Magic City Flower Market has a new Birmingham home and it’s beautiful.

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Cheer yourself up on a grey day at Magic City Flower Market. Photo via Sharron Swain for Bham Now

Love flowers? You’re in for a treat! Sarah Marshall has opened Magic City Flower Market at The Battery in Birmingham, and it’s gorgeous. Keep reading to find out more about the space, what they’re offering and how you can get in on the action before Valentine’s Day.

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Andrew Zimmern’s talking about “The Best Thing I Ever Ate!” @ 8PM tonight on the Cooking Channel. Hint: it’s here in Birmingham.

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Far & Wide named Miss Myra’s Bar-B-Q’s Barbecue Chicken Sandwich with White Sauce as “top pick.” Celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern says it’s one of the dishes he could eat every day. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

What’s the food you could eat every day? That’s the question celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern will be answering tonight on “The Best Thing I Ever Ate!” Catch him on The Cooking Channel tonight, Jan. 27, at 8PM Central Time.

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5 things you need to know about Cotton’s in Ensley, including Heritage Coffee (PHOTOS)

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Josh Brenneman, Treś Washington and Donnetta Washington at Heritage Coffee. Isn’t Treś’ sweater fabulous? Photo via Sharron Swain for Bham Now

On a rainy Thursday in Birmingham, I went over to Ensley to check out Heritage Coffee, in the old Cotton’s building, and was so glad I did. Keep reading to find out more about all the action that’s happening at Cotton’s these days, and why you should stop by and check it out.

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3 reasons the new basketball lockers at Southside’s Ramsay High School are a game-changer

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Girls basketball Head Coach JoVanka Ward at Ramsay High School. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

“Teams are built in locker rooms,” said boys’ basketball coach Denton Johnson one rainy day at Southside’s Ramsay High School last week. This is why people behind the scenes wanted to have gorgeous new wood lockers built for the magnet school’s basketball gym lockers. Keep reading to find out all the details, and visit Closets by Design Central Alabama to see what they could do for you.

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Hoover’s Stadium Trace Village adds new concept office for ARC Realty. [PHOTOS]

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Realtors meeting at ARC Realty’s new Hoover office. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Stadium Trace Village is hot (Smoosh Cookies, Super Chix and MELT, we’re looking at you), and it just got hotter with the opening of ARC Realty’s new Hoover office. For two years the folks at ARC Realty have been working to design a welcoming, inviting space that feels like home. Find out five reasons why we think it’ll become your new favorite hangout.

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Curious about adoption in Alabama? Help a local child find a home.

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The Cowart Family at Family Court. Photo courtesy of Heart Gallery Alabama

You can help a child find their forever family even if adoption isn’t something you’re planning to do. Heart Gallery Alabama works together with SDHR (State Department of Human Resources) to help find forever families for children in foster care in Alabama. Visit Heart Gallery Alabama to learn more.

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Love astronomy? See Silent Sky at Birmingham-Southern College Jan. 23-26

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The cast of Silent Sky at Birmingham-Southern College. Photo courtesy of Cameron Carnes.

Ever heard of Henrietta Swan Leavitt? Silent Sky is a play about this pioneering astronomer who Edwin Hubble said deserved the Nobel Prize for her work measuring the universe. You can see the play Jan. 23-26 at Birmingham Southern’s College Theatre | The Underground. Get tickets now.

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Help raise $1m to build the Way Station, Birmingham’s only shelter for homeless youth

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An artist’s sketch of the entrance to the Way Station, courtesy of AIDS Alabama.

Did you know that Alabama has the fourth-highest rate of “unaccompanied, homeless youth without shelter” in the country? To help solve this problem, AIDS Alabama has already raised over $600k out of a total $1.5 million needed. They’re getting ready to build the Way Station, Birmingham’s only emergency overnight shelter for homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth.

Keep reading to find out why the Way Station is a game-changer. Help AIDS Alabama reach their goal—donate here, and be sure to designate the Way Station.

