Tuesday, July 28, 2009

3 Salons in Mountain Brook Named among America's Best!

Mtn. Brook's Blue Velvet among Elle's 100 best salons

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

News staff writer

Blue Velvet Salon at 2834 Culver Road in Mountain Brook is listed as one of the 100 Best Salons in America in the August issue of Elle magazine. It's the only Alabama salon on the list.

"We're awfully proud. It's pretty exciting," said salon manager Charles Earle. "With all the phone calls and attention that has come from it, we couldn't be happier."

A Dallas woman flying into Birmingham for a business meeting last week saw the list and called the salon for an appointment after landing. "That kind of thing is fantastic for us," Earle said.

Earle said the 13-year-old business, owned by Rachelle Perrin of Birmingham, was selected based on an extensive survey the staff completed earlier this year and the magazine's discussion with many in the beauty industry.

Named after the movie, "Blue Velvet," the salon offers haircuts, coloring, deep conditioning, permanent waves, hair extensions, body waxing, and eyebrow and eyelash tinting. Its seven stylists and support staff like to use Bumble and Bumble hair products on its female and male clients, and will even order lunch from nearby Olxea's for busy clients.

Last year, Elle magazine tapped Richard Joseph SalonSpa and Oak Street Hair Group, both of Mountain Brook, among America's 52 top salons.

E-mail: cguster@bhamnews.com

Monday, July 27, 2009

Paintin' on the Run with Ricia Neura

For adults on the constant run,
who want a night of laid back fun,
Come and paint the night away!

Classes are at 52 Vine Street on Tuesday nights from 6-8 and Wednesday mornings 10-1. Every class, bring home a painting! $35 per session and BYOB. Call Ricia at (205) 222-5329 to reserve a spot and to find out about painting classes for KIDS!

Dyron's Lowcountry in Crestline gets Rave Reviews

Click here to see rave reviews regarding Dyron's Lowcountry Restaurant on Oak Street in Crestline. 95% of reviewers liked it! Drop by!

Need even more info? Read this article by Bob Carlton by clicking here or this one by Fletcher Harvey by clicking here

Dyron's Lowcountry, which will specialize in the soups and seafood dishes traditional to the South Carolina and northern Georgia coasts, is scheduled to open June 2 in the former location of Table, which closed earlier this year. And according to Dyron's manager James Claborn, there's not another restaurant quite like it here.

While Lowcounty cooking is not new to Birmingham, Dyron's will be the only one in town that's "dedicated to this cuisine 100 percent," Claborn says. Indigenous to the ethnically and culturally diverse coastal areas around Charleston and Savannah, Lowcountry food has rich Caribbean and African influences and shares a culinary kinship with the Creole cooking of Louisiana.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Carole Griffin of Continental Bakery-Guest Chef

Continental Bakery's Carole Griffin At Pepper Place

Posted by Bob Carlton -- Birmingham News July 24, 2009 1:33 PM

Carole Griffin of the Continental Bakery in English Village will be the guest chef this Saturday at Pepper Place Saturday Market. Griffin will serve baskets of her bakery's famous breads, including its signature French baguettes, tomato-basil-and-brie baguettes, Greek baguettes, kalamata olive boule, green olive boule, rosemary focaccia, wild yeast sourdough and Belgian chocolate croissants.

Her baking demonstration begins at 9 a.m. on the chef's stage in the loading dock area between the Pepper Place parking lot and 29th Street South. It will last about an hour.

Pepper Place Saturday Market features around 100 Alabama farmers, food vendors and artisans along Second Avenue South in the area between 28th and 29th streets. Market hours are 7 a.m. to noon Saturday.

For more information, go to www.pepperplacemarket.com

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Chamber Members at Women's Network luncheon

Three members of the Mountain Brook Chamber attended today's luncheon with the Women's Network during which Alice Martin, a former US attorney gave a speech about leadership and the lessons she learned during her career as a US attorney.

left to right: Debbie Tanner (Classics by Carlisle), Alice Martin (luncheon speaker), Kim Lepley (Morgan Smith Stanley)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Take Pride - Statewide! July 28th-29th

Learn More by clicking here!
The second annual Take Price Statewide Conference will focus on litter prevention education and related issues that affect communities. Participants will learn strategies from experts, determine sources of funding, receive educational materials, and help develop a statewide network for idea sharing and problem solving.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

New Shop Opens in Mountain Brook Village

Cute clothes, friendly owners, great location right in the heart of Mountain Brook Village! Check out Lulie's on Cahaba, the newest clothing shop for women, and welcome them to the neighborhood! We're glad you're here!

Ongoing Sale at The Cook Store in Mountain Brook Village

Market Day may be over, but The Cook Store sale is continuing through Saturday, July 25th with 20% discounts almost storewide (with few exceptions - see store for details)! email them @ thecookstore@msn.com

Monday, July 20, 2009

The Chamber Tweets!

"The Mountain Brook Chamber 'tweets' to connect with shoppers," Birmingham News, Wednesday, July 15th (read more)
Follow us at shopmtnbrook by clicking here! For up to the minute news about sales and events in the villages, this is your best resource. Add twitter updates to your phone, and you'll receive news almost as soon as we can post it! Note that you can join Twitter.com for free, and use it to follow news, weather, sports, favorite magazines, technology trends, recipes, or any interest that you have in addition to the sales and events of our Mountain Brook merchants. You are not required to post at all if you'd just like to use it to follow your favorites. It's easy! It's fun! Try it!

