Dad & the Outdoors: Mark’s Outdoors

Dad & the Outdoors: Mark’s Outdoors

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Looking for that perfect Father’s Day gift? The staff at Mark’s Outdoors is ready to assist you in finding a gift Dad will love and use. Besides being a one stop shop for hunting and fishing needs, Mark’s also carries a wide variety of lifestyle products for the husband or father in your life. Here are just a few ideas for Father’s Day.

Keep it Cool. Out in the Alabama summer heat, Dad is sure to appreciate a Yeti or Orca gift. Mark’s has in stock Yeti coolers ranging in size from 20-210 quarts and they all come with a five year warranty. Orca coolers are also available in 26-58 quart sizes and each comes with a lifetime warranty. Mark’s also offers both Orca and Yeti beverage options from small to tall to keep Dad’s drink ice cold or piping hot ($20-$30).

Play it Safe. Shirts with sun protection are a great gift for the dad who spends anytime outdoors. Mark’s has sizes ranging from small to 3x in great colors and styles from the top men’s sportswear brands including Columbia, Simms, and AFTCO.

Enjoy Function, Style & Craftsmanship. Mark’s Outdoors knife specialist Chris Thompson oversees the inventory of the Southeast’s largest and best selection of knives ranging from “mild to wild” in design and price. In stock selections include brands like William Henry ($350-$2200 range) and Chris Reeve ($400-$500 range). Besides knives, the William Henry brand also offers a great line of men’s jewelry that has the same distinct style as their knives. Particularly popular is the William Henry bracelet made from leather and forged damascus steel and accented with gem stones ($400).

Besides remembering your Dad with a gift this Father’s Day, most importantly, we hope you will have the opportunity to spend some time with your Dad- if at all possible, in God’s great outdoors.

Mark’s Outdoors 

1400-B Montgomery Highway, Vestavia 35216

205-822-2010, www.marksoutdoors.com

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Cool Stuff for Mom!

Cool Stuff for Mom!

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Wild Birds Unlimited’ s Annual Ladies’ Day Sale is May 5, 2018. Everything in the store will be 25% off. The store is located at 1580 Montgomery Highway, 35216, www.wbu.com/birmingham, 205-823-6500.

Looking for that perfect Mother’s Day gift? Swing by Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in Hoover to see a great selection of unique gifts to fill any outdoor space and bring the outdoors in.

Find a wide selection of pillows that are fade and moisture resistant- perfect for outdoor seating and decorated with all kinds of beautiful birds. Made from Climaweave fabric, the pillows are durable enough to enjoy inside or out (starting at $23.99). Wild Birds welcome matts include switch matt frames ($13.99) with insert matts ($7.99) that communicate great messages like “Bless this Home.” And don’t forget to check out the wall of Garden Flags ($13.99 each)- a great way to give your outdoor space a pop of color all year long!

Find special savings throughout the store on May 5, Wild Birds Unlimited’ s Annual Ladies’ Day Sale. You will receive 25% off your entire purchase including bird feeders, seed and garden accents! The store will also offer extended shopping hours on May 5, 9am-6pm. †

 

 

 

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Top Gifts for Your Friends & Family Who Love God’s Great Outdoors

Top Gifts for Your Friends & Family Who Love God’s Great Outdoors

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Whether it’s a rod and reel, range finder or camo clothing you need help with, Joe Phillips has the scoop on the best buys. His top ten gift list includes the Shimano Curado K Reel and the G-Loomis IMX Pro 853C JWR Rod as well as the Sitka Mountain Jacket. Visit him at Mark’s Outdoors.

Struggling with what to buy for your friend or family member that loves the outdoors? The staff at Mark’s Outdoors is ready to help! Here’s a look at some of the items on their Top Ten List, specially priced for the Christmas season.

Sitka Camo Clothing. Streamlined to move like the wind while standing strong against it, the Sitka Mountain Jacket ($269.99) is imperceptibly light and minimal in bulk. It nearly disappears in your pack.

