Discover Seven Points, Florence

Don’t get bogged down in the fact that there are only six roads that meet at the Seven Points intersection. There used to be seven, but that doesn’t matter. What matters is that you’re going to want to park the car and stroll a little—especially if you’re shopping for something unique.

The Seven Points area is slightly north of downtown Florence and encompasses an area from the intersection itself all the way north toward Cox Creek Parkway. It’s easy to find, but it’s tucked away, and as you approach it from downtown, especially if you’re driving along Wood Avenue, you’ll come upon it suddenly. It’s a delightful surprise.

From downtown Florence, there are two easy ways to get there. Proceed north on Court Street, the main street downtown, toward the University of North Alabama. Court Street ends at Rogers Hall, and you have two choices—left or right on Irvine Street. Turn left and go one block and turn right on Pine Street, which will wind its way around to Wood Avenue; that’s one way to get there. If you like looking at homes in historic districts, turn right on Irvine when you get to the college and go past the entrance to the college to the dead end at Wood Avenue. Turn left on Wood and proceed north to Seven Points.

From Wood Avenue, you’ll drive through beautifully restored and kept homes in the Historic District, past the college to your left. When you begin to see businesses (look for Peck Ace Hardware on the right), you’re at the Seven Points intersection. Stop the car! There’s shopping here!

Halfway between Peck Ace and the intersection is Relique, and if you like beautiful, one-of-a-kind jewelry items and accessories for the home, you have to make this one of your stops. Jewelry designer Dena McClure is known for recycling items and repurposing them to create stunning original pieces that are unique—and affordable! The store also features organic handmade soaps and lotions made with olive oil and shea butter, photography by Trina Toss, and even offers art lessons, called ARThropology. Relique is located at 1136 North Wood Avenue and is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 11:00am to 5:00pm. www.reliqueartwear.com.

If you park the car and walk from Relique toward the Seven Points intersection, you’ll pass an area of antique shops and specialty stores - including a wig store that you’ll enjoy looking at. At the Seven Points intersection, at 1154 North Wood Avenue, you’re going to love The Sweet Magnolia Café. Open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday and for brunch on Saturday and Sunday, this place is part bistro, part European cafe, and one hundred percent Southern charm, in a relaxed and informal setting. The food is among the best in the Shoals, with nightly chef specials and a wonderful wine list. Don’t let the white tablecloths fool you—you are welcome to come all dressed up, but you’ll see people in blue jeans and shorts on the patio, listening to live music and enjoying time with friends. Whatever you choose from the menu, save room for the homemade desserts. They are spectacular. Reservations are not required, but are accepted at 256-765-2234; www.thesweetmagnoliacafe.com

Want to pamper yourself? You need to visit Andy’s The Professionals. Located right off the intersection at 123 Edgewood Drive, stylist Andy Cagle and his staff have been making the men and women of the Shoals beautiful since 1977. This isn’t just a hair salon (although that’s one thing the professionals there know everything about); it’s also an Aveda Concept Salon and offers manicures, pedicures and massage. The most delightful part, aside from the welcome you’ll receive from Donna and Susan when you enter, is the variety of gift items and Aveda products they have. This is a shopping destination as well as a place to come feel pampered!

Looking for high style at an affordable price? Frolic is a fun and unique boutique at 1136 North Pine Street. The inventory changes every week, when they receive new shipments, but the attitude is fun, fancy, and affordable. Proprietor Christy Dolly and her staff are on hand to help at this shop that’s popular with the college crowd, but you’ll find clothing and accessories to love no matter what your age. Learn more at the Frolic page on Facebook or call (256) 766-6150.

Frolic is the place to go for new clothes—Fashion Exchange, located at 1531 North Wood Avenue in the Seven Points Shopping Center, is the premiere consignment shop for upscale clothing in the Shoals area. (They also have a location at 1208 Woodward Avenue in Muscle Shoals.) With the largest selection of upscale womens, juniors, mens, and children's pre-owned consignment clothing, jewelry and accessories, beautiful furniture and household items, you’ll never know what beautiful things you’ll find there; it’s designer and department store brands at a fraction of the retail price. Selection changes almost daily, so plan to visit often and stay awhile. Visit fashionexchangeconsignmentnal.com for more information.

All of this shopping is bound to make you hungry, so head to Montagu’s and Frostbite at the corner of North Pine Street and Chisholm Road, just a block away from the Seven Points intersection. Montagu’s offers delicious hot sandwiches, including cheese-steak, burgers, and hot dogs, with all of the sides and fixings you’ll want. Frostbite, right next door, was the first to bring self-serve frozen yogurt to the Shoals, and their 80 rotating flavors of delicious gourmet frozen yogurt and over 50 toppings to choose from will make your mouth water. Grab a cup and go to town creating the frozen treat that caters to your tastes—you pay by weight at Frostbites, and you’ll love every delicious bite. This is a hugely popular destination for students and families, and they are open from 11:00am to 10:00pm, Mondays through Thursdays, 11:00am to 11:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 1:00pm to 10:00pm on Sundays. Visit them on Facebook for more information.

Shopping, dining, dessert—you’ll find lots to keep you busy at Seven Points.

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