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Retail Sure Shot

Retail Sure Shot

Value-added perks like lifetime lessons and an amazing array of top-brand equipment — fletching feathers and strings in every hue, bow stands, quivers — make Phenix City’s Archery Connection a small business as solid as Alabama hunting.

Leather Goods Home Grown, Hand Made

Leather Goods Home Grown, Hand Made

Sarah and Michael Stricklin tool a growing e-commerce business with craft, design and marketing discipline.

Firm Footing in Service

Firm Footing in Service

One of the state’s fastest growing startups, South Cypress took its flooring business nationwide with e-commerce. A swank new showroom helps target the builder market.

Homegrown Retailers’ Big Trek

Homegrown Retailers’ Big Trek

Outdoor outfitters Susan and Mark Anderson’s early years were in a retail wilderness, but now they’re expanding and thriving in the midst of bigfoot competitors.

Pay-to-Play Big Time Retail

Pay-to-Play Big Time Retail

Taxpayer dollars have become an almost essential ingredient in the not-so-free market of retail development — and the bigger the retailer, the more the public money.

American-Made Works Big Time at Haleyville's Exxel Outdoors

American-Made Works Big Time at Haleyville's Exxel Outdoors

When all the competitors moved their plants to China, one U.S. sleeping bag manufacturer in Haleyville dug in, survived and continues to thrive.

Downtown Gold Standard

Downtown Gold Standard

Three cities that have nurtured an eclectic collection of locally owned downtown storefronts.

Some Shindig

Some Shindig

Fashion designer Billy Reid throws a party to boost his hometown

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