Zephyr Barber opens on 25th St. N + 4 more buzzy new Birmingham businesses to discover

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Austin Shirey & Kellen Mataafa—owners of Zephyr Barber. (Zephyr Barber / Instagram)

We’re back and better than ever sharing new Birmingham businesses who are celebrating their grand openings just in time for The World Games 2022. Want to take a look? Let’s go!

1. Dogtopia | Homewood

This video is too good not to watch. (Dogtopia / Instagram)

Forget a human utopia—it’s a dogtopia! This doggie daycare and boarding spot is set to open in late fall and is Alabama’s first location.

Dogtopia focuses on short term daycare, boarding and spa services while helping new pet parents understand the ins and outs of dog ownership. Missing your pet during the day? Dogtopia lets you check in on them via their live webcams. How cool!

If you’re trying to socialize your pup, this is the space for you. In their doggie playrooms, certified canine coaches watch out for your pets to make sure everyone stays happy and healthy.

2. The Heights Fitness | Homewood

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Reach for the heights (literally) with this new fitness studio now open in Homewood. (The Heights Fitness / Instagram)

We introduced you to The Heights back in May, but this time, they’re celebrating their grand opening Monday, July 11. This gym is making it’s way to Homewood while their flagship location is staying in Cahaba Heights.

According to The Heights team, new members receive a complimentary trial week for women who want to come and see what they are all about. Classes will be hosted Monday-Friday at 6AM,8:10AM, 9:10AM, 11:30AM, 12:30PM, 4:30PM and 5:30PM. Each visitor will receive a complimentary INBODY scan and mini macro nutrition consultation. Complete with giveaways, encouragement and so much more, you’ll know why Birmingham loves The Heights.

3. Zephyr Barber | Downtown

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Kellen Mataafa, owner of Zephyr Barbershop. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

This is another opening we’ve had our eyes on for awhile. Zephyr Barber is now open in downtown Birmingham. If you’re looking to get a fresh cut, we’ve got a new place for you to try.

After Kellen got his start at Greasy Hands Barbershop, he began to dream for his own shop. Flash forward a couple of years, and Zephyr was born. Not only are they the hair experts, but design experts as well. Check out their Instagram for the design vision at Zephyr.

4. OTORO Hibachi | Leeds

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Time to “roll” out to Otoro Hibachi in Leeds. (Otoro Hibachi / Facebook)

If you’re looking to try some yummy sushi and hibachi, look no further than Otoro Hibachi in Leeds. Hoover residents might be familiar with this spot, but this opening is bringing a few new things to the table. Try their specials like the University Roll, Tiger Roll, or a salad with signature Otoro dressing.

They’re open now—start your order today.

5. Capella Italian | Inverness

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Get ready for the taste of Italy! (Ben Johnson / Bham Now)

Capella Italian is coming to Highway 280! According to Harbert Retail, this space will bring a taste of Italy to Birmingham through long, community-style tables, a specialty pizza oven and great vibes.

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