Upswing brings retail back into Downtown Birmingham, including 5 local shops

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Upswing by REV Birmingham is in full swing! Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Downtown Birmingham is continuing to develop and the city is on the upswing! If you’ve driven past the corner of 2nd Ave North and 19th Street North, you’ve probably noticed a few shipping containers hanging out on the sidewalk.

That cute little corner is called Upswing and you’re going to want to check it out before it’s gone!

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New creative space open in Hoover—The Crafter’s House is perfect for girlfriends, kids and date night too

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Owner and Founder Shawn Hicks turned her passion for creating into her career. Photo via The Crafter’s House

We live in the Pinterest era. Everything from holiday decor to children’s birthday parties must be themed, homemade, and perfectly Instagrammable. However, how many of us really have space in our homes to store and create all of that? There’s a new business in Birmingham here to solve that problem.

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Birmingham City Council passes smoke-free Health District and Birmingham Promise

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UAB Hospital. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

The Birmingham City Council had a busy day on Tuesday passing  several initiatives, including the establishment of a smoke-free Health District and Birmingham Promise, an initiative which will create post-secondary opportunities and apprenticeships for Birmingham City School students.

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5 local hand-poured candle companies in Birmingham, PLUS their best autumn scents

Candles poured in Birmingham are being sold all over the country. Photo via @greatbearwaxco

It’s no secret that Birmingham, AL is home to some pretty outstanding artisans and small businesses. One type of good that’s booming in the Magic City? Hand-poured candles! Now that cooler weather has arrived, it’s time to get your living spaces smelling seasonal—here are 5 local candlemakers and their best autumn scents.

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From science to CFO—Birmingham native Russ Chambliss leads local business with Alabama EMBA education

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Russ Chambliss in the workshop at Precision Grinding, Inc. Photos by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Pursing a master’s degree is never an easy thing, and neither is going back to school after you’ve been out in the workforce. Birmingham native Russ Chambliss, a local executive and 2006 graduate of the Executive MBA Program at The University of Alabama, filled us in on why it’s worth it.

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Scaredy-cat’s guide to haunted houses: 5 B’ham area places for thrill seekers and the faint of heart

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Just your friendly neighborhood zombie saying hello. Photo from Fright Furnace website

I’m the kind of person that likes a good scare, especially this time of year. But, I’ll admit that I have my limits, including that I cant always deal with movies like The Conjuring and I tend to be a wimp in haunted houses.

For this reason, I always want to know, at least vaguely, what I’m getting myself into beforehand when it comes to a haunted house. Its also hard to pick the right attraction when there are so many in the Birmingham Area.

Well, never fear (or do fear), because Bham Now has the ultimate haunted house guide for you! Looking to take a walk through your own nightmares, or for something mild that you can bring the kids to?

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7 female bartenders you need to know in Birmingham

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These women kill it behind the bar at any time—but especially after 3PM. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

You know the places, and now you need to know the faces. Go behind the bar and get to know 7 of Birmingham’s most talented female bartenders. Find out where they’ve been, who inspires them and what to order the next time you go.

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New woman-owned independent bookstore to open in Crestwood Village

Owners Laura Cotten and Kristen Iskandrian in front of their store location. Photo via @thankyou_bham on Instagram

Attention all readers, book lovers, and small business supporters: Thank You Books is coming to Crestwood Village next month! This woman-owned independent bookstore will sell general-interest books for all ages, with an emphasis on literary fiction and poetry. Keep reading to get the scoop!

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Small Business Spotlight: 5 ways Vibestreet Studios is revolutionizing the Birmingham creative scene

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Vibestreet was created in 2015 by Micah Lewis, Joshua Echols and Jerrod Dukes. Photo by Lauren Moore for Bham Now

Micah Lewis, Founder of Vibestreet Studios, and Joshua Echols, Chief Financial Adviser, have been business partners since they were in middle school running a lawn cutting service together.

Now, these guys, together with Jerrod Dukes, Chief Operations Adviser, have created their own professional photography and podcast studio, clothing line and creative space called Vibestreet Studios.

Want to learn more about this up and coming business? Here are five ways Vibestreet is revolutionizing Birmingham’s creative scene:

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Sneak peek at The Sheraton Birmingham’s $30m renovation at The BJCC (PHOTOS)

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Guests gathering at the entrance to The Sheraton Birmingham. Photo by Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Did you know The Sheraton Birmingham at the BJCC is the largest full service hotel not only in Birmingham but the entire state of Alabama? It’s in the middle of a full-scale renovation, and we went inside to give you a sneak peek of both the construction and what it’ll look like when it’s done.

Why does this matter? Having a full service hotel that’s easy to get to and close to large venues like the BJCC makes a big difference when people who plan conventions and conferences across the country are deciding where to go.

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Co-working concept grows in Birmingham – here are 10 to choose from.

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Forge offers a friendly atmosphere where you can get work done. Photo via Forge.

Co-working spaces are a great resource for entrepreneurs and small businesses. A co-working space is like a cross between a coffee shop and a library, with a friendly, work-focused atmosphere. Here are 12 locations where you can experience co-working in Birmingham.

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Don’t miss! Birmingham women-owned business market on October 10 at The Theodore

Maynard Cooper & Gale FAB event. Photo via Maynard Cooper & Gale

Ready to support women-owned businesses in Birmingham?  Then mark your calendar for Thursday, Oct. 10th and head to this free, women-only event at The Theodore.  We’ve got all the details.

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Get 20% off at 400+ Birmingham favorites including The Woolworth and Woodhouse Day Spa

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The handy-dandy cards are available online or as a hard copy. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Happy October, Birmingham! The holiday season is quickly approaching, which means 3 things are at the forefront of everyone’s minds: (1) shopping, (2) saving for shopping, and (3) giving. The Junior League of Birmingham is here to help. Here’s how to Shop Save & Share at your favorite restaurants, gyms, spas and more.

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United Ability employs over 70 people with disabilities in Birmingham. Find out how they do it.

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The staff of United Ability’s Gone for Good. Abe Bernstein is in the blue shirt in the center. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Several years ago, Abe Bernstein and his wife toured United Ability. A few weeks afterward, he was asked to interview for the Director of Enterprises position, even though he was not looking for a job. After the interview, United Ability gave him the opportunity to join their team.

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