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East Lake residents to get choices for their morning cup

east59interiorIt’s been several months since the REVIVE pop-up initiative visited several of REV Birmingham‘s commercial districts. One of the long-awaited results of that effort in East Lake is the opening of East 59, a coffee shop to be located at 7619 1st Avenue North near Oporto-Madrid Blvd. A May 19 status update to the company’s fan page on Facebook let folks know they’d been approved for build-out, keeping them on-track for the summer opening long mentioned on their website. They won’t be the only ones keeping area residents caffeinated this summer though…

coffeebooksbluesA Kickstarter campaign launched by Sharrif Simmons suggests area residents will have at least two coffee houses to choose from later this summer, though the second will have a different vibe. The New York native is looking to open Coffee, Books, and Blues by July, bringing an independent bookstore and music venue to the area at 752 81st St., S., near the corner of Rugby Avenue and 81st St. S. Simmons once worked at the famed Liberation Bookstore in Harlem and is its late founder Una Mulzac‘s great nephew. He plans to offer a selection of both new and used books. There are also plans to serve as a performance venue and to host a farmers market on Sundays.

Looking forward to seeing how both of these efforts move forward.

It’ll take just a little longer at Ruffner

Tree Top Vistors Center - Ruffner Mountain Nature CenterWe’ve just received word that the repaving of the parking lot on Ruffner Mountain Nature Center‘s East Lake side that was scheduled for this week will now not start until tomorrow morning (BTW, they’ve launched their new website earlier this week).

If everything goes according to plan, officials at the center hope that hikers will be able to access the hiking trails from the East Lake side of the mountain beginning on Tuesday, June 30 (though they would rather you call the center before you head over there just in case bad weather causes additional delays).

The new visitors center is still not scheduled to be open to the general public until August; so for now you’ll just have to watch it from afar – after Tuesday – until then. The website’s front page has information about other access points for folks wanting to hike.

Image: courtesy of the organization’s website.

More places to find it fresh

Back in May Christina gave us a few options for finding fresh produce in the Magic City. Well, you can add at least three more options to that list. The Park Place Farmer’s Market started up its third season last Wednesday in Linn Park; they’ll keep on going until August 27 from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Jones Valley Urban Farm logoThe folks over at Jones Valley Urban Farm invite you over to the Gardens of Park Place to pick up produce between 4 – 6 p.m. at their after-work farm stand. It’s available Monday – Thursday through August and Tuesdays only from September to April.

Those living on the city’s East side can head over to the South East Lake Farmers Market at 78th Street and 2nd Avenue South every Saturday through October 25 for fresh produce.

Let us know if there are any others that we’re missing…

A Rainbow in Roebuck Springs

A Rainbow in Roebuck Springs - Bob Farley/f8Photo

Bob Farley/f8Photo.org

A rainbow graced the Birmingham area this morning. At times it formed a faint second rainbow, but that one did not last long. The main rainbow lasted for more than a half an hour. The photo was taken looking southwest toward downtown from the Roebuck area.

Family Fishing Rodeo, East Lake Park

11th Annual Birmingham Park and Recreation Family Fishing Rodeo is the largest community fishing event in the state of Alabama. Birmingham’s East Lake is stocked with tons of catfish and bass especially for this event.

Enjoy activity booths, fantastic giveaways, family-oriented fun, and more. For more information, call 205-254-2391.

Cost: Free

East Lake Park
84th Street & 1st Avenue North