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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I tried 3 quarantine trends including whipped coffee. Here’s what happened.

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Quarantine made me do it! Photo by Chaise Sanders for Bham Now.

Quarantine turned me into a baker and self-proclaimed fashion designer. Who would’ve thought? Not me! But here we are and let’s just say banana bread has become a major food group in my diet. Here are three easy quarantine activities to spice up your new daily routine as well as where you can find them in Birmingham.

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Local gifts for the graduates in your life

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Congrats to the Class of 2020. Photo via @exploreuab on Instagram.

Graduation’s right around the corner for the Class of 2020 and that means celebrations and gifts—lots of them! Your soon-to-be graduate has reached a major milestone and although this semester may have been unconventional, it’s time to give them a big congrats. Here are some local gift ideas for the graduate in your life.

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Shop clothing, accessories + more from 6 local stores in Birmingham

NEED all the clothes from basic. Photo by Jett Walker Photography via @abasicshop on Instagram

Birmingham is full of locally owned, small retail shops that need our support now more than ever. If you’re looking to refresh your closet for spring consider shopping small and local here in Birmingham.

You may not be able to pop into their storefronts, but there are still so many ways to show your support. Here are 6 of our favorite shops that we pulled from our local business database featuring nearly 400 Birmingham businesses, plus how to shop them all online and get them delivered to your doorstep.

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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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7 local jewelry + accessory designers bringing spunk to Birmingham

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Verra Studios is serving ALL the boho vibes of my dreams! Photo via Verra Studios Instagram.

I’m always looking for ways to jazz up my neutral tone outfits. What better way to do that than repping local gems to show off some personality. Here are 7 Birmingham-based accessory and jewelry designers to put on your radar.

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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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10th Annual Small Business Saturday Happening Nov. 30 in the 4th Avenue Business District

Take a stroll through the Historic 4th Ave Business District. Photo via Birmingham City Council

Get ready to shop ’til you drop Birmingham! The 10th annual Small Business Saturday is happening November 30 at the Historic 4th Avenue Business District. Skip the crazy Black Friday crowds and opt for shopping locally. After all, Birmingham is a city thriving with local entrepreneurs.

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Check out Birmingham’s own “Shark Tank” competition, The Big Pitch, Nov. 23 at Upswing

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The Big Pitch 2018 Winners. Via- RevBham.

REV Birmingham’s demonstration project, Upswing, continues to breathe life into Downtown Birmingham. If you haven’t stopped by, what are you waiting for?! The shops are open and events are scheduled throughout the year! On November 23 from 1PM-4PM Upswing is hosting REV Birmingham‘s biggest entrepreneur-focused event, The Big Pitch. For all you Shark Tank lovers, tickets are now available and this is an event you don’t want to miss!

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Southern Made Creatives

Get in THE MIX with Southern Made Creatives! A night of celebrating Southern Art, Hip Hop Culture, and local vendors!

Southern Made Creatives is an interactive art experience highlighting creatives and entrepreneurs from Birmingham and Atlanta! The Magic City’s thriving visual artists, creatives and small businesses will be showcasing their work, enjoy crafted signature cocktails while vibing out to southern hip hop classics and be sure to catch the live performances from up and coming local artists.

Hosted by B Lynn of 95.7 Jamz!

The Mix is a space for creatives to come together and share varying perspectives and to connect artists and entrepreurs of any facet. We are working to redefine the creative community in Birmingham by curating nontraditional art shows and industry networking mixers to inspire, connect, inform and equip millenials with the tools they need to build sustainable brands. We curate each of our events to be uniquely catered toward highlighting millenial creatives.

Lost & Found

LOST & FOUND: A CELEBRATION OF OLD SOULS

Join us for our first anniversary celebration at Dreamer’s Supply Co.

Saturday September 28th from 6-9pm

825 39th St S, Birmingham, AL 35222

We will be featuring a number of local artists in a group exhibition titled ‘Lost & Found’ that centers around altered paintings and photographs to give new life to found objects.

There will be live music, cake, drinks and giveaways!

In addition to the group show we will be featuring:

Trxi Vintage x Dreamers- We have been planning a collaboration for a few months now and will finally launch a new section of Dreamers featuring Casey Snipes from Trxi Vintage!

MEND- After many successful years in business, Martha Ellen Gunn will launch her re-brand of her alterations and repair business in the back studio of Dreamers!

Follow along for updates on social media platforms @dreamerssupplyco

3 new local shops just opened in Brookwood Village including Darnell’s Fun Stuff and White Flowers. More coming soon

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Brookwood Village (Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now)

There’s lots going on at Brookwood Village just over the mountain in Homewood. As one of the longest-standing Birmingham shopping destinations over the last 45 years, it’s been a permanent fixture for retail in the area. Find out how it’s evolving, what’s new, and what’s coming soon.

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Shop small, shop local this Saturday in downtown Birmingham

Shop Small Biz Saturday
Photo courtesy of Shop Small Facebook Page

There’s something more going on this Saturday other than the big game! It’s Small Business Saturday!  With the rallying cry of Shop Small!, the event was first introduced Nov. 27, 2010, by American Express, in partnership, with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, as a counter event to Black Friday and Cyber Monday events. Continue reading “Shop small, shop local this Saturday in downtown Birmingham”