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DOWNTOWN HOMEWOOD 18TH STREET (AND BEYOND), HOMEWOOD HOMEWOODCHAMBER.ORG
Old-style shopping along one main street in the Birmingham suburb of Homewood includes upscale clothing shops, home decorating stores and nationally acknowledged high-end antiques galleries. A stop by Savage s Bakery, a local landmark, is a necessity. The new Soho Square includes an interesting mix of boutiques and restaurants at sidewalk level below residential lofts.
ENGLISH VILLAGE, MOUNTAIN BROOK VILLAGE AND CRESTLINE VILLAGE In the heart of the suburb of Mountain Brook, these three distinct shopping areas are linked by tree-lined sidewalks. English Village has restaurants, coffee houses and garden shops. Mountain Brook Village has funky art shops, high-end boutiques and home furnishing stores. (Don t miss a stroll through Smith s Variety for a variety of toys and candy bins.) Crestline Village has a nice mix of restaurants and high fashion shops with special emphasis on children s clothing.
PATTON CREEK BETWEEN I-459, THE RIVERCHASE GALLERIA, AND ALABAMA 150, HOOVER PATTONCREEK.COM
Patton Creek combines a main street element with parking and sidewalks in front of an eclectic mix of quaint, unique shops and restaurants, with larger retailers such as Dick s Sporting Goods and Carmike Cinemas.
PEPPER PLACE For a different sort of shopping experience and a clear departure from the mall scene, Pepper Place is your destination. This old Dr. Pepper syrup plant houses an eclectic mix of home furnishing shops, antiques and architectural stores. During the spring and summer months, tourists and residents alike flock to the Pepper Place Market, an outdoor farmers market with chef demonstrations every Saturday. Alongside the tomatoes, squash and peaches, shoppers find hand-crafted clothing, yard ornaments, honey, organic soaps, goat cheese and scones.
RIVERCHASE GALLERIA U.S. 31 AND ALABAMA 150 AT I-459 RIVERCHASEGALLERIA.COM
Housed beneath the world s longest skylight are more than 200 shops, a dozen restaurants and a colorful carousel. Look for American Eagle, Banana Republic, Godiva Chocolatier and Abercrombie & Fitch just a few samples of stores in this two-story city under glass. The complex also includes the Wynfrey Hotel.
THE SHOPS OF GRAND RIVER SHOPSOFGRANDRIVER.COM
Set against the picturesque landscape of the Cahaba River Valley, The Shops of Grand River is a brand new shopping destination. The distinctive outlet and specialty stores include Brooks Brothers, Gap Outlet, Jones New York Outlet, Bose, Polo Ralph Lauren, Coach, Carters, and Babies & Kids.