FedEx Ground’s upcoming $40.6M facility will bring 285 new jobs to Birmingham

Say hello to a faster delivery from FedEx Ground. Photo via FedEx on Facebook

The City of Bessemer, the City of Birmingham and Jefferson County have been collaborating on one of the largest economic development projects this year in the Birmingham region. A new $40.6 million FedEx Ground facility is set to open in June 2021, bringing 285 new full- and part-time jobs to the area. Learn more.

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What’s up with outdoor dining in Birmingham + local spots moving seats to the streets

Outdoor dining for the win. Photo by Chaise Sanders for Bham Now

As local businesses and restaurants continue to open and offer different dining options, we’re taking a look at outdoor dining trends. With Birmingham’s new ordinance and more people opting to eat on-site, let’s take a look at what some restaurants are doing.

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Jubilee Joe’s Cajun Seafood Restaurant moving to new development in Hoover

The Shoppes at Highway 150 Crossings will be the new home for Jubilee Joe’s. Rendering via Jubilee Joe’s

Local seafood restaurant Jubilee Joe’s is gearing up for their move to a new development, The Shoppes at Highway 150 Crossings, in Hoover. Here’s what we know.

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10 Birmingham animal organizations awarded $55,000 by Remy Fund

Never too many hugs for our furry friends. Photo via Shelby Humane on Facebook

In honor of its 10th anniversary, the Remy Fund for Pets and Animal Services is awarding $55,000 in grants to 10 local animal organizations. Keep reading for more details including how to support these nonprofits doing amazing work in Birmingham.

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New “Shared Space Permit” allows restaurants to expand services to sidewalk due to COVID-19

Restaurants are now able to expand their service beyond their walls. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

On Tuesday, August 11, the Birmingham City Council voted to approve a “Shared Spaces Permit” ordinance that will allow restaurants to expand their seating to sidewalks and parking spaces in order to comply with social distancing requirements.

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A national report ranked Birmingham-Hoover women entrepreneurs’ earnings # 2 in the country: challenges + how UAB can help

Women entrepreneurs in Birmingham-Hoover have the second highest earnings in the country
Boss women. Photo via Unsplash

Back in June, Volusion, an Austin, Texas-based company helping people sell online since 1999, published “Cities with the Most Successful Female Entrepreneurs.” Birmingham-Hoover ranked #2 among large metros with the most successful women entrepreneurs. We talked to Patrick J. Murphy, Director of the Entrepreneurship Program in the Collat School of Business at the University of Alabama at Birmingham to learn more. 

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Small biz spotlight: Q&A with Orchard House, Birmingham’s first women-focused co-working collective

The Practice Works space is perfect for productivity and staying socially distant. Photo via Orchard House on Instagram

Birmingham’s first women-focused co-working collective is here. Orchard House Beta kicks off at Practice Works this September. Find out more about how Orchard House originated and how to join today.

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Bessemer’s Urban Market Discount Foods is bringing fresh affordable goods to the food desert now [PHOTOS]

Urban Market Discount Foods owner Mara Allen
Owner Mara Allen in front of the Alabama-grown produce at Urban Market Discount Foods. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

Bessemer’s Jonesboro community is a federally-designated food desert. Located just Southwest of downtown Bessemer, this low-income area hasn’t had ready access to fresh, affordable food…until now. Keep reading for the scoop on Urban Market Discount Foods and how they’re changing access to healthy food in the area.

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Small biz spotlight: Local Source Market & Grocery is now open in 5 Points South [PHOTOS]

Justin Petruff is one of the owners of Local Source Market & Grocery
Justin Petruff of Local Source Market & Grocery + Near to Me CBD. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

My family and I checked out Local Source Market & Grocery in 5 Points South yesterday and we liked what we saw: loads of fresh, local Alabama produce, frozen grass-fed meats from Sylacauga and goods from Alabama makers all for sale in a warm and inviting space.

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A look at the sneaker trend + 7 local spots to get a dope pair

We’re taking a look at where to get a local pair of kicks. Photo via Official Hibbett Sports Fanpage’s Facebook

Calling all sneakerheads! Yeezys, Jordans, Converse—you name it. Sneaker culture is nothing new but we figured it deserved a spotlight. Let’s look at the latest trends, culture and where to get a unique pair of sneakers around Birmingham.

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4 businesses coming to Brook Highland including Miami Fusion Cafe

Birmingham, Miami Fusion Cafe, Brook Highland, Highway 280
Miami Fusion Cafe’s brand is “island food.” Photo by Anne Holmes for Bham Now

Highway 280 may be known for its traffic, but it also leads to a pretty cool area of town—Brook Highland (or unincorporated Shelby County for the uninitiated). Here are four businesses opening in the area.

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Wink by B Lash Studio + 3 reasons to love the Shops at the Colonnade

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The beautiful clocktower at the Shops at the Colonnade. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

There’s a new beauty shop in town! Wink by B Lash Studio, a beauty service that specializes in eyelashes, just opened their new location off 280. Learn more about Wink by B and the other offerings at the Shops at the Colonnade.

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