August is going out with a bang in Birmingham. The month has been full of incredible musical performances, film debuts, new restaurants — and even some familiar faces at Rio in this year’s Olympic Games. As always, Birmingham has been bustling with the best in food and entertainment. Read on to find out what you might have missed this month in Magic City!
StyleBlueprint Launches the “SINCE 1920” T-shirt Collection
Obviously, we’re a little biased so we had to put this one first … We are proud to offer two t-shirt designs: “SINCE 1920 #womensvotesmatter” and “The Perfect 36,” each of which celebrates a woman’s right to vote through the 19th Amendment, ratified in 1920 when the 36th state, Tennessee, voted in favor of ratification. This battle was hard-fought and each time we vote, we recognize our right and privilege and give thanks to the sacrifices made by generations of women before us. It was a battle that took 72 years — from the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848 to the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. Women celebrating their right to vote is non-partisan and, no matter what side of the aisle you are on, this t-shirt is for you!
Visit the StyleBlueprint Marketplace to read more about how close the 19th Amendment came to NOT being ratified … it all came down to one vote. ONE VOTE. These t-shirts tell the tale of every single vote having purpose — even yours! Both styles are available for purchase by clicking the link and visiting our online marketplace now! And, 10% of all proceeds of “The Perfect 36” t-shirt will go to support the Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument, LLC!
Tropicaleo Announces Brick-and-Mortar Location
Gabriel and Maria Isabel Marrero have pioneered Caribbean fusion cuisine in Birmingham through their pop-up events and current “permanent pop-up shop” in the Crestwood Tavern. After dazzling diners’ tastebuds this summer and during Birmingham Restaurant Week, Tropicaleo will be opening its first brick-and-mortar location on the 4400 block of Fourth Avenue South in Avondale. With vegetarian and vegan options, there will be something for everyone and we anxiously are waiting to get our taste buds wrapped around some authentic Puerto Rican dishes. Find out more at tropicaleo.com.
Good People Brewing Co. Launches Funk Farm
This month, Alabama’s largest and oldest craft brewery, Good People Brewing Co., announced the launch of their first sour beer program, Funk Farm. “The Funk Farm showcases the creativity and innovation of our brewers,” says Jason Malone, co-founder and brewmaster of Good People. “Through experimentation, we want to explore the art of aged, mixed-fermentation sour beers.” The first product to be released this fall will be a Sour Blonde Ale with raspberries and blackberries and we cannot wait to see what else Funk Farm will concoct. To learn more, visit goodpeoplebrewing.com.
McNolia’s to Close
McNolia’s gift and novelties shop owner Earl Capellen decided to close the beloved Five Points South shop after 30 years in business. The shop carried playfully naughty cards, posters and calendars, as well as fun, kitschy items. A trip to this local institution always provided the visitor with a quality chuckle, whether you left with a purchase or not. McNolia’s permanently closes its doors on August 31, 2016. For more information, visit facebook.com/Mcnolias.
Alabama Athletes in the Olympics
Football dominates Alabama in the fall but this summer, the Olympic games stole our hearts, and Alabama athletes competed in several different sports. From swimmers to track stars to basketball players, it was an exciting year for our state. DeMarcus Cousins played on the U.S. basketball team, and top golfer Bubba Watson was the highest ranked golfer coming into the 2016 Rio Olympics. Several of The University of Alabama and Auburn University’s top swimmers and track and field athletes qualified for this year’s games, allowing Crimson Tide and Tigers fans to unite in cheering on Team USA before the Iron Bowl heads to Tuscaloosa this November.
Hot Diggity Dogs Opens in Avondale
Right above Fancy’s on 5th in Avondale lies a quirkier but equally as delicious dining option: hot dogs! Hot Diggity Dogs opened on August 2, 2016, with a menu full of global spins on the classic American hot dog. Pop in Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. to try everything from pork skin nachos to tofu dogs, with prices starting as low as $3. This hot dog joint looks to be Birmingham’s new favorite spot for delicious cheap eats! For more information, visit Hot Diggity Dogs.
Big Plans for BJCC
Birmingham’s largest event venue has been bustling with the best summer concerts, expos and conferences. And, as announced this month, the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex presented a $300 million master plan that not only would give the Legacy Arena and its outside piazza a major facelift, but also add an open-air stadium for UAB that would hold 55,000 spectators. If that doesn’t prove to you that Ddowntown Birmingham is booming, we don’t know what will! Learn more about the BJCC and their upcoming events at bjcc.org.
