We believe that cool places to shop are vital ingredients for vibrancy in a city—and we believe Birmingham needs more of that.
That’s why this fall, the REV team is doing some new REV things, with a demonstration project designed to prove and improve downtown Birmingham’s market for more retail.
From September 29 to December 14, 2019, we’re parking shipping container stores, hanging hammock swings, and planning fun events in a surface parking lot located at 1900 2nd Avenue North. We’re calling it Upswing – because Birmingham is on the upswing, because local shops are making a comeback, and because there are literal swings on the lot.
So make plans to shop local with these Birmingham businesses in our converted shipping container stores: Domestique Coffee, Hide & Hunter + Great Bear Wax Co., and Urban Vintage Clothing + Magic City T-shirts. Come hang out on brightly colored swings, rockers or plain ol’ bistro sets and work (or play) using Upswing’s free wifi. And, mark your calendars for Upswing’s events this fall.
Here are a few examples of events to come, and even more events for the three-month project will be announced soon.
Friday, Sept. 27
- Formations on The Plaza & Upswing Soft Opening, noon – 12:20 p.m.
A brief lunchtime performance from Forma’s dance company.
Sunday, Sept. 29
- Alabama Multicultural Street Fair, noon – 5 p.m.
A festival celebrating the cultural diversity and the heritage of Alabama with arts, music, dance, and food. More info.
Sunday, Oct. 6
- Epic City Rush, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
A downtown scavenger hunt meets a community clean-up day, with a cash-prize for the winning team. Registration required at epiccityrush.com.
Tuesday, Oct. 8
- Mountain High Run Club Fun Run, 5:30 a.m. – 6:30 a.m.
A morning run with Mountain High Outfitters’s Run Club, followed by coffee at Domestique.
Thursday, Oct. 17
- Outdoor Movie Night with The Pizitz: Hocus Pocus, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Take a trip to Salem, Massachusetts with Disney cult classic Hocus Pocus.
Sunday, Oct. 20
- Sundays on 2nd: Pop–Up Boxing, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
A Sunday afternoon boxing class hosted by Battle Republic.
Thursday, Oct. 24
- Mountain High Run Club Fun Run, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
An evening run with a twist: Group run with drinks to follow at The Louis.
Sunday, Oct. 27
- Pup-swing, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
A dog–themed HOWLoween event, with more details coming soon.
Saturday, Nov. 23
- The Big Pitch presented by PNC, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
REV Birmingham’s live business pitch competition designed to find and feed Birmingham’s next big things. More info.
REV would like to thank Hamburger Creative for their design work on the Upswing logo, Allison Vosicky with Ladies, Wine & Design for helping us visually describe this dream with a rendering, and Ladd Real Estate for helping elevate the Upswing lot for this project.
On Saturday, November 23, five Big Pitch finalists will vie for a share of $50,000 in cash and professional services prize packages, as they pitch their business models to a panel of judges, potential investors, and a live audience.
Join Young Pioneers in support of REV Birmingham for a panel discussion featuring Dread River Distilling Co. and Williams Blackstock Architects.
You should totally register for Epic City Rush—part scavenger hunt, part competition, part community clean-up day. But first, a rant.