Great Gifts for those who Love the Outdoors

Great Gifts for those who Love the Outdoors

The Great Outdoors

Big John is ready to help you pick out the reel that will make the best Christmas gift for a friend, family member or you!

If you’re struggling with gift ideas this holiday season, the staff at Mark’s Outdoors is ready to help. Check out these great finds in stock and waiting for you.

Bright, Clear & Crisp. When you look through a set of Zeiss binoculars, you view nature in a whole new way. Mark’s Outdoors carries a full line of Zeiss binoculars ranging in price from $300 to $2000 and Mark’s specialist Bill Oglesby can fit you with the pair best suited for you. Be sure to ask about the Victory SF 10 x 42 which offers brilliant optics and an unparalleled wide-angle field of view. Its light weight, ergonomic design and dynamic fast-focus feature also allow for hours of relaxing birding without fatigue. The Victory SF is considered the new benchmark for birding and wildlife observation in the 125 year development of Zeiss binoculars.

Reel Them In. Mark’s Outdoor’ Big John has the perfect gift for any fisherman. In stock is the new bait casting reel from Daiwa, the Tatula 100 HS, which comes with a 7.3:1 gear ratio and 7 ball bearings. Characterized for being very smooth and light, this fresh water reel’s cast ability is superior to many higher priced models ($99). John can also show you a complete line of reels in stock and priced for any budget ($50-$500).

For great gift ideas and anything you need for your next adventure, remember to visit Mark’s Outdoors in Vestavia. We are ready to help you make the most of God’s great outdoors!

– Mark’s Outdoors 

1400-B Montgomery Highway, Vestavia 35216

205-822- 2010, www.marksoutdoors.com

 

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Great Gift Finds at the Briarwood Christmas Shop

Great Gift Finds at the Briarwood Christmas Shop

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Find stocking stuffers and more at the Briarwood Christmas Gift Shop November 16-17 at the church, 2200 Briarwood Way, 35243. Door prizes given away each day, no purchase necessary!

Find wonderful gifts for friends and family while supporting Christian education at the annual Briarwood Christmas Shop. The free admission event features more than 60 different artists and vendors and is hosted by the Briarwood High School Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF). “All of the money raised is used to support our teachers in the classroom, the school’s faculty and administration and of course the students they teach and minister to,” explains PTF Pres. Amy Pylant. “It also gives our school family the opportunity to meet and minister to people in our community!”

Shop the event Thursday, November 16 from Noon-6pm and Friday, November 17 from 9am-4pm in the Briarwood Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. A few of the featured vendors include t-shirts and gift items from Tagged and Happy, useful and beautiful pieces of pottery from Mike Davis Pottery, artwork from Crown Creations, hip jewelry from Sha’s Creations and Grandma Betty’s Pepper Jelly. Also, The Neighborhood Brew Truck will be onsite Friday morning so you can enjoy coffee or a smoothie and a delicious breakfast treat before coming inside to shop with friends. †

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Merry Market 2017!

Merry Market 2017!

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Experience Merry Market 2017 Friday October 20, 9am-6pm and Saturday October 21, 9am-3pm. Admission is $5. Benefits the Just Keep Smiling ministry.

Want to get your Christmas shopping done early, please everyone on your list and help families in need in our community? Shop Merry Market 2017 October 20-21 at the Gardendale Civic Center. You will find great gifts from unique vendors while supporting Just Keep Smiling (JKS), a local ministry that assists families who have children in medical crisis.

Be sure to stop by and visit with Amy Choran and the staff at Junky 2 Funky. Their display will be loaded with great gift giving ideas including unique items by local artists: home décor, lake décor, vintage, holiday, clothing and a large variety of one-of-a kind special pieces to set you apart!

Tina Florence’s Adorned Boutique will also be on-site with the latest looks for your fall and winter wardrobe. This local women and teen Christian based boutique specializes in fashionable and trendy clothing from small to 2XL plus jewelry, accessories and gifts.

Special events happening at the Merry Market include “Cookies with Characters” Saturday from 10-Noon. Children will have the opportunity to converse and have pictures made with Dory, Nemo, Mickey, Minnie, Elsa, Olaf and Anna. Plus, there is a visit from Santa on Friday 10am-Noon and Saturday 12:30-2pm.

And before you leave, don’t forget to stop by the Merry Market Cafe and Amazing Sweet Shoppe to enjoy some delicious treats!

The ministry of Just Keep Smiling was born from the experiences of three women in our community, Patrice Brooks, Debra Cook and Sue Jeffreys. All three women know what it is like to live with tragically losing children or having a child with a life-threatening illness. Twelve years ago, they established the non-profit JKS that seeks to assist families with critically ill children by providing financial aid for immediate needs, emotional support based on personal knowledge of a child’s serious illness or death, and spiritual insight that conveys the solace, grace and strength found in God. JKS works with a network of social workers at area hospitals to identify families with such needs during their time of medical crisis with a child and/or children. Learn more at www.justkeepsmiling.org †

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Packed & Ready for the Next Excursion with Mark’s Outdoors

Packed & Ready for the Next Excursion with Mark’s Outdoors

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For quality luggage and everything else you need for your next adventure, visit Mark’s Outdoors in Vestavia.

