Locally-crafted grazing boards are this season’s fantastic new trend

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Step aside cheese boards. Grazing boards are all the rage. Photo via Brie Mine Bham’s Facebook

Let’s set the scene—an afternoon spent on a patio with your favorite bites all arranged in an aesthetically pleasing design that can’t be touched until you get that perfect Instagram photo. Sounds like a dream? These local companies can make your grazing board dreams come true.

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NEW OPENING: The Backyard + Grand River Drive-In welcomes Neighbors Brew & Pies and Saw’s BBQ

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Photo via Jacob Blakenship for Bham Now

Have you been to the The Backyard & Grand River Drive-In lately? It’s soon to be your new favorite hangout spot and a foodie’s paradise. With Saw’s BBQ’s mouthwatering plates, hand-tossed pizza from Neighbors Brew & Pies and your favorite local brews on tap, let’s take a look at what’s new at The Backyard.

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Birmingham + Hoover area nationally ranked for positive small biz sentiments

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It sure is nice to have these great local businesses in Bham. Photo via Bham Now

I’m sure you already know Birmingham loves small business—and it’s showing. The Census Bureau released their Small Business Pulse Survey and our Magic City ranked third nationally for strong, positive small business sentiment. Keep reading for the deets.

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Why Vogue just named this Mountain Brook shop a ‘Must-Visit’. [PHOTOS]

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Shelby Dooley and Pam Evans of Maison in their store in Mountain Brook.
Maison founder and owner Pam Evans (right) with “Maison’s hype-girl” Shelby Dooley. Photo via Claire Hancock for Bham Now

Small and stunningly curated, Maison is something of a hidden gem, nestled among the design stores in Mountain Brook Village. But that could change soon following a recent mention by Vogue, which featured it as one of 17 Southern small retail businesses to support.

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8 local gift ideas that will give your Valentine heart eyes—Win $800+ in local goods

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Sparkling wine + beautiful blooms = a happy Valentine. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

Whether you’re spoiling a special someone or yourself, these local shops have the finds that will make you swoon. Here are 8 gift ideas to give your Valentine major heart eyes. 😍

P.S. Keep reading to find out how to win $800+ in local goods in our Valentine’s Day giveaway.
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17 gift ideas from Black-owned businesses in Birmingham

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Couldn’t we all use a bit more color in our life? Photo via Exalting in Beauty on Facebook

Want to shop local AND support Black-owned businesses in Birmingham? Here are 17 gift ideas to get you started. From high-end menswear to one-of-a-kind art pieces—there’s a little something for everyone on your list.

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Indian Springs Christmas Shoppe

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Join us on Thursday, December 3rd from 3pm-7pm to shop around for art and Christmas decor for yourself and loved ones. We will have artists that create jewelry, pottery, woodworking, leather, wall art, soaps, candles, & more! This is your one stop shop for locally made art this holiday season, so don’t miss out. This event is free to the public and we can’t wait to meet you at the Indian Springs Town Hall!

205 By Design

Bison Ridge Leather Company

Cathy Jo Wheeler Art

Infinite Soaps

Lindsey Kelly Pottery

Obsessions Jewelry

South and Main

*Parking is in the field to the left of the town hall building!

Get one, then give a pair of shoes to an essential worker from Dec 4-13 at Mountain High Outfitters

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It’s giving season at MHO! Photo via Mountain High Outfitters

Remember earlier this year when we shared the exciting “Get One, Give One” special from Mountain High Outfitters? Well, the promotion is back just in time for the holiday season.

Take advantage of Mountain High Outfitters’ 10 Days of Giving between December 4 and December 13, 2020. All you have to do is purchase a pair of eight select brands in-store only, and Mountain High Outfitters will gift a pair of equal value to the first responder, teacher, restaurant, retail, healthcare or dental care worker of your choice.

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13 can’t-miss Cyber Monday deals in Birmingham

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Local deals you’re going to want to keep on your radar. Photo via Unsplash

The deals just keeping on rolling. Despite your wallet dwindling over the holiday weekend, it’s hard to resist a great discount. I’ll be the first to advocate for treating yourself and you might as well take advantage of these irresistible local Cyber Monday deals in Birmingham.

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15 items we’re shopping during Museum Store Sunday at the Birmingham Museum of Art

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Shop from the comfort of your couch online or safely in-store during Museum Store Sunday. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

I love museum exhibits, but I wouldn’t be lying if I said one of my favorite parts of visiting is hitting the gift shop on the way out. The Birmingham Museum of Art (BMA) houses one-of-a-kind treasures that make unforgettable holiday gifts. Shop items and score 10% off during Museum Store Sunday on November 29. Or, become a member of the BMA and get 20% off of all items.

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20 gift ideas for 5 different people on your list according to Gus Mayer

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Ready. Set. Shop. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Let’s be honest, gift-giving isn’t always easy. So it’s especially exciting when one spot has options for a few folks on your list. If you’re in need of some giftspiration, Gus Mayer has you covered. Here’s a detailed guide with 20 gift ideas for five different types of people on your list—including yourself!

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Your local gift guide for the outdoor enthusiast in Birmingham

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Your local gift guide for the outdoor lovers. Photo via Alabama Outdoors’ Facebook

Time to go exploring. Sometimes it’s hard to find good gifts for the person who would rather be outside and on-the-go, but finding the perfect gift doesn’t have to be a trek. Here are five local spots to visit to get that perfect item for the outdoor enthusiast in your life, including experiential ideas.

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13 local shops getting you ready for sweater weather in Birmingham

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It’s sweater weather! Photo via Soca Birmingham’s Instagram

It’s officially that time of the year. Sweater weather is here and we’re ready to get cozy. These local shops have some of the coziest, most stylish sweaters on the racks right now. Check ’em out—there are even some selections for the fellas.

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5 Birmingham candy shops to hit up for a sweet treat

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Happy national Candy Day, Bham. Photo via Chocolatá Artisanal Chocolates

Hope your sweet tooth is ready because November 4th is National Candy Day. We’re celebrating by highlighting Birmingham’s delicious candy shops. You probably have a lot on your mind and we could sure use the excuse to enjoy a local, sweet treat that will put your Halloween leftovers to shame. Check ’em out!

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Exciting new openings + reopenings happening in Birmingham

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Shoppe’s new pop-up store at The Summit. Photo via Shoppe’s Facebook

This past week in Birmingham has been a busy one. Between brand new restaurants and seeing some of our fave spots getting back into the groove of things, here are a few reopenings and new openings that you’ll want to have on your radar.

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