Crestline Village has been focused on family since Mountain Brook was first developed in the late 1920s. Situated in the heart of downtown you’ll find parents and children walking to and from Crestline Elementary and any number of after school programs at Emmet O’Neal Library. Many local businesses have been a part of the community’s family for decades, like Oak Street Garden Shop (a longstanding go-to spot for seasonal plants and flowers), Harbin Discount Pharmacy (a trusted neighborhood friend for 50-plus years), and Crestline Shell (a gas station that couldn’t treat customers more like family if they tried). Whether you drop in for lunch or a day of shopping, there’s plenty of fun places to dine, shop, and discover in this beloved neighborhood.
For the Family
CRESTLINE BAGEL COMPANY
There’s no better way to start out the day than with a visit to Crestline Bagel Company. But there’s so much more to the bakery than delicious homemade and handcrafted bagels. They also serve sandwiches, wraps, salads, sweets, and even treats for man’s best friend. 66-B Church Street, 871-4583.
What’s not to love about Otey’s Tavern? The neighborhood bar and grill is the home of award-winning chicken wings and famous fresh Angus beef burgers. Looking for entertainment too? Stop in for trivia every Wednesday night or live music Thursday through Saturday nights. 224 Country Club Park, 871-8435.
With a menu straight out of the Big Apple, Mafiaoza’s is sure to satisfy anyone’s Italian craving. The New York style pizzeria’s famous pies include The Last Request, Brass Knuckles, and The Teamster. Not in the mood for pizza? Try the Fried Cheese Ravioli Sticks or the Piccolo Morsi, a combination of meats, cheeses, and dips. 2 Dexter Avenue, 414-7878.
Taco Mama is the local spot for fresh food in a fun atmosphere. The authentic Mexican cantina features a build-your-own-anything option, as well as cleverly named menu items like The Sizzler, Mama’s Chorizo, and Yo Mama. 63 Church Street, 414-9314.
For the Kids
Owners Sarah Franklin Johnson and Babs Anderson created their own candy land at Sugar. The sweet shop carries about every kind of candy imaginable—from lollipops and jellybeans to chocolates and sour belts—as well as other favorites like cotton candy and shaved ice. 69 Church Street, 637-5042.
Snap Kids is literally all about creating picture perfect looks. Named after the idea of its young shoppers snapping their pictures in the store, Snap Kids offers teens and tweens the latest fashions by the hottest brands like Splendid, Ella Moss, and Joe’s Jeans. 240 Country Club Park, 834-8038.
Snoozy’s Kids is so much more than your typical toy store. The specialty shop carries a range of unique toys you won’t find anywhere else, as well as scarves, handbags, jewelry, and accessories for women and teens. 228 Country Club Park, 871-2662.
STEEPLE ARTS ACADEMY
For more than 50 years, Steeple Arts Academy has been a staple of the Crestline community. The historic little red building on Church Street has served as the backdrop where hundreds of young girls have received classic training in ballet, jazz, tap, and ballroom dancing. 36 Church Street,
Lamb’s Ears offers gifts and home décor.
The Pantry is an example of the farm to table philosophy at its finest. The Pantry offers up artisan cheeses, cheesecakes, preserves, jams, honeys, and syrups that are all locally and naturally grown. But why wait to try out the gourmet selection at home? Try the Pantry’s lunch or dinner menu that’s all about seasonal ingredients. 17 Dexter Avenue, 803-3585.
Whatever is needed to make your house feel like home can be found at Lamb’s Ears. The shop is a treasure trove for all sorts of home décor and accessories and specializes in local artwork, jewelry, and pottery. 70 Church Street, 802-5700.
THE PANTS STORE
Affordable meets fashionable at The Pants Store. Whether for mom, dad, or the kids, the family-owned store that started in downtown Leeds in 1950 now offers four locations. Whether its an outfit for the ballpark or a night on the town, you’re sure to find an array of stylish clothing in addition to jewelry, shoes, and other accessories. 233 Country Club Park, 868-1616.
MOUNTAIN BROOK TRADING
Everyone’s favorite Facebook group now has a brick and mortar location. For a monthly membership fee, MBT on Dexter provides sellers and buyers the ability to drop off and pick up items at a convenient and safe location. The shop also operates as a show room for a variety of home furnishings. 2 Dexter Avenue (under Mafiaoza’s), 447-1511.
text by paige townley • photos by art meripol