Birmingham biotech startups TriAltus Bioscience and AerBetic talk next steps after Alabama Launchpad win

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TriAltus Bioscience founders Dmitry Vassylyev (left) and Bob Shufflebarger at Innovation Depot. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

The Alabama Launchpad Startup Competition, a program of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (EDPA), puts serious cash into serious Alabama startups. Find out what innovations November’s winners, TriAltus Bioscience and AerBetic, two Birmingham-based biotech companies, are bringing our way. Plus, learn how you can apply for the 2019 Cycle 1 competition. (Hurry because the January 3 deadline is fast approaching.)

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Vulcan Materials Company fulfills over 60 children’s Christmas wish lists through The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program

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Vulcan employees drop off Angel gifts at the Birmingham Salvation Army. Photo submitted

The Salvation Army Angel Tree is a longtime Christmas tradition at Vulcan Materials Company in Birmingham. This year employees rallied to fulfill the wish lists of more than 60 local children. Bham Now has the details, and hang on for a special rendition of “The 12 Days of Christmas” at the end.

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Open letter explains Brät Brot closure in Lakeview. Proprietor asks patrons for feedback.

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We already miss the pretzels, beer cheese and brats at Brät Brot in Lakeview. Photo by Lauren Bedford for Bham Now

There’s no denying it. We’re crazy about Brät Brot, Birmingham’s first biergarten, which opened last April in Lakeview. So we were disheartened when Brät Brot closed unexpectedly last week, announcing tentative plans to reopen in spring 2019. Now, proprietor David Carrigan, has posted an open letter explaining the closure, and he’s asking patrons to give feedback.

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4 Birmingham shops offering wine, beer and liquor tastings leading up to Christmas and New Year’s Eve

Josh Terrell, owner of Classic Wine Company in Homewood. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

Holiday parties mean hostess gifts, and wine, beer and liquor are always welcome.  And if you can try before you buy? All the better because now your gift comes with a story. Check out these Birmingham shops offering wine, beer and liquor tastings in the days leading up to Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

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Original B’ham Apparel Co. is homegrown, family run and open at The Battery

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Jason Johnson, owner of Original B’ham Apparel Co. Photos by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

You’ve seen people sporting the trademark logo all over Birmingham. Now you can visit Original B’ham Apparel Co.’s flagship store, open just in time for Christmas shopping. Find it at The Battery in the historic BEBCO building on the corner of 2nd Ave. S. and 22nd St. (Bonus: you can grab a pint from Birmingham District Brewing Co. while you’re there.)

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Q&A: holiday poison safety with Ann Slattery of Children’s of Alabama Regional Poison Control Center

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What dangers are lurking in presents under the tree? Find out. Photos via Pixabay

Tis the season in Birmingham, and that means you should be aware of new poisons potentially entering your home. Ann Slattery, a clinical toxicologist and director of the Regional Poison Control Center at Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham, sat down with Bham Now to talk about keeping your family safe during the holidays.

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4 tenants opening in Five Points Lane in mid-2019, including Nighthawk: AM

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Henry Costa of Nighthawk: AM and Unplugged. Photo via Orchestra Partners

Here’s what to know about Nighthawk: AM, Unplugged, Bayleaf Authentic Indian Cuisine and Domestique Panache—all set to open in spring/summer 2019 in Orchestra Partners’ highly anticipated redevelopment of Five Points Lane in Birmingham.

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Birmingham native and novelist Daniel Wallace named 2019 Harper Lee Award Winner

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Daniel Wallace. Photo by Iman Woods

Author Daniel Wallace, born and raised in Birmingham, has reeled in a big fish—the 2019 Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer of the Year. He will receive the honor during the Awards Luncheon at the Alabama Writers Symposium in Monroeville, Alabama, on April 26, 2019.

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7 ways to entertain company in Birmingham over the holidays, including sushi burritos at Wasabi Juan’s

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Two Birmingham originals: Vulcan and Wasabi Juan’s LHM Sushi Burrito. Photo by Bham Now

When family and friends head to town for the holidays, you need a plan to entertain them. Bham Now created this guide with a little help from our friends the Toros, owners of Wasabi Juan’s in Birmingham, who often host family from Miami over the holidays. We even made a map for you at the end.

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Christmas Heritage Tour of Pioneer Homes in Bessemer in 29 photos

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McAdory House and original family items. Photos by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

Along Eastern Valley Road between Bessemer and McCalla, nestled among other houses and businesses, are three unassuming, authentic pioneer homes. Last Sunday, I drove out to see them during the Christmas Heritage Tour of Pioneer Homes, hosted annually by the West Jefferson County Historical Society. 

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10 things to know about the Jefferson County Library Cooperative, with executive director Tobin Cataldo

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Tobin Cataldo. Photo by Bham Now

This month, a new executive director, Tobin Cataldo, steps to the helm of the Jefferson County Library Cooperative. So what is the cooperative anyway, and how does it tie into your public municipal library? Bham Now has the scoop.

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Vulcan Materials Company “stockpiles” 4 tons of food for community organizations across Alabama and beyond

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Donations collected by Vulcan’s Tuscaloosa Quarry employees. Photo submitted

Looking for ways to get your workplace involved in giving back during the holidays? Take a cue from Vulcan Materials Company, headquartered in Birmingham, where giving back is ingrained in the corporate culture. 

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10 trend-setter gift ideas by Aviate, a Birmingham style original

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Take the guesswork out of gift giving with Aviate. Photo by Bham Now

Shopping local this holiday season? Here are our top 10 gifts from Aviate. This Birmingham-based, nationally loved apparel brand made baseball caps with 3-letter airport codes a wardrobe staple, but they’ve got a whole lot more to offer. 

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Mark’s Joint to open soon in original Urban Cookhouse location in Homewood

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Mark Snyder. Photo via Mark’s Joint’s Facebook page

Mark Snyder, who helped launch Urban Cookhouse in 2010, is launching his namesake restaurant in the former original Urban Cookhouse location at 2846 18th Street South in Homewood, Alabama. And it’s going to be more than just barbecue. Get the details here, and stay tuned for an opening date.

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Top 5 reasons you don’t want to miss Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s Home for the Holidays on December 7

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It’s a holiday spectacular brimming with the spirit of the season. Check out Bham Now’s five top reasons to get tickets to Home for the Holidays. The performance, which is part of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s Red Diamond SuperPOPS series, takes place Friday, December 7, at 7 p.m. at the Samford University Wright Center. Tickets range from $27 to $62.

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