Newk’s is now open at 3780 Riverchase Village. The restaurant has also opened a new location at 950 Inverness Corners.
Twin Peaks, a restaurant at 4330 Creekside Ave., is now open.
Preserve Paints, 2815 Greystone Commercial Blvd., Suite 500, is now open. They are an authorized Benjamin Moore Paint retailer and offer a full line of interior and exterior paints.
Colorbar Salon, 4700 Highway 280, Suite 11, is now open in the former location of Richard Joseph SalonSpa. They are an authorized Aveda salon.
China Bistro, 160 Main Street, Suite 140, is now open in Patton Creek.
Loose Ends Hair Salon, 2674 Valleydale Road, is now open.
Consider It Joy Baking is now open at 759 Shades Mountain Plaza in Bluff Park. The bakery specializes in Paleo and grain-free baked goods.
Fried Green Tomato’s, 1615 Montgomery Highway, Suite 132, is now open. The restaurant, owned by the same people who owned the Irondale Cafe, offers meats, vegetables, and desserts.
Aspire Physical Recovery Center, 575 Southland Drive, is now open. They offer physical, occupational and speech therapies, 24-hour registered nurse care, and more.
Iron City Realty is now open at 1957 Hoover Court, Suite 309. Nancy Callahan is a broker with the business.
Brass Bear Antiques and Flea Mall will open soon at 2656 Valleydale Road in a long-vacant location that once housed Piggly Wiggly and Big B Drugs. The store will have more than 30,000 square feet of antiques, furniture and much more.
Alabama Credit Union has purchased the building currently occupied by First Financial Bank at 1604 Montgomery Highway and plans to open in early 2015. This will be the second Birmingham-area location for the Tuscaloosa-based credit union.
Relocations and Renovations
ProctorU, a company specializing in proctoring of online tests for colleges and universities, has moved to a new space at 2200 Riverchase Center. Their new space is nearly three times as large as the space they previously occupied.
The Model Box, 1921 Hoover Court, has reopened following a fire that damaged the store in June. The store offers a wide range of items for hobbyists including radio-controlled cars, boats, airplanes and helicopters.
Hyatt Place, 4686 Highway 280 in Inverness, has been acquired by Lone Star Funds from Hyatt Corporation as part of a larger $590 million purchase. The hotel will undergo extensive renovations and will retain the Hyatt Place name and brand.
Pure Barre 280, 5426 Highway 280, Suite 6, is under new ownership. Deanna Pizitz welcomes Meredith Latimer and Amy McCool as co-owners.
The Valleydale Village Shopping Center, located at the intersection of Valleydale and Caldwell Mill roads, has been purchased by The Rosen Group of New York. The shopping center is anchored by Publix and includes several other tenants, including The UPS Store, Neighborhood Brew, Taco Bell and others.
News and Accomplishments
Ponder Properties, 850 Corporate Parkway, Suite 106, is adding a residential real estate division to its business. The company is well-known throughout Birmingham for commercial real estate. Deneise Fondren has been hired to head the residential real estate division.
Terry Ponder, partner at Ponder Properties, 850 Corporate Parkway, Suite 106, was recognized by the National Association of Realtors as the 2014 Outstanding Member and 2014 Agent for Change. He was presented with these awards at the NAR Commercial Realtors Expo in New Orleans in November.
King Acura, 1687 Montgomery Highway, announced that Leonard Roy was awarded as Salesman of the Month for October.
James Harwell, a Realtor with RealtySouth’s Over the Mountain office, 1220 Alford Ave., was sworn in as the 2015 president of the Birmingham Association of Realtors.
Hirings and Promotions
BumperNets, 2000 Riverchase Galleria, has hired Joe Xie as head table tennis coach and athletic director. He is a recent graduate of Mississippi College and regarded as one of the best table tennis players in the U.S. He is now accepting private and group table tennis lessons.
Discover ITT, an instructor-led computer hardware/software training center, 3 Riverchase Office Plaza, Suite 114, celebrated its third anniversary on October 14.
BumperNets, 2000 Riverchase Galleria, recently celebrated its 15th anniversary. It was the first table tennis and billiards store in the U.S., and it operates three different storefronts on the lower level of the Riverchase Galleria. It is also the largest pinball store in the Southern U.S. and is the authorized retailer for Brunswick billiard tables in Birmingham.
La Paz Restaurant & Cantina, 3340 Galleria Circle, has closed.