Local entrepreneur opens commissary kitchen space in historic building downtown to lower barrier of entry for culinary startups

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Haden Smith at The Annex. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

When you start a food-based business, accessing or outfitting a commercial kitchen can be a big hurdle and huge expense. No one knows that better than local Birmingham entrepreneur Haden Smith. This July he founded The Annex to provide commercial kitchen space for rent to startup culinary businesses in the Tillman Levenson Annex building downtown.

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Local family behind Wasabi Juan’s debuts food truck, feeds homeless community in Linn Park

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Wasabi Juan’s food truck on Serve Day, July 14. Photo by Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

The Toro family puts a lot of love into the food they serve at Wasabi Juan’s, and they treat their customers like family. On Saturday, July 14, they brought that love to Linn Park to feed the homeless residents of downtown Birmingham.

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9 things to do this summer in Birmingham to stay cool but still have fun, including McWane Science Center

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Muggy. Steamy. Stifling. Brutal. Yep, summers in Birmingham are H.O.T. What can you do to make the sweaty days of summer more enjoyable? Check out these nine activities that will entertain you, while keeping you cool.

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The top 5 Birmingham GoFundMe initiatives including Parker High School Band Uniforms

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GoFundMe is the popular social campaign fundraising platform, that many people utilize to raise money towards efforts that are dear to their hearts. Gathered here are some touching stories of a high school band, an athlete, a disabled person, and more, who are all looking for some assistance to help them through life’s challenging road blocks. New to Bham Now, we will periodically highlight new GoFundMe campaigns in the Birmingham area.

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Who’s hiring in Birmingham? 36 new jobs with companies like Shipt, Southern Research and The Personnel Board of Jefferson County

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In the midst of all this cloudy weather, we’re back on schedule to let you know who’s hiring in Birmingham this Tuesday. Take a look at these new jobs:  Continue reading “Who’s hiring in Birmingham? 36 new jobs with companies like Shipt, Southern Research and The Personnel Board of Jefferson County”

Former Ensley High School severely damaged by morning fire

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Former Ensley High School built in 1908 caught fire this morning, July 17, 2018. Approximately 50 Birmingham firefighters fought the fire. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

The former Ensley High School,  located at 2301 Avenue J in Ensley, was severely damaged when it caught fire this morning. According to various news reports approximately 50 city of Birmingham firefighters fought the fire.

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5 things to know about Alabama’s primary election tomorrow, including the crossover voting ban

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The polls will be open in less than 24 hours for Alabama’s primary runoffs. Alabama’s Democratic and Republican parties are both holding runoffs tomorrow, to decide the winners from the June 5 primaries. 1. Yes, you can vote, even if you didn’t vote in the primaries.

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Register your decision to become an organ donor at the Alabama Organ Center’s 3rd Annual Donate Life Gospel Celebration on July 28th

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Make life possible and register your decision to become an organ, eye and tissue donor when you attend the Alabama Organ Center’s 3rd Annual Donate Life Gospel Celebration, on July 28th from 1-3:00PM at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church in Birmingham.

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10 sports analytics insights from ESPN’s Ben Alamar at Sloss Sport 2018

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ESPN’s Ben Alamar speaks at Sloss Sport 2018. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

How does big data change the way we watch, play, coach and work in sports? Ben Alamar, ESPN director of sports analytics, addressed that question Thursday during  his keynote speech at Sloss Sport 2018, hosted by Knight Eady at Regions Field on Thursday. Part of Birmingham Innovation Week, the inaugural conference welcomed 200 attendees from across the Southeast.

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La-Z-Boy’s newly remodeled store in Greystone reopens Saturday, July 14, with new inventory and free in-home design services!

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La-Z-Boy Senior Interior Designer Andrea Ford Schultz traveled from La-Z-Boy’s Michigan headquarters to manage the two-day renovation in Birmingham. Photo by J.H. Daniel for Bham Now

Want to know how to rock a room redo? Give yourself 48 hours (or more) with the  La-Z-Boy team, and let the certified design professionals work their magic for FREE.

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