I’ll never forget being downtown in the Alley over ten years ago when Bob Parker tapped me on the shoulder and said, “come check out the future home of Dreamland Bar-B-Que.” Having known Bob for 30 plus years, I had never seen him more excited about anything as he walked me through the empty space describing what he had set out to do. Bob’s mom, Betsy, describes him as her “dreamer” and we are fired up to celebrate 10 years of success that resulted from Bob’s vision of possibilities.
Nestled in the charming Peppertree Shopping Center at 8129 Vaughn Road lies a sophisticated boutique filled with all of your favorite things. Featuring exclusive selections of quality cosmetics, skincare, fragrances, candles, modern fashion, and accessories, Bella has been Montgomery’s upscale, lifestyle boutique for nearly two decades, staying fresh and current. Back by popular demand, owner Jane Williams has reunited the original, dynamic team of John, Meagan and Brianna, who encompass years of experience in retail and spa, cosmetic artistry, and professional aesthetic services. Her team is on a mission to carry on the success of Bella, as they gear up for the showroom’s 18th anniversary later this year.
Imagine that instead of just turning on a tap or opening a bottle for a drink of water you had to haul water from sources outside your home—sources that are often dirty and filled with bacteria. What if the very water that should be life-giving has the potential to make you very ill or even cause your death? Most of us have a hard time picturing ourselves in that situation, but for so many people across the globe, that is their reality. One organization, Filter of Hope, is working to change that reality by sharing clean water and the love of Christ with those that need it most.
An idea that originally started out on a Post-it note by Margaret Lowder in 2014 soon became the captivating children’s board book about one dog’s adventures, “Amos Likes to Jump.” Four years later, one board book has morphed into The Amos Book Co., an ever-growing collection of children’s items all based off of the eponymous dog that has been Margaret’s sidekick for the last seven years. Published in 2015, “Amos Likes to Jump” is the first in the series of Amos stories, and teaches young children the value and importance of individuality. Fans of this energetic and amiable character didn’t have to wait long for more Amos adventures, as one year later “Amos Bounces Back, A Tale of Too Much TV” was released. In addition to the second book, The Amos Book Co. also branched out into offering other products, including an Amos coloring and activity book, puzzle and plush toy.
Imagine a woman picking out a sexy dress to welcome her husband home after a long trip in the 1970s, or putting on the perfect skirt for a sock hop in the 1950s. Vintage clothing is steeped in mystery and history, and learning or dreaming about it is half the charm of wearing it. Tucked away in Eastbrook Flea Market and Antique Mall, Kynard Korner Vintage Boutique holds decades of stories threaded into silk, taffeta and polyester just waiting for the right person to come along and discover them. If you thought Kynard Korner was a thrift store, think again.
When summer weather lasts well into October, it’s hard to turn your thoughts to the holidays. But, they are fast approaching no matter the temperature. With the holiday season comes the search for those perfect gifts for family, friends, and coworkers. One shop in the River Region is happy to help you find just what you need for that special person in your life.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. The brick and mortar may have moved, but what hasn’t changed is the delightful experience you can expect each time you walk into Al’s Flowers.
Domestic violence is a pervasive and devastating problem with 1 in 3 women and 1 in 7 men, age 18 and older, experiencing domestic violence at some point during their lives. The Family Sunshine Center (FSC) received over 2000 crisis calls last year and served over 1800 domestic violence clients through either safe shelter or counseling services. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 10 million women and men in the U.S. suffer physical violence each year at the hands of an intimate partner and 7 million children live in families where domestic violence occurs. These violent acts shatter people’s sense of well-being, causes health problems that can last a lifetime, and can diminish children’s ability to function well in school and in life. FSC is on a mission to offer HOPE, HEALING, shelter, advocacy, empowerment, and education with a goal to END DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.
We all spend a lot of time in our car and know that when our car is clean and we love what we drive, it makes all the difference. Proline Detailing is one of the best-kept secrets in the River Region for helping to make this a driver’s reality.
Ronda Walker, vice chairman of the Montgomery County Commission, has had a desire to make her community a better place since before she could even vote. She is currently running for a seat in the Alabama State Senate, which is the culmination of a fulfilling but sometimes challenging journey for Walker. Through it all, however, her goal is clear—to serve the people of the River Region and see their lives changed for good.