Homewood Toy & Hobby has been keeping the kids (and parents!) of Birmingham busy and entertained since 1950, when it first opened. They carry the biggest selection of remote control operated toys in the entire city. But of course, there is more than just that, with a huge selection of all kinds of toys, puzzles, models and other hobbies. If you're looking for an escape from the big box toy stores taking over, head to the delightfully old fashioned Homewood Toy & Hobby.
Don't know what to wear on that next big date? One trip to Shaia's will give you the solution. Located in the heart of Homewood, this store is known for its meticulous customer service and stunning collection. Pick up a made-to-wear suit of your choice or select a classy fabric and let the expert tailors give you the perfect fit. And if you are still not happy with the fitting, you can get it altered free of cost. For more information, check the website.
For people who love collecting antiques, this is the ideal destination. Hoover Antiques is a huge gallery with 75 vendors, each one being distinct and unique in their own way. The place is owned by Chris Feagin, and most of the objects are sold at an affordable price. This is a quintessential location for collectors as well as designers looking out for something uncommon and exceptional.
Looking for unusual plants in Birmingham? Look no further than Hanna's Garden Shop. Founded in 1986, by horticulturist and landscaper C. Beaty Hanna in 1986, the family-owned garden center reaching over four acres at the foot of Double Oak Mountain. If you need it, they have it, offering gardening lovers a large variety of plants including azaleas, Japanese maples, camellias, and much more. Need ironwork? They have that too. Visit their website to sign up for their monthly newsletter featuring gardening tips such as winter gardening and lawn care. They also have a great online resource to help you tackle problems. - Terah Shelton
Located in downtown Birmingham, at first glance this rare bookstore/antique store/museum resembles a room in your grandmother’s house. Bursting at the seams and boasting an inventory of over 45,000 books, magazines, and other periodicals, if Reed Books doesn’t have what you’re looking for, it probably doesn’t exist. But, its vast inventory is not what makes Reed Books special. The randomness (a display of plastic Santa statues) and odd finds (post office mailboxes chocked full of letters) are what makes Reed Books special. That and owner Jim Reed, author, humorist, columnist, and all-around good guy who encourages people to "become your own book." Worth a trip on a lazy Saturday.
Since 2009, Hop City Beer and Wine has been making a name for itself as one of the best retailers of beer in the entire Southeast. With a vast selection of local beers, draft beers and imported favorites, beer lovers will be delighted. Add to this their friendly, knowledgeable service and no wonder it has become as popular as it has. A unique service they provide is the 'Growlertown' that allows customers to take away their favorite draft beer in certified jugs. Want to try brewing your own beer? Their selection of equipment is perfect for the amateur brewer.
Located in the historic neighborhood of Avondale, this antique shop doesn't just have porcelain lamps or other tacky trinkets from your grandmother's house, although you can still find them interspersed on the shelves. Additionally, guests can find vintage furnishing from the Mid-modern era, retro fixtures as well as industrial design objects. Each item has its own story, and though some prices may be exorbitant, there are still items with prices that fit every budget.