The Locals' Guide to Florence, Alabama

We stopped four hip locals in Alabama's Renaissance City to tell us about the best places to eat, drink, and shop in their hometown.

Olivia Sherif Director of Design and Special Services, Alabama Chanin

"Every local has the obligatory stint working at Rivertown Coffee. It's not frilly, just great coffee and foods like chicken salad and pizza. I love antiquing in Florence. Two great shops are Gingerbread Antique Mall and Antiques Unlimited in Sheffield. A new music venue, 116 Mobile Street, was opened by Billy Reid and Single Lock Records. It's a great outlet for homegrown acts like While the Ship Sinks."

Austin Shirey Barber, Bob & Bill's Barber Shop; Southern Living men's style contributor

"Start with a fresh scone and a cup of the FactoryBlend from Muletown Coffee at Alabama Chanin's new Factory Café. My brothers and I own Shirey Ice Cream. Our favorite place to set up shop is at Court Street Market, opening in April with a local food purveyor, a bakery and restaurant, and much more. For dinner, I love Odette. The food—like the five-spice duck—is phenomenal."

Louisa Amber Murray Musician, The Bear

"Deibert Park is wonderful for families. The Children's Museum of the Shoals has a giant catfish at the entrance crashing through the roof, so you can't miss it. Record store Pegasus Records is a great place for live shows in a wide variety of genres, anything from gritty rock to acoustic folk. You can also pick up albums from Muscle Shoals' famous history and get a sampling of current local musicians."

Sandi Mcgee Artist and Owner, Geronimo Gymnastics

"We are lucky to have the Rosenbaum House close to downtown. It's the only Frank Lloyd Wright-designed structure in the state. For lunch I go to Trowbridge's Creamery, an institution in town since the early 1900s. Anybody coming through has to check out the restored Muscle Shoals Sound Studios. It's where artists like The Rolling Stones recorded some of the most influential songs of all time."

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