Shop Local: Cahaba Heights
This family-friendly Vestavia Hills neighborhood offers plenty of local shops, eats, and places to play.
Cahaba Heights is one of those Birmingham neighborhoods that has grown steadily and quietly. An outline on the map looks almost like child’s hand couldn’t quite keep her lines straight. Still, within the borders of this Vestavia Hills suburb, Cahaba Heights has carved out an identity of its own—one filled with local shops, local restaurants, and local history.
In its beginning, Cahaba Heights was a small family community bordered by Vestavia Hills and Mountain Brook. Like any good neighborhood, it started with an elementary school, hardware store (Cahaba Heights Hardware), Bar-B-Q restaurant (Thank you Miss Myra!), and a local hangout, Mudtown (named after the Native American’s nickname for the area).
All the good parts are still there—with service just as friendly as ever—and, it’s growing. Take a turn off Highway 280 and discover why so many people have decided to call this neighborhood home.
At Chickadee, two generations combine to create one fabulous shop with a wide variety of wares. Owner Kate Hartman and her mother-in-law, Carolyn Hartman, offer a pleasing collection of antiques, furniture, home accessories, and gifts, as well as design services and a bridal registry. 3138 Cahaba Heights Road, 205.969.3138.
THE SWANKY STORK
Pregnancy never looked so good thanks to The Swanky Stork. Offering everything from dresses and swimwear to intimate apparel and accessories, the shop features the latest in maternity fashions from lines such as Citizens of Humanity, Paige, Chip and Pepper, and Maternal America. 3118 Heights Village, 205.972.1414.
A LITTLE SOMETHING
The name says it all at A Little Something. This Heights Village gift boutique is a one-stop shop for grab-and-go gifts including an incredible variety of gourmet foods, kitchen accessories, bath and body products, handbags, pottery, and jewelry. 3168 Heights Village, 205.970.2077.
IRIS & CO.
Pillows and pottery, art and African artifacts—you’re sure to discover something new with every visit to Iris & Co. A design studio and home furnishings shop, Iris & Co. boasts all sorts of unique finds varying from traditional, contemporary, vintage, and new. 3934 Crosshaven Drive, 205.969.5727.
Girls on the go will feel right at home at ivivva, a brand of lululemon athletica. Specifically designed for girls ages 4 to 14, ivivva offers fun and fashionable athletic apparel that’s made to move for whatever sport or activity a little athlete enjoys. 3157 Cahaba Heights Road, 205.262.4794
Eat & Drink
BAM SPORTS GRILL
One visit to BAM Sports Grill and you’ll want come back for more than just the 18 TVs to watch your favorite team on game day. What draws locals to BAM Sports Grill time and again? Delicious offerings like the Build-Your-Own BAM Burger (a burger that’s cooked on a wood grill and topped with your choice of toppings), the Big BAM Nachos, and the too-big-to-eat-with-one-hand chicken wings. 3144 Cahaba Heights Village, 205.352.2345.
Chicken salad may reign supreme at O’Carr’s, but the rest of the menu can certainly stand on its own. Other favorites include the Poached Pear Salad and practically that includes turkey (the restaurant roasts its own turkey every day). And don’t forget: a meal at O’Carr’s is never complete without its famous homemade cheesecake. 3150 Cahaba Heights Village, 205.967.4173.
For the freshest seafood around, check out Sexton’s Seafood. The seafood shop carries everything from whole fish and shrimp to oysters and crawfish—straight from the Gulf. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Sexton’s will special order it for you. 3164 Heights Village, 205.967.3437.
NEW YORK BUTCHER SHOPPE
Prefer turf instead of surf? New York ButcherShoppe’s selections include fresh, hand-cut premium Angus Beef steaks—prepared with their special rub (if requested). But the shop isn’t just about the beef. Other selections include chicken, pork, veal and lamb, as well as prepared foods and specialty sandwiches. Don’t miss lunch—they offer a sandwich large enough to share. 3158 Heights Village, 205.970.7300.
At FoodBar, chef George McMillian cooks what he knows: farm-to-table dishes that are fresh, creative, and delicious. Whether you are enjoying dinner on date night or grabbing a cocktail with friends, FoodBar’s seasonally-inspired selections are sure to please. 3156 Heights Village, 205.876.8100.
THE OLIVE BRANCH
For nine years, The Olive Branch has been serving up Mediterranean favorites like gyros, kabobs, hummus, and falafel. Not sure what to try first? Order the stuffed squash, a local favorite that features yellow squash and grape leaves stuffed with ground beef, white rice, and spices.
3236 Cahaba Heights Road, 205.967.4600.
With more than 100 years of combined cycling experience, the staff at Cahaba Cycles knows a thing or two about cycling, and they enjoy sharing that knowledge every day. In addition to helping customers select the right bike, the store also offers cycling accessories, bike repairs, and weekly cycling groups. 3179 Cahaba Heights Road, 205.967.2003.
Master Esthetician Makeup Artist Annette Hyche has one goal: to make everyone in feel beautiful. Studio A is the realization of that goal with its products and services, including facials, waxing, sunless tanning, makeup, hair artistry, and massages. 4274 Cahaba Heights Court, 205.969.8998.
The young and the young at heart enjoy shopping at Learning Express. Here you’ll find a great selection of toys that you can’t find just anywhere. 3132 Heights Village, 205.970.9710.