the City Guide

Issue #126

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A Love Letter
image of Downtown Birmingham
to the city

We decided this issue should take a spccial delight in highlightimg the people,
placs and things that make the city amazing. And even if we can’t
experience everything to its fullest because of the pandemic,
we know the city will be out there . . . waiting.

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Please text Gil for a hair appointment
at 205-401-7921
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Birmingham Couple
Creates Silver Lining

B-Metro's Best of the City: Style
How one local duo found their way during uncertain times.

“We’re a Team.”

Those are the words of Deb, founder of Bearden Design et Boutique, now, Bearden Design et Boutique & Salon.
She is speaking about her husband, Gil Mouyal, a hairstylist for over 40 years here in Birmingham with whom she joined forces during quarantine to find a way for both of their businesses to survive.

Their solution? Merge her clothing boutique with his hairstyling to create a unique experience for both of their customers.

Clients can visit Gil’s full service salon and walk out to the boutique to shop unique styles by designers from all over the world. The boutique features international fashion, independent designers and eco friendly manufacturers, coupled with amazing customer service. Alterations, approvals and lay–a–way are available as well as private appointments.

The salon features hair color by Matix an ammonia free color, Brazilian blowout, Moroccan oil products and Keritan complex services.
The couple has been in the customer service industry for a collective 60 years and are thrilled to put their passions together as co-workers to continue to serve the city of Birmingham.

During this uncertain time, Gil and Deb have created a silver lining —one that’s brought them together as co–workers and closer as a couple.

Bearden Design et Boutique & Salon is located in Homewood on 18th Street.

2846 18th St South, Homewood
(205) 907-1835
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Personal Space
An interview with BhamNow owner Cindy Martin

Ask the Experts
there’s an expert for everything–and B-Metro
knows where to find them

City Guide
Wonders of the city captured

La Resurreccion
Sol y Luna was the brainchild of Guillermo Castro, who died tragically young in 2011. The surviving brothers have brought the restaurant back to life.

Women and the Law
Our annual listing of the top women attorneys in the metro.


Food, art, fun and parties you missed.

Bleacher Seat
By Luke Robinson 

Glamorous Life
By Sunny Brown 

By Joey Kennedy

UAB Birmingham at night

The Best of the City

The past few months have made me turn my focus to the positive, even though it is hard thing to do. In this issue of B-metro, we our eyes on that same prize by putting together this our annual city guide. In this edition we’ve taken the great things about our town (even if pandemic circumstances prevent us from enjoying the way we did and will again). So here’s to the best of the city and taking our glimmers of joy where we can find them.

Joe O’Donnell Editor/Publisher

Amy Tucker Marketing Specialist
Elizabeth O’Donnell Accounting

Contributing Writers
Javacia Bowser, Lee Ann Brown, Micah Cargo, Tom Gordon, Angela Karen, Joey Kennedy, Brett Levine, Lindsey Osborne, Cody Owens, Phillip Ratliff, Luke Robinson, Max Rykov

Contributing Photographers
Billy Brown, Edward Badham, Marc Bondarenko, Cameron Carnes, Liesa Cole, Eric Dejuan, Larry O. Gay, Beau Gustafson, Angela Karen, Nik Layman, Jaysen Michael, Alison Miksch, Karim Shamsi-Basha,
Jerry Siegel, Chuck St. John

B–Metro is published by Fergus Media LLC
1314 Cobb Lane South, Birmingham, AL 35205
(205) 202-4182

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The last watermelons of summer perhaps, displayed at the new Local Source Market & Grocery in Five Points South at 20th Street and 15th Avenue next to Zydeco. The market features meats, dairy and produce sourced from local farms, as well as other local products. Unsold items are donated to homeless shelters and other groups that help the needy.

Talk: Personal Space

Cindy Martin

a one-on-one conversation with Cindy Martin
President of BHAMNOW.COM.

ask the


From home buying to education, beauty to vein care, roofing to
financial planning, there’s an
expert for that–and B-Metro
knows where to find them. Check out the experts we’ve lined
up on the next few articles.


A Conversation with Dr. Tim Mitchell


A Conversation with Premier Group Inc.


A Conversation with Alabama Roofing Professionals

Vein Care

A Conversation with Dr. C. Duane Randleman, Jr.


A Conversation with Baker Camp Arnold Capital Managment

Hair & Beauty

A Conversation with GLAM Beauty Boutique

Real Estate

A Conversation with the Fred Smith Group

la resurrección

The Castro Brothers have been at the forefront of Birmingham’s 

restaurant renassiance from its beginnings. Sol y luna was the brainchild of Guillermo Castro, who died tragically young in 2011. The surviving brothers have brought the restaurant back to life. 

(Photography by Beau Gustafson)


and the Law

Our annual listing of the top women attorneys in the metro.