K & J’s Elegant Pastries opens in Uptown + 5 more new businesses to have on your radar

ThirsTea Cafe
Board games + boba tea makes for a great time. (ThirsTea Cafe / Facebook)

The Greater Birmingham Area is booming with openings and new businesses to come. From the opening of K & J’s Elegant Pastries in Uptown on April 22 to a new ThirsTea Cafe coming mid-May, here’s what needs to be on your radar right now.

1. Bossi Leisure

Bossi Leisure rendering
Bossi Leisure rendering. (Bossi Leisure)

Get ready to strut your stuff, Mountain Brook—Bossi Leisure is headed to English Village this May. The brand-new women’s leisurewear boutique features a number of brands like ALO, Spiritual Ganster, 9 Seeds, BOSSI and more!

“I want to be a place where we’re able to meet the needs of everyone as far as activewear and leisurewear is concerned. But more than that, I want to be a hub for the community. I want this to be a place where the community feels supported.”

Allyson Mouron, Co-Owner, Bossi Leisure

Learn more about the shop and the co-owner behind it.

Where: 2003 Cahaba Road Mountain Brook, AL 35223
Hours: Monday-Friday 10AM-5PM | Saturday, 9AM-3PM
Website | Facebook | Instagram

2. Hugh Kaul Trail

Hugh Kaul Trail
Hugh Kaul Trail groundbreaking. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

Lace up those walking shoes and travel the Hugh Kaul Trail—part of it, anyway.

Freshwater Land Trust officially opened one segment of the newly-completed trail on April 22. It begins at 1st Ave South and 24th Street and ends in the center of Avondale Entertainment District on 41st Street.

Upon completion, the entire Hugh Kaul Trail will stretch 2.5 miles long and will connect downtown Birmingham to Ruffner Mountain. Get the full story here.

Where: 1st Ave South and 24th Street to 41st Street, Birmingham, AL 35222.
Website | Facebook | Instagram

3. K & Js – Uptown

K & J's Elegant Pastries
Too beautiful to eat… just kidding! (K & J’s Elegant Pastries / Facebook)

If you weren’t at Uptown on April 22 for the opening of K & J’s Elegant Pastries, where even were you? The fan favorite bakery is officially open and ready to take your order. It’ll be a mighty order, too, because this shop is all about turning a simple treat into an extravagant mind-blowing experience!

The new location features:

  • Indoor + outdoor seating
  • Additional dessert options including mind-blowing sundaes
  • Food options like sandwiches

Learn more about the new location + more cool places to visit in Uptown.

Where: 2260 9th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10AM-6PM
Website | Facebook | Instagram

4. ThirsTea Cafe-Helena

ThirsTea Cafe
Get your boba fix! (ThirsTea Cafe / Facebook)

Love boba tea? Prepare to smile this May with the opening of ThirsTea Cafe in Helena. Yep, this will be the drinkery’s third location in the Greater Birmingham Area to get your boba fix.

Located in the Walmart shopping center in Helena, the new shop will feature around 40 drinks, Taiwanese shaved ice and poke bowls.

Meet the local family behind ThirsTea Cafe + more on the upcoming location.

Where: Helena – Helena Marketplace, Helena, AL 35080 | The Pizitz – 1821 2nd Ave N #3112, Birmingham, AL 35203 | Hwy 280 – 170 Inverness Plaza, Birmingham, AL 35242
Hours: Daily, 7AM-3PM
Website | Facebook | Instagram

5. Azaleas

Beignets and Lattes, Azaleas Alabaster
(Beignets and Lattes / Facebook)

If you find your way to Alabaster, make sure to make a pitstop at the city’s newest brunch spot, Azaleas. According to the Shelby Reporter, the restaurant is operated by former Helena-based restaurant Beignets and Lattes.

Azaleas’ menu features New Orleans brunch favorites like beignets, chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, chocolate biscuits and more.

Where: 750 Colonial Promenade Pkwy, Ste 5200, Alabaster, AL 35007
Hours: Daily, 7AM-3PM
Website | Facebook Instagram

6. What’s Your Flav Shave Ice & More

What’s Your Flav has opened in Hoover—just in time for summer, too! The business, which started out as a popular food truck where you could grab a refreshing icee, now has its very first storefront on Montgomery Highway in Hoover!

Based on the nonstop line of guests during the grand opening, this is THE place to be on a hot, summer day.

Where: 1851 Montgomery Hwy, Hoover, AL 35244
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11AM-7PM

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