Upswing brings retail back into Downtown Birmingham, including 5 local shops

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Upswing by REV Birmingham is in full swing! Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Downtown Birmingham is continuing to develop and the city is on the upswing! If you’ve driven past the corner of 2nd Ave North and 19th Street North, you’ve probably noticed a few shipping containers hanging out on the sidewalk.

That cute little corner is called Upswing and you’re going to want to check it out before it’s gone!

What is Upswing?

The shops are in shipping containers! How cool?! Photo by Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Upswing is a demonstration project designed by REV Birmingham to showcase and improve downtown Birmingham’s retail scene. REV believes that creative shops and fun activities to do are necessary ingredients for a vibrant city…and we agree! As downtown Birmingham continues to see growth, Upswing is just a taste of what the city has to offer.

The shops are located in ingenious shipping containers built by SmallBox Company. From September 29th to December 14th, 2019, you can visit 5 local vendors right across from the Pizitz!

Hang out on the colorful hammock swings, bistro sets, and rockers. Yes, you can literally swing at Upswing! To make things even better, there’s FREE WIFI!

Who is at Upswing?

Here are the 5 Birmingham start-ups to check out at Upswing:

Outpost by Domestique Coffee

Grab a mid-day pick-me-up at Outpost! Photo via @domestiqueoutpost on Instagram
  • Monday-Friday from 7AM-2PM
  • Self-serve coffee, tea, and kombucha + Hero doughnuts and healthy grab-and-go lunch options

Hide & Hunter

Need a new statement bag? Look no further! Photo via @hideandhunter on Instagram
  • Monday-Friday from 10AM-2PM & 4PM-7PM
  • Handcrafted leather goods

Great Bear Wax Co.

All of your candle wishes have just been answered! Photo via @greatbearwaxco on Instagram
  • Monday-Friday from 10AM-2PM & 4PM-7PM
  • Hand-poured candles

Urban Vintage

Urban Vintage has something for everyone! Photo via @urbanvintageclothing on Instagram
  • Monday-Friday from 10AM-2PM & 4PM-7PM
  • Apparel & gifts inspired by Birmingham urban living

Magic City T-shirts

The perfect way to rep The Magic City! Photo via @magiccitytshirt on Instagram
  • Monday-Friday from 10AM-2PM & 4PM-7PM
  • Apparel & gifts to show off your Magic City pride

Don’t miss out on these upcoming events

Birmingham is on the upswing folks and you don’t want to miss out on the momentum! To learn more about Upswing and its full list of events, visit and follow @RevBham.

What retail would you like to see in Downtown Birmingham? Let us know on social @BhamNow and tag #UpswingBham!

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Chaise Sanders
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