7 new-ish things you need to know about in Lakeview

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Sunset from Mayawell Bar’s rooftop. Photo via Maywell Bar’s Facebook page

Lakeview is already one of Birmingham’s hottest districts, but it’s about to get even hotter. With a ton of recent and upcoming restaurants, bars, apartments, construction projects and more, you definitely need to keep your eye on Lakeview. 

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These 2 women make Birmingham beautiful. Find out how. (MURAL PHOTOS)

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Levi Axleigh and Jordan Thompson at Yellowstone National Park “right after we decided to officially start our art journey together as bendyknees design company.” Photo courtesy of bendyknees design company

Who doesn’t love murals and public art in Birmingham? Meet Jordy and Levi, two artists with bendyknees design company and Blank Space Bham and get a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into making public art. And, keep reading ’till the end for details about Birmingham’s first-ever mural festival August 1-8 in Woodlawn.

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H2 + ARC are bringing good things to Birmingham real estate

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(l-r) Beau Bevis, ARC CEO and Partner, Lynlee Hughes, REALTOR, Lynlee Hughes Team, Carter Hughes, President and Owner H2. Photo courtesy of Alex Kiker

Imagine having access to almost 300 realtors who know all about what’s happening in both the downtown Birmingham area and surrounding suburbs to help you make your big decision. A merger between ARC Realty and H2 Real Estate’s residential brokerage division will make that happen. Read on for all the details, or contact Lynlee Hughes to find out more.

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7 firing ranges + 3 ways to learn to shoot safely in Birmingham

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David McCullough of Central Alabama Firearms Training at the Irondale Police Department Firing Range. Photo via Facebook

People from all sorts of different backgrounds like to practice shooting for a variety of different reasons: hunting, personal or home protection, sport and more. If you’re looking to find a place to practice your aim in Birmingham, there’s no shortage of shooting ranges to choose from. Keep reading to find out all the details, plus three organizations that will help you learn to shoot safely.

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5 sports you can see at The World Games 2021 Birmingham, including Sumo

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Sumo is one of the sports at The World Games 2021 Birmingham. Photo courtesy of The World Games

If you’ve started seeing The World Games 2021 Birmingham signs popping up around town, you may be wondering what it’s all about. Here are some of the basics plus a sneak preview into five sports you’ll be able to catch when The Games come to town July 15-25, 2021. Want the full scoop? Check out The World Games 2021 Birmingham.

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5 Bessemer businesses + 1 blues festival you need to check out now

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Who doesn’t want to eat at a restaurant with a giant stuffed animal hanging from the ceiling. Photo via The Seafood King – Bessemer’s Facebook page

When’s the last time you checked in on any Bessemer businesses? Last month we featured 8 new businesses in Bessemer. This time we thought we’d mix things up a bit with some longtime favorites, a new restaurant and a favorite music festival. Keep reading for all the details.

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Behind the scenes: 7 things you need to know about Bham Now (Photos + Video)

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The women on our team got to the Jack’s biscuits before the guys could. Enjoying them in the lobby at Forge. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Even if you’re a longtime fan of Bham Now, we bet you don’t know the story behind the company, what we do, who we are and where we’re headed. I sat down with Cindy Martin, Bham Now’s Founder and President, to get the scoop. Yes, I work there, so I’ll tell you the real story. Read on for all the details.

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7 powerful Birmingham-based speakers you need to know at Momentum 2020—Mar. 11-12

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April Benetollo, Momentum’s CEO at the 2018 Conference. Photo via Erin Tunnel

Did you know Alabama’s largest leadership conference is just around the corner? Momentum Conference 2020 is March 11-12 at The BJCC. Get your tickets before February 20. Now, meet seven powerful speakers who’ll transform the way you work and lead.

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Bama’s best shake + 6 more reasons to visit Irondale

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When was the last time you went to Hamburger Heaven in Irondale? Photo via Hamburger Heaven’s Facebook page

Even if you’ve never been to Irondale, you’ve definitely heard about places like The Golden Rule, The Irondale Cafe, and of course Ruffner Mountain. We’ve found seven new reasons to visit Irondale, including some fun upcoming events. Read on for all the details. 

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Spotlight on 7 innovations in Birmingham, AL’s startup scene, including Black Girl Ventures

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(l-r) Carmen Mays, Zhaundra Jones, BGV founder Shelly Bell, Alycia Levels-Moore, Amber Curry and Jaclynn Maxwell Hudson. Photo courtesy of Black Girl Ventures Birmingham Chapter

While the rest of us were getting through the holidays and the first month of the new decade, Birmingham’s startup scene was buzzing. Find out why these seven startup initiatives are in the news. 

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Local designers at Birmingham Home Show Feb. 14-16. Win tickets!

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A place for everything, and everything in its place. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

If your home is your castle, or you’d like it to be, you’re gonna want to head down to the Birmingham Home Show Feb. 14-16 at Legacy Arena at The BJCC. We’ve got the scoop on what to check out, including walk-in closets from Closets by Design Central Alabama. Keep reading to find out how you could win tickets.

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Chris Stapleton, Bassmaster Classic + more in March at Legacy Arena. Renovations start Apr. 2.

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Chris Stapleton will be playing at The BJCC Mar. 21, 2020. Photo courtesy of The BJCC

March 2020 will be the biggest month in the history of Birmingham’s Legacy Arena, right before it closes for renovation April 2. Take your pick from some A-list shows including Chris Stapleton, Cher, the BassMaster Classic and more. Get your tickets now.

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Celebrate love with Tango, Flamenco & More! Feb. 14-15 with Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Save 15%.

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Tango, Flamenco + more! Photo courtesy of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra

Get ready for a night of passion with Tango, Flamenco, and More! on the first Valentine’s Day of the new decade.  Alabama Symphony Orchestra will hold two concerts on Friday and Saturday nights, Feb. 14 and 15, 7PM at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center. There’s also a Friday Coffee Concert at 11AM. Get tickets now, and save 15% off with code TANGONOW. 

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Dreams of Hope has its national premiere at Birmingham’s Alabama Theatre Feb. 6, 7PM—why it matters.

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Violin-maker Amnon Weinstein at work. Photo via Amnon Weinstein’s Facebook page

UAB Medicine and the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham are hosting the national premiere screening of Dreams of Hope: Birmingham’s Historic 16th Street Baptist Church Welcomes Violins of Hope. The show is Thursday, February 6, 2020 at the Alabama Theatre in downtown Birmingham. Put your name on the waitlist here.

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Help send a child to YMCA Camp Cosby near Birmingham. Here’s how.

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So. Much. Joy. at YMCA Camp Cosby. Photo courtesy of YMCA Camp Cosby

I don’t know about you, but when I think of summer camp, I think of cicadas, swimming, cute boys, chiggers, campfires, goofy songs and new friends. Chances are, many of you have your own vivid memories from weeks spent at summer camp. If you want to help a child develop their own lifelong memories, help send a child to YMCA Camp Cosby near Birmingham. Donate now or register your own child.

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