As the temperatures keep climbing, so does the activity in Birmingham! Summer is heating up our city, and so many exciting developments are afoot. With a deluge of great businesses and fantastic events coming to town, it can be hard to keep track. Here’s a recap of June’s biggest news and highlights to keep you in the know!
Hattie B’s Opens First Regional Store in Lakeview
Hot chicken, the Nashville food trend with a cult-like following, has made its way to Birmingham. Hattie B’s, the Nashville-based company that added fuel to the “hot chicken” flame, opened its first regional store in the Lakeview District on June 1. The restaurant serves up delicious Southern comfort food with a kick, along with a special menu on Sundays. To find out more about the hottest thing since the Alabama heat, check out hattieb.com.
Lush Opens at The Summit
The Summit is gaining lots of new business this summer and, this month, Lush opened its doors as the first Lush boutique in the state of Alabama. The London-based retailer sells all-natural and handmade toiletries and cosmetics. They are best known for their scented bath bombs, incredible facial scrubs and luxurious buttercream lotions. Visit lush.com to find out more about this company’s fabulous products.
Stock & Trade Opens Massive New Warehouse in 30A
This amazing Birmingham-based home furnishing store has made its way to the Magic City’s second home — Destin, Florida. Stock & Trade opened up shop in a beautiful, Tuscan-style showroom filled with unique pieces for decorating your home or beach house. Make sure you stop by on your next trip to the beach, and visit stockandtrade.com for a virtual tour of the new location.
ISHI Moves to Mountain Brook
ISHI, a custom clothing boutique located in Homewood, is on the move! The store’s Birmingham location is now next to Marella Boutique in Mountain Brook Village. Now you can find jeans and custom gowns or commission the perfect outfit design —right after you finish your tasty lunch around the corner at the beloved neighborhood luncheonette, Gilchrist. Find out more at ishi30a.com.
SliceFest Pulls Off Fifth Successful Year
Birmingham’s biggest block party, SliceFest, enjoyed its best festival yet on June 11. With headlining bands like The Revivalists, brand-new beers from local breweries and Slice’s pizza creations, it was a weekend to remember. Make sure you’re in the Lakeview District this time next year for the best in music and food. To learn more about Slice Pizza & Brewhouse, visit slicebirmingham.com.
Mulberry Heights Antiques’ New Office-Turned-Boutique
The secret’s out! One of Birmingham’s best spots for French and English antiques has moved to the third floor of Office Park in Mountain Brook. Mulberry Heights Antiques‘ Owner Carolyn Bradford was in the midst of a search for a new location when she decided to set down roots for the short term. “At first, I was very reluctant. I mean, who is going to find me on the third floor of a building in Office Park? However, once we moved in and I’ve gotten settled, it is truly beginning to feel ‘right’ for now,” explains Carolyn, who chose to downsize in order to focus more on art and sell a few key antique pieces. They also are beginning an online business, which will help customers get better discounts on the amazing finds at Mulberry Heights. She also plans to host events for Mulberry Heights’ artists, as well as for their jewelry designer Michele McKeon of Sennod Jewelry Design. “I have a lovely space with a fabulous area for entertaining,” says Carolyn. “I’d love for people to come see it sometime!” To learn more, visit mulberryheightsantiques.com.
Shindigs Puts Down Roots
One of our city’s most beloved food trucks, Shindigs, has finally found a permanent home in Forest Park at the old V. Richard’s location. The brick and mortar will house Shindigs’ catering kitchen, a market and a fast-casual restaurant and bar, and will be named DMac’s after Shindigs owner Donald MacDonald Russell III. Make sure you visit this one-stop shop for drinks, dinner and grocery shopping! Find out more at shindigscateringtrucks.com.
Taco Mama to Open Sixth Location in Downtown Birmingham
Birmingham’s favorite taco and tequila joint has announced it’s opening a sixth location. Next spring, you will finally be able to customize your favorite burrito and drink a delicious pomegranate margarita downtown, as Taco Mama will soon be a part of Southside in a new development, The Waites, under way on the corner of Seventh Avenue South and Richard Arrington, Jr. Boulevard. To find out more, check out tacomamaonline.com.
REV Birmingham Announces Restaurant Incubator
This month, REV Birmingham announced a revolutionary concept to be developed within the Pizitz Food Hall project in the historic Pizitz Building, which is currently undergoing intensive renovations. The organization is gathering some of the area’s best chefs and business people to mentor up-and-coming restaurateurs to achieve their culinary dreams over a four- to six-month period. Closet chefs and midnight bakers, this one’s for you! Learn more about the project and the forward-thinking, city-building initiatives of REV Birmingham at revbirmingham.org.
Red Hills Brewing Company to Open
On June 15, news broke that Homewood is adding its first brewery to the Homewood shopping center on Central Avenue. Former assistant brewmaster at Avondale Brewing Co., Eric Baumann, will be in charge of making sure the 10,000-square-foot space is filled with the best local craft beer around. The brewery is set to open in July and will be an excellent addition to the booming Homewood neighborhood. For more information, visit redhillsbrewing.net.
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