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We offer walk-in care for minor injury and illness, ranging from minor cuts that may need stitches to to coughs and cold. Open after hours and seven days a week, our center provides the quality and expertise of St. Vincent’s with the convenience of walk-in care. We provide on-site diagnostics, advanced technology, a new state-of-the-art facility, and experienced and compassionate staff – all at a lower overall cost than an emergency room visit.

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Feels Like Home Once you start doing home and yard projects, it can be hard to stop. There’s always another room to paint, floors to replace or, in my case, a yard to sod. Making improvements inside or out can add value to your home and make it more enjoyable. And making your house move-in ready is a must, especially in today’s real estate market. I talked with Hoover realtor Susette Clark-Walker about housing trends, and she said now is the perfect time to buy or sell a home. Buyers expect to find updated, clean homes, and they are especially attracted to stunning kitchens and baths — something that hasn’t changed during the years. But whether you’re buying, selling or just improving your home, you can find tips to help you in our Builders and Buyers Guide this month. Starting on page 28, the guide breaks down the current housing market, shares ways to add value to your home and lists local pros who can help you with it all. A different kind of homecoming,

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the piece on the Regions Tradition shows its full-circle journey back to Greystone Golf & Country Club. It’s been more than a decade since the tournament has been held at Greystone, which is where the event got its start 25 years ago. This massive event is going to be filled with new treats like party decks with local drinks, musical performances, an autograph area and much more. The Regions Tradition is going to be the event of the summer. Read more about it on page 14. Another captivating article you can find in this issue showcases Shelly Smith and her Pure Barre studio. Featured on the cover, Smith’s Pure Barre in Riverchase teaches a ballerina-inspired workout to help people exercise and tone muscles. There are no slippers or tutus required (although I’m sure you’re welcome to wear them), but participants do use a barre, which is a stationary handrail. Read more on

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The Barre Essentials Exercise and tone muscles with ballerina’s workout WRITTEN BY AMY JONES PHOTOS BY DAWN HARRISON The classes incorporate a variety of exercise equipment.



veryone already has a mental image of a ballerina’s body — lithe muscles, long legs and a slim silhouette. However, Shelly Smith, owner of Pure Barre in Riverchase, believes that every body, no matter the shape or size, can benefit from a ballerina’s workout. During Pure Barre workouts, participants use a barre — a stationary handrail — to exercise and tone every muscle group from head to toe, Smith says.

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“We incorporate small, isometric movements that stem from contracting the working muscle groups to lift, tone and burn the entire body,” she says. “The best part of class is that we take time after working each muscle group to stretch out the body. This allows you to create long, lean muscles. Think ballerina body.” Smith said no previous dancing experience is needed to excel at Pure Barre. “We have such a wide variety of clients with us at Pure Barre Riverchase that

some have a dance background, but the majority have never slipped on a pair of ballet or dance slippers,” she says. “I and my instructors are a part of that majority. We don’t have that ballet background, nor do we or you need it to take Pure Barre classes.” Smith has actually focused on her fitness since her college years at the University of Alabama, where she took fitness classes and began healthy eating habits. After college, she began working 65-hour-long workweeks at the family business, Mark’s Outdoor Sports in Vestavia, but she still made time at the gym a priority. Eventually, she tried a Pure Barre workout and was blown away. “I was never a dancer, barely a high school cheerleader at best. I thought no way would I like the barre fitness lifestyle and much less that it would actually be a workout,” Smith says. “Little did I know that it would rock my world, make me sore in ways I had

never known and soon become the only workout I would ever need.” After Smith’s father died in 2012, she wanted to branch out and open her own business, but she didn’t know what kind of business she wanted to run. “That’s when I realized how deep my love was for fitness and how much I tried to center my day around my scheduled Pure Barre classes,” she says. “So the saying is true — ‘Do what you love, love what you do.’ I did just that and reached out to the corporate office of Pure Barre. Then, I started working to make my dreams come true.” Pure Barre Riverchase opened in fall 2013; to date, Smith and her team of instructors have taught more than 6,800 classes. Smith says she chose to open her business in Hoover because it’s such a “busy” part of the Birmingham metro area. “Pure Barre is a primarily women’s workout group, and there are so many

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LEFT: With no prior dance experience, Smith says she fell in love with the Pure Barre method. BELOW: Pure Barre can burn up to 600 calories per class. Pure Barre Riverchase is located on Chace Drive.

