Monday, August 31, 2009

Merchant Meeting Thursday, September 3rd at 8:30

Mountain Brook Merchants are invited to attend our first monthly Merchants Meeting to discuss upcoming events,  scheduling and cross-promotion, parking issues, advertising campaign, Market Day & Dawg Daze follow-up, website and digital promotion, as well as the most convenient time to schedule a regular monthly meeting.  Please plan to attend!
When:    Thursday, September 3rd at 8:30
Where:   Mountain Brook Board of Education Building - upstairs meeting room (TBD)

Preview of Healthcare Experts for Sept 10th Panel Discussion

Click on document to view larger.  Click here to pre-register to attend the Healthcare Reform Luncheon on September 10th, (doors open) 11:00 AM at Park Lane in English Village.  Timely topics will include  insurance benefits, public options, electronic medical records, best practices, personal medical responsibility, and more from the point of view of top executive doctors, hospital,  and insurance  executives in our area.

Snap Kids Children Clothing opens in Crestline Village

A new children's clothing store just opened in Crestline Village.  Love it for yourself?  Love it for your kids!  Snap Kids is an Urban Kids Apparel Company featuring the best collection of durable and comfortable clothing for kids sizes newborn to 14.  Drop by and see for yourself!

Signature lines include Charlie Rocket, Diesel Kids, Ella Moss Girl, Little Ella, IKKS, Splendid Littles, Splendid Girl, Tea Collection, Daily Tea and Ben Sherman. Designer Denim lines include J. Brand, Diesel and Hudson Jeans.

Website Development Discount Offer to Chamber Members

For a limited time, new chamber member Don Moore with  Moore Solutions, Inc, is offering a special discount to chamber members for an effective website of 6 pages, up and running in less than a week, easily updated by the website client, all for less than $1,000!  Small Business Web Design Package includes:

1 hour consultation
Easily updated content management system
Professional website development of 6 pages (with more pages added if needed for an additional fee)
1 year domain name registration and website hosting
Google analytics to track your website traffic
      Take advantage of this special offer to create a website presence or update your existing website!  Extras can be added economically including extra pages, feedback form, fillable pdfs, google maps, photo galleries, e-newsletters, and e-commerce.  Contact Donald B. Moore for more information.

      Healthcare Luncheon September 10th with Panel Discussion by Healthcare CEOs

           The public is invited to attend the Chamber's quarterly luncheon at Park Lane in English Village on September 10th.  Doors open at 11:00 AM.  Luncheon begins at 11:30 AM.  September's topic is Healthcare Reform, and our prestigious panel of experts will discuss address timely topics including insurance benefits, public options, electronic medical records, best practices, personal medical responsibility, and more from the point of view of doctors, hospitals representatives, and insurance executives.  You must pre-register to attend.

           This event has limited seating and will SELL OUT so make your reservations early!  Tickets are $20 for members, $25 for non-members, and $200 for a table.  Moderator will be Alabama House Representative, Paul DeMarco.  A question and answer session will follow the panel discussion, so come prepared!

      Panel Members
      Garry L. Gause 
      President and CEO of Brookwood Medical Center
      Sandra Hullett, M.D., M.P.H
      CEO and Medical Director of Jefferson Health System/Cooper Green Hospital
      John O'Neil
      Chief Executive Officer at St. Vincent's Health System
      Bill Heburn 
      Chief Executive Officer of Trinity Medical Center
      Kenneth B. Botsford, M.D.
      Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, HealthSpring of Alabama
      Robin Stone 
      Executive Director Governmental Affairs at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama

      Tuesday, August 25, 2009

      Successful Women Invest in Themselves!

      "Successful Women Invest in Themselves" Breakfast - September 24th

      Be sure to register for this very informative breakfast in which Chamber Member, Kim Lepley, a financial advisor with Morgan, Stanley, Smith, Barney, explains how "Successful Women Invest in Themselves". Prior to her current job, Kim worked for many years as a trainer for Alabama Power and is a powerful and effective public speaker. A Mountain Brook resident, she and her husband have three kids, 2 in college and one in elementary school, and she often provides help and advice to friends who describe her style as "...professional, interested in the things that matter, helpful, and definitely not pushy". She understands the many financial challenges facing women today and enjoys sharing her knowledge. Don't miss this articulate and popular speaker!

