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The Eyes Have It

At iiis, an optical shop in Five Points South, shopping for eyewear is a soulful experience.  Kris Childs founded this optical shop in Birmingham’s Five Points South neighborhood in 1994 as an expression of her creative spark, and 25 years and more than 15,000 customers later that spark is still obvious when you walk in… Read More

Bridal Visions

In the South we are known for our charm and hospitality. We are also known for our soiree’s, gala’s and most of all our weddings.  A Photo Essay by ArdenWard Upton A wedding is one of our greatest social affairs. It’s a place to see and be seen all while eating cake and dancing the… Read More

Staying Fresh

Coming up on two decades in business,  Chef/Owner George Reis keeps the Ocean experience fresh and young. For George Reis, the key to success at Ocean, his upscale seafood restaurant in Five Points South is keeping a fresh approach, to the food, the suppliers, and the people. “You have to reinvent  yourself all the time, and realize you don’t know it all and… Read More

The Last Supper

After 24 years Hot and Hot Fish Club has a new home at Pepper Place. We were there though at the old place on New Year’s Eve…for the last supper.

Places in the Heart: Ted’s

With its friendly vibe and classic food, Ted’s is a place you can call home. Beyond the lunchtime crowds and the classic meat and three options on the steam table, there is something deeper going on. Ted’s has been one of the favorite spots in the heart of the city for decades now. More than… Read More

50 Moments That Made UAB

Sept. 14, 1936: The University of Alabama opened its Birmingham Extension Center in an old wood-frame two-story house at 2131 6th Avenue North. For the first term, 116 students enrolled. One full-time instructor and seven-part time instructors taught 19 different courses. Jan. 1, 1945: Jefferson and Hillman Hospitals were merged to form the University of… Read More

Holiday Glamour

The glam look of holiday fashion from Gus Mayer.

All’s Fair

At Sojourns experience the artisanal world of fair trade. Sojourns in downtown Birmingham is a fair trade import business working with artisans in a variety of countries to provide opportunity  for them and a unique selection of items for city consumers. The shop is committed to fair trade principles and works with fair trade certified… Read More

The Lumbar Cure

With a new menu and a unique style,  The Lumbar in Pepper Place is a perfect spot to relax your weary bones.

Personal Space: Christopher Nanni

A one-on-one conversation with Christopher Nanni, President and CEO, Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham.

Shops: Something’s Cooking

At Bresco you can shop where the food professionals do.