Food entrepreneurship leads economic development progress in Woodlawn

The Birmingham community of Woodlawn has recently seen economic growth through the renovation of an existing but dilapidated building that now houses a restaurant, a bakery and a fresh produce distribution center.  Located at 5829 1st Avenue North, the joint venture between Woodlawn Foundation and REV Birmingham has allowed two Woodlawn business owners to expand their footprint to accommodate a growing demand for their respective products. Continue reading

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Meet the 2018 Rise of the Rest winners: Mixtroz

In 2014, Kerry Schrader and Ashlee Ammons set out to solve a problem that has long plagued events: people just don’t ‘mix’ at mixers.
Their solution: Mixtroz, an app that helps forge more diverse, genuine connections at mixers by driving attendees from phone to face-to-face in real time while capturing data. Continue reading

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The Atlanta Fed adds Merrill Stewart, Anoop Mishra to Birmingham branch leadership positions

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Birmingham Branch recently made two big announcements for Birmingham: Merrill Stewart, founder and president of Stewart/Perry was recently appointed to the Board of Directors, and Anoop Mishra, former REV board member, was named vice president and regional executive of the branch. Continue reading

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The 2018 Woodlawn Street Market is showcasing Birmingham’s small businesses

The popular markets that bring up to 80 local vendors and hundreds of shoppers to the heart of historic Woodlawn will resume in April. Applications to be a vendor at one or more 2018 markets are being accepted now! Continue reading

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BIZ 1.0 is headed to Ensley in June

The next BIZ 1.0 is headed to Ensley! REV Birmingham invites anyone interested in this special edition of BIZ 1.0 to come out June 15 and learn what it takes to start a business in Birmingham. Continue reading

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What I learned at Woodlawn Street Market: Beehive Baking Company

As the Birmingham food scene grows, Beehive Baking Company owners Sarah Schlund and Caeden Oliver are using Woodlawn Street Market to reach new customers. The co-owners first participated in the market last fall, and both say they’ve learned a lot through the process. Continue reading

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Eugene’s Hot Chicken owner to present expansion ideas to Rise of the Rest pitch competition

Eugene’s is already the king of hot chicken in Birmingham, but the man behind the popular food truck and restaurant has even bigger plans.
Owner Zebbie Carney will pitch his plan for a North Birmingham commissary kitchen at the upcoming Rise of the Rest tour stop in Birmingham. Continue reading

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Dreaming of new uses for Birmingham’s old industrial complexes

What do you do with a large industrial campus when the industry’s need for it has faded? RAM Tool took the dreamer’s approach and called in some of Birmingham’s best development minds to brainstorm what the future might hold for the Continental Gin industrial campus in Avondale.   Continue reading

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Birmingham-Southern chefs take a field trip to the farm

On a crisp spring morning in March, the Bon Appetit chefs from Birmingham-Southern College, along with Taylor Clark and Leigh Hooten of REV Urban Food Project, took a trip to Neal Pope’s Farm in Salem, AL. This trip was designed to meet one of our enrolled Farm to Fork vendors and learn about sustainable farming, but transcended these expectations and became a conduit to reenergize us and remind us of why we do what we do. Continue reading

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HTC Profile: See inside the Five Points South warehouse finding new life as 2200 Magnolia

Anchoring a distinctive angled corner near Five Points South, the Family Services Laundry Building may have looked like an old brick warehouse to many passersby – but developer Mike Mouron saw potential as soon as he stepped inside.  Continue reading

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