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Steven Allen, Jr. understands the legacy, responsibility and thrill of being in the aviation business. His father, Steven Allen, Sr., started the family’s aviation business, Premier Group, Inc., 47 years ago. Last year, Steven and wife Heather, purchased this unique family legacy. Heather manages the design aspect of the business, focusing on the look and comfrot of the aircraft. Premier Group is Alabama’s only true aircraft dealer, buying, selling and trading all sizes and brand of aircraft using their own funding. They also specialize in complex multi-aircraft trades. The company prides itself on its ability to deliver a very simple turn key solution to even the most demanding of clients, and delivering a product in 50 percent less time than their competitors.



Welcome to the Neighborhood
After nearly a quarter century, Hot and Hot Fish Club has a new home, a new generation in the wings, and a new sense of just what a restaurant should be.  (Photography by Beau Gustafson)

Nostalgia and a feeling for the red earth of Alabama became the seed of an idea. (text by Bill Caton) 

Hatton Smith came back from the jungle a rum revolutionary.  (Photography by Chuck St. John)

Top Attorneys
Our list takes into account education, professional experience and community involvement. Just what you want in a good attorney.


Food, art, fun and parties you missed.

Bleacher Seat
By Luke Robinson 

Glamorous Life
By Sunny Brown 

BHM to the Max
By Max Rykov

By Joey Kennedy


In It Together

While much of this issue was completed before all of the difficulties associated with the corona virus pushed our city into a whole new world of isolation and fear, we were able to put together highlights of the amazing efforts people in the Birmingham area have undertaken to do battle with this terrible contagion. You can find the story on page 8.

With sincere hopes that soon things will be back to normal, I hope you enjoy this issue.

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

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Special Report
The City in the Time of Covid 19

We are all in this together.

Instead of bridal gowns Heidi Elnora was thinking about face masks. Moved by the plight of nurses, doctors, and medical workers hampered by a lack of gowns, masks and other protective equipment, she organized an effort to put seamstresses to work creating masks that could be donated to the medical workers in need.

While not medical grade masks, Elnora hopes they can help.

Help. That is a defining goal for these times.

The examples are all around.



The innocence of spring as epitomized by this puppy running through the grass was undermined by the fear and terrible disruption of the pandemic. But we can still look at this photo and be transported away from a world of worry to a world of joy. (Photo courtesy of Jack Landham.)

Currents: Dive-In

Yum Yum Thai

If you ever visited Yum Yai Thai near UAB on 7th Avenue, then you probably miss having some great Thai street food since a fire destroyed that location.

Well the good news is that they reopened a new take–out place out on 280…


The Party You Missed

Eccentricities: A Leap Year Art Bash

Magic City Art Connection’s Winter Benefit, Art Bash, is known for reinventing Birmingham spaces into fun, one-night-only party experiences…

Welcome to the Neighborhood

After nearly a quarter century, hot and hot fish club has a new home, a new generation in the wings, and a new sense of just what a restaurant should be


Hatton smith came back from the jungle a rum revolutionary
(photography by Chuck St. John)

nostalgia and a feeling for the red earth of Alabama
became the seed of an idea


A good lawyer is a guide through the tricky parts of life, from real estate to business disputes to criminal act to family upheavals, helping us wade throught eh weightiest of matters.

The lawyers noted in this article have been chosen because of their ability to guide clients to successful outcomes.  Our survey to into account education, professional experience and community involvement.  Just what you want in a good attorney.