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Finish Up Your Holiday Shopping With These Tuscaloosa Stores

Find the perfect holiday gift with these local stores.

Are you ready for the holidays? Oh, we know it's a bit early to be asking, but why wait when you can get a jump on things by doing your holiday shopping early? What's more, you may be delighted to know you can do it locally, near Tuscaloosa homes for sale, supporting your nearby merchants and boosting the economy. Sure, online shopping is easy, and no doubt you'll be doing some of that, but do give your neighbor businesses a chance to fulfill your holiday dreams.

  1. Lou and Company. 1922 University Blvd, Suite A Tuscaloosa
    If you like shopping for holiday gifts that are "locally or artisanally sourced," then Lou and Company is for you. Named after owner Sydney Burns' charming Goldendoodle, Lou and Company reflects the owner's talent for stocking eye-catching apparel and gifts. Whether it's a pompom hat for a sorority sister, a gold-hammered Champagne-type glass to serve Veuve Cliquot in for Christmas dinner, a Geisha robe for your special significant other, or some snazzy Tuscaloosa acrylic coasters for the office gift-giving, Lou and Company can fulfill your wishes, dreams, and wants for the holiday season.

  2. The Shirt Shop. 525 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa
    Ever since opening in 1979, The Shirt Shop has been helping shoppers choose that elusive holiday gift for guys — you know how tough that can be! They've got a great selection of items for any age of "him": from bowties to Jack Black hair and skin care products, game day clothing, and even dog toys and accessories! Be sure to have a look at the customized game day Elephant Wear line, designed especially for Crimson Tide fans.

  3. Leather and Lace, 2000 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Suite 4, Tuscaloosa
    Here's that boutique you've been looking for to shop for the ladies in your life. How about a unique graphic tee or sweatshirt? Check. Been searching for mini dresses or rompers, leather dresses or baby dolls? Got 'em. Or how about a gift card to the Taylormade Salon for an appointment with one of the talented stylists or for some of the special salon products? Hurry on down to Leather and Lace.

  4. 1015 University Blvd., Tuscaloosa
    is the place for all things Bama. If you can think of it, it's there, in glorious crimson and white. Try a logo Panama hat for a change from ball caps — or just go with a pachyderm-emblazoned trucker cap. There are jerseys, jackets, and jewelry, plus pet accessories, tailgating and party supplies, stadium accessories, coolers, and lunch boxes. Shop online or come in and be amazed at more Bama gear than you imagined in the universe.

  5. Ernest and Hadley Booksellers. 1928 7th St., Tuscaloosa
    What could be more local than an indie bookseller? And what bespeaks an indie bookseller more than a name like Ernest and Hadley Booksellers, with its ring of nostalgia for more bookish days? Find your classics, your new bestsellers, the small press titles you read about in The New Yorker, or treasured used and rare volumes. Keep up with book signings and other events. Give a gift certificate to the reader in your life.

  6. The Wine Market. 515 Greensboro Ave., Tuscaloosa
    You need to go no further than The Wine Market to shop for the wine lover in your family. Known as a downtown destination for tasting wine and sampling small plates, The Wine Market offers special wines by the bottle and wine accessories.

Our real estate agents can answer your questions about shopping in lively and dynamic Tuscaloosa. They can also help you buy or sell a house. Contact us today.


Explore Tuscaloosa Local Arts At These Venues

If you want to explore the creative side of Tuscaloosa, make sure you visit these local stores and venues.

If you've been shopping for Tuscaloosa homes for sale, you probably want to know what your prospective neighborhood has to offer in the way of schools, houses of worship, medical facilities, restaurants, and recreation. But our real estate agents also recommend that you broaden your horizons by checking out the local arts scene.

Maybe you're already in a home, and it just never occurred to you to get to know what artistic and cultural amenities are nearby. Whether it's going to a gallery show, taking art lessons, listening to live music, or hearing a lecture in an independent bookstore, you'll find fun, interesting and edifying things to do for the whole family. 

Here are some of our recommendations for the Tuscaloosa area. 

  1. Ernest and Hadley Book Sellers.  1928 7th St, Tuscaloosa
    April 30 was Independent Bookstore Day, but even if you missed it, celebrate by visiting your local bookstore: Ernest and Hadley Book Sellers. Independent bookstores have struggled with competing against national chains, but also because people have found alternative means of "reading" by listening to streamed books or just forsaking reading altogether. But bookstores these days are much more than places to shop for a book — although you can certainly do that by sampling a few pages of the books you're interested in. You can also stop by for book signings and talks by authors, sometimes served with tea!

