5 spots serving up mouth-watering banana bread in Birmingham

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Breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert—banana bread is always a good idea. Photo via Unsplash

Banana bread-making was one of the most popular quarantine pastimes, and at one point last May, it was even the most-searched-for recipe across the US. Although the trend seems to have died down, we’re happy to report the buttery bread is still just as tasty—especially the banana bread treats from these local shops. And what better day to celebrate than today, on National Banana Bread Day?

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Spruce up your space for spring with help from 6 local interior design + decor shops

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When in doubt, make it symmetrical. Photo via Henhouse Antiques on Facebook

Got the itch to spruce up your space? With spring just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to breathe new life into your home with updated furnishings. From mid-century modern finds to antique accents, these six local interior design and decor shops have some of the most inspiring selections around.

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Sip, sip, hooray! 5 of the coolest wine bars to check out in Birmingham

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Classic Wine Co. is a Birmingham classic. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

There are obvious circle-worthy holidays on the calendar: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. But, only a few days deserve a double circle. February, 18th—AKA National Wine Day—is one of them. If you also feel the irresistible urge to celebrate, this guide is for you. Here are five of the coolest wine bars in Birmingham to check out.

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5 ways to support Birmingham’s homeless population now

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Meal prep at the Firehouse Shelter. Photo via Firehouse Shelter on Facebook

With the recent freezing conditions and snowfall, you may be wondering how you can help Birmingham’s homeless population now. There are many amazing non-profits in our city providing essential services to vulnerable folks in our community. Here are five organizations to support to make a direct impact.

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9 local spots to get wine + charcuterie for your Galentine’s celebrations in Birmingham

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It’s *almost* too beautiful to eat. Photo via Petal & Platter

You may not be able to gather with your gals this Galentine’s Day, but that doesn’t mean the festivities are off. A good bottle of wine and a carefully crafted charcuterie board are a must for the occasion, no matter how you’re celebrating. Here are 9 local spots to get yours.

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Spring fashion trends according to 4 local shops + how to shop the essentials

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What’s trending? Photo via (L-R) Club Duquette, Alchemy, Julie Maeseele

IDK about you but I’m absolutely ready for spring weather. So much so that I’m beginning to manifest the change through my clothes. My dilemma? I haven’t been inspired to incorporate many trends into my wardrobe this season. 

So, in search of inspiration, I reached out to 4 fashion-forward folks in Birmingham to find out what trends are in and how to shop the essentials now.

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Introducing the 2021 Pantone Color of the Year + how to shop for it here in Birmingham

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Hint: The Color of the Year is in this photo. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

There’s so much to look forward to at the start of a new year—especially in 2021. One event that never fails to bring me joy: the announcement of the Pantone Color of the Year. I’m not sure if it’s the actual color choice or simply the surprise factor that excites me, but the moment has finally arrived. Keep reading to find out what special hue was chosen and tips on shopping it here in Birmingham.

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Working in Real Estate is rewarding, challenging + worth it: Hear from 3 Birmingham experts

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From L to R: John Comford, Rosalynn Jackson, Joy Everson. Photos via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Working in real estate is no small feat. It takes hard work, patience, passion and teamwork. We recently caught up with three RealtySouth agents to find out more about their careers including company culture, challenges they face, rewards they experience and advice they have for future agents. Here’s what we learned:

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8 local gift ideas that will give your Valentine heart eyes—Win $800+ in local goods

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Sparkling wine + beautiful blooms = a happy Valentine. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

Whether you’re spoiling a special someone or yourself, these local shops have the finds that will make you swoon. Here are 8 gift ideas to give your Valentine major heart eyes. 😍

P.S. Keep reading to find out how to win $800+ in local goods in our Valentine’s Day giveaway.
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Whiskey Foxtrot Burger Dive, new restaurant + bar, opening in Hoover this spring

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Burgers and brews coming up. Photo via Unsplash

We hope you’re hungry for burgers and brews because a brand new restaurant/bar is on its way to Hoover. Whiskey Foxtrot Burger Dive, located in the former Jubilee Joe’s location, is set to open in March 2021. Here’s what we know. 

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Make a BIG impact in 2021—volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alabama

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Ready to find your match? Volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alabama. Photo via BBBS of Greater Birmingham

Looking for ways to make a big difference in 2021? Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Alabama is in need of volunteers. Here’s how you can get involved.

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PHOTOS: An inside look at the Valley Hotel, opening in Homewood Feb. 16

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The Valley Hotel is Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

We’ve been impatiently waiting for this moment for months, and it’s finally here—we toured The Valley Hotel and it’s jaw-dropping.

While still a work in progress, the opening date is set for February 16. So mark your calendars, Birmingham, and keep reading for a visual tour, plus info on how to book your next staycation.

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