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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Birmingham wins top Sister Cities International award for 4th time in 8 years

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Cultural exchange visit to Israel. Photo via Birmingham Sister Cities

Sister Cities International has named the Birmingham chapter best overall in 2018 for a city of its size. It’s the fourth time in eight years Birmingham has earned the organization’s top award. What’s the secret sauce that makes Birmingham Sister Cities so special?  Continue reading “Birmingham wins top Sister Cities International award for 4th time in 8 years”

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

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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

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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

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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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