A look inside a local La-Z-Boy showroom—safety measures, 4th of July sales + more

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Upon entering the La-Z-Boy showroom, guests are reminded to stay socially distant. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

For many local businesses in Birmingham affected by COVID-19, these last few months have been rough. With forced closures and ample questions, many businesses have struggled mightily. And now, as some shops slowly reopen, things look a bit different.

We recently spoke to the folks at our local La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries to see what the shutdown was like and how reopening their showrooms has been. Read on to find out what they had to say, plus how to safely shop La-Z-Boy’s upcoming 4th of July Sale.

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Ferus Ales named to “Best Beer in Every State” list by national publication

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We love seeing our local businesses gain well-deserved recognition. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

The Daily Meal, a national food and drink publication, released its “Best Beer in Every State” list this June. Trussville’s own Ferus Ales made the cut for Alabama—get all the details here!

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Will 16th Street be renamed Black Lives Matter… here are mixed reactions.

Shirley Ferrill, owner of African Wear on 16th Street. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Shirley Ferrill, owner of Ferrill African Wear has an alternative to a Birmingham City Council  resolution (details –HERE) to rename 16th Street North to Black Lives Matter Boulevard

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RV rentals and sales soar due to wanderlust during a pandemic

I think van life is calling my name. Photo via Gearbox Rental’s Facebook

Remember those RVs your grandparents and their friends had? Well, they’re back but they’re nothing like your grandfather’s. Covid-19 has changed how families vacation and now RVs are the newest trend in travel. We’re talking solar fueled, wifi-enabled, sleek modern designed vehicles. Let’s take a look at where you can rent or buy one in Birmingham as well as some cool features you’d never expect.

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5 antique + consignment shops to visit in Birmingham

Shop small and sustainable at antique shops around Birmingham. Photo via Urban Suburban Antiques on Facebook

One of my favorite weekend activities is antiquing or thrifting. Spending hours rummaging through booths to find those hidden gems is so fun to me. Not only is shopping second hand sustainable, but you can also usually find a good bargain. Thankfully, Birmingham has tons of great antique spots and consignment shops—here are 5 to visit this weekend!

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It’s official—blueroot co. will open flagship location in Pepper Place this year

I’ll take 3, thanks. This gorgeous salad goes by “The Farmstand” and it’s a fan favorite. Photo via blueroot co.

We love seeing Birmingham business succeed, especially when it’s as healthy + delicious as blueroot co. This woman-owned eatery will open its flagship location in Pepper Place this year, and we can’t wait. Get all the deets right here!

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Support Birmingham literacy. Drink good beer. Here’s how

Bridge to Hope beer with Back Forty Beer Company Birmingham and I See Me, Inc.
Doug Brown, Back Forty Beer Company Birmingham, Devon Frazier, Founder, I See Me, Inc., Kamonte Kelly, Board Chair, I See Me, Inc. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

Beer and a good cause. Yesterday, Back Forty Birmingham teamed up with I See Me, Inc. to label, bottle and cap “Bridge to Hope,” a new small-batch beer that’s supporting a big mission in our community. I See Me, Inc. is a nonprofit that aims to stop the school-to-prison pipeline through literacy. Keep reading for all the details.

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Birmingham startups in the news—great jobs, networking + biz dev resources

Build UP is a nonprofit startup based in Ensley
Build UP is a nonprofit startup that’s on the move. Photo via Build UP’s Facebook page

If you’re wondering what’s been happening in Birmingham’s startup scene, the answer is…a lot! Keep reading to find out about one local startup featured in The Hustle, four startups focused on jobs, networking and training, two new business incubators and a local startup that’s democratizing storage space. 

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Your ultimate guide to Birmingham’s craft breweries (VIDEO)

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Our very own TrimTab was named one of America’s Top 10 Breweries of 2019—and that’s just the beginning. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

Every good local knows that Birmingham’s beer scene is the best around. I’ve lived all over the southeast, and I can personally confirm our Magic City’s craft breweries cannot be beaten. We put together the ultimate guide to Bham breweries—check it out.

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