working women, stay-at-home moms and retired residents (in Hoover) that it seemed like a perfect fit to add a Pure Barre to the area,” Smith says. Smith says she recommends Pure Barre to anyone and everyone. “I recommend Pure Bare to all body types, all ages and all stages of life. If you can hold on to the barre, you can do a class,” says Smith, who says those doing Pure Barre can burn up to 600 calories per class. “There are ways to modify each

move or challenge yourself deeper each class. The same class can be taken by all fitness level clients.” That recommendation also extends to men, Smith says. “Pure Barre is primarily taken by women, but we do have several guys who take classes with our studio. They claim it is the biggest challenge of a workout they have ever tried, and they love it,” she says. Smith says her involvement with Pure Barre has changed many lives May 2016 | Hoover’s Magazine •


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— most especially her own. “Our clients have shared their stories with us for years, and we have been blown away at how their lives have changed for the better. Everything from relationship building with spouses, stronger self-confidence within themselves, bringing mothers and daughters closer and so much more,” she says. “I feel that God placed me at the studio at that particular point in life to show me that I could impact others physically, emotionally and spiritually to better lives around me.” Pure Barre Riverchase offers classes every

day. Classes start as early as 5:30 a.m. and as late as 6:45 p.m. To see a class schedule, visit Throughout the year, Pure Barre Riverchase holds Bring on the Men classes, where male friends or family members of Pure Barre members can try a class for free. To find out more about Pure Barre, including class options and pricing packages, visit, email or call 205-9828366. Pure Barre is located at 1870 Chace Drive. n

PAGE 12 TOP: If someone can hold onto the barre, they can do the exercises, Smith says. PAGE 12 BOTTOM: While the classes are filled with mostly women, Pure Barre also holds classes for men throughout the year. ABOVE: Classes go from 5:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.

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Back Home The Regions Tradition returns to Greystone for 25th anniversary WRITTEN BY LAUREN DOWDLE PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED


t’s an exciting year for Greystone Golf & Country Club. Not only is it celebrating its 25th anniversary, but it’s also bringing the Regions Tradition back to Hoover for its quartercentury milestone. That’s especially fitting because the first Regions Tradition was played at Greystone back in 1992. Although back then, the event was known as the Bruno’s Memorial Classic, remembering Ronnie Bruno’s family members who died in a plane crash. The annual event has come a long way since then. “There wasn’t even a clubhouse back then,” recalls Liz Leckemby, Regions Tradition tournament director and Bruno Event Team’s assistant vice president of golf. “There were just tents for the players. It’s changed a lot in the past 25 years.” While the Regions Tradition got its start 14

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at Greystone, it hasn’t been held there since 2005. In the past decade, it’s been at Ross Bridge and Shoal Creek most recently. “It’s a real sense of pride for us here at Greystone to be part of the Regions Tradition as they come back home to where it all started,” says Steve Smith, director of golf at Greystone Golf & Country Club. “When it comes right down to it, we’ll open our doors and host the country’s second biggest cocktail party, while getting entertained by the greatest golfers of all time.” There will be 81 professional golfers, giving attendees the opportunity to see pros who are already in the World Golf Hall of Fame — something unique to the sport. The list of legendary golfers includes defending champion Jeff Maggert, Fred Couples, Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie, Hale Irwin and two-time

EVENT DETAILS major champion John Daly. The Regions Tradition is a major championship on the PGA Tour Champions schedule where players will receive double Charles Schwab Cup Points. “The biggest thing right off is that it’s one of the major championships on the tour, and it draws the crème de la crème of players,” Smith says. “All of the best players in the world want to come and win.” In addition to an array of professional golfers, there will also be several celebrities taking swings during the Regions Tradition. Attendees will see famous faces like Nick Saban, Gus Malzahn, Hugh Freeze, Kirby Smart, Bo Jackson, Avery Johnson, Dan Mullen, Bruce Pearl, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Steve Spurrier and Charles Barkley. Paul Finebaum’s SEC Network show will also broadcast live on Wednesday, along with other sports stations. “We want to make it the event to be at each year,” Leckemby says.

Location: Greystone Golf & Country Club One way they are doing that is by Dates: May 18-22 changing things up Tickets: $20-$80 this year. They will Charity: Children’s of Alabama is the primary have party decks, beneficiary. Birmingham craft Parking: Free and shuttle available beers, a William Hill Estate Wine CLOCKWISE FROM Lounge and post-golf TOP LEFT: The first entertainment. Regions Tradition was held at Greystone “I think it will be the social event of the Golf & Country Club in summer,” she says. “You can be a part of a 1992. Fred Couples has major event that’s broadcast worldwide right won 57 professional tournaments. Daly here in our backyard. “If someone has never been, we like to say, joined the PGA Tour in 1991 and won the ‘It’s a great event whether or not you like PGA Championship the golf,’” Leckemby says. “It’s a family friendly, same year. The Regions Tradition and Greystone fun event, and everyone is welcome.” Golf & Country Club are Fans will also be able to get up close to both celebrating their some of their favorite pros with the autograph 25th anniversary this year. The tournament alley area, which is new this year. There will grown tremendously be the Coca Cola Spectator Village located at has since the first year it was the back of the driving range where attendees played at Greystone. May 2016 | Hoover’s Magazine •



