OpenTable lists Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille in Birmingham as one of 100 Best Restaurants for Wine Lovers in America for 2018

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Birmingham does it again. Just last August, three local restaurants made OpenTable’s list of 50 Best Southern Restaurants in America. Now Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille joins the mix. The restaurant earned a spot on a list of 100 Best Restaurants for Wine Lovers in America for 2018, released by OpenTable this week.

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3 career lessons from Momentum that every woman needs to know, featuring Ann-Marie Stanford of Spire

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Ann-Marie Stanford at Spire offices in Birmingham. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

Momentum is a leadership development program for executive and early-career women based right here in Birmingham. So what can you learn from Momentum? Bham Now caught up with Ann-Marie Stanford, director of supply chain-special projects and supplier diversity at Spire. She also happens to be a recent alumna of Momentum’s Executive Leadership Program. Here’s how she’s applied three lessons from Momentum to her career and life.

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3 resources for low-cost spay and neuter services in Birmingham, PLUS pets of Bham Now

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It happens. You fall in love with an animal who needs a good home. You hesitate because you’re not sure you have the funds. Low-cost spay and neuter options in Birmingham can help. Check out Alabama Spay/Neuter, Alabama Animal Adoption Society and Friends of Cats and Dogs Foundation for affordable options to help you tackle one of pet ownership’s biggest early costs.

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Life after Meredith: 5 perspectives from Birmingham publishing alumni, including Greg Schumann of Markstein

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Meredith Corp.’s Birmingham offices. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

Meredith Corp.’s business move last Wednesday was a major hit to Coastal Living, Cooking Light and Oxmoor House—three publishing brands with some twenty, thirty and forty years of Birmingham history, respectively. Here are the facts, plus words of encouragement from five Birmingham publishing alumni who have gone on to great things, near and far.

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Announcing Aviate’s newest product line with Hunker Bag Co. and 3 ways it works for Birmingham

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Aviate travel essentials: The Getaway Duffel, Sundance Kittyhawk Sunglasses and 3-letter airport code hat. Photo by Bham Now

Aviate is a Birmingham lifestyle apparel brand built on the idea of community—our inherent love of home and place, even as we embark upon faraway adventures. Now the company is expanding, and it’s doing it in the most community-centric way possible: through partnerships with small, like-minded Southern brands. Check out Aviate’s latest product line, a collaboration with Hunker Bag Co. out of Nashville.

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Tech Startup Watch: Sigao Studios, XpertDox and INFLCR make strides, PLUS 6 Alabama Launchpad competitors

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The team behind Sigao Studios. Photo submitted

It’s a big week for tech startup news in Birmingham. XpertDox and Influencer (INFLCR) announce exciting new developments. Sigao Studios hosts a workshop on Sept. 24 to help other tech startups succeed. And with six Alabama startups, four of them from the Magic City, set compete in the next Alabama Launchpad competition on Sept. 27, the future is bright for our bustling tech scene.

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Yes, Virginia, there is a FART Fairy. 4 things to know about Free Art Bham and citywide scavenger hunt fun.

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Art hunters pose with their Friday find. Photo via @freeartbham, Instagram

Have you heard of the FART Fairy? Unlike jolly St. Nick or the Tooth Fairy, she is real (her name is Ashley Guest), and through Free Art Bham, she’s brightening our Fridays with free art and scavenger hunt fun in Birmingham locales, from restaurants and breweries to the Rainbow Viaduct and Railroad Park. (FART, BTW is a portmanteau combining free and art. Why, what were you thinking?)

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Hear Dr. Sarah Parcak, Birmingham’s modern-day Indiana Jones, Oct. 18 at Cahaba Brewing, a Bham Now BOLD Speaker Series event

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Dr. Sarah Parcak (center) in Egypt. Photo submitted

Have you heard of Dr. Sarah Parcak, an Egyptologist, National Geographic Explorer, 2016 TED Prize winner and Birmingham local? Her Innovation Depot-based nonprofit, GlobalXplorer°, leads the global effort to find and protect our hidden cultural heritage. Learn how she does it at Bham Now’s BOLD Speaker Series event on Thursday, Oct. 18, at Cahaba Brewing Company. Buy tickets by Sept. 30 to get early bird pricing—only $15!

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Birmingham’s Hot Rod Gods: Curtiss Motorcycles’ all-electric, luxury Zeus and Hera models are a force to be reckoned with

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Matt Chambers, chairman and CEO of Curtiss Motorcycles, with a Zeus. Photo for Bham Now

The Magic City is abuzz with news of electric buses and scooters lately. In California, however, the most interesting electric vehicle news from Birmingham is happening on the manufacturing floor of Curtiss Motorcycles.

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Big Spoon Creamery announces 3rd location opening in Homewood’s Edgewood area

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Big Spoon Creamery in Avondale. Photo by Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Sometimes I get wrapped up in my own problems, like whether the latest seasonal ice cream release from Big Spoon Creamery can possibly match the greatness of its predecessor. Then I remember, some people don’t have a Big Spoon within 2 miles of their house. That’s hardship. Now there’s hope for the greater Birmingham residents of Homewood. Yesterday, Big Spoon announced its third location, opening on Oxmoor Road in Edgewood by the end of 2018 or early 2019.

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12 ethnic food places to try on Green Springs Highway, including Red Sea Ethiopian and Mediterranean

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Red Sea Ethiopian and Mediterranean is stop #12. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

You can find some of the best ethnic food in Birmingham along Green Springs Highway in Homewood. Come along with me for a food tour. 

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Designer style and 4 other must-experience features that set the Metropolitan in Lakeview apart

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Designer furnishings in the Metropolitan lobby. Photo by Lauren Bedford for Bham Now

When I visited the highly anticipated Metropolitan apartment community in Lakeview recently, construction crews were putting the finishing touches on the amenity areas. Now it’s furnished, and I’m blown away. Check out the magazine-level designer style and four more reasons you must see the Metropolitan, even if you’re not apartment shopping…yet.

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7 top Birmingham women in food “take over” the Market at Pepper Place this September, including chef Pat Terry of Samford Wellness Kitchen

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The Market at Pepper Place. Photo submitted

Have you heard of Les Dames d’Escoffier? It’s an international group of women leaders in food, wine and hospitality. This September, seven top Birmingham women in food, all members of the Magic City’s chapter of the organization, demonstrate recipes at the Market at Pepper Place. Check out the lineup.

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Apply by Friday, Aug. 31. Momentum’s Upward Early-Career Program in Birmingham helps young women professionals get on the leadership track.

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If I had a dime for every career lesson I’ve picked up over the last 15 years, I’d have enough for a really nice lunch. If I knew all those things in my 20s, when I was just starting out, I’d probably have a boatload more dimes by now.

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