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INSIDE 14 Derby Day - Benefiting Children in Bham 18 Jazz Cat Ball - Greater Birmingham Humane Society 22 Total on 1st - VIP Event 24 Man & Women of the Year - Hosted by L&L Society 26 Tails in the Trails 30 BeYoutiful - Arc of Alabama 32 Wine, Women and Shoes - Baptist Health Foundation 36 Service Guild Gala - Bell Center 42 Pink Palace - Casino Night 44 Funky Fish Fry - 12th Annual 46 Off-Shoots - Garden Club 50 Dermatology & Skin Care Center - Open House 52 Denim and Diamonds - Supporting Hoover Schools 54 Spring Soiree - Entrepreneurs Organization 56 Cohn Ribbon Cutting - Grand Opening 60 Reader’s Poll - Best of 2022 74 Crawfest - Hosted by CCA 76 Fabulous 52

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THE BEST SONGS ABOUT BIRMINGHAM

What’s the Best Thing About Birmingham? (In 3 Words)

There are 56 songs with Birmingham in the title or referenced in the lyrics. Here are our top 10.

10 Stars Fell on Alabama

We asked random people around town, and made them keep it to exactly words. Here’s what they said.

She & Him

9 Black Betty PROXIMITY TO BEACH - MIlla

Ram Jam

REALLY GOOD SCHOOLS - Kathryn

8 Swordfishtrombone Tom Waits

PARKS AROUND TOWN

SMALL TOWN FEEL

7 I Can’t Love You Anymore

- Kate

- Scotty

Lyle Lovett

VERY HARD QUESTION - Marie

JUST THREE WORDS?

6 Train to Birmingham

WE’RE STILL NEIGHBORLY - Christine

John Hiatt

5 Sweet Home Alabama

GREAT GOLF COURSES

Lynyrd Skynyrd

- Robert

- Anna Kate

4 Boulder to Birmingham Emmylou Harris

THE FOOD SCENE THE FALL WEATHER

3 Cities

- Brittany

- Dowe

Talking Heads

THE NICEST PEOPLE

2 Rip This Joint

NOT BAD TRAFFIC - Joseph

- Madison

The Rolling Stones

1 Promised Land Chuck Berry

THE BEST LOCAL SPIRIT While you’ll find our official Reader’s Poll conducted on Survey Moneky on page 60, we added an extra question on the gram. Which locally made spirit is your favorite? Here’s how you voted. Dread River Whiskey 38%

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Cahaba Spirits 11%


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Mind & Body

THE 5 BEST REASONS TO DO YOGA Claiming a Fit and Healthy Routine

ADVENTURES IN

DIETING

by: Megan Underwood (self described Diet Addict)

by: Whitney Renfroe

Whether you’re a seasoned yogi, only popped into a few classes here or there, or haven’t tried it out just yet, there is no denying that yoga has picked up a lot of steam in Western culture. Most people are drawn to the physical fitness aspect of yoga, but are hooked by the mental, emotional, and spiritual elements they discover. While the benefits of yoga are truly countless, here are five major ones. #1. STRENGTH AND FLEXIBILITY With consistent practice, the body is continuously challenged and over time grows stronger and less resistant. Muscle tone improves, capacity to support one’s body weight increases, endurance improves, joints move better, and muscles become more flexible.

#2. DETOXIFICATION Yoga offers many postures which create different types of twist or compression against the organs. These serve to help detoxify. Imagine ringing out a damp, dirty towel over the sink, rinsing it off, and wringing it out again. This is what we are doing for our bodies in yoga. We twist and compress to release lingering gunk and buildup in the form of toxins, and each breath of fresh oxygen is like the rinse of clean water.

#4. BALANCE We all want to feel balanced on our own two feet (or, if you develop a very advanced practice, even your head or your hands!). Yoga is wonderful for developing a better sense of stability, strength, and control. There are a variety of postures that train balance, from simply standing with the feet closer together than is natural, to standing on one foot while the other leg plays in different positions. With each repetition, the brain learns to communicate more effectively with our base of support. This leads to more comfort and ease as we stand, walk, jog, or dance!

#5. BREATH CONTROL Control of the breath is one of the most transferrable skills that yoga helps a person cultivate. Learning to focus and manipulate the breath in the midst of physical discomfort trains us to remain calm and grounded even when our environment is provoking stress or anxiety. Also, the breathwork practice in yoga (pranayama) increases our breath capacity and CO2 tolerance. This gives us more efficient inhalations and exhalations, which allows our bodies to function at a higher level.

#3. SPINE HEALTH Yoga helps increase range of motion throughout the body, and the spine, which extends from the very base of the tail to the back of the skull, is no exception. Certain postures and sequences are designed to lengthen the spine and make it more flexible, while others are designed to create twist and rotation along the vertebral column. Furthermore, the tissues that surround the backbone grow stronger and provide more support. Consistency over time ensures stronger, healthier backs.