  2. Tuscaloosa Amphitheater.  2710 Jack Warner Pkwy., Tuscaloosa
    Tuscaloosa Amphitheater presents a range of performers, offering the finest in live music. Recent headliners include the Avett Brothers while coming soon are the Black Crowes. 

  3. The Arts Council. 600 Greensboro Ave., Tuscaloosa
    Show your support for local arts in Tuscaloosa by becoming a supporting member of the Arts Council. Support a variety of arts initiatives from gallery exhibitions, to comedy shows, to cultural events and theater. The Arts Council encompasses Bama Theatre, Children's Hands-on Museum, Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, Harrison Galleries, Kentuck Art Center, and others. 

  4. Oz Music. 506 14th St., Tuscaloosa
    Oz Music is Music Central for Tuscaloosa's discriminating indie music lovers, and others too, who just want to get a groove on by listening to the latest tunes. Plus, Oz buys and sells the latest vinyl, CDs, and DVDs. From Dance and Electronic, to Rap and Hip-Hop, to Blues and Jazz, to Classical and World Music, and Country and Folk, Oz is a real wonderland for the musically diverse.

  5. Art Garage. 2422 6th St., 2422 6th St, Tuscaloosa
    What a novel idea: a membership for the whole family so all can indulge their individual penchants for creating art. Buy a family membership and enroll the kids in such fun events as Dollhouse Camp or Crafts Camp. For adults, enroll in Parents' Night Out or Community Art lessons with a skilled instructor. Art Garage members may partake of exclusive benefits and have unlimited access to open play sessions.

  6. Kentuck Art Center and Festival. 3501 5th St, Northport. Art exhibitions are at various museums. 
    The Kentuck Center curates four exhibition spaces annually — the programming is chosen without biases of age, race, gender, and socioeconomic background and with the crossing of cultural boundaries. Some programming is free so that the underserved in the local community can participate. Further, there is an annual two-day festival in October, called Kentuck Festival of the Arts, which attracts more than 10,000 visitors, and features the works of 270-plus artists, live music, activities for children, spoken word, folk and contemporary craft demonstrations, food trucks, and craft brews.

Here's hoping you'll find your way to one of the fabulous arts and cultural venues around our area. Questions? Contact us today.


Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth This Valentine's Day In Tuscaloosa

Valentine's Day is coming up fast, so don't waste time and visit these great Tuscaloosa chocolate and candy shops to find the perfect gift.

Valentine's Day, the day for celebrating love, has long been associated with sweet things — chocolate, in particular. Heart-shaped bonbons and heart-shaped boxes full of sweet treats all bespeak the association of love with sweets. But how did we get from celebrating Valentine's Day to sweet treats?

Valentine's Day began when a Roman bishop by that name defied a ban and secretly granted marriages to soldiers and their sweethearts. Valentine was imprisoned and was said to have sent a letter to the daughter of his jailer, signing it "Your Valentine."

A few centuries later, the tradition of sending love letters called valentines emerged, followed a few hundred years later with the beginning of sending sweets to one's beloved. Chocolate, which was a gift from the Aztecs to the rest of the world, was originally consumed as a drink. Europeans turned it into candy, and then the English turned these into a Valentine's Day tradition.

History aside, there are lots of ways to celebrate the sweetest Valentine's Day ever here in Tuscaloosa, and most of these venues are close to Tuscaloosa homes for sale. Shop for the perfect Valentine's Day gift, or celebrate your love by trying out something new and offbeat in the world of sweets.

Sweet Treat Venues in Tuscaloosa

  1. Peterbrooke Chocolates. 1530 Mcfarland Blvd N C, Tuscaloosa.
    Nothing says love like scrumptious, handmade chocolate. Besides individual chocolates (check out the heart-shaped red ones), Peterbrooke Chocolates also offers chocolate-covered popcorn, gift baskets (try the Lover's Gift Basket for Valentine's Day), and more.

  2. Babe's Doughnuts. 500 Greensboro Ave., Tuscaloosa. 
    What could be less pretentious than the great American donut (or doughnut)? If your sweetheart is the down-to-earth type, who likes his/her sweets with a downhome flavor, then look no further than Babe's Doughnuts. Also known for their coffee drinks and breakfast sandwiches, Babe's shows it's not just about taste but also eye appeal with its versatile doughnut decorations.

