Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Mark your calendars - July 18th - Market Days

Coming soon - a giant garage sale on the sidewalks and under the tents in Mountain Brook's villages. Some items up to 75% off! It's the biggest annual sales event in Mountain Brook, so mark your calendars and watch the news and follow the blog for more info...

Wow! Huge new marketing campaign begins for Mountain Brook's villages!

More to come...

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Summer Reading Kickoff attracts big turnout!

Residents turned out in big numbers to support the library's annual summer reading kickoff. White tents set up in the parking lot provided protection from the weekend thunderstorms. Events included a Fun Run for children, a video game contest for teenagers, and give aways and reading lists for adults.

The Emmet O'Neal Library and the Junior Women's Committee of 100 hosted the "Be Creative" at your Library Summer Reading Kick-off Carnival, on Sunday, May 17th.

Despite the rain, patrons of all ages enjoyed carnival-style games, train rides, an inflatable slide, and art projects. Over 400 patrons took advantage of the first chance to register children, birth to sixth grade, for the “Be Creative” Summer Reading program. Visit Emmet O'Neal Library to see a full list of exciting
summer programs.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Broken Egg Restaurant Coming Soon to Mountain Brook Village

By Nicole Zito
Published: October 3, 2008

New chefs, new food and new plates. It’s an exciting time when the Birmingham area gets to welcome a new restaurant. We’ve welcomed many great restaurants in the past few years including The Veranda, Gianmarco’s and Urban Standard. While it’s impossible to know whether a restaurant will be considered “great” before it opens, I think it’s worth knowing when a new eatery is coming to your town.
Next up, Another Broken Egg CafĂ©. It’s a smallish chain run as a franchise. People around the newsroom who travel to Sandestin, Florida regularly, where two of the cafes are located, say it’s a knockout. Miller Phillips, who comes from a family of restaurateurs, plans to open as many as four of these breakfast/brunch/lunch cafes throughout Birmingham. He hopes to place the first one in Mountain Brook Village, but there’s no opening date set yet.
Read an article anticipating the new restaurant here!
And here's their website and menu...

Monday, May 11, 2009

Newest Chamber Members! More to come...

Marjorie Johnston & Company
Located in a small storefront in Mountain Brook Village, we offer a variety of services including: renovation and construction consultation, decorating and interior design, space and furniture planning, and entertaining and styling. The aesthetic philosophy we use incorporates fine antiques, modern twists, lush fabrics, and affordable details.
Ray Building Co.
Ray Building Co. is a family namesake that was revived by its current president, Stephen S. Ray, upon his return from a career in the U.S. Marines and a brief stint as a professional flight instructor and law student in the Birmingham area. This locally popular remodeling company balances its roots of true hard work and commitment to excellence with today’s fast-paced, information savvy market
Fil Staffing Solutions
Fil Staffing specializes in temporary and permanent staffing in the areas of marketing, design, writing, photography, web design & development, content management, scripting & programming, special events, promotions, public relations, video & audio production.
Crestline Seafood & Ice Cream
Crestline Seafood~ formerly Clumpies Ice Cream "you can't get rid of the ice cream~" SOOOO Crestline Seafood~ Where ice cream and seafood live together in HARMONY~
Geoff Langdon @ Chief Creative Guy
We specialize in Public Relations Logo and Graphic Design, Event Planning and marketing consultation

Summer Reading Program Begins This Weekend!

Emmet O'Neal Library kicks off their summer reading program with a fun run and carnival on Sunday. Please check out the new banners throughout the villages! For more information, click here to visit the library website.

