Electric vehicles are growing in Alabama—here’s what you need to know

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Mercedes Benz U.S. International is bringing electric vehicles to Alabama. Photo via Mercedes Benz U.S. International’s website

Electric vehicles are on the rise in Alabama—that’s great news for the economy and the environment. From new manufacturing plants to charging stations for your eco-friendly car, Alabama electric vehicles are helping us zoom into the future. Keep reading to learn more.

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History and helping with Birmingham icon, Dr. Jesse J. Lewis, Sr.

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Dr. Jesse J. Lewis through the years. Photo via Agency 54

Dr. Jesse J. Lewis, Sr. is a force to be reckoned with, as a World War II veteran, the first Black Alabama cabinet member, chairman of Agency 54, Birmingham Times Publisher Emeritus, and many more things. On February 25, Agency 54 hosted a “Conversation of Influence” with Dr. Jesse Lewis and Spire Energy’s Joe Hampton to discuss Lewis’s life, wisdom and new book, One Man’s Opinion: Together We Can Do This.

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5 men’s salons in Birmingham offering hot shaves, haircuts + more luxury services

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Find out where to get your perfect cut and other services in Birmingham. Photo via Unsplash

Finding the right salon for your perfect cut can quickly become a hairy situation, but these Birmingham men’s salons rank top among local reviewers. Comb through the services offered by local businesses and discover luxury level care, including facials, manicures and, of course, a great style.

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3 reasons why your small biz needs to know about Taylor Sales & Services

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In need of some soft serve equipment for your small business? Photo via Bham Now

Wish you could zap COVID-19 away? In need of a soft serve ice cream machine? Find out what these two things have to do with each other and why your small business needs to know about Taylor Sales & Services.

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Birmingham + Hoover area nationally ranked for positive small biz sentiments

It sure is nice to have these great local businesses in Bham. Photo via Bham Now

I’m sure you already know Birmingham loves small business—and it’s showing. The Census Bureau released their Small Business Pulse Survey and our Magic City ranked third nationally for strong, positive small business sentiment. Keep reading for the deets.

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6 years in the making—local business’ partnership with Ralph Lauren uplifts Birmingham

Alchemy, an upscale men’s store in Five Points South, recently partnered with Ralph Lauren after six years in the making. Photo via Ace Graham

We know Five Points South for its nightlife and award-winning restaurants. But when Ace Graham moved Alchemy to the neighborhood in 2018, it shook up the whole scene. The upscale men’s store’s most recent partnership with Ralph Lauren led me to learn more about the local business’ efforts to support Birmingham’s community and understand where our dollars really go when we buy local. (Spoiler: it’s good places!)

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Community and career building: see how people at Amazon’s BHM1 make a difference

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BHM1 employee Dawn Hoag volunteers with the Boy Scouts. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

One of the most satisfying things in life is helping others, and Dawn Hoag and Rob Street know all about that. They work at Amazon’s BHM1 facility in Bessemer and spend time off the clock engaged in community service. Keep reading to see how these two make a positive impact in the Birmingham area.

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New retail construction coming to Mountain Brook’s Lane Parke

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Photo of the new location of Sol Y Luna at Lane Parke. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Evson, Inc., the developer of Lane Parke, and Crawford Square Real Estate Advisors announced today the much anticipated construction of the second phase of the retail portion of the development.  The project will commence next month. 

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Stop stirring! Bham’s Spoon & Ladle is ceasing its wholesale operations

Spoon & Ladle will cease their operations this month. Photo via Spoon & Ladle

We’re sad to say goodbye to local, family-owned specialty food company, Spoon & Ladle. You may be familiar with them from The Pizitz Food Hall and as a vendor at the Market at Pepper Place. Keep reading to learn all the deets.

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15 books for Black History Month recommended by Birmingham bookstores

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Just one of the many excellent titles by Black authors available at Birmingham bookstores. Photo via The Little Professor

Black History Month is a great time to beef up your bookshelf with books by Black authors. Keep reading to see what Birmingham bookstores recommend you add to your reading list for Black History Month and beyond.

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