  3. Tazikis Mediterranean Cafe. 1800 McFarland Blvd E. Tuscaloosa.
    In the mood for something with an international flair? How about taking your loved one out for a fabulous Mediterranean dinner at Tazikis? Sample one of the delicious gyros or maybe one of the trademark entrees, such as kebabs, pork loin, grilled salmon or a vegetarian feast. Declare your love after they take away the dishes — just as they bring the toothsome baklava or chocolate chip cookies.

  4. Edgar's Bakery. 1653 Mcfarland Blvd N, in the Tuscaloosa Galleria.
    It can be a challenge to find a place to dine out on Valentine's evening, but you can do a light lunch at Edgar's Bakery, then celebrate at home with a glass of wine and a slice of cake, some pretty petits fours, or other glorious pastries.

  5. Nothing Bundt Cakes. 1393 McFarland Blvd E, Tuscaloosa.
    Nothing Bundt Cakes is a franchise, but this bakery has held onto the things that have made it a national success: fresh ingredients. So if you're looking for a great cake as the centerpiece of your intimate Valentine's Day celebration, just call up Nothing Bundt Cakes. Take your pick from Snickerdoodle, Confetti, White Chocolate Raspberry, Pecan Praline, Marble, and so much more.

  6. The Wine Market.
    Love wine? We do, especially for Valentine's Day. Make your way to The Wine Market and try red or rose, or something with bubbles for extra sparkle — just right for Valentine's Day. Pair it with small plates, then follow up with a smooth and creamy French Silk Pie.

Our real estate agents know the Tuscaloosa neighborhood. Ask for recommendations, or let us help you sell your home, or find a new one. Contact us today.


Spend A Day In Downtown Tuscaloosa

Downtown Tuscaloosa has a lot to offer. Here are some of the best stops to visit while you explore the area.

Need a break from searching for your next home? Spend the day in downtown Tuscaloosa! Our real estate agents know that downtown Tuscaloosa is full of unique shops and delicious restaurants. Here are some places to add to your itinerary.

  1. Cravings Artisan Pizza Company

Cravings Artisan Pizza Company serves mouth-water Detroit and Sicilian-style pizzas. Their menu also includes breakfast offerings and sandwiches. Order a refreshing glass of ice-cold beer or wine to complement your selection.

  1. Mugshots Grill & Bar

In the mood for a burger after checking out Tuscaloosa homes for sale? Stop by Mugshots Grill & Bar for a grilled Angus burger, complete with your choice of toppings. Mugshots has been voted the Best Burger in Tuscaloosa numerous times.

Try a traditional favorite, like the Middleberger (served with mayo, mustard, pickles, onion, and tomatoes), or order one of the specialty entrees, such as the Southern Burger (served with housemade pimento cheese, bacon, fried pickles, lettuce, and tomato).

Mugshots also offers salads, sandwiches, hot dogs, and a variety of deep-friend sides and appetizers, include beer-battered fries, onion rings, nachos, and wings. They also have milkshakes and a variety of brews on tap.

  1. The Makers Market

The Makers Market is a specialty gift shop and grocery store that has something for everyone. Pick up a jar of jalapeno, blueberry lavender, or fig balsamic jam. Or, try the delicious apple butter or one of the pepper jellies.

Many of the flavors also come in sugar-free varieties. Salsa, banana bread, and specialty vinegar combos are also available. This fun gift shop also offers seasonal wares and home decor perfect for your next holiday celebration.

  1. Lou and Co.

Founded by Alabama native Sydney Powers, Lou and Co. were established to satisfy the unmet need for elegant home decor, gifts, and clothing in Tuscaloosa. This creative shop is an excellent stop to find a gift for any occasion, including baby showers, sorority bid days, and birthdays. Lou and Co. also offers monogramming for many of their offerings, including packing cubes, totes, towels, ad blankets.

  1. The Shirt Shop

Need to overhaul your gameday apparel? Stop by The Shirt Shop! The Shirt Shop offers an extensive collection of shirts, vests, builds, and hats that make it easy for a Bama fan to spruce up their wardrobe.

Or, if you prefer a more customized look, take advantage of The Shirt Shop's option to build your own game day apparel. You can choose practically every aspect of your Bama shirt, including the style, color, logo, and logo location.

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National Cookie Month: Tuscaloosa Bakeries for Your Sweet Tooth

Tuscaloosa Bakeries

October is National Cookie Month! As if Halloween didn't make October sweet enough, National Cookie Month makes sure that our sweet tooths are taken care of for 31 days straight! If you're ready to spend every night sharing a plate of cookies with your family or friends, our REALTORS® suggest that you stop by one of these Tuscaloosa bakeries for some of the city's best cookies.

