Now Open/Opening Soon
The Allstate Coley Agency is now open in Tuscaloosa (408-B Hargrove Rd., E.). Owner Michelle Coley offers all manner of insurance for residents and businesses in the area. (205) 561-1973; allstate.com
Blaze Pizza plans to open in Midtown Village in Tuscaloosa, in the space formerly occupied by Starbucks (1800 McFarland Blvd). The restaurant features build-your-own pizzas with fresh dough and artisanal ingredients. blazepizza.com
Krystal celebrated its recent reopening with a special ribbon cutting at its Tuscaloosa restaurant (3710 McFarland Blvd. E) on Sept. 13. (205) 556-4733; krystal.com
Selma’s Mark’s Mart plans to open in Northport (2300 5th St.) soon. Mark’s Mart is a specialty grocery store featuring cut-to-order meats, and more.
News and Happenings
Bolta US has named Vice President and CFO Gudrun Pechtold as Plant Manager of its 200,000 square foot production facility located in the Tuscaloosa County Airport Industrial Park. Pechtold will continue in her duties as VP/CFO.
Camgian Microsystems, which develops advanced sensing and information processing technologies for military, government, and industrial markets, is expanding to Tuscaloosa. The company will become the first anchor tenant of the newly-constructed business incubator and accelerator known as The Edge, where it will house its new Center for AI and Machine Learning.
The Capstone Freight, LLC team was the overall winner of the 28th Annual Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa Adopt-A-School golf tournament, held on Sept. 6 at Ol’ Colony Golf Complex. The team won $500 for their adopted school, Hillcrest High School.
DCH Regional Medical Center has been named a High Performing Hospital in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Heart Failure by U.S. News & World Report in its annual health ratings edition. A hospital must score in the top 20 percent nationwide for a particular medical specialty, procedure, or condition to earn the rating.
Shelton State Community College held a grand opening for its new Child Development Demonstration Suite, located on the C.A. Fredd Campus. The suite will provide SSCC Child Development students with hands-on experience in a real-life environment and allow opportunities for observation and instruction.
Gene “Poodgie” Poole was given the Leroy McAbee Sr. Distinguished Service Award on Aug. 27, during a reception at the offices of Tuscaloosa Tourism & Sports as part of the organization’s Fifth Annual Alabama Veteran’s Reunion. The award is presented to honor a veteran of the U.S. military who has continued to serve his/her community through philanthropic and/or volunteerism to enhance both the community and the citizens within it.
The University of Alabama School of Law will become the Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr. School of Law, after a $26.5 million donation from prominent business executive and attorney Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr. The gift is the largest in school history. Culverhouse has, along with his wife, Eliza, now cumulatively committed more than $35 million to UA over the past decade.
Escape Tuscaloosa has been open in Tuscaloosa for one year. This escape room experience features four different rooms/scenarios. Each is an hour-long adventure, designed to challenge knowledge, wit, and the determination to escape. (205) 248-2115; escapetuscaloosa.com
Spiller Furniture recently celebrated its 70th year in business, having opened in Tuscaloosa in 1948. (205) 333-2000; spillerfurniture.com