Meet Peter Vogt, Silicon Valley tech CEO who’s coming to Birmingham

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Peter Vogt, founder of Prepaid2Cash. Photo by Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

A west coast native and an investment banker turned tech entrepreneur—meet Peter Vogt, founder of Prepaid2Cash. The company is relocating its headquarters to Birmingham, AL—which means Peter is headed south. Keep reading to see his first impressions of the Magic City!

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“A pivotal moment for the city of Birmingham.” Something BIG is coming to Parkside

Parkside West will be an urban commons designed to bring people together. Renderings via Orchestra Partners

Something huge is brewing in downtown Birmingham. Next September marks the 10 year anniversary of Railroad Park’s opening, and over the past decade, the area surrounding the park has taken on a life of its own. Some big players in Birmingham have teamed up on a master plan for Parkside—keep reading to find out what’s coming.

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5 places to volunteer with the elderly in Birmingham, AL

In the past year, Meals on Wheels delivered more than 231,000 meals (and even more smiles!) to homebound seniors. Photo via United Way on Facebook

It’s a fact: volunteering is good for you and good for others. Plus it gives good back to our community right here in Birmingham. There are hundreds of local nonprofits, centers, and more that do wonderful work in our city.

If you love spending time with the elderly, here are 5 places to check out!

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34 pet-friendly hotels in Birmingham, PLUS meet the Bham Now mascots!

Meet Ginny! She’s the very best chocolate lab you will ever meet and yes, I will argue with you about that. Photo via Beth Cunningham

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and everyone knows that means prime travel time. Whoever you have coming to visit you in Birmingham, tell them to bring their fur babies along! The Magic City is fun for all—even Fido. Check out 34 hotels all over Birmingham that will welcome your pets with open paws.

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In the next 5 years, a group of Birmingham women will donate over half a million dollars

One Hundred Shares Birmingham has a board within its members that steward funds, make final selections, and handle other organization responsibilities. Photo via OHSB

Not many people can cut a donation check for $100,000 every year. However, that chunk of change can do a lot of good for local nonprofits. A group of Birmingham women gathered together to commit individual sums that will be given as one large grant every year. Read on to see why, and find out how you can get involved!

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I got a behind-the-scenes look at the production of Falsettos—now you can, too

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Tania Alvarez, Costume Manager for Falsettos. Photo by Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

Going behind-the-scenes of pretty much anything is fascinating to me. I’m a big fan of movies, live music, theatre, etc—but there’s always so much more that goes into those productions than we see. The Theatre Department at Birmingham-Southern College is putting on a production of Falsettos November 14-17, and we’re giving you an inside look.

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5 reasons you should attend EcoFest Market and Auction on November 7

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The Theodore is located in Lakeview’s Historic Industrial District. Photo via The Theodore

Looking for some Birmingham-made gifts for the holiday season? Are you a fan of delicious local food? Do you want to support underprivileged children in Birmingham? We’ve got the event for you! The Southern Environmental Center’s EcoFest Market and Auction is happening on November 7. Get your tickets today!

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4 places in Birmingham to get your locally-made National Chocolate Day fix

Who says Halloween candy is just for kids? Photo via Honeycreeper Chocolate

Calling all chocolate lovers! Today is YOUR day. Grab your truffles, bars, and bonbons—October 28 is National Chocolate Day, and we’re ready to celebrate with deliciously decadent treats made right here in Birmingham. Check out four local chocolatiers where you can get your chocolate fix!

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6 independent bookstores to check off your list in Birmingham, AL

Check out #2 on this list for details on this unique bookstore and community space. Photo via Burdock Book Collective on Facebook

Cold and dreary weather is coming—and you know what that means. Bookstore season! Spending a rainy afternoon perusing a local bookstore has to be on the list of best activities on Earth. Check out these six independent bookstores in Birmingham, and start making your winter reading list!

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Happy Halloweek! 5 ways to celebrate spooky season in Birmingham

We love spooky season around here. Photo via Bham Now

All Hallows’ Eve is almost here. Looking to get in the spooky spirit? Here are five ways to send chills down your spine right here in Birmingham. From ghost tours to creepy cocktails, it’s time to seek out those things that go bump in the night in our Magic City.

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9 things you didn’t know about juvenile detention in Jefferson County—and why it’s important

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This incredible group of women is only a fraction of the professionals advocating for juveniles in Jefferson County. Photos by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Over 440 adolescents find themselves in juvenile detention in Jefferson County each year. They can come in for a variety of reasons, but they all receive comprehensive care and services. We got an inside look at the center while learning about the Juvenile Justice Task Force in Jefferson County.

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Birmingham’s first pour-your-own candle bar is coming soon to The Summit

Perfect for locals and visitors alike—Paddywax is sure to be a big hit in Birmingham. Photo via @paddywaxcandlebar

Good news for all you candle lovers out there—Paddywax Candle Bar is coming to Birmingham! Enjoy a unique experience and get a beautiful (and delicious-smelling) candle at the end. Favorites from all over the country are coming to Birmingham every day, and we love seeing businesses catch on to the magic in our Magic City.

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4 new openings in Lakeview + Pepper Place, including Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

This news has us smiling this big—tounges out and all. Photo via @jenisicecreams

Lakeview and Pepper Place are booming! These popular districts are home to many of our Birmingham favorites, from working out to eating out and a whole lot more. 4 new additions are coming to the area soon, and we. can’t . WAIT.

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5 outdoor activities within one hour of Birmingham to get you in the autumn spirit

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My college roommate and I are big fans of fall road trips and outdoor activities alike.

I don’t know about you, but as soon as temperatures get below 75 degrees, all I want to do is go get some fresh air and enjoy the sunshine. Autumn is a favorite season for many, and for good reason! If you’re looking to get in the autumn spirit, check out these 5 outdoor activities within an hour of Birmingham, AL.

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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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