As a teenager, Barbara learned to knit. Back then, she might not have guessed her whole life would unfold in that direction, with her catchphrase—"it all starts with a piece of string"—taking on multiple meanings. At BGray Designs, she crafts all her pieces in just that manner: by hand and starting with a piece of string. Her inventory ranges from baby hats to bohemian bracelets, though it frequently changes as inspiration strikes.
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 Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum showcases vintage bikes from 20 countries, which fill the massive showroom at the Barber Motorsports Park, with technicians constantly working to keep each of the museum's 1,300 bikes authentically maintained and road-ready. Additionally, technicians ensure the overall gallery represents the evolution of the motorcycle through the 20th and 21st centuries.
Who They Are
George Barber first explored his love of racing in the 1960s, behind the wheel of a Porsche. By 1988, he had begun collecting and restoring classic and vintage sports cars, and his acquisitions soon spilled into motorcycles. His fleet eventually became the Barber Collection and the defacto garage for his own vintage-motorcycle racing team. Today, Barber's Collection has become a full non-profit motorsports museum that has shared its pieces at exhibitions at the Guggenheim in Spain, the Field Museum in Chicago, and the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England.
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.
Purchases made at most TNT Fireworks locations benefit partner non-profit organizations, strengthening programs in local communities. The company also has a commitment to both safety and customer satisfaction. Many of TNT's higher-charged products include a Glo-Fuze, which guides revelers safely to the fuse in poorly lit conditions, and a No Dud Guarantee ensures that non-functional fireworks can be refunded with ease.
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.