Alabama June 27, 2017
These 10 Alabama Businesses Have Operated For More Than A Century… And They’re Still Going Strong
Alabama is home to many thriving businesses. As a matter of fact, some are doing so well that they’ve been around for 100+ years. Pretty impressive, right? Listed below are 10 businesses located throughout Alabama that have been in operation for more than a century.
Note: Some businesses might not be in their original location.
1. The Bright Star Restaurant - Bessemer
The Bright Star Restaurant opened in 1907, which makes it Alabama's oldest family-owned restaurant. It specializes in Greek-style steak and seafood. (304 N 19th St)
2. Harrison Brothers Hardware - Huntsville
Harrison Brothers Hardware opened in 1879 and is Alabama's oldest hardware store. Located in downtown Huntsville, this historic store sells art, crafts and a variety of unique gifts. (124 Southside Sq)
3. First Bank of Alabama - Talladega
First Bank of Alabama was founded in 1848 and is the state's oldest continuously operating bank. It was originally named The Isbell National Bank of Talladega. In 1978, it was renamed The First National Bank of Talladega. And in 2015, it was renamed First Bank of Alabama - its current name. (120 North St E)
4. Trowbridge's - Florence
Trowbridge's has been in business since 1918. It's best known for its famous orange pineapple ice cream. (316 N Court St)
5. Royal Cup Coffee - Birmingham
Royal Cup Coffee, which was founded in 1896, is Alabama's oldest coffee importer. This company roasts approximately 58 million pounds of coffee each year. (160 Cleage Dr)
6. The Historic Battle House Renaissance Hotel & Spa - Mobile
The Historic Battle House Renaissance Hotel & Spa is one of Alabama's most luxurious hotels. The original building was built in 1852 and burned in 1905. It was rebuilt in 1908. (26 N Royal St)
7. Payne's Sandwich Shop & Soda Fountain - Scottsboro
Payne's Sandwich Shop & Soda Fountain has been in business since 1869. In the beginning, it was just a pharmacy. Today, it's one of the few soda fountains remaining in Alabama. (101 E Laurel St)
8. Alabama Power - Birmingham
Alabama Power has been in business since 1906 and provides electricity to 1.4 million Alabamians. It's also Alabama's oldest utility company. (600 18th St N)
9. Buffalo Rock Company - Birmingham
The Buffalo Rock Company was founded in 1901 and is a very important part of the beverage industry. This long-running company manufactures and sells nearly one billion containers of product each year. (103 Oxmoor Rd)
10. Chris' Hot Dogs - Montgomery
Since 1917, Chris' Hot Dogs has been serving delicious hot dogs topped with their signature chili sauce. This historic hot dog joint is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. (138 Dexter Ave)
Have you been to any of these historic businesses?
For more information about Harrison Brothers Hardware, be sure to check out our previous article:
The Oldest Hardware Store In Alabama Has A Fascinating History.