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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Attendees can watch from the greens or party decks. A two-time Masters champion, Bernhard Langer will compete in the Regions Tradition. They are expecting more than 100,000 people to attend this year. May 2016 | Hoover’s Magazine •



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can watch the players warm up, as well, Smith adds. In the past, about 75,000 people have come during the course of the event, but Smith says they are hoping to tip the scale at more than 100,000 this year. “Add to that all of the people entertaining at the houses around the course, and you’ve got yourself the party of parties,” Smith adds. What makes this event even more special is that it benefits local charities, with Children’s of Alabama being the primary one. In the 25 years the PGA Tour Champions event has been in Birmingham, there has been more than $14 million donated to charity. “As a PGA professional, it’s hard not to look at all of the guys (professional golfers) who are coming to play in my backyard, so to speak, and think back to the time when I was watching them on TV every weekend competing,” Smith says. “More important than that is the whole idea of what makes this whole thing tick — and that’s the money donated to the local charities: There is no replacing how special that is and what it means to those kids. It all comes back to giving back, and who doesn’t want to have this much fun while helping a child in need?” From the food and drinks to the sports environment, there’s really something for everyone at the Regions Tradition. Tickets are $20 for any one day of the tournament, $80 for five any-one-day tickets and children 18 years old and younger are free when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Each child must have a junior ticket to enter. For more information, visit n

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Book It! Everybody is focused on fitness these days. Wherever you go, you hear people talking about CrossFit and IronTribe. Or, you see FitBits and yoga pants. Maybe you’re already part of the fitness craze, or maybe you’re thinking of giving it a try. I have a suggestion. Make a fitness bucket list for summer — and make sure it includes Summer Katie Jane Morris Reading at the Hoover Public Children’s Librarian Library. Hoover Public Library The theme for all ages is fitness and sports, so Summer Reading is going to be even more active and exciting than usual. We’ll hit the ground running on May 21 with our very first BOOK IT! 5K. This chipped-and-timed fundraiser race at Veterans Park is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. There will be awards for top male and female finishes per age group, plus overall top male and female finisher. Visit for information. It will also give you information about how you can support the cause without putting on your running shoes. The race begins at 8 a.m. and is followed by our free Family Fun Kickoff event at 10 a.m. There will be field day-styled games, crafts, snacks, inflatables and a BMX bike stunt exhibition at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. BMX Trickstars was formed by X-Games medalist Rob Nolli. Their show offers flatland freestyle and high-flying ramp action from Florida’s most innovative bicycle stunt riders. Learn more about our guests at Families can also enjoy the regular amenities at Veterans Park – playground equipment, the walking track and the great outdoors. We will have sign-up tables for all three programs: On Your Mark, Get Set, READ! (birth through rising sixth graders) Get in the Game – READ! (rising seventh through rising 12th graders) Exercise Your Mind. READ! (adults) n Katie Jane Morris is the children’s librarian at the Hoover Public Library. Visit for more information. May 2016 | Hoover’s Magazine •


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After Hours

Urgent Care now open on the One Nineteen campus WRITTEN BY STEPHANIE HOLDERBY PHOTO CONTRIBUTED


s the school year wraps up this month and you begin to plan your summer activities, it’s important to know that St. Vincent’s now conveniently has an urgent care option available for you right in Shelby County. Offering care after hours and on the weekends, St. Vincent’s Urgent Care on the St. Vincent’s One Nineteen campus helps fill the gap when you and your family need medical care outside of the typical physician’s office hours. Unlike many of the stand-alone urgent care locations, St. Vincent’s Urgent Care is a part of a health care provider with more than 117 years of experience caring for the community. St. Vincent’s Health System brings the resources and expertise of more than 4,500 associates and 800 physicians across the area. And while urgent care is not where you should go for emergency or lifethreatening situations, it does offer a high-quality and easily accessible 20

