Twice a year, we highlight Cheap Thrills, our favorite finds at jaw-dropping prices. This February, we are focusing on Birmingham’s sweet deals and steals. These 19 budget-friendly finds will have you wanting more of your favorite local eateries, boutiques and landmarks. And you can feel good about taking advantage of their great deals, because you’ll also be supporting the growth of our city’s neighborhoods and communities. Check them out!
HEALTH & BEAUTY
For a fun fitness class to tighten your core and get into shape, look no further than Neighborhood Barre. Your first class is free, and as a new client, you get one month of unlimited classes for $100. Young professionals, teachers and nurses get a discounted price of $125 a month, and the Baby on Board class is three months for $375. Lastly, if you’re getting married, your whole bridal party can get ready for the big day with the two-month Barre Bride deal for $300 per person. Check out Neighborhood Barre‘s deals and packages at neighborhoodbarre.com/birmingham.
Tonya Jones Blowout Bar
If you have ever wanted that fresh-out-of-the-salon look, but don’t want to spend the time or money for a full salon treatment, we have good news! At Tonya Jones SalonSpa’s Blowout Bar, you can get numerous blowout styles for a reasonable price. The bundles include four for $130, eight for $250 and 12 for $370. You can get six months of unlimited blowouts for $1,725 or 12 months for $3,000. Check out Tonya Jones SalonSpa‘s full menu of Blowout Bar bundles at tonyajonessalon.com.
Smart Skin Med Spa
Craving supple, youthful, glowing skin? Join Smart Skin Med Spa for no sign-up fee and enjoy member discounts on single-visit services, such as their state-of-the-art facials and peels, waxing and more. Members can purchase Ultimate Trio gift cards to give away for $50, and when one of your referrals joins, enjoy one free visit of whatever service they sign up for! Check out Smart Skin Med Spa‘s full menu of memberships and services.
Escape Day Spa
Escape the world and slip into a peaceful state of tranquility and relaxation with one of Escape Day Spa’s packages, including a catered lunch from your choice of several local restaurants and a complimentary refreshment. Each of the day spa packages includes a massage and aromatherapy pedicure, and some also feature the rejuvenating salt glow, the green tea restoration facial or Escape’s mind and body balancing treatment. Find the perfect Escape Day Spa package for you, ranging in price from $175 to $345, at Escape Day Spa.
FUN & ADVENTURE
Red Mountain Adventure
Enjoy Red Mountain Park as you fly through its lush, green forest on the Mega Zip at the Kaul Adventure Tower with your friends for the group rate of $20 per person. And for the full experience, enjoy Red Mountain’s Play for a Day package, which gives you a hearty sampling of all of Red Mountain Park’s Adventure offerings, including the Red Ore Zip Tour, Kaul Beanstalk Forest and Kaul Adventure Tower, for a group rate price of $100 per person. Book your adventure at redmountainpark.org.
McWane Science Center
The McWane Science Center has fun activities for all ages, from intriguing scientific exhibits and IMAX movies to summer science camps and impressive hands-on experiments. Take advantage of all this stunning science with their basic family membership, which includes admission to the Adventure Halls for 12 months, free parking in the parking deck, free or discounted admission to more than 350 science museums worldwide, discounts at the Smart Café and gift store, and more! The basic family membership, $110, covers two adults and up to six kids per household at McWane Science Center.
The Birmingham Zoo
African lions, North American black bears, a Komodo dragon, green anaconda, African elephants, red pandas, Sumatran orangutans, lorikeets, river otters, sea lions, a bobcat, wild hogs, monkeys galore and more! The Birmingham Zoo is teeming with wildlife to discover and rides to enjoy. Zoo memberships are a great deal for wildlife-loving families. Zoo members enjoy unlimited visits 363 days a year, plus special benefits and discounts. Or drop by on a Tuesday for half-price admission. Purchase the zoo membership, $120 plus tax for a family of four, at The Birmingham Zoo.
Get a sweet deal while supporting local businesses and our city’s booming neighborhoods with these fabulous e-cards. InstaGift offers gift cards for local shopping in Avondale, Crestline, Homewood and downtown, as well as for Birmingham’s craft beer and Birmingham Originals restaurants. Plus, for a limited time, if you buy $100 worth of one of these local shopping e-cards, you will automatically get an extra $15 card! Buy them, ranging in price from $10 to $100 at bhamgiftcards.com.
