Bham Now’s top 10 most viewed posts of 2017

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Jay Draper and Mark Thompson, owners of Shoppe. Photo via Kristina O’Quinn for Bham Now

The results are in.

Below are the top 10 most viewed stories on Bham Now for 2017.

On January 2nd, we compiled the stories that you the readers of Bham Now viewed most in 2017, according to visits to You’ve got a little bit of everything: nature stories, restaurant openings and hurricanes.

Just missing the list? Election of Birmingham’s new mayor Randall Woodfin and Birmingham’s recruitment of Amazon .

Our number one story in 2017?  Its very lighthearted and will surprise you.

Let the countdown begin, complete with links and excerpts.


10. Rougaroux is bringing Poboys to Birmingham: Forest Park’s newest and cutest restaurant
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The former Pink House cafe turned Rougaroux is now serving up cajun dishes to Forest Park

October 19, 2017

The owners of Hotbox are collaborating with Rougaroux owner Anne Carter to serve delicious cajun specialities in a cozy way in the ‘ham.

9. Small business Monday – Focus on Shoppe
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Jay Draper and Mark Thompson, owners of Shoppe. Photo via Kristina O’Quinn for Bham Now

November 6, 2017

Tired of driving all the way out to a big box store for bedding plants or mulch? How about when you’re looking for the perfect gift for the upcoming holiday season? Look no further! Shoppe, right in the heart of Forest Park, has plants, gifts and home decor you’ll love!

8. Birmingham Guide to Spring Festivals
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Birmingham music festivals. Via –

March 28, 2017

From great music to delicious food, Birmingham has a variety of festivals that are popping up this spring season. Most are family friendly and loads of fun. You’ll want to add these events to your calendar.

7. Why Alabama’s rivers are America’s Amazon
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Plicate Rocksnail (Leptoxis plicata) Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River, Blount and Jefferson Counties – Photo ADCNR/AABC

May 23, 2017

“Alabama has the richest crayfish fauna on the planet. We likely have the richest snail fauna on the planet. We have more species of freshwater fishes in a temperate climate (a climate with seasons, i.e. not tropical) than anywhere on the planet,” exclaimed Johnson.

6. Birmingham stay safe in Irma’s path. Here’s what you need to do now.
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Screenshot from the New Times maps on Irma’s path

September 10, 2017

Birmingham and Alabama residents have been anxiously watching Hurricane Irma reports and maps over the past couple of days.

And our apprehension has ratcheted up a notch over the last 24 hours, with new models showing Birmingham and Eastern Alabama within the path of Irma.

5. Frank Stitt and others react to Food & Wine’s move to Birmingham
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Bottega – Photo by Pat Byington

June 24, 2017

Frank Stitt, Highlands Bar & Grill, Bottega and Chez Fonfon

Food and Wine is one of America’s most influential magazines and their move here cements Birmingham as a food and wine destination.

4. Birmingham Food Park – Grand Opening July 1!
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A closer up view of the food park from their facebook page

June 17, 2017

With so many great food trucks dispersed throughout the city, it’s about time Birmingham had a place for them to come together.

3. Who Knew? Alabama ranks first in biodiversity. How did that happen?
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Photo of an Intermediate musk turtle

October 30, 2017

Bottomline, Alabama’s biodiversity is what makes Alabama special and unique.

2. Woodlawn High School Urban Farm “school-grown” vegetables on sale every Tuesday in May (photos)
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Woodlawn High School urban farm leaders

May 2, 2017

An amazing partnership between Jones Valley Teaching Farm and Woodlawn High School, the working farm is a two acre  in-ground production space that includes  a state-of-the-art greenhouse, classroom, office, and produce processing and storage facilities.

The most popular story of 2017….

Dave & Buster’s is coming to Hoover summer of 2018
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via Dave & Buster’s

August 25, 2017

This Dave & Buster’s facility is expected to open at the Riverchase Galleria.  It is expected to be near the food court.

This is the first Dave & Buster’s location to open in Alabama.

What are your thoughts? Tell us your favorite Bham Now story of 2017.
Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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