with glass bottles await pickup. (Photos/Steve Babin)

For many years, Republic’s recycling center was a popular destination. There were several bins where recyclables, such as plastics, paper, and cardboard could be conveniently dropped off. There were also two large bins dedicated for glass recycling. The glass bins were often full to the point of overflowing.

Since taking over recycling services, the Recycling Alliance of North Alabama, has provided residences with blue recycling carts and has a monthly pickup of everything – except glass.

The elimination of glass recycling in Madison county has been a concern for many, especially now, as glass continues to accumulate in the area’s landfills.

To address this concern, a local woman decided to start her own glass recycling business.

“I’ve been collecting glass since October,” said Moriah Fordham, owner of Phoenix Glass Recycling. “The goal is to reduce the amount of glass being thrown away and give it a second life.”

It’s no secret that glass packaging is superior to plastic. Glass is nonporous and impermeable, so there are no interactions between glass and its contents, thus ensuring that any product inside a glass bottle keeps its strength, aroma, and flavor.

Glass is also infinitely recyclable. A glass bottle or jar can be made into a new one many times over, without compromising the quality or purity of its contents. It takes less energy to produce new glass bottles and jars from recycled glass.

The renewal of glass from its recycled elements. Fordham named Phoenix Recycling after the mythical bird, which could be reborn after bursting into flames.

Eight years ago, Fordham moved to Huntsville from Oregon to take a job at the Space & Rocket Center. Unfortunately, she was part of the massive COVID-19-based layoff. Like everyone else who happens to stay here longer than a week, Fordham grew attached to Huntsville, its natural beauty, and the temperate climate.

A barrel of glass is wheeled into the back of one of two 20-foot U-Haul trucks. (Photo/Steve Babin)

Growing up in Oregon, Fordham knows firsthand of the importance of having glass recycling. She also knows there’s sweat-equity involved.

“It’s a time-intensive process, preparing glass for recycling,” said Fordham.

After collecting the glass, Fordham cleans and removes the labels. The next step is to use machinery to pulverize the glass into cullet, the super-fine pieces of crushed glass.

By using cullet, manufacturers save on raw materials and lessen the demand for energy, thus leaving a smaller carbon footprint.

In addition to bottles, cullet has other applications. Construction and roadways use cullet, mixed in with cement and asphalt. Cullet is also used as artificial sand, which is beneficial to beaches to help stem coastal erosion. It can even be mixed with clay soil to improve its quality.

Fordham recently hosted a recycling day in the parking lot of the Space & Rocket center. Despite the cold and the wind, there was a huge turnout. The event was so well received that Fordham ended the event earlier than planned, there was just that much glass brought in. In fact, there were two 20-foot U-Hauls filled with glass.

Because of the overwhelming success of the first event, plans for future community glass recycling days are underway.

As a new business venture, Fordham plans to start small, starting with commercial glass pickup at local bars and restaurants. She eventually plans to add curbside pickups or community drop-off bins throughout Madison County.

Fordham is doing her part to getting glass out of the landfill and transform it into something shiny and new, just like the Phoenix bird, rising up from the ashes.

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Blue at Valley Bend: Retail Center with ‘Local Flair’ Rises on Aldridge Creek

Curbs are poured, dirt is being moved and Phase I development is underway of a new retail center — Blue at Valley Bend — on Four Mile Post in southeast Huntsville.

Construction underway for Blue at Valley Bend – “A little center that shies away from corporate stores.” (Photo/Alan Clemons)

Developer John D. Blue said the retail center will have approximately 30,000 square feet, with about 16,000 spoken for now. Peppered Pig, a popular local food truck, will open its first permanent location, Blue said, and be an anchor tenant.

Others secured so far include Handel’s Ice Cream “and an ultramodern, 5,000-square-foot nail salon,” Blue said. Financing for the project is provided by Bank Independent.

Blue at Valley Bend will have a patio spilling into a dog park and paths to Jones Farm Park, to the west across Aldridge Creek, via a bridge over the creek, Blue said. The Aldridge Creek Greenway access on Four Mile Post will be routed underneath the bridge. Apartments and office space are part of Phase II and III.

