How to take a trip to Europe while staying in Birmingham

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European influence in Birmingham doesn’t stop with food, but it doesn’t hurt to start there. Photo via Continental Bakery‘s Facebook.

You don’t have to hop on a plane to find a little bit of Europe in Birmingham. European influence flows throughout the city starting from the streets.

In fact, it will have your social media followers questioning if you just took a spontaneous holiday overseas!

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Here’s what you need to know about Birmingham’s new $1.50 corner-to-corner microtransit ride service in a Mercedes van.

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Getting around Birmingham is about to get a lot easier. Download the Birmingham on demand app. Photo form Via

Need a ride? No problem. On Tuesday, December 3rd, the Magic City will offer its first on-demand ride-share service! This corner-to-corner service will cost users only $1.50 each way. Transportation will be provided in a Mercedes van.

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5 Birmingham foodies including Chef Clayton Sherrod & Kathy G on how to cook healthy (and delicious) for the holidays

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Kathy G’s cranberry brie appetizer. Stay tuned to Bham Now for the recipe! You can also find Kathy G’s recipes in her cookbook “Food, Fun & Fabulous.” Photo via Kathy G and Co.

Cooking and eating healthy around the holidays can be tough—the pie! the cookies! the casseroles!—but it doesn’t have to be impossible. We spoke with a few Birmingham foodies about staying healthy during the most wonderful time of the year. 

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No Shave November in Birmingham is all about men’s health. Enter our sweeps now.

No Shave November in Birmingham is a fun way to get everybody talking about men's health
That’s me and my husband Sean, who had to stop entering No Shave November contests at work because he always won. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

No Shave November in Birmingham means a lot of guys are putting down the razors to get people talking about some major challenges to men’s health. Enter our sweeps today by posting a picture of your beard or ‘stache on Instagram and tag @bhamnow between now and end of November. Use #NoShaveNovember or #StachesforSlive. You could win a grooming kit from Freedom Soap Co.

While prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health aren’t the easiest topics to talk about, No Shave November makes raising awareness—and money—fun.

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Opening December 7, A Year with Frog and Toad at Birmingham Children’s Theatre. Tickets available now!

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Fun fact: the cookie song is one of Damone Williams’ favorite parts of A Year with Frog and Toad. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Looking for some feel-good vibes this holiday season? Then head to Birmingham Children’s Theatre this December to see the sweet and tuneful production of A Year with Frog and Toad. Read on for a behind-the scenes interview with the actors who play Frog and Toad, plus more must-knows about the show. Tickets available now!

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3 adventure-filled activities opening at McWane Science Center in Birmingham, November 23 

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Holidays at McWane Science Center are rolling in. Photo via McWane Science Center

The holiday season is an exciting time in Birmingham, and big things are happening at McWane Science Center. Starting November 23, everyone’s favorite place of wonder will become a winter wonderland filled with holiday magic and adventure. From an ice slide to the beloved Magic of Model Trains exhibit, read on for all the details. Buy your tickets now.

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5 reasons you want to get to know and love Birmingham’s Five Points West community

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Athletes from around the world will be bustling around Birmingham come summer of 2021! Photo via World Games 2021

Come summer of 2021, The World Games will have Five Points West—along with the entire City of Birmingham—bustling with athletes from around the globe!

This neighborhood with a rich history has uplifting community leaders that are continuously enriching the area. Keep reading to see what makes Five Points West so unique to Birmingham.

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We fell in love with Ikko in 5 Points South last week, and not just for the bubble tea.

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Check out the fire element on full display in the kitchen at Ikko Japanese Ramen and Sushi. Photo via Bham Now

I may be one of the few people in Birmingham who hadn’t yet been to Ikko Japanese Ramen and Sushi until one cold day last week when all of that changed.

One of my fellow Bham Nowers who happens to be a wizard with photography equipment and I headed over there just after the lunch rush to see what caused other coworkers to gush about this place like a first crush.

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Leap into 2020 with a shiny new smile from Vestavia Family Dentistry & Facial Aesthetics

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Want to bring in the new year with a fresh smile? From now until December 31, Vestavia Family Dentistry & Facial Aesthetics, is offering special deals on their services. Read on for deals that will make you say “Cheese!”

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5 places to buy fresh flowers in Birmingham, including the NEW Magic City Flower Market

We’re big fans of fresh flowers here at Bham Now! Photo by Meghan Murphy

With the time change, many of us are getting home from work or school after dark. The winter blues are something many can relate to, but did you know it’s actually a real condition?

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that generally occurs during the fall and winter months. One way to combat it? Fresh flowers and houseplants! Here are five places to buy in Birmingham.

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Here’s a peek at “Collection,” a movie filmed in Highland Park last weekend!

A shot of the movie filmed in Birmingham.
Highland Park is a hot spot for filmmakers this year ! Photo via Paris Topazi.

Don’t be surprised when you see a familiar Birmingham landscape in the background of an upcoming movie next year. The thriller — “Collection” — wrapped up filming around Niazuma Avenue this past week.

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