Love shopping local in Birmingham? So does Carrie Rollwagen, author of “The Localist”

Carrie Rollwagen, author of "The Localist"
In addition to hosting a podcast and writing blogs, Carrie Rollwagen reviews books for Southern Living and BookPage. She is also Vice President of Strategic Planning for Infomedia. Photo via CarrieRollwagen.com.

If you’re reading this, hopefully, it’s because you love us, but also because you love Birmingham. You might love it so much you decided to exclusively support local businesses for an entire year as Carrie Rollwagen did.

In her book “The Localist”, along with her blog and podcast, Carries takes us through her journey with Birmingham small businesses and shows us what came out the other side.

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In business? You need to know Ryan Robinett’s Birmingham-based company Multiply.

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Ryan Robinett and a client working at Forge. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

No matter what business you’re in, sales is part of it. That’s why you need to know Ryan Robinett, Principal and Founder of Birmingham-based Multiply.

A firm believer that “good salespeople are built, not born,” Robinett helps companies do more than they ever thought possible with the sales teams they have. Check out Multiply, or keep reading to find out more.

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Amazon in Bessemer is hiring. Here’s how to apply!

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The official groundbreaking at the site of the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Bessemer. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Raise your hand if you love Amazon as much as I do! 🙋🏾 The online retail giant is set to open its $325 million fulfillment center in Bessemer this March. The best news—they’re hiring.

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It’s Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Here’s what you can do in Birmingham.

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January was officially declared Human Trafficking Awareness Month at a Birmingham City Council meeting. Photo via Junior League of Birmingham.

January is officially Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Birmingham. It’s not the only city to face this issue, but Birmingham does have some dedicated groups committed to stopping the crime in our city.

The Junior League of Birmingham Anti-Human Trafficking Committee is educating the public about this pressing issue, including the signs and best ways to respond if you see something suspicious. Plus, take a look at the free event JLB is hosting to help you prevent human trafficking.

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NEW OPENING! The Little London is coming to Homewood

I’ll take these chips over Lay’s any day. Photo via Little London Kitchen on Facebook

Popular Birmingham food truck Little London Kitchen serves up the best flavors and traditions from across the pond. They’ve gained dedicated fans all across the city since their opening, and they just announced their latest project—a new pub.

The Little London will open in Homewood later this year. Check it out!

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The Market at Pepper Place indoor farmers market opens this Saturday, Jan. 18. Here are some vendors you’ll see!

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Check out which of these yummy ingredients you’ll find at this Saturday’s market. Photo via peppperplace.com

Things are always a little darker and a little less healthy in Birmingham without the presence of the Pepper Place farmers’ market. Lucky for us, the indoor market is opening this Saturday, January 18 from 7AM to 12PM.

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5 openings + expansions coming to Homewood, including Neighborhood Nutrition

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If there’s a chance of meeting this little ball of fluff, I will see you there. Photo via @magiccity_bham on Instagram

Homewood continues to thrive! This popular area just south of Birmingham proper has been expanding for a while now, and it looks like they’re not slowing down anytime soon.

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People are raving about Helena’s newest seafood joint, Bywater Oyster Bar & Grill

Crawfish étouffée is one of my all-time favorite foods, and this one looks delicious. Photo via Bywater Oyster Bar on Facebook

Bywater Oyster Bar and Grill opened in Helena just a few weeks ago, but they already have over 40 rave reviews on Facebook. Central Alabama residents are FANS of the food at this new seafood restaurant. Find out why!

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I took 6AM classes at Orangetheory and it transformed my entire week. Here’s what I learned.

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I can confirm that the coaches will make you smile even when you’re doing squats. Photo via Orangetheory.

I didn’t even think my eyes were capable of opening before 6AM, but Orangetheory is all about pushing yourself. I can honestly say after a workout with Orangetheory, you will come to work in the best mood.

Since I did all the heavy lifting (literally) for you, take a look at what you can expect the first time you take a class. Also, find out how you can win big with Orangetheory’s three month Transformation Challenge.

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4 ways the BIG Partnership aims to improve your life and attract investors to Birmingham

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Big things are in store for our Magic City. Picture by Jon Eastwood for BhamNow.

The city of Birmingham has made major strides these past few years. There’s no denying that big things are coming to the Magic City!

Last year, Mayor Randall Woodfin introduced the city to the Birmingham Inclusive Growth (BIG) Partnership. This city-inspired, community-focused initiative aims to improve the quality of residents’ lives and produce tangible returns for investors.

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Birmingham vintage store, Manitou Supply, begins plans to rebrand its shop

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David Brown, Luciana Giovinazzo, owners of Manitou Supply. Photo by Kristina O’Quinn for Bham Now

Everyone is making moves in the new year, including one of our favorite vintage stores, Manitou Supply. At the end of the month, the store will close its Avondale location as they move forward with plans to refresh and rebrand.

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50+ places that opened in Birmingham during 2019. Plus, what’s opening in 2020

How gorgeous is this sunset over the Birmingham skyline. No wonder they call it the Magic City. Photo via @bobthebanker1977 on Instagram

Birmingham business is booming. Here’s a look back at some of the biggest Birmingham openings from 2019. Plus, look ahead at the most anticipated openings coming in 2020.

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9 things to do on a newcomer’s 2020 Birmingham bucket list

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Downtown Birmingham. Photo by Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

As a newcomer to the Magic City, I am constantly learning of all the amazing things the city has to offer. So, I’ve started a bucket list for 2020 of all the things I am eager to see and do in Birmingham. Here’s a look at what I hope to check off my list in the new year.

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