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It’s a Mod, Mod World

A tired 1980s house is transformed into a polished modern jewel. Written & photographed by Graham Yelton In 2008, Roshan and Farida climbed the steep driveway to a Hoover home and walked into a space filled with dated brass fixtures, wall-to-wall floral paper and floors covered with carpet. They fell in love. Most buyers have… Read More

Purple Food

What Lurks Beneath The Surface Words and styling by Mindi Shapiro Levine Food styling and recipes by Lilly Plauché Photography by Mary Britton Senseney Something lurks beneath the surface of our sophisticated October recipes. There is a foreboding nod to the obvious – All Hollow’s Eve. The mature spin is deep, dark, hauntingly sinful purple… Read More

Shadow + Light

Shadow + Light Photography by Chuck St. John Produced and styled by Mindi Shapiro Levine Photography Assistant Erin London Photography Assistant Eric DeJuan Makeup and Hair by Jennifer Spanick Model Jackie Clay Style Assistant Carrie Roach Style Assistant Brett Levine Art Direction by Robin Colter Video by Hunter Cresswell If you think black is boring,… Read More

Sisters in Arms

Two sisters heed the call of duty and redefine themselves as both women and soldiers. By Tom Gordon In northeastern Afghanistan, about 250 miles from the country’s capital of Kabul, sits a dusty military camp named after Mike Spann, the CIA operative and Alabama native who was the first American to die in the war… Read More

Hispanic Soul

The diverse, aspirational and controversial world of  Hispanics in the city. By Joe O’Donnell Photography by Beau Gustafson The controversy that has erupted over new immigration laws in our state has taken up most of the attention and headlines that touch on the Hispanic community in Birmingham, but there is a whole other story to… Read More

Wild Style

Wild Style Concept and photography by Liesa Cole Produced by Tony Rodio Trend forecasting and fashion styling by Mary Beth Wetzel Art Direction by Robin Colter Set design by Christophe Nicolet Hair Design by Shelby McDonald Make-up artistry by Lindsay Garret Photo assistance by Emmanuel Benetollo and Erik Fountain Reptiles and animal wranglers provided by… Read More

Between the Lines

Cheeriodicals bring smiles to ailing kids and precious “me” time to others. By Les Lovoy      Photo by Beau Gustafson It all started with an act of kindness and caring. Mary Martha Parisher’s uncle was undergoing chemotherapy at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. She thought he might like some cheering up. She knew how… Read More

I Heard the News Today. Oh Boy.

The most sweeping transformation of the newspaper business ever is playing out here in Birmingham with layoffs, three-day-a-week newspapers and a focus on digital delivery of the news. By Joe O’Donnell It was a Tuesday morning, early but not that early, maybe 6:45. I went into the convenience store and brought my Coke Zero to… Read More

One-on-One: Christine Szalay and Jamika Kirk

One on One: People Talking We brought together two people this month who really have the community at heart — one a newcomer, one a native, both now dyed-in-the-wool Birmingham. Christine Szalay, general manager of the Shops of Grand River, was born and raised in Akron, Ohio, but her roots run deep in Alabama with… Read More

Artist on the City

Artist on the City Written by Lauren Lockhart Photos by Angela Karen Once a year, artist and New York resident Sara Garden Armstrong leaves home to come home. That is, to her first home here in Alabama—more specifically, the 21st Street Studios nestled on its namesake street in downtown Birmingham. Work your way through either… Read More