The Monkeys Uncle Gift Shop opened in November of 2003 by co-owners, Michael Dyer and Tim Jennings.  Both men were wholesale gift salesmen for the Alabama territory, and made the decision to enter the retail industry when they purchased a building in  downtown Leeds, Alabama and began their own business. The Monkeys Uncle is an upscale shop with name brands like Vera Bradley, Tervis, Tyler Candles,and Mandy Bagwell.  The store carries a large selection of gift items including fragrances, jewelry and ladies accessories, home decor, collegiate gifts, birthday and anniversary gifts and tableware. Bridal registries and free gift wrapping are available at the Monkeys Uncle.

Due to the large demand for baby gifts, in 2009 the store expanded to become a store within a store with the addition of baby clothing, gifts, bags and much more.  With namebrands such as Kissy Kissy, Feltman Brothers, LeTop, Auraluz, Kalencom, Bailey Boys, Mud Pie, and Stephen Joseph the baby store has become one of the more exclusive in the Birmingham area.The store offers registries  for baby showers and teas.

Coming In September 2012, a third retail store will provide an additional shopping experience with the opening of a downtown Christmas shop. This new store promises to offer an adventure in shopping for the holiday season.