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Fast Company features the faces of Bessemer in a new article

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Bessemer is making big moves. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

If you’ve turned on a TV or opened up Twitter lately, you’ve seen a national spotlight on Bessemer, Alabama. Recently, Bessemer received another country-wide accolade as Fast Company ran a photo essay of just a few of the workers that make up the heart of Bessemer.

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Bring the cafe home—here are 7 Birmingham coffee roasters to support now

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Caffeine fix incoming. Photo via Bronze Bean Coffee Lab

If you’re always on the hunt for your next caffeine fix, Birmingham’s thriving coffee scene is perfect for you. Luckily, there are plenty of Birmingham coffee roasters who make it even easier to caffeinate your day, whether you’re purchasing by the bag or supporting their brick and mortars.

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5 reasons this home subscription service is a must for Birmingham’s homeowners, buyers, sellers + real estate agents

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What repairs do you need done? Photo via Maestro Maintenance Management

If you’re a real estate agent or a homeowner in the market to buy or sell a home, chances are your plate is overflowing with things to do. Well guess what, we discovered something that will help lighten your load. It’s Maestro Maintenance Management’s at Home subscription service, and wow were we impressed. Read on to discover five reasons why you should sign up for this service ASAP. Don’t want to wait? Sign up now for just $4.99—this flash sale won’t last long!

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This free program is helping pre-K children learn valuable vocab skills in a unique way

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Vocabby’s World is a free program teaching young children vocabulary words and more in Birmingham. Photo via Heath Mixon, photos were taken prior to the pandemic

Yellow taxi cabs aren’t just for hoofing it around New York City. In Birmingham, one of them sings, dances and provides local pre-K children with resources to grow their language and development skills. Vocabby’s World, a local vocabulary program sponsored by PNC Bank, is teaching new concepts to little learners through a fun mascot and community partnerships.

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Struggling with fertility? Help + hope are both possible.

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New mom Veronica Wehby-Upchurch and her newborn. Photo via Jeanna McNeil, By Design Birth Doula Services

We’ve just come out of Infertility Awareness Week (April 18-24, 2021), and I for one saw a number of friends posting intimate glimpses into their fertility journeys as a way to give others hope. In that same spirit, we reached out to Dr. Chris Allemand of ART Fertility Program of Alabama at the Women’s Medical Center at Brookwood Baptist to learn more about this all-too-common challenge and what options are available in Birmingham.

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Join the Rotaract Club for a “mask-erade” ball on May 15—drinks, live music + more

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Time to have a ball, Birmingham. Photo via Rotaract Club of Birmingham

The Rotaract Club of Birmingham is hosting their annual Foundation Ball and we’re ready for any excuse to dress up. Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 15 if you’re ready to have a ball. Not only is it the perfect time to hit the dance floor, but you’re helping raise money for Rotaract’s three signature service projects. Keep reading for the deets and how you can get involved.

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5 of the best places to watch movies this summer + new local films to see

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Cold take: summer is the best time for movies. You can watch them inside and outside, the biggest hits of the year are often released and it’s a great activity on days it’s just too hot to do anything else. So, grab your popcorn and dive into our guide on the best places to catch a film this summer. 

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Local doctor + community support create innovative vaccination drive-thru

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Celeste Reese-Willis, M.D, is leading an initiative to get more Alabamians vaccinated with support from United Way of Central Alabama and others. Photo via Jacob Blakenship for Bham Now

Drive up, get your shot, drive off. Thanks to Celeste Reese-Willis, M.D., Birminghamians have a hassle-free option to receive their COVID-19 vaccine at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport’s drive-thru vaccination site. But she’s not alone—learn how United Way of Central Alabama (UWCA) and its affinity groups play a role in this monumental feat.

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Join the citywide scavenger hunt for free art with Free Art Bham

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Free Art Bham is bringing art to the city—for free! Photo of Natalie Zoghby’s art via Free Art Bham

Ready to enhance your art collection and support local artists? Now you can for free—thanks to Free Art Bham, a global movement that’s thriving in the Magic City. Find out how it got started and how you can participate.

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5 bakeries creating baby-approved smash cakes around Birmingham

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Owning that first birthday cake. Photo via Patience Itson for Bham Now

When baby turns one, there’s no better way to ring in the occassion than letting them loose on their very own smash cake. So get those cameras ready, because these five bakers around the greater Birmingham area offer custom smash cakes for the ultimate first dessert experience.

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Find out how 1 prof helped design a new EDBA program while doing aerial silks in her spare time

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Dr. Erin Gillespie on the UNA campus. Photo via Leah T. Johnson

It’s rare for an assistant professor with a three-year tenure at a particular university to be able to say they’ve a) helped shape an entirely new doctoral program (the UNA EDBA), b) won a College of Business Faculty Research Award and c) helped start a Women in Business group. But for Dr. Erin Gillespie, that’s all in a day’s work. Keep reading to learn more about Gillespie and her role in shaping the University of North Alabama’s new Executive Doctor of Business Administration program.

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The Alabama Fire Women’s Tackle Football team is back on May 8

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Alabama Fire is bringing the heat this Saturday, May 8. Photo via Alabama Fire’s Facebook

True pro football fans start missing the thrill of football this time of year. Luckily, if you’re missing football, the Alabama Fire Women’s Tackle Football team has announced their first home game for this Saturday, May 8 at Wenonah High School. Check out how you can support the Fire.

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[PHOTOS] Flower power: 7 shops to get your next orchids

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For plant people, orchids are notorious for being difficult. Like a moody teenager, orchids need a lot of time, care and love from those around them. So if you’re looking to get started with one of these beautiful and delicate flowers, we’ve got seven shops where you can find them in Birmingham.

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