      This breakfast will be held in the Mountain Brook Board of Education Board Room on 32 Vine Street across from Crestline Elementary. Registration fees are $10 for Chamber Members, $15 for Non-Members. Don't miss it!   Click here for more information

      Monday, August 24, 2009

      Thanks to Dawg Daze Committee!

      Thanks so much to all the volunteers who helped make Dawg Daze a success!

      Movie Event Sponsor - George Jones & Snoozy's Kids;  Chamber Executive Director - Suzan Doidge; Amy Jackson, Jackson & Tucker - Event Coordinator;  Beth Nigri, The Fitness Center - Puppy Crawl Event

      Thanks to our Judges: Dana Hazen - City Planner , Frank Caley - Red Mountain Bank, George Jones - Snoozy's Kids, Paul DeMarco - Alabama State Representative, and Sam Gaston - City Manager.

      Thanks also to Officer Michael Clark - Mountain Brook Animal Control Officer, Dr. Craig Martin and Liberty Animal Hospital for microchipping and dog adoptions, Lauren Hayes for Dawg Daze T-shirts, Gus's Hot Dogs for feeding the volunteers!, the Mountain Brook High School Band and Dorians for their performances, The Jumping Geckos - 7th grade philanthropists, photographers Liz Young, Sally Legg, and Suzan Doidge, and to all the participating merchants.

      Photos of the King and Queen to come!

      2 Great Easy Ways to Support your Favorite Charities!

      The Compass for your Cause Program No checks to write. No telemarketing. No door-to-door sales. In other words, no hassles. Compass For Your Cause allows you to support your favorite organization by doing something you do virtually every day—use your check card for purchases.  For more information click here!

      What is Shop For A Cause?
      This one-day shopping event is one of the many ways Macy’s gives back to our community through support of local non-profit organizations! On Shop For A Cause Day, guests have the opportunity to participate in a unique shopping experience including discounts, entertainment, special events and the opportunity to win thousands of dollars worth of prizes.
      How do organizations raise funds?
      Participating organizations sell $5 shopping passes to the event. Your organization keeps the proceeds from every shopping pass you sell. It’s that simple! By purchasing a shopping pass, customers can support their favorite cause, while enjoying a day full of extraordinary discounts and events throughout the store.
      Does Macy’s keep a percentage of the ticket sales?
      No. All ticket sale proceeds go directly to charity.
      Click here for more information 

      Sunday, August 23, 2009

      The Lili Pad is having a 20% off SALE THIS TUESDAY 8-6

      Owned by two sisters, with six children between them, who decided to open a Children's Clothing Store that offered the selection, service, and atmosphere that they expected from other retailers.  The Lili Pad has been voted the "Favorite Children's Clothing Store" for the last two years in the Birmingham and Surrounding Communities Market. In addition, they were awarded the Alabama Retailer of the Year for 2007-2008.

      And don't miss their store next door - GiGi's, The Place for Teens, Tweens and Drama Queens!  Visit their website here

      Thursday, August 20, 2009

      Mafiaoza's will be offering Dawg Daze specials!

      MAFIAoZA'S will be promoting a DAWG DAZE SPECIAL for adults and also two specials for the kids. Bring a picture of your dog (with you in the picture) and receive a special treat from MAFIAoZA'S. Adults will receive discounted adult beverages and children will receive 2 for 1 pizza slices or a free gelato of their choice. Purchase required to receive free gift and REMEMBER YOU MUST HAVE PICTURE OF YOUR DOG WITH YOU IN IT TO QUALIFY.

      Wednesday, August 19, 2009

      Artwalk & Crab Races

      Want to warm up for the Puppy Crawl on Saturday? Start slowly with a CRAB RACE!

