At seven locations, shoppers can peruse Mission Possible Bargain Centers' inventory of new and gently-used clothing, furniture, and household items. All proceeds benefit the ministries of the Jimmie Hale Mission, a nonprofit that has worked to help men, women, and children in need since 1944.
Gently used men's, women's, and children's clothing lines the racks at Lovelady Thrift Store. Whole sections devoted to shoes, books, and even furniture round out the selection inside this massive thrift store. Proceeds benefit The Lovelady Center, which helps rehabilitate women who have been released from prison by providing assistance with housing, childcare, and job training.
Urban Cottage's whimsically upscale stock contains treasures of all varieties, including jewelry, bags and purses, home décor, creative gifts, and various other sundries of singular charm. Gently swaddle an infant with muslin baby blankets ($30), or gift a piece of local artwork such as an angel face made of hurricane debris ($38). No two pieces of folk art are the same, so pawing through Urban Cottage's richly appointed shelves is like catching snowflakes with a tiny butterfly net. Designer items, such as O-N-E stationery ($18), Uglydolls keychains and dolls ($7.50–$22.50), and Anne Taintor napkins, creatively complement any party. Hand-picking your favorite piece is the only guaranteed way to make it match your style and basement full of nutrias.
At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
As an Express Certified Honda dealer, Brannon Honda connects drivers to new and preowned models as well as to a slew of speedy express auto services. Factory-trained technicians welcome roadsters into designated services bays, where they rotate tires, replace air filters, or put cars through the paces of a synthetic oil change. Wielding patented tools and hawk-eyed vision, the experts pair services with a comprehensive multipoint inspection that scopes out brake linings, fluid levels, exterior signals, and battery performance. Open six days a week, Brannon Honda’s service center doesn’t require appointments, letting drivers spin through at any time and leaving cars with no prep time to flush performance-enhancing drugs from their systems.
Birmingham Bicycle Company stocks name brand bicycles including Scott, Pinarello, and Jamis, along with a variety of gear including clothing, helmets, racks, and sunglasses. The crew all cycle in their free time, so they can help customers locate the type of equipment they need for racing or leisure. When not selling pedals and helping with bike fitting, the shop sponsors weekly rides for cyclists of all skill levels; check their Facebook page for the schedule.