As National Black Business Month comes to a close, we’re giving another shout out to those in the Historic 4th Avenue district—one of the oldest black business districts in the country.
Today, it includes more than 50 Black-owned businesses and more than 20 Black property owners.
Every Friday in August, REV has partnered with Urban Impact Inc. to highlight some of these businesses for Black Business Friday.
Great Receipt Race Players receive DOUBLE POINTS every Black Business Friday for submitting receipts from local Black-owned businesses.
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“Two Generations of Grooming & Serving Gentlemen” Meet Mr. Percy Hornbuckle Jr., a second-generation barber, and owner of Magic City Barber Shop. The barbershop first opened in 1930 and has been a gem in the Historic Civil Rights District ever since. Not only does Mr. Hornbuckle pride himself on carrying on his father’s legacy but also the history of merchants on 4th Ave supporting the Civil Rights movement. Hornbuckle said, “merchants played a huge part of the movement”, for example bailing activists out of jail. Civil Rights history is a common topic of discussion in the shop as pictures from the movement adorn the walls of the business. Mr. Hornbuckle would like for all to know that his business prides itself on serving gentlemen just as it did in the 1930s and will always support other black entrepreneurs through mentorship just as his father did. ✊🏾💇🏿♂️💇🏾♂️💆🏽♂️💈 #blackownedbusiness #blackowned #blackwallstreet #historic4thavedistrict #historic4thave
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.
Why your voice on historic preservation is essential
Filed Under: Front Page, Get Involved, Historic Preservation, Residential
President and CEO of REV Birmingham David Fleming writes about the importance of historic preservation and highlights the advocacy efforts that saved the French Quarter in New Orleans and the Forest Park neighborhood in Birmingham. The article concludes with a call to action, urging for new leaders and the implementation of various strategies to protect and celebrate Birmingham’s historic buildings and places.