Posts Tagged ‘business’


The Royal Standard

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

Royal Cup’s H.C. Valentine Coffee Company is setting a new standard. By Joe O’Donnell Photography by Beau Gustafson Real excellence lies in doing the ordinary extraordinarily well. That is a paraphrase of something that Booker T. Washington once said about the nature of achievement. In one sense there is nothing more ordinary than a cup… Read More

One-on-One: Lori Sours & Jeff York

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

One-on-One. People Talking. The topic was salsa before moving on to creative advertising, films and the rigors of a long-distance commute from Chicago to Birmingham. And that was just the start of this month’s One on One conversation. Lori Sours  (aka “Salsa Senorita”, co-creator of Salsa Senorita brand salsa) is a New Mexico native with… Read More

One-on-One: Jann Robinson & Atticus Rominger

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

One-on-One. People. Talking. This month’s conversation features two great communicators, caterer and entrepreneur Jann Robinson and public relations professional Atticus Rominger. The discussion centered on the role change plays in life, the essence of building your own brand and launching out on your own to pursue your dreams. A firm believer in the adage that… Read More

The Client is Key

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Lisa Alexander’s success in advertising stems from a commitment to the client. By Joe O’Donnell Photo by Beau Gustafson There is a sense of comfort in the early 20th century house that is home to Alexander Advertising, just off Highland Avenue on Birmingham’s Southside. The wide porch leading to the front door is welcoming on… Read More

The Flowering of Gus Pappas

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

A businessman readies a last century business for a new century world. By Joe O’Donnell    Photo by Beau Gustafson The formula is deceptively simple. Fresher flowers. Same day delivery. That has become the mantra at Norton’s Florist, the old-line Birmingham florist founded in 1921 that has thrived under the ownership of Gus Pappas. Pappas… Read More

Start A Business

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Take a risk/ Get a plan/ Hire some people/ Save the economy We spoke with local entrepreneurs about the pitfalls and triumphs of becoming your own boss and how to make it happen. By Jesse Chambers An entrepreneur, according to the American Heritage Dictionary, is “a person who organizes, operates, and assumes the risk for… Read More

A Highland Park Treasure

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Historic charm and fine craftsmanship abound in the Burnett-Morrow residence by Mary Ellen Stancill   Photography by Beau Gustafson David Whitley has always had an eye for fine craftsmanship. “You couldn’t get out of high school without taking furniture making,” explains the North Carolina native of his long held interest. For years he had a backyard woodshop and… Read More

Listen Up / August 2011

Monday, August 1st, 2011

The Resurrection of the Theatre The doors to a storied live music venue re-open this month. On Monday, August 1, two years after an early–morning fire decimated the Georgia Theatre in Athens, Ga., the 122–year–old venue will begin its two-week re–opening celebration. “As construction nears completion we can feel Athens and the Southeastern music community… Read More

Southern Gothic

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

It was a little piece of creative heaven before the fall from grace. What followed for Southern  Progress Corporation and its people was a New York publishing invasion, a lot of pain and a chance for many people to reinvent themselves. For Birmingham, the real question becomes what to do with all of the creative… Read More