Kim Lee, an alumnae of Create Birmingham’s CO.STARTERS program, recently opened her new coworking space in downtown Birmingham to much excitement and media attention. Located on the mezzanine level of The Pizitz, Forge provides new entrepreneurs with the flexibility needed to properly scale their businesses as well as an environment that encourages collaboration and networking. Earlier coworking concepts, like REV’s SocialVenture hub in Woodlawn, helped demonstrate the need for these spaces, especially in Birmingham’s historic neighborhoods and commercial districts. The opening of Forge helps amplify the response to that need and further enriches our city’s emerging “culture of entrepreneurship.”
In just a few short months, four full offices have been leased and more than 40 members have joined, further demonstrating the impact of our growing entrepreneurial ecosystem. To meet demand, Kim will expand Forge to include a total of 18 private offices. To find out more about their member benefits or free events like their upcoming seminar series, visit http://workatforge.com or drop in to schedule a tour.
If you’ve been following REV for a while, you probably remember The Big Pitch Competitions we used to hold back in the day. The Big Pitch presented by PNC was essentially our own little version of Shark Tank. And a lot of your favorite local businesses that participated in this competition now have active retail storefronts that you can go check out. Let’s start with some of our finalists that are based in the City of Birmingham and see what they’ve been up to!
Have you been to Downtown Birmingham’s newest development located on 25th Street? If not, you need to head down there ASAP and check it out! This new single story development is a product of a collaboration between David Baker Architects (DBA) and Locke General Contractors, led by DBA’s very own Amanda Loper. It is intended to be a “collaborative commercial space in a catalyst development area of Birmingham.” Both DBA and Locke General Contractors will be tenants of the space, along with June Coffee Roasters, Zephyr Barber, and Last Call Baking Cooperative!
One of Birmingham’s many hidden treasures is the music scene downtown. The sheer volume of concert venues we have in downtown Birmingham is something most people aren’t even aware of – but it really is remarkable! There is truly something for everyone, whether you’re into the smaller, more intimate venues or the large-scale venues for those big name artists. Keep reading to check out some of the cool venues downtown Birmingham has to offer.