Eat the rainbow—8 of the most colorful + flavorful dishes at Bay Leaf

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It’s easy to eat a colorful meal when the menu looks like this. 🌈 Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Looking for ways to incorporate more color into your meals? The menu at Bay Leaf Modern Indian Cuisine & Bar is like a rainbow—full of vibrant, colorful and flavorful dishes you need to try. Keep reading to find out what to order during your next visit.

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3 local artists making stunning stained glass art in Birmingham

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Stained glass ornaments from Sway Design Studio. Photo via Sway Design Studio

Searching for a one-of-a-kind gift? Looking for more local makers to support? These three stained glass artists are creating stunning pieces right here in the Magic City. Keep reading to see photos of their work and to find out how to purchase a piece yourself.

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Win the ultimate spring getaway — Prizes over $2000

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What a view. Photo by John Dersham via DeKalb County Tourism

Dreaming of a spring getaway? Well, get to packing. From chasing waterfalls to exploring historic downtown districts, these 7 spots across Alabama, Florida and Mississippi offer everything in between with plenty of Covid-safe ways to enjoy your spring travels. Plus, three winners will be chosen to win the ultimate spring travel pack that totals $2000+ in gift cards, free stays and more. 

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6 Birmingham artists inspired by COVID to make incredible art

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Masks on, but make it art. Photo via Michael Acuff

It’s no secret Birmingham is brimming with talented creatives. And despite the state of the world over the last year, these six local artists have turned uncertainty into creativity—continuing to make art that inspires, educates and uplifts. Get to know them here.

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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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Perfectly plated: Get to know 3 Birmingham-based food stylists

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Strawberry Pavlova has never looked so good. Photographer: Greg DuPree, Prop Stylist: Thom Driver, Food Stylist: Torie Cox

Ever scrolled through your social feed or flipped through a magazine and come across a plate of food almost too beautiful to eat? Thank the food stylist. 

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