      Artwalk in Crestline at 63 Church Street (Crestline Seafood and Laura Kathryn)
      will kick off the weekend festivities for DAWG DAYS~

      Join us 4-6 PM as we offer wine, gourmet food
      and 30% off at Laura Kathryn (Clothing)
      Have an ICE CREAM cone and enjoy CRAB RACES.

      ARTWORK will be displayed by local artist SALLY POWELL~

      Call 637-7460 with questions.

      Legally Addictive Salsa Tasting! August 21st Oak Street

      It's hot, so wanna' get hotter? Come to the first ever Salsa Tasting! Wake up your taste buds with Salsa Senorita, "The Legally Addictive Salsa" at Oak Street Garden Shop and Local Market

      Same day as Dawg Daze free movie night - Friday, August 21st, 12:30PM to 2:30PM
      or visit our website for more information

      50% Pre-Sale at Please Reply Stationers for Dawg Daze!

      Huge DAWG DAZE Pre-Sale at Please Reply Stationers on Friday, August 21st! The back room is filled with gifts that are 50% off. A Flea Market tent will be set up on Saturday, August 22nd, and the shop will be open as well.

      Some gifts to look for:
      Monogrammed soaps-single soap $6.00
      Set of 3 monogrammed soaps $11.00
      Single initial cutting boards $10.50
      All Two Loops bags and cosmetic bags are 50% off

      Dawg Daze! Cutest Dog?

      Tuesday, August 18, 2009

      Pre-Register for Dawg Daze Events

      Avoid a line by PRE-REGISTERING your kids in the Puppy Crawl/Kid's RACE and PARADE! Forms will also be available at the Chamber, City Hall, Emmet O'Neal Library, The Fitness Center, and Snoozy's Kids, or download the Race form here, download the Parade form here, or download both forms, print, fill them out, and bring them to the event with your registration fee.

      Liberty Animal Hospital will have representatives available to microchip your pet ($75) and will be selling leashes, toys, and other fun stuff! At least five ADORABLE dawgs will be available for adoption! Swimming pools will be available FOR DAWGS ONLY to relax and cool off in...

      Look out for Sparky, the Fire Dog, who will be watching YOU from a very special perch! His big dogs, the Motorcycle Cops, will lead the parade along with the Mountain Brook High School Band. The Jumping Geckos (6th grade philanthropists) have another fundraising event planned to benefit our furry friends. Best costumes for pet and owner will be crowned by the Mayor!

      Finally, don't forget to check out the FLEA MARKET, new this year, which will feature at least 15 Crestline merchants and doggone good deals!

      Want a portrait of your Dog?

      Katherine Anne Hicks specializes in pet portraits like the one pictured here, and she will have this and more to show you at Dawg Daze in Crestline THIS WEEKEND! Bring your special friend and get some information from her to immortalize your pet!

      Family movie night, "Hotel for Dogs" sponsored by Snoozy's Kids is Friday night, followed on Saturday by a Parade of costumed dogs and their owners. The Flea Market starts at 9AM and features local merchants with toys, cookbooks, clothes, and more. Bring your wallet to take advantage of some on-the-spot deals! Mark your calendar for a doggone good time! Need more info?

      DAWG DAZE movie sponsored by Snoozy's Kids on ABC 33/40

      Don't miss the movie, "Hotel for Dogs" this Friday night, August 21st on the lawn in front of Emmet O'Neal Library! Bring a blanket, a picnic, popcorn, and the kids, and enjoy a free movie family night sponsored by Snoozy's Kids. Drop by the Crestline store on the way over! It will be open until 8PM. Something fun to do now that school has started!

      Click here to view the video! And check out the star of the show, Napolean! Need even more info about all the events planned this weekend? Please visit our website!

      Dawg Daze Comes to Crestline August 21st & 22nd

      Schedule of Events:
      Movie Night presented by Snoozy’s Kids
      Friday, August 21st, 8:00 p.m
      Grab dinner from your favorite Crestline restaurant and join us on the lawn (near Emmet O’Neal Library). Check back for specials on box lunches and picnics!

