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
At REV, we also love seeing the added vibrancy on the street as patrons enjoy outdoor dining in our beautiful city. As indoor dining reopens, cities across the country are realizing that ending expanded outdoor dining could mean leaving money on the table.
Although the Greyhound Bus Terminal was renovated in the ’70s, many original elements of the building remained and have now been become historic highlights in the present-day adaptive reuse project. Join us on a photo tour of the historic space!
This is obviously good for downtown… but why *exactly*? Here’s REV President & CEO David Fleming’s take on what the move means for downtown Birmingham’s place in the world now and in the future.