The friendly staff at B Boutique helps ladies fashionably conceal their bareness with a variety of chic, upscale clothing, purses, and accessories. Fun, feminine swaddlings by designers such as Judith March and Voom by Joy Han compete for guests’ attention with bright colors, contemporary cuts, and waving sentient sleeves. Slip on a colorful summer dress for an evening stroll in the park ($24–$240) or achieve the perfect silhouette with a pair of form-fitting jeans by brands such as !iT jeans ($39-$90). Visitors can shield their little piggies in style with a pair of cowgirl boots by Old Gringo and Corral ($23–$399) or delve into a collection of jewelry to accent décolletages with simple pendants, colorful stones, or strands of classic pearls ($8–$150). A range of purses and bags can be used to store personal items, compliment outfits, or to hide smaller, not as fashionable, purses and bags ($24–$80).
Southern Art & Framing offers much more than its name implies—aside from custom-framing projects and ready-to-hang art, the store also boasts an eclectic gift shop stocked with goods made by local and national artisans. Shoppers can peruse a selection that includes everything from handbags and scented candles to barbecue tools and home decor designed for fans of popular college sports teams. Local artists also host onsite art classes, teaching skills such as impressionist painting and converting your boring sedan into an exciting police cruiser.
Boasting the state's only affiliate member of the world-renowned Pedro Sauer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu of Alabama helps students ages 5 and older boost self-confidence and athletic prowess while toning muscles and honing self-discipline. Under the watchful eye of brown belt and 15-year martial-arts veteran Patrick Langan, children or their adult copycats spend three introductory classes getting acquainted with the self-defense-based art of jiu-jitsu. Focusing on strategy and leverage rather than brute strength, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu teaches students how to skillfully grapple opponents to the ground instead of calmly discussing your differences over a cup of tea. Both studios offer 90-minute classes for adults, as well as afternoon children’s sessions that range from 30 to 60 minutes. Check out the complete schedules for Midtown and West Mobile for all times.
Paper Jubilee tailors each paper creation to its buyer's heart-ink and soul-calligraphy using in-house custom paper printing, personalized paper or vinyl monogramming, and a host of stationery brands. A stack of 100% cotton Crane & Co. wedding invitations lures guests to nuptial extravaganzas with luxurious linen, and Paper Jubilee's personalization services easily accommodate surnames that are spelled with mathematical equations. Choose from a selection of all-occasion invitations for birthdays, baby showers, graduations, and jury-duty reunions ($1–$2.50). Customizable notecards add similar panache to mundane reminders ($10–$15). Paper Jubilee can also customize vinyl monograms for tote bags, car windows, and an assortment of acrylic accessories ($8–$19).
Baseball gloves, football helmets, and training apparel for a host of sports hang from the racks and fill the shelves at Rick's Sporting Goods. In addition to regulation sporting goods, Rick's provides custom screen-printing services. Customers can even submit specific hand-drawn designs, allowing local teams to take to the court, field, or diamond in style.
Regina Hattaway snapped her first photos in college, and when she became a mother a few years later, she found a focus for her photography: families. Children are her favorite subjects because of the challenge and their boundless energy. With a certification as an elementary-school teacher, she's well equipped to direct them. Regina frames kids and their older relatives in shots both candid and composed, at locations such as lush backyards and gardens, old porches, and Dauphin Island beaches.