Initiatives & Events

REV proves markets where others may not believe they exist. Events are a powerful tool to show the potential of places, programs and businesses. REV’s register of initiatives and events changes as the city changes. Here’s what we’re doing now:


Converted in 2013 from vacant warehouse to offices rich in industrial vibe, SocialVenture is a co-working space, meeting space and change-making space in the heart of Woodlawn.



Woodlawn Marketplace is a retail incubator which features 11 veteran Woodlawn Street Market vendors selling local goods! The Marketplace originally began as a 4-month long pop-up in Fall 2021 and due to its success, we’ve decided to press on and launch a larger, more permanent version. Come out and shop local with us!



What happens when big personality hits a small street? Welcome to the Woodlawn Street Market. This urban street market provides a platform for startup businesses, pairing local retail & food with live entertainment in the heart of historic Woodlawn.



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  • Your guide to a family-friendly day downtown

    Filed Under: Downtown Birmingham, Family Friendly, Front Page, Get Involved, Small Business, Yaysayers

    With summer just around the corner, kids will soon be out of school and insisting on getting out of the house. Luckily, Downtown Birmingham has an abundance of family-friendly activities that will keep your kiddos entertained and create lifelong memories.

    We know taking kids out for extended periods can be challenging; that’s why we have curated a list of experiences designed to be enjoyable within a manageable 3 – 4 hour timeframe. This way, both children and parents can make the most of their time without feeling overwhelmed or exhausted. These four experiences include lunch options and are tailored to different ages and personalities.

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  • Get to know your City Center District Manager, Michael Symes.

    Filed Under: Downtown Birmingham, Front Page, Get Involved, REV Team, Yaysayers

    Meet Michael Symes, the new City Center District Manager for the Business Improvement District (BID). As a long-time resident of Birmingham, Michael brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role, having been an active member of the community since graduating from the University of Alabama. In this article, we will explore Michael’s journey and learn about his “accidental roots” in the city, as well as his passion for working with the Business Improvement District (BID) of the Magic City. Follow along  as we get to know the person behind the job title and uncover the unique perspective he brings to the role.

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  • It's show time at the Woodlawn Theater!

    Filed Under: Filling Vacant Spaces, Front Page, Small Business, Woodlawn, Yaysayers

    Lights, Camera, Action! The rebirth of the Woodlawn Theater is happening this weekend in the heart of Woodlawn. The theater is opening its doors to the public with two extraordinary opening events that are FREE to the public. The 1400 square foot venue has a wide range of amenities and even has a full-service bar. Because of the Mason Music Foundation, this venue is filling a much needed resource for local musicians to perform. Keep reading to discover how the theater came back to life and its impact on the community.

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