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health care option for “urgent” needs such as fevers, cuts that may need stitches, possible broken bones, severe sore throats, sprains, allergies, minor burns and more. With walkin care, minimal wait times, on-site diagnostics and lower overall cost than an emergency room visit (usually including a lower co-payment), St. Vincent’s Urgent Care provides convenient and cost-effective care for many area residents. And when your seemingly nonemergent symptoms are signs of a more serious issue, St. Vincent’s Urgent Care is able to consult with St. Vincent’s Birmingham Emergency Department doctors. If needed, you can be transferred to St. Vincent’s Birmingham with your records being shared — helping to decrease your length of stay and time it might take for treatment. Once you leave St. Vincent’s Urgent Care, we also want to ensure there’s follow up with your primary care physician. That’s why we share

your urgent care treatment, so they can include it as part of your overall medical record. It’s important that they have a full picture of your medical history, as they are managing your long-term health and wellness. And if you don’t have a primary care physician, St. Vincent’s can offer a referral, so you can form this key relationship with a physician. St. Vincent’s Urgent Care is open and seeing patients on the St. Vincent’s One Nineteen campus. The facility is located at 7191 Cahaba Valley Road right off U.S. 280 on Alabama 119. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 1-9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. No appointment is necessary. For more information, visit or call 205-408-2366. n Stephanie Holderby is the executive director of St. Vincent’s One Nineteen and vice president of operations for the St. Vincent’s Ambulatory Healthcare Network.

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Petite retires from Chamber If you’re a member of the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce or have been to a chamber event, chances are you’ve Petite met Verona Petite. After more than seven years of dedicated service to the chamber, Petite retired from her position as executive assistant to the director on March 17. Petite came to the Hoover Chamber in November 2008 after 12 years with the office of the Homewood mayor. She quickly found a kind and welcoming community among the Hoover businesses. “My experience with the chamber has been nothing but good,” Petite said. “I have met wonderful people in the community: great businesses (and) great people. They’ve all been so supportive...I found out that even though it’s bigger, (Hoover) still feels like a small town.” In her seven years with the Hoover Chamber, Petite has done everything from planning galas to coordinating job fairs to recruiting members. In fact, Chamber Executive Director Bill Powell estimated Petite has recruited more than 800 members to the chamber. She might be stepping away from the daily workings of the chamber, but Petite said she is definitely not going away. In addition to renovating her home and spending time with her family, Petite plans to continue attending Hoover Chamber luncheons.

BOE recognizes community From a championship bowling team to the 2016 Alabama Bus Driver of the Year, Hoover City Schools has a lot to be proud of. The Board of Education recognized the accomplishments of the school community during a March 14 meeting at Rocky Ridge Elementary School. Veteran Hoover City Schools Bus Driver Rhonda Holman was honored for her achievement at the 2016 Alabama Love the Bus event. Holman, Hoover’s nominee for Bus Driver of the Year, was selected from bus drivers across the state as

the 2016 Alabama Love the Bus Driver of the Year. The Spain Park High School boys bowling team was also recognized during the meeting. The team topped the competition at Alabama’s first state bowling championship. Riverchase Elementary School’s Keith Warner was recognized by the Board of Education for his qualification to the Alabama Geography Bee. Warner, a fifth grader, is one of six Hoover City Schools students who qualified for the state competition on April 1.

Bluff Park students take annual field trip Bluff Park Elementary School fifth graders recently returned from their annual fifth grade field trip to Dauphin Island. The Wednesday to Friday trip encompassed a study of the

Alabama Gulf, estuaries and the importance of learning about human impact on the environment, as well as conservation efforts currently in place and how we can move these efforts forward. May 2016 | Hoover’s Magazine •


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Church provides weekend backpacks When Prince of Peace parishioner Ruth Ollie heard there were an estimated 200 hungry children right in the church’s backyard, she was shocked and knew she had to act. Students at a school less than five minutes from her church were chronically “food-insecure,” basically hungry, over the weekend, according to local nonprofit Hoover Helps. As a former teacher with children and grandchildren of her own, Ollie knew the role proper nutrition

played in a child’s life and how it contributed to classroom success. She also knows that feeding the hungry is one of The Corporal Works of Mercy of the Catholic Church. With Father John Fallon’s approval and full support, Ollie presented a proposal to POP’s Minus One ministry group to adopt the “Weekender Backpack” project to provide weekend food for students at Simmons Middle School.

The Minus One group, all of whom have lost a loved one, lovingly embraced the project and so did the entire POP faith community. In just a few short weeks, more than $30,000 was donated toward the project. The parish’s religious education students who are preparing for their First Eucharist at POP decorated and filled bags with non-perishable foods as part of their recent Sacramental retreat to help the POP outreach, too.

City of Hoover poised for economic growth As the executive director of the Economic Development Association of Alabama, Jim Searcy knows about the state’s economic landscape. On March 17, Searcy praised Hoover’s position for economic growth during a Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Economic development has changed during the past 20 years and encompasses more than just industrial development, Searcy said. In addition to recruiting businesses in the automotive, aerospace and manufacturing industries, Searcy said 22

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the EDAA is also looking “attractive to corporations.” Along with strengthening to attract “retail, large office, regional headquarters and Alabama’s economy, the EDAA is also focused on even national” head quarters to Alabama. workforce development at the Searcy said Hoover is kindergarten through 12th grade level. Searcy said it is uniquely poised to recruit automotive research and important for students and Searcy parents to look at more postdevelopment and will likely see continued growth. high school educational opportunities, Searcy noted some of Hoover’s not just a four-year college degree. assets, especially educational Two-year degrees and vocational institutions such as UAB and Jefferson training are also tools for workforce State Community College, which are development, he said.