Vacation, vacation, vacation. That’s what summer is all about, right? Whether you are spending time with the family at the beach soaking in the strong summer sun, or looking for that next hill to climb to check off your summer bucket list, you need to be prepared with the best-equipped luggage. Summer vacations are rendered useless without the proper luggage at your hip and why not do it in style and with the peace of mind that it will last you for life?

This is where Mark’s Outdoors has you set and ready to go. Stop in and take a look at their amazing selection of Filson Luggage. In business since 1897, Filson has thrived on a reputation of honesty, quality, durability and listening to what their customers want. With a lifetime warranty, these canvas goldmines will give you the style and toughness needed for any type of vacation, business trip, or overnight weekend in the great outdoors.

Mark’s Outdoors selection of Filson pieces include everything from small excursion bags to rolling check-in bags. Depending on the size, pieces range in price from $175 to $600. Filson uses only the best materials obtainable and guarantees it on every piece of merchandise.

Visit Mark’s and set yourself up for the long haul, knowing you are putting trust in over 100 years of experience in the Luggage industry with Filson and the customer care of Mark’s Outdoors.

– Mark’s Outdoors 

1400-B Montgomery Highway, Vestavia 35216

205-822- 2010, www.marksoutdoors.com

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Dad & the Outdoors: Mark’s Outdoors

Dad & the Outdoors: Mark’s Outdoors

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Looking for that perfect Father’s Day gift? The staff at Mark’s Outdoors is ready to assist you in finding a gift Dad will love and use. Besides being a one stop shop for hunting and fishing needs, Mark’s also carries a wide variety of lifestyle products for the husband or father in your life. Here are just a few ideas for Father’s Day.

Keep it Cool. Out in the Alabama summer heat, Dad is sure to appreciate a Yeti or Orca gift. Mark’s has in stock Yeti coolers ranging in size from 20-210 quarts and they all come with a five year warranty. Orca coolers are also available in 26-58 quart sizes and each comes with a lifetime warranty. Mark’s also offers both Orca and Yeti beverage options from small to tall to keep Dad’s drink ice cold or piping hot ($20-$30).

Play it Safe. Shirts with sun protection are a great gift for the dad who spends anytime outdoors. Mark’s has sizes ranging from small to 3x in great colors and styles from the top men’s sportswear brands including Columbia, Simms, and AFTCO.

Enjoy Function, Style & Craftsmanship. Mark’s Outdoors knife specialist Chris Thompson oversees the inventory of the Southeast’s largest and best selection of knives ranging from “mild to wild” in design and price. In stock selections include brands like William Henry ($350-$2200 range) and Chris Reeve ($400-$500 range). Besides knives, the William Henry brand also offers a great line of men’s jewelry that has the same distinct style as their knives. Particularly popular is the William Henry bracelet made from leather and forged damascus steel and accented with gem stones ($400).

Besides remembering your Dad with a gift this Father’s Day, most importantly, we hope you will have the opportunity to spend some time with your Dad- if at all possible, in God’s great outdoors.

Mark’s Outdoors 

1400-B Montgomery Highway, Vestavia 35216

205-822-2010, www.marksoutdoors.com

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Go Wild for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day & You!

Go Wild for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day & You!

Wild Birds Unlimited (WBU) on Highway 31 in Hoover is stocked with great gift ideas for both Moms and Dads.

For the mom on the go who loves to travel and shop this Shopping Bag by LOQI is a great gift. It compacts down to inches in size and then opens to allow you to carry up to 44 lbs. of cargo! ($11.99)

For the mom or dad who love nature, the ever-popular Eliminator Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder can’t be beat ($104.99). Finches, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, woodpeckers, grosbeaks,cardinals and other seed eating birds love it and it comes with a limited lifetime warranty. You can also find a wide selection of hanging and mounting hardware for bird feeders.

 

 Wanting to entertain this spring and summer outdoors? The selection of great indoor and outdoor pillows at WBU is terrific and affordable
($17.99-31.99)

In connection with Mother’s Day, Wild Birds will host “Ladies’ Day” on Saturday May 6 and absolutely everything in the store will be on sale. When you shop, be sure to tell the staff you heard about WBU and the Ladies’ Day Sale from Birmingham Christian Family magazine!