Vestavia Hills chamber checks can be used at a variety of Vestavia shops and restaurants, including Ashley Mac’s, Artists Incorporated, Iz Cafe, Manhattan South, Cahaba Heights Hardware, El Poblano, Rocky Ridge Hardware, Sharp Cleaners, Snapper Grabbers and Western Supermarkets, among others. Purchase your chamber checks at the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce.
Support local shops and shop owners with Village Gold gift certificates, which can be used at almost every store in Mountain Brook, Crestline, English and Cahaba Villages, as well as Mountain Brook Plaza. Purchase the certificates at Mountain Brook City Hall or at the Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce.
Western Supermarket wine
Right over in Mountain Brook’s Western Supermarket, a delicious deal awaits — purchase a case of wine and get 10 percent off. This ongoing deal is perfect for a loved one or a lovely surprise for a dozen of your besties. Get your case of wine with 10 percent off at Western Supermarket.
Mister Car Wash
Keep your car sparkling like new with unlimited car wash packages from Mister Car Wash in Vestavia. The Unlimited Platinum Express gives the car owner unlimited monthly exterior car washes and includes HotShine Carnauba Sheild, N1 protectant, wheel polish, tire shine, underbody wash, repel shield and T3 conditioner. Purchase the Unlimited Platinum Express deal for $32.99 a month or the Unlimited Express for $22.99 a month at Mister Car Wash.
Mariee Ami wedding dress deals
If you’ve turned to the wedding planning experts at Mariee Ami, then you’re in for a treat! Ivory & White and Carriage House Weddings each give Mariee Ami brides a 10 percent discount, so you can save a little while you plan the day of your dreams. Get the dress of your dreams with this Mariee Ami exclusive offer at Ivory & White and Carriage House Weddings.
The Scribbler’s Smock stationery
It’s a great time to order all things wedding! From digitally printed invitations to fine letterpress, The Scribbler in Homewood has just what you need for the big day! For Smock custom wedding suite stationery ordered during 2016, the letterpress stationery company is offering free return address printing on large luxury bamboo envelopes. Envelopes may be printed digitally or letterpressed. Make your appointment to design your own Smock wedding invitation at The Scribbler.
The Clothes Tree by Deborah sale room
Silk taffeta gowns, embroidered dresses and fashion-forward casual wear can all be found in this sprawling boutique. And whether you there to shop for their most popular gowns for proms, pageants and formal events or if you’re just looking for a chic cocktail look for an evening on the town, be sure to check out the sale room at The Clothes Tree by Deborah, where merchandise is always 75 percent off.
Leaf & Petal Petal Points
Can’t stay away from flowers and wreaths, gorgeous arrangements, vases of all kinds, succulents and sundries? Well, become a repeat customer at Leaf & Petal, and make sure to nab a Petal Points card. Get your Leaf & Petal Petal Points Frequent Flower Card punched for each $25 you spend on qualifying purchases, and, after 12 punches, you’ll receive a $20 gift certificate.
32° A Yogurt Bar
Even in this chilly weather, frozen yogurt is always a fun treat. Select your flavor and toppings, and savor the deliciousness. Plus, after the purchase of 10 8-ounce yogurts at 32° A Yogurt Bar, you’ll get one delight for free. Sweet, indeed!
Maybe you’ve been grabbing Ashley Mac’s delicious Gourmet To-Go dishes for quick dinners a lot lately. Or maybe you’re addicted to her most popular strawberry cake or to-die-for pimiento cheese or chicken salad. Whatever the case, you need to get Ashley Mac’s frequent customer card, which rewards returning customers with one punch for purchases of up to $25 and two punches for purchases over $50. After 10 punches, Ashley Mac’s customers get 20 percent off their next purchase.
Revelator Coffee Co.
Revelator’s bright and airy space is perfect for stopping to enjoy a visit with a friend, get lost in a book or get some work done! Fuel up with their excellent coffee options, from espressos to cappuccinos, and enjoy it with a handmade pie from PieLab or a delicious doughnut from We Have Doughnuts. You’ll want to come back for more, so grab a Revelator coffee card, and after 10 punches, you’ll get one coffee free.
Shop local with these sweet deals and packages, and you’ll support the community when you do!