Clinton Row Project Taking Shape; Belle Chevre Creating Excitement

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Huntsville's Clinton Row Project is coming along well - in fact, there's a soft opening this weekend.

If you're downtown for the Mardi Gras parade, which starts at 5pm, cruise by the area to see what's happening.  A few artists have set up shop already to sell their goods.  The location is on the corner of Jefferson and Clinton at the Downtown Self Storage Facility, and the hours are from about 12 to 8 p.m.

"The nice thing about being downtown is you can go to dinner, maybe grab a glass of wine, and walk around the entertainment district - literally window shop right in there, and hopefully go in and get some unique gifts you can only find in downtown Huntsville," said Chad Emerson, CEO of Downtown Huntsville, Inc.

A grand opening event for the Clinton Row Project is planned for the first week in April.

Belle Chevre 'Buzz'

You may have already heard Belle Chevre is opening a downtown location in May.  Tasia Malakasis, known for her goat cheese creamery and cheese tasting room in Elkmont, will open her Huntsville location across from the Kaffeeklatsch.

Belle Chevre will be the anchor store for the Clinton Row Project.

"It's going to be something you can't get anywhere else, except in Elkmont, and now you can get it here in downtown Huntsville," said Emerson.

Starting next month, Malakasis plans a nationwide tour, "Belle's Big Adventure," in an Airstream branded for Belle Chevre.  She will do tastings and seminars in various stores and will kick off the tour here March 21.  There's an event scheduled for 12 p.m. that day at the Huntsville store.

"We're going to send off Huntsville's own Belle Chevre across the country," said Emerson.

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