6 things to expect at your first Ignite Cycle ride in Birmingham’s Pepper Place

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The biggest surprise of our ride? The arm work. The four-minute arm routine with small weights might seem easy. Spoiler alert: it's not.
Move over, Soul Cycle! Ignite Cycle, Birmingham’s premiere boutique cycle studio, is open for business and ready to transform your body, mind and soul. (Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now)

Ignite Cycle has been open for a month in Pepper Place, and holy moly, what a month it’s been for Birmingham’s only boutique indoor cycling studio! Bham Now took over a class recently, and we have a lot to share about our newest fitness obsession. Here are 6 tips we’re passing along for your first ride at Ignite Cycle.

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Your guide to 8 Birmingham-area farms offering CSA shares this Spring

Veggie Bags from Jones Valley Teaching Farm at Putnam Middle School. Photo from Jones Valley

Now that Spring is here, it’s time to think about buying a CSA share with a local farm. CSA stands for “community supported agriculture,” and buying one is kind of like becoming part of the family of a local farm.

Here in Birmingham, we’re lucky to have choices for our CSA shares. We found eight to choose from.

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Your ultimate guide to 9 Birmingham breweries for National Beer Day, Sunday, April 7

Cheers! Salud! Cin cin! Photo via Trim Tab Facebook page

Is Tuesday too early to be making weekend plans? Maybe… but hey, this weekend is pretty special. Sunday is National Beer Day—hold for applause—and I don’t know about you, but I’m really trying to celebrate this one. Here’s your ultimate guide to Birmingham breweries and all the events happening this weekend so you can celebrate too:

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Guide to shopping local beauty and skincare products in Birmingham including Botaniko at FarmStand in Pepper Place

Finding new local businesses to support is one of my favorite past times— especially because I recently moved to Birmingham. Since I’m also a sucker for anything beauty related, I thought I’d turn my hunt for the best local beauty products/shops into something useful for everyone. So, here’s my guide for shopping local beauty products in Birmingham:

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8 can’t miss experiences at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama April 5-7

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Curious if there’s something for you at the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama? Spoiler alert: there’s definitely something for EVERYONE at the Friday, April 5 to Sunday, April 7 event at Barber Motorsports Track
Curious if there’s something for you at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama? Spoiler alert: there’s definitely something for EVERYONE at the Friday, April 5 to Sunday, April 7 event at Barber Motorsports Track! (Photo submitted)

The Honda Grand Prix of Alabama presented by AmFirst is coming to the Barber Motorsports Park Friday, April 5 through Sunday, April 7. Yes, there will be thrills and chills to be had as IndyCar drivers speed around the finest road course in North America, but what about the plethora of other things to do while you’re there? We did a little pre-event scouting and mapped out the eight attractions we’re most excited about.  

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More floods in Birmingham this spring? Here are tips on keeping your photos and valuables safe in your basement

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We spoke with Phillip Neal, Realtor Support at AFS- A Bayless Company about how to protect property in your basement given the potential flooding risks in the coming months. (Photo via AFS, A Bayless Company)
We spoke with Phillip Neal, Realtor Support at AFS- A Bayless Company about how to protect property in your basement given the potential flooding risks in the coming months. (Photo via AFS, A Bayless Company)

People in Birmingham are trying to dry out from our overly wet winter.  Now, the National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting historic flooding throughout the 2019 spring season. Do you know how to protect the valuables in your basement?  Get tips on what you can do now keep your property safe and dry with the help of local experts from AFS Foundation & Waterproofing Specialists, A Bayless Company.

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Local tech: I tried Mixtroz at a major Birmingham networking event. Here’s what happened.

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How do you master networking in a room this size? Bham Now put the Mixtroz app to the test. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

Locally founded and minority owned, Mixtroz has sent waves rippling far beyond Birmingham. So naturally I’ve been eager to try the networking app in the wild. On March 21, I got the chance at the 2019 Momentum Leadership Breakfast.

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How to park downtown: 10 Birmingham Parking Authority decks and lots

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Downtown Birmingham. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

I imagine two groups of people reading this. Group One: you’ve got your Birmingham parking game down, and you don’t need me. Group Two: when work or life takes you downtown, you absent-mindedly think, oh, I’ll find street parking somewhere. This article is for you.

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18 wheelchair accessible parks and trails in and around Birmingham

Wheelchair accessible parks in Birmingham help everyone enjoy the outdoors.
My sister Karon and one of her sons enjoying the flowers at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Photo by Joel Bullock

People need wheelchair accessible trails and parks for different reasons. Whether a wheelchair is a permanent or short-term feature in your world, we know you want to get out and about. Especially since Spring is now here! So, we put together a list of places you can go to enjoy the great outdoors.

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Guide to celebrating National Pi Day in Birmingham, including JaWanda’s—Alabama’s best pie shop

Happy #PiDay! Here’s where to find the best pies in Birmingham according to the Bham Now Team.

I didn’t know how much I wanted a sweet potato pie until I saw this picture… Photo via JaWanda’s Sweet Potato Pies’ Facebook
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