River Region Small Business Shopping Guide

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Small Business Resource Guide, there are nearly 400,000 small businesses in Alabama. Lots of those businesses are located right here in the River Region, and we love supporting them whenever we can! Here’s a guide to just a few great locally-owned small businesses in the area to shop with. 


Eastbrook Flea Market is home to over 300 vendors who sell everything from vintage home decor pieces to antique statement jewelry. You could spend almost an entire day hunting for treasures here! They also stock Priester’s Pecans in case you need a snack break during your shopping spree. 

Montgomery Antiques & Interiors houses over twenty different vendors from all across the state who sell an assortment of fine antiques and vintage pieces. It’s also home to Shrader’s Clock Shop, where expert clock repairer Pete Shrader offers top-notch antique and vintage clock repair services.

Rosemont Gardens has been serving the River Region for over 100 years! They carry a wide variety of home decor items, gifts, fashion accessories, and more. Plus, their experienced florists can put together beautiful floral arrangements for any occasion.  

Divine Vines and Decor is a newer business located in Old Cloverdale that carries all sorts of lovely plants and flowers, as well as home furnishings and gifts. Even if you aren’t a plant lover, we still suggest stopping by to stock up on local honey and elderberry syrup. 

Southern Art & Makers Collective is your one-stop-shop for eclectic handmade goods from over 60 local artists and makers. Drop by and check out their growing inventory of handmade greeting cards, handcrafted jewelry, unique art pieces, and more. 

Read Herring is Montgomery’s only independent bookstore. They stock both fiction and non-fiction new and used books. They also offer curated collections of Civil Rights and Southern literature. 

Barb’s on Mulberry carries clothing for kids, toys, gifts, and more. Make sure to check out the owner’s collection of original art, too! 

Bailey Brother’s now has two locations in Montgomery that carry new and used instruments, audio recording devices, and stage lighting equipment. Whether you’re a beginner looking for your first instrument or a seasoned musician looking for an upgrade, they’ve got you covered. 

Visions Cards and Games carries tabletop and card games for the whole family. Plus, they have plenty of space for anyone who wants to stop in and play a few rounds.


Lavish Salon and Spa is one of the best places in Prattville to check out if you’re looking for hair care supplies. They stock salon-quality brands like Moroccan Oil, R+Co, and more. 

Prattville Pickers is another great River Region spot to visit if you’re on the hunt for cool antiques and collectibles. You’re sure to find plenty of amazing items from their 300+ local vendors. You can even bring your dog along to help you sniff out a unique find!

Bryan Jewelry has been serving the River Region for over 67 years, and it’s the perfect place to find exquisite jewelry pieces. They also offer stunning custom designs and jewelry repair services. 

Featherwhite carries everything you need to make your house feel like a home, from furniture to decor. If you need a little help making your vision come to life, they also offer professional interior design consultations. 

Kudzu and Cotton is a locally-owned boutique that carries apparel, accessories, gifts, and so much more. If you’re looking for a wardrobe update, you’re sure to find exactly what you need here. 


The Market Shoppes is an artisan and boutique mall in Downtown Wetumpka that carries clothing, accessories, and gifts. Plus, they have a pretty cool collection of Wetumpka merch for anyone who wants to rep their city. 

Scent Wizards carries tons of handmade candles, soaps, bath bombs, and more. This is the perfect place for anyone who wants to smell good and shop small. 

Marcia Weber Art Objects carries one-of-a-kind pieces from dozens of local artists. Stop in to find a great statement painting for your home or a gift for your artsy friend. 

P.S. Don’t forget to let these businesses know your friends at KtC sent you when you stop by!

Control the Pests

Every location comes with its own variation of vermin. You may encounter issues with pests in the River Region that you’ve never dealt with before. We are here to help you identify and prevent the local pests!    

What are the most common local pests?  

We deal with termites year-round. Ants, mice, and roaches are also very common in the River Region.

What can I do to prevent fleas?  

The first step in flea prevention is to have your pets professionally treated.  Fleas need a host to feed. If you keep their host treated, they’re less likely to become a problem inside. Additionally, you should vacuum, vacuum, vacuum!  

How do I prevent roaches/palmetto bugs? 

As with any pest, exclusion is best. Anything you can do to prevent a pest from entering your home is the best start. These large roaches are drawn to light, so remember to keep your blinds closed at night. Additionally, changing outside lights to sodium vapor bulbs will prevent attracting not only roaches but many different pests to your home.

What pests should I watch out for?  

Black widow spiders and brown recluse spiders are the two most dangerous spiders we deal with in the River Region. With all pests, identification is key. Black widow spiders are recognizable by the orange hourglass shape on their abdomen. Brown recluse spiders are identified by a “fiddle” shape on their back. 

What is a termite bond and is it really necessary?  

There are two types of homes in Alabama; those that have termites, and those that are going to get termites! We recommend that all homes have protection from termites. There are two main types of guarantees—a Retreatment Guarantee and a Damage Replacement Guarantee. A Retreatment Guarantee generally covers control of the termites that may infest your home, but it does not offer anything for the repair of damage. A Damage Replacement Guarantee offers control of the termites and also offers the customer the guarantee of having damage repaired.  

Neal Boyer 

Neal is the Sales Department Manager with Cook’s Pest Control in Montgomery. He has been with Cook’s for nearly 10 years. He grew up in the River Region, having graduated from Prattville High School, and going on to attend Troy University Montgomery. He and his wife of 13 years currently live in Deatsville with their two daughters. Neal has a passion to serve the communities of the River Region, and a heart for his customers. 

Guide to What’s Open

With much of Alabama opening back up, we have put together a list of our wonderful advertisers that are open or will be soon!

*Please note, there are many more places that are opening back up. This is only a list of advertisers of exploreMedia.


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With the whole family home, now is the time to get creative and have some fun together. We have put together a list of seven different fun things to do with the family!