8 businesses that have closed since early December
With the start of a new year, we take a look back at businesses in The Magic City that have sadly closed. Read on to find out which places we were heartbroken to say goodbye to this winter.
1. Botany | Downtown
Plant lovers were devastated to see botanical, a local houseplant and decor store, nearby. Founder and owner Caitlin Hastings has terminated the downtown store’s lease, but will continue her landscaping services in the community.
“Thank you all for supporting Botanica Birmingham over the past three and a half years! With 2022 and the end of our lease, we have decided to close our storefront in Birmingham and focus on expanding our landscaping services for residents and businesses in Birmingham and Huntsville, offering consultations in person on plants, facilities and ongoing maintenance.
Botanica said in a Instagram post
Current store manager Kitt Campbell is the new owner of the Botanica store in Huntsville, which will remain open.
2. Zoe’s kitchen | ridge line
As a Mediterranean food enthusiast, I’m so sad to see this business closing. Crestline’s location is the fourth Zoe’s kitchen which closed in The Magic City – we said goodbye to the house wood restaurants this summer.
3. Cookie Dough Magic | Avondale
I think it’s fair to say that we all indulge in cookie dough from time to time. Cookie Dough Magic has been offering 13 safe cookie dough flavors for four years. Unfortunately, the original location in Avondale closed on December 3 due to the lasting effects of the pandemic. The good news is that you can still get this sweet treat at their Location of Trussville.
“As we celebrate our fourth Cookie Dough Magic anniversary, we are also faced with the very difficult decision to close our first site. We’ve had a whirlwind of emotions over the past four years and couldn’t be more grateful for the outpouring of love from our customers who quickly became friends.
Chris and Melissa Bell, Owners, Cookie Dough Magic
4. Local source | five points south
With local food and products, local source was a farmer’s market in a grocery store. For now, they have decided to close to work on expanding and building a more financially efficient local source. However, they will still share full details about Alabama farmers and artisans to support their Facebook waiting.
5. Ensley Fairfield Mattress | Pelham
One of Birmingham’s oldest family businesses is sadly closing its doors. After nearly 108 years of operation and four generations of ownership in the Holtzclaw family, Fairfield Ensley Mattress closes for family and economic reasons, pandemic restrictions and rising costs.
“As we approach our 108th year of serving Birmingham Underground, the 3rd generation owner of Ensley Fairfield Mattress Company is ready to hand over his keys and finally enjoy a well deserved and well deserved retirement. As a family , we’ve had conversations about whether to keep the shops open and continue to operate in the traditional way that Birmingham has become so used to, but the best party guest always knows the right time to leave. in this transition, it’s a good time for our family to close our last retail store in Alabama.
Holtzclaw Family, Ensley Fairfield Mattress Co, Inc.
6. Cafe Strand | Montevallo
Since February 2022, Strand Cafe served delicious coffees and bites to the community of Montevallo. For personal reasons, owner Sean Eichelberger has decided to close the cafe at the end of 2022.
“I am immensely proud of the impact the Strand Coffeehouse has been able to make in such a short time and am so grateful for the support and enthusiasm from the community. It had been my dream for so long to be able to open up my own space and be able to make coffee that people loved and be part of their daily lives.
However, as incredible as 2022 has been professionally, personal issues have led me to realize that in order to be at my best and create my best future, I must leave Montevallo and seek new challenges, personally and professionally.
Sean Eichelberger, Owner, Strand Coffeehouse
7. Krispy Kreme | Highway 280
Krispy Kreme’s The “hot light” is officially off on Hwy 280. Personally, I’m disappointed that I can’t stop at this location for a classic hot glazed donut. Fortunately, the Here is and Highway 31/Patton Chapel locations are always open for a sweet treat.
Fledging, a tech startup, was founded by Weida Tan, a Chinese exchange student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. This company specialized in consumer electronics with a focus on storage, data transfer and power supply. Based in Birmingham with offices in Dallas and Shenzhen, China, this company has decided to cease operations at the end of 2022.
According to Birmingham Business Journal (BBJ), we will see Ethan Summers, CEO of Fledging, as CEO of Exelli, launching later this month. It’s a platform to create how-to guides for your team and clients.
“I learned a lot as CEO of Fledging, my first company, including that lessons learned are just too expensive to become lessons lost. This new venture, in partnership with Harmony Venture Labs, is a wonderful opportunity to helping all kinds of people do their best, in the best way, luckily based here in Birmingham.
Ethan Summers, CEO of Exelli, told the BBJ
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