What can you expect for 2021 Birmingham housing trends? The experts tell us

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Experts from Ray & Poynor walk us through what housing trends will look like in 2021. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

We saw a record-breaking year for the housing market in 2020 and it left us wondering—what will 2021 Birmingham housing trends look like? Since that’s not in our area of expertise, we reached out to three realtors at Ray & Poynor who brought us into the loop. Keep reading to see how their advice could affect your next home buying decision.

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9 active Birmingham winter activities to get you moving without risking your health

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COVID can’t stop winter fun completely—check out how to get moving even during these chilly months. Photo via Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers

Winter may bring cooler weather and shorter days, but don’t write off the season completely. Christina Marxen, a business analyst with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama and a certified exercise instructor, gave us advice for safe Birmingham winter activities to keep us active over these next few months.

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Orangetheory’s coaches + clients are crushing the fitness world—we worked out how

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Jayne Berry, a member at Orangetheory’s downtown Birmingham studio. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

How you work out is important, but who you’re working out with can play an even bigger role in fulfilling fitness goals. We sat down with Orangetheory’s Executive Director of Fitness and a current member in Birmingham to see how the relationship between client and coach drives the motivation behind each class to a different level.

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Did you know these 7 local businesses give back with each purchase you make?

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Royal Cup is partnered with an organization to provide clean water across the globe. Photo via Royal Cup on Facebook

As the season of giving approaches, it’s easy to become overwhelmed trying to determine how and where to donate money. One of the easiest places to start is by simply switching your shopping habits so your dollars make a direct impact. Whether it’s by donating funds from each purchase or having an overarching mission statement to give back, these Birmingham businesses are fueling good into the world.

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Wall to Wall, a new interactive exhibit, brings color to the Birmingham Museum of Art

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Prepare to be completely amazed by the work of Merritt Johnson. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Have you ever looked at a painting and thought, “I wish I could just jump in?” The Birmingham Museum of Art (BMA) is making this a possibility through their inaugural iteration of Wall to Wall, an interactive exhibit featuring four works created by Alaska-based artist Merritt Johnson.

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5 things you need to know about MOSS MAGIC, a hybrid art event Nov. 7-8

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Celeste Amparo Pfau is one of the many local artists who will be presenting and selling their work at MOSS MAGIC. Photo via Magic City Art Connection

Magic City Art Connection is joining Moss Rock Festival for a never-before-seen hybrid art event—MOSS MAGIC. Purchase tickets for the festival happening Saturday, November 7 through Sunday, November 8 in Birmingham.

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Discover 25 opens jobs and 300+ more to come from an exciting expansion

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To top this Tuesday off, just know it’s also International Sloth Day. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

If there’s one thing sloths know about work ethic, it’s when to take a rest. Don’t forget to stretch your legs this Tuesday while you browse through the week’s updated business news, events and open jobs.

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Unusual items from local shops for lovers of the spooky, whimsical + fantastic

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Birmingham Oddities is your one-stop-shop for head-turning items. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

For many of us, Halloween isn’t just a holiday, it’s a state of mind. If you’re the kind of person who wears black year-round or really appreciates an item that can’t be replicated in the art aisle of Target, browse an unusual selection of objects at these local Birmingham businesses.

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Vegan junk food, new developments + more Birmingham business news

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The weather is great and these business events are even better! Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Shark Tank seriously missed out on this one—Slutty Vegan, a junk food vegan-based restaurant, is an Atlanta success and now they’re looking for a home in Birmingham. We’ve got even meatier business news than that for your Tuesday roundup, in addition to open jobs looking a little lonely. See if your resume could keep them company.

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13 Birmingham salon updates on openings + booking

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Salons prepare to open in Birmingham. Photo via Speed Spa’s Facebook.

Following Alabama’s amended safer at home order, hair salons were officially allowed to reopen May 11. We know of at least 13 so far ready to book and reschedule appointments. A few come from our mighty databasesign up now to have your business featured on Bham Now for free.

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Go live with 7 Birmingham theaters + artists virtual shows

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UAB alumna Rachel Burttram Powers is bringing us professional theater from a tiny location. Photo via Tiny Theatre’s Facebook.

I’ve never missed the annoyance of someone unwrapping a mint in the middle of a monologue or a concert go-er two feet taller than me blocking my view more than I have now. While we wait for the return of live theater and music, Birmingham artists have been hard at work bringing the shows to us.

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11 deals local Birmingham biz are offering NOW from food to retail + more

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Tell em we sent ya! 15% off if you mention BHAMNOW at Homewood Bagel Co. Photo via Homewood Bagel Company’s Facebook page.

STOP—close that big box store app on your phone, because supporting local Birmingham business has never been easier! You don’t want to miss out on these dope deals like half-price bottles of wine and discounts on cleaning services.

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