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.
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.
Standard Furniture traces its origins back to 1912, when a local family began traveling through Birmingham, peddling fine household furniture out of a wagon. Four generations later, the business has blossomed into 13 retail stores throughout Alabama and Tennessee, and its century-long commitment to quality furniture and customer service won it the Alabama Retail Association’s Silver Award as one of the Retailers of the Year in 2011. Each gallery abounds with bedroom, living-room, and dining-room furniture from top designers such as Lane, along with mattresses in a range of shapes and styles from brands such as Tempur-Pedic, Serta, and Jamison. At each location, a knowledgeable staff awaits to offer design counsel, suggesting pieces that best suit a household’s style or will hold up against a disobedient pet woodchuck.
A nationally renowned trainer with more than 25 years of equine experience, Anna Owens leads a staff of instructors in the instillation of proper riding form at Lachlan Farm. During lessons, riders establish a firm fundamental foundation and then hone specific skills to achieve their individual goals, whether they are competitive showmanship or mounted vigilantism. Lachlan Farm’s instructors cater to all ages and skill levels, even instructing youngsters aged 2–6 in private mini lessons that focus on the basics. Lessons occur rain or shine, as they can be moved to the facility’s indoor areas if the weather refuses to cooperate.