New creative space open in Hoover—The Crafter’s House is perfect for girlfriends, kids and date night too

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Owner and Founder Shawn Hicks turned her passion for creating into her career. Photo via The Crafter’s House

We live in the Pinterest era. Everything from holiday decor to children’s birthday parties must be themed, homemade, and perfectly Instagrammable. However, how many of us really have space in our homes to store and create all of that? There’s a new business in Birmingham here to solve that problem.

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“It is our stories that make us human.” Our state’s best storytellers gathered at the Alabama Colloquium—here’s what you missed

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2019 Alabama Humanities Fellow Fred Gray. Photos via AHF

A nationally recognized civil rights lawyer. A deputy director at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. A Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist. A NASA engineer. Some of our state’s best and brightest gathered at this year’s Alabama Colloquium—and it was incredible. Here’s what you missed.

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5 local hand-poured candle companies in Birmingham, PLUS their best autumn scents

Candles poured in Birmingham are being sold all over the country. Photo via @greatbearwaxco

It’s no secret that Birmingham, AL is home to some pretty outstanding artisans and small businesses. One type of good that’s booming in the Magic City? Hand-poured candles! Now that cooler weather has arrived, it’s time to get your living spaces smelling seasonal—here are 5 local candlemakers and their best autumn scents.

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From science to CFO—Birmingham native Russ Chambliss leads local business with Alabama EMBA education

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Russ Chambliss in the workshop at Precision Grinding, Inc. Photos by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Pursing a master’s degree is never an easy thing, and neither is going back to school after you’ve been out in the workforce. Birmingham native Russ Chambliss, a local executive and 2006 graduate of the Executive MBA Program at The University of Alabama, filled us in on why it’s worth it.

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Temperatures are (finally) dropping in Birmingham! Here are 3 things to bake to get in the fall spirit

Pumpkin cream cheese goodness. Photo via Sally’s Baking Addiction

If you’ve stepped foot outside this week, you may have noticed something—it’s not sweltering in Birmingham! While we may not be able to claim that it’s “chilly” quite yet, cooler weather is definitely on its way. If you’re planning on taking advantage this weekend with a hike or a picnic, bake these fall treats to bring along with you!

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New woman-owned independent bookstore to open in Crestwood Village

Owners Laura Cotten and Kristen Iskandrian in front of their store location. Photo via @thankyou_bham on Instagram

Attention all readers, book lovers, and small business supporters: Thank You Books is coming to Crestwood Village next month! This woman-owned independent bookstore will sell general-interest books for all ages, with an emphasis on literary fiction and poetry. Keep reading to get the scoop!

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7 places to take your pumpkin patch pictures this October within 1 hour of Birmingham

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Happy October, Birmingham! Now that we’re in the double-digit months, it is PEAK seasonal Instagram pic season. If you’re itching to take those festive family photos, we’ve got just the pumpkin patch for you. 7 of them, actually. The best news? They’re all within an hour of Birmingham. Don’t forget your fall coffee for the road!

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Get 20% off at 400+ Birmingham favorites including The Woolworth and Woodhouse Day Spa

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The handy-dandy cards are available online or as a hard copy. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Happy October, Birmingham! The holiday season is quickly approaching, which means 3 things are at the forefront of everyone’s minds: (1) shopping, (2) saving for shopping, and (3) giving. The Junior League of Birmingham is here to help. Here’s how to Shop Save & Share at your favorite restaurants, gyms, spas and more.

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Encompass Health named a 2019 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune

We love a #GirlBoss here at Bham Now. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Encompass Health is a big name here in the Magic City. This Birmingham-based healthcare company has over 300 locations in 37 states! Formerly known as HealthSouth, Encompass Health has been headquartered in Birmingham, AL since 1982. Fortune recently named Encompass one of their”75 Best Large Workplaces for Women.” Find out why!

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9 unique workouts in Birmingham for when you’re tired of the treadmill

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Just because summer is over, doesn’t mean workout season is. If you’re trying to burn off that Halloween candy or turkey and dressing, but you’re tired of feeling like a hamster on a spinning wheel, ditch the treadmill! Here are 9 exciting workouts in Birmingham, AL that will have you feeling the burn in no time.

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3 game day dips you NEED to make this football season

Bham Nowers Chaise and Lexie are ready to kick off and chow down! Happy football season, Birmingham. Photo by Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

Game day gatherings are a staple here in Birmingham, AL. Even if your favorite team is a big fan of nail-biting 4th quarter comebacks, the most stressful part of game day can be feeding your guests. Ditch the time-consuming and expensive dishes—here are 3 easy, delicious, and cost-effective dips guaranteed to score big come game day!

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Trendsetters take note—Antiques at the Gardens is happening Oct. 3-6. Get tickets now!

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Award-winning artist, fashion illustrator, author, and product designer Cathy Graham is just one of the many outstanding speakers and tastemakers presenting at Antiques at the Gardens this year. Photo via Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Hear from a prestigious lineup of acclaimed speakers and tastemakers. Browse curated collections with antiques dealers and designers from across the United States. If this sounds like your kind of weekend, we’ve got just the event for you!

Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens is hosting Antiques at the Gardens October 3-6. Get your tickets today!

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7 best fall-flavored beverages at local coffee shops in Birmingham, AL—pumpkin spice not included

‘Tis the season for cozy sweaters and creamy, delicious lattes! Photo via Revelator Coffee on Instagram

Call me #basic, but two of my favorite things in the entire world are coffee and autumn. This week marks both the beginning of fall and the best holiday around—National Coffee Day (September 29). We all know pumpkin spice is a little overdone, so here are 7 of the best (non-pumpkin spice) fall-flavored drinks at local coffee shops right here in Birmingham, AL.

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It’s D.I.Y. season in Birmingham—but maybe you shouldn’t take on home repairs alone

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Do-It-Yourself home repair may sound like a good idea, but sometimes it’s better to let a professional handle it. Photos via Home Inspection Repair

Fall is in full swing here in Birmingham, and you know what that means—D.I.Y. season. That independent go-getter spirit is common in the Magic City, but when it comes to home repair, “do it yourself” doesn’t always turn out the way you expect.

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Here’s why $58 million is budgeted for road repairs next year in Jefferson County

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If that $58 million has you stopping in your tracks, keep reading to find out why it’s being spent on our roads. Photo via Jefferson County on Facebook

If you live in Birmingham, AL, you are no stranger to road construction! It may seem like a headache during rush hour, but better roads mean a better Magic City for all. Get up to speed on why Jefferson County has been working so hard on our roads, and learn about what’s coming up in 2020!

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