      Dawg Daze Parade and 1st Annual Flea Market
      Saturday, August 22nd, 8:00 a.m.
      8:00 a.m. Registration in front of City Hall
      8:30 a.m. Puppy Crawl with The Fitness Center begins in front of City Hall
      9:00 a.m. Dawg Daze Parade begins in front of Crestline Elementary, Flea Market opens at local stores
      - Puppy Crawl is a one mile run for children of all ages! $ 10 entry fee
      - Dawg Daze Parade – a king and queen will be crowned! $ 5 entry fee
      Don’t miss the first annual “Flea Market”, an outdoor sales event on Tibbett Street. Crestline merchants will unleash some deals you won’t believe! Tent sale begins at 9:00 and ends at 12:00, but the stores will be open as usual all doggone day long!

      Billy's 30th Anniversary Golf Tournament - August 28th

      Billy's 30th Anniversary golf tournament will be at Pine Tree Country Club on August 28th, beginning at 8AM. Would love more players! If you're interested, please call Leigh Ann at 205 267-1741

      Sunday, August 16, 2009

      Chez Lulu's - Decadent, Eclectic, Beloved!

      "...Chez Lulu gathers a crowd for lunch at its outdoor tables in English Village. Decadent is one way to describe the beloved English Village restaurant that is Chez Lulu. There is a bordello-like feeling in furnishings and decor -- red paint on the ceilings, shimmering, crushed-velvet pillows in the oh-so-visible window seats, little mermaid sculptures. Colorful hanging lamps (and Christmas lights clearly out of season) illuminate the trio of giant papier-mache heads in the corner between the front door and the bar--the bistro mascot Madame Lulu joined by the "American Gothic" couple."

      Read more from the Birmingham News article by Susan Swagler HERE!

      Wednesday, August 12, 2009

      Susan G. Matthews closing sales

      Dear Friends and Clients,
      Thank you so much for all your support throughout the years. While I have LOVED having my shop for the past 9 and a half years, I have decided to close the doors for good within the next several months. So I encourage you to come in and shop the great deals we will be having prior to closing. All new arrivals are 25% off starting tomorrow (Saturday, August 15th) and all summer goods will be 70% off. Don't delay for the best selection! Thank you again for your support!
      -Susan Matthews

      Susan G. Matthews, inc.
      2730 Cahaba Road
      Birmingham, AL 35223

      Secondhand Sale to benefit UAB TS Clinic - August 28th & 29th

      Spartan Day 2009 - Friday, August 14th, 5:30-9:00 MBHS Spartan Stadium

      Come Get a Preview of 2009 Spartan Football
      All Five Mtn Brook Teams On the Field For One Night

      At Spartan Day you will be able to review & purchase reserved seating, reserved parking, and you will have the option of purchasing the group photo that will be taken, with all five teams, coaches & cheerleaders in one photo.

      Spartan Day Schedule
      5:30 - 6:15 7th and 8th Grade Scrimmage
      6:30 - 7:10 9th grade / Junior Varsity Scrimmage
      7:10 - 7:30 Group Photo - 7th - 12th Grades
      7:30 - 8:30 Introduction of Seniors & Varsity Scrimmage
      Football players and cheerleaders will be served dinner after the scrimmages compliments of Golden Rule BBQ in Crestline and Coca Cola

      Feed The Family At Spartan Day
      Golden Rule BBQ Spartan Special
      Large BBQ Sandwich & Chips for $5.00
      Drinks Compliments of:
      Coca Cola - Regions Bank - Royal Cup Coffee

      Questions? Please contact: Richard Underwood:, Warren Shows:, Skip Donnell:

      2009 Mountain Brook Athletics Sports Registration

      Fridays: AUG. 14 & 21; 4:30 - 6:00
      Saturdays: AUG. 15 & 22; 9:00 - 12:00
      Mountain Brook Junior High

      FOOTBALL - Boys grade 2-6. All tackle players must appear at registration for weigh-in. There will be five leagues, 2nd-flag, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade tackle. There will be a clinic for all players registered in grades 3-6. More information on the clinic will be available at registration. Team selections for grades 3-6 will be done at the end of the clinic. Players will be notified as to team assignment by their coach. Flag Football will begin in early September. Flag FB and 3rd - 6th grade leagues will run through the end of October. Fee is $125. 2nd Grade Flag fee is $85.

