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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

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

July 25, 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

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

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

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