  1. Heritage House Coffee & Tea – 700 Towncenter Boulevard, Tuscaloosa, AL 35406
    As the first coffee house in Tuscaloosa, Heritage House Coffee & Tea know a thing or two about providing delicious pastries to sugar lovers. Their daily-made treats include a variety of cookies like iced shortbread cookies, white chocolate and chocolate chip cookies, and Monster cookies. We recommend adding a gourmet coffee to your order like their Midnight Magic with dark chocolate, Scottish Highlander with butterscotch, or the Ja-makin-me-crazy with coconut bits.

  2. Mary's Cakes & Pastries – 412B 22nd Ave., Northport, AL 35476
    If you're in town touring Northport homes for sale, you can fuel up for your search at Mary's Cakes & Pastries. All of their cookies are made in-house in small batches to ensure each one is perfect. While their selection can change daily, you should usually be able to grab their shortbreads and regular glazed cookies without issue. Of course, if you're gearing up for a game, there's no better way to say Roll Tide this season than to order up a Bama Dozen which are 17 cookies officially licensed by the University of Alabama.

  3. Edgar's Bakery – 1653 Mcfarland Blvd. N., Tuscaloosa, AL 35406
    There's no way you can live in Tuscaloosa and not have heard of Edgar's Bakery. Their baked goods have spread throughout the Southeast while their reputation has reached around the country to lure in sweet tooths from every corner of America. Among their popular offerings are their cookies and cookie doughs. Grab a box of cookies or bring home some dough so you can bake them yourself!

  4. Mi Casita Bakery – 513 Hargrove Rd. E., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
    If you really want to celebrate National Cookie Month to its fullest potential, go big! Mi Casita Bakery is a wholesale, self-service bakery with amazing baked good for unbelievable prices. A hidden gem that will draw you in by the nose, we recommend calling in a huge order of cookies that you can share with your family all month long.

  5. The Whimsy Cookie Company – 305 21st Ave. Ste. 305C, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
    Though The Whimsy Cookie Company may not be born and bred in Tuscaloosa, we've adopted it as one of our favorite confectionaries all the same. Sugar Cookies, Whimsy Cookie Bites, Whimsy Gooey Butter Cookies, and Specialty Cookies are all available, offering visitors dozens of options to choose from. With so many delicious options to choose from, you can fill National Cookie Month with Whimsy like never before!

Are you dreaming of a new home? We can make that dream a reality. Contact us today to tour Tuscaloosa homes for sale with spacious kitchens perfect for baking cookies in.


National Coffee Day: Local Coffee Shops in Tuscaloosa

Coffee in Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa is home to many local coffee shops perfect for your morning cup of joe. Our real estate agents are ready to celebrate National Coffee Day on Tuesday, September 29th, and encourage you to treat yourself to a beverage at one of these great coffee shops around Tuscaloosa. 

  1. Turbo Coffee - 2010 8th St., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
    In case you had any doubt about their philosophy, the motto of Turbo Coffee is, "Making People Faster." Their extensive selection of hot and cold drip coffee, pour overs, lattes and other beverages takes up nearly an entire page in the menu. Turbo Coffee supplements their caffeine drinks with healthy options such as acai, mango, and pitaya bowls, along with coconut and almond milk smoothies. Order ahead online or by phone for quick pickup. 

  2. UPerk - 405 20th Ave., Suite 2, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
    UPerk uses the common denominator of coffee to fuel a community gathering spot for everyone in the area of Tuscaloosa homes for sale. What began as a free pop-up near the University of Alabama campus has grown into a full-service, non-profit coffee shop with opportunities for student interns. In addition to traditional and specialty coffee drinks, UPerk serves all-day breakfast and lunch with sandwiches, salads, and baked goods. Enjoy your coffee or meal outdoors on the sunny, spacious patio. 

  3. Joyful Java - Tuscaloosa Gateway Center, 2614 University Blvd. E., Tuscaloosa, AL 35404
    Owner Kate Hartmann founded Joyful Java in a quest to share the "toe-warming awakening" she gets from a cup of coffee. Brewed coffee, espresso, nitro cold brew, and Greek frappes are served with a "large side order of joy and happiness at no extra charge." Customers also rave about the signature breakfast sandwiches and avocado toast. Between their brick-and-mortar shop inside the Gateway Center and their mobile coffee truck, Joyful Java literally has Tuscaloosa's caffeine needs covered. Follow them on Facebook or Instagram for current truck locations.