“We’re underway on the first phase,” Blue said. “It seems it took forever and a day, but it takes time. We ran into soil problems and then it started raining, we got the base down and curbs in, so we should be going vertically soon.

“This is a little retail center primarily for local flair, a little center that shies away from corporate stores. It’s a bit more difficult to do from the financial side to try to attract the right people. This could be second-store space for local trade industries, chiropractors, doctors … we’re trying to shy away from anything Amazon can deliver.”

Renderings of the project show slope stabilization and improvements along Aldridge Creek, which flows to Cecil Ashburn Drive. Also shown are a bike path with dedicated right-of-way, walkways, a bridge over a pond (currently is a flood retention area), event lawn, and amphitheater with ticket booths and concessions.

Jones Farm Park has 33 acres of passive recreation opportunities, with walking paths circling two large lakes. It is a popular park for walkers, runners, anglers and others.

Blue said stabilization of Aldridge Creek along with bridges connecting the park to Blue at Valley Bend and the larger Valley Bend complex would be beneficial.

Routing the Aldridge Creek Greenway access under the bridge will be safer “because you won’t have to get on Four Mile Post.” (Photo/Alan Clemons)

“I know that Fleet Feet has some running events and getting around there can be challenging,” he said. “As for the greenway (rerouting under Four Mile Post), that’s a busy road that people have to cross to get to either the park or greenway. There’s a curb on the street, but I’ve seen some kids get ahead of their parents and that could be dangerous.

“Routing the greenway under the bridge will be safer because you won’t have to get on Four Mile Post.”

The property flyer for the project describes it as a “combination of restaurants, retail shops, professional office space, apartments, and residential condos creates an all-inclusive neighborhood that departs from the convention of other developments.

“Large open spaces highlight architectural interest and provide a park-like atmosphere enhanced by waterfalls, exquisitely landscaped gardens and the sight and sound of moving water features. The unique arrangement in which each building intersects the next with corners clipped at 45 degrees allows for wide, shaded sidewalks, large open spaces, al fresco dining and other creative uses of space.”

The project has taken time, Blue said, due to others he has been working on in the area. He said Blue at Valley Bend “is the last piece of the 100 acres we have in that shopping center.” He put this fall as a cautiously optimistic timeframe for completion.

“I guess the reason (it’s taken so long) is because we concentrated on other things,” Blue said. “I spent 10 years at the Ledges doing that and another four with Lendon (of Huntsville, a neighboring development), and that was taking most of the time.

“We’re excited to finally be moving on this.”






State of Madison County is ‘Strong … on Solid and Steady Ground’

Despite a crippling pandemic, Madison County was able to sustain growth and success in 2020, Madison County Commission Chairman Dale W. Strong said in the annual State of the County Address.

Strong spoke Wednesday to members of the Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce in celebrating the accomplishments of 2020 and looking forward to 2021.

The chairman cited more than $100 million in capital investment by businesses along with 700 new jobs last year. Strong also said the county is eagerly awaiting the opening of the soon-to-be completed Madison County Service Center on North Memorial Parkway.

The most recent piece of good news was the announcement by the Air Force in selecting Redstone Arsenal as the new home of the U.S. Space Command.

“I’m proud to report to you, our Chamber members and business leaders, Madison County is strong, vibrant, on solid and steady ground, and we are ready to meet the challenges of 2021,” Strong said.

He also spoke to the collaboration and teamwork throughout 2020 among elected officials, business leaders, and medical personnel in the unified response to COVID-19 in Madison County.

“I know we’ve got another great year in store, where together we’ll build on our accomplishments of growing our economy, strengthening our infrastructure, welcoming new industry along with high-paying jobs to a highly skilled workforce, and expanding the rich quality of life we share right here in Madison County,” he said.

For COVID Peace of Mind – and No Swab Up Your Nose – Huntsville Hospital and Kailos Genetics Roll Out Assure Sentinel

Two issues negatively impacting COVID testing are false readings and the turnaround time it takes for results. False positive results can cause undue concern, whereas false negative readings have the potential to unwittingly add to the continued spread of COVID.

