3 ways to join the effort to save Homewood’s historic pink house and secret garden

Birmingham, Alabam, pink house and secret garden in Homewood
Eleanor Bridges (1899-1987). Photo via Homewood AL Historic Preservation Society’s Facebook page

“The last time I saw Mrs. Bridges, we were sitting in her garden. She put her hand on my knee, and she said, ‘I want you to be the one to write the history of my house.’ And I don’t want that story to end in ‘We razed it,'” Martha Jones said.

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Forged in fire: honoring the late Judge Helen Shores Lee

Birmingham, Alabama,Forged in fire: Honoring the late Judge Helen Shores Lee
Helen Shores Lee. Photo via Samford University Alumni Association

The symbol of Birmingham is a figure made of iron and forged in fire. The same epithet applies to the late Helen Shores Lee. The daughter of prominent civil rights attorney Arthur Shores, Lee became the first African-American woman to serve as judge on the Jefferson County Circuit Court. She passed away on July 2, 2018. She was 77.

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14 places to charge your electric vehicle in Birmingham, including UAB and Uptown

Birmingham, Alabama, Guide to Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
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Own an electric vehicle (EV), or considering purchasing one? A growing number of electric vehicle charging stations across Birmingham make it more practical than ever to go electric. Here’s where you can charge your ride in the Magic City.

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5 chef demos at the Market at Pepper Place, including FoodBar’s George McMillan

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Birmingham, Alabama, the Market at Pepper Place chef demonstrations
Chef George McMillan via Foodbar’s website

Love in-season, local produce, but looking for creative ways to use it? Come to the Market at Pepper Place on Saturdays to learn from the best in Birmingham. Chef demonstrations begin at 9 a.m. on 29th Street.

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4 must-attend events at Birmingham Innovation Week July 9 to 13, including Sloss Sport

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Fledging, a student-led startup by Weida Tan (above) and Steven Robbins, is the second business to progress from the UAB Commercialization Accelerator to Innovation Depot. Photo submitted

Bham Now continues its coverage of Birmingham Innovation Week, beginning with a kickoff party on July 9 presented by Red Diamond Coffee & Tea. Next up to the plate: UAB wants to hear your business pitch, Southern Research supports STEM education in local schools, and Knight Eady talks technology and opportunity in the sports industry.

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10 meat and three restaurants we love in Birmingham, including Johnny’s, Eagle’s and the Paw Paw Patch

Birmingham, Alabama, Meat and Three Guide
Photo via Johnny’s Restaurant’s Instagram page

Collard greens cooked into submission, mounds of mashed potatoes with gravy lakes and trays of crispy fried chicken. What? A James Beard Foundation semifinalist too? If you haven’t tried these meat and three restaurants in Birmingham, then get to it.

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4 things to know about Pathway Healthcare’s headquarters move from Dallas to St. Vincent’s East in Birmingham

Pathway Healthcare CEO Scott Olson (photo by author)

Birmingham City Mayor Randall Woodfin spoke to a full house about the opioid crisis on Monday. The occasion? The grand opening of Pathway Healthcare’s new clinic and corporate headquarters, moving from Dallas to St. Vincent’s East. Bham Now sat down with Scott Olson, CEO of Pathway Healthcare, to find out what it means for Birmingham and Trussville.

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5 highlights from the Original Makers Festival at the Birmingham Museum of Art, including Hot Tag restaurant pop-up

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The Cedric Burnside Project warms up. (Photo by author for Bham Now)

Did you catch the Original Makers Festival at the Birmingham Museum of Art this past weekend? Good news, Bham Now was there to capture the best moments—PLUS you can catch the exhibit through December.

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Could rapid transit solve Highway 280 traffic woes? Mayor of Hoover says yes.

Birmingham, Hoover, Alabama, Highway 280 mass rapid system
Video still via Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham on Facebook

When I first moved to Birmingham from Georgia, the hit “Move” by Ludacris was big. The lyrics are about Atlanta traffic on Interstate 20, but I soon learned the tune is perfectly appropriate for Highway 280 in the Greater Birmingham area. Hoover mayor Frank Brocato wants to change that, and he thinks a rapid transit system is the answer.

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Tiny before tiny houses were cool: 8 secrets of the 1920s-30s Cliff Court Cottages in Highland Park

Birmingham, Alabama, Cliff Court Cottages, tiny houses
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Tiny houses—are they in, are they out? When something is a classic, trends don’t matter. Tucked away in Birmingham’s historic Highland Park neighborhood, Cliff Court Cottages fit that bill. They’re tiny but not too tiny, and forever in demand.

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What is Birmingham Innovation Week? Get plugged into our city’s tech and startup ecosystem with 15 heavy-hitting events, July 9 to 13

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Birmingham is a city with a lot of passion, momentum and resources behind tech, startups and workforce development. But how do you get plugged in? Come to Birmingham Innovation Week, July 9 to 13, 2018. Register for events and sign up for updates today. Read on to learn about three major events, imerge 2018, Sloss Tech and Birmingham’s Smart Cities Initiative, PLUS this year’s lead organizer, Innovate Birmingham.

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12 Birmingham restaurants and bars shared their bestselling cocktails. Try these drinks at Atomic Lounge, Fero, Ovenbird and more

Birmingham, Alabama, Bestselling Cocktails
Buttercup Punch, $10. Photo courtesy of Fero.

Birmingham’s restaurant and bar scene serves up quality, finely crafted and award-winning cocktails. Can’t decide what to order? Start with one of these bestselling cocktails.

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Brooklyn’s loss is Birmingham’s gain. Check out LeNell’s Beverage Boutique grand opening in Norwood this Saturday, June 9!

Birmingham, Alabama, LeNell’s Beverage Boutique
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From 2003 to 2009, Alabama native LeNell Camacho Santa Ana was the toast of New York City’s spirits and liquor scene. Whisky Magazine selected her liquor shop in Red Hook, Brooklyn, as America’s whiskey retailer of the year (single outlet category) for three consecutive years. This Saturday, June 9, 2018, she opens LeNell’s Beverage Boutique with fanfare (and wine, bourbon and vodka tastings!) in Birmingham’s historic Norwood neighborhood.

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