6 things to know about Alabama’s tax-free weekend + Several things you didn’t know were included

Don’t worry, everyone. I did the hard work of scoping out the Target selection for you. It’s a strenuous job, but hey– someone’s got to do it. Photo by Beth Cunningham for Bham Now. 

Looking to save on your back-to-school shopping? Here’s what you need to know before you hit the shops during tax-free weekend.  

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22 Birmingham photographers you need to be following on Instagram

Don’t you want to see photos like this alllll the time?! Photo by David Youngblood on Instagram @dyoungblood71.

There’s definitely no shortage of talented photographers in Birmingham. And seeing the city + the beautiful people in it through their lenses is one of our favorite things. We love sharing their work when we can. But we want to do more than just give credit in the captions. Here are 22 local photographers you need to be following on Insta—plus hear from a few about why they do what they do.

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Hands On Birmingham is now United Way Hands On: Learn more about the new name, website and, volunteer opportunities

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United Way Hands On Volunteers working on a project in the Roebuck neighborhood in Birmingham. Photo courtesy of the United Way of Central Alabama

United Way of Central Alabama’s volunteer arm is rebranding.

Hands On Birmingham is changing its name to United Way Hands On.

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Golden Age wine shop/bar focused on natural wines, sustainability opening July 19 in Mountain Brook Village

Golden Age Wine. Photo by Taylor Babington for Bham Now

It’s Wine Wednesday, the perfect day to share some news about a new wine store opening in Birmingham! Golden Age Wine, started by Brandon Loper and Trent Stewart, is located on Culver Road near Brick and Tin in Mountain Brook. Read on for more photos and info.

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Studio by the Tracks’ Studio Store grand opening is July 27, 10-3 in Irondale. We can’t wait!

Here are three women behind Studio the the Tracks' new Studio Store in Irondale.
Katie Thompson, Suzanne Boozer and Danielle Dyar. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

Studio by the Tracks in Irondale is opening up their own Studio Store, and we couldn’t be more excited!

Everyone’s invited to their grand opening. Read on for all the details.

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More than a transaction: how two Birmingham realtors built a twenty-year friendship after a home buy

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Erle Morring and Sylvia Crawford of RealtySouth. Photo supplied

More than twenty years ago, Erle Morring gave Birmingham realtor Sylvia Crawford a call. He wanted to look at a home in Southside, and the RealtySouth agent happily showed it to him. Little did they know, this was the start of a decades-long friendship that would also lead to a new career for Morring.

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Earn while you learn: Innovate Birmingham to team up with Central Six AlabamaWorks for IT Apprenticeship Program. Apply by July 26!

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Innovate Birmingham candidates speaking at a past Demo Day. Photo Submitted

Innovate Birmingham and Central Six AlabamaWorks are joining forces to get Birmingham working—specifically in tech. This fall, Central Six AlabamaWorks will launch their approximately 17 month long Information Technology Apprenticeship Program. And with the help of Innovate Birmingham, they’re getting local tech talent in the field, earning while they learn and on their way to a career in software development.

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5 Tips for cyclist’s safety in Birmingham.

Photo by @pepperplacebham on Instagram

In light of the recent tragedy that happened on July 12, we decided to compile a list of tips on how to stay safe for local cyclists.

Bikes are definitely a big thing in Birmingham and pretty much everyone has ridden a bike before. But most people don’t follow correct bike safety before taking one out for a ride.

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Don’t miss Sarah Parcak’s “Archaeology from Space” book launch at the Birmingham Museum of Art on July 18

Sarah Parcak, author of Archaeology from Space. Photo courtesy of GlobalXplorer

Move over Indiana Jones – Birmingham’s own real life adventuresome archaeologist Sarah Parcak has published her story!

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Matilda brings her spectacular magic to Birmingham’s DJD Theater. See the hilarious, feel good musical until August 4. Use code: Matilda7 to save $7

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Matilda The Musical, at DJD Theater July 12 – Aug 4 (Photo by Stewart Edmonds)

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Red Mountain Theatre Company’s latest hit, Matilda The Musical is performing at the Dorothy Jemison Day Theater until August 4, and it’s hilarious! From the creative and twisted genius of Roald Dahl, comes the inspiring story of a smarter than average little girl who dreams of a better life in this Tony Award-winning musical. 


Get tickets now (use discount code Matilda7 to save $7 on price level 1 or 2)

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Where to find alcohol-free cocktails in Birmingham, including Seedlip spirits at LeNell’s

LeNell’s Beverage Boutique. Photo by Taylor Babington for Bham Now

Abstaining from alcohol–even just temporarily—is becoming increasingly common. Whether you’re taking a brief break from boozing or not drinking for personal reasons, Birmingham has several options for you. 

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8 ways to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing in Birmingham

An iconic moment for the United States and for the world. Photo via the Project Apollo Archive (public domain image)

Happy Apollo Week, Birmingham! If you’re looking to celebrate that “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” we’ve got 8 ways to do it! Keep reading to find out.

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