Homewood year in review—7 new businesses that launched in 2019

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Lauren Scott showing off her Golden Gloves at Homewood’s most unique 2019 addition. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

2019 was a big year for Homewood business. The area has been booming in recent years, and it continues to attract new concepts and big names alike. Check out some of the most exciting recent additions—and make your holiday shopping list while you’re at it!

A Big Year for Homewood Business

We agree, Homewood. Shop local! Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

Homewood is growing in a lot of different aspects. Although the area is home to some long-standing retailers and popular restaurants, new things are coming in every day. From beautiful living spaces to high-energy fitness gyms, Homewood is ready to meet your every need.

How can you support these new businesses? Holiday shopping, of course! Homewood has the perfect gift for everyone on your list, from the fitness junkie to the foodie.

Check out seven of the many businesses that came to Homewood in 2019, as well as a gift idea you can find at each.

1. Battle Republic

Glove up. Fight on. Gif via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Battle Republic is a boxing-inspired, group fitness gym that opened in February. The workout combines High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), and strength training—not to mention their killer playlists.

Four entrepreneurs with experience in everything from WNBA coaching to running a national brand saw an opportunity to shake things up in the Birmingham fitness scene—and shake it up they have.

  • Address: 2800 18th St S
  • Hours: Monday 6AM-7:30PM | Tuesday-Thursday 5AM-7:30PM | Friday 5AM-6:30PM | Saturday 8:30AM-12PM | Sunday 2PM-4PM
  • Book a class
  • Check them out on Instagram and Facebook, or on their website
  • Gift Guide: For the whole month of December, you can get a $50 gift card for $40. Buy it here and give the perfect gift to all the badasses in your life!

2. Bandit

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Bandit Pâtisserie here at Bham Now. This pâtisserie and café serves up delicious treats from baked goods to espresso to breakfast—and it’s all amazing.

  • Address: 2821 Central Avenue Suite 105
  • Hours: Open daily 7AM-5PM
  • Check them out
  • Gift Guide: Give the gift of a good morning with a Bandit gift card! Or brighten the day of your family or coworkers by bringing in a box of scrumptious baked goods.

2. Nations Boutique

Formerly known as Nations Outfitters, this women’s boutique opened its second location in Homewood this July. At the end of each season, Nations Boutique gives back a percentage of their earnings to various nonprofits and charities. Some of the local organizations they partner with include The Red Barn and King’s Home.

  • Address: 2856-B, 18th Street South
  • Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30AM-5:30PM | Friday 10:30AM-5PM | Saturday 10:30AM-4PM | Closed Sunday
  • Check them out
  • Gift Guide: This adorable boutique has the BEST stocking stuffers and gifts that everyone will love for those big holiday parties. Put a basket together with a travel makeup bag, candle, teleties, and one of their festive holiday shirts.

3. Greenhouse

Greenhouse is about feeling good all the time. It’s a health food hotspot that goes a lot farther than your average green smoothie. Their philosophy is all about balance—fresh, beautiful and whole foods without skipping out on any deliciousness.

  • Address: 1017 Oxmoor Rd
  • Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10AM-9PM | Sunday 8AM-3PM | Closed Monday
  • Check them out
  • Gift Guide: Catering from Greenhouse is the perfect addition to any holiday celebration. Stand out from the standard party food with seasonal salads, classic sandwiches done well, or their “Ridiculous Cookies” by the dozen.

4. White Dresses Boutique

White Dresses is a bridal shop that offers a curated collection of handpicked couture wedding gowns and accessories. Their one-on-one appointments offer an intimate shopping experience, and their bridal gowns are as stunning as they are unique.

  • Address: 2915 Linden Ave
  • Hours: Tuesday-Wednesday 11AM-3:30PM | Thursday 11AM-4PM | Friday 10AM-4:30PM | Saturday 10AM-5PM | Closed Sunday-Monday
  • Check them out
  • Gift Guide: We all know the holidays are prime engagement season. Surprise your favorite bride-to-be with an appointment at White Dresses to kick off her search for THE dress.

5. Big Spoon Creamery

Big Spoon Creamery is a small batch, artisan ice cream company that is a true Birmingham favorite. They partner with local farmers and artisans to create their menu that focuses on seasonal flavors using local ingredients, as well as bringing a new, innovative approach to the classics.

  • Address: 927 Oxmoor Rd
  • Hours: Sunday-Thursday 12PM-9PM | Friday-Saturday 12PM-10PM
  • Check them out
  • Gift Guide: This one is easy, and it’s sure to please anyone on your list. Big Spoon does ice cream well, of course. Bring home a tub (or two) and it’s sure to be a hit. You can also order some incredible cakes and pies for your holiday party that taste even better than they look.

7. The Grocery Brewpub

“Brewpubs” include two key elements: beer brewed on location, and a restaurant serving up food in-house. The Grocery does both of these things WELL. My personal recommendation? Taco. Tuesday.

They have a full bar, a great happy hour, delicious eats, a laid-back atmosphere and rotating beers they brew on-site.

  • Address: 2823 Central Ave
  • Hours: Monday-Wednesday 3PM-10PM | Thursday 11AM-10PM | Friday-Saturday 11AM-12AM | Sunday 11AM-9PM
  • Check them out
  • Gift Guide: Wrap up a growler of locally-brewed beer for the brew lover in your life! Unique, local, and FUN—plus it’s perfect to bring a taste of Birmingham to those poor, unfortunate out-of-towners.

Don’t Miss These Pop-Ups

I’m not always into merch, but I have to admit Battle Republic has some of the coolest stuff. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

Want to sip while you shop? You’re in luck. Battle Republic will be hosting Holiday Open Houses December 9-10. Two full nights of local vendor pop-ups, holiday cocktails, plus some 🔥deals.

Where? 2800 18th St S
When? December 9 & 10, following the 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30PM classes
Deals? Check them out ⬇️

  • 4 pack of classes + wraps for $85 ($100 value)
  • $10 off your heart rate monitor purchase
  • 15% off ALL merch

Vendors

We love seeing small businesses supporting other small businesses. That’s exactly what the owners of Battle Republic wanted to do with their holiday pop-ups.

December 9th Vendors:
Botanica is an adorable houseplant shop that opened downtown earlier this year and is ready to make your space greener.
Elidia the Label is a local artisan who crafts fine leather goods by hand that are both well-made and affordable.

December 10th Vendors:
Yellowhammer Creative is a design and print studio that creates all kinds of hand-printed goods, from t-shirts to totes to posters and more.
The Blueroot Company focuses on providing bright, delicious, and nutrient-rich foods.

What’s your favorite new Homewood business? Let us know in the comments or by tagging us on social @BhamNow. Happy shopping, Birmingham!

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