Get a taste and tour of the new Dread River Distilling Co. this Memorial Day opening in Southside this July

Dread River Distilling Co.—so far the largest distillery in Alabama—is set to open early July 2019 in Birmingham’s Lakeview District. But don’t wait to see what the all the hype is about! Taste spirits and tour their new 24,000 square-foot manufacturing facility, tasting room and event space this month at their open house this Memorial Day, 5/27/19.

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Dary Goodrich, Chocolate Products Manager at Equal Exchange, on fair trade and their new 92% Total Eclipse Bar

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Staff from Equal Exchange and TCHO Chocolate visiting with members of Pucacaca community of the Acopagro Cooperative in Peru. Photo by Equal Exchange

Think about what’s in your pantry right now. Any coffee? Tea? Chocolate? Do you know where it came from? And I don’t mean which Birmingham grocery store. How was it made? Who’s hands touched it before yours? How much time was spent growing, cultivating and preparing that singular product for you to enjoy? And what benefits did the farmer whose energy, time and hard work went into making it get?

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PHOTOS: Birmingham native, Roy Wood Jr. back home for filming of new Comedy Central pilot downtown

Views from 16th St and 3rd Ave N at the Etheridge Senior Car Wash for filming of Comedy Central pilot, “Jefferson County Probation.” Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Crews are set up in Downtown Birmingham for the start of filming for a new Comedy Central pilot, “Jefferson County Probation” starring Roy Wood Jr., Birmingham native and Daily Show frequent. See photos on location and find out more about the show here.

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Career pivot: Unlikely apprentice gets into clean water business with new paid Jefferson County program

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Meet Brenda White, former retail worker and current apprentice at Jefferson County’s Environmental Services Department. Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now
Meet Brenda White, former retail worker and current apprentice at Jefferson County’s Environmental Services Department. Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now

The Jefferson County Environmental Services Department is in major need of new people to run the county’s nine water reclamation facilities—a.k.a. the place your dirty household water comes in and clean water goes out. Find out how an apprenticeship program is preparing people like 43-year-old single mom Brenda White for a future in the county department.

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Boutique hotel, mixed-use development coming to Parkside

The swanky 140-room boutique hotel will be located at 1600 1st Avenue in Parkside. Photo submitted
The swanky 140-room boutique hotel will be located at 1600 1st Avenue in Parkside. Photo submitted

New plans are in the works to bring another mixed-use property to Birmingham’s Parkside district. Developers announced this week their plans to build a 140-room boutique hotel, residential units, an entertainment venue as well as retail and studio space. Here’s a sneak peek into the plans for Parkside’s latest swanky development.

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Need the perfect gift idea? Here are 6 curated gift sets for anyone on your list from Birmingham based Freedom Soap Co.

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Freedom Soap Co.’s new shaving set is the perfect gift for Father’s Day. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Looking for the perfect gift for a college grad, bridesmaid or for Father’s Day?  We got ya covered with some help from Birmingham based Freedom Soap Co.  Give all natural, eco friendly, locally made and thoughtfully curated Freedom Soap gift sets.

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PHOTOS: Red Mountain Theatre Company to develop $25 million Arts Campus in Birmingham’s Parkside District by summer of 2021

A rendering of the exterior of the new Red Mountain Theatre Company Arts Campus coming 2021. Photo Submitted

Yesterday, the Red Mountain Theatre Company (RMTC) announced plans to develop a $25 million Arts Campus in the heart of Birmingham’s Parkside District. Dubbed their “2nd Act”, the theatre company anticipates relocating by the summer of 2021. See photos of where the campus will be, plus renderings of the new project.

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Popular Los Amigos Mexican Restaurant moving to Lakeview District, while Piggly Wiggly expands

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Los Amigos on Clairmont Avenue is moving to the Lakeview Entertainment District. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Los Amigos, the popular and beloved family Mexican Restaurant on Clairmont Avenue is moving  to the Historic Lakeview Entertainment District, confirms Bham Now.

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3 things I learned at Innovate Birmingham’s Demo Day 2019

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First up are a few ThinkData Analytics candidates presenting their data on workers’ commutes in and out of Birmingham. Photo submitted

I’ve known about Innovate Birmingham for a few months, and have been so impressed with the work they’re doing to educate and establish IT talent in the Birmingham community. I’ve met some of the crew, toured their office at Innovation Depot, and also written about them a few times. But until attending Demo Day last week, I don’t think I truly understood the impact they are making every single day in the lives of not only their candidates but also the Birmingham tech scene as a whole.

Here are 3 things I learned at Innovate Birmingham’s Demo Day plus how you can get involved:

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Peek into this Birmingham Mom’s designer closet. 11 details that make it super special.

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This designer closet doubles as a retreat. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Ever wanted to peek into someone else’s closet to see how they organize all their stuff?  Bham Now did it! See what makes this Birmingham Mom’s custom closet work like magic.

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8 things to know about Soho Retro furniture shop in Homewood

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Soho Retro in Homewood is a mid-century modern lover's dream.
Looking into Soho Retro in Homewood. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

If you’re a fan of mid-century modern style, you’ve got to head over to Soho Retro. It’s right next to Holler & Dash on 18th Street in Homewood. Steve Thomas, the shop’s proprietor, has curated a treasure-trove of furniture and art that you’re going to love.

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A first look at the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Bessemer (photos & videos)

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Bessemer Mayor Kenneth Gulley with Bo Jackson at the Amazon Fulfillment Center site. Phot by Jacob Blankenship

Today, Bham Now, members of the Birmingham media and local dignitaries, that included Bessemer native and sports legend Bo Jackson,  took a tour of the Amazon Fulfillment Center construction site in Bessemer.

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Good People Brewing just made a national “best beer can design ever” list. What is your Birmingham favorite?

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The Manual has named Good People Brewing one of its top beer cans. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

The popular digital publication for men, The Manual has named Good People Brewing’s can designs, as one of their 11 best beer can designs ever.

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Need a coffee table book? B-Metro’s publisher Joe O’Donnell is branching into the custom book biz

Joe O'Donnell is the publisher of B-Metro Magazine and head of Fergus Media.
Joe O’Donnell of Fergus Media. Photo supplied

Joe O’Donnell knows the power of a good coffee table book. The rich weave of stories and lush photographs. The slower pacing. The invitation to sit and savor for a while. For 10 years, he’s been at the helm of Fergus Media, which publishes B-Metro | The Magazine of Metro Birmingham Living and BhmBiz | Metro Birmingham Business.

Now, Fergus Media has tapped the coffee table magic to produce a gorgeous 200-page history called Woven Together: The Story of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.

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