New distillery to open in Lakeview District this summer

Street view of the Dread River Distillery set to open this summer on 7th Avenue. (Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now)
Street view of the Dread River Distillery set to open this summer on 7th Avenue. (Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now)

Calling all booze lovers! Lakeview will soon be home to a unique drinking establishment and distillery. The owners of Dread River Distilling Co. announced this week the distillery will be open for business on 7th avenue this summer. Plans are also in the works to add distillery tours, tasting lounge, VIP room and special events area.

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KultureCity of Birmingham ranks no. 4 on 2019 worldwide list of innovative companies

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Sensory bags by KultureCity help those with special needs cope with sensory overload. Photo via KultureCity’s Facebook page

Global business media outlet Fast Company has named Birmingham’s own KultureCity no. 4 on its 2019 list of world’s most innovative companies in the live events category. Why? It’s all about sensory inclusivity for children and adults with special needs.

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Alabama Launchpad competitors CerFlux and VentorLux win combined $150,000 in Selma

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Cycle 1 2019 Alabama Launchpad winners VentorLux and CerFlux with judges and audience members at Arts Revive in Selma. Photo by Bruce Nix

In front of a sold-out crowd in Selma on February 28, six Alabama startups made their best pitch. And the winner is (drumroll) our health. Check out what $100,000-winner VentorLux and $50,000-winner CerFlux, based in Birmingham, have in store for us.

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Take a sneak peek inside Iron City Grill’s menu makeover plus 5 new dishes from Chef Ian Barker

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Chef Ian Barker in his element. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Iron City is going through changes and introducing new flavors to the Iron City Grill menu, spearheaded by General Manager James Claborn and new Head Chef Ian Barker. Keep reading to find out what’s cooking at the Iron City Grill, and what new developments are on the horizon for the business as a whole.

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Orchestra Partners continue to revive downtown Birmingham, begin pre-sale for Mercantile on Morris condos in Loft District

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 Much like Orchestra Partners more established Founder's Station on 1st Ave., Mercantile on Morris will house both residential and commercial units.  (Photo By Wade Cline for Bham Now)
Much like Orchestra Partners more established Founder’s Station on 1st Ave., Mercantile on Morris will house both residential and commercial units. (Photo by Wade Cline for Bham Now)

Mercantile on Morris, another innovative mixed-use redevelopment by Birmingham’s Orchestra Partners, just hit the market on Morris Avenue this month. Among the many listings up for grabs are condos right at $200k—perfect for the young professional looking to move a little closer to the blossoming downtown area. You’ve got to hustle to snag one of these unique homes on Morris Avenue. They’re going fast (and we’re obsessed!)

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High tech pieces are a natural design evolution at La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries in Birmingham

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Screenshot from the Bham Now La-Z-Boy video

When Curt Morris, owner of La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries in Birmingham talks about multi-functional furniture, he lights up with pride when he describes La-Z-Boy’s storied history.

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EDPA takes sold out Launchpad finale to Selma Thursday, February 28 in hopes to expand Alabama startup talent pool

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Startup finalists get the chance to win big investments for their companies (Image courtesy of Alabama Launchpad’s Facebook)

Innovators from around the state are heading to Selma Thursday, February 28 to find out which Alabama startups will get a piece of the $150,000 pie up for grabs at the next Alabama Launchpad Competition. Find out why the EDPA chose to host the competition in Selma and where it’s headed next.

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Outdoor supply co-op REI coming to Summit in Birmingham

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REI is comin’ to Bama in 2019. They’ve got plans to open two stores. (REI)

Outdoor gear retailer REI announced today they’ll be opening a new store at the Summit in October 2019, bringing with it an estimated 50 jobs to Birmingham. The 20,000 square foot store will be the co-op’s second location in Alabama, following behind the Huntsville store opening September 2019. We’re so happy to have you, REI!

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Meet 2 women entrepreneurs “shaking up” Birmingham with Magic City Nutrition, opening spring 2019 at The Battery

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Birmingham, Alabama, Magic City Nutrition, Britni Liberton, Faith Hurtado
Magic City Nutrition founders Britni Liberton (left) and Faith Hurtado (right). Photo submitted

“We want to be the ‘Cheers’ of smoothie shops, where everyone knows everyone and always leaves happier (and healthier) than when they first arrived,” said Faith Hurtado, co-founder of Magic City Nutrition. Slated to open in April 2019, the shop is the latest to join The Battery, a retail development in Birmingham’s historic BEBCO building on 2nd Avenue South.

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Grand River Technology Park coming to Birmingham to have $85 million economic impact

Area map of Grand River Technology Park project in Leeds. Photo via State of Alabama

Big things are ahead for the cities of Birmingham and Leeds as plans were announced for the Grand River Technology Park project and relocation of the Southern Museum of Flight.

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Four things to know about the highly acclaimed computer science curriculum at The Altamont School

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Ryan James teaches the programming language Scratch to Iman Zuberi, Mason Coleman and Madeleine Beckwith. Photo courtesy of The Altamont School

Since The Altamont School’s computer science (CS) curriculum was introduced three years ago, there has been an explosion of interest and growth. Nearly a third of the school’s student body takes a CS class.

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Boulo Solutions, a Birmingham start-up, is connecting stay-at-home-moms with job opportunities

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Boulo Solutions founder Delphine Carter working from a coffee shop. Doesn’t this look like a divine workspace? (Photo via Boulo Instagram)

Birmingham based start up Boulo Solutions is helping local stay-at-home-moms get back to work. By offering a network to connect with part-time or contract work, the company gives these moms the ability to re-establish career goals while maintaining the ever important work/life balance. And they are KILLING IT, y’all!

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What to expect from Birmingham’s Alabama Coffee Fest Feb. 23 at Cahaba Brewing

You know where to find us on Saturday, February 23. Photo via Alabama Coffee Fest Facebook

Seven hours of coffee tasting, pastry eating, live music listening and latte art making? Count. Us. In. This Saturday, February 23, from 9AM to 4PM, the Alabama Multicultural Organization (AMOR) will be hosting the second annual Alabama Coffee Fest at Cahaba Brewing Company. Here’s what you can expect:

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Birmingham Camera wiz Matthew Niblett gives us a glimpse of what it’s like behind the lens capturing clients’ big day

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Matthew Niblett shows the crew at Bham Now how to *really* take a photograph. (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)

You might have already run into Matthew Niblett around town, barefoot at a summer wedding, camera in hand. If he was there working as a videographer, he was probably busy setting the scene, calming the nerves of a frazzled bride with a lame joke, or entertaining some groomsmen on their buddy’s big day. His big, easy going personality stands out when he’s got his camera in hand— you can’t miss him when he’s on the job.

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