Druid City Living Business Happenings December 2019

31 Dec 2019
Following nine months of leadership development, the Forerunners class will graduate in May 2020.  Following nine months of leadership development, the Forerunners class will graduate in May 2020. Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama

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

Now Open/Coming Soon 

Civil Axe Throwing recently opened its doors in Temerson Square in downtown Tuscaloosa (2310 4th Street). Those 14 and up can throw axes at a target in a game similar to darts. Civil Axe Throwing was founded in Huntsville and operates over a dozen other establishments, including in Birmingham, Huntsville, and Montgomery. civilaxethrowing.com; (205) 238-7259 

The Druid City Vintage Vendor Market is now open in Alberta (3130 University Blvd E.). The store sells antiques and vintage finds, gifts for the home, unique lighting, women’s clothing, toys, jewelry and more. druidcityvintage.com; (888) 966-0789 

The Jingle Bar Pop Up Bar at Hotel Capstone celebrates its grand opening on Dec. 5. The Hotel Capstone Legends Bar will transform, offering Elf-approved holiday cocktails, a special holiday drink menu, and more. hotelcapstone.com; (205) 752-3200 

Tuscaloosa Primary Care is now open in its new location in Northport (4280 Watermelon Road, Suite 110). The office opened for business again on Nov. 4. tuscaloosaprimarycare.com; (205) 710-3838 

News and Happenings 

Bryant Bank has named Michelle Robinson President of Bryant Bank Mortgage. Robinson has been with Bryant Bank for 11 years. Bryant Bank has also welcomed two new bankers to their Tuscaloosa team. Cullen Smith has joined as a Vice President, Commercial Banker, and Mike Mitchell has been hired as a Senior Vice President and Senior Credit Officer.

Chuy’s restaurant at the Shoppes at Legacy Park in Tuscaloosa recently closed its doors. In mid-November, Chuy’s corporate opted to close Tuscaloosa’s restaurant and three others by the end of the year – but Tuscaloosa’s restaurant was shuttered immediately. Reports say Chuy’s in Tuscaloosa, which opened in 2015, was one of five restaurants identified as underperforming.  

Longtime DCH Health System Corporate Director of Marketing and Communication Brad Fisher has retired. Fisher worked at DCH for over 40 years. Andy North is the new VP of Marketing for DCH. North comes to DCH from St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, Miss. 

The Iguana Grill also closed its doors recently. The Mexican restaurant, which opened its doors in Midtown Village in 2007, closed abruptly. No immediate reason was given.  

North Harbor Pavilion at Northport Medical Center has been recognized by Press Ganey with its Pinnacle of Excellence award. The award is given for providing consistently high levels of excellence in patient experience. North Harbor offers adult and senior adult inpatient mental health treatment. 

Business Spotlight:

The 2019-20 class of Forerunners, a leadership program for Tuscaloosa area youth sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, completed SIMSOC, a simulated society program designed to teach various aspects of sociology, political science, and communication skills. Participants deal with issues such as economic inequality, justice, diversity, trust, and power dynamics. 

The objective of Forerunners is to help meet the community's need for informed, responsible, and effective leadership, and the class is made up of 11th grade students from across West Alabama, who are selected through an application and interview process conducted by Leadership Tuscaloosa alumni. 

This year’s class members are: 

Audrey Boozer, Tuscaloosa Christian; Jesse Brand, Capitol School; JP Brasfield, American Christian; Kayla Brown, Brookwood; Destini Davis, Bryant High; Julia Dominguez, Tuscaloosa County; Ava DuBose, Hillcrest; Caedan Faulkner, Tuscaloosa Christian; Anna Mills Fleenor, Tuscaloosa Academy; Elli Garcia, Hillcrest; Katie Goolsby, Brookwood; Kelly Green, Tuscaloosa County; Jason Hall, Northside; Will Hinds, Tuscaloosa County; Sarah Hinton, Hillcrest; Brandon Hubbard, Tuscaloosa Christian; Caitlin Johnson, Holy Spirit; Evan Jones, Holy Spirit; Tanner Jones, Tuscaloosa County; Kate Kilgore, Northridge; Parker McDaniel, Tuscaloosa County; Jordan McNair, Holy Spirit; Mary Gibbons Miller, Northridge; Patton Miller, Tuscaloosa Academy; Karli Mims, American Christian; Jentzen Moore, Holy Spirit; Rohan Peramsetty, Holy Spirit; Monae Rainer, Bryant High; Natalie Sanders, Tuscaloosa Academy, Madison Scott, Hillcrest; Maria Sealy, Tuscaloosa Academy; Lily Sims, Tuscaloosa County; Tyler Skinner, Tuscaloosa County; Sarah Smalley, Hillcrest; Nadia Smith, Central; Lauren Smith, Tuscaloosa County; Grace Spencer, Tuscaloosa County; Jade Stewart, Holy Spirit; Mickey Suttle, Tuscaloosa County; Jordan Suttles, Hillcrest; Joshua Trimble, Northside; Drew Verzino, Northridge; Zymri Whittington, Tuscaloosa County. 

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