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What to do with $1.05m? Thanks to BCRFA, UAB’s O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center gets to decide.

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(l-r) Beth Bradner Davis, Executive Director of the BCRFA; Jill Carter, President of the BCRFA Board of Directors; and Barry Sleckman, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB. Yes, that check says $1,050,000. Photo via Sharron Swain for Bham Now

Last week as the rest of Birmingham was getting ready for Saturday’s stormy weather, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama (BCRFA) donated a total of $1,050,000 to the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB and researchers at CerFlux, the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute and Southern Research Institute.

Keep reading to find out more about BCRFA and their incredible work to advance breast cancer research in Alabama.

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World premiere of ASO’s Cello Concerto in Birmingham Jan 17-18. Discount code inside.

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ASO Conductor Carlos Izcaray is also a composer. Photo courtesy of ASO.

If you’re a fan of orchestral music and you haven’t yet seen Maestro Carlos Izcaray conduct the Alabama Symphony Orchestra in Birmingham, what are you waiting for? If you’re a fan of the cello, you will absolutely love hearing the ultra-talented Santiago Cañón-Valencia in the World Premiere of Izcaray’s cello concerto, Stringmaster. 

Keep reading to find out our nine reasons to make sure you don’t miss one of ASO’s three upcoming performances. If you know you want to go, get tickets now for either the hour-long mid-day coffee concert Jan. 17 or one of two full performances, Jan. 17 and 18, 7PM. Save 15% with code SYMPHONYNOW.

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7 reasons to get excited about Birmingham’s Legacy Arena $125 million remodel (PHOTOS)

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Designers have envisioned a whole new look for Legacy Arena at The BJCC. Rendering courtesy of Populous.

Birmingham’s Legacy Arena at The BJCC is about to get a major—$125 million—remodel, and we can’t wait!

From what we can tell, it’s gonna be awesome. Keep reading for renderings of proposed exterior spaces and more.

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Ready for a career pivot in 2020? Katie Weiland went from teacher to professional at Regions Bank. Here’s how.

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Katie Weiland went from teaching special ed to managing special projects at Regions Bank with the help of an MBA from Montevallo. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now.

While banking isn’t the most common path from teaching special ed, that’s exactly the direction Katie Weiland went in after getting an MBA from Montevallo. She’s six months into her new job as Consumer Banking Project Administrator at Regions Bank, and so far she’s loving her new career. 

Want to know about Montevallo’s MBA program? Here you go.

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Roll Tua Roll—we wish you all the best in the NFL

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The legendary Tua T. in action. Photo via Tua’s Facebook page

The anticipation’s been building in advance of today’s big press conference with Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban and Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Will he stay or will he go (cue The Clash)? That’s the question that’s been on everyone’s mind and now we know the answer. Read on to learn more about the man everybody’s talking about—Tua Tagovailoa—and his big decision.

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6 organization hacks to get your Birmingham home tidied up for 2020

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Bham Now’s Sheila McCallum, who writes some of our hilarious newsletters, holding some of her mom’s treasures in her custom crafting room. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

All the holiday gifts have been opened, the decorations may or may not have been put away, and it’s time to reckon with the aftermath. Is this the year you’re going to pare down to the things you really want to carry forward with you into this next decade? If you’re thinking definitely—or even maybe—find out some of the ways Closets by Design Central Alabama can help you make the most of your Birmingham home.

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TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl players made new friends today at Children’s of Alabama (PHOTOS)

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It’s not every day Cincinnati running back Charles McClelland gets tackled by a girl this happy to see him. Photo via Sharron Swain for Bham Now

It’s not every day college football players 3 days out from a bowl game visit children in the hospital, but that’s exactly what happened today in Birmingham at Children’s of Alabama. Players from Boston College and Cincinnati stopped into hospital rooms bringing gifts and good cheer.

Read on for all the details.

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