There’s no better way to celebrate the start of a new season than with fresh style and color. We spoke with local business owners and their employees to talk about their favorite spring items. So, get ready for March by brightening up your home and refreshing your wardrobe — all while shopping local. Here’s what your favorite Birmingham businesses have to say about these March FINDS!
FOR YOUR HOME
If you’re looking to flex your green thumb this spring, there’s no better place to start than in your home. Compact and aesthetically pleasing, these planters from Trove Design Studio are sure to bring the perfect touch of green into your life. “These ceramic air plant holders are handmade with love in Portland, OR, and each one is unique and includes a living air plant,” says owner Karen Gathany. “These add charm, life and color to your space. They also make lovely gifts.” Ranging from $18 to $34, you can find these at Trove Design Studio.
One of the easiest, most affordable (and impactful) ways to freshen up your space this spring is through seasonal candles.“This Voyage et Cie’s Violette highball candle is crisp and fresh. With notes of leafy green and sweet violet, this candle is the perfect scent to say ‘Bring on spring!’,” says Illuminated owner Jennifer Pate. Find this candle for $56 at Illuminated.
Upscale table decor
Who knows more about Southern charm than the crew at Richard Tubb Interiors? With 20+ years of experience serving the Birmingham community, we trust and value its experts’ opinions. “These magnolia pieces are not only an elegant addition to any living room for the spring, but it’s also the quintessential Southern flower. It’s perfect for any true Southern home,” says Sam Kehl, Sales Manager at Richard Tubb Interiors. Find them for $139 to $179.
Spring colored catch-all box
Have you been on the hunt for a piece to brighten up your space while adding art-forward intrigue? This one-of-a-kind catch-all box is what you need. Striking and bold, it will be your new favorite piece, no matter the time of year. “The springy green palmistry ceramic box is the perfect place to stash jewelry on your nightstand and add a pop of bright color to your space,” says Domicile owner Jennifer Dorman. Find this for $65 at Domicile.
Infuse some color into your home this spring with ease. Nothing refreshes your space like a new pillow. “This pillow is a great way to add a pop of color and a fresh touch for spring using muted tones of coral, sage and blue that pair great with a neutral background,” says Laura Gessert, a Henhouse Antiques employee. Find this for $265 at Henhouse Antiques.
Make your space feel brand new this season by updating your lighting fixtures. It’s a simple upgrade that instantly breathes new life into your home. “We love the size of this sconce by Jamie Young and the clear glass. It comes in two different finishes, and we stock both antique brass and gunmetal. These are a great way to upgrade your home for a new season,” says Leigh Ellen Howe, Marketing Coordinator at Mayer Lighting. “Want to be inspired by this sconce in action? Go check out the apartment in the Netflix series “Dirty John.” Stars – they are just like us!” Find this for $250 at Mayer Lighting.
Who doesn’t love adding new shoes to their spring wardrobe? These cute slip-ons are easy to style and can be worn with countless looks, making them the must-have mules for March. “The transition from winter to spring can always be tricky when it comes to shoes, and these are on the top of our list for spring,” says Minette Boutique owner Erin Helton. “These pair perfectly with white jeans, shorts and dresses and are the best for that in-between weather when you don’t know if you should wear an open- or closed-toe shoe. The basket-weave construction adds the perfect texture to any outfit all spring and summer long!” Find these for $159 at Minette Boutique.
For all of your upcoming spring beach trips, this is the colorful cover-up you need. “My pick for the spring is a chic kimono that can be worn with white jeans or a bathing suit at the beach. It is lightweight with a punch of pastel color,” says Shop Bijou Bhm owner Carolyne Kontomitras. Find this for $30 at Shop Bijou Bhm.
Spring attire for him
It can be difficult to find great spring wardrobe staples for his closet, but this entire outfit from Mobley & Sons is just right. Add a neutral tie for a special occasion or remove the coat for a casual date night. “We love this Peter Millar unstructured soft coat for its laid back spring look and feel to take you from the office to dinner and everything in between,” says Barrett Midulla, Store Director at Mobley & Sons. “Paired with a contrasted soft-touch five-pocket, you will think you have worn your most comfy PJ pants to work without catching flack from your boss.” Find this outfit ranging from $55 to $598 at Mobley & Sons.