DIETING ON THE GO The busyness of the summer can blow-up the best intended diet schedule. In the wild onthe-go days of summer, things can get dicey. Adherence and success requires preparation, planning, intention, and a bit of grace. As someone who is following a carnivore diet (sticking only to meat products and occasionally nuts), my guidelines are as tough as it gets. But I have a stack of diet-life hacks to help me stay on track in the trickiest situations: > Road Tripping The literal worst is to find myself hangry in the middle of nowhere, with no exit in sight. A close second-worst is to find myself hangry in the middle of the Korner Quik Mart without a clue. I’ve learned to keep a few diet-friendly snacks with me at all times, including a travel-sized container of my favorite collagen-based protein— just add water. Luckily every filling station provides a selection of various jerkies and nuts. My husband includes dairy in his diet and grabs a string cheese and an individual serving-sized milk. I always check labels and avoid added sugars and artificial sweeteners. Disasters averted. > Eating Out The most vital key to beating the restaurant game is preparation. I have to be pretty picky, and have become a pro at finding restaurants that will best serve my needs. I make sure to scope out the menu for options ahead of time, specifically looking for steamed and grilled meats as “add-ons” or sides. I’ve discovered the most effective approach is to inform the server of my specific dietary restrictions before ordering. > Vacationing A night or more in a hotel is no big deal when I play the hand I’m dealt. Upon arrival, I find the nearest grocery store and stock up on easy protein-rich snacks - lunch meat, packaged tuna or salmon, cheese, boiled eggs. Throw in some nuts and pre-cooked protein options like rotisserie chicken or steamed shrimp. I take full advantage of a complimentary breakfast by building a plate with the available protein options. > Socializing I follow a few guidelines and give myself all the grace: have a high protein meal before leaving home; take a protein-rich snack for when those cravings hit; drink smart. Alcohol is usually not the enemy, sugar is. I stick to tequila or vodka mixed with soda water, an occasional extra brut champagne, and lots of water in between. I remind myself to relax and live - a night (or even several) will not derail my daily consistency and hard work. It’s also super important to not be a jerk. Ultimately, I’ve found there is no scenario or situation that can derail my diet if I follow some basic ground rules and loosen my grip from time to time. With preparation on the front end, I am able to win the diet game wherever I find myself.


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DERBY DAY The Derby Day watch party and games surrounding the Kentucky Lucy Hart, Mary Catherine Hart

Derby on the Armour & Co. rooftop where money raised will directly benefit children in the Birmingham community. To see the rest of the pictures visit abouttown.io.

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PROMOTION

Physiq Provides an Easy Summer Body Answer We take a closer look with the experts at Gunn Dermatology.

Everyone wants to feel good about their body, but we don’t necessarily want to do anything too drastic to alter the parts of us we do love. At the same time, thousands of obstacles seem to occur each day that prevent us from working on achieving the perfect body we desire. This is on the mind more than ever as summer is arriving and we head for the beaches, lakes, and swimming pools. Fortunately for us it is the year 2022 and there are fast, stress-free solutions like Phsiq that make it easy to take our body to the next level. This unique treatment option combines heat and energy to tighten skin and tone muscles while reducing fat in the body. We take a closer look with Gunn Dermatology

This easy solution only requires 30 minutes to 3 hours per session, depending on the number of treatment areas chosen to be worked on. The initial series recommendation is 5 treatments every two weeks. This is a painless process that doesn’t require any downtime, and there isn’t any recovery time required to heal after. Results are seen immediately and provide a long-lasting solution. This is the perfect for those looking for an extra body boost before hitting getting outside to enjoy the summer weather. Physiq is the only device in the United States to utilize STEP (Sequential Thermal & Electrical Pulse) technology. This means that both EMS (Electrical Muscle Stimulation) and a Superluminescent Diode Matrix (SDM) laser to build the user’s muscles up. While that may sound complicated, it is a super easy experience that translates to a comfortable and very simple process for those who select this treatment option. Physiq can be used to target practically any area on the body. Abs, arms, legs, inner and outer thighs, banana rolls, buttocks, and flanks are all popular options.

Before

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WHAT IS PHYSIQ? PHYSIQ is a muscle building, fat-reducing, and skin tightening device. PHYSIQ body contouring uses a combination of heat and energy to reduce fat, tighten skin and tone muscle, and get your body to that “next level.” PHYSIQ targets problem areas for optimal, natural-looking results with NO DOWNTIME.

Physiq is open to anyone who wants to feel and look stronger, and often brings a rejuvenated feeling in the body immediately following treatment. In addition to making us look better, it stimulates the body and makes us feel like we just completed a dedicated workout. Let’s make this summer our best summer!

For more information about any of these treatments, contact Dr. Holly Gunn at Gunn Dermatology for a consultation: 32 Church St, Mountain Brook 205-415-7536.


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JAZZ CAT BALL

Jazz Cat Ball is one of the largest animal rescue fundraisers in the South, including a black-tie gala, seated dinner, live music, casino, and huge online and live auctions! Proceeds from the Jazz Cat Ball are vital to providing services such as health care, shelter, food, and socialization for thousands of homeless, abused, and neglected animals who find hope and help through the GBHS every year. To see the rest of the pictures visit abouttown.io.

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Are Porcelain Veneers Right For You? by: Dr. Paul Koch at Koch Aesthetic Dentistry

Dr. Koch patient- Deanna Pizitz

This aesthetic solution can solve many dental concerns.

Many of us who’ve wished for a better smile, but feel the options presented to us to improve our teeth seem daunting. We only have one mouth and we want to do everything in our power to protect what we got. Fortunately, there are many different non-surgical options that allow us to feel better about ourselves and feel safe while doing so. Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry options, and it’s easy to see why. The process is quick and is matched perfectly with the existing teeth in a patient’s mouth. But who all is this wonderful solution available to? We take a closer look with Birmingham’s own Koch Aesthetic Dentistry here.

Koch Aesthetics offers FREE VIRTUAL CONSULTATIONS. And initial consultations can done via video. Simply visit kochaesthetics.com and click FREE VIRTUAL CONSULT in the upper right corner.

If you have any questions for Dr. Koch, please visit kochaesthetics.com or call (205) 933.0323.

WHO ARE PORCELAIN VENEERS MEANT FOR? Porcelain veneers are a minimally invasive aesthetic dental solution that visually corrects crooked teeth, repairs chipped teeth, and restores worn and discolored teeth. Since the correction process is so simple, it is one of most common aesthetic procedures found today. These tooth-colored shells require minimal prep for most patients, and provide a very stressfree approach to altering your smile. If you have a bothersome tooth gap or are concerned about staining, porcelain veneers are very likely the solution to your concerns. In short, they are a sensible option for the majority of interested parties. Another benefit to this procedure is the impressive amount of time that porcelain veneers remain effective. With proper care, most veneer solutions last up to 25 years! They are durable and hard to stain, but also easy to provide maintenance for if anything does occur. Porcelain veneers are working to protect your smile in addition to enhancing it, which is a pretty ideal scenario. Of course, the best way to find out if veneers are meant for you is to contact a dental professional. A smile says a lot about an individual, and each already tells a wonderful story. But for those who are thinking about enhancing their image, porcelain veneers are one of the most common sense dental solutions available! Keep on smiling, Birmingham


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TOTAL ON 1ST GRAND OPENING VIP EVENT Joined by local elected officials, business leaders, influencers and key clientele, the celebratory evening heralded a new chapter for Southside-based parent company Total Skin and Beauty Dermatology Center, which has been a part of the Birmingham community for 45 years. To see the rest of the pictures visit abouttown.io.

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MAN & WOMAN OF THE YEAR The world’s largest organization dedicated to fighting blood cancers, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is a 501c3 non-profit founded in 1949 by parents who lost their son to Leukemia. The Man & Woman of the Year campaign is a 10-week philanthropic competition where leaders in the community come together to make an impact in the fight against cancer in cities across the nation. The winners represent the Boy and Girl of the Year, local children who have survived their battle with cancer. To see the rest of the pictures visit abouttown.io.

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TAILS IN THE TRAILS The Birmingham Zoo’s Junior Board is a proud ambassador to one of Alabama’s most popular attractions. Members strive to increase Zoo membership, assist with events and promote the Zoo’s overall mission to Inspire Passion to Conserve the Natural World. Tails in the Trails is the Junior Board’s annual signature event; net proceeds will benefit a new home for Birmingham Zoo resident Bob the bobcat and a future resident cougar. To see the rest of the pictures visit abouttown.io.

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At Burns, Brashier & Johnson, we believe in fiercely advocating on your behalf. We offer comprehensive, results-driven legal representation, primarily in the areas of domestic relations law and family law. Thank you Birmingham for voting us a Best of 2022!


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BEYOUTIFUL The Arc of Central Alabama hosted its 6th annual BeYOUtiful BHM Fashion Show, at Grand Bohemian in Mountain Brook. BeYOUtiful BHM is an empowering fashion show and silent auction featuring models with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). To see the rest of the pictures visit abouttown.io.

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Dr. Al Cohn & Dr. Analise Anderson

along with the rest of our staff at Cohn Plastic Surgery, want to say THANK YOU for voting us BEST PLASTIC SURGERY GROUP 2022. We are honored to know that our wonderful community highly regards our practice. Your support means the world to us!


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WINE, WOMEN, AND SHOES Oh What a night!! The Baptist Health Foundation’s 5th annual Wine Women and Shoes event was a great success and raised over $165,000 for various programs. Women from all over Birmingham put on their best shoes for an evening of sipping wine, shopping local and national vendors and bidding on amazing silent auction and live auction items and experiences. To see the rest of the pictures visit abouttown.io.

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Thank you for your votes! It’s an honor to be recognized as one of Birmingham’s best realtors again! It is my pleasure to be able to assist you with your real estate needs.


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SERVICE GUILD GALA The 33rd annual Service Guild of Birmingham Gala for The Bell Center featured a live and silvent auction. To see the rest of the pictures visit abouttown.io.

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Angela Stevens

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Client Testimonials

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“Angela Stevens was a great help in the process of selling my house. Communication was always open and she responded quickly with answers. She made the entire process as stress free as possible. Angela is a wonderful realtor and truly cares about her customers.” - The Harris Family, Hoover Home seller “Angela was our buyers agent during a time when the market was in favor of sellers. When competition was fierce, she kept us grounded on our families goals of finding the right home that checked all our boxes, while also staying within our budget. As picky buyers, it took a long time to find that perfect home, and Angela was by our side throughout the whole process with the best attitude. Her patience and perseverance is unmatched! We could not be happier with the house and lifestyle she helped us achieve for our family. Thanks, Angela!” - The Bailey Family, Vestavia Home Buyer

Angela Stevens REALTOR/Associate Broker RealtySouth Acton Road 2409 Acton Road Ste. 137 Vestavia, Alabama 35243 205-907-8915 (cell) astevens@realtysouth.com angelastevensrealtor.com


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DR. CELIA DAVENPORT Dr. Celia Davenport has had at least one dentist in the family since before the turn of the 20th century, but as owner of Davenport Dental & Wellness Center, she is the first female dentist in the family. Celia and her staff at Davenport Dental & Wellness Center differentiate themselves by promoting a holistic approach to dental health care, acknowledging that oral health affects the whole body. The clinic offers traditional dental care, utilizing state-ofthe-art technology to provide the best in both preventative and restorative dentistry. Near the end of 2020, Davenport expanded the clinic to include a number of aesthetic services such as facials, Botox and dermal fillers. “We will always be a dental office first,” Davenport said. “We want to make sure that you as a whole are healthy, and the aesthetics become part of that because it can improve one’s confidence and self-esteem.” DAVENPORT DENTAL is

conveniently located in the Lakeview district on Clairmont Avenue South. We also have on-site parking, which is a rare commodity in our neighborhood. Just look for the big tooth in our front yard!

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Casey Quattlebaum, Natalie Wearren, Jenn Jackson, Virginia Watkins

Pam Smith, Mary Laura Day, Bill Smith, Matt and Kaitlin Pierce

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Thank You Birmingham for Voting Us the Best Women’s Boutique 2 Years in a Row!

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Nancy Wolfe, Katia Khoury, Aline Zouk, Basma Abdulhadi

PINK PALACE CASINO NIGHT The Pink Palace Casino Night featured many favorite casino games like blackjack, poker, roulette, craps and slots. Event proceeds will fuel lifesaving breast cancer research right here in Birmingham and across the state. To see the rest of the pictures visit abouttown.io.

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Leeanne Roy, Mary Love Hodge

Cedric Nitz, Hilary Nelson

Mikayla Spruill, Susanna Swift

FUNKY FISH FRY

12th Annual Funky Fish Fry was held at Avondale Brewery and included live music included The Drennen Brothers, Automatic Slim Blues, and Livewire. The event also featured the Mountain High rock climbing. To see the rest of the pictures visit abouttown.io.

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Mary Bynum, Anna Maple, Brittany Ramsey

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SOLD BY SCOTT WELLS FORD

SOLD!

4201 7TH AVENUE S

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530 45TH STREET S SOLD!

2717 HIGHLAND AVENUE · UNIT 305

1116 KINGSBURY AVENUE SOLD!

4012 CLAIRMONT AVENUE

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4252 OVERLOOK DRIVE

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1926 20TH AVENUE SOLD!

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718 45TH STREET S

As you can see from some of the above homes I have sold (seller and/or buyer) thus far, 2022 is off to a great start. And, I have my amazing clients to thank for this success. If you are looking to buy or sell, please give me a call and let me discuss how I can help you achieve your real estate dreams and goals. I believe that I have the experience, knowledge and work ethic to make a difference for you! Thanks, Scott To learn more about what other clients say about working with Scott, please see scottwellsford.com and the “testimonials” tab.

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The concert venues and community! It’s a great place to do something creative in the afternoon and see a show at night!

Best Place to Run:

Railroad Park

Best wine selection:

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What do you like about Birmingham:

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Best Place to Meet New People:

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Oreos

Best Place for Live Music:

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Super sweet coffee Best Place to go to Think:

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B ES T SU S H I Bamboo

34.34%

My husband and I had our date night at this restaurant and the food and service was excellent! They were pretty busy as it was a Saturday night. -KENDRA A

BES T PIZZA

B E ST BBQ Saw’s

Surin Jinsei Abhi Ono Poké

45.92%

Slice

27.81%

It’s a charming little boutique restaurant. I’m a big fan

Omg this pizza is freaking delicious. I built the pizza

of their white sauce and bbq sauce. -JOHN L.

on my own. Not that the other ones didn’t sound

Jim n Nicks Rodney Scott’s Full Moon Martin’s BBQ

good, but since it was my first time I didn’t wanna

15.14% 13.30% 11.84% 9.25%

chance it. -TERESA B.

Davenport’s Post Office Pies Tortuga’s Dave’s

26.12% 19.40% 9.45% 5.25%

BES T FINE DI N I N G

B ES T INTERNATIO NAL FO O D Surin

B ES T BURG E R Jack Brown’s

28.90%

This is my go to burger place. I’ve tried about half of the burgers on the menu and suggest you see what you’re feeling for that day. They have a variety

49.53%

tic Thai cuisine. I think this spot perfectly bal-

How amazing to come to another 5 star food expe-

ances elegant and casual dining. Lunch specials

rience in Birmingham. Get a seat in the front of the

galore! -TYLER H.

house rather than the back. It’s a bit more Italian

Red Pearl Bay Leaf Taj India Silver Coin

18.66% 10.60% 9.01% 5.66%

30.86%

26.03%

I’ve tried several of the “cookie places” and this place is definitely the best!! Every cookie we tried was amazing. My favorite was the healthy peanut

Great place and atmosphere. Great food as well.

butter and first date.. -ASHLEY S.

-ANGELA H.

Big Spoon Category Edgar’s Mountain Brook Creamery Jeni’s

Crestline Bagel Ruby Sunshine Demitri’s Over Easy

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Bottega Helen Perry’s Hot & Hot Fish Club

BES T DES S ERT PLACE Cookie Fix

Big Bad Breakfast

19.78%

Hands down some of the best Italian I’ve ever had.

23.28% 17.65% 11.09% 9.65%

B ES T BRE AKFAST

Gianmarco’s

Great local spot in Birmingham for some authen-

of options some being spicyyy! . ­-KEVIN L.

Chez FonFon Back Forty Five Guys Porch

16.91% 14.49% 13.75% 9.63%

82% Female 18% Male

B ES T SE A F O O D Automatic

to the door to when we walked out was excellent! -MIRANDA L.

25.91% 20.38% 14.60% 5.96%

Fish Market Hot & Hot Ocean Half Shell

Own Home: 82%

Age 21-29: 21% Age 30-39: 27% Age 40-49: 19% Age 50-59: 16% Age 60+: 15%

0 kids under 17 living at home: 48% 1 kid under 17 living at home: 19% 2 kids under 17 living at home: 23% 3 kids under 17 living at home: 9% 4+ kids under 17 living at home: 1%

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42.27%

Every single thing from the minute we walked in

Employed Full Time: 76% Employed Part Time: 10% Not Employed, Not Looking: 8% Retired: 6%

Married: 67% Single: 33%

14.54% 11.90% 10.08% 9.75%

16.70% 13.12% 12.93% 5.40%

WHERE DO THEY LIVE? 35213: 12% 35223: 10% 35242: 9% 35209: 8% 35226: 7%

Single Family Home: 81% Apartment: 10% Townhouse/Condo: 9%


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B ES T S EAFO O D : Automatic

B ES T B R EAK FA ST: Big Bad Breakfast

BE ST HA P P Y HOU R: SOHO Social

AGEN T: Kristen McGee

BE ST C OC K TA I L : Moscow Mule

B E ST LOCAL BEER: Cahaba Blonde

BE ST WEDDING VEN U E: Barn at Shady Lane

B ES T ST E AK Perry’s

31.82%

B ES T D ES S ERT: Cookie Fix

BE ST F I T NESS INSTRUCTOR: Kelly Campbell

B ES T CATERING Happy Catering

23.33%

BES T H O T E L Grand Bohemian

45.79%

One of the best meals that we have had in a long

Happy Catering catered my daughter’s wedding.

Awesome place! Took the wine making class and

time, due to the newly added Smorgasbord off of

Very easy to deal with. A wonderful selection of

it was unforgettable! The food was great! The

their specialty menu.-CAROLINE S.

menus. The serving staff was very friendly. Highly

ambiance was lovely -ALANA R.

recommend. -MARY J.

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Helen Fleming’s Ruth’s Chris

29.65% 19.23% 14.42%

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B ES T MA RG A RI TA Taco Mama

30.08%

BES T B R U N CH

BES T PLACE TO BU Y WINE Piggly Wiggly

50.93%

The Essential

32.70%

Love Love Love their margaritas! Not too sweet.

Great beer and wine selection! We are so happy

A go-to brunch that will always make you feel like

Not too bitter. Really like all the flavors. Nothing

to have such a great grocery store so close to our

you are on vacation. Food is divine. -NATALIE F.

goes better with guacamole! -WILLIAM G.

community! -BRANDI M.

El Barrio Mayawell Sol y Luna Mexico Lindo

Classic Wine Co. Golden Age Hop City Red or White

Big Bad Breakfast Ruby Sunshine ZaZa Five

29.48% 15.23% 12.83% 6.53%

11.91% 10.70% 9.98% 9.98%

BES T LU N CH P L ACE

BE ST BA R Collins Bar

Porch

21.90%

12.89%

Sitting on the Porch, it was a wonderful day to

Great chill spot for cocktails! I stopped by here last

enjoy a gentle breeze and a good lunch. -JAMES G.

night and had a good time. The decor is definitely

Greenhouse Brick and Tin Taco Mama Johnny’s

unique and inviting. -JEFE D.

Queen’s Park Otey’s Neon Moon Paper Doll Bar

20.16% 17.62% 13.65% 11.05%

20.52% 20.37% 15.24% 13.48%

2.88% 2.61% 2.33% 1.92%

BES T PATIO / O U TDO O R S EATING Back Forty

30.63%

It’s a great spot for a date night or a group hang out. Lots of TVs for watching sports. Great outdoor space and seating. It can be crowded at times, but we’ve never not been able to find a spot to sit. -JAMIE R.

Bottega 23.39% Carrigan’s 16.73% Porch 12.98% Vino 9.03%

BES T FO O D T R U CK Dos Hermanos

B ES T P LAC E T O BUY BE E R Piggly Wiggly

chocolate peanut butter porter that is infused with espresso beans. It rocked my world. -NICOLE G.

Hop City Publix Diplomat Deli The Vineyard

B ES T DIVE BAR

39.18%

I snagged the sweet baby java by du claw. It’s a

29.87% 15.06% 7.65% 5.41%

5.23%

These are the most authentic and best priced tacos

Mom’s Basement

27.55%

Like drinking in Eric foreman’s basement. Place is great. I try to make up for all the cool free stickers

you can get in Birmingham -YENY G.

Eugene’s Saw’s Uncle G’s Cantina

4.68% 4.41% 2.75% 2.75%

by tipping my bartenders well! -ALEX S.

The Garage Otey’s The Nick Red Lion

24.98% 24.15% 10.94% 9.58%

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BES T CO CK TA I L Moscow Mule Margarita Old Fashioned Ranch Water Espresso Martini

17.35% 16.35% 9.99% 8.77 2.84%


BEST SPA : The Woodhouse

BE ST DIV EBAR: Mom’s Basment

AG E N T: Julie Harris

BE ST D E N T I ST: Davenport Dental

B ES T D ER M ATO L O G I S TS : Renew

B ES T PRI VAT E SC HOOL Advent Episcopal School

17.64%

B ES T WEDDING VENU E Barn at Shady Lane

8.08%

We have had 2 events at The Barn at Shady Lane

amazing! They are an entire year ahead of all the

and both were amazing. One was a work event

public schools -CLINTON P.

and the other was our son’s wedding. The owners

13.45% 8.40% 5.04% 4.62%

and staff are great and easy to work with. Such a beautiful venue! -JULIA T.

The Club The Florentine Iron City Clubhouse - Highland

6.06% 6.06% 4.04% 3.03%

B ES T HOME D E C OR At Home Homewood

43.46%

Beautiful store, and they always have something

Highlands

and helpful. I love being able to find so much in just

Fun course. Great staff! Always in spectacular

one stop -MICHELLE R.

condition!!! Also, be sure to grab a delicious burger

12.15% 3.27% 1.87% 1.87%

BES T WEEK E N D G E TAWAY 30A Chattanooga Gulf Shores New Orleans Nashville

38.74% 16.63% 16.14% 12.84% 11.65%

B ES T PU B LIC GO LF CO U RS E

new and unique! The employees are always so nice

Home Goods Urban Suburban White House Interiors Argent

BEST INSURANCE AG ENT: Doug Corey

BE ST CAT E R E R : Happy Catering

The kids know so much after a few years here, it’s

Altamont Briarwood Highlands Indian Springs

FA M I LY L AW FIRM : Burns, Brashier & Johnson

43.79%

from the grill. -EVAN G.

Ross Bridge Bent Brook Oak Mountain Oxmoor Valley

4.73% 4.14% 2.37% 2.37%

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25.54% 15.93% 9.74% 8.50% 2.10%


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ANNUAL READER’S POLL

B ES T HAI R SAL ON Hairfolk

B ES T S PA

23.79%

I chose Whitney as my stylist. She is known as the extension queen! I don’t have extensions, but I did get a layered cut and curl that I loved! I got about one inch taken off since I still wanted to have long hair. Hairfolk is just a nice relaxing place, and I will definitely be back! -LUCY T.

Collective Salon U Wheelhouse Forecast

19.63% 16.74% 4.77% 2.02%

Woodhouse

BES T PLACE F O R A GIRLS ’ N I G H T

14.30%

Wow where do I start?! From start to finish, this was one of my best experiences with any Woodhouse . -BROOKLYN N.

Ross Bridge Escape Retreat La Bella

11.61% 4.91% 4.46% 3.58%

Neon Moon

7.59%

This place is freaking awesome. The vibe, the drinks, the service...phenomenal. It has a country vibe but don’t let it turn you away. -SARA R.

Juniper Red or White Queens Park Golden Age

6.55% 5.52% 5.17% 3.10%

AG E N T: Scott Boudreaux

B E ST PLAC E TO BUY WI N E: Piggly Wiggly

B ES T B U R GER : Jack Brown’s

P L A ST I C SUR G E ON S: Plastc Surgery Specialists

BE ST P L A N T I F F L AW F I R M : Alexander Shunnarah

BEST MORTG AG E BROK ER: Adam Snable

BES T ENTE RTA I N ME N T DIS TR I CT Avondale Pepper Place Lakeview 2nd Avenue North Five Points

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11.63% 9.88% 4.50% 2.81% 2.25%

BES T O U TDO O R EXCU RS IO N Oak Mountain

41.16%

32.87% 31.56% 16.48% 12.05% 5.66%

BES T ANNUAL CH A R I T Y E V E N T Chili Cook Off

8.66%

For hiking, lake-beach time, or just hanging out in

This has been a great event for many years, I

the green, clean air of nature, you can’t beat Oak

cannot remember the last time I came to this

Mountain. -KIMI W.

event and didn’t have a good time! It has grown

Red Mountain Ruffner Mountain Moss Rock Railroad Park

19.17% 14.69% 14.36% 9.05%

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Foundation Ball Schoolhouse Rock Heart Ball Wine, Women, Shoes

4.32% 2.40% 1.92% 1.44%


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B ES T P LAC E T O TA KE PI C S Botanical Gardens

45.71%

BES T WO MEN’ S CLO TH ING Milla

6.36%

B ES T M EN’ S CL O T H I N G Shaia’s

22.73%

Absolutely wonderful place to come to be with

The owners are the only ones who work the store. As

The best service and very knowledgable of the

nature. So much to see! I definitely will be visiting

a customer that means so much! They really care and

clothing. You are treated as family and will always

again. -MICHELLE N.

enjoy their jobs- or so it seemed talking to one of them.

laugh! -COLE S.

Cute outfits! Amazing customer service! -BROOKE K.

Mobley & Sons Billy Reid Tom Beckbe Bridge & Root

The Club Morris Avenue Railroad Park Vulcan

17.66% 12.67% 12.02% 10.06%

Shea Davis Fabrik Soca Le Weekend

4.09% 4.09% 3.64% 3.18%

10.61% 4.27% 3.27% 2.27%

BE ST BA R : Collins Bar

W OR KOUT: Orange Theory

FAMILY LAW FIRM: Peeples Law

AG E N T: Christen Crosby

B ES T L O CAL AT T RACT I ON Vulcan

24.29%

I love the view from up here. It’s also a good place to relax, sit in the grass while reading a book. -JUDY A.

Legion Soccer Botanical Gardens Zoo Railroad Park

5.71% 4.76% 4.76% 3.33%

B ES T K ID’ S CAM P Advent Camp Cosby Skyline McWane Birmingham Zoo Safari

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24.29% 13.71% 9.76% 4.76% 3.33%

CO NCERT/ S H OW V E N U E Alabama Theatre

29.76%

How can you not love the Alabama Theater? It’s simply mesmerizing. -Joy S.

Avondale Oak Mountain Ampitheare Iron City Saturn

22.45% 19.25% 15.45% 10.81%


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B ES T LOCA L BE E R Cahaba American Blonde

26.68%

BES T TAK E O U T Taco Mama

36.65%

BES T LO CAL B R E WE RY Back Forty

25.02%

Cahaba is a mainstay for me with their canned

Consistently delicious and fresh, Taco Mama is

The beer garden is beautiful. Great to bring your

products around the state, so it was a real treat to

everything you want a taco to be.. -MARIAH C.

pets and little ones. Lots of green grass and lawn

be able to visit their taproom. Luckily, their in-per-

Surin Taziki’s Blue Pacific Otey’s

games. -FELECIA M.

son experience doesn’t disappoint! -JOSHUA H.

