Do you have the goods? Bartering is making a comeback in Birmingham

Toys for pets and kids seem to be some of the most in-demand items in Birmingham. Photo via Unsplash

While it used to be the foundation of most economies, bartering has become fairly outdated in recent decades, particularly in the states. With many incomes slowing down, the practice is gaining traction. Check out the details + learn how to barter in Bham.

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Birmingham nonprofit spotlight—here’s how you can help today

We make it through together! Photo via Mitchell’s Place

Our local nonprofits need our help, Birmingham. We’re making it easy. Check back once a week and see who we’re spotlighting—we’ll be adding more nonprofits as the COVID-19 response continues. Learn how you can be a part of important work serving our community.

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Acclaimed artist Merrilee Challiss builds Birmingham’s art scene

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Merrilee Challiss has left her mark all over Birmingham and continues to create within the city. Photo via Girls Inc. of Central Alabama.

In a time where it’s more important than ever to support local art, I wanted to highlight one of Birmingham’s coolest and most influential contemporary artists. Meet Merrilee Challiss, a local artist who’s brought her creativity to every part of the Magic City. 

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Help save local Birmingham theaters—here’s how

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Christmastime during A Year with Frog and Toad at Birmingham Children’s Theatre. Photo via Brooke Duke

The show must go on, even when it can’t. We know how much hard work and effort were put into local productions that are now postponed or canceled. However, the best way to ensure we get to see future shows is by giving back now.

Not only do these performances feature renowned and global actors, they also feature your children, coworkers, friends, family and Birmingham community. Bham Now is offering FREE promotion for local non-profits.   This information will be used to create useful guides on Bham Now.

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BeeSC is buzzing—check out their pollinator gardens + learn how to make your own

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The EcoScape at BSC is a 4-acre outdoor classroom with beneficial bug sculptures, fragrance gardens, and winding paths through a miniature Mobile Basin wetland. Photo via BSC

Wildflower season is my favorite season, and soon it’ll be in full swing. Birmingham-Southern College plays host to some fantastic pollinator gardens, and we’re taking a closer look. Bonus: learn how to make your own—it’s the perfect activity for social distancing!

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7 local jewelry + accessory designers bringing spunk to Birmingham

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Verra Studios is serving ALL the boho vibes of my dreams! Photo via Verra Studios Instagram.

I’m always looking for ways to jazz up my neutral tone outfits. What better way to do that than repping local gems to show off some personality. Here are 7 Birmingham-based accessory and jewelry designers to put on your radar.

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12 of the most Instagrammable places in Birmingham

One of our favorite Instagram icons—Electra in downtown Birmingham. Photo by @dyoungblood71 on Instagram.

We’re all about keepin’ a fresh feed on Insta, and Birmingham makes it so easy. With its stunning murals, award-winning restaurants and bars, historic landmarks and more, Birmingham is shaping up to be a pretty Instagrammable city. Here are 12 of the most Insta-worthy spots in the ‘Ham.

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The Alabama Symphony Orchestra is (almost) 100 years old! Here’s how you can celebrate with them

The Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s centennial season is coming up! Photo courtesy of ASO

The Alabama Symphony Orchestra just announced their 100th anniversary season! Here’s how they’re celebrating this impressive milestone—and how you can join. 

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Don’t miss ASO’s captivating performance of Mozart’s Requiem. 15% off with code MOZARTNOW

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ASO’s performance of Mozart’s Requiem is coming up March 6 & 7. Photo courtesy of ASO

The Alabama Symphony Orchestra is bringing to life the mystery, suspense and drama of Mozart’s Requiem on March 6 and 7. You don’t want to miss this one—get 15% off your tickets today with code MOZARTNOW. 

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Calling all Marvel fans. Wakanda is coming to the Birmingham Museum of Art on Friday, Feb. 7

Wakanda’s coming to Birmingham. Photo via Birmingham Museum of Art.

Black Panther is arguably my favorite Marvel movie although Iron Man will always have a special place in my heart (R.I.P). On February 7 from 5- 9 PM, you can take a trip to Wakanda during the Birmingham Museum of Art’s free Art After 5 event. We’ve got all the deets!

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Leap Year Art Bash, Birmingham’s most eccentric party, Feb. 29 at Sloss Docks

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Portraits by award-winning, Liesa Cole, at the Art Bash. Photo via Magic City Art Connection.

Let’s begin the decade by being a little extra or out of the box. Immerse yourself in a one-night-only party at Eccentricities: A Leap Year Art Bash on February 29, 2020 from 7 PM to 10 PM. This art-filled experience will encourage you to take that much-needed leap.

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