Free financial workshop series for small business owners begins Aug. 7, hosted by the Market at Pepper Place and BBVA Compass. RSVP today!

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Caver’s Farm sells lady peas in July. Photo via the Market at Pepper Place on Instagram

The Market at Pepper Place is the place to buy local in Birmingham. Now it’s taking its support of Alabama farmers and makers one step further. In partnership with BBVA Compass, the market is offering a free financial workshop series to vendors and other small business owners. The series aims to help small businesses improve and grow, and it kicks off with an open house mixer on Aug. 7, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

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Sneak peek film screening this Thursday Aug. 2 on how to protect the Cahaba River. Find out why it needs your help now more than ever.

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The historic bridge over the pristine Little Cahaba River has been closed for 25 years. The proposed new road and bridge would introduce traffic and pollution. Photo submitted

This Thursday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m., the Cahaba River Society hosts a free documentary showing (it’s short!) and Q&A at Avondale Brewery in Birmingham. This sneak peek screening is intended to raise public awareness about the potential impact of a proposed Cahaba Beach Road and bridge project. Get educated, then let ALDOT hear your voice at the public meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 7. Keep reading to learn more, or visit savethecahaba.org.

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Penny-a-Page coupon only good Wednesday Aug. 1st at Alabama Books-A-Million stores. Get it here.

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Things are looking up for thrifty bookworms. In Alabama stores only, Wednesday, August 1, is Penny-A-Page day at Books-A-Million. Print your coupon, then get to your nearest Books-A-Million to pick up the next fiction or non-fiction book on your reading list for only $0.01 per page.

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Take a peek inside the newly remodeled Crestwood ALDI with 7 photos

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Crestwood ALDI. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

Today marked my maiden voyage to the remodeled Crestwood ALDI, which celebrated its grand reopening on July 18. First, I met a friend for lunch at IKKO in 5 Points. “Oh yeah, I went there yesterday,” she said when she found out where I was headed.” It was nice. It was like ALDI.”

Hence my theory that there are two types of people in this world.

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Luxury urban living with 25 must-have amenities at the Metropolitan in Lakeview

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It’s time to put the plans away and open the doors at the Metropolitan! Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

You’re looking for an apartment in Birmingham. You’ve seen umpteen places, and they all require you to compromise on something big, like a courtyard pool. It’s time to check out the big “M” (the Metropolitan, that is). Opening this September, it offers brand-spanking new luxury living in Lakeview, and it’s got everything on your list.

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Cahaba Brewing goes hyperlocal: 14 places to get the latest Proximity Series release

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Jimmy Witt of Witt Farms. Photo via REV Birmingham

When Cahaba Brewing premiered the first hyperlocal beer in its Proximity Series in June, it sold out in three hours. So long, strawberry blonde. I hardly knew ya. Hello, blackberry Dunkelweizen, the latest in the brewery’s collaboration with REV’s Urban Food ProjectContinue reading “Cahaba Brewing goes hyperlocal: 14 places to get the latest Proximity Series release”

5 high-demand Aviate products and how you can win them on Bham Now’s Instagram

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Summer days linger on, and our friends at Aviate want you to embrace every moment. Enter Aviate’s Endless Summer Giveaway by July 27 for a chance to win an awesome prize pack from your fave apparel brand, based right here Birmingham.  Find out more.

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Pedestrian bridge at Jemison Park Nature Trail will improve accessibility

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The steppingstone Shades Creek crossing at Jemison Park Nature Trail. Photo by Alex Robertson for Bham Now

Jemison Park Nature Trail is one of my favorite local spots. Just a hop, skip and jump away from central Birmingham, this greenway follows the waterways that meander through Mountain Brook. However, the steppingstone crossing at Shades Creek has long presented an accessibility challenge for some. Soon that will change.

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Top 8 reasons we’ll be at Art on the Rocks on July 27, presented by Dale’s Seasoning, at the Birmingham Museum of Art

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Paint a mural with acclaimed local artist Erin Mitchell at Art on the Rocks. Photo by Courtney Little, @fmlivenow, via erinleannworks.com

Pre-party at the Pizitz, cocktails at the museum and post-party at Moon Shine, Elyton Hotel’s rooftop bar. Art on the Rocks at the Birmingham Museum of Art makes for a super fun night, but here’s what really makes it rock. Get your tickets now for Friday, July 27, $25 for nonmembers and $15 for members.

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Local entrepreneur opens commissary kitchen space in historic building downtown to lower barrier of entry for culinary startups

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Haden Smith at The Annex. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

When you start a food-based business, accessing or outfitting a commercial kitchen can be a big hurdle and huge expense. No one knows that better than local Birmingham entrepreneur Haden Smith. This July he founded The Annex to provide commercial kitchen space for rent to startup culinary businesses in the Tillman Levenson Annex building downtown.

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Local family behind Wasabi Juan’s debuts food truck, feeds homeless community in Linn Park

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Wasabi Juan’s food truck on Serve Day, July 14. Photo by Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

The Toro family puts a lot of love into the food they serve at Wasabi Juan’s, and they treat their customers like family. On Saturday, July 14, they brought that love to Linn Park to feed the homeless residents of downtown Birmingham.

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10 sports analytics insights from ESPN’s Ben Alamar at Sloss Sport 2018

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ESPN’s Ben Alamar speaks at Sloss Sport 2018. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

How does big data change the way we watch, play, coach and work in sports? Ben Alamar, ESPN director of sports analytics, addressed that question Thursday during  his keynote speech at Sloss Sport 2018, hosted by Knight Eady at Regions Field on Thursday. Part of Birmingham Innovation Week, the inaugural conference welcomed 200 attendees from across the Southeast.

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10 facts about Back Forty Birmingham, including how the sausage is made

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Doug Brown, CEO and owner-operator of Back Forty Birmingham, with Jason Wilson, founder. Photo by Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Back Forty Birmingham, the first satellite brewery of Back Forty in Gadsden, welcomed friends and family to its Sloss Docks location for an opening celebration on Saturday, July 7. The brew pub is now officially open to the public, and Bham Now’s got the lowdown.

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