Magic City Dentistry to hold Fall Open House on September 27 with local music, Trim Tab beer and art by Paul Cordes Wilm


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Magic City Dentistry’s Kristye Dixon and Dr. David Sollenberger. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

You’re invited! On Thursday, September 27, Magic City Dentistry will hold a free Open House, at 2117 1st Ave. N. Birmingham from 4:30 -6:30. The event will feature beer by Trim Tab, music by Tony Rodio and an art installation by Paul Cordes Wilm, called “Do You Dream in Technicolor?”

Magic City Dentistry’s Dr. David Sollenberger and Dr. G. Robin Pruitt, Jr. will be on hand to greet visitors.

Artworks by Paul Cordes Wilm. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Earlier this month, in preparation for the Open House, Bham Now asked Dr. Sollenberger about his passion for dentistry and the new, lively atmosphere inside Magic City Dentistry’s downtown location.

Inspired by mission trips to Haiti

Born and raised in Gainesville, Florida. Dr. Sollenberger first became interested in dentistry from mission trips he took in college.

“During undergrad, I went on four different mission trips to Haiti that were mostly medical and dental based,” said Sollenberger. “We would go to remote villages, set up a clinic, and see patients that otherwise didn’t have access to care. Back then, I didn’t have dental training, so I was assisting. It is what got me interested in dentistry. It pulled me into the dental world. It inspired me.”

Location, location, location

What sets Magic City Dentistry apart is its location and unique Birmingham atmosphere.

“I have been amazed how downtown has welcomed us,” Sollenberger added. “It is a convenient location for a lot of people that live and work downtown. We’ve had a great response. People like to swing by before or after work and over lunch.”

Not clinical, but comfortable

Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Magic City Dentistry has been described as a cross between an art gallery and a urban place to hangout.

“Everywhere I have been previously, there has been a real clinical feel to it. You know you are at a dental office. You are there, and you feel something bad is going to happen. It’s different here.”

“The other day, it was raining, when a lady ran into our office to get out of the rain. She sat down, looked around and said, What is this place? She had no idea it was a dental office. That was a huge compliment to us. That was our goal when the place was designed, to make this place comfortable and nice, somewhere you can relax. You don’t feel like you are in a dental office.”

Artwork by Paul Cordes Wilm. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Sollenberger concluded, “It’s how we treat our customers. We have that updated downtown feel, with the brick walls, TVs, everything to make it a fun experience.”

Vulcan at the entrance of Magic City Dentistry. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

Opened this past July, Magic City Dentistry on 1st Avenue North, next to the Atomic Lounge, is not just building a new and affordable dentistry practice downtown, it is creating a vibrant community that loves Birmingham.

Drop by on Thursday, September 27th between 4:30 – 6:30 at Magic City Dentistry’s Open House. See the works of Paul Cordes Wilm. Be welcomed by a totally unique statue of Vulcan. And meet Dr. David Sollenberger and the staff of Magic City Dentistry.

We’ll see you there!

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Pat Byington
Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.
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