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
If you’ve been following REV for a while, you probably remember The Big Pitch Competitions we used to hold back in the day. The Big Pitch presented by PNC was essentially our own little version of Shark Tank. And a lot of your favorite local businesses that participated in this competition now have active retail storefronts that you can go check out. Let’s start with some of our finalists that are based in the City of Birmingham and see what they’ve been up to!
Have you been to Downtown Birmingham’s newest development located on 25th Street? If not, you need to head down there ASAP and check it out! This new single story development is a product of a collaboration between David Baker Architects (DBA) and Locke General Contractors, led by DBA’s very own Amanda Loper. It is intended to be a “collaborative commercial space in a catalyst development area of Birmingham.” Both DBA and Locke General Contractors will be tenants of the space, along with June Coffee Roasters, Zephyr Barber, and Last Call Baking Cooperative!
One of Birmingham’s many hidden treasures is the music scene downtown. The sheer volume of concert venues we have in downtown Birmingham is something most people aren’t even aware of – but it really is remarkable! There is truly something for everyone, whether you’re into the smaller, more intimate venues or the large-scale venues for those big name artists. Keep reading to check out some of the cool venues downtown Birmingham has to offer.