5 tips you need to know to keep your Birmingham pets warm this winter!

I know it took a lot of purr-suasion to get this cat into a Santa costume. Photo via Greater Birmingham Humane Society’s Facebook.

The unpredictability of Alabama weather doesn’t just affect you, but all those Birmingham pets we love to to show off. When chilly weather hits, grab an extra sweater for yourself and your four-legged friends.

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Here’s a peek at “Collection,” a movie filmed in Highland Park!

A shot of the movie filmed in Birmingham.
Highland Park is a hot spot for filmmakers this year ! Photo via Paris Topazi.

Don’t be surprised when you see a familiar Birmingham landscape in the background of an upcoming movie next year. The thriller—“Collection”— wrapped up filming around Niazuma Avenue this month.

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Five Birmingham karaoke spots that will have you singing a happy tune this holiday season

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#TBT to the McWane Science Center’s “Party Like It’s 1998” karaoke shindig. Photo via McWane Science Center

What better way to avoid those political arguments at holiday dinners this season, than by singing through them? Okay, this isn’t a musical so maybe it won’t be that easy. But, you can relieve the tension afterward at these five Birmingham karaoke bars.

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Birmingham businesses present winning ideas at The Big Pitch.

Photo collage of different places in Birmingham.
It’s hard not to get excited hearing about all the growth in Birmingham thanks to hard-working business owners! Photo via REV Birmingham’s Facebook.

If you don’t have a favorite Birmingham business yet, you will after hearing about the winners of The Big Pitch! REV Birmingham organized a competition awarding Birmingham startups a total of $50,000 plus professional-services prize packages.

The innovative buzz of Birmingham continues to build through these businesses!

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3 Birmingham wine experts create the perfect gift guide

Wine bottles lined up at a Birmingham wine shop.
I don’t know much about football, but I can tell you this is a great starting lineup. Photo via Golden Age Wine.

Wine—a gift as old as time, but how do you know which kind is best for different holiday parties? Three Birmingham wine experts fill us in on bringing the right choice to the table this holiday season.

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Birmingham bunnies hop to the occasion

Two black and white bunnies sit on a couch.
WARNING: this article features images of adorable bunnies. Photo via Alabama Rabbit Rescue’s Facebook.

Birmingham, beer and bunnies have a lot more in common with each other than you might think. To see how, I sat down with Connie Cowan from the Alabama Rabbit Rescue at their event “Brews for Bunnies” — hosted by TrimTab Brewery.

If any of those three words above interest you, keep reading to learn more about the local nonprofit.

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Thinking about renting your Birmingham home on Airbnb? See what you need to know beforehand!

A Birmingham home's living room.
Suzy’s UAB Apartment currently lists at $65/night. Since it’s located right in Five Points South she could double that price come the 2021 World Games! Photo via Airbnb.com.

You have the chance to make some dough if you list your Birmingham home on Airbnb. With major events like the 2021 World Games and big businesses setting up shop here, the city is a hub for tourism.

But before you hit up T.J. Maxx for decor, let’s look at what opening up your home entails.

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My first impressions after one week in Birmingham

A corner of the Pizitz building.
If you look hard enough into the second floor window of The Pizitz , you can see me drinking my 6th cup of coffee for the day. Photo via Irene Richardson for Bham now.

I may be a Tuscaloosa gal, but no one feels at home in the Magic City until the barista at Revelator lets you stay in the shop an hour after it closes. After one week of living like a local, here are my thoughts.

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How to take a trip to Europe while staying in Birmingham

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European influence in Birmingham doesn’t stop with food, but it doesn’t hurt to start there. Photo via Continental Bakery‘s Facebook.

You don’t have to hop on a plane to find a little bit of Europe in Birmingham. European influence flows throughout the city starting from the streets.

In fact, it will have your social media followers questioning if you just took a spontaneous holiday overseas!

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Owner of Fig Tree prepares to open new Mountain Brook restaurant this December.

The Mountain Brook restaurant is set to open in December.
Do you see this face? JP ain’t messing around when it comes to his gourmet creations. Photo via Fig Tree’s Facebook.

A new Mountain Brook restaurant is ready to take you into the 2020s by taking you back to the 1920s. JP Holland, owner and executive chef at Fig Tree, plans to open Watkins Branch Bourbon and Brasserie next month.

The speakeasy theme creates the perfect setting to send you into the next decade.

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Your guide to three young creatives in Birmingham

Picture of girl taken by a young creative in Birmingham
Like this shot? Take a look at the photographer below along with two other young creatives in Birmingham. Photo via Levi Sanford.

There’s no better time to be a young creative in Birmingham than now. With schools offering a range of programs to a community intent on lifting each other up, Birmingham is painting a new name for itself.

See some of the talented individuals who attended the city’s best universities and are showcasing their art throughout Birmingham.

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3 vintage inspired costume ideas from Birmingham shops.

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Co-owner of Manitou Supply, David Brown, embodies the spirit of Halloween while paying tribute to the Tide with this spooky ensemble. Photo via Manitou Supply on Instagram.

Shopping local for this year’s Halloween costume is a great way to support Birmingham businesses and do the planet a favor at the same time. 

It reduces the environmental waste caused by fast fashion and leaves you with re-wearable pieces. Check out these authentic ideas put together from local vintage stores.

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Moving out and moving up – check out three organizations in Birmingham helping young professionals connect in the city.

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Movers, shakers and everything in-between, Birmingham is growing and it’s time to get your foot in the door. Photo via Dustin Massey Studios for Creative Mornings.

You moved the tassel from right to left and your resume template is so perfectly crafted from Canva.com that it mimics Photoshop work, and now it’s time to enter the world of the young professional.

With any luck you’ve found yourself starting a career in Birmingham, but moving to a city where everyone seems to know everyone is intimidating. Here is a sneak peek into three organizations who can help you make waves.

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Are you ready for the spotlight? Make your story standout at The Birmingham Moth StorySLAM on Tuesday, October 15.

Telling stories at The Moth StorySlam
The best stories are featured on The Moth Radio Hour, which airs on more than 500 public radio stations, and on The Moth’s eponymous podcast. Photo via Henry Cromett for The Moth.

At a Moth StorySLAM in August I opted for the anonymous route. The host read my response to the question, “Tell us about a time you let the cat out of the bag” – which I answered literally. The story got about two laughs (thanks mom and dad) and some constructive criticism from the host stating that whoever wrote it should work on their penmanship. 

Trying to learn where I went wrong, I contacted Claire Flowers, the regional producer for the story slam in Birmingham. She filled me in on mastering the theme, how to tell a good story in only five minutes and ways to work on my handwriting (just kidding).

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