Challenge yourself + support Alabama children in need. Here’s how

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Kick off a new journey in 2021. Photo via Make-A-Wish Alabama

Hiking 26.3 miles in one day is a life-changing experience, and not just for the person doing it. Make-A-Wish Alabama has a unique opportunity to bring wishes to life for children with critical illnesses in Alabama, all while challenging yourself in 2021. Read on to see how you can become a Trailblazer!

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Crave Candles partners with international retailer Saks Fifth Avenue

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I can smell the goodness from here. Photo via Crave Candles Co. on Facebook

One Birmingham company is kicking off 2021 with a bang. Crave Candles Co. just announced that they’re going international by partnering up with Saks Fifth Avenue. This is big news—get all the deets right here.

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We toured Crestwood and Forest Park with a local expert

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We got “The Fill” and it was 10/10. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

We love getting out and exploring our Magic City. As we head into the new year, we wanted to take you with us, thanks to our friends over at RealtySouth. Tag along as we get an insider’s tour of one of Birmingham’s hottest areas from a local expert who knows it well.

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5 lucky New Year’s traditions + how to do them in Birmingham

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Wishing you a happy and lucky year, Bham. Photo via @hermez777 on Unsplash

I don’t know if any fresh start will ever be as anticipated as January 1, 2021. It’s just the truth—2020 has been rough, y’all. We rounded up five lucky New Year’s traditions from around the world, and we’re telling you how to do them in Birmingham. We’ll take all the luck we can get!

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A visual recap of Fall 2020 in Birmingham—see our 9 buzziest videos

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We love fall in Bham. Photo via @objectivityrach

Another season come and gone… it’s hard to believe there are only a few days left in 2020. As we wrap up fall and head into winter, we wanted to take a look back on the season—and we’re sharing it with you. Read on to see what’s been buzzing in Bham!

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Travel + Leisure names Birmingham “Best Places to Travel in 2021”

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Birmingham’s future is looking bright. Photo via Jon Eastwood

Travel + Leisure is one of the largest travel magazines in the world, with almost 5 million readers. They just released their list of the “50 Best Places to Travel in 2021,” and our favorite city made the list. Check it out!

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From in the ground to in your kitchen—an inside look at Alabama Marble

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Want to see it for yourself? Make plans to attend the Sylacauga Marble Festival in the spring. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Some of the finest marble in the world is found right here in Alabama—in fact, it’s just an hour from Birmingham. We got an inside look at the process from start to finish, and now we’re taking you with us. Tag along on a behind-the-scenes look with the experts at AM3 Stone.

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Help hold JeffCo accountable over the next 5 years—here’s how

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Big things are happening in JeffCo. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Jefferson County has a new, five-year strategic plan that they’re rolling out, and it’s the best kind of ambitious. We got an inside look at the goals they’ve set, how they plan to accomplish them and what it all means for you. Check it out!

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3 delicious holiday recipes + 3 unique last-minute gifts from Nabeel’s

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Keep scrolling to find the recipe for this deliciousness. Photo via Nabeel’s

Opened in 1972, Nabeel’s Cafe & Market is a Birmingham original. Their mission has always been to serve authentic Mediterranean dishes and supply unique international ingredients. Nabeel’s is sharing some of their most memorable holiday gifts and recipes from all over the world. Check it out!

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“It was a perfect match.” Bham execs share their latest career move

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Orientation may have looked a bit different this year, but connecting with your classmates is one of the biggest benefits of this program. Photo via UA EMBA

These local professionals are making big moves in their careers. We caught up with the Birmingham execs from Alabama’s latest Executive MBA class to learn more about their decision to take their careers to the next level—and how they’re making it happen. Check it out!

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This duo might just save Birmingham’s restaurant industry—here’s how

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Catering in Birmingham will never be the same. Photo via Feast

To say 2020 has been a hard year for restaurants would be an understatement. A dynamic duo of Birmingham restaurant pros has teamed up on a concept that’s going to shake up food in the Magic City forever. Meet Feast—and see why it should be on your radar.

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11 purrfect presents for people who prize their pets

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Can you ever go wrong with a pup in a Christmas costume? Photo via Minnie Zhou on Unsplash

We all have that friend who’s obsessed with their fur baby. What better gift to give them than something that celebrates their furriest pal? We found 11 gifts from Birmingham small businesses and makers that you need to give the pet lover in your life. Check it out!

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Beach vacay, but skip the drive. Check out this new AL flight

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I might be biased, but Pensacola Beach is one of the best spots on the Gulf Coast. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

Let’s go to the beach, beach… but make it snappy. This new flight from Northwest Alabama to Florida’s Gulf Coast is everything you need for a quick weekend beach trip. Get all the info right here, then start planning your escape down to the seashore.

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57 years of holiday tradition—a look at the Gardens’ poinsettia tree

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A display of living color. Photo via the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

The poinsettia tree has been a beloved holiday tradition at Birmingham Botanical Gardens since 1963. Each year, a living poinsettia tree is assembled for the public to admire and enjoy. We dove into the history and got an inside look at how it’s built today. Check it out!

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3 festive date nights in Bham, inspired by holiday love songs

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The most wonderful time of the year! Photo via @rosssneddon on Unsplash

The holidays are in full swing here in Birmingham, and we are loving it. If you’re trying to live your best Hallmark Christmas movie life this season, we planned out three merry and bright date nights in Birmingham, all inspired by holiday classics. Mistletoe encouraged, but not required.

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