Now Open/Opening Soon
BloGo Blow Dry Bar & Salon is expected to open in Tuscaloosa in February 2018. Salon services will include signature blowouts, up do’s, and special treatments. BloGo will be located at 2370 Jack Warner Parkway Suite A 106. (205) 887-3832; Blogohair.com
Bloom Flower Truck is out and about in Tuscaloosa. The mobile flower truck offers fresh flowers and arrangements. (205) 454-8595; @bloomflowertruck
Tuscaloosa’s The Nook Hair Salon and Studio (2820 7th Street) celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting on Nov. 7. (205) 764-9407; @thenooktusc
Construction is underway for Tuscaloosa’s first Whataburger restaurant. The Texas-based restaurant chain expects to open its new location in the spring of 2018 at Skyland Blvd. and Highway 69 South. Whataburger.com
News and Happenings
Tuscaloosa-based Capstone Bancshares, the parent company of Capstone Bank, and SmartFinancial, the parent company of SmartBank, have successfully merged. Capstone Bank’s former President and Chief Executive Officer, Robert Kuhn, will become SmartBank’s Regional President of the bank’s Alabama and Florida Markets. The Capstone Bank branch offices will adopt the SmartBank brand in the first quarter of 2018.
The 2017 Chamber in Session: State of the Economy was held on Nov. 1 at Hotel Capstone in Tuscaloosa. It kicked off with elected officials and community leaders signing an economic development partnership that will help direct economic and workforce development efforts in the future. Signed by Mayor Donna Aaron of Northport, Mayor Walt Maddox of Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa County Probate Judge Hardy McCollum, University of Alabama President Stuart Bell and others, the agreement recognizes a formal partnership to promote business growth, job creation and cultivation of a strong economy.
Bill McDonald, a volunteer with DCH Health System, received the Alabama Hospital Association’s Outstanding Auxilian Award at the statewide volunteer conference in Eufaula in October 2017. McDonald has invested more than 1,500 volunteer hours as a lay chaplain with the system, and has helped train an additional 31 volunteer chaplains to provide comfort and support to patients and their families.
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop closed its doors in late-October, less than one year after the restaurant opened at 2321 University Blvd. in downtown Tuscaloosa.
Two Men and a Truck are holding a “Movers for Mutts” fundraiser benefiting the Humane Society of West Alabama. Donations can be dropped off in the lobby of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama. Items needed include topical flea treatments, food, pet grooming supplies, and more for both dogs and cats.
Chicken Salad Chick in Northport celebrated its five-year anniversary on Nov. 6 with several giveaways at the restaurant – including free chicken salad for a year.
VisualEyes eye care office and optical boutique of Tuscaloosa marked its one-year anniversary in December. Located at the Village at Northbank on Rice Mine Road (1490 Northbank Parkway, Suite 120), VisualEyes offers the highest caliber eye care.