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It’s the End of the World as We Know It

By Joey Kennedy I’m an optimist. My curious nature ensures that. If I were a pessimist, I certainly wouldn’t want to know more stuff. I wouldn’t believe in life-long learning. I wouldn’t plan ahead. Especially in these times. The end times? No, I’m not making an end-of-the-world prophecy. I’m no prophet – true, false, or… Read More

The Life We Live

My wife needs a liver. Her liver is dying, and she needs a new one. Or one that another person can’t use because they’re dead. Veronica needs a transplant. But there are problems. And they are scary problems. Not the transplant. At UAB, more than 90 percent of liver transplant patients do just fine. It’s… Read More

Charmed Beginnings

Embraced by the Mountains Old Edwards Inn and Spa is the perfect spot to begin life as a couple.

Billy Reid Opening

Billy Reid celebrated its first Birmingham location in Pepper Place. Guests got to meet and greet designer Billy Reid and enjoy beer from Trim Tab Brewery, The Balvenie cocktails, and small bites from Chef Adam Evans of Automatic Seafood and Oysters.  

Local Loop

It is called Local Loop, and its aim is to celebrate all things local. Modeled a bit after a farmer’s market and designed to be a lifestyle market. Birmingham is constantly growing and it can be hard to know about everything the city has to offer. Local Loop organizers, including Brittany McNaughton of Forecast Salon,… Read More

Charmed Beginnings Embraced by the Mountains

Old Edwards Inn and Spa is the perfect spot to begin life as a couple. (Sponsor Content) Celebrate your wedding surrounded by the beauty and serenity of the Blue Ridge Mountains at Old Edwards Inn & Spa. Rustic-inspired settings, elegant outdoor spaces, and fashionable venues for rehearsal dinners and brunches provide the perfect stage—in the midst… Read More

Personal Space

A one-on-one conversation with Barry Sleckman, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB.  Barry Sleckman, M.D., Ph.D., is new to Birmingham, coming to town to take over leadership of the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Slecckman was most recently associate director of the Meyer Cancer Center at Weill Cornell Medicine in… Read More

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

Karim’s BHM: Only Connect

As the new head of the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center, Reverend Melissa Patrick works on connecting humanity and bridging gaps. I met recently with the newly appointed Executive Director of Birmingham Holocaust Education Center, Reverend  Melissa Patrick. Her words were profound and powerful. She sees her new responsibilities fitting her history and her milieu. “I understand faith as… 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