The Farm to City Incubator

The Market at Pepper Place has spawned dozens of success stories. When April McClung started selling her Emily’s Heirloom Pound Cakes in 2014, someone recommended that she try to get into the Market at Pepper Place. “People said there would be a three-year wait, but that didn’t concern me, and I thought we would simply… Read More

A Mighty Wind

With an all-female cast and crew, “Space Wind”—a new sci-fi comedy short combining 3D animated objects, characters, and live action—is headed to a film festival near you. Written by Rosalind Fournier; Portraits by Liesa Cole Veronique (“Vero”) Vanblaere, a Belgian artist who has called Birmingham home now for more than 20 years and owns the… Read More

How La’Shondra Got Her Groove Back

Making music in the male-dominated realms of hip-hop and music technology, La’Shondra Hemphill—aka RyNea Soul—hopes to serve as a role model for other women in the industry.  Written by Rosalind Fournier; Portrait by Beau Gustafson As a young girl, La’Shondra Hemphill used to spend a lot of time in the summers teaching herself how to play… Read More

The Road Less Traveled

Leaving the corporate world behind, Mindy Santo finds that life and career are what you make of them.  Written by Rosalind Fournier; Portrait by Mary Fehr Mindy Santo—mentor, public speaker, and women’s empowerment coach—has learned that success doesn’t require a spot in the c-suite. It just takes a willingness to take risks, evolve, and pursue… Read More

At the Top of Her Game

A collegiate volleyball star turned Birmingham-Southern athletic director, Kyndall Waters strives to grow leaders on and off the field. Written by Rosalind Fournier; Portrait by Beau Gustafson Talk with Kyndall Waters about her standout collegiate volleyball career at Birmingham-Southern College (BSC), and the subject of her height will probably come up. In reality, by most… Read More

Outside the Box

Written by Rosalind Fournier; Portrait by Beau Gustafson Bebe Goodrich was just 27 when she decided to take her passion for cold-brewed coffee—the drink she’d grown up with in her native New Orleans—and turn it into a business. It seemed like a niche market begging to be filled. “Cold-brewed coffee is truly part of the… Read More

A Little Bit of Everything

When it comes to her own home, a local interior designer brings together a mix of traditional, contemporary and glamourous elements that demonstrate her passion for the process. Written by Jane Reynolds; Photography by Edward Badham   Patsy Baird enjoys moving. She doesn’t mind the planning, packing, or deciding what to keep and what to give away. Most… Read More

Eastern Promise

Produced by Mindi Shapiro Levine; written by Brett Levine; food styling by Lily Plauche; photography by Alison Miksch Chinese food is a study in subtleties and sophistications. Spices like Chinese dried peppers and Sichuan peppercorns add their distinctive flavors to these dishes, combining with classics like garlic, ginger, Hoisin sauce and sesame oil. In Sautéed Baby Bok Choy and Mushrooms, vegetables are… Read More

Living by the Code of the Cookie

A local baking company sweetens the deal for women in recovery. Written by Allison Crotwell; Photography by Liesa Cole   “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” These words, initially crafted by C.S. Lewis, perfectly capture what one father and son team has set out… Read More

His Own Man

  Joseph Siegelman may come with a pedigree in politics, but he is here to forge his own path. Written by Rosalind Fournier, photography by Beau Gustafson   This is a fair bet. As the people of Alabama learn that Joseph Siegelman, a local attorney and managing partner in the Birmingham office of The Cochran… Read More

Funding Awesome

  The local chapter of an international philanthropy gives away $1,000 a month to help people help others.  Written by Rosalind Fournier // Photography by Beau Gustafson Max Rykov remembers that when he and Dr. Dionne Mahaffey teamed up to start a local chapter of The Awesome Foundation—an international organization that grants money, no strings attached, to… Read More