The waiting game is especially difficult; it’s the kind of time that most people don’t really have to spare. They must then play the quarantine game which, in addition to the restrictions, often means a loss of income as they wait for their results.

To overcome these hurdles, Huntsville Hospital and Kailos Genetics have teamed up to offer a COVID-19 test option  through its Assure Sentinel and Peace of Mind programs. The programs are designed for non-symptomatic individuals who want to know if they are carrying the COVID-19 virus.

“It’s the second program we’ve put into place with Huntsville Hospital,” said Troy Moore, chief science officer at Kailos, which is headquartered at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. “The first program was focused on a return to work or return to school testing, on a routine basis. Then, we learned there were quite a few people that had a son or daughter going back to school or to college, or they’ve been around family members during the holidays, or they have a parent they are taking care of.

“This is a place where they could go if they have concerns, but not necessarily a known exposure event.”

In this partnership, the hospital staff will administer the test, collect samples, and deliver the results. Kailos will process the tests utilizing its Assure Sentinel program which can detect SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Assure Sentinel testing is painless and affordable and can detect viral infections in individuals before they become symptomatic. By reducing the potential for exposure, Sentinel testing helps to minimize the impact in the workplace, as well as in the community.

The best news is the process is a saline swish and gargle – the company’s ViraWash – to provide a viable sample. No long swab going up your nose –  and it can be easily done in the workplace.

For more information, contact the Huntsville Hospital Clinical Lab at: 256-265-2LAB (2522).

Women Are Paving the Way at Yorktown Systems Group

Despite representing nearly half of the U.S. labor force, women make up less than 30 percent of technology jobs and only five percent of senior leadership positions at tech-based companies.

Yorktown Systems Group takes those dismal stats and turns them on their head.

At Yorktown, women hold 53 percent of leadership roles, including executive level positions.

In fact, Yorktown’s total workforce is comprised of 60 percent women, which represents more than double the national average.

Yorktown Systems Group founder Bryan Dyer

It’s a combination of talent, skills, and commitment to excellence that serve as distinguishing features. What’s more, Yorktown’s corporate culture is highly supportive of its employees at all levels, as well as its customers.

Yorktown was founded 10 years ago by retired Army Lt. Col. Bryan Dyer. For the past decade, Yorktown’s role has been to equip the warfighter with the tools needed for success out in the field. To make that happen, a high-caliber team is essential.

“Our focus has always been to build the best team possible with the most qualified applicants possible,” said Dyer. “Every person at Yorktown has worked hard for our clients while also playing a large role in enhancing our company culture. There is no ceiling for how successful one can be, and regardless of how we continue to grow, that will not change.”

Flexibility and a solid work-life balance has been pivotal for Dariam King, director of Information Technology. King attributes company’s culture as a key factor in her professional growth.

“Yorktown has provided the resources for me to expand my responsibilities within the organization, while providing the flexibility needed to support my husband’s role in the military,” said King. “Although I’ve moved across five states in six years, they’ve given me the opportunity to advance in my career.”

Yorktown’s leadership team provides an open-door policy and a collaborative environment for each team member, from executive leadership to entry-level personnel.

“The differentiator between Yorktown and its competitors is the environment the company creates for its employees,” said Heidi Alvey, deputy program manager for its Asymmetric Warfare Group.

“Yorktown demonstrates the same value and respect to their employees, clients and contractors.”

CFO Suzanne Mathew

Suzanne Mathew, Yorktown’s chief financial officer, said Yorktown focuses on internal growth by providing ongoing training and mentorship opportunities. Weekly meetings among the executives help ensure all employees have resources for success.

CAO Nancy Acquavella

In the beginning, Dyer recruited Nancy Acquavella, a former colleague. He said her solid work ethic and big-picture view of the importance of a supportive work culture has been key in Yorktown’s organizational success.

As Yorktown’s chief administrative officer, Acquavella is charged with building on what’s already been in place for a decade.

