5 things you probably didn’t know about Birmingham’s Pratt City

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Corey Pettway enjoying the hammocks at One Pratt Park. Photo via Birmingham City Council Facebook.

Pratt City—where I barely passed my driver’s test at the DMV and a neighborhood with perseverance. After the April 2011 tornadoes, the community was heavily affected but continues to make strides into the new decade. Keep reading to learn about Pratt’s hidden gems.

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Did you know you can host your own private event at Iron City? Here’s how.

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Hosting your private event is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Photo via Iron City on Facebook

When it comes to huge music acts, Iron City is one of Birmingham’s best event venues. But did you know that they also host private events? From weddings to corporate events, Iron City can turn your party into one unforgettable night. Find out how.

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Don’t miss ASO’s captivating performance of Mozart’s Requiem. 15% off with code MOZARTNOW

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ASO’s performance of Mozart’s Requiem is coming up March 6 & 7. Photo courtesy of ASO

The Alabama Symphony Orchestra is bringing to life the mystery, suspense and drama of Mozart’s Requiem on March 6 and 7. You don’t want to miss this one—get 15% off your tickets today with code MOZARTNOW. 

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Spring 2020 is for paddling: a guide to kayak & canoe events near Birmingham

Photo courtesy of Auburn University’s Whitewater Kayaking Club

Any paddling enthusiasts out there? This one’s for you. With all the beautiful rivers we have near Birmingham, paddle sports are a go-to for adventurers in our area. Below is a guide to some events coming up this spring!

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Birmingham’s biggest garage sale is back! The Bargain Carousel returns Feb. 27, Apr. 4 + Apr. 25.

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Get ready to attend the 1000-family garage sale this spring. You won’t want to miss out on these items. Photo courtesy of the Junior League of Birmingham

Know how people say they’re “treasure hunting” when it comes to scouring garage sales, antique shops or thrift stores for gems? The Bargain Carousel’s events on Feb. 27, Apr. 4 and Apr.25 are the opposite of that. It’d be hard not to find amazing items. Grab your tickets and find out how you can be a part of the fun while putting your money right back into Birmingham.

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5 Bessemer businesses + 1 blues festival you need to check out now

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Who doesn’t want to eat at a restaurant with a giant stuffed animal hanging from the ceiling. Photo via The Seafood King – Bessemer’s Facebook page

When’s the last time you checked in on any Bessemer businesses? Last month we featured 8 new businesses in Bessemer. This time we thought we’d mix things up a bit with some longtime favorites, a new restaurant and a favorite music festival. Keep reading for all the details.

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Outside Magazine calls Alabama’s Pinhoti Trail one of the best hikes to take on earth in 2020

Conservation Fund map of the Pinhoti Trail. Graphic from the Pinhoti Trail Alliance

In its latest edition, the nationally acclaimed outdoor adventure publication Outside Magazine recommended the 335 mile Alabama/Georgia Pinhoti Trail as one of the best long-distance hikes to take in the world this year.

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Birmingham, meet ParkMobile–an app that could make parking a breeze

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One of Birmingham’s thousands of parking meters. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Who carries quarters anymore? Certainly not me. And yet, parking in downtown Birmingham is nearly impossible if you don’t. However, the Birmingham City Council Transportation Committee just voted to approve a partnership with ParkMobile. In the near future, public parking could be one click away.

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Birmingham’s Ward Neely discovers antique letters inside hundred-year-old hotel. Photos included!

Inside the historic Eyers-Raden Building, one of the oldest buildings in Birmingham’s Automotive Historic District. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

As an amateur history buff, learning more about Birmingham’s storied past is one of the best parts of my job. So you can imagine my excitement when I learned that a prominent Birmingham developer discovered hundred-year-old antique letters inside an old hotel. I quickly arranged to visit the building and see for myself. Here’s what I learned.

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Discover 7 new Hoover businesses opened in the past month—including Clean Juice

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The face says it all. Photo via Emily and Eli’s Dog Grooming Salon’s Facebook.

Hoover is rolling right along when it comes to new construction and businesses. Have you been keeping your eye on the city? We certainly have—here’s a roundup of what’s going on in Hoover .

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