9 Little Free Pantries + other “take what you need/leave what you can” spots for food and more

You can find Little Free Pantries all across Birmingham, including this one at Trinity United Methodist Church. Photo via Jacob Blakenship for Bham Now

It’s not hard to spot a Little Lending Library around your neighborhood, but have you ever seen the Little Free Pantries throughout Birmingham? They operate the same way, except instead of books they’re filled with food and other essential items for individuals in need. See where you can find one and other options if you’re facing food insecurity.

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5 spots serving up mouth-watering banana bread in Birmingham

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Breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert—banana bread is always a good idea. Photo via Unsplash

Banana bread-making was one of the most popular quarantine pastimes, and at one point last May, it was even the most-searched-for recipe across the US. Although the trend seems to have died down, we’re happy to report the buttery bread is still just as tasty—especially the banana bread treats from these local shops. And what better day to celebrate than today, on National Banana Bread Day?

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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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Hit Birmingham’s cupcake trail for the ultimate 4PM sugar rush

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Sweetz in Trussville is ready for your afternoon sugar rush. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

The taste, decorative appearance and fun size. Not to mention that generous dollop of sweet frosting. Cupcakes have the IT factor. To satisfy that 4PM slump, hit the Birmingham cupcake trail for the ultimate sugar rush. It’s worth every bite.

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Spruce up your space for spring with help from 6 local interior design + decor shops

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When in doubt, make it symmetrical. Photo via Henhouse Antiques on Facebook

Got the itch to spruce up your space? With spring just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to breathe new life into your home with updated furnishings. From mid-century modern finds to antique accents, these six local interior design and decor shops have some of the most inspiring selections around.

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Sip, sip, hooray! 5 of the coolest wine bars to check out in Birmingham

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Classic Wine Co. is a Birmingham classic. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

There are obvious circle-worthy holidays on the calendar: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. But, only a few days deserve a double circle. February, 18th—AKA National Wine Day—is one of them. If you also feel the irresistible urge to celebrate, this guide is for you. Here are five of the coolest wine bars in Birmingham to check out.

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9 Birmingham running trails to put a little spring in your step

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This grey weather has me dreaming of running trails and days that look like a Billy Collins poem. Photo by Claire Hancock for Bham Now

While we stay inside and watch the snow tumble down today, I doubt I’m the only one dreaming of running through the woods on a sunny spring day. So to warm up (if only in my head), here are nine of Birmingham’s best running trails for spring.

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11 local farmers markets in Birmingham open now for tasty winter meal inspiration

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Can’t wait to see what April showers bring to the harvest at Birdsong. Photo via Birdsong Farmers Market’s Facebook

With the warm days from last week, it certainly felt like spring already. This weekend is proving that winter is not over yet 🥶. While we may be dreaming of the fresh food that spring brings, winter is not a dead season. Keep reading to see what farm fresh foods are in season as well as where to find these eleven farms and farmers markets in Birmingham.

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9 local spots to get wine + charcuterie for your Galentine’s celebrations in Birmingham

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It’s *almost* too beautiful to eat. Photo via Petal & Platter

You may not be able to gather with your gals this Galentine’s Day, but that doesn’t mean the festivities are off. A good bottle of wine and a carefully crafted charcuterie board are a must for the occasion, no matter how you’re celebrating. Here are 9 local spots to get yours.

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5 COVID-safe ideas for a swoon-worthy Valentine’s Day Weekend in Birmingham

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Cheers to rosé specials, good friends and a Friday night of fun. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now/Taken before COVID-19

It’s valentine’s Day Weekend, and if you’re wondering what you can do to celebrate while staying COVID-safe, we have a few ideas for you. Are you ready? Here goes.

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Spring fashion trends according to 4 local shops + how to shop the essentials

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What’s trending? Photo via (L-R) Club Duquette, Alchemy, Julie Maeseele

IDK about you but I’m absolutely ready for spring weather. So much so that I’m beginning to manifest the change through my clothes. My dilemma? I haven’t been inspired to incorporate many trends into my wardrobe this season. 

So, in search of inspiration, I reached out to 4 fashion-forward folks in Birmingham to find out what trends are in and how to shop the essentials now.

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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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