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The Secret Lives of Dogs

Illustrator Becky Denny tells unique stories with her pet portraiture.

Bark Art

Amy DeLoach reveals the personalities of dogs through her camera.

A Dog’s Healing Touch

Through Hand in Paw, volunteers and their pets bring joy and empathy into situations where people need it most.

Decoding the Canine Mind

Dog behaviorist, author, and advocate Aaron McDonald has spent more than 10,000 hours studying dog behavior to improve dog-human relationships. 

Leaf it to Me…

Produced by Mindi Shapiro Written by Brett Levine Food styling by Lily Plauché Photography by Alison Miksch Tea may be for two, and it may have launched a party in Boston Harbor, but for our purposes it is the perfect foundation for incredible additions to your menu. Its distinctive flavor adds smokiness in the form of a Lapsang souchong,… Read More

The Call of Duty

Presented with the opportunity to take the reins of the largest police force in Alabama, L.A.P.D. veteran and Tuscaloosa native Patrick Smith didn’t hesitate. Written by Rosalind Fournier Seated at his desk in his office high up in the police headquarters downtown, Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith reaches behind him and picks up an old… Read More

Model Behavior

Kiara Newell—model, mom, entrepreneur, fashion designer, and YouTuber—learned early in life to ignore the word “no.” “I was always the child who asked, why?” Newell says. “Why is this like this? Well, I’m going to change that.” True to her word, Newell has broken the mold in the way she approaches her career as well… Read More

Big Easy Living

After finding her dream loft downtown, Angele Monconduit infused it with a style inspired by her native New Orleans. Written by Jane Reynolds Photography by Edward Badham Angele Monconduit is so New Orleans, her birthday this year is on Fat Tuesday. She grew up in the Big Easy and still returns home whenever she can to ride in… Read More

Hear Me Out with Lee Shook

As one of the most versatile and sought-after drummers on the Birmingham music scene, over the course of his nearly 50-year career Mark Lanter has made a name for himself as a go-to player with the ability to inhabit just about any role thrown his way. From big band jazz and fusion, to thundering rock,… Read More

Date Night: Pilcrow Cocktail Cellar

Meet me underground. Founder’s Station, the building complex in which Pilcrow Cocktail Cellar resides, originally housed a printing press around the end of the 19th century. Bar owner Joe Phelps wanted a name to honor that part of the building’s history so he chose “pilcrow,” a typographical character used to indicate a new paragraph or… Read More

Date Night: The Marble Ring

An Avondale bar with the feel of a 1920s speakeasy. With cocktail servers dressed as flappers and bartenders in white shirts and suspenders, the setting is perfect for an experience that transports you back to the roaring twenties, right in the heart of Avondale. The Marble Ring is upstairs above Fancy’s on Fifth, and accessed… Read More