Planning the perfect picnic from Birmingham shops + restaurants

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Summertime is for picnics. Photo by Jonathan Borba on Unsplash

Picnics are SUCH an aesthetic—aren’t they? The gingham blanket, a sundress and wicker baskets filled with pastries, fancy cheeses and lemonade. Grab your straw hat, Birmingham, and romanticized notions—we’re heading on a picnic.

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Future leaders—10 Birmingham seniors receive the Memorial Scholarship

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The scholarship recipients were met with a warm congratulation committee from the JLB. Photo courtesy of the Junior League of Birmingham

After months of diligent hard work, they finally heard the news. The Junior League of Birmingham (JLB) awarded 10 Birmingham seniors the Memorial Scholarship. As they head off to schools across the country, their impact on Birmingham won’t be forgotten.

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For the price of a movie ticket, #BeAHero and keep sick children and their families together

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Become a hero today and make an impact that lasts a lifetime. Photo courtesy of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama.

How long did it take you to sign up for Netflix? Becoming a House Hero is faster and takes less out of your wallet. Find out just how easy it is to make a positive difference for moms, dads and children who need a light in their lives. Families need help now—be a hero.

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How Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama is helping Birmingham nonprofits shield residents from loss

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The Alabama Food Bank Association adapted during the pandemic so they could continue fighting food insecurity. Photo via Alabama Food Bank Association’s Facebook.

Birmingham is a powerful city in more ways than one. Our local nonprofits, along with the support of companies like Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, are a big part of what makes us so sturdy. Take a look at just a couple, out of the hundreds in the Magic City, who are fearsome in the face of COVID-19.

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A Southern favorite—15 spots to grab shrimp and grits dine-in or curbside

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Who can resist? Photo via Saw’s Soul Kitchen Facebook

I bet if you dug up the oldest menu in the South, shrimp and grits would be right at the top. It’s a classic—starting with humble beginnings to becoming a staple served at 5-star establishments, including here in Birmingham!

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13 Birmingham salon updates on openings + booking

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Salons prepare to open in Birmingham. Photo via Speed Spa’s Facebook.

Following Alabama’s amended safer at home order, hair salons were officially allowed to reopen May 11. We know of at least 13 so far ready to book and reschedule appointments. A few come from our mighty databasesign up now to have your business featured on Bham Now for free.

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Roll into summer with new wheels + more outdoor gear from 5 Birmingham businesses

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With the new Parkside Trail opened up, there’s no better time to take a new bike for a spin. Photo via REV Birmingham’s Facebook.

What have I learned from social distancing? I literally have zero hobbies—which is why with all the beautiful weather we’re having I decided to buy a pair of roller skates and learn something new! Grab some wheels or other outdoor gear from local Birmingham biz and hit the pavement (or the water).

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Go live with 7 Birmingham theaters + artists virtual shows

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UAB alumna Rachel Burttram Powers is bringing us professional theater from a tiny location. Photo via Tiny Theatre’s Facebook.

I’ve never missed the annoyance of someone unwrapping a mint in the middle of a monologue or a concert go-er two feet taller than me blocking my view more than I have now. While we wait for the return of live theater and music, Birmingham artists have been hard at work bringing the shows to us.

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11 deals local Birmingham biz are offering NOW from food to retail + more

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Tell em we sent ya! 15% off if you mention BHAMNOW at Homewood Bagel Co. Photo via Homewood Bagel Company’s Facebook page.

STOP—close that big box store app on your phone, because supporting local Birmingham business has never been easier! You don’t want to miss out on these dope deals like half-price bottles of wine and discounts on cleaning services.

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Commission a pet portrait from 5 Birmingham artists—no treats required

The definition of a good boy. Photo via Tim Blanton Art’s Facebook.

If you come from a house like mine, your pets probably get treated better than most human companions. Hey, those little guys deserve it even when they make you get up at 3AM to let them out in the rain and hog half the bed. Why not take a cue from mid-century monarchs and commission a pet portrait from Birmingham artists.

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12 Birmingham Thai spots with 5-star reviews offering curbside + delivery

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Lunch, dinner, or breakfast I’ll eat Thai three meals a day. Photo via Taste of Thailand’s Facebook.

Thai is my definitive go-to comfort food. You can’t tell me there isn’t a single problem Panang Curry can’t fix, or at least alleviate for the time being. Birmingham has some hot spots around the city for swooping up a Thai meal curbside.

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Happy National Nurses Day! 9 ways to support Birmingham nurses NOW

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Photo via @uabmedicine on Twitter.

Nurses during the calmest of days are incredible, valuable members of our community. But nurses during an international pandemic? Absolute heroes. Let’s show our support to Birmingham nurses at all times, but here are a few ways you can show them some extra love today.

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5 Bham photographers using creativity during isolation to stay connected

I can’t wait to spend my weekends back with the girls at Queen’s Park, but for now those curbside cocktails work just fine. Photo via Mary Fehr’s Facebook.

Where there’s a will, there’s a creative way. That’s how these Birmingham photographers look at life, as they navigate COVID-19 precautions while still trying to continue their livelihood and passion.

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3 ways to make a no-sew face mask on the fly using household objects

“We want to say a BIG thank you to Bham Face Masks for supplying us with these lovely face masks!” Photo via Cookie Fix’s Facebook.

You’ve heard the news, Birmingham is requiring all residents to wear a face-covering while out in public. Luckily, there are so many ways to fashion a mask it’s not much of a burden, or financial strain, to pop one on before heading out on essential errands.

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