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Major Malls                                                          Back To Top

Riverchase Galleria
I-459 at Highway 31 South
(205) 985-3039

Housed beneath the world's longest skylight, the Galleria's 200 specialty shops and stores include Parisian, Macy's, Proffitt's, Aeropostale, American Eagle Outfitters, Banana Republic, the Discovery Channel Store, the Disney Store, Godiva Chocolatier, and Barnie's Coffee and Tea. A huge center food court offers hamburgers, salads, tacos, deli sandwiches and other quick fare.

The Summit
I-459 at Highway 280
(205) 967-0111

Among the area's newest shopping malls, the Summit includes stores new to Alabama, such as Williams-Sonoma, the gourmet kitchen and home entertainment retailer; Old Navy, well known for quality, affordable men's and women's fashions; Eddie Bauer, casual lifestyle sportswear and accessories; and Zany Brainy, a multi-media superstore for children's educational materials.

Colonial Brookwood Village
Lakeshore Parkway
(205) 871-0406

This well-designed, two-level mall is anchored by Macy's and Parisian department stores. Brookwood Village also includes Brookstone and a number of good specialty and gift shops for a total of more than 70 businesses. A food court and full service restaurants serve a variety of quick and delicious menus for shoppers.

Century Plaza
Crestwood Blvd. at Oporto-Madrid Blvd.
(205) 591-2451

Featuring J.C. Penney, McRae's and Sears and over 100 specialty stores, Century Plaza offers terrific shopping for the whole family.

Eastwood Mall
7700 Crestwood Blvd.
(205) 591-8063

One of Birmingham's long established shopping malls, this attractive collection of stores and shops includes Parisian, Service Merchandise, and Books-A-Million. A video arcade and spacious food court are also part of this mall.

WaterMark Place
4500 Katie's Way
Bessemer, AL 35022
(205) 425-4554
Fax: 205-425-4520

Birmingham's Home for Distinctive Outlet Shopping with over 30 stores. Stores include: Tommy Hilfiger, Gap Outlet, Banana Republic Outlet, Polo Ralph Lauren Outlet, Westpoint Stevens, Liz Claiborne Outlet. Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm; Sunday 12pm-6pm. Closed Christmas Day, Easter and Thanksgiving.

The Birmingham area is home to more than 50 shopping centers and retail malls. Among the most recent developments are the Palisades, Eastwood Festival Centre, Brook Highland Plaza, Wildwood Centre, the Shoppes of the Colonnade, Flintridge Centre, Hoover Commons, Grants Mill Station and Inverness Corners. These shopping areas feature anchor stores, specialty shops and multi-plex cinemas.

Antiques                                                                   Back To Top

Shopping for antiques is a personal experience. One man's chiffarobe is another man's armoire. There's just no accounting for taste. As the popularity of antiques shopping has grown in Birmingham, so has the selection of places to shop, making the city one of the major antiques centers in the Southeast. Shoppers can find the perfect birdseye maple, Deco frames, fine French furniture, McCoy pottery and philodendron curtains at these antique malls and shops.

Downtown Shopping                                              Back To Top

Birmingham's city center has its own shopping character, with an interesting mix of old and new businesses lining the heart of the city. Along downtown 20th Street shoppers find Parisian in the AmSouth Harbert Plaza, along with cards, gifts and flowers in other stores in the plaza. Other downtown businesses along 20th Street include Bromberg's Jewelers and the well-known Bon Ton Hatters, where you can get your hat re-shaped while you have the best shoeshine in the world.

More "real" shopping experiences are found along downtown's 1st Avenue North. BB's China & Glassware (2427 First Avenue North) offers an enticing assortment of dishes and glassware, some bearing the logos of now-defunct hotels and dining rooms, along with seconds and overruns, all at amazing discounts. One street over you'll find Gallery 2306 (2306 Second Avenue North), a downtown gallery displaying original art sculpture, photography and other high-end works of local artists. Rear of gallery includes framing services with exquisite imported frames. Just down the street is the last real grocery store: Tormé Foods (2422 Second Avenue North) — yes, owner Merv and his twin brother Marv are Mel's cousins — has been at that location more than 65 years, dispensing food, sundries, hospitality and colorful local history. Classic Basket (220 20th Street North), offers great gifts and souvenirs made in Alabama including food, candles, note cards and so much more.

