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Win a $250 gas card + other prizes when you take this 2-minute survey

Now they we’ve got your attention with this dog, take our survey and win cool prizes. Photo via Bham Now

As cool and modern as we think we are, Bham Now needs your help on keeping us hip—like, do people even still use the word hip? We’ve put together the only survey in the world that will actually take less than two minutes to complete and it enters you to win some fire prizes valued up to $500. Hurry, the deadline is July 10.

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Update on 9 Birmingham-area farmers markets + more ways to get fresh food locally

The folks at Owls Hollow Farm have masks and gloves on hand, ready to share their fresh produce. Photo by Karim Shamsi-Basha at The Pepper Place Market

Craving that farm-fresh taste? Here’s a quick update on 9 Birmingham-area farmers markets so you can get your fresh produce fix and show your support for local farmers right now.

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Have a business idea for Alabama’s ‘new normal’? Reignite Alabama is taking applications until July 16th

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A finalist pitching his idea to visitors and judges at the Alabama Launchpad Cycle 1 event in Montgomery on February 28th, 2020 (before social distancing). Photo via Alabama Launchpad

With our “new normal” of COVID-19, we’ve had to adjust so many things in our lives—but challenges can also bring new opportunities. If you have a new business start-up or idea that helps to solve a problem or make daily life better, Reignite Alabama wants to know.  Reignite Alabama, the 3rd Alabama Launchpad competition of 2020, aims to specifically address the new challenges that affect both Alabama and the country. Applications are open until Thursday, July 16th.

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Celebrate Small Business Week in Birmingham with FREE events + more

Thinking of switching your gym to a local experience? Battle Republic will give you one hell of a workout. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now and taken in 2019 prior to COVID-19

Local businesses may be small in size, but they’re HUGE in entrepreneurial spirit. You know Bham Now *hearts* local biz and we’re here to celebrate National Small Business Week with you by pulling together the ultimate ways to show up and support.

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Charles Barkley named Honorary Co-Chair of The World Games

Another step forward! Photo via The World Games 2022 on Facebook

If you’re counting down the days like we are, you know that in just two years, The World Games 2022 will have officially kicked off in Birmingham. In celebration, the Birmingham Organizing Committee announced yesterday that NBA MVP Charles Barkley will serve as an honorary co-chair. Check it out!

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A trip down Alabama’s antique trail + 10 shops to check out around Birmingham

All of your antique + vintage dreams lie on the Alabama Antique Trail. Photo via Urban Suburban’s Facebook

Whether you’re looking for a great deal or an offbeat gem, antique shops are a treasure chest. With over 100 unique shops around the state, we’ve picked 10 in and around Birmingham that are worth a visit. Let’s take a trip down the Alabama Antique Trail, shall we? 

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Hoover seeks Entertainment District at Stadium Trace Village where Big Whiskey and Cajun Roux reside

Big Whiskey’s and Cajun Roux will anchor the proposed Entertainment District in Hoover’s Stadium Trace Village. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Move over Birmingham, the city of Hoover wants to have an Entertainment District too!

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Birmingham Children’s Theatre offers camps, master classes, virtual puppet shows + more this summer. Sign up now!

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Tune in to BCT’s Cardboard Puppet Theatre each week. Photo courtesy of Birmingham Children’s Theatre

Calling all junior thespians! This summer, Birmingham Children’s Theatre has gone virtual with camps, master classes, a puppet theatre and more. Read on for all the details and be sure to sign up!

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Update on 9+ houses of worship online + in-person services

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Faith Chapel will continue to stream services online. Photo courtesy of Faith Chapel

While some local houses of worship have adapted a hybrid method of in-person and online services, others are sticking to virtual streaming—both are determined to keep the congregation safely connected. Here’s an update on the programming for 9+ Birmingham places of worship.

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2 promising developments coming to Birmingham’s Parkside

Foundry Yards, a new luxury apartment complex + office space coming to Parkside. Graphic via Shannon Waltcheck

Birmingham’s Parkside District is all abuzz. First, the pivotal Parkside Master Plan; then the Black Lives Matter Mural; and now, two new promising developments. One local developer is adding office space to their ongoing Foundry Yards apartment complex, while another is planning a new restaurant + event space with a focus on live music. It’s an exciting time to be in Parkside!

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How Whitney Stanley juggles a career with UNA’s MBA program + why

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Whitney Stanley is currently doing at MBA at UNA while working at Cigna Medicare.
Whitney Stanley, current MBA student at UNA. Photo via Whitney Stanley

Is getting an MBA on your #careergoals bucket list? If it is, you’re gonna want to pull up a chair to hear Whitney Stanley’s story. Not only is she currently working full time, but she’s currently enrolled in the MBA program at University of North Alabama. Keep reading to find out how she’s managing to crush it all at once.

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Cinnaholic’s first Alabama location is almost here

The next time we can safely show up to the office with a box of these, you know we will be. Photo via Cinnaholic on Facebook

The pandemic might have pressed pause on Cinnaholic, Hoover’s newest sweet spot, but never fear. This vegan & gourmet cinnamon roll bakery will be here this summer! Get a sneak preview—and a sugar craving—right here.

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Garrett Powell from the Bachelorette wants you to order United Ability Day t-shirts today

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Garrett Powell on the left with Chris Biggins on the right and United Ability Hand in Hand students. Photo courtesy of United Ability

Homewood native Garrett Powell, former contestant on Season 15 of The Bachelorette, wants YOU to buy a t-shirt. Why?

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5 restaurants serving up delicious eats for 90+ years in Birmingham

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Did you know The Bright Star located in Bessemer is the oldest restaurant to operate in its original location in Alabama? Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

We all know that Birmingham is home to some of Alabama’s most iconic eateries—some of which have been operating for nearly a century. Here are five you need to check out, plus details on their updated hours, curbside pickup and dine-in capabilities.

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5 reasons to be at the Funkiest Funky Food Truck Festival July 18 at Cahaba Brewing

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Cahaba Brewing will be the location for the Funkiest Funky Food Truck Festival
Keeping things clean at Cahaba Brewing. Photo via Cahaba Brewing’s Facebook page

If anyone knows how to throw a safe party during a pandemic, it’s the good people at AIDS Alabama. For their Funkiest Funky Food Truck Festival Saturday, July 18 at Cahaba Brewing, they’ve pulled out all the stops to make sure everyone has a good time eating delicious food while supporting a great cause. Keep reading to find out why you don’t want to miss this reinvented Birmingham summer tradition.

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