The time has come to transition your wardrobe to the beautiful, bright colors of spring. “We are so excited for spring and all the linens that come with the new season,” says Ryan Reeve owner Beth Keplinger. “We love this gorgeous purple linen top paired with a bright, sassy scarf.” Find this shirt for $92 and the scarf for $42 at Ryan Reeve.
Bungalow Bungalow Shop has been providing the Magic City with non-toxic, natural, refillable products that are both sustainable and effective since October 2019. “We teamed up with Left Hand Soap Company to produce a shampoo bar that is free of sulfates, synthetic fragrances and harsh dyes found in most conventional shampoos and shampoo bars,” says owner Jake Carnley. “The outcome being a beautiful bar full of intentional ingredients that keep both you and the earth clean. It is fragranced with our house blend of eucalyptus, fir needle, lavender, lemon and fennel essential oils. It comes package-free, making it a staple in the house fragrance lineup, which also includes a body bar, shave bar, 9 oz. candle, refillable Castile soap and refillable laundry detergent.” Find this for $9 at Bungalow Bungalow Shop.
Skin saving serum
Healthy, well-moisturized skin is IN! If the dry winter months wreaked havoc on your skin, and you’re not sure where to start with your skincare routine, this serum is for you. “Who doesn’t want dewy skin for the spring? Emepelle is the first and only line of skincare products available with patented MEP Technology™ to help improve the appearance of estrogen-deficient skin,” says Chelsea Johnson, Marketing & Events Coordinator at Cahaba Dermatology. “This silky, lightweight serum helps reinvigorate the skin’s natural source of radiance. It improves texture, hydration, luminosity, firmness and the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles.” Find this for $175 at Cahaba Dermatology.
Hydrating lip balm
Pucker up, buttercup! Rejuvenate your lips for the spring months with this deliciously scented lip balm. “Everyone’s lips are still trying to recuperate from the cold weather,” says Fancy Face owner Magen Cash. “This lip balm has shea butter and peptides that leave your lips feeling refreshed for the warmer spring days!” Find this for $24 at Fancy Face.
WARM WEATHER ACCESSORIES
Handmade clay earrings
The perfect way to usher in spring is by adding new pieces of jewelry to your accessories collection, and these simple yet elegant earrings are the perfect addition. “The brand new LOUISE is our top pick from our Etsy shop’s spring launch this month,” Abbey Kaldi and Joanna Feldewerth, owners of Kaldi Kollective, tell us. “This style is a special blend of translucent and white clays, which adds so much depth and uniqueness to the look. Pair the LOUISE with just about anything in your spring wardrobe as this color blend is incredibly versatile!” Find these for $26.50 at Kaldi Kollective.
Spring break-ready tote
Headed to the coast this spring break? This cute and witty straw bag is perfect for a tropical getaway (or for feeling like you’re on one)! Dress it up or dress it down, this bag is fashion-forward and will have you ready for warmer weather. “This statement bag is unlike anything else you have in your closet! With spring break coming up, it’s the perfect bag to tote to the beach and carry at night,” says Shea Davis Boutique owner Stefanie Love. Find it for $96.
You can’t think of spring without thinking of all the wedding invitations and save-the-dates tacked on your fridge. This stunning pair of earrings from Charm on 2nd is the ideal accessory for any springtime soirée. “Wedding season is right around the corner, and everyone needs to add a little sparkle to their outfit,” says Charm on 2nd owner Nicole Putman. “Whether you’re in the wedding party or celebrating as a guest, we have the perfect pair of rhinestone earrings that will make you shine!” Find these for $38.
Birmingham is brimming with fun new FINDS for the new season, so set aside a Saturday to enjoy a day of shopping in the Magic City!