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Beyond the Basics of Basil

Produced by Brett Levine Food Styling by Lily Plauché Photography by Beth Dreiling Hontzas   Basil is a delicate herb. Sweet basil, most often used in Italian cooking, adds sweetness and subtlety to any dish, while Thai basil, with its narrow leaves, brings a hint of anise to a range of Asian dishes. Begin with… Read More

Magic City Mix

Our annual look at the people who make Birmingham rock. Scroll to the bottom of the page to hear tracks from our featured artists.  Photographed by Liesa Cole Produced by Tony Rodio JazzMine Garfield How did you come up with your name?  Any particular significance? Huge thing about myself is being proud of who I… Read More

The Portraitist

“Eye on the ’60s” looks at iconic American photographer, Rowland Scherman. Written by Katherine Webb   Birmingham knows Rowland Scherman as the owner of Joe Bar, Southside’s legendary hangout for the hip and creative in the ‘80s and ‘90s. But when Rowland Sherman was 20–years–old, he was an intern at Life magazine. The year was… Read More

The Last Best Days

Every year as summer packs her suitcase, we savor each last moment of her time. We help make sure that she’s left nothing behind her but the memories of a summer day. Photography by Graham Yelton   Model: Erin Jackson Hair and Make-Up: Beth Pilgreen Styling: Brittany Hartwell, Molly Green Boutique Props: Rust and Dust… Read More

Game Changers

The people behind Flying Monkey Interactive aren’t just playing games. By Chris K. Davidson Photography by Beau Gustafson   Cute little virtual creatures became the jumping-off point for an Internet gaming company that has taken off like, well, flying monkeys. The Birmingham-based team of Candace Sargent and Cameron Holt hatched the plan for their breedable… Read More

Against the Grain

Graphic Designer Winslow Taft takes a hint from a fallen tree and goes eco-rustic retro with his 1920’s Crestwood cottage. Written and Photographed by Graham Yelton   This story might never have come to pass if it weren’t for a large tree and an April thunderstorm. Not an uncommon tale these days, but for Winslow,… Read More

One on One: Robby Pierce and Gordon Stewart

Robby Pierce, the founder of SourcePointe, and Gordon Stewart, owner of Hoover Toyota, talk about running a business with employees in the Hoover/Birmingham area.