NEW smoothie and bowl restaurant opens on 20th St. + 5 more Birmingham openings that will make your summer

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We’re “rushing” to try our first bowl. (JeVante Shropshire / Bham Now)

We’re back this week with five new businesses you should definitely have your eye on. This week, we’re focusing on nationwide organizations and local services alike that are excited to share their Birmingham openings. Let’s cut right to the chase, shall we?

1. Ebony Arrington Dance Studio | Woodlawn

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Introducing Woodlawn’s newest dance studio—Ebony Arrington Dance. (Ebony Arrington Dance / Instagram)

Ebony Arrington is no stranger to the world of dance. After managing studios and seeking talent from the east side of Birmingham over the years, Arrington is ready to let the world know of the talent that East Birmingham has to offer.

“What I found that’s great about Woodlawn is there are a lot of women businesses that are growing and popping up there. The households there aren’t the most lucrative, but talent is strong there.”

-Ebony Arrington, Owner, Ebony Arrington Dance (as quoted in the Birmingham Business Journal)

This new location is right inside of the historic Woodrow Hall, built in 1914. We’re excited to see her new studio train up the next generation of local talent.

2. STRIVE – Birmingham

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STRIVE President & CEO Phil Weinberg, Mayor Randall Woodfin and STRIVE Board Co-Chair and Graduate Roy Castro

STRIVE is a nationwide organization that works to combat the unemployment problem by training workers that are driven to succeed. Through programs, classes and developmental training, they are about to help Birmingham’s workforce thrive.

Classes are scheduled to begin Winter 2023 in Birmingham. They chose our city because of the employment inequality that the world, but particularly the South, faces. They are on a mission to help Black Alabamians with their inaugural season serving 125 students.

3. Moss Rock Pharmacy | Hoover

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Get ready to roam the aisles of Hoover’s newest locally owned pharmacy. (Moss Rock Pharmacy)

Hoover—a locally-owned pharmacy is open now. Owners Alex Sturdivant and Clay Nolen are most excited to serve the growing Moss Rock community and Hoover as a whole.

Every pharmacy needs more than medicine, of course. Moss Rock also has snacks, cold drinks and friendly faces for you to get to know.

Make sure you swing by and meet your new neighborhood spot today.

4. Circa Lighting | Homewood

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An example of what you can find on one of Circa’s showrooms. 👀 (Circa Lighting Showrooms / Instagram)

Circa Lighting, a Georgia-based brand focusing on designer lighting, staging and more is officially in Birmingham. It’s such an honor to have a Circa Lighting showroom in The Magic City, since there are only 36 showrooms worldwide.

They specialize in everything from floor lamps and outdoor lighting solutions and everything in between—all while looking effortless and chic. While no opening date is set, they’re looking to hire top talent.

5. Rush Bowls | Midtown

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The start of it all. Pat Byington / Bham Now)

Earlier in the year, we wrote about Rush Bowls, the smoothie / blended fruit bowl shop that was coming to Southside. This week, we’re happy to report that Rush Bowls Birmingham is officially open for business. Their grand opening celebration was hosted on Saturday, June 18.

Our content producer, JeVante, tried their bowls and had to say, they were quite impressive. Stop by soon to grab a bowl or smoothie.

6. Birmingham Animal Hospital + Resort | Downtown

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Birmingham Animal Hospital + Resort (Bham Now)

If you’re looking for a spot that will treat your fur baby like their own, check out Birmingham Animal Hospital and Resort, opening June 25. Located in the heart of Birmingham, this new spot has everything you need to take care of your pet and more.

Check them out this Saturday, from 10AM-3PM for a pet-friendly celebration full of tours, food, pet adoptions and pawty favors.

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