The knowledgeable staff at Christine’s Feathered Nest helps clients bedeck beds and baths in luxury linens and fine furnishings, all hand-selected from around the world. Lafco candles ($59) illuminate spaces and kick off upscale séances, and guest towels ($11–$77), Gianna Rose soaps ($23–$31), and Niven Morgan bath and body products ($20–$33) lend a luxurious touch to bathrooms. Shoppers can jazz up nests with vases, lamps, and pottery bowls by Greg Combs ($25–$80), cosmetic cases ($15+), and a variety of duvets and coverlets. Pajamas ($46–$106) spoil sleepers with soft organic cotton or bamboo fabrics and self-counting sheep. Christine delights in culling fine furnishings from both well-known and up-and-coming designers for the boutique, originally launched out of a Civil War–era armoire parked in her own hallway.
Located in the historic Cloverdale Village, Roux recently opened its modern, art-filled space to serve traditional Southern comfort dishes and New Orleans–inspired seafood for lunch, dinner, and brunch. Prince Edward Island mussels ($19.50) crowned with Pernod sauce rub crustacean elbows with roasted new potatoes and braised leeks with saffron and fresh thyme. The Gulf shrimp po boy ($10) smuggles cornmeal-crusted gulf shrimp between french bread pieces under the cover of homemade coleslaw and a rémoulade sauce, and the Prime Roux burger ($12) combines grilled Meyer ranch beef with smoked onion jam, house-cured bacon, and a choice of cheeses without the use of nuclear fusion. Sunday brunch pleases with eggs benedict ($10.50) dressed up in an avocado purée and hollandaise sauce accompanied by smoked bacon. Cap a feast with a bite of bananas foster ($5.50) or sweet-potato-pecan pie ($5.50).
At the Southern Bridal Faire, planners and couples-to-be gather in the Alabama Ballroom at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center to meet with vendors and gather ideas for decorations, fashions, photos, and venues for their upcoming nuptials. Experienced DJs, photographers, and designers meet face-to-face with future brides and grooms, which makes the wedding-planning process less stressful and brings couples a few steps closer to making their dream events a reality.
Beginning in 2001 as a small fitness operation in the basement of an office building, Pure Barre has since blossomed into a widely acclaimed, widely publicized approach to exercise with a nationwide following. Dancer, choreographer, and fitness buff Carrie Rezabek Dorr founded Pure Barre more than a decade ago in Birmingham, MI. Since then, Carrie has traveled around the country, hopping from gym to gym demonstrating the innovative program that draws techniques from ballet. Much like angering a witch with a penchant for frog spells, performing the Pure Barre technique can be a fast and effective way to transform your body. Motivating music slices through the 60-minute workouts, each of which utilizes a ballet barre and small isometric movements designed to burn fat and tone muscles.
A family business for four generations, Jim Massey Cleaners has been restoring garmental reputations in the Montgomery area since 1941, and recently won first place in the Montgomery Reader's Choice Awards for best dry-cleaner in 2010. Whether unsullying special shirts ($2.49), priceless pants ($6.44), or everyday tuxedo jackets ($6.44), Jim Massey's clean team provides diligent, and punctual care. The company also offers free pick-up and delivery service in the Montgomery area, allowing customers to easily remix dirty clothes, except for birthday suits, which can be cleaned, but can only be dried during sprints through the university's quad.