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Couple behind Five Points South’s Filter share entrepreneurial lessons learned through opening coffee parlor

December 19, 2018 // 10:15 am

As they near their opening day, coffee parlor dream team James Little and Jill Marlar share their start-up steps to help more entrepreneurs pursue their dreams. Continue reading

Finish up your holiday shopping list with Birmingham goodies!

December 18, 2018 // 12:49 pm

We have plenty of local makers and entrepreneurs right here in Birmingham with gifts that will delight your unwrappers. Continue reading

Woodlawn Street Market is showcasing Birmingham’s small businesses on Sunday, Dec. 2

November 20, 2018 // 10:30 am

The last market of 2018 is in the heart of historic Woodlawn on Sunday, December 2! Continue reading

The Big Pitch Presented by PNC 2018: Beehive Baking Company’s pitch yields big prize for Birmingham start-up duo

November 19, 2018 // 10:51 am

REV Birmingham is proud to reveal a few of Birmingham’s next big things: the 2018 winning startup businesses from The Big Pitch presented by PNC Bank. Five finalists took the stage in Five Points South to vie for a share of $50,000 in cash and professional services prize packages on Saturday, Nov. 17. Here are the winners… Continue reading

Behind the Pitch: Here’s how 2018 Big Pitch finalists are preparing for Nov. 17 competition

November 13, 2018 // 2:36 pm

It’s almost time for the world to meet the entrepreneurs behind some of Birmingham’s next BIG things. The Big Pitch presented by PNC is this Saturday, November 17. But The Big Pitch is much more than just an event.  Continue reading

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church wins $150,000 national grant to support historic preservation efforts

October 29, 2018 // 4:57 pm

Thanks to Sixteenth Street Baptist Church supporters’ diligent online voting, the historic church will receive a $150,000 grant to install protective glass on the outside of all the church’s recently-restored stained glass windows as well as make repairs to the cupola and twin bell towers. Continue reading

Meet 2018 Big Pitch finalists Stephen and Kelli Steward of Gatos and Beans

October 25, 2018 // 3:54 pm

The 2018 Big Pitch Competition presented by PNC is in its fifth year, and REV is excited for you to get to know each of our five 2018 finalists. Meet finalist Stephen and Kelli Steward of Gatos and Beans. They are excited to introduce a cat café that combines a relaxed social atmosphere and a community service that finds foster cats their forever homes. Continue reading

Meet 2018 Big Pitch finalists Caeden Oliver and Sarah Schlund of Beehive Baking Company

October 25, 2018 // 3:54 pm

The 2018 Big Pitch Competition presented by PNC is in its fifth year, and REV is excited for you to get to know each of our five 2018 finalists. Meet finalists Caeden Oliver and Sarah Schlund of Beehive Baking Company. They are dedicated to delivering the joy of fresh, handcrafted and seasonal baked goods straight to your doorstep. Continue reading

Meet 2018 Big Pitch finalists Alexis Ginsburg & Manuel Mota of Mota Autohaus

October 24, 2018 // 10:21 am

Manuel Mota and Alexis Ginsburg of Mota Autohaus are leading the way for the future of auto repair in Birmingham, providing reliable service at a fair price in a space that adds to the community. Continue reading

Chef Andrea Foster reflects on her entrepreneurial journey with The Preservery

October 22, 2018 // 11:23 am

REV Birmingham sat down with Chef Dre to discuss her lessons learned throughout her Big Pitch and REVeal Kitchen experiences as well as her plans for The Preservery’s new location. Continue reading

Meet 2018 Big Pitch finalist Kevon Lewis of Nelchie’s Cajun Cuisine and Catering

October 19, 2018 // 12:05 pm

The 2018 Big Pitch Competition presented by PNC is in its fifth year, and REV is excited for you to get to know each of our five 2018 finalists. Meet finalist Kevon Lewis of Nelchie’s Cajun Cuisine and Catering. Her popular Cajun food truck in Leeds is designing a food truck park in Birmingham’s City Center. Continue reading

