Druid City Living Business Happenings: August 2018

Druid City Living always wants to recognize our great local businesses. To the new businesses - welcome to town! Remember: Shop local. 

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Courtyard by Marriott in Tuscaloosa (4115 Courtney Drive) celebrated its grand re-opening on July 10. Tours of the newly remodeled hotel were provided during the event, held during the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama’s Business After Hours. marriott.com; (205) 750-8384 

Farm Bowl + Juice Co. plans to open its first Tuscaloosa location later this year at 1470 Northbank Parkway, in The Village at Northbank. The restaurant, which opened in Homewood in January 2018, features acai berry and oatmeal bowls, smoothies, and cold-pressed juices.  

Shoe Station reopened in Tuscaloosa in July. The retailer is now located in McFarland Plaza (2600 McFarland Blvd. East Suite N), in the spot formerly occupied by Shoe Carnival. shoestation.com; (205) 469-6053 

Turbo Coffee, a Florence-based cafe, plans to open in downtown Tuscaloosa this month. Turbo Coffee, which features fresh roasted coffee, in-house made cold-pressed juices, and more, will locate next door to the Greasy Hands Barber Shop, which is located at 2008 8th Street. turbocoffeeroasters.com 

World of Beer is now open in downtown Tuscaloosa (2107 University Boulevard). The craft tavern, which features more than 500 beers (50 on tap), also offers a full menu for lunch and dinner. worldofbeer.com/locations/Tuscaloosa; (205) 210-4481 

News and Happenings 

Alabama One Credit Union won the 2018 League of Southeastern Credit Unions (LSCU) Credit Union of the Year award for CU’s with greater than $500 million or more in assets. The award recognizes a credit union that has exhibited excellence in operations, financial education, and community involvement. It was presented during the 2018 Southeast Credit Union Conference & Expo in June.  

Several area businesses are nominees for the Alabama Retail Association’s 2018 Alabama Retailer of the Year, including: Chick-fil-A (Northport), Left Hand Soap Co. (Tuscaloosa), The Locker Room (Tuscaloosa), Mobley & Sons (Tuscaloosa), The Shirt Shop (Tuscaloosa), and Piggly Wiggly (Tuscaloosa and Northport).  Finalists will be honored at the annual Alabama Retail Day luncheon in Birmingham on Oct. 16.  

Jennifer Naves has been named VP/Mortgage Banking Officer at BBVA Compass. Naves brings over 12 years’ experience in the banking and mortgage industry to her new role. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Mellow Mushroom is coming back to Tuscaloosa. The pizza restaurant closed its doors at its downtown Tuscaloosa location in August 2017, but plans are in the works for a new restaurant. Details about the exact location and an opening date are still being worked out.  

Tuscaloosa ranked 12th among the nation’s best cities to find a job in 2018, according to Business Insider. Data for the rankings were compiled from career website Zippia, which ranked metro areas based on wage growth and low unemployment.     


Ajian Sushi is celebrating its one-year anniversary. The restaurant, located in downtown Tuscaloosa, features sushi made to order – patrons pick the ingredients, sauces, and toppings on their sushi rolls. (205) 331-4542; ajian10.com 

Dreamland BBQ is celebrating its 60th birthday on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. at its original location (5535 15th Avenue, Tuscaloosa). (205) 758-8135; dreamlandbbq.com 

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