Meet Shawn Fitzwater, the artist restoring Homewood’s “ghost sign”

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Shawn Fitzwater on the scaffolding on the side of the Trilogy Leather Building. Photo via Nathan Watson for BhamNow

As a Birmingham history nerd, I love seeing the business signs painted on the sides of old buildings. However, these signs fade over time. That’s where Shawn Fitzwater, Birmingham’s ghost sign painter, comes in.

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The Thanksgiving debate: dressing versus stuffing. Plus 5 places in Birmingham to get your dressing fix.

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Which dish will you be digging into this Thanksgiving? Photo via @glutenfreepalate

The countdown to Thanksgiving is on, which means it’s time for the biggest and oldest food debate to grace the table—dressing versus stuffing. Read on to find out if there’s truly a different between the two terms, plus some delicious spots in Birmingham where you can order it.

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Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has 3 alternatives to talking politics with family this Thanksgiving

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In June, the Community Foundation’s Instruments of Hope Unity Fund held a productive and ground-breaking discussion about race and religion at the historic 16th Street Baptist Church. Photo credit: D. Jerome Smedley

Who doesn’t love Thanksgiving dinner? The food, family, friends and football—which in Alabama, of course, includes a little rivalry talk about the Iron Bowl.

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10 food allergy friendly restaurants in Birmingham

Real and Rosemary is one of the food allergy friendly restaurants in Birmingham
Delicious food at Real and Rosemary. Photo from Real and Rosemary via Facebook

Are you looking for food allergy friendly restaurants in Birmingham? Not only do these restaurants provide allergy-free foods—they serve a slice of the ordinary, a plate of belonging, and a rare opportunity to feel like a normal person in a restaurant.

Here are our top 10 picks for food allergy friendly spots in Birmingham.

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3 ways a built-in entertainment center can jazz up your Birmingham home

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Tim Meehan in the home where he grew up. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

About a decade ago, Tim Meehan inherited the Homewood home where he grew up. To update the home his parents bought back in 1957, he reached out to Closets by Design to design and build a new entertainment center.

This entertainment center helped provide the centerpiece of a home-wide renovation that’s bringing all the charm of his childhood home into 2019. Need a project done for your home? Check out Closets by Design.

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Change lives by volunteering with Meals on Wheels in Birmingham – Find out how

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Meals on Wheels and United Way of Central Alabama. Photo courtesy of United Way of Central Alabama

Meals on Wheels works diligently to serve homebound seniors throughout Jefferson County by delivering hot meals and providing safety checks five days a week to qualified individuals who are unable to shop for groceries or prepare meals for themselves. 

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Birmingham bunnies hop to the occasion

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WARNING: this article features images of adorable bunnies. Photo via Alabama Rabbit Rescue’s Facebook.

Birmingham, beer and bunnies have a lot more in common with each other than you might think. To see how, I sat down with Connie Cowan from the Alabama Rabbit Rescue at their event “Brews for Bunnies” — hosted by TrimTab Brewery.

If any of those three words above interest you, keep reading to learn more about the local nonprofit.

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A guide to the latest in Five Points South, including a ‘90s themed bar and ‘80s chicken joint

McFly’s Bird Shoppe taking me back in Five Points South. Photo via McFly’s Bird Shoppe 

Birmingham’s Five Points South is hoppin’ right now. See below for the scoop on all the new eats and recent openings!

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Finch Fine Wines, a new wine store and service that includes 3000 wines online with next day delivery

Staff at Finch Fine Wines in Mountain Brook. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Wine connoisseurs rejoice!

Finch Fine Wines held it’s grand opening and ribbon cutting on November 19 at the Mountain Brook Plaza ( 2737 U.S. Highway 280 South) in front of an overflowing crowd with Mountain Brook Mayor Stewart Welch in attendance.

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Thinking about renting your Birmingham home on Airbnb? See what you need to know beforehand!

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Suzy’s UAB Apartment currently lists at $65/night. Since it’s located right in Five Points South she could double that price come the 2021 World Games! Photo via Airbnb.com.

You have the chance to make some dough if you list your Birmingham home on Airbnb. With major events like the 2021 World Games and big businesses setting up shop here, the city is a hub for tourism.

But before you hit up T.J. Maxx for decor, let’s look at what opening up your home entails.

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