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

July 20, 2018 // 12:47 pm

More than 60 interested guests visited Shipt HQ for A Doughnut Discussion on July 19. Sponsored by Young Pioneers and REV Birmingham, the event featured REV CEO and historian David Fleming and Shipt CEO and entrepreneur Bill Smith for a talk on the history of Birmingham, innovation and entrepreneurship, the story of Shipt, and lots of questions. 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 the 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

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

June 3, 2018 // 10:30 am

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

Community members clean up Five Points West for upcoming Neighborhoods USA Tour

May 2, 2018 // 3:53 pm

The Five Points West community, in partnership with the Five Points West/Crossplex Alliance, held its first major community clean-up on Saturday, April 28 in preparation for the Neighborhoods USA (NUSA) Tour coming to the community in May. Approximately 200 volunteers participated in the clean-up that took place across the six neighborhoods in Five Points West. Continue reading

East 59: 2015 Big Pitch winners still serving East Lake in style

April 25, 2018 // 10:30 am

The East Lake District boasts many incredible assets, including Ruffner Mountain and East Lake Park. Husband-and-wife duo Amber and Stephen Tolbert have called East Lake home since 2012. They love their neighbors and community, and they knew this was the neighborhood where they should start their business.  Continue reading

Taste of Five Points is back for year two

April 18, 2018 // 5:30 pm

Taste of Five Points is back by popular demand! Vulcan Park and Museum and the Five Points Alliance are working together to host the second annual “Taste of Five Points” presented by Spire – a celebration of the neighborhood’s 131st anniversary. Attendees will experience all the elements that exemplify the best of Five Points South, from culinary hot-spots to trendy retail to lively entertainment options.  Continue reading

Five Points West Crossplex Alliance teams up to tackle litter problem

April 17, 2018 // 4:03 pm

Five Points West business owners proved the power of collective action by solving a longstanding community problem.  A business member of the Five Points West Crossplex Alliance had a persisting problem with litter being dumped between her property and the liquor store. The business owner’s repeated complaints to the liquor store managers yielded no resolution, so the Alliance took the problem head on.   Continue reading

Dreaming of new uses for Birmingham’s old industrial complexes

April 13, 2018 // 5:01 pm

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

Birmingham-Southern chefs take a field trip to the farm

April 10, 2018 // 2:53 pm

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

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

April 9, 2018 // 9:00 am

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

Five Points West business owners receive community recognition

April 4, 2018 // 4:53 pm

The Five Points West Community organization recognized Walter Thomas and Anthony Marino, owners of Lena’s East of the Mississippi Diner and Marino’s Market (respectively) with the Five Points West Community Partner Award. The two were chosen as recipients of this award for their historic and ongoing support of neighborhood improvement projects.   Continue reading

Birmingham Lights set to change colors for National Donate Life Month

April 3, 2018 // 5:14 pm

REV’s Birmingham Lights Project’s LED lighting installations in the historic train underpasses at 14th, 18th, 20th and 22nd Streets, will shine in shades of blue and green on April 13 for the celebration of National Blue & Green Day.  Continue reading

Independent Presbyterian Church and City Meats: Feeding body and soul

April 3, 2018 // 9:05 am

Independent Presbyterian Church has served the needs of the Birmingham community for nearly 30 years through their food pantry program. The ministry has recently grown to fill even more community needs through a food voucher partnership with Woodlawn’s City Meats and Vegetables, a corner store in REV’s Urban Food Project network. Continue reading

Five Points South volunteers give back during Clean and Clear neighborhood cleanup

April 2, 2018 // 3:32 pm

With shovels, cutters and rakes in their gloved hands, 32 volunteers in Five Points South took time out of their Saturday morning on March 24 to give back to their community.  Continue reading

HTC Profile: A glimpse inside historic Protective Life Building to soon be transformed into hotel

March 29, 2018 // 9:51 pm

Rhaglan Hospitality, led by Joe White and Jim Lewis, plans to return another iconic piece of Birmingham’s skyline to its former glory. The 90-year-old Protective Life building (also known as the Commerce Center) landed at number one on the 2018 Alabama historic tax credit urban district list and will soon be transformed by the local developer into a 96-room boutique hotel. Continue reading

Back for seconds: Ensley Eats season 2 is underway

March 29, 2018 // 7:55 pm

Ensley Eats is back for its second season to fill the lunchtime void in downtown Ensley! Starting April 4 and repeating on the first Wednesday of each month through September, Ensley residents, employees and visitors can head to 19th Street and Avenue F to grab a delicious, food-truck-made meal.  Continue reading

BIZ 1.0 heads to Five Points West for special-edition April workshop

March 28, 2018 // 10:27 pm

BIZ 1.0 is on the move! Councilor Steven Hoyt invites you to join Corey Bishop at Refresh Clothing for a special edition of REV Birmingham’s BIZ 1.0 workshop.  Continue reading

Corey Bishop personalizes clothes shopping at Refresh in Five Points West

March 20, 2018 // 7:46 pm

When he was unable to find clothing that matched his style and budget, Corey Bishop decided he wanted to sell quality clothing at affordable prices to cater to people like himself. He didn’t let the fact that he had only a car and $500 to his name hold him back. Continue reading

Avondale’s 41st Street poised to be among Birmingham’s first Complete Streets projects

March 15, 2018 // 3:01 pm

A safer way forward is coming to Avondale! Blending the needs of drivers, cyclists and pedestrians with aesthetic needs and community input will create a more vibrant community for Avondale residents and business owners.  Continue reading

