Before there was a Parkside — before there was even a park — B&A Warehouse was establishing the neighborhood’s modern reclaimed vibe. B&A epitomizes the area’s propensity toward low-slung brick spaces with large windows offering a combination of space and proximity. With its rustic interiors, multiple space options, & in-house catering, it has a lot to offer for your biggest of days.
That barn-chic wedding you’ve admired on Pinterest? B&A’s raw wood beams & strings of cafe lights can give you the look without driving out of the city. Or subjecting your fancy-dress guests to the sweaty indignities of an un-airconditioned Alabama summer.
But its best feature — keep in mind, this is a real estate blog, so you can guess where we’re going — is location. Nestled between LIV Parkside and Regions Field, snuggled into the edge of Railroad Park, a friendly neighbor to Good People and Baker’s Row, B&A offers the full Parkside perspective.
Besides the wedding-themed photos inside, you can easily plan on some of Birmingham’s greatest hits as a photo backdrop, not to mention a wide shot of the city skyline. B&A’s long call list of photo ops exists in part because the neighborhood is so compact. Like the venue, it packs many visual gems in a tidy, linear footprint.
If you time it right, there’s also no reason you couldn’t continue the party at a Baron’s game. There’s no baseball fan like one that shows up in wedding gear, after all. And besides the epic photos you’d earn, we reckon the ice cream float with coffee oatmeal stout is the ultimate cake chaser.
Even if you don’t take advantage, your guests well might. And they’ll love you for it. Before you know it, there will be a neighborhood hotel as well.
Most of all, B&A sets your event at the original epicenter of the neighborhood, the beta version of transforming neglected spaces into true destinations. It’s never been a low budget venue, but like the residential spaces nearby, it offers all sorts of options at an attainable price.
When planning life’s big celebrations — wedding receptions, for instance, or major birthday blowouts — we like the idea of hosting them within our day-to-day landscape. If you have a grand old home, you could consider self-hosting, of course. But for many of us, we’ll have to go with the next best option: a venue that represents our chosen neighborhoods. With our new venues series, we’ll be looking at local hosting options our neighborhoods offer and the ways they express a community’s distinct personality.
We’ll start with BridgeStreet Gallery & Loft. Located at 213 Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard South, it’s technically outside the Loft District. But with its adjacent location and loft styling, we’re calling it a Loft District experience.
The two-story building is a broad, flexible space that adapts easily to different event concepts. Prefer sleek and modern? The open floor plan and limited color palette — a combination of wood tones and pure white — plays well with clean lines and pops of bold color. Envisioning something more rustic or reclaimed industrial? Play up the original wood and exposed brick with warm tones and salvaged accessories.
Like its multipurpose space plan, this venue offers a range of services suited to multiple budgets. Veteran event planner Jennifer Gowers and her GoPro Event Solutions firm own and manage the venue, which means they offer packages including the basic rentals (stylish chairs, tables, and linens) you’re going to need anyway. You can also hire them to help plan or manage your event in a venue they know intimately.
Then there are the photo ops to consider. Besides the loft look of the venue itself, you’ll be a block and a half away from the Rainbow Viaduct. That means sweeping views of the loft district, plus the railroad tracks (another useful accessory to a rustic/industrial look). Come April, you’ll also be passing over the neighborhood’s newest addition, the Rotary Trail. For neighborhood residents, in other words, your photos will represent your day-to-day scenery, which makes for extra personal memories on your most special days.