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2018 TICA Annual

Shopping In The Birmingham Area

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Events: August 29 - September 2, 2018
Show: September 1-2, 2018
Awards Banquet: September 1, 2018






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So some of you just want to get out and buy some stuff!  Most of the major shopping is to the south of town but there are plenty places nearby to pick up those last minute things you may have forgotten.

Big Shopping

The Summit  – Outdoor mall that has 3 shopping areas.   There are shuttles that you can ride to get around to all areas without having to keep moving your car.  This is the newest large shopping complex in the area and includes large department stores like Saks and Belk and many boutique shops, restaurants, etc.  Near the Summit is also a Whole Foods and just down the road is a shopping center that includes World Market, Best Buy and Nordstrom Rack.  The Summit is located down US280 and depending on the time of day 10-15 minutes from the hotel.  Traffic is heavy getting there in the afternoons as many people that work in town live that direction.  Recommended to go early and come back against the traffic in the afternoon.

The Galleria  – Located in Hoover off of I-65 and I-459, this is the largest indoor shopping mall in the area.  Larger stores include Macy’s, Von Maur, Belk, Sears and JC Penney.  And of course, there are plenty of smaller shops, restaurants and a food court with great variety.  There are smaller shopping centers all around that include Best Buy, Whole Foods, PetSmart, Office Depot, Field & Stream, etc.  Typically 15 minutes from the hotel, traffic down I-65 South is also heavy in the afternoons on weekdays.  Plan similarly to shopping off of US280.

Shops at Grand River
  – Located at the same exit as the Barber Motorports Museum and Raceway (listed under sightseeing), this is an outdoor outlet mall with plenty of shops to keep you busy.  There is also a Bass Pro Shop located at this exit.  This is at exit 140 off of I-20 East, about 15-20 minutes from the hotel.


Closer to the hotel, smaller scale and necessities

Quirky fun downtown shops and a local standard – 2nd Avenue North between 20th and 25th Street has become a hot spot for restaurants and nightlight but also includes a couple of great shops.  Levy’s was founded in 1922 and is still operated by the same family.  Certainly they have beautiful modern pieces, but their estate collection is amazing and worth perusing.  Originally on the same street was What’s On Second (they've now moved to 2323 1st Avenue North) where you can still find all manner of pop culture collectibles plus some vintage items as well.  And finally, you can’t miss Reed Books on 3rd Avenue North.  Stop by on the way to or from the others.  Stacked to the ceiling with books, the proprietor knows what he has and where it is.

Brookwood Mall  – Need some last minute things for the banquet or the weekend? Macy’s and Belk at this mall should have you covered as well as other smaller shops.  There is also a Target across the parking lot.  Located just off of I-31, less than 10 minutes from the hotel.  Again, traffic towards this mall will be heavier in the afternoon, but it is fairly close and an easy trip.

Colonial Promenade in Trussville 10-15 minutes from the hotel off of 1-59 North where I-459 North ends.  Belk, JC Penney, Best Buy, Target, Books a Million, Michaels, and even Home Depot.  Just down the street is the new Pinnacle at Tutwiler that includes a Petco.

Eastwood Village Shopping Center – another outdoor shopping center 10 minutes from the hotel off of I-20 East.  Includes Walmart Supercenter, Ross, Tuesday Morning, Office Depot.  Not far down the road (Montclair Road) is a Publix and a Winn Dixie off of the parallel road, Montevallo Road.  Also located nearby is an ABC Store (liquor store) at 7621 Crestwood Boulevard, Birmingham, AL  35210.  This location is open until 9 PM Monday through Saturday.  All ABC Stores are closed on Sunday and Public Holidays.

This area is likely one of the best for some one stop shopping for essentials.


Groceries within walking distancePublix – 230 20th Street South, Birmingham, AL  35236.  Located less than a mile from the hotel, take a leisurely stroll down 20th Street through downtown and grab some necessities.  You can also take advantage of a Zyp bike for the trip or even Shipt to have them delivered.  Shipt was actually founded in Birmingham as a grocery delivery service and typically makes it purchases from Publix stores.


Liquor Stores – Your best pricing is found at an ABC Store, or as we call them, a state store.  They are generally open Monday through Saturday and closed on Sundays and Holidays.  Hours vary by location, but generally do not open before 10 AM and the latest any one is open is 9:00 PM.

The 2 closest are –

2911 7th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL  35205

7621 Crestwood Boulevard, Birmingham, AL  35210

If you are going to be out and about, look for the big blue “ABC” letters.


Pet Stores -

Nearest PetSmart is in Trussville –

5890 Trussville Crossings Blvd, Birmingham, AL  35235, 205-661-3181

If you're out shopping down the US 280 corridor –

5025 Highway 280, Suite 105, Birmingham, AL  35242, 205-437-0254

Or if you visit the Galleria, one is in the shopping center across the intersection of US 31 and Hwy 150.

3780 Riverchase Village, Suite 3, Hoover, AL  35244, 205-682-9556

There is also a Petco in Trussville –

5451 Patrick Way, Birmingham, AL  35235, 205-517-6989


Vet Clinics nearby -

Cat HavenCat-centric clinic nearby.

Main Street Animal Clinicin nearby Trussville, offers expanded hours until 8 PM Monday through Thursday and until 4 PM on Saturday – and even 2 hours on Sunday afternoon.

Certainly there are many other veterinarians in the area but these are 2 nearby we thought might be of most use during ‘normal’ hours based on location, hours or specialty.

After hours/emergency clinics

Emergency Pet Care, 7299 Gadsden Highway, Trussville, AL  35173, 205-661-2273

ER Animal Medical Center, 2864 Acton Road, Birmingham, AL  35243, 205-967-7389