Mini-safes. Safely secure your valuables or handgun in the new Home Defender (HD) Series by Liberty Safe. The HDX-250 Smart Vault ($239) allows for quick and secure access by using our 5th Generation BIOMETRIC finger swipe technology.

For 17 years John Fuller has been helping customers at Mark’s Outdoors. He can answer any question you have about safes and help you choose the one that is right for you and your family.

Carry On. The medium duffle bag from Filson ($395) is designed to meet maximum airline carry-on size restrictions and includes interior stow pockets, so you only need one bag for all your adventures. Constructed of rain-resistant rugged twill, durable bridle leather, rustproof brass zipper and storm flap closure for added protection from the weather.

Game Camera. Bucks may be skittish and difficult to scout, but even the swiftest of deer is no match for the eye of the Moultrie M-40 Game Camera ($149.99). A lightning-fast 0.3-second trigger speed and a 100-foot flash range give you an extra set of eyes that can spot game through the trees, day or night.

For more details on these gifts and other great gift ideas see Mark’s Outdoors Top Ten Gift Ideas on-line at www.marksoutdoors.com/top-10-gifts.html  or visit us in Vestavia. We are ready to help you make the most of God’s great outdoors!

– Mark’s Outdoors

1400-B Montgomery Highway, Vestavia 35216

205-822- 2010, www.marksoutdoors.com

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Great LOCAL GIFTS for Family & Friends

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Visit Vulcan 

The Anvil Gift Shop at the Vulcan Park & Museum is a great place to pick up a piece of Birmingham to share with family and friends this Christmas. You’ll find stocking stuffers including delicious Birmingham Candy Company chocolates shaped like our great state ($4) and Chocolate Paws ($3) for the pet lover in your life. The shop also has a wide variety of “made in Alabama” candles to choose from and of course many items bearing THE symbol of Birmingham including a custom designed Vulcan Snow Globe ($29.99), Vulcan Ornament ($24.99), Vulcan Coffee Mug ($22) and Vulcan Mini-Statue ($29.99).

Unique Finds at Wild Birds 

The staff at the locally owned Wild Birds Unlimited store in Hoover has every gift a bird watcher could every want and MORE! For instance, the shop is home to Zkano fashion socks made from start to finish in a family mill in Fort Payne, Ala. The business is run by a second-generation sock maker who works alongside her parents to oversee every detail of the production. Find duck, reindeer and patterned designs available in men’s and women’s sizes. ($16.99) Give the holiday scent of fir without the mess. Wild Birds’ Bedrock Tree Farm soy candles are handcrafted at the New England farm with freshly harvested fir needles and available in several sizes ($18.99-$24.99). Add a unique touch to your holiday decor with flat, dripless candles hand made in Lithuania and beautifully designed with nature and holiday scenes. ($14.99). And don’t forget a gift for your feathered friends. Wild Birds is home to seasonal seed cylinders including gingerbread men (18.99) and snowmen ($16.99)

Celebrate Life.

Stay on top of life in 2018 while celebrating and supporting the lives of the children and parents touched by Sav-a-Life Vestavia. The 2018 Calendar ($10) features beautiful photographs of babies helped by this local ministry.  Sav-a-Life is dedicated to putting an end to abortion by supporting one woman at a time, to spare her and her child from abortion. The ministry offers free pregnancy testing, ultrasound, prenatal assessment, STI/STD testing for men and women, childbirth education classes, parenting classes, and fatherhood programming. Order your 2018 Calendar by calling 979-0302 or visiting www.savalife.org to give your tax-deductible gift.

Gift “Good News” All Year Long 

For a friend that has moved away from our great city or state, a Gift Subscription to Birmingham Christian Family will keep them up to speed on all our Good News! A subscription is also a great gift for individuals unable to easily leave home to pick up a copy each month. A gift card from you will be included with the first issue. Send check for $25 (One Year/12 issues) to: Birmingham Christian Family, P.O. Box 382724, Birmingham, Ala. 35238. Be sure to include the Recipients Address.

