With a stylish selection and an expert team, EyeCare Associates stocks frames by designers such as Kate Spade, Nine West, Hugo Boss, and Guess. Comprised of doctors and eyewear specialists, the team can screen for eye disease, administer eye exams, fit contact lenses, and repair old frames.
The owners of Starlite Farm share a combined 45 years experience in training show horses. At their equestrian center, they lead a staff that teaches beginners the basics of horseback riding with private lessons and train seasoned riders the ins and outs of equine competitions. They also give horses a place stay with boarding in 12’x12’ stalls and open their farm for birthday parties where little ones ride ponies, play games, and meet all the horses.
Established in 1954 and having garnered the Birmingham magazine 2010 award for Best Dance Classes, Dale Serrano Dance Inc. and its troupe of talented instructors lead children of all skill levels, aged 2–18, in classes ranging from jazz and ballet to hip-hop, tap, and cheer. Budding ballerinas gracefully plié and gallivant about the class, and musical-theater mavens learn the ins and outs of stage performance. Dancers who commit to additional months of vigilant rehearsal and practice can showcase their talents at the year-end recital or opt for impromptu performances at nearby weddings and city-council investitures.
The 2.38-mile winding track at Barber Motorsports Park plays home to the three exhilarating races set to zoom amid early spring greenery on this fully charged Sunday. Claim a perch on the hillside-grass seating or pump frenetic fists in the grandstand-seating area for the Star Mazda series as it whisks its four-wheeled velocity carts past your rapt self, then take in the revved up Firestone Indy Lights Race where vrooming vehicle masters take the helm of launched earthships. The IZOD IndyCar Series Race boasts gargantuan names in the whipfast world, including Danica Patrick, Helio Castroneves, Dario Franchitti, Will Power, and Peregrine "I Don't Need This Helmet But It's Regulation" Falcon. Acceleration aficionados can rest their own speed-hungry motors in the free parking lot at Birmingham Race Course on John Rogers Drive, with convenient track shuttles available. Otherwise, fleetness fans can opt to pay an additional, purchased-in-advance charge for on-site parking at the Barber Motorsports Park.
Named for its unique location between two railroad tracks, Between The Tracks Produce Market draws patrons in with hanging plants and rows of fresh produce, including its popular vine-ripened tomatoes. Here, owner Ken Washington has channeled his more than 30 years of experience in the grocery industry into creating a neighborhood market where fresh groceries meet small-town charm. Washington, who converted the space from an old auto shop to the veggie mecca it is today, takes great pride in providing sociable customer service, even suggesting that shoppers let him know what other items they'd like to see in the market or celebrities' faces they'd like to see in their potatoes.