4 Christmas tree farms an hour’s drive or less from Birmingham, plus local lots

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Photo via Pine Hill Farms’ Facebook page

Want the full Christmas tree experience, ax, hot chocolate and all? We found four tree farms within an hour’s drive or less from Birmingham. Or, visit a longtime, local family-run lot for pre-cut trees, wreaths and garlands. You can even support your local Boy Scout troop with your tree purchase. If we missed your favorite local spot, let us know.

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Thanksgiving recipe: Black Bottom Pumpkin Pie with local Match cocoa powder

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Black Bottom Pumpkin Pie. Photo by Terri Robertson by Bham Now

Pumpkin pie—it’s a Thanksgiving classic. This year, I’m giving mine a local twist and some extra oomph with a dark chocolate layer made with Match single origin cocoa powder, produced locally in Birmingham. 

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TriAltus Bioscience and AerBetic of Birmingham win $150,000 total at Alabama Launchpad competition

TriAltus Bioscience, AerBetic, Alabama Launchpad Startup Competition winners. Photo via EDPA
From left: Bob Shufflebarger of TriAltus Bioscience, and Eric Housh and Arnar Thors of AerBetic. Photo via EDPA

On Wednesday, six finalists pitched their businesses to judges at the Alabama Launchpad Startup Competition Finale in Fort Payne. The results are in, and two Birmingham companies are the big winners. TriAltus Bioscience won $100,000 in seed funding, while AerBetic took home the $50,000 concept prize. 

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The recap: Birmingham District Brewing Co. grand opening at The Battery in Southside

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Birmingham District Brewing Co. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

Birmingham District Brewing Co. opened its doors to the public on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in The Battery, located at 2201 Second Avenue South. Here’s what you missed. And hey, it’s hump day—so it’s the perfect time to start planning an outing. 

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Starting a business in Alabama: 4 lessons from Go Play Therapy and Amazing Fruit Products-US of Fort Payne

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Silvia Hernandez (front row, center) with Go Play Therapy team members. Photo submitted

The Alabama entrepreneurs behind Go Play Therapy and Amazing Fruit Products-US, both slated to speak at the Alabama Launchpad Startup Competition Finale in Fort Payne on Wednesday, November 14, share their startup insights with Bham Now.

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Become an expert negotiator with Carol Frohlinger at the Nov. 16 Momentum workshop at Vulcan Park and Museum. Registration closes Nov. 14!

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Carol Frohlinger, president of Negotiating Women Inc. Photo submitted

A small investment in negotiating skills can really pay off big. Hone yours with internationally renowned author, speaker and expert Carol Frohlinger on Friday, November 16, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Vulcan Park and Museum. The workshop comes to Birmingham by way of Momentum, Alabama’s premier women’s leadership program. Register by Wednesday, November 14. (And, guys, this one’s for you, too.)

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9 things to know about Birmingham District Brewing Co. at The Battery, opening Saturday, Nov. 10

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From left: Cheri Kueven, Cale Sellers, James Sumpter and Brad Kueven of Birmingham District Brewing Co. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

The city is thirsty, and the wait for the much-anticipated Birmingham District Brewing Co. is almost over. The brewery and taproom opens its doors at The Battery (the historic BEBCO building on 2nd Avenue South) on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 5 p.m. Bham Now has the scoop, including the brewmaster responsible for scaling up the founders’ home brew recipes.

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Children’s of Alabama patients create artwork for holiday cards sold at CrinkledNose.com

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Children’s of Alabama holiday cards from CrinkledNose.com. Photo by Lauren Bedford for Bham Now

Creating holiday greeting cards at school to bring home is a kid tradition—one that children in the hospital might miss. But at Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham, this time-honored activity comes to the patients. The best part? When you purchase the cards at CrinkledNose.com, the proceeds help make patients’ lives just a bit more joyful.

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Where to get your flu vaccine in Birmingham, including 3 options with $5 to $10 rewards

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Protect your whole family from the flu this season. Photo via Pixabay

Prime influenza season is about to ramp up. If you haven’t gotten your flu vaccine yet, protect yourself now. No excuses. Places to get vaccinated abound in Birmingham, and some of them even reward you with dollar signs. 

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5 ways to plan an unforgettable holiday season—from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve—with Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille in Birmingham

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It’s a Thanksgiving feast at Perry’s! Photo submitted

There’s a lot to love about the holidays, but all the planning can be … a lot. Or, you can just make plans to celebrate at Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille in Birmingham. From Thanksgiving family dinner to a hot date night for New Year’s Eve, from private parties to gift giving, Perry’s pulls it off scrumptiously.

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Searching for the cancer cure: Rebecca Boohaker of Southern Research in Birmingham

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Rebecca Boohaker. Photo via Southern Research

It’s the word we hope the doctor never utters. It’s the monster inside us, unwelcome and unseen—cancer. In the labs of Southern Research in Birmingham, research scientist Rebecca Boohaker is working to unmask the monster in order to discover better drugs and therapies to fight it.

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Aviate’s Jet Setter Collection turns your summer go-to into an essential fall-winter accessory, featuring a fashion photo shoot at Railroad Park

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Views of downtown Birmingham make Railroad Park THE spot for fall photos. Photo by Lauren Bedford for Bham Now

What’s lightweight, goes with anything and looks killer with a high ponytail? Your favorite baseball cap, of course. But as your wardrobe gets cozier for fall and winter, the summer go-to can look a little out of place. Fortunately, Aviate, the Birmingham-based, nationally loved lifestyle apparel brand, has the answer: the Jet Setter Collection. Even better, profits from the collection benefit the No-Shave November organization all month long.

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Meet Neowaste and Moovmo, 2 Birmingham-based Alabama Launchpad winners set to transform their industries

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Neowaste co-founders Fernando Valentin and Jessica Findley. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

“Since the beginning of human history, man has buried his waste in a hole in the ground.” That was Jessica Findley’s opening line in her $100,000 prize-winning pitch at the Alabama Launchpad Startup Competition in Huntsville last September. “We still do that today,” said Findley, co-founder and CEO of Neowaste. “One of the only places we haven’t innovated is waste management, which is so damaging to our environment.” But she is helping to change that.

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This Saturday, Oct. 27, is THE day to go to the Market at Pepper Place. Check out Better Block Birmingham, a new John Lytle Wilson mural and more

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Better Block Birmingham project in the works at Pepper Place. Photo submitted

The Market at Pepper Place is always happening on Saturdays, but this Saturday is a can’t miss. Come out Oct. 27, 2018, from 7 a.m. to noon, for the Market, some pre-Day of the Dead Festival fun and Birmingham’s first Better Block—a complete reimagining of the streetscape of 2nd Avenue South between 28th and 29th Streets. Did I mention the unveiling of the latest John Lytle Wilson mural and a brewery bike tour?

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Stink bugs in Birmingham: by any other name, they’d stink the same

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Stink bug. Photo via Pixabay

“Shield bugs” is one name, which describes the appearance, like an ornate piece of medieval armor. We call them “stink bugs” stateside, but perhaps the French named it best. “Punaise diabolique.” Devil bug! Whatever you call it, if you’ve got them in your Birmingham home, please don’t squash them. Your nose can thank us later.

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