For more than three decades, the framing specialists at The Framin' Shoppe have preserved memories behind glass. They build custom frames for flat items such as diplomas or photographs and build shadow boxes to contain three-dimensional items such as quilts or football jerseys with the athletes still wearing them. The shop also purveys DIY framing materials; posters; prints commemorating Alabama, Auburn, and other SEC football teams; and a wide selection of mirrors. Conveniently, the company operates at four Birmingham locations.
For some, the thrill of scouring consignment stores for the perfect gently used designer outfit can't be beat. For others, the thrill of shopping lies in purchasing a great dress that has never been worn by anyone else. Silver Lining Consignment Boutique and DeVon Designer Fashions have both types of shoppers covered.
DeVon Designer Fashions was born to offer women who sold their designer clothes to Silver Lining—but who didn't want to buy consignment items themselves—a place to shop retail. DeVon's new frocks and accessories, from designers such as Aryeh, Veronica M, and Yahada, arrive weekly.
Silver Lining Consignment Boutique was founded by former med-school student Sonja Pettus. Sonja was well-versed in the dual reward of consignment, which allowed her to not only make money on her used clothing, but also to upgrade her wardrobe. Back then, Sonja thought of opening a consignment boutique as an option once she retired. But when the economy took a turn and the country experienced a clothing drought, she decided the time was right, and Silver Lining Consignment Boutique was born.
Today, Sonja and her staff carefully curate the selection of gently-used and new women's clothing, keeping styles fresh and rotating with the seasons. There, ladies can find items from brands such as BCBG, J. Crew, and Yves Saint Laurent.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
A row of gleaming handles awaits customers at 32 Degrees, with each serving station unleashing a unique flavor of frozen yogurt tasty enough to warrant press mentions from the Birmingham News and Oxford Sun. Guests peruse the frosty options, serving themselves swirls of nonfat treats such as orchard peach or no-sugar-added Tahitian vanilla. The meltable technicolor mountains can be topped with more than 50 options, including roasted almonds, fresh seasonal fruit, candies, cereals, and pieces of used gift cards. Flavors rotate frequently, allowing repeat customers to gradually work their way through more than 40 flavor possibilities.
Dedicated to a next-day turnaround for many assignments, Thompson's encases everything from diplomas to completed jigsaw puzzles within the ornate borders of more than 2,000 customizable frames. Guests can also peruse a collection of 300 ready-made frames that will fit snugly around standard-size pictures, or commission custom tabletop frames to showcase unconventionally sized posters. More than 100 framed, beveled mirrors further populate the store, silently reflecting the reversed T-shirt graphics and snarky grins of each shopper's personal doppelgänger. Frames and mirrors are complemented by a collection of original oil paintings, which help homeowners adorn their walls with a colorful still life, a muted landscape, or an unflinchingly honest portrayal of the human condition.
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.