The neighborhood of East Lake is being intentionally, lovingly, painstakingly cared for and revived by many natives with the help and support of the phenomenal non-profit, REV Birmingham. If you don't know about one or both of these (gasp!), now's your chance to learn a little bit and see a glimpse.
It's powerful what a community can do when they come together, and it was a joy for us as a family to brave the tiny tot meltdowns and grey cloudy skies to partake in the adventure and fun. We had a great time enjoying East 59 Vintage & Cafe (where we will likely be purchasing some furniture for our new place!), checking out their goods and also having lunch. We were fortunate to get to speak with the owner who, along with his family, share a passion and vested interest in seeing the neighborhood revived.
Samford University's college theatre was located just across the street until 1957, when the campus moved to its current location and the theatre became focused on adult films. Only recently was the theatre bought out by the owner of East 59 Vintage and Cafe with the partnership of the owner of Estate Liquidators, next door.
Today we hung out at East 59 and then participated in some community art projects, and got to check out some experiential artwork on display in the old theatre. It was really striking, and we're excited to see what East Lake looks like as it continues to get polished and shine. Here is a glimpse of our experience in East Lake today: