Speaking of 2nd Avenue…and just in case you haven’t heard: Urban Standard is open again! Kudos to owner Tom Wrzesien and his amazing staff for persevering while the popular coffeehouse underwent three months of repairs following a fire that destroyed the kitchen and caused serious smoke damage. We’re so glad to have y’all back on 2nd! Urban Standard is again partnering with our Urban Food Project team to source a significant portion of their menu from Alabama farmers. The purchases of local restaurants like Urban Standard help offset the costs of helping corner stores in Birmingham’s food deserts offer fresh fruits and vegetables. We call it a triple-net investment!
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.
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.
Amid the pandemic, when many found themselves at home searching for new hobbies, Josh Cosio and his wife embarked on a unique journey – roasting coffee at home. What began as a simple passion project soon evolved into something much more remarkable. Just two years after their inaugural batch of home-roasted beans, Cala Coffee has swiftly taken root, with not one but two locations opening in Birmingham.