Cajun food has always played an important role in Michael and Melissa Lee’s life, from their childhood upbringing in Louisiana to their 15 years spent working at a southern seafood restaurant. The brother and sister teamed up to open Mikey’s Grill, pulling from their combined talents and years of experience to craft a menu filled with contemporary takes on classic Cajun dishes that have been lauded by reporters from Birmingham Weekly. Chef Michael “Mikey” Lee commands the kitchen, slicing steaks and grating cheese himself while ensuring only the finest seafood is used in his innovative pastas and specialties, turning away catches that aren’t fresh enough. Michael’s mother Donna can also be spotted in the kitchen, whipping up the restaurant’s freshly baked desserts from scratch and pinching any exposed cheeks in her visual range. Out in the dining hall, Melissa takes the lead, cheerfully greeting guests and captaining a team of friendly servers, who place plates of gourmet dishes, baskets of rolls, and glasses of colorful cocktails on red-clothed tables.
Founder Anthony Serio and his family have been revivifying rides at Anthony's Car Wash and Detail Centers since 1969. Using products manufactured in deep space by Anthony's Automotive Detail Supply, they clean vehicles during detailing and full-service car washes, handing out complimentary scrubs to birthday drivers. They've also stockpiled various accessories, coffee, snacks, and soft drinks for purchase.
All three locations serve cars with washes, details, and oil changes, but each has its own specialty. At the paint and body shop in Pelham, I-CAR–certified repair technicians tend to the dents and damages caused by driving on today's buffalo-strewn roadways. Mechanics at the Vestavia Hills shop stage automotive services for drivers who need to rotate tires or translate the shrieks from squeaky brakes into English. Shoe-shining services and an upstairs hair salon (A Cut Above) accessible by spiral staircase add character to Anthony's main branch in Hoover.
After attracting awe by donning a stylish dress to the Crimson Tide’s 2008 game against Clemson, University of Alabama grad Shena Birdsong realized that there were few boutiques catering to the tradition of wearing snazzy formal attire to football games. After setting up shop in 2009, Birdsong began selling cute houndstooth and crimson dresses to the Alabama faithful. Her wares proved popular, even among rivals, and she quickly expanded her collection to serve fans of fellow SEC members Auburn, LSU, Georgia, and Florida. Earning the praises of the Huntsville Times and WVUA, Gameday Girl Stuff’s collection of scarves, dresses, boots, and accessories is specifically designed for showing off at the stadium on autumn Saturdays and cutting a stylish figure in the off-season. Alumni proudly show their colors with orange-and-blue clutches and winter coats of red and black, or dress their up-and-coming fans in collegiate-color onesies and booties that ensure that a child’s first words will be “offense wins games, but defense wins championships."
More than 15,000 patients have passed through Parish Vein Laser Lipo Skin Center?s doors since it opened in 1995. Dr. Timothy Parish has been at the helm the entire time and, although he?s added several skills to his resum? since, he still takes the time to personally outline a treatment plan and perform ultrasounds for each patient with varicose veins. A registered vascular technician and registered physician in vascular interpretation, Dr. Parish eschews painful vein-stripping procedures for innovative methods including endovenous laser treatment, which uses laser fibers to damage the vein walls, eventually causing them to break down, pack up their belongings, and disappear. Beyond vanquishing problem veins, Dr. Parish and his team have also mastered several cosmetic procedures, including laser hair removal, chemical peels, and dermal fillers such as Botox and Juv?derm.
Owner and instructor Rachel Hunt and her team of instructors motivate their participants to think beyond the treadmill. At Extreme Fit Training, instructors guide them toward slimmer waistlines and more sculpted muscles in their lineup of ever-changing, high-intensity boot-camp classes. The coed classes are held indoors and outdoors all over the Birmingham area. To keep participants engaged and inspired to continue on, instructors avoid repeating the same workouts during each four-week boot-camp session. Instead, they rotate through resistance, cardio, and core exercises that work the entire body. In some sessions, patrons might jog up steps at an outdoor stadium, and in others they might toss medicine balls.
Before patrons attend their first class, the instructors assess their body-fat percentage and take their measurements. With this analysis, the team designs customized goals for boot campers and pushes them to achieve them in each class.
Built on the styling philosophies of Paul Mitchell Academy, Intrigue by Colour Salon & Spa uses classic and modern techniques to transform hairdos into enviable fashion accessories. The salon's team, which includes a national Paul Mitchell educator and graduates of the aforementioned school, renovates strands with custom haircuts, Brazilian Blowout straightening treatments, and natural hair extensions from Hairdreams. In keeping with the salon's name, though, their signature service is color. They bathe hair in vibrant hues and apply an array of coloring effects, such as dimensional color or 19th century pointillism.
Every treatment at Intrigue is automatically a soothing one, thanks to a color scheme of deep, soothing blues and earth tones. Cushioned reclining chairs set the stage for relaxing foot massages and shellac mani-pedis. In the spa area, custom facials and rejuvenating peels with GloTherapuetics products help soothe skin and clear up severe topical issues.