9 new openings + reopenings in Birmingham, including Sloss Furnaces

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Time to fire up the furnace. Photo via Sloss Furnaces

You’re probably tired of hearing “the new normal” and I get it, but that’s the best way to describe things nowadays. We rounded up nine restaurants and businesses getting ready to open their doors in the Birmingham area this fall. Check ’em out and see how they’re dealing with our, dare I say, new normal.

1. Sky Bear Confections

My sweet tooth is loving everything about this. Photo via Sky Bear Confection’s Facebook

Something sweet is coming to Trussville. Sky Bear Confections debuted their creations over a year ago and now they’re making moves to set up shop in their first brick and mortar store.

The candy stop will be located in the historic Velma’s building that previously housed the old Parish Seafood and Oyster House.

They’ll be serving up:

  • Hand painted bon bons
  • Specialty desserts
  • Coffee, tea + espresso drinks
  • And more!

Right now, they’re busy with renovations and have yet to announce an official opening date, but updates will be posted on their Facebook page, so stay tuned.

2. Pastry Art Bake Shoppe

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I’ve tried these before and it’s hard to stop after just one. Pastry Art Bake Shoppe via Facebook

Things just keep getting sweeter for Trussville. The area will also be getting a new bakery, Pastry Art Bake Shoppe. Coming soon to Gadsden Highway, the bakery will serve creative baked goods from a diverse menu so every one can get a taste of what they want.

The owner, Carol Gregg, owns a Pastry Art Bake Shoppe location in Inverness, but after living in Trussville for over 30 years, she thought it was finally time to bring the bakery to her side of town.

The bakery is set to open by the end of October.

3. Sloss Furnaces

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Sloss Furnaces – Photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now

Fire up that furnace! The weather’s cooling down and Sloss is finally reopening to the public on Saturday, September 26. If you’ve missed exploring the historic furnaces, you can catch a guided tour of the site at 10AM and 2PM every Tuesday through Saturday.

Before you go, make sure to register because space is limited. Price $7 per person and masks are required.

Sloss has some great events planned for the future, too, including cast iron bowl making with the Sloss Metal Arts Crew.

4. Crazy Cazboy’s Mega Discount Super Store

Crazy good discounts on crazy good items. Photo via Crazy Cazboy’s Facebook

This past Friday, Hoover welcomed the new mega discount super store, Crazy Cazboy’s. You may be familiar with the name because there’s one on Lakeshore Parkway. The newest one to Birmingham, however, is four times bigger with 35,000 square feet and 120 display bins filled with popular discount name brand products.

The new location is next to Hobby Lobby in the Riverchase area and is big enough to bring in six truckloads of new merchandise every week. That’s right! A whole new lineup up of discounted goodies every seven days, including:

  • Electronics
  • Food
  • Health and beauty
  • Sporting goods
  • And so much more!

Crazy Cazboy’s is a bargain hunter’s dream with all of the store’s merchandise for the entire day being sold based on the reflective days price point. On Fridays, items will be sold for $7, Saturdays for $5, Sundays for $3, Mondays for $2 and Tuesdays for $1. The store’s closed on Thursdays to fully restock.

5. Harvest Roots Kombucha Taproom

Pete and Lindsay behind the bar in the taproom. Cheers, y’all. Gif via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Come Saturday, September 26, you’ll be able to grab refreshing kombucha at Avondale’s newest taproom. They’re looking to roll out a small plates menu with non-alcoholic options—although that could change in the future. Their selection is suitable for vegetarians and vegans with items like kombucha slushies, kombucha growlers and kimchi-dusted popcorn.

We met up with the ferment masters, Lindsay and Pete, to get a look inside the new space. To dive deeper into what to expect at Harvest Roots Kombucha Taproom, and learn more about their grand opening, check out our latest article.

6. The Birmingham Museum of Art

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Birmingham Museum of Art. Photo courtesy Birmingham Museum of Art.

It’s been a long time coming, but the Birmingham Museum of Art is planning to reopen to the public on Tuesday, October 6. We’ve missed being able to stroll through the galleries and marvel at the artistry most of us wish we possessed.

Just in time for their reopening, the BMA will be hosting five exhibits this fall. In order to keep everyone safe, the museum will be capping the capacity at 50% so there’s plenty of room to enjoy the exhibits and Red Mountain Garden Club Memorial Garden.

To learn more about what the Birmingham Museum of Art is doing to keep museum goers safe and their five upcoming exhibits, we’ve got your covered.

7. Cookie Fix

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You can’t go wrong with their classic chocolate chip flavor. Via Cookie Fix’s Facebook.

Cahaba Heights just keeps getting amazing new additions and we love seeing local businesses expanding. This November, Cookie Fix is bringing their second location to Cahaba Heights. What was once just a passion for owner, Amy Jason, is now a full-blown company known for their mouth-watering and aesthetically-pleasing cookies.

Just in time for the holidays, you’ll be able to get your Cookie Fix at two locations. If you’re curious to know more about the scene in Cahaba Heights and the story behind Cookie Fix, check out our latest article.

8. Edgar’s Bakery

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Edgar’s Bakery (Trussville). Photo by Patience Itson for Bham Now.

Homewood keeps adding flavor to the upcoming mixed-use development at the new Valley Hotel on 18th Street South. It was announced that Edgar’s Bakery will be joining Little Donkey and Rodney Scott’s BBQ for breakfast and lunch at the former Wolf Camera building.

This will be the 11th Edgar’s Bakery location with seven of those being right here in Birmingham. I’m sure most of y’all are familiar with Edgar’s. They sell sandwiches, cookies, cupcakes and my personal favorite—strawberry cake.

9. The Original Hot Dog Factory

All of this food is making me hungry. Photo via Original Hot Dog Factory’s Facebook page

This summer, we learned that a Georgia-based chain is bringing its first Alabama location to Center Point. The Original Hot Dog Factory will have its grand opening on Tuesday, September 22nd. They’ll be serving up 100% beef hot dogs and, if you’re not feeling the beef, you can also choose from turkey, chicken and veggie dogs. Their menu includes salads, wings, loaded fries, burgers and kids meals, too.

If you’re a fan of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, you’re probably familiar with the owner, Dennis McKinley. The restaurant has appeared on the show several times and now Birmingham can get a taste.

What opening or reopening are you most excited about? Let us know on Instagram @BhamNow + Twitter @now_bham

  • Chaise is a brunch-loving Content Producer and helps manage the Bham Now Instagram account.