The Boot at Preserve Village Closes
The Boot owner Mike McCowan recently decided to see the end of the eatery’s five-year lease at Preserve Village as a new beginning for the restaurant. In the next few months, The Boot is expanding for more parking and dining space near The Grove on Highway 150. But have no fear! You can still get your fix of their tasty tacos, burgers and Southern plates at The Boot’s second location off of Highway 280. Learn more about The Boot’s other locations at thebootfoodanddrink.com.
Cahaba Brewing Co. Launches Two New Canned Beers
After launching its first canned beer in February 2015, Cahaba Brewing Company is excited to debut two new brews and we are just as excited to bring these local flavors home with us! The latest additions to the brand’s canned beer line are the Oka Uba IPA and Oktoberfest beer, which are on sale now wherever the Cahaba Blonde currently is sold. To learn more, visit cahababrewing.com.
Grand Opening of dk2 Gallery in Soho Square
This month, the popular dk Gallery in Marietta, Georgia, opened their second location, dk2, in the midst of Homewood. Soho Square is now home to this swanky gallery full of local, regional and national pieces of contemporary art. To learn more about the gallery, visit dk2gallery.us.
Birmingham Restaurant Week a Success
Every local foodie’s favorite holiday was held August 12-21, 2016, in restaurants across the city, showcasing Birmingham’s rich culinary culture. Birmingham Restaurant Week highlighted the delicious and unique cuisine of dozens of local dining spots that have influenced local and Southern cuisine over the years. From brunch specials to happy hours to discounts on four-course meals, our bellies were stuffed this month with some of the best dishes Magic City has to offer. For more information on Birmingham Restaurant Week, visit bhamrestaurantweek.com.
Secret Stages Brings Sixth Year of Amazing Bands to Birmingham
Alabama’s premier music discovery festival, Secret Stages, introduced more than 60 local, regional and national acts to Magic City during the first weekend of the month. The festival is a two-day affair that has been introducing Birmingham to the next big stars in music for six years running. We were excited to hear music from our own backyard, as well as great acts from across the country. To learn more about Secret Stages and this year’s artists, visit secretstages.net.
Birmingham Fashion Week
You still have time to catch this one! Still underway and wrapping up their amazing weekend of fashion tonight, Birmingham Fashion Week highlights top designers from around the country, as well as local designers. In its sixth year, the event supports local boutiques, up-and-coming fashion designers, makeup artists and hair salons, photographers, models and artists in their mission to elevate the fashion scene in Birmingham and the Southeast, as well as to support young, emerging designers. Learn more about Birmingham Fashion Week at bhamfashionweek.com.
Theatre District Hosts 18th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival
As if showcasing Birmingham’s best chefs, musicians and fashion was not enough, August is also the month for highlighting our city’s best filmmakers. With films ranging from animated shorts to eye-opening documentaries, there is something for everyone at this year’s Sidewalk Film Festival. The festival is still underway this weekend and all we hear is positive buzz. Attendees could be one of the first audiences to see this year’s slew of excellent films — and in some of Birmingham’s most beloved entertainment venues, to boot! To learn about the films featured this year, visit sidewalkfest.com.
Cosecha Urban Kitchen Coming to LIV Parkside
Tacos and street corn have given Latin street food a huge presence in the South and now Cosecha Urban Kitchen will give it a permanent presence downtown. Cosecha will provide gourmet Latin street food and creative cocktails in the LIV Parkside apartment building across from Railroad Park. We cannot wait to try their spin on a Moscow Mule and get our hands on some plantain bread pudding!
Hometown Supermarket Brings Exotic Foods to the Grocery Aisles
Hometown Supermarket is finally open and ready to provide Birmingham with a shopping experience like no other. This giant grocery store specializes in exotic foods from different cultures around the world, including India, the Middle East, Mexico and Central America, West Africa, Jamaica and other Caribbean islands, as well as the United States. This market will make vegans, chefs and foodies alike excited to experiment with all of their incredible options. Make sure to bring your imagination when you visit Hometown Supermarket — and give yourself plenty of time to peruse the fascinating items lining the shelves. Learn more at Hometown Supermarket.
FLIP Burger Expands Menu to Include Healthy Options
FLIP Burger Boutique has been fueling shoppers after a long day at The Summit for more than five years but your next visit may seem like you are in a brand-new restaurant. Now you can enjoy guiltless dining with new options such as kale slaw, salads, meatless burgers and lettuce wraps — making FLIP Burger Boutique the perfect location to satisfy both kids and adults. We think that kale salad will wash down nicely with one of their famous Krispy Kreme milkshakes because it’s all about balance, right? Check out the updated menu at flipburgerboutique.com.
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