3910 Kilgore Memorial Drive
Birmingham, AL 35210
Phone: (205) 956-4100
Fax: (205) 956-0906
3910 Kilgore Memorial Drive, Birmingham, AL, US, 35210
- Phone: (205) 956-4100
- Fax: (205) 956-0906
Located in the Mountain Brook Village Shopping Center, Smith's Variety Shop is part old fashioned candy store, part old-fashioned toy store mixed in one. Come in and fill up a bag of treats at the candy counter. Looking for a gift? Independently owned, this variety store features toys from around the world. Pick up a token for the Alabama or Auburn fan. Find the perfect card that says exactly how you feel in their large stationary collection. Or shop for unique hair ribbons. This is a great place to kill a few hours browsing or to simply revisit old childhood memories when five-and-dime stores were king.
The Summit Birmingham provides a little bit of something for everyone. Tire out those legs by walking past what seems to be endless storefronts, and then wear out your arms by carrying all the bags from each shop you go in. With names like Anthropologie, Saks Firth Avenue, Victoria's Secret, Urban Outfitters, Banana Republic, Barnes & Noble, Eddie Bauer and Abercrombie & Fitch, shopping options surround you from all over. And if all the shopping gets your appetite working overtime, The Summit houses some great eateries like The Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang's China Bistro and Village Tavern.
A store that lives up to its name, Charm is a charming little boutique in downtown Birmingham. This store sells and exhibits vintage and new handmade jewelry, scarves, handbags, and even art. You can also sell your costume jewelry here. A favorite among locals for the variety and quality of goods, Charm is definitely worth a visit if vintage is your style.
Gardens of Park Place are urban farms that carry out sustainable agriculture to grow food locally. You can stop by at the market and buy the produce directly from the farmer. This project is being carried out to develop sustainable agriculture, grow one's own food and make the city more livable. It also endeavors to educate the youth and children about the environment and agriculture. It is definitely an interesting experience to grow your own food in this fast paced city life. The hours of the market varies according to days and seasons so call before visiting.
Charlemagne Records Exchange is Birmingham's oldest music store, offering a wide range of music including jazz, blues, international music and every other genre there is. For over 30 years, the store has provided the citizens with an eclectic range of music, books, movies, posters, cards, album covers and the like. Be it the old and long lost record that you are looking for or the latest one, you will definitely find it here.
The Booksmith is one of Birmingham's premier independent bookshops specializing in Southern and Alabama authors and topics. It offers both new and used books in a clean, comfortable shop. Enjoy free coffee and a seating area while browsing titles, and feel free to request recommendations from the helpful, knowledgeable staff. Author visits and signings occur regularly. Special order service and out-of-print searches are available as well. The Booksmith buys used books, although trade credit is your best bet.
Green Cup Books is a veritable haven for book lovers who love to scan through a wide range of books on all topics and in all genres. A non-profit endeavor, you will also find a varied collection of art pieces and second-hand books to comb through. They're also renowned book-publishers and printers. With an aim to further the confines of art and encourage the talents of local artists, this unique bookstore organizes a large number of literary events including: book launches, reading sessions, talks, art exhibits, film screenings and the like. A host of live music performances are organized at the venue from time to time.
This tiny storefront in Merchant's Walk shopping center caters to busy professionals picking up to-go items on their way home for dinner. (However, there is also a very small dining area.) The gumbo comes highly recommended, and the Baby Blue Salad (simple, but delightful greens with blue cheese) is legendary. Other offerings include salads, pasta, sandwiches, soups, pastries and more. Inquire about catering, cooking classes and wine tastings.
Located in downtown Birmingham, at first glance this rare bookstore/antique store/museum resembles a room in your grandmother’s house. Bursting at the seams and boasting an inventory of over 45,000 books, magazines, and other periodicals, if Reed Books doesn’t have what you’re looking for, it probably doesn’t exist. But, its vast inventory is not what makes Reed Books special. The randomness (a display of plastic Santa statues) and odd finds (post office mailboxes chocked full of letters) are what makes Reed Books special. That and owner Jim Reed, author, humorist, columnist, and all-around good guy who encourages people to "become your own book." Worth a trip on a lazy Saturday.
A Homewood institution since 1939, Savage's is the place to buy cakes. The cookies and brownies are also irresistible. Local polls consistently rate Savages as the best or among the top area bakeries. Grab a sandwich or a boxed lunch (sandwich, chips and brownies) and enjoy Savage's storefront view of this charming little city's main street.
Located on Oxmoor Road in Homewood, Nabeel's offers a full range of Greek repasts along with an adjoining store stocked with Mediterranean groceries. The décor is very cozy and very Greek, furnished with antique-looking Mediterranean furniture and decorative ceramics. The tables are candlelit, and the lighting is soft. The interesting menu tapers upward from a massive array of salads, soups, and Greek appetizers, to a much smaller selection of main-course meat dishes including John's Steak, Shrimp Aegean and Chicken Skewers.
Looking for unusual plants in Birmingham? Look no further than Hanna's Garden Shop. Founded in 1986, by horticulturist and landscaper C. Beaty Hanna in 1986, the family-owned garden center reaching over four acres at the foot of Double Oak Mountain. If you need it, they have it, offering gardening lovers a large variety of plants including azaleas, Japanese maples, camellias, and much more. Need ironwork? They have that too. Visit their website to sign up for their monthly newsletter featuring gardening tips such as winter gardening and lawn care. They also have a great online resource to help you tackle problems. - Terah Shelton