9 reasons to check out Cahaba Heights, including a new spa

Everything bagel with lox and cream cheese from Cahaba Heights' Crestline Bagel.
Bagels as they should be, with lox, cream cheese and more. Photo from Crestline Bagel via Facebook

Cahaba Heights is a fun little area tucked in between Mountain Brook, Vestavia and Birmingham’s Cahaba community. You can eat barbecue and delicious carbs there if you’re in the mood. You’ll also find some sweet restaurants, markets and boutiques.

Plus, there’s family-style yoga, and there’s about to be a day spa. Not to mention the most luscious yarn and fabric store you’ve ever seen. We’ve got all the details for you here in case you need some motivation to check out Cahaba Heights for yourself.

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7 reasons you need to know Rebecca Dobrinski, including FUNights Birmingham

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Rebecca Dobrinski helped bring FUNights to Birmingham.
Co-conspirators Scott Pierce, Jacqui Jones and Rebecca Dobrinski. Photo by Joe deScoise

Birmingham, meet Rebecca Dobrinski. For those of you who know her already, she needs no introduction. She’s making a big difference in Birmingham with Red Thread Consulting, FUNights Birmingham and Community Engagement Lunch & Learn at Forge. 

Plus, she has a drink named after her at Brennan’s Irish Pub, which we think is pretty cool. 

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The 2019 Sidewalk Film Festival is here. 5 reasons opening night is gonna rock. Use code:BhamNow15

Alabama Theatre Sidewalk Film Festival
Moviegoers at the Alabama Theatre. Photo from Sidewalk Film Festival via Facebook

I’m embarrassed to admit that since I came back to Birmingham in 2004, I’ve actually only been to Sidewalk once, and for just a little snippet. That’s about to change this Friday night, though, with a trip to Opening Night.

Here’s what I’m looking forward to the most, plus how you, too, can join in the Sidewalk Festival fun. Bonus! You can save on your ticket by using super secret code: BhamNow15

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Big Sky Bread Company is back in Birmingham, and we know where to find them

Granola, bread, cookies and more at Big Sky Bread Company.
Granola, bread, cookies and more. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

You know how it feels when you bump into someone you used to be best friends with after you haven’t seen each other for ages? That’s how I felt when I stumbled across a hidden lair of Big Sky Bread Company products recently.

Read on for where I found them, and where else in town you can find their tasty treats.

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5 reasons to consider a University of Montevallo Stephens College of Business MBA for Fall 2019

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Students at Montevallo's Stephens College of Business.
Students at the Montevallo School of Business. Photo by Katie Compton

If you’re ready to take your career to places you haven’t yet imagined, you need to know about the University of Montevallo’s Stephens College of Business MBA program.

There are still spots available for Fall 2019. Curious? Check out the program now.

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3 reasons why you’ll feel like you live at a resort at Trussville’s Carrington Lakes (VIDEO)

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Living rooms open into kitchen at Carrington Lakes.
This could be your living room. Photo supplied

Have you ever heard of Trussville’s Carrington Lakes? I hadn’t either, until I had the chance to go there recently and take a look around. What I found surprised me.

If you’re longing for a sweet home in a community that offers the best of the great outdoors, and is actually only about half an hour from Birmingham, you need to schedule a tour.

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Journey to Paris at the 2019 ASO Maestro’s Ball September 6, 6PM at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center

Carlos Izcaray, Randall Woodfin and others enjoying a previous year's Maestro's Ball.
ASO Maestro Carlos Izcaray, Mayor Randall Woodfin and others at a previous Maestro’s Ball. Photo supplied

If you love the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, you need to know about the 2019 Maestro’s Ball. It’ll be an evening of food, drinks, music and more Friday, September 6, 6PM at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center.

If you know you want to go, click here, go to Maestro’s Ball, and click on the black “More Info” button to email for tickets.

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Art meets tech. Birmingham startup Conserv helps protect art collections for everyone.

Conserv founders Austin Senseman (r) and Nathan McMinn (l) at the recent launch of their Conservation Studio.
Conserv co-founders Nathan McMinn (CTO) and Austin Senseman (CEO) having fun in tuxes at the Birmingham Museum of Art for the recent launch of their conservation studio. Photo supplied

Where most of us go to an art museum or fancy library full of old books and revel in the treasures we find, Conserv’s co-founders saw a unique problem to solve.

Now, founders Austin Senseman and Nathan McMinn have built a company around the notion that “conservators need better stuff.” But why? Read on for all the details, plus some pretty awesome local recommendations of places to eat, drink and have fun.

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Farm fresh and delish. Eat to your heart’s content at ASAN’s Graze Birmingham, September 8, 5-8PM at Avondale Brewing

Graze Birmingham is the annual fundraising event for ASAN.
Sampling the local flavors at Graze: Birmingham. Photo from ASAN via Facebook

If you’re a fan of fresh, local food, you’re gonna want to check out Alabama Sustainable Agriculture‘s 5th Annual Graze: Birmingham. It’s Sunday, September 8, from 5-8PM at Avondale Brewing, and it’s gonna be soooo tasty.

If you know you want to go and sample the fare of 17 chef and farm pairs, reserve your spot now. Suggested price for adults is $45 and for kids is $10 — there’s also a sliding scale.

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We’ve got the sneak preview of Birmingham’s new Protective Stadium site (Photos).

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The new Protective Stadium is gonna be pretty.
Look at that—the latest renderings for the new Protective Stadium. From Populous

Can’t you just hear the roar of the crowd in the new Protective Stadium? After all the years of talk, it’s hard to believe that it’s now officially on its way.

We’ve got the latest architectural renderings, and they bring the vision to life. Read on for all the details.

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Closets by Design made an awesome crafting room for one Birmingham mom. Here’s why she loves it.

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Sheila McCallum and one of her mom's quilts in her Closets by Design sewing room.
Sheila admiring one of her late Mom’s award-winning quilts. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Back in the Summer of 2017, Bham Now’s Sheila McCallum found herself in need of a new crafting room.

Two weeks after she called Closets by Design of Central Alabama, she had exactly what she wanted.

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By November 2020 the 59/20 bridge project in Birmingham will be finished. These 11 photos are truly art gallery worthy.

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The bridge project is actually quite pretty in pictures.
The lines. The curves. The colors. From ALDOT

We’ve got 59/20 bridge project photos for you! The latest update from ALDOT is in, and they predict that the entire 59/20 bridge project will be complete by November 2020. Don’t worry—they still expect traffic to be on the bridges by March 2020, which is less time than it takes to carry a baby to term.

To celebrate this milestone, we decided to collect 11 of our favorite photos from the construction project so far to share with you. Consider it your own personal art gallery for construction nerds. You’re welcome.

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3 things I learned at my 1st-ever Sloss Tech in Birmingham

The Lyric was the site of the fourth annual Sloss Tech.
The rain last Friday didn’t dampen anyone’s enthusiasm at the fourth annual Sloss Tech. Photo by Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Last Friday, as rain fell softly outside, a crowd of people from across Birmingham’s tech, entrepreneurial and startup scene gathered for the fourth annual Sloss Tech.

We heard about some exciting tech ed and women in tech initiatives coming down the pike soon in Bham. We laughed hard at Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit and husband of Serena Williams.

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