“Where there’s good local food, Birmingham will come!” says REV’s Director of the Urban Food Project, Taylor Clark. “It’s a driver for vibrancy and business growth.”
Last week’s Birmingham Restaurant Week Preview Party proved her right. Birmingham Restaurant Week exists to celebrate and support our wonderful locally-owned restaurants. It also aims to promote support for dining locations that buy and sell locally-sourced food and ingredients. This helps cycle your hard-earned dollars back into the community, allowing restaurants to continue to offer the freshest local food.
In addition to the seventeen restaurants at the Birmingham Restaurant Week Preview Party, two CO.STARTERS grads and an Alabama farmer from Cullman County popped up in a temporary “general store” at Pickwick Plaza during the annual event. The vacant space was transformed into a retail hotspot, giving Birmingham foodies a taste of these local entrepreneurs’ goods: cake and cookies from Velvet Kake, popcorn from Naughty but Nice Kettle Corn and a farm-fresh small batch of hot sauce and pickles from Urban Food Project farmer Dwight Hamm of Hamm Farm. If you missed the general store or if you already need more of these startups’ products, you can find them at a market near you.
Support local businesses by participating in Birmingham Restaurant Week now through Sunday, August 20! When you’re choosing a restaurant to patronize, you can look for the Urban Food Project logo to see who is serving fresh local produce. Click here for a list of restaurants!
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!
We’re so excited to welcome yet another new business to the Woodlawn Community! Thrive Wellness Lounge is a plant-based health and wellness store in the heart of Woodlawn owned by Tish Fletcher (a veteran Woodlawn Street Market vendor – whoop whoop)! You can swing by and check out Woodlawn’s newest addition on Tuesday – Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. It’s always a good time to support a female, black-owned local business! We talked to Tish a little bit more about her journey to opening her very own brick and mortar store. Keep reading to learn more!
It’s our favorite time of the month again – Woodlawn Street Market time! Woohoo! This month’s market will be held on August 13, 2022, from 5-9 p.m. and it’s a night market – because we all know how bad that Alabama heat can get! Keep reading to check out the vendors that will be featured at this month’s market.