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.
Alabama Magazine exclusively showcases the fashions, heritage, businesses, and cultural goings-on in every chamber of the Heart of Dixie. Subscribers will receive six issues throughout the year, packed with profiles of the Yellowhammer State's covert wonders exposed by the "Alabama Insider." Impress a subpar street performer with an onslaught of plump, ripe tomatoes with tips gleaned from the "Garden" section, or scout out new recipes and eateries in the "Local Flavor" section. Alabama Magazine helps readers "Get To Know" local personalities, musicians, and ancient, wizened street signs.
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.
Cigars & More stocks limited-edition and classic cigars by Arturo Fuente, Padron, and other makers, which can be taken home or puffed in a lounge with satellite TV and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi. Patrons can also peruse the shop's selection of pipes, humidors, and other accessories, or stop in for events such as poker nights or football game days.
Inside their blue-walled studio, staffers at Do-It-Yourself Crafts help visitors wield glass, tie-dye, silver clay, and pottery paints to create colorful, one-of-a-kind artwork. Glass-fusion classes teach patrons the skills they need to meld glass shards into funky tiles, and parties bring friends together to bond while they work on various art projects; patrons 21 or older can tote along libations to fuel the festivities. During pottery-painting sessions, patrons select a piece of raw ceramic bisque to adorn with provided pigments, choosing from forms such as plates, mugs, and plaques.
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.