Sprint to these 7 local stores for your next pair of running shoes

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Check out some of the great Birmingham stores selling your next pair of running shoes. Photo via The Trak Shak’s Facebook

Trainers, tennis (or “tenny”) shoes, dogs, or whatever else you call running shoes, are in hot demand right now. Not only are they an essential part of a good exercise routine, but running shoes have also become a hot fashion statement. Keep reading to see where you can get your next pair.

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Bessemer Train Depot to get major redevelopment. Here’s how

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The Bessemer Train Depot in downtown Bessemer. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

The Bessemer area has exploded with new jobs and opportunities in the past couple years. One part that is now catching up with the times is the Bessemer Train Depot, now that it has been purchased by Brian Giattina, Blox CFO and founder of Bessemer Redevelopment Corps. Keep reading to see the past, present and future of this Bessemer icon.

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7 women and nonbinary bartenders you need to know in Birmingham

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Ayon Jackson at Queen’s Park creating New Life, Who Dis? with Campesino Rum. Photo via Riley Campbell for Bham Now

Birmingham bartenders are a staple of local life. In honor of Women’s History Month, Campesino Rum is celebrating the diversity of local bartenders with 7 must-know mixologists. See what they have to say about bartending, working in a primarily male industry and their favorite Campesino cocktails, in no particular order.

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Get the latest on Birmingham’s upcoming Urban Supply development

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The future of Parkside in downtown Birmingham. Rendering via Urban Supply

Urban Supply is changing the face of Parkside in Birmingham, bringing 100,000 square feet of retail, office and fitness spaces as well as restaurants and bars to the area. See what’s there, what’s happening and what’s coming to the coming-soon development that just broke ground.

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15 books for Black History Month recommended by Birmingham bookstores

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Just one of the many excellent titles by Black authors available at Birmingham bookstores. Photo via The Little Professor

Black History Month is a great time to beef up your bookshelf with books by Black authors. Keep reading to see what Birmingham bookstores recommend you add to your reading list for Black History Month and beyond.

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9 places to find the best chocolate this Valentine’s Day

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Chocolate lovers, now is your time to shine. Photo via Sky Bear Confections’ Facebook

Psst. In case anyone hasn’t told you yet, Valentine’s Day is this Sunday. If you still haven’t made plans, run don’t walk to these delicious Birmingham-area chocolatiers to get something sweet for your sweetheart.

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Why Vogue just named this Mountain Brook shop a ‘Must-Visit’. [PHOTOS]

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Maison founder and owner Pam Evans (right) with “Maison’s hype-girl” Shelby Dooley. Photo via Claire Hancock for Bham Now

Small and stunningly curated, Maison is something of a hidden gem, nestled among the design stores in Mountain Brook Village. But that could change soon following a recent mention by Vogue, which featured it as one of 17 Southern small retail businesses to support.

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Did you know these 7 local businesses give back with each purchase you make?

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Royal Cup is partnered with an organization to provide clean water across the globe. Photo via Royal Cup on Facebook

As the season of giving approaches, it’s easy to become overwhelmed trying to determine how and where to donate money. One of the easiest places to start is by simply switching your shopping habits so your dollars make a direct impact. Whether it’s by donating funds from each purchase or having an overarching mission statement to give back, these Birmingham businesses are fueling good into the world.

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Itching to *go* to work again? Check out this coworking space’s upgrades—Forge thought of everything [PHOTOS]

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Bham Now’s own Wade Cline taking a rare break from movin’ + shakin’ while working at Forge. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

If the luster of working from home has worn off, you need to know about all the upgrades Forge, the cool coworking space just above The Pizitz Food Hall downtown, has made to keep everybody safe. Want to see for yourself? Book a tour today.

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Small biz spotlight: Q&A with Orchard House, Birmingham’s first women-focused co-working collective

The Practice Works space is perfect for productivity and staying socially distant. Photo via Orchard House on Instagram

Birmingham’s first women-focused co-working collective is here. Orchard House Beta kicks off at Practice Works this September. Find out more about how Orchard House originated and how to join today.

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Small biz spotlight: Local Source Market & Grocery is now open in 5 Points South [PHOTOS]

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Justin Petruff of Local Source Market & Grocery + Near to Me CBD. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

My family and I checked out Local Source Market & Grocery in 5 Points South yesterday and we liked what we saw: loads of fresh, local Alabama produce, frozen grass-fed meats from Sylacauga and goods from Alabama makers all for sale in a warm and inviting space.

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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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