A farewell to Birmingham’s beloved coffee shop, Lucy’s Coffee & Tea

Lucy Bonds on the right with staff at the entrance of Lucy’s Coffee & Tea. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Lucy’s Coffee & Tea on University Boulevard has been a Birmingham staple for 27 years. Now, it’s with utmost respect and love that we say farewell to this cherished shop. Keep reading as we take a walk down memory lane and remember why Birmingham loves Lucy.

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Caffeine fix, anyone? 5 Birmingham roasters that are delivering coffee straight to your door

Some may call it hot bean water, some (me) call it elixir of life. Either way, you can’t deny coffee is the ultimate productivity booster. Photo via Daysol Coffee Lab on Facebook

While a lot of us are getting in the swing of this whole “working-from-home” thing, if you’re anything like me, you’re still finding yourself in need of more than one caffeine boost throughout the day. If coffee is your fuel of choice, you’re in luck. These local Birmingham companies will deliver fresh grounds straight to your doorstep. Mugs up!

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Single and can’t mingle? Dating in Birmingham during a pandemic + 3 virtual date ideas

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Honestly might just be content with a cute little dog by my side during the quarantine. Photo via The Pizitz Facebook.

Just when we were getting into the swing of a new decade, COVID-19 halted things in the blink of an eye. There’s nothing we can really do about it besides practicing social distancing and slathering on gallons of hand sanitizer. Whether you’re just getting to know someone or social distancing from your long-time partner, there’s still hope. You can still strike up a romance. It just requires a little creativity.

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Kind Kups Coffee brings mugs of deliciousness to Blount County

Kind Kups Coffee
Designer @byamysibert used a tool called a Colwood burner to burn the Kind Kups’ logo onto this sign. Photo via Kind + Kups Coffee on Facebook

Coffee + Kindness. Two of the greatest sources of joy, in my opinion. Also the slogan for Blount County’s newest coffee shop, Kind Kups Coffee. Read on to learn more about your new favorite caffeine fix hotspot!

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10 Ways to Kick the Holiday Stress in Birmingham

Even with a year to prepare, Santa can get stressed too. Photo via New York Post

The holidays are a time to relax, catch up with friends and enjoy the company of family. However, for many of us, this isn’t always the case. The holidays can easily turn into a marathon of cooking, decorating, shopping and giving—but not this year. Here are 10 ways to kick the holiday stress in Birmingham!

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6 independent bookstores to check off your list in Birmingham, AL

Check out #2 on this list for details on this unique bookstore and community space. Photo via Burdock Book Collective on Facebook

Cold and dreary weather is coming—and you know what that means. Bookstore season! Spending a rainy afternoon perusing a local bookstore has to be on the list of best activities on Earth. Check out these six independent bookstores in Birmingham, and start making your winter reading list!

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7 best fall-flavored beverages at local coffee shops in Birmingham, AL—pumpkin spice not included

‘Tis the season for cozy sweaters and creamy, delicious lattes! Photo via Revelator Coffee on Instagram

Call me #basic, but two of my favorite things in the entire world are coffee and autumn. This week marks both the beginning of fall and the best holiday around—National Coffee Day (September 29). We all know pumpkin spice is a little overdone, so here are 7 of the best (non-pumpkin spice) fall-flavored drinks at local coffee shops right here in Birmingham, AL.

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Need some iced coffee? Here are 10 Birmingham coffee shops to grab a cup.

Iced coffee mood. Photo by Cecilia Wood for Bham Now

Looking for a way to satisfy your caffeine addiction in our sweltering Birmingham summer?  You need to try some iced coffee! It’s a little milder tasting than its hot brewed brother and is such a welcome treat when the thermostat is hitting 90.  I went out looking and came up with 10 coffee shops to grab some around Birmingham. Here are a few of my favorites.

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14 places around Birmingham no longer using plastic straws + other single use plastics. Plus where to buy your own locally

Emilie Maynor and Roni Nuby using their swzle brand stainless steel reusable straws in their cocktails at the Elyton Hotel! Photo via @emiliemaynorliving on Instagram

500 million straws are used in the U.S. each day—many never making it to recycling bins, instead to join the billions of others polluting our rivers, lakes, beaches and oceans.

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Special coffee served by special people: Cafe Three21 at the Valleydale Farmers’ Market

Photo via Instagram – @cafethree21

Supporting local Birmingham vendors is most definitely a worthy endeavor. One of our favorite ways to do this is by shopping at one of our many local Birmingham farmers’ markets. Did you know you can find an added positive cause each Saturday this summer at Valleydale Farmers’ Market? Here’s how.

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