Crestwood is a hidden gem in Birmingham. We bought our first house here a couple of years ago and we knew we’d like this neighborhood, we just didn’t know how much we’d end up loving it. Crestwood is walking distance from Cahaba Brewery, and Avondale (a bit of a hike but on a nice day it’s so doable) but the best part of Crestwood is that there is so much to offer right in the neighborhood! And it’s super dog friendly! Unfortunately, we are moving to Texas in a few short days (Which is why I’m so late on this blog post!) but we’ve so enjoyed our time here and I wanted to highlight some of our favorite Crestwood spots.
Elements and Trxi Vintage. This local shop is two in one! Elements and Trxi share the space and offer really cute clothes, jewelry, candles, cards, drink mixers, and so much more. It’s very dog friendly and Kermit loves to go in and sniff around. Sometimes their dog, Lowe, is there to greet you. The owners of Elements, Johnnie and Mallory are welcoming and helpful. This place is perfect for picking up a gift for someone, or just to find something for yourself. We love to pop into Elements to browse around, and we usually end up leaving with something. I love the soy candles, and my husband loves their old fashioned mixer (it’s not too sweet, and when you add an orange rind it’s perfect). Trxi Vintage has tons of vintage women’s clothes, hats, shoes and jewelry. There really is something for everyone.
Right next to Elements/Trxi Vintage is Crestwood Pharmacy and Soda Fountain. Taylor and Tyler are the owners and they are very friendly and knowledgeable. They offer over the counter medicines, prescriptions, toiletries, etc-I was even able to get my flu shot there last fall. They also sell locally brewed kombucha (I’m currently obsessed with the lavender flavor), ice cream, and shakes. If you need something and they don’t have it, just let them know and they will special order it for you. I get all of my prescriptions from them and it’s so convenient to just be able to walk and pick them up! Taylor even dropped off a prescription when I was unable to get it-this was soon after our daughter was born and it was an incredible help. They are a wonderful addition to the Crestwood community!
Seasick Records is another two in one located in the shopping center. They are both a record store and a barber shop-my husband gets his hair cut there often. They offer a wide variety of records, new and old, and CDs. It’s so fun to poke around and see what you can find. We don’t have a record player, but I got an old Bruce Springsteen CD that my dad had when I was younger. There’s nothing quite like the The Boss with the windows down on a summer day. Seasick Records frequently hosts different events, meet and greets, etc. Each spring they have Record Store Day with giveaways, a DJ, new releases, and a live performance. (Man do we wish we would still be in town for that even this year!)
Urban Suburban is another favorite of ours. They have been around for a long time and have everything from antique furniture to vintage knick knacks, to locally made Birmingham clothing and decor. We love to browse around and see what’s new and on sale. We’ve gotten some smaller pieces of art for our home there, as well as a beautiful, versatile, entertainment center. Urban Suburban hosts a Christmas Party every year with drinks, snacks, and lots of great sales. It’s a fun time to meet some neighbors and get some deals before the holidays. I believe they also host a similar party in the summer months. Kermit loves checking out all the different things and he usually even snags a treat or two from the front desk.
True Story Brewing is a new addition to the Crestwood Shops but we quickly came to love it. It used to be a vape shop (you can still purchase vape products) but they currently brew their own beer as well as offer local beer from other Bham breweries. It’s small, but the bartenders and the owner, Craig Shaw, are all outgoing and friendly. They have a fenced in back patio that is still a bit of a work in progress, but we love to sit out there on warm spring evenings. My favorite beer they offer is the Coconut Porter, definitely unique and refreshing! They have local art decorating the walls and offer fresh food on the weekends.
Crestwood Shopping Center is really a bright spot in the community. They also have a wonderful coffee shop, a market with a huge wine selection (and a great place to pick up that one think you forgot but you really need), and a tavern/dive bar. I love that there are these amazing, locally owned, places for neighbors to have a drink, a bite to eat, and shop around. Even if you don’t live nearby, it is definitely worth a drive to check out these spots. We will certainly miss Crestwood but feel so lucky to have been part of this wonderful community!