Meet 2018 Big Pitch finalist Tiffany Martin of Ignite Cycle

October 17, 2018 // 2:54 pm

The 2018 Big Pitch Competition presented by PNC is in its fifth year, and REV is excited for you to get to know each of our five 2018 finalists. Meet finalist Tiffany Martin of Ignite Cycle, who is passionate about building a community to help people become their best selves, one pedal stroke at a time, at Birmingham’s only boutique cycling studio. Continue reading

Five Points South pop-ups help prove viability of new ideas for historic neighborhood

October 16, 2018 // 2:41 pm

From summer to fall, the Five Points Alliance and REV Birmingham have coordinated multiple pop-up opportunities that have helped prove the Five Points South community’s desire for more outside-the-box additions to their historic neighborhood. Continue reading

Join Young Pioneers & Back Forty founders for beer, food & Sloss Docks tour

October 16, 2018 // 9:49 am

Back Forty Beer Co. Founder & CEO Jason Wilson and Back Forty Birmingham Owner & CEO Doug Brown will share their stories and lead a tour of the new brewery on Thursday, November 1 at 5:30 p.m. Continue reading

Announcing the 2018 finalists for The Big Pitch Presented by PNC Bank

October 8, 2018 // 2:49 pm

The finalists will compete to win a share of $50,000 in cash and professional services prize packages on Saturday, November 17, 2018, as they pitch their business models to a panel of judges, potential investors, and a live audience. Continue reading

What to expect at a special wellness-themed October Woodlawn Street Market

October 8, 2018 // 2:09 pm

Woodlawn Street Market, now with five markets in its fifth year, is getting ready for its first-ever October Woodlawn Street Market! The Saturday, October 13 market will have a special focus on health and wellness. Continue reading

Farm to Brut IPA: Meet the scuppernong farmer behind the Proximity Series brew

September 26, 2018 // 5:36 pm

The Proximity Series Scuppernong Brut IPA is on tap now at Cahaba’s taproom and will go to REV Birmingham’s Urban Food Project partner restaurants in October.  Meet Jason Powell, the farmer behind this unique brew. Continue reading

Proving Pickwick Place: How a hidden gem in 5 Points South has transformed in 1 year

September 26, 2018 // 11:47 am

In just over a year, Five Points South’s vacancy rate has fallen from 8.1 to 3.9 percent. One big piece of that progress is Pickwick Place, a once mostly vacant property that has redefined itself as a vibrant part of the neighborhood. Continue reading

Lift Every Voice: Vote daily to help 16th Street Baptist win preservation grant

September 25, 2018 // 5:09 pm

REV Birmingham nominated Sixteenth Street Baptist Church for this year’s Partners in Preservation competition, and is working with them to win the grant for preservation for the historic church. Birmingham, let’s lift every voice in support of this project by visiting www.16thStreetBaptist.org to vote daily through October 26. Continue reading

What’s your vision for downtown Birmingham? Let’s take a BIG SWING with the City Center Master Plan

September 18, 2018 // 2:46 pm

The new vision for the City Center should take big swings and lay out actionable steps that will unite and excite the community about our shared future. Implementing such a plan is at the heart of REV Birmingham’s mission to create vibrant commercial districts.  Continue reading

REV now accepting 2018 applications for The Big Pitch Presented by PNC

August 31, 2018 // 1:28 pm

Calling all small businesses with big dreams! Apply by September 15 to make your business pitch, “Shark Tank”-style, on November 17. Continue reading

Farm to Berliner Weisse: Meet the peach farmer behind the Proximity Series brew

August 29, 2018 // 5:41 pm

The most recent farm-to-glass beer is a Peach Berliner Weisse, made with peaches from Witt Farms in Hayden. Continue reading