“Everyone on our team is equally important to the success of the company,” said Acquavella, “As we’ve transitioned from a small firm to a leading partner for the federal government, we’ve recognized diversity of thinking as the main asset that has set us apart from others; this will continue to fuel growth and has allowed our team to shape the organization in ways we never could have imagined.”

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Buffalo Rock Moving Operations with $20M Facility

The Mazda Toyota Manufacturing Plant “neighborhood” is about to get a new resident.

Buffalo Rock announced it will be moving its distribution operations from Old Madison Pike to a $20 million facility next year in Limestone County near the massive auto plant north of I-565.

The new distribution center for Pepsi-Cola beverages and food products will employ 130 full-time workers and be operational by the end of the year. The current facility has 108 employees and there is no room for expansion.

“The operations on Old Madison Pike will be moving to this new facility by the end of 2021,” Buffalo Rock President/COO Matthew Dent said in a statement. “As with other projects, the overall goals are to improve the employee-partner experience, increase efficiency and productivity, and expand our ability to handle the strategic growth we have envisioned.”

According to plans, the city is purchasing about 85 acres for some $3.2 million and will then sell 55 acres to Buffalo Rock for $2.75 million.

“The capital investment they’re doing in the area means we’ll have more building and the amount of money they’ll add to the economy will be $5 million a year in payroll,” said Mayor Tommy Battle.

Huntsville will use the other 30 acres for flood mitigation and infrastructure, Battle said.

Dent said that was the option that helped his company choose Huntsville over other locations.

“With the city’s commitment to invest in the property’s road access, retention and utilities, it became an attractive option that allows us to stay in Huntsville as we expand,” he said.

Battle said the commitment is a “win-win” for Huntsville.

“There are no real abatements on this project,” he said. “They are promising jobs; they are promising capital investment.

“So, it’s a win-win for community.”

According to the agreement, the city will make road improvements and Huntsville Utilities will provide – at no cost to Buffalo Rock – electrical, natural gas, water and sewer connections. The agreement also states the plant must be operational by the end of next year with 130 full-time employees no later than Jan. 1, 2023.

Some Ideas for Shopping Local, Shopping Small for the Holidays

‘Tis the season to start thinking about holiday gift-giving. Only this year, it comes with a unique pandemic-infused twist.

To help make the annual holiday shopping experience more of a joyous occasion and less of a chore, Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment is hosting its fourth annual “Yule Y’all,” from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Dec. 5. Enjoy one of the most popular outdoor-centric holiday market and spirit sampling events of the season. There will be a tantalizing assortment of maker art, holiday creations, food, and music, along with a spirited chaser. This year’s event will also fully embrace the social distancing mindset and mask protocol.

The lighting of the iconic Lowe Mill water tower will take place at 5 p.m.

With more than 150 working studios and seven galleries, there’s something for everyone at Lowe Mill. From Cigar box guitars to sculpture and all points in between. What’s more, it’s all created by local artisans and/or owned by local entrepreneurs. Support Your Community: Shop Local!

Lowe Mill Arts and Entertainment

2211 Seminole Drive

Hours: Wednesday-Thursday, noon-6 p.m.; Friday, noon-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

(Note: Individual vendors and artists’ hours may vary)

(256) 533-0399

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Wondering where to begin? Here’s a handful of clever gift ideas, designed to jumpstart even the stubbornest of holiday shopper’s block. If crowds are a concern, many of the businesses listed also have an online retail presence. Listed below are a few of the many talented artisans, makers, and entrepreneurs in Huntsville/Madison. Beginning at Lowe Mill.


For those stumped on what to buy, it’s hard to go wrong with the gift of chocolate. This isn’t any ordinary chocolate, mind you. Owners Caitlin Lyon and Michelle Novosel have built a mini empire based on their elaborate, unique, and most importantly, delicious confections. In addition to chocolates, there are mini-cakes, ice cream, and chocolate and coffee beverages. Coming soon, just in time for the holidays: Pizzelle’s fabulous Drinking Chocolate ornaments. Willy Wonka beams proudly over their well-run enterprise.


Railroad Room 4A

Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, noon-4 p.m.

