5 local businesses bringing beauty + skincare products to you

It’s called “me” time. Photo via The Creative Exchange on Unsplash.

Give your mental health and local shops a little boost by pampering yourself with beauty products from Birmingham businesses. Just because we’re under quarantine doesn’t mean you can’t feel good and come out of it with a major glow.

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Do you have the goods? Bartering is making a comeback in Birmingham

Toys for pets and kids seem to be some of the most in-demand items in Birmingham. Photo via Unsplash

While it used to be the foundation of most economies, bartering has become fairly outdated in recent decades, particularly in the states. With many incomes slowing down, the practice is gaining traction. Check out the details + learn how to barter in Bham.

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Going stir crazy? Here’s how to be productive + stay busy at home in Birmingham

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Ignite Cycle knows how to keep people moving—even during a quarantine situation. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

We know life is a little crazy right now, but that doesn’t mean you have to go stir crazy at home. Here are some activities to keep you busy and productive including virtual dance parties, live streams with local bands and free book delivery in Birmingham.

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JeffCO Department of Health orders retail and salons to close to combat COVID-19

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Kate Pollard, Salon Blonde. Photo by Patience Itson for Bham Now

In a stern message last night, Jefferson County Health Officer Mark Wilson  announced that he was amending his March 19th public health order to include the closing of non-essential retail stores, barbershops and hair salons by today at 5:00pm.

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4 soap shops where you can get your lather on in Birmingham

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Soap so pretty, it’s like art work. Photo via Buff City Soap’s Facebook page

With #washyourhands being the current anthem of the world, there’s a good chance you’re looking for some soaps that will treat your skin right. Well scrub on, Birmingham. Here are some local shops that create and sell awesome soaps.

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7 local jewelry + accessory designers bringing spunk to Birmingham

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Verra Studios is serving ALL the boho vibes of my dreams! Photo via Verra Studios Instagram.

I’m always looking for ways to jazz up my neutral tone outfits. What better way to do that than repping local gems to show off some personality. Here are 7 Birmingham-based accessory and jewelry designers to put on your radar.

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Discount Tire rolls into Birmingham—why this is good news.

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Discount Tire makes tire and wheel buying fun. Photo via Discount Tire’s Facebook page

Buying tires is one of those parts of adulting that just got easier on the wallet and a lot more fun. If you need new tires or wheels, you’re gonna want to know about Discount Tire’s first store in Birmingham. Keep reading for all the details.

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3 ways to shop Pantone’s 2020 color of the year right here in Birmingham

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La-Z-Boy’s ahead of the trend—Their iconic blue looks just like the color of the year! Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Got the winter blues, Birmingham? Make the most of it with Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year, Classic Blue. Here’s what to know about the color of the year, plus how to shop the trend locally in Birmingham.

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3 new openings coming to The Summit in 2020

Cheers to new business in Birmingham—and great Italian food! Photo via North Italia on Facebook

One of the most popular shopping destinations in the Southeast is expanding its impressive list of restaurants, retailers, entertainment and more. The Summit has announced three new openings coming in 2020—keep reading for the details!

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5 Bessemer businesses + 1 blues festival you need to check out now

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Who doesn’t want to eat at a restaurant with a giant stuffed animal hanging from the ceiling. Photo via The Seafood King – Bessemer’s Facebook page

When’s the last time you checked in on any Bessemer businesses? Last month we featured 8 new businesses in Bessemer. This time we thought we’d mix things up a bit with some longtime favorites, a new restaurant and a favorite music festival. Keep reading for all the details.

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Bama’s best shake + 6 more reasons to visit Irondale

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When was the last time you went to Hamburger Heaven in Irondale? Photo via Hamburger Heaven’s Facebook page

Even if you’ve never been to Irondale, you’ve definitely heard about places like The Golden Rule, The Irondale Cafe, and of course Ruffner Mountain. We’ve found seven new reasons to visit Irondale, including some fun upcoming events. Read on for all the details. 

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Local designers at Birmingham Home Show Feb. 14-16. Win tickets!

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A place for everything, and everything in its place. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

If your home is your castle, or you’d like it to be, you’re gonna want to head down to the Birmingham Home Show Feb. 14-16 at Legacy Arena at The BJCC. We’ve got the scoop on what to check out, including walk-in closets from Closets by Design Central Alabama. Keep reading to find out how you could win tickets.

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Parkside is buzzing—check out the latest updates, including a new Birmingham startup

Craft beer, delicious food trucks, cool startups, great outdoor space—a Birminghamian’s dream if I’ve ever seen it. Renderings via Orchestra Partners

Parkside has been on the up-and-up for a while now. Just take a drive through the area and you’ll see cranes, construction and growth on every corner. Catch up on the latest happenings. PLUS check out Birmingham’s latest tech startup, launching from Parkside.

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