Brad Morton sells Rotary Trail studio—hear future plans including a move to the Thomas Project

Brad Morton’s courtyard featuring personal work. Photo via Bham Now

Though you may not know the man, you definitely know his work. The modern, giant nuns in front of St. Vincent’s Hospital, the teacher and students at Altamont School and many other iconic sculptures are all made by Brad Morton at Morton Studios on 2119 1st Ave South. Now, he’s packing up and moving his work to different areas in the city—including The Thomas Project. This comes on the heels of City Trail View LLC purchasing his studio property on the Rotary Trail.

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FedEx Ground’s upcoming $40.6M facility will bring 285 new jobs to Birmingham

Say hello to a faster delivery from FedEx Ground. Photo via FedEx on Facebook

The City of Bessemer, the City of Birmingham and Jefferson County have been collaborating on one of the largest economic development projects this year in the Birmingham region. A new $40.6 million FedEx Ground facility is set to open in June 2021, bringing 285 new full- and part-time jobs to the area. Learn more.

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What’s up with outdoor dining in Birmingham + local spots moving seats to the streets

Outdoor dining for the win. Photo by Chaise Sanders for Bham Now

As local businesses and restaurants continue to open and offer different dining options, we’re taking a look at outdoor dining trends. With Birmingham’s new ordinance and more people opting to eat on-site, let’s take a look at what some restaurants are doing.

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Back-to-school deals for Birmingham teachers on donuts + more

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Photo via Krispy Kreme’s Facebook page

Whether in-person or virtual, many schools around the greater Birmingham area are back in session. As a thank you to the amazing teachers rocking all the latest pandemic changes, local companies are offering discounts on things like food, classroom supplies and apparel. If you’re a teacher—or know a teacher—who could benefit from a sweet deal, check out this list.

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3 upcoming events supporting the arts in Birmingham

Get ready for some fun! Photo via Virginia Samford Theatre on Facebook

These Birmingham nonprofits are pros at all kinds of creativity, so it’s no surprise they’ve come up with plenty of ways to keep us involved—safely. Check out these 3 upcoming arts and culture events, plus even more ways to support the arts in our Magic City.

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Jubilee Joe’s Cajun Seafood Restaurant moving to new development in Hoover

The Shoppes at Highway 150 Crossings will be the new home for Jubilee Joe’s. Rendering via Jubilee Joe’s

Local seafood restaurant Jubilee Joe’s is gearing up for their move to a new development, The Shoppes at Highway 150 Crossings, in Hoover. Here’s what we know.

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10 Birmingham animal organizations awarded $55,000 by Remy Fund

Never too many hugs for our furry friends. Photo via Shelby Humane on Facebook

In honor of its 10th anniversary, the Remy Fund for Pets and Animal Services is awarding $55,000 in grants to 10 local animal organizations. Keep reading for more details including how to support these nonprofits doing amazing work in Birmingham.

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A look inside Bay Leaf, modern Indian cuisine in the heart of Five Points South

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Welcome to Bay Leaf. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Bay Leaf Modern Indian Cuisine & Bar is open in the heart of Five Points South. Formerly serving authentic Indian food, Bay Leaf is now serving flavorful Indian favorites with a modern flair. Keep reading for a photo tour of their Five Points Lane location and for a look at their mouth-watering menu.

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Tour a ‘Birmingham Original’ the National MS Society’s Legacy Art Trail

Alabama-Mississippi Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Legacy of Leadership campaign artwork honoring Robert Hugh Daniel in front of the Daniel Building. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Last November, I was fortunate to attend the unveiling and dedication of “Frank’s Table” –  a beautiful sculpture honoring  Birmingham’s  legendary chef and restaurateur Frank Stitt at the 24th Street entrance of The Rotary Trail. 

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Mitchell’s Place celebrates 15 years helping kids on the spectrum

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All smiles at school is a dream for parents. Photo via Mitchell’s Place

August marks the 15th anniversary of Mitchell’s Place. Here’s a look at who they are and how they strive to help children with autism across the greater Birmingham area. Plus, learn how you can support their mission of unlocking every child’s potential.

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Incredible virtual resource will aid local educators this school year

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Culture Bridge: eLearning Across Asia
Shiva Nataraja from India. Photo courtesy of the Birmingham Museum of Art

As teachers race for accessible pathways to online learning, the Birmingham Museum of Art released a key resource that provides innovative concepts for virtual education. Learn how Culture Bridge: eLearning Across Asia will be a game-changer for educators and their K-12 students.

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5 things you wouldn’t expect to find on Birmingham rooftops, including a basketball court

The entire 3,000 square foot roof of Dog Days of Birmingham is a dog park. Honestly, I’m jealous. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Without a drone or very very very tall legs, the average pedestrian would likely miss many of the unique attractions on some of Birmingham’s rooftops. So, we decided to see what we could find.

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New “Shared Space Permit” allows restaurants to expand services to sidewalk due to COVID-19

Restaurants are now able to expand their service beyond their walls. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

On Tuesday, August 11, the Birmingham City Council voted to approve a “Shared Spaces Permit” ordinance that will allow restaurants to expand their seating to sidewalks and parking spaces in order to comply with social distancing requirements.

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Knowledge for life. A look inside Jones Valley Teaching Farm’s Camp Grow

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Photo via Jones Valley Teaching Farm’s Facebook page

With virtual summer camps being the new trend in 2020, Jones Valley Teaching Farm hopped on the vegetable wagon to host their own version with Camp Grow. Discover what the program is all about and how it’s teaching important, life-long skills to kids in Birmingham.

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