Auntie Anne’s held a ribbon cutting with the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama on May 26. The soft pretzel shop is located in University Mall. (205) 553-4200
Financial holding company BancorpSouth is now open in downtown Tuscaloosa (1100 Queen City Ave.). Contact mortgage lender Brad Moore. Bradbmoore.com; (205) 454-4573
Capstone Veterinary Hospital is now open in Tuscaloosa at 1600 Greensboro Avenue, under the direction of Dr. Katy S. Drain. Capstone offers quality pet care and services, including wellness visits and immunizations, specialized senior pet care, surgery, dentistry, boarding and baths. (205) 764-9465
Downtown Pedal Tours has launched two new pedal party bikes in downtown Tuscaloosa. Each bike seats up to 15 people. Several two-hour tours are offered, with stops at area restaurants, bars and shops throughout the area. Downtownpedaltours.com; (205) 535-4454
Gigi’s Cupcakes in Tuscaloosa reopened under new ownership in late-May. The store, owned and operated by Michelle Wood, is in its original location in Midtown Village: 1800 McFarland Blvd. East, Suite 434. Gigiscupcakesusa.com; (205) 343-0311
The Southern, chef-driven, restaurant River recently opened in Tuscaloosa (1650 Jack Warner Parkway, Unit 1005) along the banks of the Black Warrior River. Rivertuscaloosa.com; (205) 632-3801
Suite Space Boutique (2119 University Blvd.) celebrated a grand opening at its new store in downtown Tuscaloosa on June 2. Suite Space offers custom décor and furnishings for small spaces, including dorm rooms, sorority houses and more. Suitespaceboutique.com
Trek Bicycle Store is now open in Midtown Village (1800 McFarland Blvd. East, Suite 120). Trek offers a variety of different bicycles, along with rider support, professional repair services, and more. Trekstoretuscaloosa.com; (205) 632-3759
News and Accomplishments
The Gateway: Alberta’s Innovation & Discovery Center (2614 University Blvd. East) is set to open its doors to the public on June 29. The technology resource center features high-tech meeting rooms, a children’s discovery area and an interactive, touch-screen wall and interactive kiosks which allow visitors to access all of the Tuscaloosa Public Library’s digital resources. Private meeting rooms are also available. (205) 248-4949.
Holler & Dash Biscuit House is opening its second location in Alabama in Tuscaloosa. This Southern-style, fast-casual restaurant will locate at 1130 University Blvd. Ste. A-2. It is expected to open this summer.
Spiller Furniture & Mattress employees volunteered on June 7 to work on two Habitat for Humanity houses on 22nd Street in Tuscaloosa. In all, 14 Spiller workers volunteered for the Habitat Build.
Mike Royer, a 40-year veteran of the broadcast television industry, has been named the managing editor of The University of Alabama’s WVUA 23 television station.
Hirings and Promotions
Insuresoft recently welcomed several new employees in their Tuscaloosa office, including Benjamin Estremera (.NET Developer), Jennifer Smith (Business Analyst), Jonathan Hewitt (Print Developer), Crystal Brown (Business Analyst), Jeff Stevenson (Systems Analyst) and Tracy Elliott (Business Analyst). Insuresoft.com; (205) 391-2000
Crimson Village senior living facility (1410 18th Ave. East) celebrated its one year anniversary with a party on June 14. Residents, families and staff were all on hand to mark the milestone, enjoying music, dancing, food and special giveaways. Crimsonvillage.com; (205) 632-6699
Innisfree Irish Pub (1925 University Blvd.) marked its 18th anniversary in Tuscaloosa with a huge bash on June 18 featuring 800 pounds of crawfish, drink specials, live music, and more. Innisfreeirishpubs.com; (205) 345-1199