(256) 513-9745

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Everyone loves the gift of music. And vinyl has made a comeback in a big way. Vertical House has a plethora of 33-1/3 titles, from the well-known to the most obscure. As a fixture at Lowe Mill since 2007, Vertical House is your go-to for all genres of music. Their newest location has more square footage, which means more CDs, cassettes, 8-tracks, and of course, more VINYL. If something you want isn’t in stock, owner Andy Vaughn can order it for you.


Vertical House Records

Railroad Room 9

Hours: Wednesday – Friday, noon– 6 p.m.; Saturday, noon–5 p.m.

(256)  658-2976

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It can also be a guy’s best buddy, right? Connie Ulrich’s jewelry is a fusion of natural materials and skillfully worked metals and precious stones. Her studio presents an attractive selection of hand-crafted jewelry, rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. There’s even a workshop for making your own ring! Along with the amazing assortment of jewelry, Ulrich also has a fine selection of small paintings available for sale.

Connie Ulrich

Studio 121

Hours: Friday, noon-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and by appointment only

(256) 536-4653

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Cheers to the Rocket City! If you’re seeking unique, head to Green Pea Press. Green Pea Press has a wide assortment of t-shirts, mugs, coasters, koozies, earrings, and stickers. They also have an assortment of frame worthy screen print art. For those who would appreciate an “experience” kind of gift, Green Pea Pressoffers printing workshops and classes. Gift certificates are also available from $25-up.

Green Pea Press

Studio 150

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

(256) 533-0399

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In addition to its Lowe Mill studio, Green Pea Press has a location on Governors Drive:

Green Pea Press

2720 Governors Drive

Hours: Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

(256) 924-0451



Up-and-coming resin artist Kenzie Johnston (aka KenziB) will first delight you with her personality, then with her eye-catching and creative assortment of colorful geode-like designs and preserved flowers in resin. The flowers are always bright and fresh; Johnston picks up a new batch daily.


Studio 301

Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m.

(601) 481-5707

Instagram: kenziejohnstonart



One man, One whiskey. NASA engineer Jeff Irons has a natural gift for distilling only the best. Love, patience, and commitment are evident in the final product. And for those reasons, Irons One has continued to grow exponentially in popularity. Irons One is a small batch, handcrafted whiskey. “The only way I know how to make the best whiskey is to be totally involved in every step of the process,” says Irons. “I can only do that if I stay small enough in size to manage each step.” Be sure to check online and sign up to the Irons One e-mail list for product updates and availability.

Irons One Whiskey

Studio 2061

Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m.

(256) 536-0100

Although Lowe Mill provides one of the most uniquely creative shopper’s paradise, here are a few more places to consider.



If you’re looking for exceptional craft beer, look no further than Das Stahl Bierhaus. With 32 beers on tap, you can have some now, then take some home in a 32- or 64-ounce glass growler.

One of the big hits at Das Stahl this season are the Advent beer calendars. The calendars come pre-assembled and filled with a jolly assortment of holiday brewskis. The Advent box can also be purchased and filled with a selection of personal favorites. Not sure what beers to buy? For $15 more, one of the crew at Das Stahl can fill up that calendar with a selection that’s guaranteed to delight. In addition to draft beer, Das Stahl Bierhaus sells a wide assortment of canned and bottled beers, decorative steins, branded glassware, and t-shirts. Still undecided? There’s always the gift card option.

Das Stahl Bierhaus

7914 Memorial Pkwy SW, B2 (Village Center)

Hours: Monday-Wednesday, noon-8 p.m.; Thursday, noon-9 p.m.

Friday & Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 2-8 p.m.

(256) 858-1495

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When looking for the perfect gift, check out Alabama Goods. Along with assorted gift baskets, Alabama Goods boasts one of the largest selections of Alabama-made pottery. In fact, everything in the store is created by artisans here in our sweet home Alabama! Owners Sherry Hartley and Beth Staula search far and wide throughout the state for just the right art, jewelry, pottery, crafts, and food items.

