How to have a tiny wedding in Birmingham

Mural pictures are a must if you’re celebrating your big day in Birmingham! Photo by Cathrine Taylor Photography

Planning a wedding during a pandemic? Not ideal, but also not impossible. With new risks to consider, many couples are opting for backyard nuptials and guest lists you can count on two hands. The wedding business has faced unimagined challenges, but one Birmingham-based company seems to be better equipped than the rest. Enter Tiny Weddings Bham.

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Hoover’s R&D sector is booming and it’s about to get bigger

Hoover’s growing fast and we’re trying to keep up. Photo via ProctorU

It’s no secret that the City of Hoover has an impressive R&D sector. Thanks to a new comprehensive plan, Hoover is ahead of the game to foster growth among research and development—and it’s about to ramp up even more. Keep reading to learn more.

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$100 million “Revive Alabama” grant fund announced for small businesses

The grant fund is controlled by the Alabama Dept. of Revenue. Photo via Governor Kay Ivey on Facebook

This week, Governor Kay Ivey announced a “Revive Alabama” grant program to support small businesses in Alabama that have been impacted by COVID-19. $100 million is up for grabs. Get all the details here.

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Shop new local + sustainable products from Freedom Soap Company

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How good are these new t-shirt designs? Find them + more at Freedom Soap Co. Photo by Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Birmingham based Freedom Soap Company is so much more than their name implies. They’re known for their all-natural soaps and skincare products, but now they are adding more sustainable and eco-friendly goods to their inventory.

Keep reading to get a sneak peek, plus find out how you can win a bunch of Freedom Soap goodies and donate to a local environmental organization at the same time.

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5 Birmingham artists to keep on your radar + what they’ve been up to in quarantine

Where have you been finding inspiration during quarantine? Photo provided by Micah McKenzie

Now it’s more important than ever to support local businesses and makers. While local artists would typically be showcasing their art at the Birmingham Art Crawl right about now, it’s postponement has led to new avenues for artists to share their work. We asked five local artists how they’ve been creating during quarantine. Here’s what they’ve been up to. 

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Celebrate Small Business Week in Birmingham with FREE events + more

Thinking of switching your gym to a local experience? Battle Republic will give you one hell of a workout. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now and taken in 2019 prior to COVID-19

Local businesses may be small in size, but they’re HUGE in entrepreneurial spirit. You know Bham Now *hearts* local biz and we’re here to celebrate National Small Business Week with you by pulling together the ultimate ways to show up and support.

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A trip down Alabama’s antique trail + 10 shops to check out around Birmingham

All of your antique + vintage dreams lie on the Alabama Antique Trail. Photo via Urban Suburban’s Facebook

Whether you’re looking for a great deal or an offbeat gem, antique shops are a treasure chest. With over 100 unique shops around the state, we’ve picked 10 in and around Birmingham that are worth a visit. Let’s take a trip down the Alabama Antique Trail, shall we? 

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Cinnaholic’s first Alabama location is almost here

The next time we can safely show up to the office with a box of these, you know we will be. Photo via Cinnaholic on Facebook

The pandemic might have pressed pause on Cinnaholic, Hoover’s newest sweet spot, but never fear. This vegan & gourmet cinnamon roll bakery will be here this summer! Get a sneak preview—and a sugar craving—right here.

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Staycation Guide: Boutique hotels in Birmingham + itineraries for each

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A staycation? Yes, please! Photo via The Tutwiler Hotel’s Facebook

From a global pandemic to important social movements, we could all use a break and change of scenery. Odds are most summer vacation plans have been altered. Luckily, Birmingham’s a great place to be for a staycation. Check out these boutique and other local hotels for some inspiration. I’ve even included a little itinerary for each location just for you.

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3 tasty recipes using a Birmingham classic you need to try now

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Classic seasoning, endless possibilities. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

Temperatures are rising here in Birmingham, and you know what that means. Even more than fireworks and the crunch of cold watermelon, there’s one sound that screams “southern summer” above anything else: grills firing up. We’ve got 3 unique recipes you NEED to try this summer, using a fresh take on America’s favorite marinade.

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Quarters no longer required. You can now pay for parking in Birmingham with an app

Birmingham’s new ParkMobile sign and decals on Richard Arrington Blvd. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Hooray!! There is no need to look under your car seats, scour through your glove compartment or floor board for loose coins to park in downtown Birmingham. 

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Sales on the rise for local retailers in the midst of COVID-19

Sales in Birmingham, and throughout the country, have been stellar in May and June. Photo via Outlet Shops of Grand River on Facebook

It’s no secret that consumer spending throughout the country has been down, on account of COVID-19. However, some retailers are reporting record sales numbers in May and June. We reached out to several local retailers to learn more.

Be sure to continue to support local businesses by checking out our local Business and Non-Profit guides. Add your business here and your non-profit here for free.

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McWane is back July 8—what you need know before you go

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Play the world’s largest guitar at McWane Science Center. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Break out the beakers science fans. McWane Science Center reopens its doors on Wednesday, July 8. From updated safety measures to cool exhibits, here’s what to expect when you visit. Buy tickets now and keep reading for a chance to win a family 4-pack of general admission tickets.

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7 fashion-forward people to follow in Birmingham

Want to brighten up your feed? Follow some of Birmingham’s most fashionable folks. Photo by Jett Walker Photography via @abasicshop on Instagram

Fashion is more than what you wear. It’s an energy, an expression and a small way to make a difference. It’s super inspiring to see people around Birmingham not only dressing how they want, but also supporting small and sustainable brands. If your Instagram feed could use a splash of color and a bit of inspiration, make sure you’re following these 7 fashion-forward folks in Birmingham.

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