2901 2nd Avenue South – Lakeview District
In 1988 Sloss Real Estate purchased the buildings that would eventually become Pepper Place. Constructed in Birmingham’s heyday of the 1920s and ‘30s, the Dr. Pepper Bottling Plant, Syrup Plant, and Martin Biscuit Building were part of a boom in the city’s manufacturing industry and remained in operation until 1982. Sloss Real Estate saw in these buildings a new direction for Birmingham—a focus on community, service, art, and entertainment. Pepper Place would become the central hub for the new Birmingham.
Situated in Birmingham’s historic Lakeview District, Pepper Place now connects several parts of the city through its many office spaces and restaurants. With over 350,000square feet of retail, workshop, and office space and nearly two-dozen street-level retail and restaurant establishments, the shops and businesses at Pepper Place serve as a connector between Birmingham’s downtown and the outlying neighborhoods of Avondale, Forest Park, and Crestwood. Every weekend, the renowned Market at Pepper Place brings in some 10,000 visitors from around the region. With easy access to the Red Mountain Expressway and a ten-minute drive to the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, Pepper Place is perfectly positioned to connect Birmingham far beyond is own borders.
What began as two blocks of abandoned warehouse space has grown and transformed into a mainstay of life in the Magic City. Now, Pepper Place is regularly mentioned in such publications as StyleBlueprint, The Business Journals, Leisure, and the Wall Street Journal.
The King’s House Space in the Sensabaugh Building
There is perhaps no space that better maintains the original industrial look and feel of the Pepper Place properties than the one currently occupied by King’s House Antiques. With exposed brick walls, ironclad windows, and ample natural light from multiple skylights, the ambiance of the King’s House Space is both subdued and eclectic, well worn and well loved.
The Cantina Space in the Martin Biscuit Building
One of Pepper Place’s anchor tenants, Cantina offers updated takes on classic Latin fare in a space that brings new life to an old building. Exposed steel rafters, polished concrete floors, and south-facing factory windows blend seamlessly with modern track lighting, high-end kitchen equipment, and an expansive outdoor patio to bring Sloss Real Estate’s unique vision to the fore.
The Atmosphere Space in the Showrooms Building
Weekend market visitors and weekday commuters alike are welcomed to Pepper Place by this prime piece of real estate. The Atmosphere space on the busy corner of 3rdAvenue South and 29thStreet has taken what was once a factory floor and turned it into a trendy, naturally lit, retro-chic showroom. More “in with the new” and less “out with the old,” it’s a testament to the potential for these century-old buildings too far outlast passing trends.