Alabama Goods

2722 Carl T. Jones Drive, Valley Bend Shopping Center

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

(256) 270-7439

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Uncorked is in the heart of Providence Main and owner Saranne Riccio’s secret to her success lies in her simple philosophy, “Wine doesn’t have to be intimidating.” Along with a variety of wines to suit any budget, there are tasty tidbits, such as Mama’s cheese straws, Arabella’s dilled onions, candied jalapenos, and pepper jelly; Belle Chevre goat cheeses, and Pizzelle’s chocolates. Add these delightful goodies with a great bottle of wine to your next gift basket.

Uncorked Wine Shop & Tasting Room

485 Providence Main St

Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday, noon-8 p.m.; Saturday, noon-7 p.m.

Closed Sundays and Mondays

(256) 970-4717

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And don we now, our seasonal apparel. If you’re looking for a variety of ladies and kid’s clothing, along with assorted accessories and swag, Redbird Boutique is the place to go. Co-joined with University Pickers, Redbird features over 60 local designers and there’s a wide variety of items to choose from. Bird is the word, shop local!

Redbird Boutique and Gifts at University Pickers

3024 University Drive

Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sunday, noon–5 p.m.

(256) 536-5738

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Listed below are two of the many local designers with merchandise available at Redbird Boutique.



The brainchild of Jonathon Fowler, Fow Wow merchandise is iconic, quirky, and uniquely Huntsville. Many of the designs are sure to provoke a smile, or even a laugh. Fow Wow brand products are sold throughout Huntsville in retail establishments, such as Redbird Boutique and Huntsville Museum of Art. Merchandise can also be ordered online. Check their website or Facebook page for a complete selection of products.

Fow Wow Designs

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Summer Sklar, an El Paso native-Huntsville transplant, puts her heart and soul, along with beads and wire, into her captivating assortment of Mexican/Southwestern-meets funky chic jewelry. Sklar creates a beautiful selection of earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and wine charms. Each piece of Heart & Wire jewelry is one-of-a-kind and is available at Redbird Boutique or via online at the Heart & Wire website. Custom orders are also welcomed.

Heart & Wire

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A Virtual Celebration honors Madison Chamber of Commerce’s Best in Business

MADISON – Virtuous Realty Group was the “virtual” winner for the Madison Start-Up Business of the Year in the annual Madison Chamber of Commerce 2020 Best in Business Awards.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the winners were announced virtually Tuesday afternoon in 13 categories. The winners will be honored  at a dinner Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at Tom Brown’s restaurant in the Target Shopping Center. It will include the winners and Chamber representatives in a small masked and socially distanced event.

Conditioned Air Solutions was named Best Business of the Year and U-Lock-It Storage won the Small Business of the Year category.

Cathy Miller from United Way won Community Servant of the Year; Alice Lessmann from Signalink received the Excellence in Leadership & Service Award and Carlos Mendoza of Edward Jones was the Ambassador of the Year Award winner.

Among the Small Business Awards, Anglin Reichmann Armstrong was recognized as Professional Service Business of the Year and Madison Visionary Partners won Best Non-Profit of the Year.

Fit4Mom-Madison was named Health & Wellness Business of the Year; Hawthorne at the Ridge was the  Essential Services Business of the Year; and Insanity Complex won Culinary Business of the Year.

Huntsville Ballet danced off with the Arts, Entertainment & Hospitality Business of the Year; and Thrive Alabama won Medical Practice of the Year.


MartinFederal Wins Contract from Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

MartinFederal Consulting has been awarded a one-year contract to support the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency.

Huntsville-based MartinFederal is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business focused on providing solutions-based services to the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Justice, and other federal agencies,

The DPAA mission is to recover and identify Department of Defense personnel from past conflicts. As part of the first phase of this multi-phase project, the MartinFederal team will conduct a page-by-page inventory of the Korean War Reference Documents at DPAA Headquarters.

“As an SDVOSB, we understand the importance of the DPAA’s mission, and hope that our support in this project will aid in the accounting effort of the more than 7,600 servicemen who remain unaccounted for from the Korean War,” said Corey Martin, founder and CEO of MartinFederal. “We stand ready to lend our inventory and records management capabilities for this and future phases of this accounting effort.”