Billed the “smallest church on earth,” Chapel of The Fields at Loblolly Farm in Semmes is now available for weddings, services and photography.
Photo | Courtesy of Loblolly Farm
Want a truly one-of-a-kind wedding venue? Nestled along a treeline overlooking the expansive event venue of Loblolly Farm in Semmes, the Chapel of the Fields bills itself the “smallest church on earth.” At a minuscule interior space of 40-by-52 inches — or 14.44 square feet — the chapel is 7 square feet smaller than its closest counterpart.
But this is no dollhouse. Carefully constructed with the highest-quality materials to ensure use for generations, the chapel has room for two adults.
The ecclesiastical architecture, designed and built by Loblolly Farm Director of Operations Gary Smith, is a throwback to the simple, rural churches constructed in early America. The low, sloped metal roofline, cedar-sided tower and matching spire astride the cedar-covered chapel towers 18 feet into the Alabama sky.
To avoid a bland interior in the small building, master carpenters Jeff Caldwell, Brooke Caldwell and Alex Caldwell installed an exposed 8-foot ceiling, solid wood walls, hand-built windows with 200-year-old glass and a 100-year-old front door with reproduction antique hardware.
Loblolly Farms CEO Dulari J. Smith said the chapel is a fitting addition to the scenic event venue. Since 2017, the Smith family has worked diligently to bring a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere to prospective customers. Chapel of the Fields makes a gleaming addition to Loblolly Farm.
Chapel of the Fields, located at 9930 Stone Road, is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and is available for services, weddings and professional photography upon request. Call 251-288-8302 to reserve the venue.
BUSINESS NEWS, MOVIES & TRANSITIONS
- Construction is wrapping up on the first Firehouse Subs in Saraland, at 1402 Industrial Pkwy., in the Saraland Crossing Shopping Center. The restaurant will open its doors this fall under the ownership of father-son duo Jim and Jay Chandler. The Chandlers, who own three other Firehouse Subs restaurants in Mobile, have more than 40 years of combined restaurant experience. Firehouse Subs Saraland is hiring 15 to 20 employees for crew member, shift leader and management roles. Starting wage is $11 per hour and employees can enjoy a free meal on every shift. A portion of every purchase benefits Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, which has granted more than $1.2 million to first responders in greater Mobile. The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation granted $22,134 to the Saraland Fire Department earlier this year to buy a BullEx Fire Extinguisher Training System and accessories.
- Austal USA christened Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF-13) USNS Apalachicola during a ceremony Saturday morning at its state-of-the-art ship manufacturing facility. Austal has delivered 12 EPFs since December 2012. USNS Apalachicola is slated for delivery this summer. The Honorable Kelly Loeffler, ship sponsor of USNS Apalachicola and former U.S. senator from Georgia, performed the ceremonial bottle break over the bow of the ship. The first Navy ship named Apalachicola (YTB-767), a Natick-class large harbor tug, was also built in Mobile, at Mobile Ship Repair in 1963. The Apalachicola is one of two EFTs Austal USA is currently building for the U.S. Navy, while the start of construction on the future USNS Point Loma (EPF-15) will commence at the end of this month. Five littoral combat ships are also under various stages of construction at the Gulf Coast shipyard.
- BBB Industries LLC of Daphne, a sustainable manufacturing and distribution company serving the commercial and automotive aftermarkets, announced three recent acquisitions. BBB acquired certain assets of Undercar Express LLC and Undercar Express Export Company, a Cleveland, Ohio-based company that manufactures calipers. BBB also acquired the assets of Turbo Power Systems Inc. and Elite Auto Lights Inc. Turbo Power Systems, headquartered in Beaumont, Texas, is a leader in the sustainable manufacturing and refurbishment of industrial turbochargers. Elite Auto, based in Flat Rock, N.C., is a leading regional sustainable manufacturer of automotive headlights and electronics. Visit bbbind.com for more info.
- It’s fruit basket turnover again in downtown Fairhope. Bay Breeze Cafe, Bar and Grill moved to 212 1/2 Fairhope Ave. (formerly TexarBama BBQ). Hertha’s Second Edition will move from its spot on Fairhope Avenue into the space vacated by Bay Breeze Cafe at 50 S. Church St.
- A ribbon-cutting was held Nov. 10 for the $4.3 million Airport Control Tower at Jack Edwards Airport, 3190 Airport Drive, in Gulf Shores. Mobile-based general contractor White-Spunner Construction was contracted by the Gulf Shores Airport Authority and worked in partnership with Barge Design Solutions to construct the 5,277-square-foot tower. More than 100 Alabama companies had a part in the design and construction of the control tower, which offers technology equivalent to the Pensacola tower.
- A local investor purchased the 4,708-square-foot office building at 3090 Dauphin Square Connector in Mobile for $360,000. Jeff Barnes, senior investment advisor with Stirling Properties, handled the transaction. Pratt Thomas with Merrill P. Thomas represented the buyer.
- A local Investor purchased Stonebrook Office Park at 23210 US-98 in Fairhope for $1.65 million. The 10,407-square-foot property consists of three office buildings overlooking Rock Creek Golf Course. Jeff Barnes and Steadman Bethea, investment advisors with Stirling Properties, represented the seller in the transaction. Bowen Weir of B4 Properties represented the buyer.
- Ascension Providence in Mobile has once again been awarded an “A” from The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Grade for Fall 2021. The national designation recognizes the hospital’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards. The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers by grading hospitals across the country based on preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among their patients.
- USA Health’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery expands with the addition of Jess Mullens, M.D., a foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon. Mullens will treat patients for conditions including sports injuries, foot and ankle fractures, ligament and tendon problems and arthritis. Mullens sees patients on the third floor of the Strada Patient Care Center in Mobile. To make an appointment, call 251-665-8200.
- Tanger Outlets Foley is partnering with The Elf on the Shelf to host a game of holiday hide-and-seek through Dec. 24. Guests can purchase a scavenger hunt booklet online at tangeroutlets.com/elfontheshelf that unlocks the game and helps families use interactive clues to locate Scout Elves hidden around Tanger Outlets Foley. After discovering the elves’ hiding spots, guests can return to Shopper Services for a holiday toy. From 10 a.m. to noon on Dec. 8 and Dec. 15, children can enjoy a reading of “The Elf on the Shelf,” along with cookies, crafts and more.
- Singing River Health System is celebrating a milestone in 2021 — its 90th year of carrying out its mission of “improving health and saving lives” as leaders in health care on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Throughout Singing River’s history, generations of talented, hard-working individuals paved the way for Singing River Health to become an award-winning comprehensive care provider. A team of 3,400 people continues to work to enhance the quality of life of others by bringing advanced medicine and technology to the region.
- Don’t miss the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce Business EXPO from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, at the Mobile Convention Center Exhibit Hall. Admission is $5 with a business card.
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