50+ places that opened in Birmingham during 2019. Plus, what’s opening in 2020

How gorgeous is this sunset over the Birmingham skyline. No wonder they call it the Magic City. Photo via @bobthebanker1977 on Instagram

Birmingham business is booming. Here’s a look back at some of the biggest Birmingham openings from 2019. Plus, look ahead at the most anticipated openings coming in 2020.

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Birmingham’s Master Plan Was Revealed and We’ve Got the Rundown. (PHOTOS included)

New decade. New master plan for Birmingham. Photo via downtownbhamplan.com

Birmingham continues to boom and we love to see it! Big opportunities are coming to the city. Local leaders and organizations presented the master plan for the city center earlier this December. Keep reading to see what the future holds for our wonderful Magic City.

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New business alert! Cahaba Cruisers imports international adventure vehicles to Birmingham

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Cameron Eaton (left) and Tison Barganier (right) are heading up this new company. Photo via Cahaba Cruisers

Birmingham business expands every day in this Magic City of opportunity. Two local entrepreneurs are launching their latest venture—Cahaba Cruisers is coming to Birmingham! Keep reading to check it out.

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Women in tech—Birmingham’s Ellen Thompson won’t be “counted out”

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Although there are more and more women working in tech every day, it’s still a predominantly male field. Ellen Thompson was the first Birmingham hire for a Prepaid2Cash, a tech startup that received funding from the Alabama Futures Fund.

Read on to find out what it’s like being a female tech professional in Birmingham!

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Happy 200th! 13 amazing things to know about Jefferson County

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Happy 200th, Jefferson County. Photo via JeffCo Bicentennial

This month, Jefferson County is celebrating its 200th birthday! The bicentennial is a time of reflection and celebration—for both of which there is plenty of inspiration. Keep reading to find 13 things you may have never known about Jefferson County.

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Homewood year in review—7 new businesses that launched in 2019

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Lauren Scott showing off her Golden Gloves at Homewood’s most unique 2019 addition. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

2019 was a big year for Homewood business. The area has been booming in recent years, and it continues to attract new concepts and big names alike. Check out some of the most exciting recent additions—and make your holiday shopping list while you’re at it!

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Behind the scenes at the Georgia-Pacific pulp mill in Monroe County. See what we learned

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Nathan and Matthew decked out in safety gear. Photo via Matthew Niblett for BhamNow

You know paper come from trees, but have you ever wondered how? Fellow Bham Now producer Matthew Niblett and I had the chance to find out during a tour of Alabama River Cellulose (ARC), a Georgia-Pacific facility in Monroe County, Alabama. Here’s what us Birmingham boys discovered during our journey.

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Meet Peter Vogt, Silicon Valley tech CEO who’s coming to Birmingham

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Peter Vogt, founder of Prepaid2Cash. Photo by Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

A west coast native and an investment banker turned tech entrepreneur—meet Peter Vogt, founder of Prepaid2Cash. The company is relocating its headquarters to Birmingham, AL—which means Peter is headed south. Keep reading to see his first impressions of the Magic City!

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Everything you need to know about REV Birmingham’s “The Big Pitch” on Nov 23

Observers at REV Birmingham’s The Big Pitch. Photo via REV Birmingham

It’s time for REV Birmingham‘s 5th annual “The Big Pitch.” During the event, five local startups will compete to show how their idea will improve downtown Birmingham. Learn more about the five contestants!

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From science to CFO—Birmingham native Russ Chambliss leads local business with Alabama EMBA education

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Russ Chambliss in the workshop at Precision Grinding, Inc. Photos by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Pursing a master’s degree is never an easy thing, and neither is going back to school after you’ve been out in the workforce. Birmingham native Russ Chambliss, a local executive and 2006 graduate of the Executive MBA Program at The University of Alabama, filled us in on why it’s worth it.

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Encompass Health named a 2019 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune

We love a #GirlBoss here at Bham Now. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Encompass Health is a big name here in the Magic City. This Birmingham-based healthcare company has over 300 locations in 37 states! Formerly known as HealthSouth, Encompass Health has been headquartered in Birmingham, AL since 1982. Fortune recently named Encompass one of their”75 Best Large Workplaces for Women.” Find out why!

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Say bye-bye to Zyp bikes. So what’s next for micro-mobility in Birmingham?

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Take a good look because soon you won’t be seeing Zyp bikes zooming around the city. Photo via REV Birmingham.

Zyp bikes were dope. Now they’re a nope. It was recently announced that the Zyp Bikeshare program is coming to an end in Birmingham. Did your jaw drop? Because mine did! The green bikes were introduced by REV in 2015. They’ve become a staple among the city’s landscape. So now what? Here’s everything we know (so far) about what to expect.

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Birmingham startups Immediate and Conserv win combined $150K at Alabama Launchpad imerge2019 event

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Conserv and Immediate were the Alabama Launchpad winners at imerge2019. Photo via EDPA

Two Birmingham-based startup businesses won a combined $150,000 in seed funding in front of a large audience at the Alabama Launchpad pitch finale held as part of imerge2019 in Birmingham on August 28. Check out what $100,000-winner Immediate and $50,000-winner Conserv have in store for us. Find out what happened at imerge2019.

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Paramount. Life-changing. How Innovate Birmingham propelled 5 former candidates into Birmingham’s tech industry

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The consensus is the same for all of the candidates I’ve spoken with: The friendships developed at Innovate Birmingham last well beyond Demo Day. From L-R: Blake McCracken and Lee Panter. Photo submitted

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Innovate Birmingham is changing lives. But don’t just take my word for it. Meet 5 former candidates from Innovate Birmingham’s 7th Cohort, and see their success for yourself.

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