-For More Great Gift Ideas See Page 27

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Great Gifts for those who Love the Outdoors

Great Gifts for those who Love the Outdoors

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Big John is ready to help you pick out the reel that will make the best Christmas gift for a friend, family member or you!

If you’re struggling with gift ideas this holiday season, the staff at Mark’s Outdoors is ready to help. Check out these great finds in stock and waiting for you.

Bright, Clear & Crisp. When you look through a set of Zeiss binoculars, you view nature in a whole new way. Mark’s Outdoors carries a full line of Zeiss binoculars ranging in price from $300 to $2000 and Mark’s specialist Bill Oglesby can fit you with the pair best suited for you. Be sure to ask about the Victory SF 10 x 42 which offers brilliant optics and an unparalleled wide-angle field of view. Its light weight, ergonomic design and dynamic fast-focus feature also allow for hours of relaxing birding without fatigue. The Victory SF is considered the new benchmark for birding and wildlife observation in the 125 year development of Zeiss binoculars.

Reel Them In. Mark’s Outdoor’ Big John has the perfect gift for any fisherman. In stock is the new bait casting reel from Daiwa, the Tatula 100 HS, which comes with a 7.3:1 gear ratio and 7 ball bearings. Characterized for being very smooth and light, this fresh water reel’s cast ability is superior to many higher priced models ($99). John can also show you a complete line of reels in stock and priced for any budget ($50-$500).

For great gift ideas and anything you need for your next adventure, remember to visit Mark’s Outdoors in Vestavia. We are ready to help you make the most of God’s great outdoors!

– Mark’s Outdoors 

1400-B Montgomery Highway, Vestavia 35216

205-822- 2010, www.marksoutdoors.com

 

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Great Gift Finds at the Briarwood Christmas Shop

Great Gift Finds at the Briarwood Christmas Shop

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Find stocking stuffers and more at the Briarwood Christmas Gift Shop November 16-17 at the church, 2200 Briarwood Way, 35243. Door prizes given away each day, no purchase necessary!

Find wonderful gifts for friends and family while supporting Christian education at the annual Briarwood Christmas Shop. The free admission event features more than 60 different artists and vendors and is hosted by the Briarwood High School Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF). “All of the money raised is used to support our teachers in the classroom, the school’s faculty and administration and of course the students they teach and minister to,” explains PTF Pres. Amy Pylant. “It also gives our school family the opportunity to meet and minister to people in our community!”

Shop the event Thursday, November 16 from Noon-6pm and Friday, November 17 from 9am-4pm in the Briarwood Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. A few of the featured vendors include t-shirts and gift items from Tagged and Happy, useful and beautiful pieces of pottery from Mike Davis Pottery, artwork from Crown Creations, hip jewelry from Sha’s Creations and Grandma Betty’s Pepper Jelly. Also, The Neighborhood Brew Truck will be onsite Friday morning so you can enjoy coffee or a smoothie and a delicious breakfast treat before coming inside to shop with friends. †

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Merry Market 2017!

Merry Market 2017!

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Experience Merry Market 2017 Friday October 20, 9am-6pm and Saturday October 21, 9am-3pm. Admission is $5. Benefits the Just Keep Smiling ministry.

Want to get your Christmas shopping done early, please everyone on your list and help families in need in our community? Shop Merry Market 2017 October 20-21 at the Gardendale Civic Center. You will find great gifts from unique vendors while supporting Just Keep Smiling (JKS), a local ministry that assists families who have children in medical crisis.

Be sure to stop by and visit with Amy Choran and the staff at Junky 2 Funky. Their display will be loaded with great gift giving ideas including unique items by local artists: home décor, lake décor, vintage, holiday, clothing and a large variety of one-of-a kind special pieces to set you apart!

