Reviewed by: Gabby Gervais
I’m a sucker for trying out new things, so I’m looking forward to visiting these new Birmingham businesses. From a new place to sweat it out to delectable, sweet pastries, there are an abundance of spots to get excited about in The Magic City.
1. Hello Bakery | Crestline
Wim Miree, a well-known pastry chef in Birmingham for 26+ years, just opened his own bakery and my stomach is grumbling at the thought of his scrumptious pastries. Hello Bakery is now serving fresh pastries and homemade small-batch ice cream in Crestline Gardens. You can catch me there sipping on a cup of coffee and chowing down on a croissant in the morning.
- Location: 1109 Dunston Avenue, Birmingham, AL 35213
- Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 8AM-4PM, although they’ll take care of you if you come in between 7-8AM
2. Johnny Was | The Summit
My closet is flipping out—Johnny Was, a California-based women’s fashion lifestyle brand, just opened its first Alabama location in The Summit. I’m seriously in love with the bold colors and floral prints. There’s more than just stylish clothing—you can find a gorgeous array of jewelry and accessories to top off your outfit.
- Location: 225 Summit Blvd Suite 102, Birmingham, AL 35243
- Hours: Monday-Saturday 10AM-8PM | Sunday 12-6PM
- Contact: Website | Facebook | Instagram
3. Last Call Baking Co. | Downtown
Birmingham, we know you’ve been craving this opening for a hot minute. On November 5, Last Call Baking Co. soft launched their brick-and-mortar store. With absolutely stunning baked goods that taste just as good as they look, this bakery sure knows how to whip up yummy treats. I’d recommend the blueberry cream danish—YUM!
“There will be three to five different cakes available by the slice each day, and an assortment of rotating seasonal pastries! After the team gets comfortable in the first month, I plan on rolling out a bread program, savory lunch options, as well as a different late night community events.”Chanah Willis, Owner, Last Call Baking Co.
4. Spartan Fitness | Moody
I grew up watching “The Karate Kid,” and now I’m ready to learn the moves. According to The Homewood Star, Spartan Fitness, a martial arts school, is planning to open a second location in Moody. Currently, they have a mixed martial arts gym in Homewood. From Jiu Jitsu to kickboxing, it’s not just a workout—you’ll learn incredible self-defense skills as well.
5. X⁴ Fitness | Downtown
It can be hard to motivate yourself to work out. X⁴ Fitness is making it easy for you to crush your fitness goals with their all-star team of coaches who lead you through 60-minute high-intensity interval training (HIIT) style workouts. This gym is opening the doors to its location in the New Ideal building near The Pizitz today, November 7. Looking to save money? You can snag your first month of membership for only $40.
“I’m so excited to get to know, coach and love on the New Ideal members! Being an integral part of someone’s best hour of their day is why I love what I do. I can’t wait to meet everyone, crush some workouts, jam to music and build community!”Ike Gabriel, Head Coach & General Manager, X⁴ Fitness
6. Dogtopia | Homewood
The fastest-growing dog daycare brand in the country recently opened in Homewood. Dogtopia is giving some extra love to our furry friends by providing a safe environment where dogs can exercise, socialize, learn and have fun.
“At Dogtopia, we are firm believers that consistent daycare provides the socialization, education and exercise needed to make happier, healthier and ultimately better-behaved dogs. Access to convenient, high-quality daycare expands the opportunities for dog ownership, which in turn promotes human health.
Studies have shown that dog ownership correlates with a significantly reduced risk of heart disease and mortality overall in humans.”Henson and Carlton Millsap, Owners, Dogtopia Homewood
- Location: 1722 27th Ct S, Homewood, AL 35209
- Hours: Monday-Friday 6:30AM-7PM | Saturday 9AM-5PM | Sunday 1-5PM
- Contact: Website | Facebook | Instagram
7. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams | Lane Park
The day is FINALLY here—Jeni’s is opening in Lane Park. I’ve been waiting for this day to come for a while. It may be getting chilly out soon, but a scoop of Gooey Butter Cake is always in season. Who doesn’t love free ice cream? On Thursday, November 10 at 7PM, everyone can get a scoop on the house for the grand opening.
8. Biscuit Love | Cahaba Heights
In the south, we love warm, flaky biscuits. Biscuit Love, a Nashville-based brunch concept, is coming to Cahaba Heights by mid-December. From the classic biscuit and sausage gravy to a biscuit with a Nashville-style hot chicken thigh, we know this place will be your new go-to brunch spot.
9. Morning Sickness Clinic | Hwy 280
Morning sickness is not fun, and it affects so many women who are pregnant. You’ve tried natural remedies, but nothing seems to really work. Now, there’s someone in town who can help you feel better. Morning Sickness Clinic just opened and is helping pregnant women get treatment for:
- Electrolyte replacement
- Hydration status
- Vitamin replacement
This treatment was developed by emergency physician Dr. Andrew Housholder and his team of registered nurses. At your first appointment, they’ll discuss treatment options based on what you need and your desire for your pregnancy.
- Location: 2700 US-280, Suite 240E, Mountain Brook, AL 35223
- Hours: Monday, Tuesday + Thursday 9AM-5PM
- Contact: Website | Instagram
10. The Art Market | Alabaster
Hey, art lovers! The Art Market is opening on Saturday, November 19. With art classes and pop-up shops featuring local vendors, you’ll be able to put your creative mind to use.
“I’m going to do leather crafting, wreaths and floral arrangements, paper crafts, gift wrap at Christmas and candle making.”Lacy Cost, Owner, The Art Market
- Location: 106 1st Ave W, Alabaster, AL 35007
11. Heidi Cat
Can I just say that there’s no such thing as too many flowers? Now, you can keep your favorite bouquet forever with Heidi Cat’s floral preservation. Here’s how it works:
- Book your spot on the calendar for your flower arrival date.
- Appoint someone to get your flowers or bouquet ready to ship to Heidi Cat the day after your event. They have local drop-off and pick-up options if you’re in Birmingham.
- Once your flowers arrive at Heidi Cat, the drying process begins, which can take up to four weeks.
- The design and pouring processes begin—you’ll receive a design mock-up.
- Once completed, you’ll receive an email letting you know when to expect a delivery.
From weddings to anniversaries, Heidi Cat is helping you remember that special day forever.
12. Reiki Association of the Southeast | Forest Park
In collaboration with The OHA Bodywork and Wellness Center, The Reiki Association of the Southeast is building awareness and community as they share the many benefits of Reiki. As a natural system of healing, Reiki seeks to improve the flow of energy bringing the body back into balance.
Looking for a calm and peaceful experience? Each week, they will offer a Reiki and Law of One Circle on Sundays, a Reiki and Crystal Healing Circle on Monday evenings and a Reiki and Mediation Circle on Wednesdays.