A look at Woodlawn’s new innovative space for local creatives

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This mural was designed with and painted by the community in Woodlawn. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Birmingham bursts with artistic talents. One thing every creative needs is a space to explore their creativity and design. Birmingham’s Woodlawn community is offering a space for local artists to do just that. Let’s meet Commonplace, shall we?

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These parents chose i3 Academy for their kids—here’s why. Apply for the lottery by Jan. 18

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Dr. Martin Nalls at i3 Academy. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Imagine, investigate, innovate. That’s what i3 stands for, and that philosophy is baked into everything i3 Academy does. We talked to parents of four students who started at the school when it opened in August 2020 to see what they would say to other parents who are considering applying. Lottery applications for this tuition-free K-6 public charter school are due by 11:59PM on January 18, 2021.

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9 Instagram-worthy spots in Birmingham for your next photos

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Say cheese on 3! Photo via Cecilia Wood for Bham Now

If you’re anything like me, you’re always on the lookout for Instagram-worthy spots in Birmingham. Whether you want photos to celebrate a graduation or an engagement or you just want a fun socially-distanced way to spend time, check out these spots you might not have considered.

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A walk in 5 historic Birmingham neighborhoods, including Forest Park

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One of the charming buildings in Forest Park Village. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

After living in Birmingham for nearly 6 years, I’ve come to love and appreciate the beautiful historic neighborhoods throughout The Magic City. I decided to learn more about a few of my favorites (and yes, I might be biased!).

Want to learn more about living in Birmingham’s historic neighborhoods? Reach out to the experts at LAH Real Estate to find your dream home.

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How i3 Academy fits into Woodlawn’s new vision—apply by Jan. 18, 2021

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Mashonda Taylor of the Woodlawn Foundation + Dr. Tommy Bice with i3 Academy
i3 Academy is built into the fabric of the Woodlawn Community. l-r: Mashonda Taylor, Executive Director of Woodlawn Foundation + Dr. Tommy Bice, Chair of the i3 Academy board of directors. Photo via Sharron Swain for Bham Now

If you haven’t heard, i3 Academy is a new tuition-free public charter school in Woodlawn. Their mission: to help students become change agents and problem solvers. They’re currently taking applications for the lottery for rising K-6 students. To learn more, we reached out to Mashonda Taylor and Dr. Tommy Bice. Here’s what they said.

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Party in the streets! Woodlawn Market to host first-ever night market August 10

Street dance is a common sight at the Woodlawn Market! Photo via Facebook.

Woodlawn Market is an urban street market in the heart of Historic Woodlawn. They are halfway through their 6th season, and on Saturday, August 10, they are hosting their first-ever night market from 5-9pm! Find all the details here.

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Your guide to 12 events in Woodlawn this Summer, including Juneteenth June 22

Jones Valley Teaching Farm has a farm stand at Woodlawn High School each week.
Jones Valley Teaching Farm. Photo from Facebook

Here at Bham Now, we’re watching Woodlawn, and we’re happy to share a dozen events in Woodlawn that are happening this Summer.

Whether you’re a longtime Woodlawn resident, or have been meaning to check out the area, there’s something for everyone.

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Local couple behind Club Duquette, a boutique in Woodlawn, featured in The New York Times

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Photo via Club Duquette’s Instagram

Put “‘Southern’ Is Not a Style,” by New York Times writer Michael Venutolo-Mantovani on your reading list, Birmingham. The article highlights the style and community-minded spirit of Duquette and Morgan Johnston, owners of Club Duquette in Woodlawn.

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20 properties acquired by the Woodlawn Foundation with help from Birmingham Land Bank

Revitalized homes in Woodlawn. Photo Courtesy via Birmingham Land Bank

The Birmingham Land Bank Authority (BLBA) was established to help facilitate the revitalization of Birmingham’s 99 neighborhoods, and because of their continued work they helped acquire 20 properties with the Woodlawn Foundation. The Woodlawn Foundation was founded on providing high quality, mixed-income and single-family housing options to Woodlawn residents.

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Cahaba Brewing goes hyperlocal: 14 places to get the latest Proximity Series release

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Jimmy Witt of Witt Farms. Photo via REV Birmingham

When Cahaba Brewing premiered the first hyperlocal beer in its Proximity Series in June, it sold out in three hours. So long, strawberry blonde. I hardly knew ya. Hello, blackberry Dunkelweizen, the latest in the brewery’s collaboration with REV’s Urban Food ProjectContinue reading “Cahaba Brewing goes hyperlocal: 14 places to get the latest Proximity Series release”

Small business Monday – Focus on 55th Place Thrift Store

 

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Gwen Harkness, co-president of 55th Place Thrift Store. Photo via Kristina O’Quinn for Bham Now.

Do you love to hunt for treasure? Want to find a designer coat for a couple of bucks or vintage vinyl? What if you knew that every penny goes to help needy Birmingham residents? Gwen Harkness, co-president of 55th Place Thrift, tells us all about this Woodlawn gem in this week’s edition of Small Business Monday. Continue reading “Small business Monday – Focus on 55th Place Thrift Store”