Visit Celeste Heavenly Boutique

Celeste Heavenly Boutique is located in the Lee Branch Shopping Center, 611 Doug Baker Blvd. Suite 114 (under the Santa Fe Day Spa).

This shabby-chic, heavenly boutique offers free gift wrapping, in-store personal shopping and specializes in women’s clothing, accessories and gifts. 

Owners Alicia Cuevas and Meredith Horton have each had a passion for opening a boutique for years. Recently, their individual passions merged and the idea for Celeste Heavenly Boutique was born. 

Although it is their primary goal to make Celeste Heavenly Boutique the premier shopping experience on the 280 corridor, they have a strong desire to use the boutique to promote and support local charities and ministries as well. To that end, throughout the year, they plan to highlight local ministries such as Alabama Childhood Food Solutions and Kings Home, among others, with special charity sales events. 

Celeste Heavenly Boutique is committed to quality, affordable prices and excellent customer service. Follow the boutique on Facebook and Instagram for new arrivals and weekly specials. Mention Two Eighty Lifestyle and get 10 percent off your next purchase. 

Hoover Met Complex Recognized as One of the Top 10 Sports 
Complexes Nationally

The Hoover Met Complex garnered national attention when it was featured on the Black Friday airing of the NBC “Today” show as a leading sports and event operation, positioned to serve the explosive growth in the amateur sports industry. 

In addition to the exposure on the NBC “Today” show, the Hoover Met Complex, and its new Finley Center, has been recognized as a top go-to venue for event planners, listed along with 10 other elite new sports facilities around the country by Connect Sports, a resource for the sports tourism market.

“The 155,000-square-foot venue outside of Birmingham, Alabama, opened in May,” writes Matt Swenson, senior editor of Collinson Media & Events. “The indoor component of Hoover Met Complex holds 11 basketball courts and 17 volleyball courts, an indoor climbing center and meeting space. Five baseball/softball diamonds, plus five soccer/football/lacrosse fields, and 16 tennis courts are scheduled for completion in 2018.” 

The complex also includes a 10,000-seat stadium, which not only hosts the prestigious SEC Baseball Tournament but is also slated to host a new marquee baseball event run by East Coast Pro, a nonprofit run by MLB scouts, that will stage its annual scouting event August 1-4 at the Hoover Met Complex. Players will be evaluated and observed over four days by team scouts, coaches, agents and supporters. Adidas is sponsoring the event, which will be hosted at the Hoover Met Complex for the next three years. The Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers, Florida Marlins, Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Red Sox and Kansas City Royals will be the six sponsoring teams selecting players who will attend.

The Hoover Met Complex is managed by Sports Facilities Management and is part of a portfolio of their elite sports tourism venues.

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Alabama to Hold Seventh Annual Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

The state will be holding its seventh annual Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday to give shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain severe weather preparedness items free of state sales tax, though local sales tax may still apply. It will begin at 12:01 a.m. Friday, February 23 and end at midnight on Sunday, February 25.

Items less than $60 that are exempt from the state sales tax include a variety of batteries, cell phone chargers, portable self-powered or battery-powered radios, portable self-powered light sources, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, duct tape, plywood, window film, ground anchor systems, artificial ice, ice packs, fire extinguishers, self-contained first aid kits, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and more. 

Any portable generator and power cords used to provide light or communications or preserve food in the event of a power outage less than $1,000 is also tax-exempt. 

For a full list of tax-exempt items, visit