Support survivors of domestic violence + make Birmingham brighter

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Lindsey Tanner wanted the Torchbearer model to engage the whole community. Photo taken pre-COVID via JLB’s Facebook

Over six years ago, the Junior League of Birmingham (JLB) began making plans to celebrate 100 years of service to the Magic City. They wanted to leave a permanent impact and partner with an organization that’s leaving a similar legacy of light and hope: One Place Metro Alabama Family Justice Center. If you aren’t familiar with One Place and the JLB’s Community of Lights campaign, you need to be. Keep reading to see why this campaign is so important + see how you can get involved.

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3 tips to refresh your home for spring from La-Z-Boy designers

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All this time at home means it’s time for a refresh. Photo via Matthew Nibblett for Bham Now

La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries of Birmingham has been reinventing home interiors all over the Magic City. To help us spruce up our own spaces this spring, we stopped by La-Z-Boy’s Greystone location to find new inspiration. Read on for three spring decorating tips we learned.

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“Cathedral in the woods.” A special preview of Turkey Creek’s new teaching pavilion

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Meet Charles Yeager, the Turkey Creek Preserve Manager. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

Turkey Creek Nature Preserve is home to the rarest fish in the world and one of the most popular nature preserves in the state of Alabama. Now, they’re taking a giant leap forward to becoming self-sustaining thanks to a new teaching pavilion. We got a special preview last week—take a look.

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We took a tour of Mercantile on Morris—here’s a sneak peek

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Meet some of the team behind Mercantile on Morris. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

It’s getting real at Mercantile on Morris, the newest mixed-use development coming to Birmingham. They just poured the remaining concrete for the commercial plaza, and we got a sneak peek of the process. Take a look at the spot that’ll be one of the most special places in Birmingham and throughout the Southeast.

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NEW OPENING: Ferus Artisan Ales is coming to the old Fancy’s on Fifth in Avondale

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Cheers to Birmingham’s newest brewery! Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

It’s time to add another spot to your Birmingham brewery bucket list: Ferus Artisan Ales is adding a new location to Avondale. We caught up with Ferus to find out what to expect in their new location in the old Fancy’s on Fifth in Avondale.

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Dos Hermanos is one of America’s top 25 taco trucks, according to Far & Wide

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Dos Hermanos Jeffrey Guzman. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

Is it about time to make lunch plans? Far & Wide, a well-known national travel digital publication, named a Birmingham favorite in a post titled “America’s Top 25 Taco Trucks Will Make You Hungry.” Want to know which Birmingham food truck won the title?

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Enjoy a taste of Birmingham at the 2021 Corks & Chefs, April 24-25

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Ready to try alllll the cocktails. Photo taken pre-COVID via Magic City Art Connection

If you call Birmingham home, chances are you’re a fan of enjoying all of the delicious foods and refreshing drinks the city has to offer. Looking for the perfect opportunity to try new and old favorites? Get your tickets now for the 2021 Corks & Chefs at Magic City Art Connection. Here’s what you can expect in the 24th annual Corks & Chefs, from mouthwatering tastes to updated safety protocols.

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9 stylish Birminghamians share the fashion trends you’ll see all spring

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Wide-leg jeans and matching sets should be on your radar. Photo via (L-R) Aliscia Marie, Jess Lanier for Molly Green, Randall Porter

Wide-leg jeans, monochromatic sets and casual touches in each outfit. Everywhere you look, you’ll see different styles blooming in Birmingham. After a year of only dressing up for Zoom calls, I needed some style inspiration. I reached out to local fashion-forward folks to get their input on the Birmingham fashion trends we can expect this season.

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Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day with an ooey-gooey grilled cheese from 7 local spots

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Not to be cheesy, but this grilled cheese looks un-brie-lievable. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Is there anything better than chowing down on a gooey grilled cheese? I didn’t think so, and apparently, everyone else agrees—that’s why today’s National Grilled Cheese Day. Looking for a place to celebrate with a grilled cheese in Birmingham? We did the hard work of rounding up local favorites, so all you need to do is make lunch plans.

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7 Birmingham foodies share their favorite dishes to eat your way through Bham

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You’ll want to follow @zoeeatsbham after seeing these drool-worthy food photos. Photo via Zoe

It’s no secret: Birmingham is a city for foodies. Whether you’re trying a new restaurant or scrolling through Instagram, you’ll find plenty of meal inspo. We love hearing from the experts, so we reached out to 7 Birmingham foodies and food bloggers to get their top recommendations for local bites. Keep reading to see their favorites, but take note: don’t scroll while hungry.

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9 Birmingham farmers markets selling fresh produce this spring

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Take it from me—you’ll crave this sweet squash relish every day. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Warm weather and more time outside means it’s the perfect time to stock up on seasonal produce and spend your afternoons supporting local. Whether you’re looking for a spot to grab your weekly groceries or you want to treat yourself to locally-made treats, check out these Birmingham farmers markets that are open now or opening soon.

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11 Birmingham breweries + what to order at each for National Beer Day, April 7

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Happy New Beer’s Eve, Birmingham. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

Tomorrow might not be a holiday off of work, but I’m officially petitioning we celebrate anyway. Wednesday, April 7 is National Beer Day—do you need any more reason to make plans? Here’s your guide to Birmingham breweries and their recommendations for brews so you can celebrate too.

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5 Birmingham yoga classes you can take now, including outdoor options

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Time for a deep breath of relaxation. Photo via Villager Yoga’s Facebook

The weather is finally warming up in Birmingham, and we’re all breathing a sigh of relief. If you’re looking for new ways to get active and take care of yourself in 2021, try one of these Birmingham yoga classes. There are options for everyone from newbies to seasoned yogis, including free rooftop yoga classes.

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