The store will be “a lifestyle extension” of the designer’s brand, “bringing the soul and flavor of the South to life through fashion, music, food and art,” Reid said. Read more


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Photo by Jesse Chambers.

Trove Design Shop, founded by Birmingham graphic designer Karen Gathany, held its grand opening in June. The gift and home goods boutique features ceramics, jewelry, cards, books and décor, and many of the items are handmade or even made to order. Read more



Photo by Jesse Chambers.

Alchemy, a downtown boutique and clothing retailer, is moving its flagship location to Five Points South. But owner Ace Graham will continue to operate his old store on 20th Street North as an incubator for startup retailers. Read more

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Sydney Cromwell

The 18th annual Alabama Retailers of the Year award ceremony was held on Oct. 17 at Vestavia Country Club. Read more



Photos by Alyx Chandler.

First started as an Etsy shop, Manitou Supply Co. has sold hand-picked vintage clothes and accessories since 2009, and it recently opened a storefront at 4909 Fifth Ave. S. in East Avondale as an addition to its increasingly popular online presence. Read more



Photo courtesy of Tim Hollis.

Retail is rebounding in downtown Birmingham. However, as baby boomers and their parents will testify, it will be difficult to bring back the throngs of people who did their Christmas shopping downtown in the decades after World War II. Read more