Pepper Place Market is a Birmingham establishment. It could draw a large crowd with no additional marketing or fresh features. Fortunately, though, it hasn’t gone that route. Instead, each year feels like organic growth, with something that’s both more exciting and that fits right in. This year, it’s Scene.
Scene’s website describes the space as “an urban concept venue collaborating with designers, makers + artists; an ever-changing curated space.” An expansion of the Pepper Place atmosphere on Saturdays and 3rd Thursdays, it’s also available for event rental, according to the site. Which is handy, because we’d love to spend more time here.
With its high ceilings, exposed brick, and strategic drywall, Scene is a glammed-up warehouse space in the Pepper Place tradition. An added bonus is its charmingly branded bar space, complete with brass foot rails.
Last year Pepper Place launched the full Know Thy Farmer branding, and Scene seems to be saying Know Thy Artist too. Canvases transform from raw materials to art projects in action by featured local artists like William McLure and Wellon Bridgers.
Artisan booths extend the nearby Makers Market. Longer-term art installations blend the easy market vibe with thoughtful gallery displays. Meanwhile, the indoor, air-conditioned space is a nice break from summer heat.
Stone Hollow Farmstead is a core part of the Scene, adding a more immersive experience to complement its continuing outdoor market booth. Samples of their full line of Bloody Mary mixers (made with local Redmont vodka) are reason alone to get up on a Saturday. There are also specialty smoothies and artisanal food samples, as well as a small Botaniko showcase.
The Botaniko presence just might be the most interesting development indicator. The line’s full showroom is in the downtown Loft District, part of our neighborhood’s increasingly boutique expansion. Botaniko’s Pepper Place footprint hints that Lakeview may be the next Loft District. With the Rotary/Jones Valley trail system in place and more multifamily spaces opening, it’s the natural addition of Birmingham urban living.