Inspired by Southern-cooking traditions and flavors found right on its owners' Harpersville farm, The Pantry by Stone Hollow Farmstead designs "eat clean" cafe menus that transform local produce into fresh, sustainable, seasonal farm foods. Each day, its charming cottage-style Crestline Village home fills with the aromas of hearty soups as well as "one-pot" meals, which are simmered in traditional cast-iron cookware. These meals celebrate the work of Stone Hollow's farmers while highlighting the diversity of Southern agriculture. This eatery also doubles as a specialty food boutique, serving artisan products such as goat cheeses, preserves, and honeys that are made in small batches at the Farmstead. Onsite events such as recreational cooking classes and twice-monthly food and drink tastings give visitors even more ways to interact with local food that are easier than trying to speak fluent "cow" so they can finally ask where all that milk really comes from. The Pantry also moonlights as a one-of-a-kind venue for parties and events.
Huntsville's Sylvan Learning center adds its voice to the more than 900 local learning centers across the country while staying true to its Alabama roots. Led by Cathy Parrill, the tutors work one-on-one with students of all ages and skill levels on homework and test prep. They offer a variety of programs that are customized to suit each individual student's learning needs and skills.
With a fleet of professional pilots and expert photographers wielding high-quality Canon cameras, Bel Aerial Images captures aerial portraits of land-anchored properties for professional and personal use. Snag a vertical shot of your impressively manicured lawn, or gift neighboring canines with soaring photos of their abode ideal for doghouse foyer displays. Flymasters and shutterbugs climb to an array of altitudes for the perfect picture and mount the ensuing snapshots on canvas, value-packed paper, or in digital file form. Aerial photos make excellent housewarming gifts and also serve to settle arguments about just how many frisbees have collected on your rooftop.
Spanning 4,000 square feet, the climbing surfaces at First Avenue Rocks mimic the natural textures of the abundant local sandstone boulder terrain. One hundred varied climbing routes up to 17 feet high greet climbers who choose to ascend by bouldering without ropes on angled walls and roofs dotted with challenging foot-and handholds or on the facility’s ropes courses. For safety, the facility positions its vertical terrain above the floor’s 10-inch-deep Asana pads for safe landings in the event of missed holds or misguided urges to fly. Instructors are available to prep students of all ages and ability levels to tackle the gym's terrain, teaching three stages of introductory climbing courses and two advanced lead-climbing courses. When not on the rocks, guests can hone muscle cooperation through onsite fitness programs in weight training, yoga, CrossFit, and climbing-specific training. Outdoor excursions are also available with the gym's guides, certified by the American Mountain Guides Association, in top rope, sport climbing, and bouldering.
MASS Ensemble is an international touring performance group that consists of artists, musicians, composers, and choreographers. Their performances flood the senses with fantastical lighting, expertly performed sounds played on bespoke instruments, and imaginative, dynamic sets made of large-scale installations. Buckle yourself into your seat, or at least tie your hair back, as the ensemble's “Rock Opera” unfolds, turning the beautiful Jemison Concert Hall of the performing arts center into a glowing, pulsing orb of visual and audio stimuli, a spectacle woven with references to popular, exotic, and popularly exoticized cultures. Arrive at the theater at least 30 minutes in advance to exchange your Groupon for a ticket.
Alabama Computer Solutions endows both professional and amateur software users with the power to comprehend and control essential desktop programs. Wipe away painful memories of human-software misunderstandings with a choice of Microsoft Office 2010 classes, each helmed by fearless Microsoft Certified Specialists boasting an average of 10 years of experience harnessing the business world’s programs. Documents perfectly process words and fold obligingly under professional makeovers during Word classes, and Excel exposés help students tuck unruly cells into their intended spreadsheet slots. Hone database stewardship with an Access course, or dazzle an expectant boss or unsuspecting houseguest with PowerPoint presentations. Each class is built on a lively mixture of practical instruction, training, and course materials, bulwarked by brain-fueling snacks and beverages.