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Custom Crosses by Jeffrey Hall

For graduation or a wedding gift, you can’t go wrong with a custom cross from local artist and decorator Jeffrey Hall. Hall handcrafts each cross using various materials including fabrics and leathers. See and purchase Jeffrey’s work at the Buck Creek Festival May 12-13 in Helena and May 19-21 at Tannehill Trade Days. You can also view many of his designs on his Facebook page, Overhalled. Crosses come in various sizes and price ranges ($35-125) and special orders are available, 205-837-1319. †

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Great LOCAL Gifts

Bird Lovers Paradise 

Wild Birds Unlimited in Hoover has everything a bird watcher could need and more! Check out the “festive” seed cylinders: screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-8-13-01-pmGingerbread Man ($18.99), Gingerbread Houses ($19.99, includes dried fruit and whole nuts), Snowman ($16.99) and Christmas Bell ($5). A perfect gift for a friend or a way to decorate your own yard and gift your birds! The shop’s beaded hummingbirds make great stocking stuffers and will sparkle on your tree. Each purchase ($10 each) helps to support a needy family in Guatemala. Wild Birds is also home to the best-selling feeder in America, “The Eliminator,” which eliminates squirrels from invading your feeder- guaranteed. These feeders also come with a lifetime warranty ($104.99). Stop by and let the friendly, educated staff at Wild Birds Unlimited help you find the perfect Christmas gifts, 1580 Montgomery Highway, 35216, www.wbu.com/birmingham, 823-6500. Owner Joe Perez and his staff are ready to serve you Monday through Friday 9am-6pm and Saturday 10am-5pm.

Prep for the New Year
screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-8-18-31-pmStay on top of life in 2017 while celebrating and supporting the lives of children touched by the local ministry of Sav-a-Life Vestavia. The 2017 Calendar ($10) features beautiful photographs of babies like Avery who won her mother’s heart from her first glimpse on ultrasound at Sav-a-Life.  Sav-a-Life is dedicated to putting an end to abortion by supporting one woman at a time, to spare her and her child from abortion. The ministry offers free pregnancy testing, ultrasound, prenatal assessment, STI/STD testing for men and women, childbirth education classes, parenting classes, and fatherhood programming. Order your 2017 Calendar by calling 979-0302 or visiting www.savalife.org to give your tax-deductible gift.

 

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Adding a new pet to your family? Giving them obedience training is a gift for them and you!  Proper training helps them become a successful member of your family.  Valleydale Animal Clinic has a Certified Dog Trainer on staff available for private lessons and also group classes.   Beyond just basic commands such as “sit”, “stay” and “come”, we can work with you and your dog on behavioral issues using a positive reward system and clicker training methods.  Call 991-5416 or visit valleydaleanimalclinic.com for more information.

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For a friend that has moved away from our great city or state, a Gift Subscription to Birmingham Christian Family will keep them up to speed on all our Good News! A subscription is also a great gift for individuals unable to easily leave home to pick up a copy each month. A gift card from you will be included with the first issue. Send check for $25 (One Year/12 issues) to:
Birmingham Christian Family, P.O. Box 382724, Birmingham, Ala. 35238. Be sure to include the Recipients Address.

 

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During the Christmas season, Chelsea Lane owner Lisa Glass greets customers with a cup of cider and a smile. She and her staff are also ready to wrap your gifts. The store has extended hours in December-10am-6pm Monday-Saturday and Noon-5pm on Sundays. Chelsea Lane will also be open Christmas Eve for last minute shoppers from 9am-3pm.

Christmas at Chelsea Lane

If you are in search of unique holiday gifts and want to enjoy some Christmas cheer, be sure to stop in at Chelsea Lane on Highway 280! When you walk in you will experience the warm welcome of the friendly staff who will offer you a cup of cider and a sample of the shop’s delicious gourmet gifts. When Lisa Glass opened Chelsea Lane alongside Donna Jackson and Darby Simpson in the fall of 2004, little did they know that the community they serve would become more like family. “We don’t shake hands, we hug around here. Being able to help people and give back to the community that welcomed us so generously is why we do what we do,” expressed Lisa who is now the sole owner of Chelsea Lane.

When Lisa says they give back to their community they really go above and beyond typical small businesses in donations. screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-8-01-36-pmElementary schools all over Shelby County benefit from their generosity. Chelsea Lane has donated over $37,000 in items for school auctions, gift certificates, and monetary gifts to local schools. “The adage ‘to whom much is given, much is expected’ is really taken to heart. The quality of Shelby County Schools is due in great part to the parents, and when we can give a small gift to help prepare these children for tomorrow…we need to,” Lisa said.

Lisa also strives to support local craftsman. Most of the items in her store are made in Alabama along with a few great selections from other Southern states. Here’s a look at just a few of the items sure to make those on your gift list smile

And while you are shopping, you can also check off your list a visit with Santa!screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-7-52-09-pm
Chelsea Lane offers customers 10 minute appointments with Santa for pictures and conversation on December 1,7,13,15,18,20. Call 678-3361 to schedule your time. It’s free but you can make Santa smile by giving a donation to Camp Smile A Mile.

Stop in for some Christmas spirit and the most unique and reasonably priced gift selections in Birmingham at Chelsea Lane, 16700 Hwy 280, 35043, www.mychelsealane.com, 205-678-3361.

-Laurie Stroud

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