Tina Florence’s Adorned Boutique will also be on-site with the latest looks for your fall and winter wardrobe. This local women and teen Christian based boutique specializes in fashionable and trendy clothing from small to 2XL plus jewelry, accessories and gifts.

Special events happening at the Merry Market include “Cookies with Characters” Saturday from 10-Noon. Children will have the opportunity to converse and have pictures made with Dory, Nemo, Mickey, Minnie, Elsa, Olaf and Anna. Plus, there is a visit from Santa on Friday 10am-Noon and Saturday 12:30-2pm.

And before you leave, don’t forget to stop by the Merry Market Cafe and Amazing Sweet Shoppe to enjoy some delicious treats!

The ministry of Just Keep Smiling was born from the experiences of three women in our community, Patrice Brooks, Debra Cook and Sue Jeffreys. All three women know what it is like to live with tragically losing children or having a child with a life-threatening illness. Twelve years ago, they established the non-profit JKS that seeks to assist families with critically ill children by providing financial aid for immediate needs, emotional support based on personal knowledge of a child’s serious illness or death, and spiritual insight that conveys the solace, grace and strength found in God. JKS works with a network of social workers at area hospitals to identify families with such needs during their time of medical crisis with a child and/or children. Learn more at www.justkeepsmiling.org †

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Packed & Ready for the Next Excursion with Mark’s Outdoors

Packed & Ready for the Next Excursion with Mark’s Outdoors

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For quality luggage and everything else you need for your next adventure, visit Mark’s Outdoors in Vestavia.

Vacation, vacation, vacation. That’s what summer is all about, right? Whether you are spending time with the family at the beach soaking in the strong summer sun, or looking for that next hill to climb to check off your summer bucket list, you need to be prepared with the best-equipped luggage. Summer vacations are rendered useless without the proper luggage at your hip and why not do it in style and with the peace of mind that it will last you for life?

This is where Mark’s Outdoors has you set and ready to go. Stop in and take a look at their amazing selection of Filson Luggage. In business since 1897, Filson has thrived on a reputation of honesty, quality, durability and listening to what their customers want. With a lifetime warranty, these canvas goldmines will give you the style and toughness needed for any type of vacation, business trip, or overnight weekend in the great outdoors.

Mark’s Outdoors selection of Filson pieces include everything from small excursion bags to rolling check-in bags. Depending on the size, pieces range in price from $175 to $600. Filson uses only the best materials obtainable and guarantees it on every piece of merchandise.

Visit Mark’s and set yourself up for the long haul, knowing you are putting trust in over 100 years of experience in the Luggage industry with Filson and the customer care of Mark’s Outdoors.

– Mark’s Outdoors 

1400-B Montgomery Highway, Vestavia 35216

205-822- 2010, www.marksoutdoors.com

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Go Wild for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day & You!

Go Wild for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day & You!

Wild Birds Unlimited (WBU) on Highway 31 in Hoover is stocked with great gift ideas for both Moms and Dads.

For the mom on the go who loves to travel and shop this Shopping Bag by LOQI is a great gift. It compacts down to inches in size and then opens to allow you to carry up to 44 lbs. of cargo! ($11.99)

For the mom or dad who love nature, the ever-popular Eliminator Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder can’t be beat ($104.99). Finches, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, woodpeckers, grosbeaks,cardinals and other seed eating birds love it and it comes with a limited lifetime warranty. You can also find a wide selection of hanging and mounting hardware for bird feeders.

 

 Wanting to entertain this spring and summer outdoors? The selection of great indoor and outdoor pillows at WBU is terrific and affordable
($17.99-31.99)

In connection with Mother’s Day, Wild Birds will host “Ladies’ Day” on Saturday May 6 and absolutely everything in the store will be on sale. When you shop, be sure to tell the staff you heard about WBU and the Ladies’ Day Sale from Birmingham Christian Family magazine!

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