Conveniently located at 2nd Avenue South and 29th Street, you'll find the shops, design studios and galleries of the beautiful historic district known as Pepper Place. Pepper Place satisfies Birmingham's thirst for the imaginative with a unique shopping experience. Here you'll discover Architectural Heritage (European antique garden and architectural pieces), Cantley and Company (Classic kitchen designs), The Elegant Earth (Upscale garden shop), Ferguson Enterprises (State-of-the-art plumbing fixtures), LLS Furniture Design (Quality-crafted custom furniture), Masonryarts Stone (Custom stonework and natural tile), Paragon Antiques (17th- 19th century English, European and Oriental antiques), Richard Tubb (Unique furniture and gifts), Specialty Appliance (Kitchen center), Stembridge Interiors (Design services), Vamp and Tramp Booksellers (18th through 20th century books), Wildflower Design (Floral designs) and Interiors Market at Pepper Place (Furniture, antiques, decorative accessories, silver, linens and rugs).

Follow 20th Street south for a few blocks and you'll go right into the heart of the Five Points South shopping and entertainment district. This charming historic district is home to Charlemagne Record Exchange (1924-1/2 11th Avenue South), unlike any contemporary record store and totally worth the trip just to climb the poster-lined stairs. At Charlemagne ask for Jimmy, who knows more about music than most. Along with a slew of great restaurants in Five Points South, shoppers find browsing exceptional at McNolia's Cards and Gifts (1923 11th Avenue South), Agnes Multi Media Gallery (2030-A 11th Avenue South), and at the Golden Temple (1901 11th Avenue South), where sprout sandwiches are sold alongside body oils and Birkenstock sandals.

In neighboring downtown Homewood, the newly renovated Main Street-look along 18th Street draws shoppers to the popular Pink Tulip (2848 18th Street-Homewood), a women's clothing and accessories store; Homewood Toy and Hobby Shop (2830 18th Street-Homewood), with traditional children's toys and the best selection of stocking stuffers in the state; and At Home Furnishings (2904 18th Street-Homewood), carrying home accessories including funky, hand-painted martini sets.

Speciality Shopping                                              Back To Top

Other places to shop in the area deserve special attention — actually lots of them do, but these are a sample of some of our favorites:

Really Cool Stuff
McWane Center
200 19th Street North
(205) 714-8360

The gift shop at McWane Center lives up to its name. Space gizmos and science-related t-shirts, games and toys join really nice, pricey stuff for great mementos from a visit to this science attraction.

Reed Books
107 Twentieth Street South
Birmingham, AL 35233
(205) 326-4460

Book lovers from throughout the world enjoy visiting author Jim Reed at his rare-book loft, Reed Books. Jim, a popular inspirational columnist and gentle gothic humorist, has authored several books, the latest of which, ~DAD'S TWEED COAT: SMALL WISDOMS hidden COMFORTS UNEXPECTED JOYS can be purchased (autographed) at Reed Books, or may be ordered from any new-book store in the country. Reed Books is "Alabama's largest, most wonderful old book loft and museum of fond memories." Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm.

The Peanut Depot
2016 Morris Avenue
(205) 251-3314

A Birmingham fixture since 1907, the old roasting ovens in this historic building crank out thousands of pounds of roasted peanuts every week — more during football season. You can sample a 50-cent bag or cart off a trunk load.

Maralyn Wilson Gallery
2830 6th Avenue South
(205) 322-4141

This fashionable, upscale shop in the Pepper Place features the best in museum quality art, along with jewelry and ceramics from fine artists and craftsmen. Shoppers are sure to find unusual, must-have gifts to take home to friends and family.

Smith Variety
2715 Culver Road-Mountain Brook
(205) 871-0841

This old-time five-and-dime has a splendid assortment of children's toys, along with ribbons and fringes on the bolt, cafe salt and pepper and sugar shakers, various other nifty kitchen utensils, collectible dolls, a whole room full of party goods, and an old-fashioned candy counter for scooping up and weighing jelly beans, malted milk balls, gumdrops, candy corn and other seasonal sweets.

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Gift Shop
520 16th Street North
(205) 328-9696

This ever-growing collection of items includes books and prints by African-American authors and artists. A good selection of books about the Civil Rights Movement in America and the South is also available, along with tributes to the leaders of the movement.

The Birmingham Shop
Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau
Visitor Information Center
2200 9th Ave. North
(205) 458-8000
Visit The Birmingham Shop online

Birmingham's largest and most diverse selection of souvenirs is at The Birmingham Shop:

  • · Vulcan wine corks
  • · Tote bags
  • · A hip new selection of Birmingham t-shirts
  • · CDs of Alabama storytellers
  • · Birmingham mugs
  • · Portfolios
  • · Mouse pads with skyline
  • · Coolers
  • · Golf shirts
  • · Notecards with skyline
  • · Lapel pins
  • · Golf umbrellas
  • · Business card holders
  • · Safari hats
  • · Books/cookbooks by local authors
  • · Grits

The Birmingham Shop is operated by the Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau
Shop Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed weekends

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