Birmingham Lights inspire St. Petersburg arts project

March 14, 2018 // 10:35 pm

Don’t you think the world could use a few more rainbows? Lucky for St. Petersburg, neighborhood revitalization agency Deuces Live has created an artistic LED lighting installation inspired in part by REV’s Birmingham Lights project on 14th, 18th, 19th and 20th streets downtown.  Continue reading

2018 Alabama Historic Tax Credit list proves strong demand for investment

March 12, 2018 // 2:32 pm

Last week, The Alabama Historical Rehabilitation Tax Credit Evaluating Committee approved requests for funds to be allocated to three historic renovation projects in Birmingham. These projects, as well as those projects that were approved for the wait list for 2019 allocation, prove the demand for historic rehabilitation is strong in Birmingham and Alabama.  Continue reading

Top o’ the parade: Spend St. Pat’s with Young Pioneers on Zydeco patio

March 7, 2018 // 11:44 pm

Looking for a prime spot to view the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Five Points South? Join Young Pioneers at their patio party!  Continue reading

Council-approved: Complete Streets to create a safer Birmingham

March 6, 2018 // 11:38 pm

A policy designed to transform Birmingham’s infrastructure by creating safer, more accessible streets is now officially in effect.The Birmingham Complete Streets Ordinance was approved unanimously by City Council on Tuesday, March 6.  Continue reading

Celebrate all things Irish at Five Points South’s St. Patrick’s festivities

March 6, 2018 // 9:24 pm

Get your green ready to go! The Five Points Alliance invites you to join the historic community this weekend for the Five Point South St. Patrick’s Celebration, Birmingham’s biggest celebration of the Irish holiday. Continue reading

UrbanMain team’s mission: Equitable entrepreneurship in Woodlawn

February 28, 2018 // 10:26 pm

In a city like Birmingham, where multiple commercial districts must coexist, each historical district’s revitalization strategies may look quite different. Each community needs to find its own niche, its own voice and its own identity – in ways that feel right for all the different people who are invested in it. That’s exactly what UrbanMain is intended to do! Continue reading

3rd Street Market making progress on corner store improvements in Enon Ridge

February 27, 2018 // 9:00 pm

We are beginning to see the fruits of Rodriguez and Brianna Cowans’s labor of love in Enon Ridge. Improvements to their corner store are well underway, as they transition from convenience store to full grocery store.  Continue reading

UAB honors students visit Woodlawn for lesson in community development

February 23, 2018 // 11:17 pm

Students in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Global and Community Leadership Honors program visited Woodlawn this week to learn about community and economic development. REV Birmingham was glad to welcome the incomparable professor Anthony Hood and his class as we talked about inclusive revitalization in Woodlawn and other urban commercial districts.  Continue reading

Community Leaders Work to Strengthen Grant-Writing Skills

February 20, 2018 // 9:37 pm

Community leaders and REV Birmingham are working together this spring to strengthen our collective grant-writing skills, taking advantage of an opportunity to learn best practices from the experts right here in our city. Because, yes, grants equal money – but in the non-profit world money equals IMPACT. Continue reading

Community Spotlight: Steve Alexander of the Five Points Alliance

February 18, 2018 // 2:00 pm

Steve Alexander has always been passionate about the growth and vibrancy of the Five Points South community. As chairman of the Five Points Alliance Board, which recently rounded out its first year, Alexander is actively engaged in the redesign and revitalization of the community that is home to both his business and himself.   Continue reading

Bitty’s Living Kitchen, II Fish V Loaves team up for fast, healthy options in Norwood

February 15, 2018 // 11:40 pm

Two REV clients are partnering to bring healthier options to the Norwood Community. Kimberly Brock, owner and chef of Bitty’s Living Kitchen, who finished her term in REVeal Kitchen in January, will have grab-and-go salads available at II Fish V Loaves Neighborhood Market. Continue reading

What are Complete Streets? A safe, accessible way forward.

February 15, 2018 // 10:12 pm

The Birmingham City Council Committee of the Whole recently introduced a draft of a Complete Streets Ordinance, a significant step forward in the ongoing advocating of a balanced transportation initiative in the City of Birmingham.   Continue reading

Upgrade your Zyp experience: 7 things you can do with the Zyp app

February 14, 2018 // 11:43 pm

You’re probably already familiar with the happy green bikes Zypping around the Magic City. But did you know the Zyp mobile app can enhance your riding experience? Check out a few of the cool features available to Zyp riders through the app! Continue reading

Happy grand opening to The Preservery!

February 14, 2018 // 11:14 pm

Chef Andrea Foster will celebrate the grand opening of her restaurant The Preservery in REV Birmingham’s REVeal Kitchen stall at The Pizitz Food Hall on Friday. Continue reading

A Sweet Revolution in Birmingham

February 9, 2018 // 10:12 pm

Kala Northrup is taking her small-batch, bean-to-bar chocolate business through the CO.STARTERS program this winter to poise Match Chocolate for further sustainable business growth. Since getting her start last summer, Northrup has already learned a tremendous amount about how to best serve customers – with a great experience and unique product in a city that values local ownership.  Continue reading

New Businesses fill Pickwick Place in Five Points South

February 8, 2018 // 9:56 pm

The Five Points South area is growing with swift momentum in 2018. A new restaurant joined Stephen Gregory: A Men’s Concept as the second new addition to Pickwick Place (formerly Pickwick Plaza) since the start of the year. D’s Tamales opened on Wednesday, filling a space that has been vacant for over two years.  Continue reading

Zyp Bikeshare’s Access for All program enters third year

February 6, 2018 // 10:44 pm

February marks the beginning of Year 3 for Zyp Bikeshare’s Access For All program. The program provides reduced-price annual memberships for low-income users and individuals on government assistance.  Continue reading

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