Discover 7 new Hoover businesses opened in the past month—including Clean Juice

dog in Hoover
The face says it all. Photo via Emily and Eli’s Dog Grooming Salon’s Facebook.

Hoover is rolling right along when it comes to new construction and businesses. Have you been keeping your eye on the city? We certainly have—here’s a roundup of what’s going on in Hoover .

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Meet the people behind the AHSAA Basketball State Finals, Feb. 24-29 in Birmingham

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Alganese Gatson is a second-grade teacher at Hemphill Elementary School in Birmingham and a basketball official. Photo courtesy of Alganese Gatson

On February 24-29, the AHSAA Basketball State Finals — one of the top high school basketball championship events in the country — is coming to Legacy Arena at the BJCC.

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Let the debate begin. Should the sweet potato be declared Alabama’s state veggie?

Sweet Potatoes at the Winn Dixie on Montevallo Road in Birmingham. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Forget all those heady issues the Alabama legislature confronts, what seems like every legislative session. You know the issues well… the lottery, gambling, prison reform, and Medicaid expansion. Put those sticky matters on the backburner. The big debate lawmakers are grappling with this spring in Montgomery?

Should the sweet potato be declared our state vegetable?

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No two Birmingham hot dogs are alike. 9 local spots that have a hot dog for everyone.

Birmingham hot dogs
Pick your poison. Photo via Mile End Deli.

Back in the day, we gave you a guide to Birmingham’s 11 best hotdogs. But, with the recent (hopefully temporary) closure of Hot Diggity Dogs and a new decade we felt we needed a refresher on Birmingham hot dogs. Take a look at where you can find Birmingham’s take on the ballpark favorite.

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Your Ultimate Valentine’s Day Gift – Open Houses for Feb. 14-16

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Are you looking for a new home in Birmingham? We’ve got 20 open houses for you to check out this weekend – you’re sure to find the perfect home for you. Enjoy!

542 RESTORATION DR HOOVER,AL 35226 (RealtySouth)

Open House: THE PRESERVE 02/16 14:00-16:00
542 RESTORATION DR
HOOVER,AL 35226
3000 sq. ft.
4 bedrooms 3 full/1 half baths
$699900
For more info, contact Merry Leach at 205-266-5660 or email merryleach@realtysouth.com


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The Penny Foundation is supporting black-owned businesses in Birmingham. Check out how.

Freedom Line Bus Tours benefits from the corporate giving program by the Penny Foundation
Freedom Line Tours is one businesses that benefits from The Penny Foundation. The women-owned company offers tours and activities throughout the greater Birmingham-metro area, as well as Montgomery and Selma. Photo via Freedom Line Tours’ Facebook.

Chances are you know about Penny Savings Bank. It’s the first black-owned and black-operated financial institution in Alabama. The bank backed and supported black-owned businesses from 1890 until it’s closing in 1915. Fast forward, in 2018 The Penny Foundation was born out of that same thread. See how it’s growing Birmingham businesses today.

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Birmingham demands data analysts–here’s how Innovate Birmingham is filling the gap

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Haley Kendrick, director of Innovate Birmingham. Photo courtesy of Innovate Birmingham

Whether it’s sales figures, market research, logistics or more, every business is increasingly driven by data and analytics. However, that data is only valuable when an analyst deciphers it into plain English.

As demand for data analysts grows, Innovate Birmingham is dedicated to fostering tech talent right here in Birmingham. See how you could start a career in data analytics with a big pay bump!

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Behind the scenes: 7 things you need to know about Bham Now (Photos + Video)

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Some of the Bham Now team at Forge
The women on our team got to the Jack’s biscuits before the guys could. Enjoying them in the lobby at Forge. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Even if you’re a longtime fan of Bham Now, we bet you don’t know the story behind the company, what we do, who we are and where we’re headed. I sat down with Cindy Martin, Bham Now’s Founder and President, to get the scoop. Yes, I work there, so I’ll tell you the real story. Read on for all the details.

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