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.
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.
Bass Pro Shops is known throughout the United States as THE place for all things outdoors, and this location in Leeds is certainly no exception. At this sporting goods and outdoor megastore, you can get anything from hiking boots to hunting knives, outdoor stoves, and even motorized boats. In addition, they also host some classes and seminars on topics like hunting and equipment trade-ins.
One of the largest consignment stores in town, Kid's Market and Mom offers patrons a chance to shop for pre-used children’s clothing and accessories. The expansive store is home to children’s furniture, games, toys and even maternity clothing for expectant mothers. Not only are the goods on offer priced reasonably, but their quality and condition is also top notch. If you want to shop for your little one without breaking the bank, then Kid's Market and Mom is your best bet.
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.
Located in Riverchase Galleria, this fantastic store is every Indoor Sports lover's dream. This store looks like an arcade game zone, but what's unique is that you can buy most of the things you see here. You can find table tennis equipment, pool and billiards tables, Foosball, arcade games like shooting games, dance games, basketball games, casino games, poker, darts, chess, board games and many more. You can even find many other accessories and they even do pool table repairs. Everything you need to have fun can be found here.
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.
A store that lives up to its name, Charm is a wonderful little boutique in downtown Birmingham. This store sells and exhibits vintage and new handmade jewelry, scarves, handbags, and even art. You can also sell your costume jewelry here. A favorite among locals for the variety and quality of goods, Charm is definitely worth a visit if vintage is your style.
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.