Crave Candles’ story—from a 280 kitchen sink to successful stores like Saks

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Lori Newell is the owner of Crave Candles, a successful luxury candle brand born in Birmingham. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Google and Apple started in a garage—Crave Candles Co. started in a kitchen sink. Now, the Birmingham-based brand is not only found in local stores around the city, but major retailers like Saks Fifth Avenue, Cracker Barrel and others carry Crave Candles. Here’s what sparked the match for owner Lori Newell’s inspiration.

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Storm into the week with a new career, business events + more

Don’t let the storms stop you from making this a great week, Birmingham! Photo via Jacob Blakenship for Bham Now

Need motivation to get through the workday? Channel Beyoncé, who as of Sunday, March 14 made history and became the most decorated woman in Grammys history. Make your own historic moves today after securing a job, learning a new skill and more this week in Birmingham.

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“Ways of Seeing” connects Alabama + worldwide artists—why we’re drawn to it

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“Ways of Seeing: Buildings and Monuments” features work from Alabama artists alongside worldwide sculptures, paintings and photographs. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

How often do you think about the ways a building or space shapes your emotions and actions? With the COVID-19 pandemic, that answer has probably changed in the past year. In the Birmingham Museum of Art‘s (BMA) fourth installment of the series, Ways of Seeing: Buildings and Monuments examines how the built environment inspires everyday action.

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United Way launches long-term recovery plan to help Jefferson County after tornado on Jan. 25

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Fultondale, Centerpoint and Pinson are all still recovering after the devastating tornado on January 25, 2021. Photo via United Way of Central Alabama

When a natural disaster strikes an area, the recovery process is much longer than a few days. After the devastating damage to Fultondale, Center Point and Pinson by the tornado on January 25, the neighborhoods are still hurting. United Way of Central Alabama (UWCA) is leading tornado relief efforts to repair the community long-term. Sign up to be a volunteer, donate online or by texting “Tornado” to 62644 and lend a hand too.

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40+ open jobs, new businesses + everything else you missed this week in Birmingham

Hey there, Mr. Blue. Photo via Jacob Blakenship for Bham Now

The sun is out, Good Days by SZA is on repeat and we’re catching you up on good news happening in the Birmingham business world. Before you apply for jobs, attend networking events and learn what you missed, take a look at what else we’ve got on our minds today.

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5 ways this new app is making job hunting easier than ever—discover Worlds of Work

While normally Central Six would host a Worlds of Work in-person event where students could learn more about different types of careers, this year students can access the same resources through their new app. Photo via Central Six AlabamaWorks!

From the time we’re old enough to talk the first question we’re asked is, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Whether you’re beginning your career or starting a new one, Worlds of Work is a great place to jump into the game. Check out how the app from Central Six AlabamaWorks! is changing how we find employment in Alabama. Ready to get started? Download the app through Apple or Google Play.

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See how a Birmingham journalist became a television executive producer

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Krystal Swann (right) is an executive producer at Gray Television. Photo via Krystal Swann

No matter what field you’re in, there’s always room to grow. Krystal Swann saw an opportunity to take this advice and graduated from journalist to television executive producer after receiving her degree from the University of Alabama’s Executive MBA Program.

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Buddy Palmer retires as CEO of Create Birmingham after 13 years—a look back on his career

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Buddy Palmer, a trailblazer for several of Create Birmingham’s big initiatives, is retiring as CEO after 13 years with the organization. Photo via Create Birmingham

Buddy Palmer is stepping down as CEO of Create Birmingham after 13 years with the cultural nonprofit. He joined the team, which is the only local agency exclusively focused on the city’s creative industries, in 2008 and is responsible for many arts initiatives, events and community projects we benefit from today.

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Gov. Ivey extends mask ordinance to April 9, eases restrictions + announces 1M Alabamians vaccinated

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The statewide mask ordinance is extended until April 9. Photo via Unsplash

Governor Kay Ivey extended the statewide mask mandate to Friday, April 9, but announced it will not be extended further. She also dropped COVID-19 restrictions on nursing homes, summer camps and restaurants.

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Celebrate National Pound Cake Day Thursday, March 4 with 7 Birmingham businesses

You ALREADY know we have to kick off the guide with Birmingham-famous Emily’s Heirloom Pound Cakes. Photo via Jacob Blakenship for Bham Now

If you’ve never visited these Birmingham bakeries and restaurants, it’s butter late than never to get there on National Poundcake Day. We like big bundts and we can not lie, so go ahead and give these places a try.

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Happy Women’s History Month! Kick it off with a week of buzzy Birmingham news

Happy Women’s History Month, Birmingham! Photo via Jacob Blakenship for Bham Now


In case it wasn’t apparent enough already, the Golden Globes reinstated that women rock from jaw-dropping looks to big wins (we’re looking at you, Jane Fonda). We can’t wait to celebrate our amazing female leaders in Birmingham all month long. But first, let’s get you situated with a new job, leadership skills and knowledge about the local business scene.

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5 men’s salons in Birmingham offering hot shaves, haircuts + more luxury services

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Find out where to get your perfect cut and other services in Birmingham. Photo via Unsplash

Finding the right salon for your perfect cut can quickly become a hairy situation, but these Birmingham men’s salons rank top among local reviewers. Comb through the services offered by local businesses and discover luxury level care, including facials, manicures and, of course, a great style.

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6 years in the making—local business’ partnership with Ralph Lauren uplifts Birmingham

Alchemy, an upscale men’s store in Five Points South, recently partnered with Ralph Lauren after six years in the making. Photo via Ace Graham

We know Five Points South for its nightlife and award-winning restaurants. But when Ace Graham moved Alchemy to the neighborhood in 2018, it shook up the whole scene. The upscale men’s store’s most recent partnership with Ralph Lauren led me to learn more about the local business’ efforts to support Birmingham’s community and understand where our dollars really go when we buy local. (Spoiler: it’s good places!)

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9 Little Free Pantries + other “take what you need/leave what you can” spots for food and more

You can find Little Free Pantries all across Birmingham, including this one at Trinity United Methodist Church. Photo via Jacob Blakenship for Bham Now

It’s not hard to spot a Little Lending Library around your neighborhood, but have you ever seen the Little Free Pantries throughout Birmingham? They operate the same way, except instead of books they’re filled with food and other essential items for individuals in need. See where you can find one and other options if you’re facing food insecurity.

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Apeeling Birmingham business news for National Banana Bread Day, including more open jobs

Power forward, Birmingham! Photo via Jacob Blakenship for Bham Now

It’s the last Tuesday of February and also National Banana Bread Day. Centuries from now scientists will come across this period in history and a number will baffle them: the amount of banana bread baked and consumed from March 2020-May 2020. Take a look at other Birmingham business news you’ll find even more appeeling. 

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