It has been the summer of national and regional recognition for Alabama. Across outlets, Alabama has been recognized for all that it has to offer across industries. From local award-winning restaurants being named the best in the South to outlets like The Wall Street Journal naming the Alabama coast as a must-visit destination, the state has a lot to be proud of this summer. At SoulGrown, it is our heart to showcase all the incredible happenings around the state, so here is a roundup of 5 exciting recent news releases.

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Alabama Coast in The Wall Street Journal

“While much has changed, the beach remains the star of the 32-mile stretch of shoreline. Its sand, often compared to sugar in color and texture, has lured me there for regular treks my entire life. As a kid, I associated Gulf State Park with emptiness and preferred putt-putt golf to nature walks. When, in 2018, I heard the hotel—closed after Hurricane Ivan in 2004—was reopening, I decided it deserved a closer look.”

Read the full article here.

Pizza Grace in Southern Living

“Helmed by veteran pastry chef Ryan Westover and Helene Jones, the pizzeria specializes in naturally leavened, whole wheat flour, and hand-mixed dough. Southern Living recommended their pepperoni pie, which ‘gets zing from Aleppo pepper’ along with the plain Cheese, which ‘isn’t so standard thanks to a blend of Parmesan, Asiago, Romano, and provolone and a sprinkle of herb breadcrumbs.’ They also shouted out the ‘adventurous’ Veggie made with pesto, garlic confit, kale, roasted local mushrooms, provolone, and smoked sea salt.”

Read the full article here.

Lake Martin in The Wall Street Journal

“Arnberg said that Lake Martin’s central location, ongoing development and family-friendly lifestyle are key attractions for Alabama-based vacationers, some of whom used to travel four to five hours to visit the Gulf of Mexico, but now opt for the one to three hours it takes to drive to Lake Martin.”

Read the full article here.

Huntsville in U.S. News

“Huntsville’s city center has undergone a renaissance in recent years. An outbreak of new construction downtown means more shopping, dining and apartment options are available. Just west of downtown, a defunct cotton mill became a bustling arts center, and craft breweries, restaurants and an ax-throwing venue have sprung up in a renovated old middle school.”

Read the full article here.

Red Land Cotton featured on Fox

“Just in case you missed it, we were in NYC this weekend talking up American Made textiles and how you can send the comforts of home to college with your young people.”

See the full clip here.