Magic City Woodworks: the Birmingham nonprofit breaking down barriers to employment

Magic City Woodworks employees with Santa. Photo courtesy of Magic City Woodworks 

Whether or not you realize it, you’ve likely seen the work of Magic City Woodworks all across town. The nonprofit is providing more than jobs to those who need them in Birmingham–read on for more information about their impact. 

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4 breastfeeding resources for new Birmingham moms

Yours truly with my sweet baby boy. 

Let’s face it: breastfeeding (and being a new mom in general) can be really challenging. I would know, as I have a 10-month-old at home. If you make the decision to breastfeed–which is a personal decision–it’s nice to have some help. The good news is that there are several resources in Birmingham for moms to get advice and support, including a new app called pumpspotting that’s stopping by The Summit on July 27–more info is below. 

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Children’s South celebrates 20 years of care: learn 6 things you may not know about the facility, including the International Adoption Clinic

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Children’s South. Photo by Taylor Babington for Bham Now

Children’s South is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month. The Children’s of Alabama facility off Interstate 459 has seen a lot of change–and growth–over the years. We recently spoke with physicians and staff at Children’s South to learn more about the services offered there, along with the hospital’s unique approach to patient care. Birmingham parents, take note!

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Pilcrow Cocktail Cellar adds live music, plus 5 other things you should know about Birmingham’s underground bar

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Pilcrow Cocktail Cellar. Photo by Taylor Babington for Bham Now

You’ve probably heard about Pilcrow Cocktail Cellar, Birmingham’s underground bar that opened last summer. The Founder’s Station watering hole is bringing a distinctive vibe to the bar scene downtown. We spoke with the owner, Joe Phelps, to learn more about it. 

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Golden Age wine shop/bar focused on natural wines, sustainability opening July 19 in Mountain Brook Village

Golden Age Wine. Photo by Taylor Babington for Bham Now

It’s Wine Wednesday, the perfect day to share some news about a new wine store opening in Birmingham! Golden Age Wine, started by Brandon Loper and Trent Stewart, is located on Culver Road near Brick and Tin in Mountain Brook. Read on for more photos and info.

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More than a transaction: how two Birmingham realtors built a twenty-year friendship after a home buy

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Erle Morring and Sylvia Crawford of RealtySouth. Photo supplied

More than twenty years ago, Erle Morring gave Birmingham realtor Sylvia Crawford a call. He wanted to look at a home in Southside, and the RealtySouth agent happily showed it to him. Little did they know, this was the start of a decades-long friendship that would also lead to a new career for Morring.

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Where to find alcohol-free cocktails in Birmingham, including Seedlip spirits at LeNell’s

LeNell’s Beverage Boutique. Photo by Taylor Babington for Bham Now

Abstaining from alcohol–even just temporarily—is becoming increasingly common. Whether you’re taking a brief break from boozing or not drinking for personal reasons, Birmingham has several options for you. 

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How YouthServe is shaping future leaders in Birmingham through community service

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YouthServe campers at Sloss Furnaces, touring and learning the history of Birmingham. Photo courtesy of YouthServe

Have you heard about YouthServe, Birmingham’s organization promoting youth volunteerism? They are connecting teens to volunteer opportunities in a variety of ways. We spoke with Jennifer Hatchett, executive director, and Vulcan Materials’ Janet Kavinoky, YouthServe board member, to learn more about it.

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Local food concept blueroot co. opens pop-up at Pepper Place for the month of July

Jessica Conger at blueroot co.’s Pepper Place pop-up. Photo by Taylor Babington for Bham Now

Looking for a nutritious food option in Birmingham that doesn’t take a lot of time? Check out blueroot co. This Birmingham company serves locally sourced, healthy food, and they’ve opened a pop-up in the Dr. Pepper building at Pepper Place for the month of July. 

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Craving a glass of vino? Here are 8 spots with Wine Wednesday specials in Birmingham. Cheers!

El Barrio downtown has half off bottles of wine on Wednesdays. (Yes, my son is about to pour salsa all over both of us.)

We love our wine at Bham Now. We also love it when we can get a special on Wine Wednesday in Birmingham. There’s nothing better to get through the midweek slump! 

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The Uber of property maintenance: How Birmingham startup Maestro is disrupting the industry through technology

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Jason Clotfelter, Karen Osburn and Kyle McKinley of Maestro. Photo courtesy of Maestro Maintenance Management

You’ve probably seen the work of Birmingham real estate developer Orchestra Partners across town (The Essential, anyone?). But did you know they incubated a startup that’s changing the game for property management?  Read on to get the scoop.

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10 places to dine with your dog in Birmingham. Adorable pup photos included

Austin Sistrunk and her black lab, Trudy, at Rojo in Highland Park. Photo by Taylor Babington for Bham Now

We all know that Birmingham has one of the top food scenes around. We also happen to have several places where we can take our pups with us to enjoy some delicious eats!

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Learn 5 ways Ignite Cycle makes you healthier. Get 20% off a ride with code BHAMNOW20

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A ride at Ignite Cycle will get your heart rate going. Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now

Birmingham is a great city to stay active–we have wonderful parks and outdoor areas, along with a wide variety of workout options for everyone. A newer option to consider is a ride at Ignite Cycle at Pepper Place. It’s fun and high-energy, and it’ll make you sweat for sure.

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A career in aviation isn’t just for pilots: 6 things to know from Encompass Health’s aviation team

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Encompass Health aviation interns Emily Moore and Peter Knapp

When you head to the airport to catch a flight in Birmingham, it seems pretty straightforward. Show up, go through security, board the plane and arrive at your destination. Not so fast.

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