REV Birmingham earns 3 Main Street Alabama awards for 2017 projects

August 29, 2018 // 5:19 pm

REV Birmingham received honors for three 2017 projects at the fifth annual Main Street Alabama Awards: Excellence in Placemaking for the Woodlawn Tactical Urbanism project, Excellence in Historic Preservation for the Big Alabama Sign campaign, and Excellence in Business Development for Art Town. Continue reading

‘Taque’ to mix tacos and barbecue in REV Birmingham’s REVeal Kitchen at The Pizitz

August 28, 2018 // 12:17 pm

Taque (pronounced tah-kyoo) – a concept in which tacos meet barbecue – will open in the first week of September in the REVeal Kitchen space in the popular downtown food hall. Continue reading

Annie Reynolds taps into love of local food with Birmingham Taste Tours

August 24, 2018 // 2:49 pm

Annie Reynolds is bringing a new flavor of vibrancy to downtown Birmingham as she launches Birmingham Taste Tours in early September. Continue reading

Square One Goods Co. bringing its unique mix of products to downtown Birmingham’s Founders Station

August 21, 2018 // 9:20 am

The card, gift and stationery shop that won 2nd in REV’s 2017 Big Pitch Presented by PNC will make its home in the mixed-use Founders Station development. Continue reading

A taste of Nelchie’s Cajun: Q&A with Chef Kevon Lewis

August 13, 2018 // 11:53 am

A Woodlawn Street Market vendor since the second market, Chef Lewis is taking over the kitchen at Rojo on Monday, August 12 as part of Birmingham Restaurant Week. Continue reading

Harvest Brunch and Woodlawn Street Market bring big crowds to the neighborhood

August 11, 2018 // 9:42 pm

REV’s mission is to create vibrant commercial districts, and we saw that on display in a big way in Woodlawn on Saturday, August 11. Birmingham Restaurant Week’s 2018 season kicked off with a sold-out Harvest Brunch alongside a larger-than-ever Woodlawn Street Market, drawing more than 1,000 people to just a few blocks in heart of the historic district.  Continue reading

Homemade taste and quality ingredients: Suzie Jane’s Cozy Cakes and Bars

August 1, 2018 // 10:00 am

REV’s June 2018 Woodlawn Street Market was Hawkins’ first experience selling her goods in a public setting. Up until then, Hawkins had only her instinct that there was a market in Birmingham for her cakes – and it turned out, she was right! She saw robust sales and collected encouraging customer feedback. Continue reading

Farm-to-Dunkelweizen: Meet the blackberry farmer behind the Proximity Series brew

July 30, 2018 // 10:00 am

When Taylor Hatchet of Boozer Farms was met with Cahaba Brewing’s order for 400 pounds of blackberries, she knew it was going to be a challenge. However, that didn’t stop her from working with REV’s Urban Food Project to make the Proximity Series Blackberry Dunkelweizen possible Continue reading

True40 Fitness Studio is first tenant to open in The Battery

July 27, 2018 // 1:10 pm

Kaitlyn Bentley, the first franchisee and owner of True40 Fitness Studio Downtown Birmingham, is a lifelong fitness enthusiast with a love for the community that fitness studios create. Continue reading

Sign up to volunteer at 2018 Birmingham Restaurant Week events

July 24, 2018 // 1:29 pm

The time has come for Birmingham Restaurant Week 2018 – and we want you to be a part of the fun August 10-19! Continue reading

Birmingham Restaurant Week 2018: Celebrate food leading the revitalization of our city

July 24, 2018 // 12:58 pm

From Aug. 10-19, BRW gives 70-plus local restaurants the opportunity to showcase all the ways they are feeding the city – from filling vacant spaces and creating locally-sourced dishes to mentoring the next generation of culinary greats.   Continue reading

Cahaba Brewing and REV’s Urban Food Project partner on farm-to-glass seasonal brews

July 23, 2018 // 10:00 am

Each beer in the ‘Proximity Series’ will feature seasonal local produce that travels from Alabama farms to your glass. Continue reading

