Dunn Real Estate purchases retail building in downtown Forest Park

The property at 3900 Clairmont Ave. S., now in the hands of Dunn Real Estate. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

A prominent storefront in the cute downtown of Forest Park is in new hands. Dunn Real Estate recently purchased the building that serves as the home for Zoe’s Vintage. Learn more.

Downtown Forest Park

Downtown Forest Park. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

The building is located in Forest Park, on a tiny strip of retail stores along Clairmont Avenue. The little downtown area is so charming—with several cute little shops in the area:

Since 2004, Zoe’s has been offering cute vintage clothes in this historic building on Clairmont. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now.

And in the recently-purchased building lives one of Birmingham’s legendary vintage outfitters, Zoe’s. This spot has been serving the Magic City since 1997, with hand-picked vintage items for men and women.

3900 Clairmont in 1991, as the home of Smith & Hardwick Books. Photo via BhamWiki

But before it was Zoe’s, 3900 Clairmont was the home for Smith & Hardwick, a bookstore often billed as “the largest bookstore in the South”. Originally Smith & Hardwick opened in 1934 in the Clark Building on 20th Street North. In 1990, Smith & Hardwick moved to its Forest Park location—sadly, the bookstore closed in 2004.

Now Owned by Dunn Real Estate

This 1930s-era building is one of the several quaint retail stores in Forest Park. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

On July 27, the Dunn Real Estate firm closed on the property at 3900 Clairemont Ave for $655,000, according to the Jefferson County public records. Dunn Real Estate purchased the building from D. B. Development LLC, which had owned it since 2004.

Dunn Real Estate also owns the property at 3916 Clairmont Ave, just a short walk up the street. 3916 Clairmont was the former location of the Whistling Table Restaurant, and the V. Richard’s Market grocery store before that. According to the Birmingham Business Journal, this deal is significant—it signifies that local investors have faith in Birmingham’s retail shops, even those located outside of the city center.

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