Woodward & Maple's helpful staff chaperones shoppers through their Old World boutique, filled with uncommon treasures imported from Paris, Milan, and London. Carry one-of-a kind invented currencies in a similarly unique handbag ($75+), or explore display cases teeming with exclusive jewelry ($45+). Patrons can unleash noses in a lush meadowland of bath and body products by brands such as Thymes, Caswell-Massey, and Antica Farmacista ($5–$45). Closets can be rewarded for providing years of loyal service and concealing illegal shipments of venomous penguins with women's apparel ($25+), or immortalize shared moments with a keepsake picture frame ($12+). The boutique's romantic lighting draws deserved attention to wooden shelves and glass display cases artfully stacked with an array of charming treasures.
For the past 45 years, Duru’s Custom Shirts and Suits has fitted patrons with custom suits and professional attire spun from the finest fabrics, building a client list of notable gents such as actor and director Michael Keaton and Illinois governor Pat Quinn. From coordinating cufflinks to hemming slacks, the shop's team of experienced tailors and knowledgeable sales associates work closely with clients to fashion ensembles that reflect their persona and strike a memorable impression on peers, superiors, and roving groups of supermodels wandering around the neighborhood.
The jewelry designers at Heartwear Designs have been at it since 1971. Since that time, the talented local artists have been stringing and molding hundreds of idiosyncratic accessories from gold, platinum, and gemstones. The work has been sold to national retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Fortunoff, but now Heartwear Designs showcases the distinctive work.
Heartwear Designs jewelry includes earrings, pendants,rings, and bracelets,,available in 14-karat gold, 18-karat gold, or platinum, as well as yellow, white, rose, or green gold. Custom engagement rings and birthstone pieces, along with fashion jewelry from sterling, pearls, and gemstone beads round out the entire inventory. Heartwear Designs also offers repairs for customers' broken jewelry, restringing pearls and beads, and they polish up guests’ tarnished pieces for free.
A balance of flirtiness and elegance marks the style of Ariada Boutique’s racks of designer women’s clothing. Among their selection of designer and unique duds, the staff makes sure each piece on the store’s racks—ranging from casual tops and denim to formalwear and luxe leather pieces—is diverse in its composition, design, and occasion appropriateness. Cocktail dresses, for one, range from a Butter By Nadia wrap dress to a whimsical, structured Betsey Johnson number. Shelves of shoes, gemstone statement jewelry, and purses can serve to update any wardrobe more easily than dyeing all one’s shirts seasonally. Along with a staff known for its customer service, shoppers can get help putting together a specific look or find something special for just about any occasion.
While the luxurious spa experience is already tempting on its own, Birmingham Tea Spa augments its pampering services with the pleasantries of tea service. While guests sip tea or kick back with glasses of champagne, skilled technicians pamper hands and feet with scrubs or paraffin dips that soothe and moisturize skin. Elsewhere in the spa, guests indulge in customized facials, and mini-massages that eliminate tension in upper shoulders and really stressed-out action figures.
The Spice & Tea Exchange of Birmingham lures passersby with aromatic goodies made for cooking, sipping, and sprinkling. The tea section brims with black, white, and green hues, like a newspaper printed on a lily pad. Coconut oolong tea ($4.89 for a 1 oz. bag) teems with fresh floral notes and creamy tropical essences, and sweet matcha’s ($11.95 for a 4.4 oz. bag) blend of japanese green tea and milled cane sugar makes an exotic addition to cookie batters.