As we gear up for Thanksgiving tomorrow, we wanted to take a moment and express our thanks to you: as readers and clients and fellow Birmingham cheerleaders. We’re grateful to be part of it all, from our downtown office and our community developments at Abbey Road and the Gladstone, to helping our clients find their own perfect home. It’s a privilege to serve this city.
It’s an exciting time in Birmingham, watching major developments come to fruition downtown and dreaming about the next ones. Avondale is becoming much more than an entertainment destination with MAKEbhm and booming office spaces. Woodlawn’s mixed-income development continues. And this time next year, we’ll likely be giving our heartiest thanks for the Pizitz food hall, while stocking up on last-minute Thanksgiving supplies at the downtown Publix.
But for now, here are 3 things we’re thankful for in 2016:
The Lyric Theatre:
From empty and run down to full house with opera boxes, this long-forgotten beauty is finally coming into her own. She’s even hosted her first wedding, for two downtown residents who accepted a long engagement as they waited out the restoration work, according to AL.com. Keep an eye out for the first season of holiday events, including the Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show.
This high-design green space isn’t simply another park option for downtown residents. It’s good real estate, turning what AL.com called “a submerged eyesore” into a true destination. And like Railroad Park, it’s become a very photogenic symbol of Birmingham revival. Both residents and Instagrammers can agree that it’s a visible success.
Fancy’s on Fifth:
We all know that Birmingham is a food town at heart, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t single out at least one great culinary development. That’s a hard task in a city with new restaurants like Sky Castle Gastro Lounge and Saigon Noodle House. But we went with our guts, which love great burgers, and they’ve fallen hard for the Blue Collar Burger at Fancy’s on Fifth.