Trim Tab Paradise Now Good People IPA Avondale Sour Pash Ghost Train Select Blonde

21.71% 20.05% 14.58% 10.19%

26.21% 19.64% 8.23% 3.93%

23.79% 17.73% 14.66% 12.59%

B ES T U NDER TH E R A DA R P L ACE

B ES T NEW RE STAURA N T Slim’s

Avondale Trim Tab Good People Cahaba

The Garage

34.63%

Unique experience. Good food. They keep it simple

17.87%

You will not be disappointed, the chicken pesto and

but it’s always satisfying. Great spot for lunch,

the pepperoni, jalapeño honey pizza paired with a

especially on a pretty day. A Birmingham classic. -CHANDLER D.

nice French wine is unbelievable. -ROBERT S.

Umani Juniper Pizza Grace Parkside on 5th

12.93% 10.35% 3.77% 3.48%

BES T S PO RTS BAR

Paramount

The Fig Tree Porch Golden Age Sidewalk Film

20.54% 17.84% 14.09% 9.07%

35.05%

A fun hole in the wall bar. I love the environment, the little seating area outside, and in general this is a pretty nifty little place. It has plenty of games to play and entertainment. -SYDNEY J.

Otey’s On Tap Baumhower’s Buffalo Wild Wings

28.31% 12.24% 12.02% 9.12%

B ES T PLACE TO TA K E YO U R DO G Railroad Park

before! Great place in downtown to get out for a stroll or skateboard or dog walking. -JOY S.

Red Mountain Oak Mountain Back Forty Avondale

B ES T HAPPY HOUR SoHo Social

33.23%

Fennac

27.72%

I can’t believe I’ve never been to Railroad Park

25.99% 19.60% 12.52% 9.76%

BES T EVENT S PACE

7.45%

A frequent regular at SoHo. I highly recommend

The moment we approached the venue, someone

coming during social hours during the weekday

was there to greet us. The bar was well staffed.

(M-F). From 3-6 PM all apps are 1/2 off as well as

The food stations were properly tended and

O’Henry’s

drinks (with some exclusions from their specialty

refilled as needed. Great experience all around! I

The first thing you notice when you step into

menu). -ALEXIA J.

would definitely recommend The Fennec for any

O’Henry’s is the SMELL. It’s rich in that beautiful

events.-VIRGINIA H.

coffee aroma that made me want a cappuccino in

Carrigan’s Freddy’s Wine Otey’s Bricktop’s

19.58% 15.34% 15.03% 12.88%

Haven The Florentine Iron City B&A Warehouse

7.10% 6.45% 5.91% 4.84%

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33.51%

my hand that very moment. -RACHEL H.

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10 Best Movie Sequels of All Time By Sidewalk Film Center & Cinema Creative Director, Rachel Morgan & Lead Programmer, Corey Craft

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equels are tough. They’re the sophomore album of the movie game, but there are always a few that pull themselves from the long list of shark jumpers to rival their namesake. Here’s our current, list of most excellent movie sequels of all time. For more movie lists and antics with Rachel & Corey check out the official Sidewalk Podcast, SIDETALKS, via Soundcloud or wherever you get your podcasts.

10. BEFORE SUNSET (2004) Richard Linklater When we left Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy’s wistful 20-somethings at the end of 1995’s Before Sunrise, they had made plans to meet again and pursue their whirlwind romance. When we catch up with them nine years later in its unlikely sequel, the two are more worldly, complicated and weighed by the ramifications of their decisions. In total, Linklater’s three “Before” films are among the best depictions of messy modern romance in all its contradictions; this is the best one. – COREY

9. THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION PART II: THE METAL YEARS (1988) Penelope Spheeris

To be fair, it’s more of a continuation than a sequel, but Part II is right there in the title and the opportunity to include this film on a list can’t be resisted. The Metal Years chronicles the heavy metal scene in Los Angeles between 1987 and 1988 and features an ocean of amazing, stylish interviews. The documentary opens with fog machine intensity, screaming fans, power chords and Paul Stanley being interviewed while lying in bed with 4 women. It’s uphill from there. – RACHEL

8. SPIDERMAN 2 (2004) Sam Raimi Long before the current multiversal glut of Marvel superhero entertainment — and long before they all felt obligatory and increasingly artless — Sam Raimi made a big, bold, earnest and exciting sequel to his 2002 smash-hit webslinging adventure. Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker struggles with life, love and a psychotic scientist who has accidentally grafted tentacles to his spine. It set the bar that all future Spider-Men — and most other superhero films, for that matter — have struggled to clear. – COREY

7. TEXASVILLE (1990) Peter Bogdanovich

This one makes the list mostly because you’re not going to find it on any list, anywhere, ever. While it doesn’t come anywhere near the mastery of its origin film, The Last Picture Show, it’s a lot of fun (and sometimes not-so-fun) to see where Duane, Jacy and Sunny ended up… in full color. Plus, it’s late 80s’ Texas with its hot tubs, McMansions, oil rigs, wordy t-shirts and middle-of-nowhere Dairy Queen. The MVP isn’t actually a returning cast member (though it’s an amazing cast), but the super-fun-to-watch Annie Potts. – COREY

