Busy Corner Cheese & Provisions






1821 2nd Avenue North | Birmingham, Alabama 35203


Monday-Saturday 11-8

Sunday 11-6


Who we are?

Busy Corner Cheese is owned by Brian McMillan, and managed by Ryan Hagemann. For nearly 20 years cheese has been a vital part of Brian’s life. First as a chef and retail cheesemonger, and later as a distributor of specialty food, Brian has sought to bring the finest cheese and specialty food to his adopted home of Birmingham. Busy Corner Cheese was conceived out of a sense of obligation to bring these products directly to the customer, as Birmingham has long been the largest city in America without a full service, cut-to-order cheese shop. That ended this winter at Pizitz Food Hall.





We select for our guests the highest quality cheese, meat, and grocery items from here and the South, as well as everywhere excellent food is made. We will also utilize these products to make delicious and creative sandwiches and other menu items.


Customer Experience


We want everyone who comes to us to leave happy and with the exact cheese and specialty product that is right for them. Our cheesemongers are here to listen to you, guide you, and taste through products with you until you find the “right cheese”.  We realize that not everyone comes to us with encyclopedic knowledge, and it is our job to make you feel comfortable and well-engaged.

How we achieve this


Our team has spent the better part of our adult life traveling and cultivating relationships with farmers, producers, importers, and all types of people who make the finest cheese and artisanal food possible. We taste and rate everything that we offer constantly to ensure our customers are getting the best product at the right time.

The Name


The more that we read about the Pizitz store and Louis Pizitz himself, the more we liked. Mr. Pizitz sought to build a store for everyone, a store that was a key part of downtown community and Birmingham as a whole. Pizitz was known affectionately as “The People’s Store” and was located on “The Busy Corner” of 2nd Ave North and 19th Street. We are very excited to help bring this once bustling area back to prominence. The Pizitz Food Hall pays homage to the buildings proud retail history, while acknowledging the evolving food and retail landscape in Birmingham.