7 fall items from local makers that complete your autumn vibe

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Petition for it to be fall year round. Photo via Bemele Candles

There’s not much disagreement that fall is arguably one of the best seasons—the clothes, holidays and weather are hard to beat. To round out this top-tier time of year, we compiled a list of items from local Birmingham makers that emanate the ideal autumn aesthetic.

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A foundation of food + family—what working at Ashley Mac’s is like

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Erick Cox photographed outside of the Ashley Mac’s Cahaba Heights location. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

What started as a catering business in Ashley McMakin’s Homewood apartment more than a decade ago is now a beloved Birmingham business. With five Birmingham locations and 71 employees, Ashley Mac’s is still growing and it’s no surprise why.

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UAB + local businesses pledge to help fight spread of COVID-19

UAB welcomed students back to campus this week for the fall semester. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

UAB is teaming up with local businesses pledging to help fight the spread of COVID-19. The goal? To keep UAB students and employees safe on campus and Birmingham businesses open. Learn more about their pledge including what area businesses have already committed to doing their part.

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Shop, send + win during REV Birmingham’s Great Receipt Race happening thru Aug. 31

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Get those registers ringing and send in those receipts! Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

On August 1st, REV Birmingham launched the Great Receipt Race, a month-long promotion to help boost foot and web traffic to local businesses struggling because of COVID-19. The race is still on, and you can still send in your receipts from Birmingham businesses to win local prizes. Get all the deets here.

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Commission a pet portrait from 5 Birmingham artists—no treats required

The definition of a good boy. Photo via Tim Blanton Art’s Facebook.

If you come from a house like mine, your pets probably get treated better than most human companions. Hey, those little guys deserve it even when they make you get up at 3AM to let them out in the rain and hog half the bed. Why not take a cue from mid-century monarchs and commission a pet portrait from Birmingham artists.

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9 local shops to get fresh flowers for Mother’s Day

How adorable! Photo via Wild Honey Flower Truck’s Facebook.

With Mother’s Day on May 10th coming up soon, it’s about that time to start looking for that special gift. Why not start with the foundation of any great present—flowers! Here are 9 local florists creating beautiful bouquets for your mother or mother figures in your life.

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Stay healthy during quarantine with these 7 local spots serving up smoothies + shakes + juices

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Shake what yo’ mama gave ya. Photo via Magic City Nutrition’s Instagram.

Health is on everyone’s mind nowadays. Some of us are using this time to build new healthy habits and I’m trying to avoid gaining that “COVID 15.” Luckily, we can do that all while supporting local businesses. Check out these 7 Birmingham spots serving up smoothies, shakes and juices.

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Senior shopping hours, Staying connected with older relatives, + more

Senior shopping hours are taking place at tons of grocery stores around Birmingham. Photo by Adam Nieścioruk on Unsplash.

While everything right now is uncertain, one this is for sure—we miss our loved ones. Times like these can be particularly lonely for those who are in nursing homes, assisted care, or are more vulnerable to catching COVID-19. Luckily, Birmingham has resources and tips for staying safe and staying connected.

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3 ways Birmingham is providing facemasks to healthcare workers—how you can too

A BIG thank you to healthcare workers and other essential workers keeping Birmingham safe and strong. Photo via Bham Face Masks.

We can’t thank our healthcare workers enough for putting themselves on the frontlines to fight COVID-19. But, we can show appreciation by donating facemasks and our time through Birmingham organizations.

Whether it’s sewing a mask, creating one through a 3D printer or simply being a runner for supplies—these local businesses and residents are stepping up to help. Here’s how you can get in on the action. 

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5 curbside spring cocktails + Dread River’s helpful contribution to Birmingham

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Curbside cocktail kit from Queen’s Park via Queen’s Park Facebook

If we’ve learned anything from this pandemic, it’s that Birmingham will always support its local businesses. Now that we’re social distancing, bars have switched to serving up our favorite drinks curbside. Check out these five cocktail kits in Birmingham to kick off your springtime quarantine.

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20+ local spots in Birmingham to get a fried chicken sandwich curbside

Throwback to when we would grub on Winner Winner during lunch break. Can’t wait to get back to it! Photo via Matthew Niblett for BhamNow.

Social distancing in Birmingham means staying at home, exploring the outdoors and trying to figure out how to get our comfort food fix without dining in a restaurant. We’ve got 20+ local spots serving up mouthwatering fried chicken sandwiches curbside. Check ’em out! *Warning: Drooling may occur.*

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Going stir crazy? Here’s how to be productive + stay busy at home in Birmingham

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Ignite Cycle knows how to keep people moving—even during a quarantine situation. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

We know life is a little crazy right now, but that doesn’t mean you have to go stir crazy at home. Here are some activities to keep you busy and productive including virtual dance parties, live streams with local bands and free book delivery in Birmingham.

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K & J’s Elegant Pastries made their Food Network debut on the Girl Scout Cookie Championship

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Photo via @maryfehr.co on Instagram

Alabaster’s own K & J’s Elegant Pastries will make their debut on the Food Network Monday, February 10th. We’ve all drooled over their extravagant milkshakes and cakes, but now they’re taking on a new challenge in the Girl Scout Cookie Championship.

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Grab a last minute gift at these 11 Birmingham women-owned shops

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Photo of the storefront of Stone Hollow Farmstead at Pepper Place in Birmingham, Alabama
FarmStand by Stone Hollow Farmstead at Pepper Place. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

If you’re like me and procrastinate on gift shopping until the last second, here’s your holiday shopping miracle. You can finish up your holiday shopping AND support local, women-owned businesses in Birmingham at the same time. Find the perfect gift for anyone on your list at these 11 Birmingham shops!

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