This month Urban Food Project Distribution Specialist, and CO.STARTERS alumni, Brent Kendrick took the entrepreneurial leap, launching a weekly local food box delivery called Stone’s Throw Market. Stone’s Throw Market seeks to supply its members with the very best in farm fresh foods and commodities with Workplace and Residential CSA Programs. The ‘farm-to-front-door’ concept is built on the infrastructure of the REV Urban Food Project‘s local food hub. Unlike traditional Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscriptions, Kendrick sources goods from his hobby farm and more than 40 Alabama farmers. Locavores can tailor boxes to their tastes and receive deliveries of fresh, seasonal Alabama grown produce for each Thursday for $35-$45. According to Brent, CO.STARTERS – a Create Birmingham program REV partners on – gave him the skills to turn his hobby into a viable business; “I’d been doing this myself for years, but CO.STARTERS helped me find and utilize resources that would not have been available to me otherwise.“
NiEl' Atelier Grand Opening Showcases Inspirational Journey of Ukrainian Family Achieving the American Dream
In less than a year after arriving in the United States, the Vyshyvanyuk family, who recently fled from Ukraine, is now launching NiEl’ Bridal Atelier, a custom wedding dress and alterations business in Forest Park. Olena and Mykola Vyshyvanyuk, along with their three children – Viktoriia Vyshyvanyuk, Eva Vyshyvanyuk, and Loanna Vyshyvanyuk – made the courageous decision to leave Ukraine on November 7, 2022. This family’s inspiring story serves as a testament to the boundless opportunities that small businesses can achieve in Birmingham.
Are you a startup looking for a foot in the door? Did you know we have an accelerator program that helps founders begin their entrepreneurial journey right here in the Switch district? TechStars is a dynamic three-month program that empowers entrepreneurs in their quest to discover product-market fit, gain traction, and access both capital and global mentorship. Operating in more than 30 cities worldwide, Techstars added Birmingham as a host for their energy-focused cohort.
The Woodlawn Street Market is a platform for small businesses to showcase their talents and products. From handmade jewelry to locally sourced produce, you can find a wide variety of items that highlight the creativity and craftsmanship of the Birmingham community Among the talented individuals who have found a home in this vibrant marketplace is none other than Johnathan Westbrook, fondly known as Jon Jon, and the majority owner of the Broncho Food Truck. This new food truck made its debut back in August and will be back again for this week’s market.