5 hidden gems to visit this summer in Northport

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An eye-catching mural on the side of Northport’s Five and Ten that first opened in 1937. (Morgan Byerley/ The Bama Buzz).

Separated from Tuscaloosa by the Black Warrior River, Northport’s historic district is the perfect place to explore local shops and restaurants. Spending a day in Northport will surely enchant you with its historic charm and beautifully curated stores. Keep reading to learn more about five must-see places in Northport.

1. Kentuck Art Center

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Once a month, Kentuck holds a Saturday Art Market. (Morgan Byerley/ The Bama Buzz)

Want to learn a new skill like ceramics or watercolors? Interested in finding a community of highly creative and motivated individuals? Look no further than Kentuck Art Center, located at 503 Main Ave in Northport.

Although Kentuck Art Center is most well-known for its Festival of the Arts, which attracts thousands of art lovers each year, it’s a thriving creative hub all year long.  According to the Kentuck Art Center Website, their mission is “to perpetuate the arts, engage the community and empower the artists.”

Once a month, local artists participate in Kentuck’s Saturday Art Market which showcases every art medium from woodworking and knitting to watercolors. The center also offers a variety of workshops for all ages ranging from Soap Making to Wheel Throwing.

Of course, The Kentuck Festival of Arts is their biggest event and will be held on October 14th and 15th this year. Through their festival and weekly events, Kentuck Art Center will continue to be a center of inspiration and creativity.

2.Adams Antiques & the Potager

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Antique lovers can get lost in a maze of European furniture and artwork. (Morgan Byerley/ The Bama Buzz)

Stepping into Adams Antiques and the Potager is like stepping back into another century. Colorful glass bottles sit on bookshelves while an antique table showcases French postcards and photographs. This antique store is a family business, now run by Brandon Cooper, that began with a passion for European antiques.

According to their Facebook page, the business spans three buildings over 8000 square feet and showcases everything from antique tables to crystal chandeliers. Every antique lover should make sure to stop by and see the collection of curated European antiques.

3. City Cafe

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City Cafe first opened its doors in 1931 and continues to be a popular spot. (Morgan Byerley/ The Bama Buzz)

Looking for a quick breakfast or lunch? City Café is another must-see stop in historic Northport. With over 92 years of history, the café is loved by college students and locals. City Café opens at 4AM every morning and provides a homecooked breakfast with chicken biscuits, customized omelets, pancakes and more.

Lunch is also served every day from 9:30AM to 3:30PM with a rotating menu. Meals like baked chicken strips and fried catfish fingers will surely bring you back to City Café. Check out their menu here and make sure to stop by this local spot!

4.Northport Farmers Market

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This farmers market has all your summer produce needs. (Morgan Byerley/ The Bama Buzz)

 Located just a few minutes from downtown Northport, the Northport Farmers Market offers fresh produce from local farms. Held twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday from 6AM to 12PM, the market sells fresh vegetables, natural soaps and more.

5. Everlasting

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Looking for a gift or home decor? Check out Everlasting in Northport. (Morgan Byerley/ The Bama Buzz)

Everlasting is another beautiful store located in the historic district of downtown Northport. From Enewton Jewlrey to Rifle Paper Company products, they offer a variety of home goods and gifts. In addition to the brick-and-mortar location, Everlasting has an online storefront that showcases all of its products.

The business was established in 2013 by Crystal and Travis Buck who are active members in the Northport community. According to their website, their style is “a blend of classic, timeless, and filled with Everlasting inspiration.”

Have you been to the historic district of Northport? Let us know your favorite places on Instagram and Facebook!

Morgan Byerley
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