      FALL BASEBALL - Boys grade 1-6. Practices and/or games will be held twice a week. Games will be played primarily on Sunday afternoons. Practices are usually on Tue. or Thu. Grades 1-2 will be machine pitch and grades 3-4 & 5-6 will be player pitch. Fee is $110.

      VOLLEYBALL - Girls grade 5&6. Practices and games will be held 2-3 times per week at MBHS or MBJH. The season will begin the end of Aug./1st of Sept. Fee is $90.

      TEAM TENNIS - Boys & Girls grade 4-6. Season starts the end of Aug./1st of Sept. and will run until mid-late Oct. Schedule will consist on average of one practice and one match each week. Fee is $80.

      FALL SOFTBALL - Girls grade 1-7. Practices and games will be mostly held on Sun.'s with some possible weekday events. Games will most likely be played with other communities. Grades 1-2 (coach pitch) and grades 3-4 & 5-7 (player pitch). Fee is $85.

      CHEERLEADING - Girls grade 3-6. Will register the first weekend only or before at Mtn. Brook Sporting Goods. Deadline is Aug. 18th. For more info, please contact Treasa Harrison at Fee is $160.

      **Effective September 1, 1994** Programs sponsored by MBA will be offered only to Mountain Brook residents whose children are eligible to attend Mountain Brook schools.

      You may also register online (Except for cheerleading & tackle football) at Online registration for all sports except for cheerleading & tackle football will begin Fri. Aug. 14 and will end probably early Sat. Aug. 22. (Registration link will be located here)

      Monday, August 10, 2009

      How did the Sales Tax Holiday go for you?

      The Alabama Retail Association wants to hear from you! Please fill out this short survey...And while you're there, read more about them and what they can do for your industry! Thanks!

      Sunday, August 9, 2009

      August Special from Facelogic Spa

      A Purely Beautiful Membership
      Facelogic Spa is making it easier for you to receive monthly facials with our hassle free month-to-month membership! We believe that routine skincare is so essential that we've dropped the sign-up fees and the cancellation fees for being a member. Now all you have to do is relax and enjoy your facial! Call now for more information.
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      Facelogic Spa

      Thursday, August 6, 2009

      Sales Tax Holiday Friday to Sunday!

      Save money this weekend on back to school purchases! Check your local retailers for special sales! Details from the Alabama Department of Revenue are posted below and include items ineligible for tax rebates. For more info, click here.

      Wednesday, August 5, 2009

      Casuals Etcetera NY Trunk Show - August 7th

      Trunk Show - Casuals Etcetera - August 7th

      New Chamber Members, Cathy Thomas and Allison Ingram, are having an exclusive trunk show on August 7th. Based out of New York, their seasonal collections are shown four times a year.

      "We can help you build a fabulous, flexible wardrobe of clothes to wear in different ways. Designed for the way you want to dress, Casuals Etcetera makes it easy to look great." Please visit their website or email Cathy Thomas

      Learn more about Healthcare Reform from local experts!


      Mark your calendars for the Chamber's quarterly luncheon on September 10th featuring a panel discussion on Healthcare. Our prominent panel will be discussing many of the issues that will affect our future healthcare! For more information and to register, please visit our website and make your reservations EARLY. We have a limited number of seats available.

      Panel Members include:
      1. Brookwood Hospital CEO, Gary Gause
      2. St. Vincent's Hospital CEO, John O'Neil
      3. Trinity Hospital CEO, Bill Heburn
      4. HealthSpring Insurance, Dr. Ken Botsford
      5. Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Robin Stone
      6. Cooper Green CEO, Dr. Sandra Hullett

      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!