Video tournaments for teens, giveaways for adults and ideas for summer reading, a carnival and fun run for kids - there's something for everyone. With kick-off themes of "Be Creative" and "Express Yourself", don't forget to include the library in your summer plans!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Tomorrow's Festival Schedule of Events

Carole Griffin, owner of Continental Baker and Chez LuLu
Mountain Brook Mayor Terry Oden
Representative Paul DeMarco judging the Strong Man Bread Toss
*Parade at 11:00 a.m.
*60 Piece Mardi Gras-Themed Band – The Seed and Feed Marching Abominables
*12-Foot Tall Handmade Puppets
*See a Mock Beheading Of “Marie Antoinette” And Her Resurrection as the Queen of May
*Mountain Brook Mayor Terry Oden Crowning the May Queen
*Strong Man Bread Toss
*A free light lunch
Saturday, May 9, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Spring a Ling a Ding Dong this weekend!

Click here for complete article

"To celebrate its 25th year of business in English Village, Continental Bakery is throwing a Spring a Ling a Ding Dong this Saturday, May 9th from 9 am until 3 pm. Our First Annual Spring a Ling a Ding Dong is a giant street party, a village carnival, an outdoor celebration of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Come help the merchants of English Village usher out the old, and dance in the new. Join us as we banish austerity and open our arms to joy. Help us say Au revoir! to winter and Oui oui oui to Spring! We want to have a party!!" - Carole Griffin, Owner

Monday, May 4, 2009

Don't Forget MOM this weekend!

Wondering what to do for Mom? Check out these ideas right here in Mountain Brook...
  1. Take her to the Spring a Ling a Ding Dong May 9th in English Village - it's FREE!
  2. Sign her up for a massage at Massage Envy in Cahaba Village
  3. Prepare her a basket of cooking gadgets at The Cook Store in Mountain Brook Village
  4. Buy her some jewelry at Bromberg's or Village Sportswear!
  5. Take her out to dinner at Daniel George or Avo's
  6. Buy her an orchid at Mountain Brook Florist, Oak Street, or Leaf and Petal
  7. Pamper her at Richard Joseph Salon
  8. Make her a picnic lunch from Taziki's or Ousler's and walk the Jemison trail
  9. Teach her to Twitter 'shopmtnbrook' on her new phone from the Verizon store in Mountain Brook Plaza
  10. Need more ideas? Check out our merchants on the Chamber's website by clicking on each of the villages on our interactive map

Spring a Ling a Ding Dong! English Village's 1st Annual Medieval Festival

Welcome to Spring! It's time for parades, festivals, and puppet theater! Free food, juggling, face painting, hula hoop contests, costumes, and more – Don't miss the explosive and noisy theatrical Atlanta performance band, the Seed and Feed Marching Abominable (click here)!

It's all happening at the Spring a Ling a Ding Dong
on Saturday, May 9th beginning at 9:00AM!

Need Directions? Click Here!
Visit our Chamber website for more information.
Visit Continental Bakery which will be providing free food!
Join the Parade with the 60 member Seed & Feed Marching Band!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Sign up for our Monthly Email Newsletter

The Chamber plans to begin sending out a monthly email newsletter with current events, new and old member highlights, and related articles beginning this month. If the newsletter was forwarded to you, and you would like to be on the direct mail list, please sign up following the instructions in the sidebar. You may also follow us on Twitter at "shopmtnbrook"! We plan to keep our Twitter followers updated on sales, shopping, new businesses, and general events in the villages. If you are a member of the chamber, and you have something you'd like for us to include, please email Suzan Doidge, Director at

Saturday, May 2, 2009

New Chamber Member - Ray Building Co.

Ray Building Co. is a family namesake that was revived by its current president, Stephen S. Ray, upon his return from a career in the U.S. Marines and a brief stint as a professional flight instructor and law student in the Birmingham area. This locally popular remodeling company balances its roots of true hard work and commitment to excellence with today’s fast-paced, information savvy market. Ray Building Co. strives to maintain its competitive edge by maintaining uncompromising ethical standards, close attention to detail, and the establishment of as close a working relationship as possible with each and every client.
Located in the heart of Mountain Brook between Highway 280 and Mountain Brook Village, visit them on their website by clicking here.

Twitter Tutorial for New Users

What could the economic impact of The 3/50 Project be on our community?

For more information, please visit their website

Marketing Presentation

Video of Crestline Halloween Parade courtesy of Stephen Wolfe!