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A One on One Conversation with Bryan Thompson In search of new business opportunities, some people look for the hottest trends and jump right in. Bryan Thompson makes up trends as he goes along. He started out, inauspiciously enough, in the cabinet manufacturing business. Then he fell in love with robots—not making or selling them, but… Read More

Book Marks

Repairing the downtown library  By Tom Gordon By the time you read this, new Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin will be on the job. He and the City Council, which has three new members, will have a lot on their plate. Among other things, Woodfin has called for stepped-up efforts to address road and sidewalk repair… Read More

Liberty Park Living: Lauren and Debbie Barrett

As an architect, I have been impressed with the high degree of energy efficiency incorporated in the houses in Liberty Park. We chose Liberty Park and it was a good fit.  Lauren Barrett brings a lifetime of professional experience to his view of life in Liberty Park. An architect in practice with his son at Barrett… Read More

The Giving Guide

The Giving Heart of the City Birmingham is an especially giving city. Whatever your special cause, you can find a home for your passion project among the nonprofit organizations of Birmingham. On these pages, we present profiles of some of the region’s leading nonprofits, their impact, missions, successes, and connections. When it comes to getting… Read More

Building Their Dreams

Leaving no detail to chance, a couple builds a home their growing family will enjoy for years to come. Written by Jane Reynolds; Photography by Edward Badham Alan and Allison Cease both have strong Birmingham ties—Alan grew up here; Allison is a graduate of Samford University—and the young couple always planned on making this their home. But their plans… Read More

Southern Gospel: Like a Train Whistle

The Birmingham Sunlights keep the tradition of Southern Gospel alive and well. Written by Phillip Ratliff; Photography by Beau Gustafson For the past three decades, the Birmingham Sunlights have been celebrated for their rootedness in the city’s venerable gospel singing tradition—and for being among that tradition’s great innovators. Threading that needle has meant learning from… Read More

Fashion: Sparkle and Shine

The holiday party season has arrived, and the glamour is back. Credits: Photography by Chuck St.John Styling  by Mary Beth Wetzel Art Direction by Robin Colter Hair by Todd Cargo of Sanctuary Make Up by Jennifer Spanick Style Assist by Lynn Muggeo Photo Assist by Erin Crawford Models Gloria Ann Crauswell, Becca Tate, Michael Clarke; All with Red Models Silver full-length evening gown with front slit… Read More

Walking on Clouds

Photography by Alison Miksch Recipe Development by Lilly Plauché You might not imagine that something as simple as egg whites and sugar could transform into something as light, and delicious as a meringue. Try some dipped delicately into chocolate. Sprinkle one with fruit. Or, savor a slice of perfection in a Pavlova—that classic Australian dessert… Read More

Be His Guest

New BMA Director Graham Boettcher wants to reinvigorate the museum experience. Written by Rosalind Fournier Portrait by Beau Gustafson Additional photography courtesy of the Birmingham Museum of Art Dr. Graham Boettcher, the new R. Hugh Daniel director at the Birmingham Museum of Art (BMA), is sitting on a simple, seamless wooden tete a tete bench—the… Read More

Liberty Park Living: The Loftin Family

Stacy Loftin knew exactly what she was getting into when she and her husband Dave bought their house at Liberty Park. An elementary school teacher for 22 years, Stacy began teaching at Liberty Park Elementary School 11 years ago. So it was through her job that she was first able to sample the extraordinary lifestyle… Read More

Creating a buzz…The Storm

Rise up in the face of adversity. Written by Janice Cardwell ⎪ Photography by Liesa Cole Newscasts lead with them. Social media feeds overflow with them. They dominate water cooler conversations. Disasters seem ever more frequent and unavoidable. They do not discriminate based on socioeconomic status, ethnic background, or even religious belief.  Well-engineered structures and conventions are, all too often,… Read More