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Teen enjoys Disney send-off Hoover teen James Strong, the 2015-16 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ Champion for the state of Alabama, will travel to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., on an official Ambassador Tour — but not before a “bon voyage” celebration in his honor. People were invited to send him off at the Delta Air Lines check-in counter at BirminghamShuttlesworth International Airport. Every year, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals identifies a child with a remarkable medical story from each state. Strong, a student at Berry Middle School, is one of 54 Champions representing the 32 million treatments provided each year at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a network that includes Children’s of Alabama. Before Strong was born, he was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition preventing the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord to properly drain. Left untreated, it can cause brain damage. Doctors said James could be born deaf, mute, blind, disabled and mentally incompetent and would not live beyond age 3. Although James has endured 15 brain surgeries, an infection on his brain and a long list of conditions delaying his development, including cerebral palsy, Dandy-Walker syndrome and a spinal cord tumor, the strong-willed teen is thriving. His motto is “Go strong or go home.”

Students collect food for charity Ryan Guillory, Braden White, Abby Guillory and Harrison White of Prince of Peace Catholic School showed Father Gerald Holloway the 800 pounds of canned food they collected as a Lenten service project. Father Holloway is associate pastor at Prince of Peace Catholic Church where the Guillory and

White families are parishioners. The students went door to door in their neighborhoods to collect the canned goods. The cans were donated to Catholic Social Services’ food pantry on Oxmoor Road days before Easter weekend. This food bank serves the entire Birmingham community.

Hoover ranked in happiest places to live Three Shelby County cities have been deemed some of the happiest places in Alabama by career information website Chelsea, Helena and Hoover landed in the Top 10 on Zippia’s 10 Happiest Places in Alabama list. analyzed 74 places in Alabama on seven criteria: education level, employment, length of commute, cost of living, families and marriages, home ownership and poverty rate. Chelsea came in at No. 8 on the 10 Happiest Places in Alabama list, with a homeowner percentage of 87.2. Additionally, 69.3 percent of the city’s adults are married, the website

noted. Helena ranked ninth on the list, with 87.4 percent of the population classified as homeowners and 63.2 percent of the adult population married. Hoover rounded out the list taking 10th place and recording a 61.6 home ownership percentage and 58.9 marriage percentage. Three other Shelby County cities also achieved high rankings, although they did not make the Top 10 list. Pelham came in at No. 15, Calera at No. 19 and Alabaster at No. 23. To view the entire list, visit Zippia. com/advice/happiest-places-inalabama/. May 2016 | Hoover’s Magazine •









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Hydrangea Propagation Class Saturday, May 14, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. (Rain Date: Saturday, May 28) Instructors: David Doggett and Willie Edmiston, Hydrangea Propagators $16 Members/$21 Non-Members Class is limited; preregister at Hydrangeas are a major component of many Southern gardens. This hands-on workshop will teach you an easy way to propagate hydrangeas for yourself. You may root up to three fresh hydrangea cuttings to take home. Class fee includes pot, soil, 3 hydrangea cuttings and handouts. Bring a clear, empty 2 liter plastic soda bottle, your pruners and scissors for trimming leaves. We’ll also learn how to propagate oakleaf hydrangeas from seed and layering. Meet at the Dirr collection in the hydrangea garden.

May is a perfect time for you and your family to visit Aldridge Gardens! Our famous hydrangeas begin to bloom this month. Be sure to see the hydrangea garden to the right as you enter the plaza. This new garden was installed last year and is designed to feature many varieties of hydrangeas so that you can compare them. Also, progress continues on the Veterans Memorial Arbor going up over the dam. You may still donate toward this project so that you may honor your special veteran.

THANKS TO OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS The members of the Aldridge Gardens Board of Directors work diligently behind the scenes to support the Gardens’ mission, making decisions regarding its purposes, goals and programs. Their efforts enable the Gardens to grow and to continue to be a valuable resource and asset to Hoover and the surrounding areas. Aldridge Gardens would like to recognize the current Board members: John Bentley – President James R. Mathews, Jr. – Vice President Joel Smith – Treasurer Jessica L. Johnson – Secretary Diana Knight – Past President Mayor Gary Ivey

Life Members: Eddie Aldridge; Frank Skinner Board Members: Patty Barron Deborah Elliott Shannon Black Frederick Mark Kapp Kim Marks Bryant Billy Pennington J. Mark Davis Suzie Powers Willie Edmiston Vickie Saxon Ex-Officio to the Board: Lori Salter Schommer City Council Liaisons: John Lyda; Gene Smith Advisory Board: Greg Powell; Richard Ryel, PhD. CEO -Tynette Lynch Executive Director – Rip Weaver

David Doggett demostrates hydrangea propagination.

