The Booksmith is one of Birmingham's premier independent bookshops specializing in Southern and Alabama authors and topics. It offers both new and used books in a clean, comfortable shop. Enjoy free coffee and a seating area while browsing titles, and feel free to request recommendations from the helpful, knowledgeable staff. Author visits and signings occur regularly. Special order service and out-of-print searches are available as well. The Booksmith buys used books, although trade credit is your best bet.
With the largest skylight in the western hemisphere situated atop a nine-story glass atrium, the Riverchase Galleria is considered one of Birmingham's must-see landmarks. Not only does the Galleria comprise 200-plus specialty shops and several large department stores, it also boasts more than 30 eateries, indoor landscaping and fountains, arcades, a NASCAR simulator and a merry-go-round.
The Outlet Shops of Grand River are located just east of Birmingham in Leeds. The shopping center features a wide variety of outlet stores where you can get all your name brands at lower prices. Outlets include the Guess Factory Store, Kenneth Cole, Le Creuset, Talbots, Tommy Hilfiger and much more. There is also a small selection of your typical mall eats like Sbarro and Burger King.
When thinking about the array of shops in Birmingham, an independent record store may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but Seasick Records is about to change that. Step into this Avondale record store for a huge array of both new and used music, on vinyl, tape and CD. Genres are all over the map, from hip-hop to blues and jazz to grunge, the selection will have you browsing for hours!
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.
The Summit Birmingham provides a little bit of something for everyone. Tire out those legs by walking past what seems to be endless storefronts, and then wear out your arms by carrying all the bags from each shop you go in. With names like Anthropologie, Saks Firth Avenue, Victoria's Secret, Urban Outfitters, Banana Republic, Barnes & Noble, Eddie Bauer and Abercrombie & Fitch, shopping options surround you from all over. And if all the shopping gets your appetite working overtime, The Summit houses some great eateries like The Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang's China Bistro and Village Tavern.
If you're on the hunt for a piece of flawless, fine jewelry in Birmingham, head Downtown to Levy's Fine Jewelry. The experience jewelers are happy to assist you in finding just the right piece, whether its a gift to yourself or someone else. From bracelets to necklaces, rings, watches, brooches and even loose stones, Levy's has it all.
Saturday mornings of locals in the area begin with the Pepper Place market. Besides locally sourced produce such as fresh vegetables and fruits, the market is also a fun place to peruse through local art and antiques. While traipsing through the market, visitors can also sample some local flavors such as sausage biscuits and baked goods at the numerous food stalls here.
Quaint, vintage, unique, special are just a few adjectives to describe the eclectic collection of the Ambiance store in Homewood. Tucked away in the little historic neighborhood, each surface of the store is adorned with something bright and colorful or charming and pretty to catch your attention, from the hand-made jewelry, pretty knick-knacks, decorative items and clothing. Whether you're looking for the perfect gift for someone special, or a little treat for yourself, Ambiance is worth a look.
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.
Soca Clothing Boutique offers up comfortable, stylish clothing to all kinds of women. Whether you're looking for a new pair of jeans, a dress, tops or almost any other article of clothing, you'll find an incredible selection at Soca. They carry an array of popular, quality brands like Splendid, Savannah Rae, Eight Sixty and Central Park West.