a shop. It s another thing entirely to buy a guitar from someone who knows about guitars. And that s what Highland Music is. Matt W.

Homewood Musical Instrument Company 3027 Central Ave 205-879-4868 HOMEWOOD

Bob Tedrow built his first instru- ment a banjo when he was still in high school. So it s no surprise that he s made a living from his handiwork ever since. Homewood Musical Instrument Company is a first-rate source for purchasing and repairing anything from guitars and banjos to violins and cellos. It doesn t hurt that Tedrow is one of the world s preeminent concertina craftsmen. Bob Tedrow is like a Birmingham celebrity. And his shop is a musi- cal palace. Alex H.

Homewood Toy & Hobby Shop 2830 18th St S 205-879-3986 HOMEWOOD

If you have a toy in mind, chances are you can find it at Home- wood Toy & Hobby Shop. Offering great customer service, this nice neighborhood hobby shop is a super-fun place to browse and a sure thing for classic, imaginative, high-quality toys that are hard to find in other toy stores. Also a great source for model cars and trains for children of any age. Homewood Hobby really lets me keep in touch with my inner child. It has a great selection of toys, games and model trains, planes and cars. I love to go in there and feel like a kid again. Brad E.

iii's Eyewear Collection 1925 11th Ave S 205-930-9394 BIRMINGHAM

Trendy. Classic. Chic. No matter your style, the unique frames you ll find at iii s are sure to please. The kind and knowl- edgeable staff are a bonus. I immediately liked the staff and the cozy environment. My husband and I have enjoyed and received many compliments on the glasses we have bought here." Ingrid K.

Incubate Gallery 130 41st St S, Suite 104 205-202-4558 BIRMINGHAM

As one of the newest cham- pions of Birmingham s rising art scene, Incubate Gallery in Avondale showcases new art from local talent with an empha- sis on up-and-coming artists. Incubate Gallery puts on a host

With tons of dresses, tops, and premium denim, SOCA is the perfect place to find that new outfit.