Getting ready for the big game? 7 game day hacks to help you have a great time

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Bham Now Content Producer and friends on game day
Bham Now Content Producer Beth Cunningham (middle) and friends doing it right at a football game. Photo supplied

Fall is upon us, despite the crazy heat. That means game days all around for everyone. Whether you’re headed to a watch party in Birmingham or a real live football game, we want you to be prepared to have the best time possible. So, we’ve pulled together these seven handy tips just for you.

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9 reasons True Story Brewing Company in Crestwood Village is truly fabulous

Woman drinking beer
When I walked in, patron Sarah Black immediately told me what a big fan she was of Bham Now, so of course I had to take her picture. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

A few weeks ago I did a story on Crestwood Village and completely missed the fact that a) True Story Brewing Company is there, and b) it’s one of the coolest kids on the block.

Luckily, our awesome Bham Now readers quickly schooled me (thank you!!), so today I made a trip out to True Story to see what I was missing. Turns out, quite a lot. Read on for the full scoop.

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Ready to LOL? 5 September comedy shows in Birmingham plus 1 pooch plunge

Pups in the pool at the Pooch Plunge
All the pooches in the pool this Sunday, September 22, at the Levite Jewish Community Center’s Pooch Plunge. Photo from LJCC via Facebook

Who couldn’t use a good comedy show in Birmingham right about now? School’s back in session and the gear-up for Election 2020 has begun. If those aren’t reasons enough to need a good laugh, I don’t know what is.

So I found five comedy shows and one pooch plunge that are sure to put a smile on your face for the rest of September. Read on for all the details.

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Foraging for food around Birmingham can be fun. 11 ways to start.

Darryl Patton foraging in the Smoky Mountains
Darryl Patton foraging in the Smoky Mountains. Photo supplied

While foraging for food goes all the way back to our hunter-gatherer ancestors, in recent years it’s staged a comeback. You’ll find foodies, herbalists and amateurs scouting for found food in the natural world.

We talked to a few local foragers and fans to find out more about how you can get started, whether you love getting outside or prefer vicarious foraging.

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Sciascia’s in Homewood: 5 reasons customers love them, including beard trims

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Ladies of the salon
The ladies of Sciascia’s Salon & Boutique. From left to right::Karen McDonald, Angela Sciascia, Katie Tapscott and Dona Gillis. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Right next to Soho Retro in Homewood, you’ll find a little salon called Sciascia’s. Inside, you’ll find four friendly stylists who are dedicated to delighting their customers.

Here’s why their fans love them.

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3 things you need to know about ALDOT’s partial 280 closure Friday the 13th

Cones for 280 closure
Traffic cones” by Sara. CC BY-ND 2.0

As long as the weather holds out, ALDOT plans to close part of 280 today for . . . you guessed it—road work.

The fun is scheduled to start at 10 AM on Friday, September 13 and finish by 3 PM the same day. Read on for all the details.

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University of Montevallo’s Stephens College of Business is groundbreaking: 5 reasons to check it out

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University of Montevallo + Stephens College of Business Board Members and Staff at the groundbreaking for the new Stephens College of Business building. Photo by Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

Thursday, September 5 was the groundbreaking for a new building at the University of Montevallo’s Stephens College of Business. We’re here with five reasons why this matters.

If you want to apply for undergrad business school or the MBA program, hop over here to find out how.

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Harvest Roots is opening a kombucha taproom in Avondale: 7 reasons we’re over the moon about it

Harvest Roots is moving to Birmingham!
Pete Halupka and Lindsey Whiteaker celebrating the announcement of their big move to Birmingham. Photo supplied

Harvest Roots is moving to Birmingham and opening up the city’s first-ever kombucha taproom. It’s gonna be right next to Tropicaleo in Avondale by sometime in late Spring 2020.

We’re super-excited to see this Mentone-born business thriving and expanding, so we reached out to Pete Halupka to find out all the details.

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3 ways a Closets by Design mudroom can shave 30 minutes off your daily routine

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Closets by Design can make just the right mudroom for your family's needs
Can you imagine walking into this mudroom? Photo supplied

If you’re a home design buff, HGTV fan, or a real estate watcher, you’ll notice mudrooms have gone from being something other people had to a must-have in most homes. The thing is, here in Birmingham, most of us haven’t had mudrooms ’till very recently, so Closets by Design is here to help you design and build just the right mudroom for your needs.

Bonus: mudrooms don’t just look good—they can help you shave at least 30 minutes off your daily routine.

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7 things to love about Birmingham’s Titusville community, including DC BLOX

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DC BLOX's newest data center opened in TItusville in the Summer of 2019.
Ribbon cutting at DC BLOX’s recent grand opening. Can you spot Randall Woodfin and Kay Ivey in the crowd? Photo from DC BLOX via Facebook

Birmingham’s Titusville community is just minutes from downtown and just west of UAB. It’s been getting some love lately on both the corporate and the housing side. Plus, it’s where you go if you’re in the mood for a Golden Flake factory tour. Fun.

Read on for all the details of what we found in Titusville.

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Hurricane Dorian evacuees are headed to Birmingham: 3 things to know

What Dorian looks like from the iSS
Another day, another view for astronaut Christina H. Koch. Photo by Christina H. Koch for NASA / International Space Station

Retiring by the beach is awesome . . . until a giant storm is headed your way. Thankfully, Somerby Senior Living pulled some strings to bring 90 residents and 30 associates to Birmingham as Hurricane Dorian evacuees.

Let’s show them some Southern hospitality. Because seriously, if it was your parent or grandparent, wouldn’t you want people to welcome them?

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3 incredible male dancers you need to know in Birmingham (VIDEO)

Jack Miller is one of three male dancers in Birmingham that we're featuring.
Jack Miller doing full splits in the air. By Shawn Hubbard in a photo shoot for Brick Bodies Fitness in Baltimore MD

I’m a lifelong fan of dance, and am privileged to know some incredible male dancers. So when there was a recent brouhaha over Good Morning America host Lara Spencer giggling at the idea of Britain’s Prince George lacing up his ballet slippers, it seemed like the perfect time to introduce y’all to three amazing male dancers right here in Birmingham.

They’ve got a message for all the young guys out there, too (and the rest of us). So, if you love dance too, read on.

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9 reasons to go visit Crestwood Village, including kombucha floats

Crestwood Pharmacy in Crestwood Village.
Taylor Trammell is one of the owners of Crestwood Pharmacy and Soda Fountain. Plus, we think he looks like our Bham Now logo. Photo from Crestwood Pharmacy and Soda Fountain via Facebook

Crestwood Village recently got a facelift, so I went to check it out and see what all was going on. Turns out, a lot!

Here are 9 reasons you should head over there to see for yourself.

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Birmingham couples: 3 things you need to know about Alabama’s new marriage law

Weddings optional under Alabamas new marriage law
Weddings in Alabama could become a thing of the past . . . but we doubt they will. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

The times, they are a’changin’, and as of today, August 29, 2019, Alabama’s got a new marriage law to prove it.

To help untangle the threads, we’ve pulled together a handy-dandy guide to the current legal side of getting married in Alabama. Read on for all the details.

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3 reasons to attend Heart Gallery Heroes September 19, 5:30PM at Birmingham’s B&A Warehouse

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Behind the camera. Photo via Colorbox Photographers, a division of Kim Box Photography

Heart Gallery Alabama is getting ready to honor their Heart Gallery Heroes. Thursday, September 19, from 5:30-8:00PM the party’s happening at B&A Warehouse, and we’re all invited.

Know you want to go? Get tickets here. Otherwise, keep reading for all the details.

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