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The Best of Homewood 2012


The Homewood Star would like to thank everyone who voted in our first Best of Homewood competition. Congratulations to all our winners.

Best Coffee Shop
O’Henry’s Coffees
O’Henry’s helps us start the day off right with fresh muffins, scones, cinnamon rolls and of course a hot cup of coffee. Their coffee beans are delivered fresh to the store every week, and you can choose from up to 45 coffees by the pound. It’s the perfect study spot and also great for catching up with a friend. 2831 18th Street South, 870-1198. 569 Brookwood Village, Ste. 101, 870-1148.
Runner Up: Hart and Soul

Five Guys Burgers & Fries, Best Hamburger

Best Hamburger
With a variety of hamburgers and hot dogs plus Cajun-style fries cooked in pure, no cholesterol, peanut oil, this place is hard to beat. Also, you can choose as many free toppings as you want for your burgers or dog. And to top it off, they offer the delicious complimentary roasted peanuts. 585 Brookwood Village, 414-8459
Runner Up: Hamburger Heaven

Best Barbecue
Saw’s BBQ
Saw’s Sauce is so good you can now find it at grocery stores all over the country, but all those other places don’t get to eat red or white sauce atop Saw’s tender pulled pork, smoked chicken and ribs like we do here in Edgewood. The barbecue institution also offers all the barbecue fixings we love as well as stuffed taters. 1008 Oxmoor Road, 879-1937
Runner Up:  Jim N Nick’s Bar-B-Q Continue reading

O’Carr’s Restaurant: Restaurant Showcase

Cameron and June Carr hold their famous chicken salad and fruit plate. Photo by Brooke Boucek.


Women flock to O’Carr’s in downtown Homewood for their chicken salad and fruit plate.

“This is where I tell all my single friends to come to lunch and meet all the pretty girls,” owner Cameron Carr joked.

Even so, this popular girly lunch spot has its roots in rock n’ roll.

After opening an ice cream parlor/deli on 18th Street in 1975, Cameron and his wife June started catering for Billy Joel, Jimmy Buffet, Dolly Parton, Styx, Little River Band and other various performers on tour in Birmingham. The couple, who had started off working for Kentucky Fried Chicken, often worked from 5 a.m. until 1 a.m. to feed the crew and performers.

“I remember Styx wanted green M&M’s so we had to go through packages of M&M’s just to pull out the green ones for the show,” Carr said. “We even catered a requested Thanksgiving dinner for Billy Joel to eat with his crew.” Continue reading

Homewood’s star rededicated


The star that hangs above 18th Street each holiday season. Photo courtesy of Virginia Jones.

Frank Young, the owner of Sikes Children’s Shoes, has a front-row view of the star each year.

“Ever since I opened up shop that star has been here,” Young said. “It just has become a part of my life during the holidays in Homewood.”

Don Stewart, owner of DS Art, even created an ornament of the Homewood star to honor it.

“The Homewood Star Christmas ornament is the only ornament that is completely sold out,” Stewart said. “It is a direct illustration of the star that hangs downtown each holiday season.”

Douglass W. McConnell welded the star over 60 years ago and donated it to the city of Homewood. He made the star in the shop of McConnell Sales & Engineering. Continue reading

Molly Green: Business Spotlight


Molly Green

Anna Miller with sister and Molly Green owner, Brittany Hartwell. Photos by Anna Cate Little.

Molly Green is not a person, it’s a concept. The idea for an eco-friendly clothing boutique came to owner Brittany Hartwell when she recently decided to move back to her native Birmingham.

A fashion merchandising major at Lipscomb University, Hartwell has introduced downtown Homewood to a shop like no other around: stylish threads made with sustainable materials.

Looking for her own identity in the colossal fashion industry, Hartwell found that she was drawn to a more creative, unexpected style. Shopping at Salvation Army, having clothes swaps with friends and learning to sew was much more fashionable (and green) in her mind. While choosing a more organic and “clean” diet, Hartwell realized that organic can transfer to all facets of life, including clothing. After owning four restaurants in Florida together, Hartwell and her husband decided to move closer to family and slow down a bit. And that’s when the concept came to her. Continue reading