New mixed-use project in the works at historic building in downtown Birmingham

The historic Armour & Co. building is the site of a new mixed-use development. Rendering via Christopher Architecture

In the downtown real estate boom, mixed-use is the name of the game. Birmingham-based firm Christopher Architecture & Interiors is turning a historic downtown building into the newest mixed-use development, complete with residential units, commercial space and even a rooftop lounge.

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10 Ways to Kick the Holiday Stress in Birmingham

Even with a year to prepare, Santa can get stressed too. Photo via New York Post

The holidays are a time to relax, catch up with friends and enjoy the company of family. However, for many of us, this isn’t always the case. The holidays can easily turn into a marathon of cooking, decorating, shopping and giving—but not this year. Here are 10 ways to kick the holiday stress in Birmingham!

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A look at the new Morris Avenue through Aviate’s 24K gold Sundance Kittyhawk Sunglasses, a limited-edition collaboration with Maho Shades

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Haley sports Sundance Kittyhawk Sunglasses by Aviate and Maho Shades. Photo by Bham Now

Aviate, our favorite local lifestyle apparel brand in Birmingham, teamed up this summer with their longtime friends at Maho Shades out of Orange Beach, Alabama. The result is a sweet new pair of limited-edition Sundance Kittyhawk Sunglasses with 24K gold frames. At only $145, you’ve got to get your hands on a pair before they’re gone. Now, where to go to show them off? Morris Avenue, of course.

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6 places to stop at on Morris Avenue, including The Essential in Founders Station

The Essential staff is cooking up some special treats! Photo by Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

The Essential just had their soft opening this month for their new home within Founders Station. From restaurants to retail row, let’s take a look at the places to see and things to do on Morris Avenue.  Continue reading “6 places to stop at on Morris Avenue, including The Essential in Founders Station”

Could Morris Avenue be the Birmingham Retail Row? Check out Honeycreeper Chocolate, basic. and Heidi Elnora Atelier.

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Courtney Pigford of Honeycreeper Chocolate and Lacey Woodroof of basic. in front of their future Morris Avenue storefront. Photo via @abasicshop on Instagram

Visit Morris Avenue and you cannot help but notice the construction going full steam ahead on the 60,000-square-foot Founders Station. But there is a quieter transformation afoot. The Birmingham entrepreneurs behind Honeycreeper Chocolate and basic. have announced their dual storefront, opening this summer on the storied cobblestone street. They are leasing the space from Heidi Elnora, a local bridal designer whose boutique is next door. Could Morris Avenue become the Birmingham Retail Row?

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Alabama Peanut Co. leases historic Morris Avenue location

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Jaime Thursby (left) and John Cassimus (right). Photo by author.

Drop by Alabama Peanut Co. on Morris Avenue, and you will find proprietor Jaime Thursby open for business – while undertaking renovations and learning the ropes of peanut roasting from building owner John Cassimus. You will also be enveloped by the most heavenly aroma of peanuts. It’s what happens in Birmingham when an energetic entrepreneur converges with the steward of a 111-year-old peanut roasting facility.

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