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.
Boasting a bevy of apparel and accessories, The Pants Store has been helping outfit men, women, and youngsters since 1950. Shed flimsy parkas crafted from recycled newspapers and slip on a Columbia Sportswear Bonehead Flats Long Sleeve ($49.99) or a Alabama Crimson Bonehead short sleeve ($34.99). Leisurely strolls can feel more pleasant with a pair of men's Columbia Sportswear Roc pants ($29.99), and youngsters can mash bathtub grapes in comfort while clad in a pair of Newport H2 sandals ($49.99). Protect fleshy calves from nipping badgers while hiking in a pair of Levi's jeans ($29.99–$32.99). The friendly staff at The Pants Store is always on hand to help customers piece together leisurely looks, as well as majestic outfits for the frequently occurring denim formals that have now overtaken the social landscape.
The golfing gurus at Edwin Watts Golf Academy diagnose and correct their students' poor swing and putting habits in an effort to help them improve their shots and lower their scores. In one-on-one swing-analysis sessions, students learn a repeatable swing that eliminates tendencies they may have to slice, hook, push, or pull the ball. A special laser attaches to the end of the player's club and tracks the swing path while JC Video swing-analysis software records the session from two separate angles, lest analysis be thrown off by only looking at the golfer's good side. Putting analysis employs Tomi technology to measure eight separate parameters of the putting stroke, from clubhead orientation at address to swing path and tempo. After swing and putting lessons, students may access the recordings on a password-protected website, so they can forward videos to friends or sports-documentary filmmakers.
Auburn and Alabama gear fills Campus Spirit's local shops, flooding the racks and shelves with hues of crimson, burnt orange, and navy blue. The Campus Spirit team helps keep fans ready throughout the year with merchandise celebrating the Auburn Tigers—who won the National Football Championships in 1957 and 2010—and the Alabama Crimson Tide—who began their strong-playing history in 1892 by winning 56–0 in their very first game. The schools' logos can be found throughout the store on tailgating gear, clothing, and even housewares such as oven mitts to wear when baking homemade footballs. Campus Spirit carries Auburn and Alabama gear at locations in The Summit in Vestavia and the Alabaster Colonial Promenade—two open-air shopping centers with merchants including Banana Republic, GapKids, LongHorn Steakhouse, Target, and Starbucks.
Dedicated to a next-day turnaround for many assignments, Thompson's encases everything from diplomas to completed jigsaw puzzles within the ornate borders of more than 2,000 customizable frames. Guests can also peruse a collection of 300 ready-made frames that will fit snugly around standard-size pictures, or commission custom tabletop frames to showcase unconventionally sized posters. More than 100 framed, beveled mirrors further populate the store, silently reflecting the reversed T-shirt graphics and snarky grins of each shopper's personal doppelgänger. Frames and mirrors are complemented by a collection of original oil paintings, which help homeowners adorn their walls with a colorful still life, a muted landscape, or an unflinchingly honest portrayal of the human condition.