By MADOLINE MARKHAM
Steeple Arts owner Deanny Coates Hardy along with assistant teachers Tricia Brice and Hannah Barnette and teachers Annette Troxell and Bee Lewis pause during a rehearsal with 5-6-year-old Ballet & Jazz Class and 9-10-year-old Hip-Hop Class students. Photo by Madoline Markham.
Lola Mae Coates was known for always telling her dance students: “Hold your pretty heads high and be proud of yourself.”
Even though Coates retired from Steeple Arts in 2002, passing the reigns as director on to her daughter, Deanny Coates Hardy, today the studio still teaches that same self-confidence to a fourth generation of students.
“We’ve always said we love children through dance,” Hardy said.
All of the current Steeple Arts faculty took dance from the studio while growing up.
“We teach so much more than ballet,” said Bee Lewis, who has been teaching at Steeple Arts for about 20 years. “We teach manners, we teach classroom skills, we teach them how to be kind to each other.” Continue reading
By CHRISTIANA ROUSSEL
Manager Cameron Wallis and owner Will Haver in the newly opened Taco Mama in Crestline. Photo by Jennifer Gray.
Crestline Village residents have long been accustomed to slowing traffic on Church Street, but a new arrival on this strip has folks slowing down even more: Taco Mama.
Otey’s Tavern owner Will Haver has recently opened Taco Mama at 63 Church Street in the former Crestline Seafood location.
Although Otey’s specializes in fantastic burgers, beers and music, the idea of a small taco joint had been in Haver’s mind for years.
“There’s really nothing else like this in Birmingham,” he said. “We aim to please our friends and fellow Mountain Brook neighbors but hope the word will spread to other Birmingham residents.”
The menu is thoughtfully laid out with build-your-own options on one side and standard specialties on the other. Easy choices include any one of the burritos like the Cheezy Beef, the vegetarian Tree Hugger or seafood-filled Hippie. Tacos are smaller in size, meaning you can mix-and-match several varieties to create a meal: pork, chicken, steak or fish.
By MARY NOBLES HANCOCK
Dr. David Hufham with his orthodontic patients Photo by Anne Wood.
From braces to retainers to cleft palates, Dr. David Hufham’s orthodontic practice has been serving patients in Crestline for the past 10 years.
“He is just a wonderful orthodontist,” said Landon Stivender, mother of patient Walton, 14, “and the whole staff is kind and friendly. It has just been a pleasant experience.”
Hufham knows the importance of the impact of his business on the lives of his patients; his own children attend Cherokee Bend Elementary School, Anna in sixth grade, James in third and Henry in kindergarten. “I only do what I would do for my own children,” he said. Continue reading
By MIA BASS
Rick Morrow, Assistant Julia Holt and Owner Mike Morrison in Mountain Brook Sporting Goods. Photo by Mia Bass.
If you’ve watched a little girl in a Mountain Brook Spartans cheerleading uniform or been to a little league game recently, you’ve probably seen Mountain Brook Sporting Goods’ merchandise put to use. Pride in the Spartans is something you can feel from stepping in the store, and it’s something that is equally important to owner Mike Morrison.
“Everyone in Mountain Brook makes it possible,” he said. Continue reading
By MADOLINE MARKHAM
A Walmart Neighborhood Market, like the one in Homewood on Palisades Blvd., is under discussion to be built on Montclair Road near Crestline. Photo by Keith McCoy.
Walmart has discussed developing a Walmart Neighborhood Market grocery store on the five acres adjacent to Beech Circle, and Crestline residents are concerned about the prospect. The city of Birmingham property is located across from Trinity Medical Center on Montclair Road.
“There is no agreement in place now,” said Sonny Culp, real estate broker for the property and Senior Vice President of Graham & Company. Culp, a Crestline resident, said he could not confirm who the party interested in development is, but he acknowledged that it has leaked out from other sources that it is Walmart. Continue reading
By MIA BASS
Owners Sarah and Linda in the Crestline location of Once Upon A Time. Photo by Mia Bass.
It’s evident from stepping in her store that Linda Flaherty loves providing parents new and experienced with everything they need to care for infants. The Once Upon A Time owner greets parents at the entrance to her sea of pale pink and sky blue by speaking softly to babies in their arms. “Let me have a peek,” she says.
From infant and toddler clothes to diaper bags and furniture, Once Upon A Time sells a selection of items to create a nursery escape for baby. “It’s a little bit of everything,” Flaherty said. The shop offers gifts for baby showers including blankets, stuffed toys, diaper bags and baby carriers. For the summer, there is a wide selection of bathing suits with ruffles and seersucker detailing. Continue reading
By MIA BASS
Becky Burkhart poses with her two boys, Ben and Will, before the Fourth of July parade.
Crestline neighbors gather for a parade of decorated bikes, wagons and a few boxcars each Fourth of July. Four or five streets in the Mountain Lane and Mountain Park Drive area come together with between 25 and 50 kids to kick off the patriotic holiday with a bang.
“People here definitely make the most of the Fourth,” said Betsy Burkhart, a mom of two who has lived in the area for nine years. Continue reading