  4. FIVE - 2324 6th St., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
    Ever have times when life feels just a bit too complicated? FIVE is a comfortably casual bar and restaurant where you can get a respite from the everyday hustle and bustle. The same attitude carries over to Java, the adjoining coffee shop where you can relax in café-style or outdoor seating. Java is also known for delicious toasts, including avocado or smoked salmon, and yogurt parfaits that are perfect for breakfast or afternoon snacks. Products are sourced locally wherever possible, and everything is made from scratch.

  5. Edgar's Bakery - 1653 McFarland Blvd., Tuscaloosa, AL 35406
    Does the word "bakery" conjure up visions of mouthwatering cookies, cupcakes, and pastries? Your dreams are reality at Edgar's Bakery, which has been providing Tuscaloosa with award-winning baked goods since 1993. Many of the bakery's products, such as carrot cake and Italian cream cake, are made from recipes that have been in owner Terry Smith's family for generations. In another sweet nod to family, Edgar's Bakery is named after Terry's father, who has been married to his mother for more nearly 70 years. With their emphasis on quality, it's no surprise that Edgar's serves first-rate regular and specialty coffee drinks as well.

Home is a place where the coffee is always on. Contact us at Hamner Real Estate for cheerful and experienced assistance buying or selling a home in Tuscaloosa.


National Ice Cream Month: Ice Cream Shops in the Tuscaloosa Area

Tuscaloosa Ice Cream Shops

I scream, you scream, Alabama screams for ice cream! July is National Ice Cream Month, giving us a sweet way to beat the summer heat. Although President Ronald Regan first declared July National Ice Cream Month in 1984, the invention of ice cream dates back thousands of years. Whether you like it in a cone or a cup, our real estate agents suggest that you grab yourself a few scoops of ice cream at these local shops.

  1. The Baked Bear – 1800 McFarland Blvd., E. Suite 207, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404
    If there's one animal that knows a thing or two about ice cream, it's The Baked Bear. Make your own custom ice cream sandwich by selecting an ice cream flavor and toppings to press between two cookies or brownies. You can even get your sandwich warmed up to make it an ooey-gooey treat. 

  2. TCBY – 2 McFarland Blvd., Northport, AL 35476
    A sweet shop claiming to have "The Country's Best Yogurt" must deliver, and TCBY doesn't disappoint. Located in the Essex Square Market Place, TCBY has 10 delicious flavors of frozen yogurt for those who would like to celebrate National Ice Cream Month with a healthier alternative. Sorbet, Greek yogurt, and no sugar added flavors are all on the menu, joining classic favorites like vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. If someone you know has a birthday coming up, grab them a cake from TCBY for a double-celebration!

  3. Cravings – 2332 University Blvd., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
    Celebrate National Ice Cream Month every night with dinner and dessert from Cravings. After you've picked out a fresh NY deli sandwich, lobster roll, or Sicilian-style pizza, dive into their sweet treats. They've got Halo Top ice cream in 22 flavors, four flavors of New Orleans ice cream and Dolcezza gelato, 12 varieties of Ben & Jerry's, and 15 different Coolhaus ice cream sandwiches and pints. With so much to choose from, you'll need more than a month to try everything Cravings has to offer.

  4. La Real Michoacana – 925 McFarland Blvd., Northport, AL 35405
    For a sweet treat that you don't have to scoop, head over to La Real Michoacana for a tasty ice cream bar. This cheery establishment has a variety of ice cream bars as well as hard ice cream scoops, too, all homemade and ready to tingle your taste buds! La Real Michocana is the perfect place to visit to support a family-owned ice cream shop near Northport homes for sale.

  5. Ingram Farms – 4300 Hwy 43, Northport, AL 35473
    Ingram Farms
    is a great local produce stand full of fresh and healthy food, but did you know that they also serve up delicious ice cream too? Grab a few scoops of their Mayfield or Blue Bell ice cream and top it with their fresh cup strawberries, bananas, blueberries, or other fruits. With the best produce available in Northport and Tuscaloosa, a stop at Ingram Farms is an easy way to treat your family while making sure that they get a healthy helping of fruits and veggies.

Wouldn't it be sweet to live near one of these tasty ice cream shops? Contact us today and let us help you find Tuscaloosa homes for sale.

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