Local Joe's

Jodie Stanfield (right), owner of Local Joe’s in Albertville, speaks to customers at the restaurant’s “soft opening” on Monday. 

Whether it’s a plate of barbeque, a few knick knacks from the market or a sweet treat from the bakery, everyone that steps foot inside Local Joe’s Trading Post can find exactly what their stomach desires.

Originally a country store, Local Joe’s was formed in 2010 by the Stanfield family inside a building more than 70 years old at the corner of Rainbow Drive and Pleasant Valley Road in Etowah County. After finding success, they later chose to expand their business by taking their act on the road with their catering service and also by opening up stores in Alexandria and Cave Springs, Georgia. Now, owners Jodie and Karen Stanfield are excited to come back home to open up their newest location inside the historic Hammers storefront in downtown Albertville.

“God has flung this door wide open for all of us,” Karen said. “It really happened in a short period of time. We’ve been praying for a location in Albertville for a long time because our son-in-law works for us, and our daughter is a teacher at Evans Elementary School. My parents live here, me and Jodie both graduated from [Albertville High School], my dad graduated from here … so we have a lot of roots in Albertville.”

The move to Albertville is one that’s been in the works for some time, but Karen said it has been a journey that has the entire Stanfield family thrilled.

Local Joe’s makes its way to Albertville after buying out Somewhere on Main in late June. Since July 4, Jodie said he and his team have spent many long nights pushing to open before Aug. 1. On Tuesday, July 31, the family’s hard work will finally pay off.

Local Joe’s will offer a bit of everything.

Head chef J.P. Pendergrass brings a few of his signature dishes to Albertville including a delicious turkey BLT with homemade tomato chutney and a crème brûlée that won’t be found on the daily menu. The market will be stocked with local items and assorted goods manufactured by small businesses. Local Joe’s will also have a bakery to offer a selection of savory treats.

While Local Joe’s intends to be a unique place to go, Jodie said his business is one that, similarly to Somewhere, operates to entertain, but food will be their primary focus.

“We like to say ‘We’re in the people business and food’s what we do,’” Stanfield said. “We’re going to be totally different than what was here before. We plan to do things in the future like having some acoustical music played while families enjoy their meal, maybe host wine and beer tastings, and we plan to hold special dinners in Hammer’s Hall too. But all of that is to compliment the food because our food is who we are.”

Local Joe’s is located at 102 East Main Street in Albertville. Hours of operation are Monday-Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursday-Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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