Woodlawn Marketplace featuring 11 local vendors to open brick & mortar location

Facade of the new Woodlawn Marketplace. (Rev Birmingham)

REV Birmingham is launching a long-term version of its Woodlawn Marketplace in the former Woodlawn Cycle Café space at 5530 1st Avenue South, featuring 11 seasoned Woodlawn Street Market vendors.

The grand opening is Saturday, October 15, between 9:00AM to 4:30PM.

Anchored by two food-and-beverage tenants—Trvl Love Koffee and Pearl’s Café—the Woodlawn Marketplace will be open Wednesday through Saturday from 7:00AM. to 3:00PM

“We had amazing success with our pop-up marketplace last fall, which left us all wanting for more,” said market coordinator Bekah Fox. “I’m excited to have another opportunity to empower these vendors who have worked so hard to get to this point. With this coffee shop and retail incubator, we are also meeting the needs of the Woodlawn community.”

Woodlawn Marketplace is made possible by contributions from Regions Financial Corporation and Spire through the Alabama Department of Commerce’s Growing Alabama Tax Credit Program and by a $25,000 grant from PNC Bank.

Meet the businesses of Woodlawn Marketplace

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Latte flights…say no more. (Trvl Love Koffee / facebook)
  • Trvl Love Koffee — One of the anchor tenants, is a boutique online coffee retail roaster owned by Anita Craig and Chauncey Moore. Trvl Love offers properly sourced and roasted coffee full of flavors that are naturally sweet, chocolatey, floral, citrusy and fruity.
  • Pearl’s Café — The second anchor tenant, will offer made-to-order breakfast and lunch items for dine in or carry out. Pearl’s will also have grab-and-go selections, baked goods and a special brunch menu on Saturday’s.
  • Bemele Candles — Owned and operated by Melissa Gay and Lee Peoples since 2015. Each scent is hand- poured in small batches using soy wax, quality fragrances and reusable/reclaimed vessels. 
  • Mattie’s Garden — An urban farm in Birmingham, run by Jacqueline Jackson, growing organic herbs and veggies and working to promote the benefits of eating healthy foods!
  • SASC Custom Designs (pronounced “sassy”) — Provides a variety of custom items and graphic designs, including doormats! All doormats are hand-painted by owner Shareta Collins with the help of family and friends. From catchy phrases to family names or business logos, they create durable, custom doormats for everyone!
  • Marsuko Jewelry — Created by owner Angela Santiago in the heart of Woodlawn, her eclectic earring line features jewelry for all. Handmade from polymer clay, Marsuko jewelry is fun, lightweight and sure to fit your fashion.
  • Change of Plans — Juice and treats line designed to help you lose weight, feel good and fuel your body with powerful nutrition. Health Coach Chanice Nykole provides a variety of healthy treats, nutrition guides and an entire line of organic juices that will wow your taste buds! Change your plans, change your life.
  • Soul Sistah 3.0 — Offers hand painted, custom designed, wood burn earrings and pins from the creative mind of Tamica Banks. She also creates natural skin care products including aloe vera shea butter and aloe vera oil.
  • SohGent CA’Belle — Local jewelry boutique that creates eye-catching products like earrings, necklaces, rings, and so much more with vibrant colored crystals. Their designs use crystals cleansed with harvested rainwater and charged under the moonlight, handcrafted with love and a pure spirit.
  • Element & Vibe — More than a t-shirt company (owned by Aisha Taylor); it’s a moving force empowering people and awakening the world one garment at a time.
  • WE Inc — Sells baking mixes and sprays by providing employment opportunities to people with disabilities. Workshops Empowerment Incorporated has been providing employment in Birmingham for over 120 years
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Photo via REV Birmingham

Woodlawn Marketplace began in fall 2021 when REV created a retail pop-up featuring a total of 22 Woodlawn Street Market vendors – all women and minority entrepreneurs – over four months in the Social Ventures storefront on 1st Avenue South. 

The first Woodlawn Marketplace sold local goods and brought interest to a space that would have been vacant until d’Trespa Boutique opened in March.

Are you planning to go to Woodlawn Marketplace? Share your visit on social media by tagging us @bhamnow 

Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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