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written by Dana Jaffe, portraits by Beau Gustafson Just two years ago, India Ramey was an attorney, running around from case to case and keeping up with court docket deadlines. When the economy took a downturn in 2009 and Ramey was laid off, the 36-year-old singer/songwriter took it as a sign to finally pursue her… Read More

Small Wheels Big Dreams

By Kim Riegel Across from Railroad Park, on any given day, people on wheels are at the concrete foundation left from a burned-out shoe factory. With the wind in their hair, skateboarders are rolling along the ramps, jumps, rails, and quarter pipes placed there, practicing tricks with names like Ollies, flips, and grinds. Because Birmingham… Read More

My Life as a Fast Girl

(Sort of) Written by Robin Colter, Photographed by Lindsey Griffin   “My name is Robin, and I drive like a girl.” We took turns telling who we were and why we were there.  Most had the same reason—a love for the Porsche and a need for speed. A few had come along with a spouse… Read More

Accidental Business

Dental student Michael Gamotis finds a new business and business partner in a most unlikely place. by Naomi Jo’el Glover , Photo by Beau Gustafson Three years ago, Michael Gamotis saw an old factory cart in the back of the former Parkside Antiques. One year later, he had a thriving business selling these renovated carts as… Read More

All in the Family

Melanie Pounds transformed a bachelor pad into a comfortable but sophisticated family home for her brother-in-law and sister-in-law. Now the space is also home to 11-month-old twin girls. By Mary Ellen Stancill   Photos by Beau Gustafson When Bonnie and Hamilton Pounds began searching for a new home, they didn’t have to look very far. They found… Read More

A Meal Fit for The King

Produced and Styled by Mindi Shapiro Levine, Photographed by Mary Britton Senseney “Elvis, I know you are alive! Call me, we’ll do lunch.” —graffiti on stone wall outside Graceland In 1956, Elvis Presley roared out of Tupelo, Mississippi to become the King of Rock-n-Roll.  He spent the next 20 years living up to that title. Part… Read More

One on One April 2011

People. Talking. Photos by Beau Gustafson For this month’s One on One, we brought together two women who are active, and activist, to say the least. Melissa Kendrick owns Sojourns, a unique store on Third Avenue North downtown that carries art, accessories, baskets, home décor, kitchen items, linens and textiles, pottery, vases, children’s toys, books… Read More

Scott Bennett: A Voice in Clay.

by Brett Levine,   Photo by Jerry Siegel Scott Bennett really is a man of the earth. It provides a raw material, clay, that he forms into both functional and sculptural objects of exquisite beauty and detail. “I guess I would classify myself as a ceramic artist” Bennett says, “because I’m very interested in forms,… Read More

Cross Roads

Life changes brought local artist Catherine Partain a new focus for her work and renewed spirituality. by Naomi Jo’el Glover    Photo by Beau Gustafson Catherine Partain is rapidly making a name for herself locally and nationally as an artist—an artist who welds. At 5’1” and weighing in at just over 100 pounds, Partain may not… Read More


If it has two wheels and a motor, odds are you’ll find one at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum—a five star, world–class facility that is truly one of kind. The best part is that it’s right here in Birmingham! Written and photographed by Marc Bondarenko We’ve all heard it: “ Atlanta’s Got It Goin’ On!” They’ve got their… Read More

One on One

People. Talking. Photos by Beau Gustafson In this edition of One on One, we brought together two young women who are all about community. As the founder of My Green Birmingham.com and Kelly Green Marketing and Consulting, Natalie Kelly has created a online resource for learning about living the green, earth-friendly lifestyle. A graduate of… Read More