Christine Boatwright of Shelby Living Magazine wrote a piece detailing the operations of self-taught baker and Wooden Spoon Bakery owner Leslie Arnold and how she specializes in surprising scone flavors—pear and fresh ginger, apricot white chocolate, and salted caramel, to name a few—but also loves one special, more familiar flavor. Her red-velvet cake, a hand-me-down recipe from her husband’s grandmother, is a popular classic: a light chocolate cake colored a vibrant red and sprinkled with icing and walnuts. As she told the magazine, “I’m proud to say it’s the only recipe I have not tinkered with because it’s perfect the way it is.” Still, Arnold keeps a constantly rotating menu of flavors and offerings at Wooden Spoon Bakery, baking bacon-cheese biscuits, strawberry coffee cake, and blueberry-and-cream muffins one week and specialty brownie cakes the next.
What began as Anita Gibson's struggling, two-person family business has evolved into Advanced Weight Loss Clinics, an organization with 17 corporately owned clinics and 3 franchise locations spread throughout the southeastern United States. Each center's team of doctors and weight-loss specialists encourages clients to win a similarly daunting battle by creating personalized plans for success. The program incorporates vitamins, supplements, and appetite suppressants with a low-calorie, low-fat meal plan that discourages using soft-serve ice cream as toothpaste.
Bryant Art Gallery is committed to bringing one-of-a-kind art and splendid aesthetic displays to Birmingham’s creative cognoscenti. With a collection spanning the pigment-and-canvas styles of the old masters through sculpture, mixed media, and screaming performance artists, Bryant’s friendly staff stands eager to assist patrons in finding the perfect complement for home décor. Selections from a series of 8'x10' oil paintings start at $45.
For more than 13 years, the friendly crew at Superior Cleaning Service has applied a meticulous touch to dingy domiciles. The company's trained technicians will annihilate grime from your windows (interior and exterior), shine chandeliers, or de-clutter your gutters using high-quality and environmentally safe products. Or have the deep-clean specialists blast away dirt and debris from the exterior of your home during a mold- and mildew-eliminating, low-pressure power wash. No matter the season, Superior Cleaning Service works efficiently to scour home surfaces and add sparkle to windows just in time for big family events and exhibitionist Monopoly games.
Technicians from Heaven's Best Carpet Cleaning run through their unique 14-step checklist each time they clean a carpet. They use environmentally safe cleaning products and a low-moisture process, which means the floors dry within one hour.
To ensure each of The Fish Market Restaurant’s dishes are as fresh as possible, the two families at the restaurant's helm carefully source the seafood in everything from the eatery’s classic fish and chips to the heartier charbroiled swordfish steak. The chefs often infuse their creations with Greek and Cajun flair by sautéing shrimp with feta cheese and sliced olives or topping snapper with etouffée and crawfish. Thanks to a constant influx of culinary inspiration, the menu expands regularly, adding to the custom selections available for off-site catering services that can nourish gatherings from small dinner parties to massive cloning experiments gone wrong.
Birmingham native David Kanter, owner of Guarantee Carpet Cleaning and Dye Company, brings more than 30 years of experience to each textile he treats. The business sprouted in New Orleans, where he learned to remove odors from area rugs and restore a carpet’s beauty following water damage and buffalo stampedes. After Hurricane Katrina devastated the community, Kanter moved back to Birmingham, where friends and family welcomed his ability to erase ink, ketchup, and ground-in dirt from their floors and furniture. In addition to cleaning and scotch-guarding, Kanter can dye carpets to match clients' décor.