“It takes a place to make a community and a community to make a place.” Fred Kent, Project for Public Spaces
In one weekend last year, a group of business and property owners, residents and volunteers from all over the metro area transformed a gravel parking lot into a community gathering space in the historic East Lake Commercial District. Now, we have an opportunity to take the East Lake Station Courtyard to the next level. The community wants to add elements that will allow the space to host events such as live music, dance, art shows, food trucks and even container retail. As a result, they’ve launched a crowdfunding campaign and applied for a matching grant to help raise funds to accomplish their goals! The East Lake Station Courtyard is one of only three projects in the State of Alabama to be selected by the National Main Street Center as a participant in its Placemaking Crowdfunding Challenge. For a very limited time, every donation made on the project website will be matched dollar for dollar up to $1500! We need your help to activate another amazing space in Birmingham! It’s easy…just click here. Thank you for your support!
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.