Members-Only Bird Walk Join Dr. Richard and Patricia Ryel for our monthly, members-only bird walk on Saturday, May 21, from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. Enjoy a stroll through the gardens while viewing the many species of birds in our area.

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Spring Plant Sale Thursday May 5, Members Only Preview Sale 4:00 -7:00 p.m. May 6 Public Sale 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. May 6 Public Sale 9:00 a.m. - Noon This is your opportunity to purchase hydrangeas, azaleas, hostas, roses and other great plants for your garden. We will have a selection of native plants and plants that attract butterflies. Pass along plants grown at Aldridge Gardens will be featured at bargain prices, and volunteers will be available to assist you and to give advice about selections and maintenance. Remember, members always get 10% off purchases!

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS Art in the Gardens: Saturday, September 24, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 25, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Whispers From the Past: Sunday, October 2, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Rain date October 9) Taste of Hoover: Thursday, October 6, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. (Rain date Wednesday, October 26)

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ver imagine what the perfect home would be like? Residents got a glimpse into what that might actually look like when they visited Hoover’s Ideal Home. Last year’s Greater Birmingham Parade of Homes Ideal Home was located in Hoover’s prestigious Preserve community. A “smart home,” it represented the newest and most innovative products that every homeowner can enjoy. Approximately 4,000 people came to see the house during the parade, which was held May 9 and 10 and May 16 and 17, says Kyle Murphy, president of the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders (GBAHB). The concept of the Ideal Home was added to the Parade of Homes about five years ago, he says, and the Parade of Homes is now one of the longest-running parades in America. Celebrating 60 years of showcasing highend designer homes, the GBAHB chapter has around 1,400 members and is the fifth May 2016 | Hoover’s Magazine •



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HOME BUILDERS BACKSTORY A group of 23 men met in Birmingham’s Redmont Hotel to discuss starting an organization in the building industry back in 1941. Just 10 days later, they voted to proceed with the plans and nominated officers for the Birmingham Chapter of the Home Builders Institute of America. By 1942, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) was organized, and they had 250 builders in 13 chapters. Now, the NAHB has more than 140,000 members nationwide. CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: A unique pattern helps draw visual interest to the stove area. The den, dining area and kitchen have an open concept. Guests can enjoy a meal on the spacious island.

largest in the country. In October or November of each year, a builder is chosen for the home, and vendors, contractors and suppliers come together to promote their top-quality products. The home provides a way to show potential homeowners the benefits of hiring a licensed contractor and an active member of the GBAHB. “Early in the summer, we send out a request for proposals to build the Ideal Home to our members,” Murphy says. “Our Parade of Homes committee looks over all of the choices and then our board votes on it. We look at everything from the location, neighborhood, floor plan and designer.” The group definitely didn’t disappoint with the 2015 Ideal Home. Located in the Preserve, the home was just as eye-catching as it was efficient. “It showcases the latest and greatest May 2016 | Hoover’s Magazine •



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CLOCKWISE FROM BOTTOM LEFT: The designer used unique lighting fixtures throughout the home. The built-in bookshelf in the den is the perfect place to display photos and other trinkets. The bathroom has a clean, white look and also features a chandelier.

we have to offer,” Murphy says. “It’s a collaboration between the builder and the GBAHB, who actually owns the home.” Built by Fowler Custom Homes, last year’s Ideal Home is 4,200 square feet and has five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a main level, three-car garage and a media room, with architectural design by Chuck Frusterio and interior design by Bee Little of Set to Sell Staging. The bedroom on the second floor can also be used as an office, and the downstairs bathroom is divided into a powder room for guests on one side and a walkin shower on the other. Porcelain tile that looks like wood was used to cover the main floor. The home has an open, bright feel throughout with help from natural light and white cabinets in the kitchen and some restrooms. The kitchen has a farmhouse sink, white tile backsplash and a unique pattern above the stove. There’s also a large island where guests can sit and enjoy a meal. There are built-in shelves in the den that provide additional storage and a place to display photos and other trinkets. The home also features an outdoor living space — including a living room, fireplace and outdoor kitchen. But to Murphy, the most outstanding feature is that the home is energy efficient. “For the square feet, you would be surprised at the power bill at this home,” he says. It’s a smart home, meaning the owner can control different aspects of the home through his or her smart

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Homes throughout Hoover are increasing in value, and that trend is set to continue, according to Here are some more encouraging numbers:

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Homes in Hoover have increased in value by 2.9 percent over last year. Their value is predicted to rise 3.4 percent within the next year.



