Gatos and Beans, Alabama’s 1st cat café, opening August 1 in Avondale. Mural photos!

(l-r) Stephen, Kelli and Adrian Steward—just a few of the family members pouring all the love into Birmingham’s first-ever cat café. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

Back in February, Bham Now brought you the story of Gatos and Beans, Alabama’s first-ever cat café. Today, we’re excited to tell you that it’s opening soon!

Read on for all the details, including mural photos and a special 12 visits for the price of 10 pre-opening offer.

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Birmingham’s Bobblehead Vulcan is now part of the Bobblehead Hall Fame in Milwaukee

Vulcan Bobblehead inside the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Photo from Vulcan Park and Museum

Touring Milwaukee, Wisconsin anytime soon?  Skip, the Miller and PBR brewery tours. The first place you should visit is the new National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s and its newest occupant – Birmingham’s own Bobblehead Vulcan.

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Bestselling author Jordan Lee Dooley announces book tour extension – and she’s coming to Birmingham on August 1

Own Your Everyday by Jordan Lee Dooley is now a National Bestseller. Photo via Facebook.

Jordan Lee Dooley is many things. She is a podcast host, a community builder, a small shop owner, a business coach- and a national bestselling author. She’s coming to Birmingham in August, and we’ve got the scoop!

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5 reasons you need to go to Birmingham’s inaugural Dragon Boat Race and Festival at East Lake Park on August 24. Admission is free!

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Dragon boat race. Photo via Mitchell’s Place

Get ready for dragons, drums and fun! On Saturday, August 24, Mitchell’s Place will be hosting Birmingham’s first ever Dragon Boat Race and Festival from 8AM-1PM at East Lake Park. Here are five reasons you need to attend or to sign up to race.

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15 Birmingham food trucks you should try

The perfect combination: live music and Fryer Truck fries. Photo by Marie Ghossein for Bham Now

Birmingham is home to delicious food—and some of it’s on wheels! No matter what you’re craving, Birmingham will have a food truck for you. Keep reading for just a few of Birmingham’s many food trucks you should plan to check out, plus their social media so you can find them yourselves! 

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Anybody want to work in the old Greyhound Station in downtown Birmingham?

The old Greyhound Station in downtown Birmingham has been vacant for quite some time.
This long-vacant building will soon be home to offices. Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now

If the idea of prime office space right in the heart of downtown with awesome street-level parking lot sounds good to you, you might want to keep an eye on the old Greyhound Station.

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We went behind the scenes of the new M2 development, the sequel to MAKEbhm

Carruthers and Lanier are a powerhouse team- their combined experience in architecture and real estate yields great odds for success for this new development. Photo by Beth Cunningham for Bham Now.

Some big names in Birmingham business and development have teamed up on a new project. Tom Carruthers, President of Red Rock Realty and Bruce Lanier, Founder and Owner of MAKEbhm have joined with Grant Brigham, Partner at ARC Realty. They’re bringing a new development to 3501 1st Ave South (formerly Old Car Heaven) later this year, and we’ve got all the details.

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Road trip alert! See 3 covered bridges on the Covered Bridge Trail in Blount County. Map and photos.

Horton Mill Covered Bridge, Blount County, AL (Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now)

There’s something undeniably romantic about travelling over Alabama’s historic covered bridges. They suddenly appear on scenic backroads and provide a beautiful reminder of days gone by. Check out our great road trip from downtown Birmingham that allows more than enough time to explore three historical bridges in Blount County over three to four hours. Photos and map below.

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Got some extra time this holiday weekend? Check out these Birmingham Area Open Houses for July 5-7

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Are you looking for a new home in Birmingham? We’ve got 12 open houses for you to check out this weekend — you’re sure to find the perfect home for you. Enjoy!

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A look at United Way programs: First in our series – Senior Support and Financial Stability programs

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Staff leading activities at Collat Jewish Family Center. Photo via United Way of Central Alabama

United Way of Central Alabama proudly supports a network of health and human service organizations in Central Alabama. Its financial investment amounts to over $38 million raised mostly during workplace campaigns. Most of these funds are distributed via agency allocations and grants to foster collaboration.

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Meet Magic City Brigade; Birmingham’s growing ‘soccer family’ of Legion FC supporters. 5 things you need to know

Birmingham Legion supporters from the Magic City Brigade cheer on the team
Magic City Brigade supporters group at BBVA Field (Photo courtesy of Birmingham Legion FC)

When I moved to Birmingham from the UK, I was ecstatic to learn pro-soccer was on the way. I set about getting to know people I could join to watch future games and found Magic City Brigade, the Birmingham Legion FC supporters group who have unwavering loyalty to the team and provide a sea of noise within the stadium. Find out more about the Brigade and how they’ve developed a vibrant community for people who share a common love for soccer in Birmingham.

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Behind the scenes at the Fourth of July Alabama Bicentennial Fireworks Show at Vulcan Park and Museum

Fireworks prepared for the Fourth of July Alabama Bicentennial Fireworks Show at Vulcan Park and Museum. Photo by Bham Now

Have you ever wondered what the Fourth of July Alabama Bicentennial Fireworks Show at Vulcan Park and Museum looks like “before” the big show begins at July, 4, 9:00 PM?

We got photos.

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