Soon we’ll all be able to Eat at Panoptic’s new restaurant in Irondale

Chef Raquel Ervin
Chef Raquel Ervin is cooking up big plans. Photo via Chef Raquel

Back in June, award-winning chef Raquel Ervin opened up her Eat at Panoptic Food Truck to the sound of much rejoicing. Now she’s getting ready to open up a restaurant with the same name on Crestwood Boulevard in Irondale. Keep reading for all the details.

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5 ways decluttering with Closets by Design can help you get ready for the holidays now

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A home organized with built-ins from Closets by Design and also holiday decorations - you can get busy decluttering now
Imagine your home all nice and tidy with the holiday decorations in place. Photo via Closets by Design Central Alabama’s Facebook page

With Halloween fast approaching, who isn’t thinking about decorating for the holidays? It’s hard to imagine bringing out the holiday decorations, though, when the house is full of too many things to look at. Follow these five decluttering steps now with help from Closets by Design Central Alabama.

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COVID’s bad for minority health + how you can get tested in Jefferson County today

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Dr. Raegan Durant is one of the people involved in community testing for COVID in Birmingham
Dr. Raegan Durant of Cooper Green Mercy Health Services on the importance of COVID-19 testing. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

COVID-19 has been having a much greater impact on minorities in Birmingham and across the US. We spoke to Dr. Mona Fouad, founder of the Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC) at UAB to find out more. Whether you are a minority or not, if you’re looking for information or want to get tested, call 205-975-CV19 (2819).

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7 reasons to head to Oxford, MS for your fall getaway, including Square Books

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Square Books in Oxford is a must see for anyone interested in literary tourism in Faulkner's hometown
Square Books has been on the historic town square in Oxford, Mississippi since 1979. Photo via Visit Oxford

Raise your hand if you’re as ready for a fall getaway as I am ✋🏽. We found seven reasons to hop in the car to visit Oxford, Mississippi, including the chance to see Ole Miss, stroll Faulkner’s old stomping grounds and visit Square Books. Less than three hours away from Birmingham, Oxford has an abundance of fun things to do to keep you and yours busy for a weekend or more.

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Hungry for some tasty vegan food? Underground Vegan’s food truck just upleveled Birmingham’s food scene

vegan BBQ ribs at Underground Vegan
Vegan BBQ ribs never looked so good. Photo via Underground Vegan’s Facebook page

Y’all know we love a good food truck here at Bham Now. That’s why we were stoked to learn from our friends at The BBJ that Underground Vegan has a food truck that started visiting Hoover and Birmingham on the regular in September 2020. Keep reading to find out more.

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What Josh Petty loves about Truist: a big bank with a small-town feel

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Josh Petty, Greater Birmingham Market President. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Picture the sixth largest bank in the country—was community banking the first thing that came to your mind? When you talk to Josh Petty, Truist’s Greater Birmingham Market President, personalized community banking is what comes through loud and clear. Keep reading to learn more about Truist and how it gives clients the best of both worlds. 

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Meet the organization bringing together cultures from across Asia right here in Birmingham

Drummers performing at an Alabama Asian Cultures Foundation event
Don’t they look like they’re having so much fun? Photo via Alabama Asian Cultures Foundation’s Facebook page

As Birmingham prepares to host The World Games 2022, we’re taking a look at some of the many different cultures that call The Magic City Home. Last week, when we told you about unique Asian restaurants, we promised to come back and introduce you to the Alabama Asian Cultures Foundation. To find out more, we spoke with Helen Kim.

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Taco Mama + tailgating: get ready for an event at Vestavia City Center Oct. 17 with coupons + freebies

Taco Mama is coming to Vestavia
Who doesn’t love a Taco Mama margarita? Photo via Taco Mama’s Facebook page

Taco Mama’s coming to Vestavia Hills, and we can already hear the sounds of much rejoicing. Because who doesn’t love Taco Mama? Look for them in late winter / early spring 2021 in the Vestavia Hills City Center near Zoe’s. While you’re waiting, though, mark your calendar for a fun tailgating event October 17, 6:30PM. Taco Mama will be there with coupons and freebies.

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Touch lives every day with a nursing career at Children’s of Alabama

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An Registered Nurse bonding with a pediatric patient at Children's of Alabama
Bonding with pediatric patients is an essential part of the job. Photo via Children’s of Alabama

It’s pediatric nurses week, and we couldn’t think of a better time to explore nursing careers at Children’s of Alabama. We talked with two nurses—one with 25 years and one with eight at Children’s—to find out more. If you’re a nurse and you’re wondering about your next step, hop over here for nursing and other job listings at Children’s

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Why these 2 profs are eager to welcome the 1st cohort to UNA’s new EDBA program

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Dr. Parnell + Dr. Kutz, professors on UNA's EDBA program
Parnell and Kutz. Photo by Leah T. Johnson. (Sept. 21, 2020). Photo@una.edu

In January 2021, the University of North Alabama will welcome the first cohort to their new Executive Doctor of Business Administration (EDBA) program. We spoke to two professors to find out why they can’t wait to get started. Visit UNA’s website to learn more

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5 Asian restaurants with tasty food, including Korean, that will spice up your life now

Bet you didn't know you could get Indonesian food at Nori Thai and Sushi
Lamb. Photo via Nori Thai and Sushi’s Facebook page

As we get ready for The World Games 2022, we keep reaching out to different cultural groups here in Birmingham. This time, we spoke with the Alabama Asian Cultures Foundation, and while we’ll write more about them later, we got sidetracked by a conversation about amazing Asian food here in town that you might not have heard of or tried yet.

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13 arts, culture + sports organizations opening back up, including the Negro Southern League Museum

The Birmingham Botanical Gardens is one of the organizations that's reopened
I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been back to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens since they reopened. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

When COVID hit back in March 2020, the City of Birmingham closed arts, cultural and sporting organizations across the city. Some of these have opened back up and others will soon. Keep reading for all the details.

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Ready for a quick COVID test? UAB + Jefferson County can hook you up

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Drive-up testing is available in communities. Photo via Jefferson County

If you or someone you know needs to have a COVID test, never fear. Jefferson County, Live HealthSmart Alabama and UAB’s Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities have teamed up to bring COVID testing to a neighborhood near you. Everyone is welcome. Hop over here to find a testing location and call (205) 975-2819 (CV19) to make an appointment.

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How this Birmingham synagogue reinvented its New Year celebration + takeaways for other religious holidays anywhere

A congregant from Temple Beth-El Birmingham blowing the shofar at The Birmingham Botanical Gardens
A congregant blew the shofar at a safe distance from the crowd. Photo via Audrey Nicole Photography

Mid-March, most religious organizations moved online. In the Jewish world, the big question was “What about Rosh Hashanah?” Each fall, the Jewish New Year is usually a time for the largest in-person gathering of the year. Temple Beth-El Birmingham got creative with the holiday. Now they have concrete takeaways for other faith communities as they begin to plan their own upcoming holidays. Keep reading for all the details.

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Sign up to make your own pops with Steel City Pops—first class Oct. 16

pop-making at Steel City Pops
Do you wish you were having as much fun as they’re having? Yeah, me too. Photo via Steel City Pops

I’m not sure there’s an occasion in life, that isn’t brightened up with the infusion of a little love from Steel City Pops. Starting October 16, they’ll be offering their first-ever in-person pop-making classes in Birmingham, and you’re invited. Keep reading for all the details.

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