The median home value in Hoover is $253,200.

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phone, Murphy adds. One Button Magic provides an automated control panel in the living room that controls music, temperature and media. The home also has an instant hot water faucet. “The words I like to use for it are ‘cutting edge,’” Murphy says. “Other houses are built with these features, and this home kind of brings it all together. The benefit to the person involved is that the 34

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house is sold for what it’s worth, comparable to other homes in the neighborhood, but we’ve added the upgrades at no cost.” The 2016 Parade of Homes is set to take place April 22, 23, 24, 29 and May 1 throughout the Birmingham Metropolitan area. The Parade is free and open to the public between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit n

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Home Sweet


What buyers and sellers can expect with the local housing market WRITTEN AND PHOTOS BY LAUREN DOWDLE


oover continues to earn awards for its school system, quality of living, restaurants and overall welcoming atmosphere. It continues to grow each year and has become the sixth largest city in the state. With the city continuing in the right direction, now is the perfect time to buy or sell a home in Hoover. “There’s a very strong housing market right now in Hoover,” says Susette Clark-Walker, Hoover resident and realtor at RealtySouth.

“If houses are priced properly and in good shape, they will sell quickly. Some homes are getting multiple offers.” Buyers are looking for homes that are well maintained and move-in ready. Clark-Walker says the local housing market is pretty even, not really leaning toward buyers or sellers. All of the real estate websites support that, saying the market is neutral right now. The city is seeing a lot of new construction in neighborhoods like Ross Bridge, The Preserve, Trace Crossings and Kirkland

LEFT: The Preserve is just one of several neighborhoods in Hoover that have new construction homes. ABOVE: Trace Crossings is a popular and growing neighborhood.

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MARKET BREAK DOWN Take a look at the Hoover real estate market overview, according to and

226,000 $ 253,000 $ 116 $ 1,625 2.4% $

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Ross Bridge offers a resort, restaurants, playgrounds, golf courses, farmers markets and more.

“Hoover is a destination

where people want to move to.” — Susette Clark-Walker

Preserve. Other areas, like Bluff Park, are more established and have a nice mixture of homes, as well. “Hoover is a destination where people want to move to. There’s a little bit of everything,” Clark-Walker says. “There are nice homes from $150,000 all the way to $1 million: There is housing in every price range.” Another draw is the city’s great school system, she adds. Plus, Hoover is easily accessible to other nearby areas like downtown Birmingham, which is actually why Clark-Walker and her husband moved here. “It’s easy to get on freeways and get to anywhere you need to go,” she says. “It’s a real convenient place. There are a lot of restaurants and shopping, too.” With location being one of the top selling points for any home, Hoover houses have a lot to offer, including schools, churches, farmers markets, malls, job opportunities, a top-notch library and much more., one of the leading real estate websites, projects Hoover will grow 3 percent in the next year. And it’s easy to see why. n




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Home Improvements How to increase your home’s value (and sell it faster) WRITTEN BY LAUREN DOWDLE | PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED Use neutral paint colors to update rooms.



oving can come with a lot of stress, from packing to closing. But before you can actually move, you’ll need to sell your current home — and hopefully for a price you’re happy with. To increase your home’s value and attract potential buyers, you need to do things that are going to make a good, lasting impression. Here are six ways to increase your home’s value and sell it faster.

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1. UPDATE THE KITCHEN AND BATHROOM Some things haven’t changed with the housing market: Kitchens and bathrooms are the top selling points for any home. “People always look at kitchens and bathrooms,” says Susette Clark-Walker, Hoover resident and realtor at RealtySouth. “That’s really what sells homes.”

She says you don’t have to do a complete overhaul with either one, but make sure the kitchen and bathroom spaces are well kept. Maybe that means caulking the sink, adding a backsplash, servicing appliances or simply clearing off the counters.


You want buyers to have a good first impression of your home, and that starts with what they see first: your landscape and home’s exterior. Be sure to keep your lawn well maintained, 2. CLEAN IT UP and make any needed cosmetic fixes like painting your front door. Clark-Walker said If you don’t do anything else, you need to clean and clear out any clutter in your house. she had a client whose front door was in need “Everything needs to be clean,” Clark-Walker of fresh paint, and once she did that, the urges. offers started coming in. “You want the things that greet them Dust, wipe down molding, vacuum, clean carpets or just hire a professional to handle all when they come in to give them a good of the dirty work. Even the best homes won’t impression,” she says. Cleaning out plant beds, adding some sell if they aren’t clean. colorful foliage or pruning an overgrown tree You can also get a small storage space to can help your property stand out. put furniture, clothing and other items that are cluttering up your home.

