How did Birmingham handle the Spanish Flu 100 years ago? Learn more.

Downtown Birmingham in 1920. Photo via Influenza Archive

A little over a century ago, the world was rocked by the Spanish Flu—a deadly influenza pandemic that lasted from January 1918 to December 1920. Similar to COVID-19, the Spanish Flu eventually made its way to Birmingham. But how did The Magic City deal with one of the deadliest epidemics in recorded history? Find out here.

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Greg & Lindsey bought their dream home in Birmingham—here’s how

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Kristin stands with Greg and Lindsey in front of their new home. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Buying a house is one of the biggest and most important decisions in a young couple’s life. You want to find a place that will fit your needs now and for the foreseeable future. Most importantly, you want to find a home. A few months ago, Lindsey and Greg McKinney stumbled upon what seemed like their dream home. However, a couple of issues appeared to be dealbreakers. Luckily, Lindsey and Greg had their real estate agent there to fight for them.

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Several Birmingham property owners offering creative help to their tenants

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Ward Neely of Property Partners stands outside The Battery. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

All around the country, small and local businesses are feeling pressure as their customers begin to self-isolate. In order to help out their tenants, several Birmingham property owners are offering waived or deferred rent (as well as other creative solutions) until this outbreak clears up.

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New Coronavirus testing site opened in downtown Birmingham—here’s what you need to know

The testing site in downtown Birmingham. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Birmingham-area hospitals, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Jefferson County Department of Health have teamed up to offer testing for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) starting Monday, March 23.

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Urgent Dental Care offered by Magic City Dentistry and Vestavia Family Dentistry

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Magic City Dentistry and Vestavia Family Dentistry go above and beyond to foster a safe environment. Photo courtesy of Vestavia Family Dentistry

Just because we’re quarantined doesn’t mean that the need for dentists has magically gone away. Toothaches, broken teeth, and other emergency dental situations still exist—that’s why Vestavia Family Dentistry and Magic City Dentistry have stepped up to fill that need.

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Celebrate National Cheesesteak Day with these 5 Birmingham restaurants

My tummy is rumblin’! Photo via T-Bone’s Authentic Philly Style Cheesesteaks and Hoagies

National Cheesesteak Day is just around the corner on March 24! If you’re going stir-crazy all cooped up (like me), get out and enjoy a curbside Philly Cheesesteak while supporting Birmingham’s local businesses.

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Drinks to go! Local bars and brew pubs serving curbside.

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Pick up a six-pack of local brew to tide you over! Photo via Cahaba Brewing Co. on Instagram

Did you hear that the Alabama Beverage Commission (ABC) board is now allowing restaurants and bars to sell alcohol to go? Yes, you heard me—you can now pick up drinks to go at your favorite local establishment. Grab a designated driver and check out these participating businesses—and remember that tips are GREATLY appreciated.

Do you own a bar, brewery or restaurant offering curbside cocktails or pickup? Input your information and special offers into this form and we will include you in future guides. Over 150 local businesses have already signed up!

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3 ways to get tested for COVID-19 in Birmingham

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CDC’s laboratory test kit for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Photo via Centers for Disease Control

Testing for Coronavirus (COVID-19) is available throughout Alabama, through the Alabama Department of Public Health and several private facilities. Here’s everything you need to know about testing for Coronavirus in Birmingham.

And as always, wash your hands!

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Birmingham’s American Life Building reaches halfway point of $24M redevelopment

Built in 1925, the American Life Building is slated to become affordable housing. Photo by Pat Byington, for Bham Now

On March 5, developer Ed Ticheli announced that the $24 million redevelopment of the eye-catching American Life Building in downtown Birmingham officially reached its halfway point. That’s right—the upgraded building is slated to open later this year.

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Red Cross to award John Sherman and Birmingham’s Coca-Cola UNITED for training services

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President and CEO John Sherman, III visits the employees in Birmingham’s Coca-Cola bottling facility. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Birmingham is home to Coca-Cola UNITED, one of the largest Coca-Cola bottling facilities in the United States. I sat down with President and CEO John Sherman, III to learn how the American Red Cross helps each Coca-Cola UNITED employee arrive home safe and sound.

John Sherman will be honored at the American Red Cross Gala on Friday, April 3. To attend, you can purchase tickets online.

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Like The Battery? You’ll love Battery II—a new development in Birmingham’s Southside

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A rendering of Battery II, coming to Birmingham’s Southside soon. Rendering via Fifth Dimension Architecture & Interiors

In 2018, The Battery brought restaurants, breweries, event space and more to Birmingham’s Southside. Now, developer Ward Neely is out to do the same thing—right across the street. Say hello to Battery II, the newest project in Birmingham’s Automotive Historic District.

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New mixed-use project in the works at historic building in downtown Birmingham

The historic Armour & Co. building is the site of a new mixed-use development. Rendering via Christopher Architecture

In the downtown real estate boom, mixed-use is the name of the game. Birmingham-based firm Christopher Architecture & Interiors is turning a historic downtown building into the newest mixed-use development, complete with residential units, commercial space and even a rooftop lounge.

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Bob Tedrow, owner of Homewood Music, is one of three people in the U.S. with this rare skill

Bob Tedrow can repair, build and play almost any instrument. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

I recently stopped in to Homewood Music and met the owner, Bob Tedrow. Let’s just say I know where I’ll be going for my music needs from now on.

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