We are beginning to see the fruits of Rodriguez and Brianna Cowans’s labor of love in Enon Ridge. Improvements to their corner store are well underway, and we checked in with them last week for a progress update (before-and-after photos below!).
REV’s Business Growth and Urban Food Project teams are supporting the Cowanses in realizing their dream of transitioning their business from R & M Convenience Store to a full-service grocery store, newly branded as 3rd Street Market. With their new business model, the Cowanses are providing a wider selection of food – including fresh, Alabama-grown produce – giving the surrounding community easy access to all they need to prepare healthy meals for their household.
“This transition so far has been very rewarding. It’s a great feeling seeing your plans come together and exceed your expectations. We are constantly working day by day to complete the full transition and organize our grand re-opening date,” said the Cowanses.
REV is helping the Cowanses set goals, identify resources and implement store improvements to make their vision a reality. Some of these improvements include:
- Product diversification including meats, produce and ingredients to support meal-making
- Improved merchandising and in-store marketing to support increased shopping
- Exterior facade improvements including windows, roof, sidewalk, lighting and a new store sign thanks to Iron City Metal
The Cowanses won first place and people’s choice in REV’s 2017 BIG PITCH, Presented by PNC, business pitching competition with their heartfelt presentation about their desire for a more vibrant and healthy neighborhood and their plan to get there. They have also prepared for their business shift by going through Create Birmingham‘s CO.STARTERS, a 10-week business development program on which REV is a proud partner. Now, they are leveraging their passion, their CO.STARTERS education and their BIG PITCH funds from PNC Bank to make Enon Ridge a more vibrant, healthy and welcoming place to live.
Check out these before-and-after photos: freshly-painted shelves stocked with healthy meal-making groceries to better feed the neighborhood!
Stay tuned for their grand re-opening announcement coming soon!
3rd Street Market is located at 1403 3rd St N, Birmingham, Alabama 35204.
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.
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.
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.