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.
Curating a colorful and stylish clothing inventory, the three friends behind Hue Studio and Welle Studio aim to marry fashion, function, and comfort?all to the benefit of local ladies. The chic, airy interior of the store is home to rails hung with colorful printed dresses, tops, and pants, as well as a wide range of accessories.
Pamala's Boutique acts as a rest stop for art, furniture, jewelry, purses, accessories, and myriad other gifts before they depart to delight their recipients. The store stocks a rotating array of Belaverra ceramic pitchers, serving dishes, and more. Amid Auburn University and University of Alabama merchandise, Pamala's broad selection of handbags and jewelry awaits its accessory destinies. Zipper-edged ruffles cascade down the front of a white handbag ($69), studs dot a turquoise purse ($65), and wrestling matches with crocodiles leave their imprint on a magenta shoulder bag ($68). An 18-inch cross necklace sparkles with small stones ($24), and chunky silver cuffs crowned with black faceted stones long for wrists to call their own ($24). Pamala's Boutique also wraps purchases in paper and custom-knit cashmere swaddling blankets free of charge.
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.
A locally owned business for more than 35 years, Flowers from the Heart is a trusted bloom boutique that caters to efflorescent-minded gifters celebrating any occasion. Surprise a special someone with a delivery of roses($25¬–$175; delivery available only for orders $35+), or bring a potted palm($35–$75) to your favorite palm reader, just like she knew you would. Today's deal is good toward anything in the store, with the exception of the people who work there, although even they might be won over if surprised with a lush seasonal arrangement.