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Field Trip to General and Shoppe

Monday, December 6, 2021


Beautiful Christmas tree at General

Recently a friend of mine and I visited two of my favorite shops in downtown Birmingham on Clairmont Avenue: Shoppe and General.  We had a lovely lunch, and I had the best olive oil cake for dessert at General.  I want to find a good recipe for it and bake it for my family.

At Shoppe, we enjoyed seeing the beautiful wreaths and garlands.  They also had a nice selection of forced bulbs and Poinsettias:

General reminds me of a store one would see in Paris.  They stock lovely items from the United States and Europe (I bought some New England maple sugar), and they also have a little café, too.  The fixtures, displays, and vignettes are so lovely:

I love the details on this Christmas tree, especially the blue and white ribbon and the white paper garland.

Speaking of's today's Chrismon:

The Shell is a symbol for baptism. It reminds Christians of the water that they are baptized in. It is also a sign of Pilgrimage, as Pilgrims to the Holy Land (Israel) would use a shell as a drinking vessel.

I sort of copied my shell from a Pilgrimage sign.

Today's scripture:

Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense.  When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear.  But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John.  He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth,  for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born.  He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God.  And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

Luke 1:11-17

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. Happy Monday RJ. Oh love that shopping. I see a few things. Hope your week is starting out well. xoxo

  2. What a nice break! Those shops (love the simplicity of the names) look so fun. Love the crimson and the analogy with the shell.

  3. This must have been such a fun shopping lunch for you and your friend. I would love to go but I don't get downtown often. Love the Shell and the scripture. Love these posts..........

  4. What a gorgeous store! I think I would go stark raving mad in there, wanting to buy up everything in sight! All that and lunch too. Your Chrismon is perfect for today's post. This is too yummy!

  5. Oh my! When I visit (someday) you will have to take to me Shoppe and General.
    Thank you for today's post.

  6. I have never heard of those shops! Yikes, I need to get out more 😂


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