6. NYMPHOMANIAC: VOL II (2013) Lars von Trier It’s no Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2…Nympho 2 is the second and final chapter of its series, but the third and last installment of von Trier’s (unofficially titled) “Depression Trilogy” (following Antichrist and Melancholia). As is typical of von Trier, the film is highly provocative, frequently gross and thoroughly unpleasant. It’s also brilliant and ingenious. Warning: the trailer and even the poster are NSFW. Note: Corey does not stand behind this choice.– RACHEL MORGAN

Presented by SIDEWALK 3. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980) Irvin Kershner How do you follow up one of the biggest movies of all time? You split up your heroes, run them through the ringer, throw in one shocking twist, and introduce more new characters and worlds than you can fill a 1980s toybox with. The Empire Strikes Back not only lives up to 1977’s original Star Wars, most would agree it surpasses it, with one vividly realized, visually spectacular set piece after another. – COREY

2. GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH (1990) Joe Dante Perhaps the wildest film on this list, Gremlins 2 is ridiculous, juvenile, unapologetically silly and not to be missed! According to Rotten Tomatoes reviewer, Mark H, the film is “one of the worst movies ever made” and anonymous calls it, “so freakin’ stupid.” Required viewing! – RACHEL

1. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (2015) George Miller

5. THE GODFATHER PART II (1974) Francis Ford Coppola Every best-sequels-of-all-time list is obligated to feature The Godfather Part II because the truth is, it’s just that good and worthy of inclusion. Francis Ford Coppola deepened the saga of the Corleone family by jumping back in time to show up the development of young Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro) from penniless immigrant to crime boss, while jumping forward to show how his son Michael (Al Pacino) gained the world — but lost his soul. A masterpiece. – COREY

4. SCREAM 2 (1997) Wes Craven

Perhaps the most meta of the very meta series, two students are murdered by a copycat killer at a sneak preview screening of “Stab,” a movie based on the events from the first film. Clever, inventive and the origin of “sequels suck” jokes in sequels. Plus, it’s really, really fun. – RACHEL ABOUT

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Landing at #1 on the list not just because it’s a great darn sequel, but because it’s the only film that can be found on BOTH Rachel and Corey’s lists! Nearly 20 years after “Mad Max” Rockatinsky faced off against Tina Turner in the Thunderdome, George Miller returned to his dystopian sci-fi action franchise with its wildest, most spectacular entry. Tom Hardy plays the title character in this stunt-heavy chase movie for the ages, loaded with “how’d they do that” stunts and an all-time great heroine in Charlize Theron’s Furiosa. – COREY (AND RACHEL)


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By: Scott Atkinson, Wine Manager at PIGGLY WIGGLY IN CRESTLINE

Thanks For Making This So Much Fun. Let’s be honest. It is, sometimes, hard to be taken seriously with the name “Piggly Wiggly.” It is always entertaining when we have winery representatives, from all over the world, come in and look at our stores. They are amazed that a group of six grocery stores in Lil’ Ol’ Alabama are so dialed in to the world of fine wine.

We at the Piggly Wiggly are also very honored that you chose us as the best wine shop around. Our peers are pretty dang good, so to be selected as the Best of the Best is a strong compliment. And not only do we not take it lightly, but we will not rest on our laurels. We will try even harder to maintain our place as number one. Thanks for selecting us five years in a row!

Not to put too fine a point on it, but we are only the best wine shop because you want us to be. We push ourselves to give you what you want. Thanks for making that fun. Not only are we honored that you, the readers, take us seriously.

Piggly Wiggly might be the best wine shops that the rest of the world has never heard of, but you know who we are. We have selected four wines that are just like us. These are four of the best wines you’ve never heard of. Well, maybe you have, but you are one of the cool kids.

LANSON CHAMPAGNE

OSTRO PROSECCO

Real celebrations deserve real Champagne. This Champagne, which has earned the Royal Warrant of HRH Queen Elizabeth II, has been around since 1760. Not a bad run. Oh, and the Champagne is delicious. Why pay an additional twenty dollars, or more, for a Champagne that is more marketing than substance? This Champagne is an elegant balance of maturity and verve, depth and acidity, as well as bright fruits and rich brioche. There is no better value in Champagne.

Prosecco needs to be fresh, easy, and not too sweet. Other Prosecco labels, which we won’t mention here, have more than FOUR TIMES THE SUGAR of this Ostro. This is an Italian’s Prosecco. Just like a great pair of shoes makes an outfit, a well-crafted Prosecco can make a sunset. Again, you may have never seen this one before, but it has the lift, elegance, and balance that other Proseccos (or Prosecchi if you want to get real Italian) can only dream about. LUCKY ROCK PINOT NOIR

KUMEU VILLAGE CHARDONNAY

We cannot sing the praises of this wine enough. If there was ever a wine that epitomizes, “If the rest of the world knew about this, we would never see it in Alabama,” this is it. We believe that only about 1,200 cases come into the country. We got on this early-ish, so we get more at the Pigs then most states do. This Chardonnay, crafted by first Master of Wines (think of Master of Wine as a member of faculty at an Ivy League School, these folks know their stuff) in the Southern Hemisphere, Michael Brajkovich. Simply put, one of the best wines for the money we’ve yet found. ABOUT

Pinot Noir can still be a good value. They only made about 3,000 cases of this wine, so it is a bit of a shock that we see it in Alabama. But this is a Pinot Noir that has the brightness, acidity, and freshness that some of the more mass-produced Pinot Noirs cannot aspire to bottle. Put a light chill on this guy, ignore the fact that the rattlesnake on the label has no rattle, and drink a Pinot Noir in the style of the old times… before they were overwrought and too fruity. 78 T O W N


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6. Champagne bottle pointing in different directions.

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