The birds are chirping, the buds are blossoming, and we’ve been so giddy with springtime delight — or perhaps in a pollen-induced haze — that another month has flown by! So many major changes and exciting developments are taking place in the Magic City, so we want to make sure you are in-the-know. Here’s your April recap!
Vestavia Hills Welcomes a 1,000-foot Water Slide
Slide the City is a traveling Slip ’n Slide company — featuring a three-lane, 1,000-foot water slide — that has chosen Vestavia Hills as one of the 100 cities on its 2016 Slide the City tour. Slide the City will come to Vestavia’s notably steep Lime Rock Road, in front of the high school, where a block party will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 25 with live music, vendors, food and, of course, the slide. Sliders must be more than 5 years old and taller than 46 inches and can bring their own mandatory inflatable tube or purchase one at the event. Tickets start at $30 and increase as the event draws near. For more information, visit slidethecity.com.
Coyote Drive-In & Canteen Opens
The new Coyote Drive-In & Canteen opens next week in Leeds adjacent to The Outlet Shops of Grand River. Coyote Drive-In is a family owned drive-in based out of Dallas, TX, that has been in the theater business for more than 50 years. This Leeds location is their third outpost and the first outside of Texas. The Canteen is its fast-casual restaurant that will serve a menu of great food, wine, local craft beer and, eventually, a full bar. Movie-goers can watch as their pizza is prepared in the outdoor pizza oven. Besides food and beverage, the dog-friendly venue offers mini-golf, Frisbee, live music on weekends, a playground for kids and and shopping at the outlets. There are four gigantic screens, and the digital sound comes through the car radio or boom box. Find out more at coyotedrive-in.com/leeds.
Big Bad Breakfast Announces New Location in Homewood
James Beard Award-winning chef John Currence of the Oxford, MS, eatery, Big Bad Breakfast, partnered with local restaurateurs Nick Pihakis of the Fresh Hospitality Group to open a Big Bad Breakfast along Highway 280 in Birmingham in summer of 2014. Due to the success of that outpost, Pihakis has announced plans to open a new Big Bad Breakfast in downtown Homewood later this summer. The popular breakfast and lunch restaurant will be housed in what was formerly Steep & Deep, a ski and scuba shop. The restaurant is expected to open late this summer.
Oak Mountain Amphitheater Summer Concert Series Begins
Oak Mountain Amphitheater, the largest outdoor venue in the state of Alabama has played host to Paul Simon, Snoop Dogg, Eric Clapton, John Mayer, Weezer, Dwight Yoakam, Phish, Kings of Leon, Van Halen, Motley Crue, Keith Urban, Indigo Girls and Jason Aldean among many, many others over the years. The amphitheater kicked off its 2016 year on April 19 under the stars with Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band for their Workin’ ’n Playin’ Tour. Don’t miss the Dave Matthews Band on May 24!
The Venue at the Ballpark Apartments Open
Almost in unison with the kickoff of the Birmingham Barons’ 2016 baseball season, the apartment buildings built adjacent to Regions Field and across from picturesque Railroad Park opened on April 28 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with city officials and developers present to celebrate. The Venue at Ballpark features more than 230 apartment units varying in size, a clubhouse, state-of-the-art fitness center, terrace-level pool with grilling stations overlooking center field, and the Premier Sky Lounge with views of Region Field and a TV wall. It’s a baseball lovers’ dream! Learn more at venueballpark.com.
The Market at Pepper Place Opens for the 2016 Season
Farmers, makers, musicians, chefs, friends, kiddos and pets all come together at the Market at Pepper Place, quite arguably the most vibrant and diverse place to be every Saturday morning, 7 a.m. to noon beginning in April through December. And April 9th was no exception! The Market opened in this lovely April weather with a bang! Be sure to catch the cooking demonstrations, live music, food trucks, farm-fresh produce, crafts and clothes by local artisans. Learn more at pepperplacemarket.com.
Paige Albright Orientals Expands into Petticoat Perch
Paige Albright Orientals has expanded into the space above her current shop. The Petticoat Perch, above her beautiful shop on Petticoat Lane, now houses the artwork of Birmingham-based artist Gina Hurry, alongside more of Paige’s one-of-a-kind finds from all over the world — vintage Turkish kelp flats, Guatemalan clutches, gorgeous kelim overnight bags, hand-painted pillows from Istanbul and, of course, her signature antique oriental rugs.
Mariée Ami Moves to Cook & Bynum Building
Mariée Ami, the top-notch boutique and full-service wedding planning studio, has moved to the Cook & Bynum building across the street from Leaf & Petal in Mountain Brook Village. In perfect expert wedding planner fashion, the team of premier planners moved from Petticoat Lane to Cahaba Road as if overnight, leaving no trace of a move and carrying on with business as usual. Now those are the kind of wedding planners you want running the show on your big day!
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