What are All In Mountain Brook executive director Laura Hydinger’s favorite things about her city? Well, wonder no more.

1. Sunday Morning Heritage

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

My grandparents helped start Saint Luke’s church more than 50 years ago, and my husband and I met and married while serving as youth volunteers there. Today our daughter sings with the band at The Word, our modern worship service. I can’t think of a more peaceful place than to sit on the bench under the two beautiful oaks located in front of the church.



Every Girl Fitness

Photo by Margaret Lee Photography

2. Morning Workout Camaraderie

Every Girl Fitness

It’s got to be inspiring to get me there! I love working out with the girls at Every Girl Fitness. The workouts are designed to be fun, challenging, and appeal to “every girl” at every fitness level. I love the camaraderie of this group!

Irondale Furnace Trail3. Trail Walking

Irondale Furnace Trail & Jemison Park

One of our favorite family walking routes is to start at the Irondale Furnace right behind our house, jump the creek and continue along the sidewalk path to the Jemison Trail or into one of the villages.

Little Hardware4. Nostalgic Shopping

Little Hardware

I love the smell as you walk in the door. I remember riding their famous hobby horse as a child while my parents shopped, as my children also did. Thirty years later, that same hobby horse has a special spot in the store’s new location in English Village. I love the personal service and “can-do” spirit of everyone that works there.

Taste of Mountain Brook5. Deliciousness for a Good Cause

Taste of Mountain Brook

Taste of Mountain Brook on Sept. 23 benefits ALL IN Mountain Brook, where I serve as the executive director. ALL IN strives to protect and enhance the lives and well-being of our youth by providing valuable resources and community programs.