Southern Views Magazine sates the tastes of stylish urbanites by publishing how-to guides for culture living in the South. The bi-monthly magazine arranges articles concerning the goings-on of a well-to-do Southerner in a hip and easy-to-read fashion, with topics ranging from arts and culture to social events. The Homes section is a drool-inducing visual feast displaying the most beautifully designed pads in the South, with past features showing off a traditional, elegantly appointed two-story Tudor next to a minimalist, industrial loft space. The Fashion section for the February/March 2011 issue features sprightly spring attire and ensembles with an outdoorsy twist to replace last year's fad of wearing janitorial buckets as hats. The Interviews section features conversations with various people of importance, including Rod Stewart, Mike Rowe—star of Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs— and Major General Robert B. Brown, commanding general of Fort Benning.
Paintable canvases are ripe for the picking by customers at Bare Ware Pottery Studio. After selecting the design, guests create their painting with suggested color choices, or they can pick their own. Armed with the provided aprons, paint brushes, and paint pallets, staff guide customers of all skill levels in creating a gorgeous painting that can be taken home right away.
Since opening its doors in the Montgomery Mall way back in July of 1970, Candle Cabin has soothed Alabama with the alluring aromas of its name-brand stock. Now part of the Peppertree Shopping Center, the store carries votive and decorative candles alike from makers like SnootyToot, Votivo, and original art by Ruthie Carlson. Candles aside, everything from cookbooks and jewelry to Auburn and Alabama collegiate gear line the shelves. The Candles Cabin team even gift-wraps any item for free, which saves customers the hassle of foraging for seaweed to wrap their gift in.
Having compiled 33 years of art-teaching experience, Barb Grimes guides students in her art classes as they learn a multitude of techniques and work with an orchestra of color. With only 12 students per class, paintbrushes receive extra instruction with every stroke and Jackson Pollock–esque splash. All artwork created by aspiring artists will be able to be taken home and posted to refrigerator doors, used for show-and-tell, or uploaded to personal blogs for international feedback and acclaim. Classes are currently scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Call to reserve your class.