B-metro - The magazine of metro Birmingham living


The Street

On my two-day journey, I talked with several homeless men and women and asked them to tell me their stories. Some were unwilling, but some agreed to answer my questions and to be photographed.

One one One: Brian Hart Hoffman and Chad Goodwin

This month’s one on one conversation pairs up a creative professional and a financial one for a spirited conversation about the essence of community and what it means to care.

Fine Lines

When Walter and Audrey Stewart wanted to create a unique European-inspired dream home in Liberty Park, they hired Alex Krumdieck. The result is a modern masterpiece in architecture.

I Know You Got Soul!

It is hard to think of southern food without thinking of soul food, but sometimes we are not sure of how to get some of that soul onto our plates! But, finding a soulful way to enjoy a meal is easier than hearing James Brown say, “For goodness sakes, have a look at those cakes!”


A new generation of young people are pouring their hearts into Birmingham and making this a better city for all of us.


Our February 2014 fashion feature is all about the shoes.

Our House: The Ballard House Project

The home was built in the 1940s by an African-American contractor, Leroy S. Gillard. Over the years, it has maintained a stately presence in the western section of downtown, nestled at the rear of the St. John African American Episcopal Church. While it was known most recently as the doctor’s office, it also held prominence as a place for social gatherings and as a motel.

Alabama Pioneers

Alabama designers begin the Alabama Organic Cotton Project, which dares to change the way Alabama thinks about cotton.

Be Still My Beating Heart

Sultan says he was initially drawn to heart surgery because the heart, much like an algebra equation, often gives you the answer you want when you use the right formula. “The physiology [of the heart] is beautiful, and everything makes sense,” he says. “If there’s volume loss, you give volume. If there’s blood loss, you give blood.”