Shoppes of Crestwood
The Shoppes of Crestwood (formerly Crestwood Shopping Center) is a neighborhood shopping center located on a 3-acres site on the northwest corner of the intersection between Crestwood Boulevard and 56th Street South in Crestwood. It was developed by Ervin Jackson's Jackson Securities and Investment Company as part of their 200-acre post-war Crestwood residential community.
Though Jackson had marked the site as "Reserved for Crestwood Business Section" on his original subdivision map, he did not apply for a commercial re-zoning until 1946. With no specific plans ready to go, he allowed the matter to lose momentum at City Hall, finally getting the zoning officially changed in September 1950. In January 1953 Jackson and partner Newman Waters announced plans for a modern shopping center, including a Shell gasoline station at the corner. This prospect engendered fierce opposition from many Crestwood residents, who formed a committee to oppose Jackson and Water's plans. After their requests to reverse the rezoning or construct a park in place of the shopping center failed, they went to court. A state circuit court decided that the gas station could be considered a public nuisance and should be moved away from the corner. That decision was overturned in June 1955 after a cross-appeal to the Alabama Supreme Court. As he had promised, committee leader and attorney William Soroka appealed the matter to the United States Supreme Court, but they declined to review the decision. Construction of the Shell station proceeded, and it opened in 1956.
The shopping center itself opened on June 27, 1957 with a 10,000 square foot Western Supermarket managed by R. R. Glasscock, Utopia Custom Cleaners and Elliott Drugs as the first tenants. An 11-store expansion was begun just a few months later, in March 1958, bringing the center to 36,000 square feet, doubling parking capacity to 144 spaces, and adding a continuous canopy over the shop entrances. F. H. Hoar and Sons was the contractor.
Other original tenants included a hardware store, bakery, and shoe repair shop. The Waters family bought out the Jacksons' stake after the center opened. They continued to own and lease the shopping center until 2014. That year the property was sold to a group including attorney Payne Baker and Crestwood Tavern owner Mike Millican. The new owners plan to update the storefronts and repair and resurface the parking lot. They also recruited The Filling Station restaurant for the vacant gas station. In 2016 they announced that a compounding pharmacy and soda fountain was moving into the shopping center.
- 5500: Crestwood Tavern, former location of Frostop Root Beer (1960s), Going Jesse restaurant (1960s), Bachelor's Three nightclub (late 1960s), Lochamy's BBQ (late 1960s), Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q (early 1970s), El Gringo's (1970s-1980s), Playas del Nayarit, Michoacan
- 5502: Crestwood Pharmacy & Soda Fountain (2017-), former location of Jerome Sims/Don Taylor, State Farm Insurance (-2016), Casual Aire women's clothes (1964)
- 5504: A Cut Above, hair salon
- 5504D: Hi-Tech Hair (2006-), former location of Crestwood Barber Shop (1964)
- 5506: Subway restaurant
- 5508: Seasick Records (June 2015-), former location of Crestwood Shoes (1964), Urban Cottage
- 5510: Finishing Touch & Alterations (1991-), former location of Crestwood Shoe Hospital (1964), Mayhew Shoes
- 5512: Crestwood Coffee, former location of Marsh Bakers (1964), Bishop's Flowers
- 5514: Urban Suburban antiques, former location of Western Supermarket (1957-1970s), Crestwood Antiques
- 5516: former location of Utopia Custom Cleaners (Bertie Liner, manager, Mike Apostalakas, dry-cleaning chief)
- 5518: former location of Emery 5 & 10 Store (1964)
- 5520: Romeo's Sporting Goods
- 5522: Vineyard Food Market, former location of Elliott Drugs (James Elliott, pharmacist and owner), later Crestwood Pharmacy (Vincent John Musso)
- 5524: The Filling Station restaurant (2015-), former location of Spano Crestwood Shell, Crestwood Chevron, Crestwood Auto
- Hudd's Food Center
- Reeves Shoe Boutique
- "Crestwood 'Fighting Mad' Over Proposed Gas Station" (March 5, 1953) Birmingham Post-Herald via Birmingham Public Library Digital Collections
- "Residents of Crestwood Fight Oil Station Plans" (April 7, 1953) Birmingham Post-Herald via Birmingham Public Library Digital Collections
- "Affter Long Court Fight -- Shopping Center To Be Built At Crestwood" (November 23, 1955) Birmingham Post-Herald via Birmingham Public Library Digital Collections
- "First Three Stores Open Tomorrow In New Crestwood Shopping Center" (June 26, 1957) Birmingham Post-Herald via Birmingham Public Library Digital Collections
- Grant, Don (March 12, 1958) "Crestwood Center To Add 11 Stores" Birmingham Post-Herald via Birmingham Public Library Digital Collections
- Tomberlin, Michael (April 8, 2014) "Crestwood Center to become Shoppes of Crestwood after $2.5 million investment, ownership change." The Birmingham News
- Chapman, Michaelle (April 8, 2014) "New owners for Crestwood Center." Weld for Birmingham
- Chambers, Jesse (June 15, 2016) "New owners set to transform Avondale strip mall." Iron City Ink