The Huntsville metro, including Madison and surrounding communities, is growing faster than any other spot in the state right now. However, that doesn’t mean that the area has completely lost its small-town charm.
Here are five spots you should check out in downtown Madison.
1. South & Pine and Tiny Pines
South & Pine and its sister store, Tiny Pines, is a home decor and gift shop serving the Madison community. South & Pine has a collection of signature candles perfect to gift or to keep in addition to a wide selection of classic, Southern home decor. They also host classes, workshops and private events, like a soap making workshop coming up on January 23.
2. Main Street Cafe
For a taste of Madison’s history, grab lunch or dinner at Main Street Cafe. The building was Madison City Hall during the mid-1950s and has been a restaurant for more than two decades.
When the building operated as City Hall, it housed two jail cells, the chief of police, the mayor’s office, the volunteer fire department and several other local offices. Now, restaurant patrons can sit in those cells and offices and enjoy classic Southern fare.
True Southerners-at-heart will swoon over the dessert selection, which includes selections like:
- Coca Cola Cake
- Coconut Cream Pie
- Hummingbird Cake
- Mississippi Mud
- Strawberry Pretzel
3. Noble Passage Interiors
Noble Passage Interiors is not just a home store, but a full-service interior design shop offering everything you could need to make your residence feel like home, including
- custom upholstery
- window treatments
The store is filled to the brim with furniture and decor to suit a range of tastes, from rustic to traditional and everything in between. Noble Passage also offers an assortment of gifts like jewelry, clothing and specialty barware.
4. Old Black Bear Brewery and Taproom
Old Black Bear Brewing Company has been active since 2010. The company brews their craft beers right in downtown Madison, adjacent to the taproom.
There are currently 10 different beers on tap with two more coming soon. Those include:
- Cave City Lager: a dark amber lager and Old Black Bear’s flagship beer
- Whiskey Porter: slow aged in Knob Creek Barrels
- Speckled Trout: lemon honey American wheat
- Hey Girl Hey: a blackberry key lime Berlinerweiss
5. Madison City Veterans Memorial
The current City of Madison Veterans Memorial was dedicated in 2017 and features a Wall of Heroes honoring all who served for the US Armed Forces. The memorial is courtesy of American Legion Post 229 in Madison, which initially installed a veterans memorial at the spot in 2001.
Recently, a memorial garden was added to the right of the marble monument that highlights three local Medal of Honor recipients: Paul L. Bolden, an Army staff sergeant; Leo K. Thorsness, a colonel in the Air Force; and Cecil H. Bolton, an Army lieutenant.
Address: Corner of Front and Church Street
Bonus: Antiques and local history
As you walk, keep your eye out for hidden gems like historical markers and antiques. In addition to these five spots, Main Street has: