The golfing gurus at Edwin Watts Golf Academy diagnose and correct their students' poor swing and putting habits in an effort to help them improve their shots and lower their scores. In one-on-one swing-analysis sessions, students learn a repeatable swing that eliminates tendencies they may have to slice, hook, push, or pull the ball. A special laser attaches to the end of the player's club and tracks the swing path while JC Video swing-analysis software records the session from two separate angles, lest analysis be thrown off by only looking at the golfer's good side. Putting analysis employs Tomi technology to measure eight separate parameters of the putting stroke, from clubhead orientation at address to swing path and tempo. After swing and putting lessons, students may access the recordings on a password-protected website, so they can forward videos to friends or sports-documentary filmmakers.
After working for decades as a successful oil executive, National Senior Games gold medalist Homer Brown decided to shift gears, opening BumperNets in 1999 to promote his beloved sport of table tennis to the masses. Nestled within the Riverchase Galleria Mall, Brown’s well-stocked, interactive emporium lets visitors hone their ping-pong or pool skills under the tutelage of a trained professional, or master the finer points of team management at the foosball table. Homer and his knowledgeable staff help guests deck game rooms in felt-clad pool tables, glittering pinball machines, and skee-ball alleys for rental or purchase, and can assist with onsite assembly.
As national publishing powerhouse Fergus Media's most recent brainchild, B-Metro monthly magazine delivers articles on the best of the Birmingham metro areas' vibrant culture both in print and online. Readers immerse themselves in B-Metro's monthly coverage of the area's culturally significant people and places, discovering communities and local hotspots they wouldn't otherwise stumble upon. The magazine's writers broaden readers' horizons on the latest fashions, news, and uplifting local icons, encouraging readers to get involved in the local nuances that make Birmingham noteworthy.
Since 1961, Birmingham magazine has celebrated the community it’s named for with stories about local food, style, health, and arts tucked within its glossy pages. The lifestyle magazine's staff strives to fill each monthly issue with the city's important places, people, and issues, capturing local culture and offering a guidebook to Birmingham's best. As they flip through the pages of the magazine, which was redesigned in 2012, readers might find stories of local volunteers helping their communities or scoops on local breweries.
At Black Market Bar, a team of friendly servers and chefs treats legions of regulars, neighbors, and newfound friends to hearty burgers, a spread of domestic beers on tap, and cocktails. Guests sink their teeth into beefy sandwiches topped with mushrooms, grilled onions, bacon, and fried egg—or dig into dishes of hot wings, hand-breaded chicken fingers, and pork empanadas. A lively, fun-loving atmosphere pervades the bar, where patrons sip pints and cocktails and challenge each other to weekly bouts of trivia and bingo.
Supplying artists of all ages since the 1960s, Alabama Art Supply thrives off of a network of artists that connects interested visitors to classes, workshops, art associations, and other opportunities. The store's staff assist budding artists in choosing painting necessities from a vast selection of paints which include professional quality brands such as Winsor & Newton. They can also recommend products including canvases, clay, and fine art supplies that suits both professional and amateur artists.