Market Day in the Birmingham News!

  1. Mtn. Brook shops stay steady in poor economy, July 19th (read more!)
  2. Market Day arrives in Mountain Brook, Saturday, July 18th (read more)
  3. Crowd turns out for Market Day in Mountain Brook Village, July 18th (read more)
  4. Economy's pinch not so tight on Mountain Brook's Villages, July 19th (read more)
  5. Mountain Brook's Market Day European-style sale is Saturday, July 14th (read more)
Thank you Birmingham News!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Oriental Rug Sale in Mountain Brook Village

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Fox 6 News features Market Day!

Market Day, THIS SATURDAY, July 18th featuring loads of sidewalk & tent sales!  Come to Mountain Brook Village to find special one day only bargains - 8 to 5.  Early birds will find early bird specials.  Some merchants featuring special events, music, and food!  Don't miss it!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Christine's has moved!

Christine's is now in their new location in Mountain Brook Village at 2411 Montevallo Road. Featuring fine European and domestic linens, pottery, children's clothing, and other specialty items discovered by owner Jean Clayton, drop by during Market Day! You'll be glad you discovered them!

Market Day, SALE Saturday, July 18th!

Gather your friends and mark your calendars to visit Mountain Brook Village on Market Day, Saturday, July 18th. Merchants throughout the village will have once a year discounts up to 75% with European-style sidewalk and tent sales. Special in-store events, music, and food are also planned for this annual summer event!

Many stores will open early at 8AM, so come early if you want to beat the crowds and find the best merchandise and sales - but don't delay, as this is a one day only special inventory reduction sale 'til 5PM. Good Luck! Hope you find some good bargains!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Kathy G's Annual Inventory Sale!

For those of you who love to entertain or have a wedding on the horizon, here’s your chance to score some real “deals & steals” so come grab a real bargain on our gently used linens, vases, tabletop items and lots more.

Friday, July 10 & Saturday, July 11 * 8am-2pm * Park Lane * 2117 Cahaba Road * Mountain Brook, AL 35223
205.871.5551 * info@kathyg.com

Please Reply Stationers 20% off Sale

Now through July 17th
20% off all in-stock merchandise
(this includes all in-stock invitations & stationery as well)

Don’t forget Embossed Graphics is still offering
Free Return Address through July 31st
on all invitations, announcements & stationery orders!
This is a great time to shop early for your holiday gifts.
Please Reply * 50 Vine Street * Birmingham, AL 35213 * 205.870.4773 * 205.8704778 fax

2nd Annual Hootenanny! Oak Street Garden Shop

Billy Angell's 2nd Annual Hootenanny - FREE -
featuring music, watermelon, beer, and lots of fresh veggies and fruits for sale from our produce market available all summer
  • Where: Oak Street Gardenshop
  • When: Saturday, July 25th, 11AM to 3PM
  • Who: Live Music by Lost in the Ozone
    featuring Eddie Robinson
  • What: Chilled Watermelon, draft beer
Free Admission - Lots of fresh veggies and fruit available for purchase. Fun for the whole family!

New Marketing Campaign Launches Thursday!

New marketing campaign for Mountain Brook's villages launches this week with print ads in Black & White, new website at www.welcometomountainbrook.com. Read more about it by clicking HERE.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Marketing Campaign Article in Birmingham News

If you missed the article in Sunday's Birmingham News about the new marketing campaign, view the complete article by clicking here.

According to Decision Data Resources, households in Mountain Brook spent about $422 million last year on consumer goods, but about $148.7 million was spent outside the city. If Mountain Brook shops could attract 1 percent of business from surrounding communities such as Hoover, Birmingham, Vestavia Hills and Homewood, they could bring in an additional $891,000 in sales tax revenue annually for the city, chamber officials said.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Need something to do for Fourth of July?

Jamm Entertainment, a Mountain Brook Chamber member, will spin tunes in Five Points South from 5-6 p.m. followed by a performance by Mountain Brook's own Juice from 6-7 p.m. Peanut will perform from 7 p.m. until the fireworks begin at 9 p.m. The fireworks will be synchronized with a specially prepared music track broadcast exclusively on Rock 99.5 FM in Five Points South.

Vote for your Favorites at Parents Connect!

Vote and enter to win $2000! Many of Mountain Brook favorites have been nominated for "2009 Parents Pick" on the Parents Connect website, including Chamber members Snoozy's Kids and Smith's Variety. Support your local merchants and VOTE!

Click Here and look for the box that says VOTE and enter to win $2000!

Saving Main Street - Great Article!

To read the entire article, click HERE!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Thanks Bryant Bank!

Thanks to Bryant Bank in Cahaba Village for sponsoring the Chamber's last marketing presentation, along with sandwiches from Newk's and chocolates from Peterbrooke Chocolatier!
Bryant Bank is Alabama owned and operated by Alabamians. We believe that our commitment to and understanding of the community and local market conditions enables us to understand you and respond to your needs. We are committed to giving you personal attention and quick decisions.

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!