Shipt CEO: ‘Entrepreneurship is the best way to make change in a city’

July 20, 2018 // 12:47 pm

Shipt CEO Bill Smith and REV CEO David Fleming discuss how dreamers and doers have shaped the past, present and future of Birmingham. Continue reading

HTC profile: American Life Building lofts designed for downtown’s workforce

July 18, 2018 // 11:22 am

As downtowns across the country are energized by new development, the need for additional affordable, or workforce, housing in city centers is a hot topic. Developers of one of Birmingham’s highest profile, long-vacant properties are planning to address this need.  Continue reading

The Annex commissary kitchen, culinary incubator opens in Tillman Levenson building downtown

July 11, 2018 // 5:06 pm

Local entrepreneur Haden Smith is bringing long-needed commissary kitchen space to downtown Birmingham. The Annex will offer commercial kitchen space for rent, event space for pop-up dinners, and a food truck incubation program. Continue reading

Organically Yours bakery is cooking up something sweet in East Lake

June 28, 2018 // 10:30 am

Antionette Neely started reading ingredient labels in the grocery store where she worked as a young woman. Right away, she realized most of the additives were unpronounceable and synthetic. That’s when she asked herself a question: What can I do to … Continue reading

Food entrepreneurship leads economic development progress in Woodlawn

June 19, 2018 // 9:00 am

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

Brother Bryan Park to host Pop-up Dog Park & Community Movie Night Saturday, June 16

June 14, 2018 // 3:07 pm

Looking for some summer fun with your pets? Come out to the “Pop-up Dog Park & Community Movie Night” on Saturday, June 16 at Brother Bryan Park. Hosted by The Five Points Alliance and Five Points South Neighborhood Association, the event is open for anybody to attend! Continue reading

Young Pioneers organize coffee, doughnuts and discussion with Shipt, REV CEOs on July 19

June 13, 2018 // 2:26 pm

Come join Young Pioneers of Birmingham, in support of REV Birmingham, for coffee and doughnuts with Bill Smith of Shipt and David Fleming of REV on Thursday, July 19 at 7:30 a.m. at Shipt HQ! Continue reading

Meet the 2018 Rise of the Rest winners: Mixtroz

June 5, 2018 // 9:39 am

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

Cahaba Brewery is gearing up for June 23 CahaBazaar!

June 4, 2018 // 5:04 pm

When Cahaba Brewery moved into its 51,000 square-foot location in Avondale’s Continental Gin Complex, the team had a vision for the spacious taproom that involved more than beer. The size of Cahaba’s former home limited the crowd they could host, and the community-minded brewing team was excited to finally be able to invite Birmingham into its new larger space. Continue reading

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

June 4, 2018 // 9:15 am

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

BIZ 1.0 is headed to Ensley in June

May 21, 2018 // 10:19 am

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

Five Points South celebrates its 131st Anniversary

May 18, 2018 // 11:50 am

Originally incorporated as the Town of Highland on May 14, 1887, Five Points South has grown enormously from the street car suburb it once was. Today, the community is regarded as one of Birmingham’s most distinguished historical districts – with fine architectural, historical and cultural resources on nearly every corner. Continue reading

June 9 Clean and Clear volunteers to address Brother Bryan Park in Five Points South

May 15, 2018 // 4:12 pm

There are more than 100 parks throughout Birmingham, with more than 2,000 acres. The city is rich with beautiful trees, plants and green spaces, but sometimes neglected areas need a helping hand.  Continue reading

What I learned at Woodlawn Street Market: Beehive Baking Company

May 9, 2018 // 5:09 pm

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

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

May 8, 2018 // 10:02 am

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

Local historic district street sign toppers to debut in Five Points South

May 4, 2018 // 4:24 pm

The new sign toppers will allow motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to easily identify whether they’re in the Anderson Place, Cullom Street, Cobb Lane or Phelan Park district – and enhance the sense of pride that comes with living or working in a historic district. Continue reading

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