Sales on the rise for local retailers in the midst of COVID-19

Sales in Birmingham, and throughout the country, have been stellar in May and June. Photo via Outlet Shops of Grand River on Facebook

It’s no secret that consumer spending throughout the country has been down, on account of COVID-19. However, some retailers are reporting record sales numbers in May and June. We reached out to several local retailers to learn more.

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Local deals from Pella + more home services in Birmingham to get your home in shape

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From plumbing and pest control to painters and pressure washers, these local businesses need your support! Photo via Unsplash

Spending so much time indoors means finally having enough time to notice all of the areas inside and outside of your home that need a bit of fixing. If you’re not equipped to DIY your home improvements, here are some local Birmingham businesses you can call for a helping hand with Google ratings of 4 stars or more!

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Upswing brings retail back into Downtown Birmingham, including 5 local shops

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Upswing by REV Birmingham is in full swing! Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Downtown Birmingham is continuing to develop and the city is on the upswing! If you’ve driven past the corner of 2nd Ave North and 19th Street North, you’ve probably noticed a few shipping containers hanging out on the sidewalk.

That cute little corner is called Upswing and you’re going to want to check it out before it’s gone!

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Nations Boutique adds second location to Downtown Homewood. See photos inside

Nation’s Boutique has a new home on Homewood. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Nations Boutique, a women’s clothing store, is celebrating the grand opening of its second location in Downtown Homewood’s main retail corridor at 2856-B 18th Street South next door to Cookie Fix. Read more on their mission + see photos inside their brand new space.

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Illuminated brings luxury candles from all over the world to Birmingham (PHOTOS)

Illuminated’s retail space is full of interesting and beautiful lines. Photo by Beth Cunningham for Bham Now.

Looking to step up your hostess game? Need a unique gift idea? Want to impress your next houseguest? You’re in luck! The newest boutique addition to Mountain Brook opens today, and you’re not going to want to miss it.

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Birmingham retailers, including Brookwood Village, reinvent themselves to offer shoppers new experiences

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Malls are offering shoppers entertainment experiences to get them engaged in their retail spaces.

As brick and mortar retailers try to reinvent themselves to offer customers experiences that include entertainment, Brookwood Village Mall may be undergoing a significant redevelopment in the near future. Continue reading “Birmingham retailers, including Brookwood Village, reinvent themselves to offer shoppers new experiences”

Save money July 20-22 on school supplies during Alabama’s back-to-school sales tax holiday

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Michelle Black, a nurse at Moody Jr. High and High School and Leah Gilbert, an 8th grader at Odenville Middle School shopping for school supplies at Target in Fultondale. Photos by Kara Kennedy for Bham Now

For some parents it’s the most wonderful time of the year. No, not Christmas, but the beginning of a new school year! And with just two weeks until the school bell rings, Alabama is once again giving parents and teachers a break from paying sales tax on back-to-school items.

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From 1930’s gas station, to antique store, now urban sneaker shop in renovated Avondale space

400 41st Street Avondale, AL in 1930’s. Via Bham Wiki.

Another old historic Avondale building is being renovated, restored and redesigned. Not many of us were around in the 1930’s or 40s. If you were, you might have filled up at the Gulf gas station at 400 41st St. Then it became the Painted Shovel Mercantile antique shop. Now a new exciting urban retail/office center is in the works.

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Hoover, from suburban enclave to a city with momentum: new developments in 2018

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Before I moved to Birmingham I thought of Hoover, AL as just the high school football stronghold of the state, maybe because of that TV show from a few years ago. Hoover is a thriving suburb of Birmingham, a small city with momentum that is continuing to see a surge of new housing, business centers and retail development.

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Birmingham thrift & consignment stores have cool treasures, support worthwhile nonprofits

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If you’re like me, you overspent during the holiday season on gifts, entertaining and this year, in my case, on a Colorado ski trip for New Years. If your budget is a little stretched, but you still want to scratch that shopping itch, consider these great thrift stores and consignment stores in the Birmingham area.

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For this Birmingham brand, success depends on a thriving company culture

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When it comes to successful business stories, one of the biggest trends for 2018 is improving company culture. Just ask the Birmingham-based apparel brand Aviate.

To this young and enthusiastic team, capitalizing on creativity and energy translates to rapid business growth.

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Shop small, shop local this Saturday in downtown Birmingham

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There’s something more going on this Saturday other than the big game! It’s Small Business Saturday!  With the rallying cry of Shop Small!, the event was first introduced Nov. 27, 2010, by American Express, in partnership, with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, as a counter event to Black Friday and Cyber Monday events. Continue reading “Shop small, shop local this Saturday in downtown Birmingham”

Birmingham Innovator: Aviate owner’s motto is ‘Play Hard. Travel Often’

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I am sure by now, you all have seen the BHM baseball caps in retailers around town, but did you know that the company who came up with the idea is located right here in Birmingham and that it has expanded internationally?

The product line, baseball cap with airport codes stitched on them, promotes a sense of pride in one’s community, which is one of the founding principles behind why owner Ben Lancaster decided to open Aviate  in 2015.  And since its opening, the Homewood, Alabama-based company has garnered a loyal following.

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