Share with your friends!

The SB Guide has arrived in Magic City! What does this mean for us, Birmingham? It is, in short, an online summary of our well-kept secrets and must-visit retailers, restaurants and more … all in one place. See for yourself, and then spread the word to both residents and visitors about the local businesses that make our city one like no other! We love our city and we want to showcase it in the best possible light. That’s why we’ve created the SB Guide Birmingham.

Access SB Guide Birmingham at the top of StyleBlueprint.com, in the navigation bar

Access SB Guide Birmingham at the top of StyleBlueprint.com, in the top navigation bar

In February 2014, SB Guide Nashville was introduced, and today we have added not one, but two additional SB Guides to the SB family: a curated selection featuring the best of the best in both Memphis and … Birmingham! This makes SB Guide the perfect place to visit to shop and eat locally, but also to use on your travels. Look for more businesses to be added in the upcoming months … we’re just getting started!

SB Guide is a beautiful, easy to use, photo-rich guide to our city’s best businesses, with up-to-date, accurate information (yes, we’ve called each and every number!). We have spent hundreds of hours photographing, writing, editing and programming our guide to showcase our city in a way that both residents and tourists will enjoy. If you enjoy StyleBlueprint, you will absolutely love having all this information at your fingertips, literally. Whether you’re using your desktop computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone, our SB Guide is perfectly scaled. And, this is just round one. Our SB Guide App will be here soon with more bells and whistles.

Sample SB Guide Birmingham homepage:

Every time you come to SB Guide, the businesses featured on the homepage will appear in a different order, allowing you to always have a fresh look at Memphis' best businesses.

Every time you come to SB Guide, the businesses featured on the homepage will appear in a different order, allowing you to always have a fresh look at Birmingham’s best businesses.

Sample business page from SB Guide Birmingham:

EX VOTO Sb guide page

Ex Voto Vintage is one of SB Guide’s featured businesses. You can see that there is lots of information that is easy to use, right at your fingertips. Pictured here is a basic desktop display. Their page contains not only what is seen, but an SB Tip about the business as well.

How SB Guide looks on a mobile phone:

Ex Voto Vintage Our site is dynamic -- it automatically resizes to fit your device. Here is a sample of how our SB Guide appears on an iPhone. You just scroll down for more info, including hours, address, mapping and more

Ex Voto Vintage’s SB Guide page on an iPhone: our site is dynamic — it automatically resizes to fit your device. Scroll down for more info, including hours, address, mapping and more

Why the SB Guide and what makes us different?

  • We are flooded with emails asking for suggestions on everything from where to buy shoes, to the perfect restaurant with a patio to host a dinner, to a new place to workout, to where to get a good facial. We’ve taken these questions and created a guide to give you answers.
  • Birmingham has thousands of businesses. We wanted a guide that only included what we perceive to be the best of these, and to keep the size manageable. We’ve pounded the streets for many years and now there is a way to better access our picks on where to go and what to do.
  • We all know that a picture is worth a 1000 words. Instead of making yet another guide that was heavy on words, we set out to make a pretty guide, a photo-driven guide, one that matched the aesthetics of StyleBlueprint. You can now explore Birmingham’s bricks and mortar businesses, as well as some of our favorite interior designers, builders and landscape architects, from wherever you happen to be.
  • Continue to check back with SB Guide Birmingham as this is just our initial launch and we will be adding more businesses in the upcoming weeks and months.

Neighborhoods:

Want to discover where to go in Mountain Brook Village, Southside, Downtown and more? Go to sbguide.com and use the neighborhood filter, for example select “Homewood” and voila! Here’s a sample of what will pop up (Remember, each time you come to the SB Guide, the businesses will show up in a different order, even by subcategory, to keep the guide fresh for you, our reader. In the sample below, there are more businesses not captured in this screenshot, but you would just scroll further down to see all the businesses in Homewood.):

Click any business (on the live guide, NOT this screenshot!) for a full page of information on the business. It’s the perfect way to figure out how to plan your adventures: eating, shopping, salons and more.

Click any business (on the live guide, NOT this screenshot!) for a full page of information on the business. It’s the perfect way to figure out how to plan your adventures: eating, shopping, salons and more.

Reservations made easy:

How about when you want to go to a restaurant in, say, downtown and you need reservations? Click our “reservations” button, straight from the restaurant’s SB Guide page, and … there ya go! Reservations made simple. You can also access restaurant menus.

Reservations and access to menus are easy through SB Guide Memphis

Reservations and access to menus are easy through SB Guide Birmingham

Breakfast, Mexican, family-friendly? Wedding registries? Women’s boutiques?

Here’s a situation: You need to meet someone for breakfast and you can’t even begin to figure out where to go. Go to FOOD & DRINK and choose “restaurants & more.” From here you can filter further, by neighborhood, cuisine and more.

Need to know who has wedding registries? Where to shop women’s fashions? Jewelry? Kids’ clothes? No problem. SB Guide has you covered.

No crowdsourcing, comments or outside reviews:

Why no crowdsourcing — you know, all those comments/reviews about businesses found on other online resources? Plenty of other sources offer that; there is nothing new for us to add to this arena. Since we’ve already pared down thousands of Birmingham area businesses and broken it down to about 100, you are assured that our guide only has the city’s best businesses. Now, your only worry is where to explore next. No more wasted time reading about where NOT to go.

SB Bham Guide

There is beautiful photography throughout our SB Guide.

So much more to come!

Look for us to add more businesses soon. Our SB Guide is only going to get better and better and we know it is not yet complete. It’s so exciting to be on the ground floor of our new product with you.

Remember, SB Guide can now be found in Birmingham, Memphis and Nashville. You can travel our region with SB Guide leading the way on “where to go and what to do.” We’ll be in more Southern cities soon!

Ready to get started? Come on over to SB Guide Birmingham.

 

Share with your friends!