More changes to stores in downtown Birmingham
By Lisa Brody
On the heels of the news that Anthropologie will close its doors on W. Maple in downtown Birmingham on Friday, February 9, comes word that national retailer Eileen Fisher will be moving from Somerset Collection to Birmingham and jewelry store Radiant Made is planning to open.
Eileen Fisher, featuring women's casual and elegant women's clothing that effortlessly combines timeless, elegant lines with eco-friendly fabrics, is moving from the Somerset Collection to 286 W. Maple Road. The space it will fill has been vacant for quite a while, having most recently been Kybun Joya shoes.
Radiant Made Jewelry began filling its cases in mid-January at 245 W. Maple Road, in the space previously occupied by The Great Eros.
According to LinkedIn, Radiant Made/Radiant Fine Jewelry is owned and operated by Krystal Zielinski Shiklanian. “I am the proud owner of Radiant Fine Jewelry, an award-winning establishment known for its commitment to excellence and innovation in the world of fine jewelry. With a deep passion for jewelry design and an unwavering dedication to quality, I have shaped Radiant Fine Jewelry into a renowned brand that embodies elegance, craftsmanship, and creativity… Each piece in our collections is a testament to our high standards, meticulous craftsmanship, and a deep appreciation for the artistry of jewelry-making,” she wrote on her site.
There are two other Radiant Made locations, in Plymouth and S. Lyon.
Against the background of the two new retailers arriving in the city comes the news of long-time Birmingham art gallery Robert Kidd Gallery closing.
The Robert Kidd Gallery was founded in 1976 by Robert Louis Kidd and Ray Frost Fleming, graduates of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, and due to their curatorial vision, had a gallery roster filled with prominent master artists. Following their deaths in 2014, Gerard Marti took over the gallery, expanding the gallery to include pop art, photography and prints.
The building which housed the gallery was sold to a new owner in 2023 and, according to sources, the gallery's rent was notably increased which prompted the closing.