It’s no secret that food has been an important part of Birmingham’s culture and revitalization. REV’s REVeal Kitchen accelerator was created to make it a bit easier for aspiring restaurateurs to make the leap from concept to brick and mortar.
In August, we’ll welcome our second tenant on this journey, CO.STARTERS alum and owner of Bitty’s Living Kitchen, Kimberly Brock. Her healthy and “living food” concept, complete with vegan and vegetarian-friendly options, will be a welcome addition to the growing culinary and cultural diversity in The Pizitz Food Hall. Be sure to follow her progress on the Bitty’s Living Kitchen Facebook page!
The introduction of one tenant also means the graduation of another. Tropicaleo brought an authentic Puerto Rican culinary experience to Birmingham and The Pizitz Food Hall. Join us in thanking them for kicking off an exciting new offering for local food-based talent. You can keep track of Tropicaleo‘s progress as they work toward the opening of their Avondale location, directly across from Cahaba Brewing Co.
We also want to say a special thanks to our sponsors and supporters who have come together in an effort to offer an innovative and impactful launchpad for local culinary stars! Our deepest appreciation to partners at Bayer Properties, Buffalo Rock, Red Diamond, Wood Fruitticher, Regions Bank; the Ellen & Fred Elsas Fund, the Alice Meriwether Bowsher Fund; and our in-kind supporters at Maynard Cooper & Gale, Appleseed Workshop, and BRESCO. Another shout out goes to our friends at Create Birmingham for affording us the exciting opportunity to partner on their CO.STARTERS initiative, a ten-week program that has graduated well over 100 entrepreneurs who have dedicated themselves to creating a commercially-thriving, vibrant, and inclusive Birmingham.
The Rainbow Viaduct, one of Birmingham’s oldest bridges, has been transporting people between the south and north sides of downtown for more than 130 years! Now as we look toward its future, you’ll see a pilot project on the bridge to make it more pedestrian and cyclist friendly while we determine the best next steps.
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.