Clinton Row celebrates anniversary with pop-up fashion show, food trucks and fun

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)-- The Clinton Row retail project and business incubator celebrated its anniversary Saturday.

General Manager Katie Mosby summarized, "It's all about making downtown the place to be."

It's been a year since the old Downtown Storage building became Clinton Row, and local business owners began creating shops in the old storage units. The anniversary party was the time to celebrate its year of growth.

"It's been a great year for Clinton Row, and all of the businesses here to grow," said Mosby.

Cathy Day, who opened a store called Giggles-N-Stuff at Clinton Row, said it's been a good experience.

"I started in one of the smaller shops... And then I moved to a larger shop," she said. "It was a perfect fit.... It gets foot traffic all day long from people who work downtown or play downtown."

"A place like this really gives local artists and small business owners a chance to see if their business will work out," commented Mosby.

Day said Clinton Row has helped her get business off the ground, but it's also helped her make connections with other business owners there. Many times, they support each other. She said when people visit her store, she will usually refer them to those around hers, too.

Much of that spirit of togetherness could be detected at the pop-up fashion show outside Clinton Row Saturday, next to the food trucks lining the sidewalks. Models, many of whom are employees at Clinton Row and their friends, walked the sidewalk in outfits from shops inside.  The idea was to present wearable items people can buy right there.

The Alabama Fashion Alliance organized the show.

"It's a combined fashion show, so we all kind of celebrate together," said its founder Ellena LeJeune Smith. She said it was important to do, to show people who may be driving or walking by that they can find designer clothes "right in their own backyard."

"[Clinton Row] is one of the hidden gems of Huntsville, and I want it to be the shining star of Huntsville," said Mosby.

They are already looking ahead to next year, where Mosby says she wants to do more outdoor and community events to involve the public in Clinton Row.