Now the news: 12 new stores open in Birmingham, YMCA closes its 4th Ave location + more

Dogtopia opens new stores
Dogtopia is now open in Homewood. (dogtopia)

Happy Monday Birmingham! We’re kicking off a new week with all the latest happenings, including some exciting new businesses, a new jazz lounge and Alabama’s first downhill mountain biking park. Read on for all the details.

Lat Call Baking Co
Last Call Baking is one of the favorites of the many new stores that have opened in Bham. (@lastcallbaking / Instagram)

Birmingham is always full of new openings. From the hottest new fitness spots to the tastiest new bakeries, here’s what’s new and coming soon to The Magic City:

Now open:

  • Hello Bakery is now serving fresh pastries and homemade ice cream in small batches at Crestline Gardens.
  • Johnny Was, a California-based womenswear lifestyle brand, just opened its first Alabama location at The Summit.
  • Last Call Baking Co. soft has opened its brick and mortar store.
  • X⁴ Fitness opened the doors to its location in the New Ideal building near The Pizitz.
  • Dogtopia, the nation’s fastest growing dog daycare brand, recently opened in Homewood.
  • The day is finally here – Jeni’s is now open in Lane Park.
  • The Morning Sickness Clinic has just opened and is helping pregnant women deal with nausea, dehydration and more.


  • Spartan Fitness, a martial arts school, is planning to open a second location in Moody.
  • Biscuit Love, a Nashville-based brunch concept, is coming to Cahaba Heights in mid-December.
uptown jazz
uptown jazz. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

What’s happening: Uptown Jazz – a new jazz club founded by four Birmingham entrepreneurs has officially opened. The owners plan live jazz performances most weekend nights and will be incorporating open mic nights, karaoke and spoken word performances throughout the week.

Why it matters: Uptown jazz is Birmingham’s only Jazz lounge founded by four locals: Rod Conwell, Patrick Chatman I, Patrick Chatman II and Larry Forest. The owners founded Uptown Jazz to bring back the magic of the jazz bars that were so popular in the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s.

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Emile Hughes of RideBHM
Emile Hughes, CEO, RideBHM. (Pat Byington / Bham Now)

What’s happening: RideBHM will officially open on November 19th, bringing the mountain bike experience to Birmingham. RideBHM is perfect for any skill level and aims to give even beginners a great experience right from the start.

Why it matters: Red Mountain Park is the landlord of RideBHM. So when people go to RideBHM, they support Red Mountain Park. The park will start with mountain bike trails but hopes to grow and build a full resort experience.

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University of Alabama, Birmingham. (Jacob Blankenship/Bham Now)

What’s happening: In a recent US News & World Report, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) was ranked in the top 8 percent of the world’s universities AND the top-ranked school in Alabama.

Why it matters: This year, UAB ranked 160th out of more than 2,000 universities worldwide in the 2022 survey. One of the main reasons for UAB’s high ranking was the Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine – the school placed in the top 100 in seven areas in the world’s top 100 rankings.

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YMCA downtown. (Ironvest Real Estate)

What’s happening: The Board of Directors of the YMCA of Greater Birmingham announced that its downtown location at Fourth Avenue North will officially close on December 31. It’s closing, but it’s not gone forever. The YMCA continues its efforts to secure a new location for its services and programs downtown.

Why it matters: The building at 2101 4th Avenue North has housed the YMCA of Greater Birmingham since the facility opened in 1985. With 37 years as a vital resource and mainstay for the community, the site is closing due to a decline in membership and significant operating costs.

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