1535 Montgomery Highway
Birmingham, AL 35216
Phone: (205) 822-6030
Fax: (205) 979-5834
When you think of an art gallery, you think of fine art of landscapes, buildings, and unknown people. But, New Life Art Gallery combines two unlikely combinations: art and sports. The gallery showcases (and sells) paintings by David A. Moore, a renowned international artist whose work is revered by many. Avid golfer? Football aficionado? There’s something for you. But, the gallery by far features and caterers to University of Alabama Roll Tide football, where, as they say, football is a sport, but in Alabama, football is art. Artwork is reasonably priced, with online shopping available. Worth a visit, even if you’re not an art lover. - Terah Shelton
For people who love collecting antiques, this is the ideal destination. Hoover Antiques is a huge gallery with 75 vendors, each one being distinct and unique in their own way. The place is owned by Chris Feagin, and most of the objects are sold at an affordable price. This is a quintessential location for collectors as well as designers looking out for something uncommon and exceptional.
With the largest skylight in the western hemisphere situated atop a nine-story glass atrium, the Riverchase Galleria is considered one of Birmingham's must-see landmarks. Not only does the Galleria comprise 200-plus specialty shops and several large department stores, it also boasts more than 30 eateries, indoor landscaping and fountains, arcades, a NASCAR simulator and a merry-go-round.
Lotus Boutique is a trendy boutique specializing in women's fashions located in the Birmingham Galleria. Lotus tries to stock their store full of fashions that girls of any age will love, all for an affordable price. And it's not just clothes! They also carry a selection of handbags, jewelry and other accessories.
Located in the Hoover area of Birmingham, Mr. P's Deli is known for their fresh cut sandwiches and wide selection of meats. This popular delicatessen has been open for 37 years and is owned and operated by Mr. P himself, Charles Pilleterie. The shop carries imported groceries as well as local products such as Mr. P's handcrafted spices and marinades. Over two dozen sandwiches are on offer featuring the sliced in-house deli meats, sauces and more. Made to order breakfast sandwiches are served from 8:30-11a and can be called in for pickup.
Wildwood Centre is an enormous shopping centre. It was built in 1991. Currently managed by AIG Baker, the place features many popular local retailers like Lowe's, Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby and Babies "R" Us.
If you're looking for a bargain, then Mission Possible Bargain Center run by the Jimmie Hale Mission is a great place to check out. With several locations across the city, the store offers shoppers a unique opportunity to shop for a good cause. The proceeds from the stores are charitable contributions. Gently used goods are donated to the charity for a good cause, and you can do the same too, and you'll even get a tax deduction for your trouble. From furniture, to shoes to clothing, you never know what you might discover at the store. If you love looking out for bargains, and love thrift stores Mission Possible Bargain Center is just for you. For details on other locations, please visit the website.
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.
Homewood Musical Instrument Co is just across the Homewood Central Park and is the labor of love of owner Bob Tedrow. When you step inside the brick storefront, you will be transported to a bygone vintage era when technology wasn't so advanced. You will find banjos, violins, mandolins, acoustic guitars, fiddles and more that are made from scratch. They not only make the instruments but also repair them. And no matter where you are, you can ship your instrument here to set it right. Mr. Tedrow works here with his one employee and patrons vouch for their quality instruments.
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.
Homewood Toy & Hobby has been keeping the kids (and parents!) of Birmingham busy and entertained since 1950, when it first opened. They carry the biggest selection of remote control operated toys in the entire city. But of course, there is more than just that, with a huge selection of all kinds of toys, puzzles, models and other hobbies. If you're looking for an escape from the big box toy stores taking over, head to the delightfully old fashioned Homewood Toy & Hobby.
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.