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Kitchens and bathrooms are the biggest selling points.

4. REDUCE HOUSE’S TO-DO LIST There’s a reason “move-in ready” is such a popular saying because that’s exactly what people want. Buyers will make a mental checklist of what they like about the house and what needs to be done to it. If the to-do list outnumbers what is good about the home, they are probably going to pass on it.

Stick to neutral colors that buyers will appreciate. Even though painting is an easy fix for buyers to make in a new home, many can’t see past brightly colored walls. You don’t have to paint every single room, but make high-traffic spaces a priority. 6. PRICE IT RIGHT

It can seem like a balancing act when setting a price for your house. You want to get your money back (and some), while making 5. PAINT, PAINT, PAINT the price attractive to buyers. Work with a realtor to figure out the best One of the most cost-efficient ways to wow price for you home, instead of just looking buyers is by painting. A fresh coat of paint online to see what your house is worth. n will make any room look updated. 42

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21891 Highway 25 | Columbiana AL 35051 | 205-669-6715 | Since 1950, Brown Lumber has been providing quality products from lumber to landscaping. Whether you are looking to build your own home or renovating your current one, we can help you through the process. We carry lumber, hardware, windows, doors, siding and much more. If you are looking to spruce up your home, we have lawn care products and plants to make your home look amazing. At Brown Lumber, our mission is to always deliver more than we promise and to serve as our customer’s partner in the quest for excellence. We are known for our knowledgeable assistance, top quality materials, and competitive prices since the very beginning. Our goal is to continually improve and adapt to the ever-changing needs of our customers.

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Encore Resales 2831 Highway 31 | Pelham, Alabama 35124 | 205.358.7690 | Encore Resales offers a wide selection of beautiful furniture, home décor, unique objects and antiques. With over 80 vendors, we have some of the best selections of furnishings and décor in the Birmingham metro area. We search for the best deals, buy direct and pass the savings directly to you. Encore Resales is committed to providing beautiful and affordable home furnishings. Visit our 27,000-square-foot Pelham showroom. Our high volume of highquality furnishings and merchandise is sold quickly, which prevents numerous markdowns. Our design team will be happy to consult with you as you work to make your space special and uniquely your own. We are conveniently located five miles south of the Galleria in Pelham.

Rosegate Design 6801 Cahaba Valley Road | Birmingham, 35242 | 205-980-5014 | Rosegate Design offers a friendly, creative and enthusiastic staff, comprehensive outside design services and a turn key workroom for custom window treatments, bedding, upholstery and pillows. When considering either designing a specific room or your entire home, Rosegate offers a design team that is extremely knowledgeable and up to date on current trends to ensure that every client is happy with the overall design of their project. Our staff understands that our clients expect their money to go as far as possible while also having a beautifully decorated home. Whether your tastes are traditional or contemporary, our team has the resources to provide our clients with several amazing designs from which to choose. An on-site design center stocked with designer fabrics and samples, Rosegate Design is the perfect resource for designers, decorators and those wanting a beautiful home. 46

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160 Chandalar Place Drive | Pelham, 35124 | 205-621-7355 | | Cahaba Glass is your ultimate resource for any automotive, residential and small commercial glass needs. For the home, we specialize in the installation of custom shower enclosures, mirrors, glass shelving, furniture top glass, cabinet door glass and specialty glass. Our glazier will replace unsightly window units and patio door glass to give your home that “like new” look. If your small commercial building needs updating, we offer a full range of glass and architectural products to meet your needs. Our experienced staff will assist you with your automobile insurance claims to make the necessary repairs or replacements due to breakage. When you choose Cahaba Glass Company, you are choosing a proven leader in the glass business. Let us help you make your project shine!

4726 Highway 52 | Helena AL 35080 | 205-621-5255 | 205-621-5255 | E and E Property Management Inc., aka, Helena’s Landscape Supply & Nursery was voted “Best of the Best” in Shelby County for a reason! Our team of experts with over 50 years combined experience is passionate about your landscape! We are licensed by the State of Alabama, insured, and carry worker’s compensation. We are a professional company that can design, install, and maintain your landscape. With our on staff horticulturist, Master Gardner, and an owner with 27 years in the landscape industry, we can create solutions to any landscape need. Whether it’s planting a flower bed or building an outdoor living space, we are qualified! Quality work done right 2015 the first time! May 2016 | Hoover’s Magazine •



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Russell Do it Center 110 Wheat Street | Harpersville, 35078 | 205-672-2224 | At Russell Do it Center and Russell Building Supply stores, you’ll find a complete assortment of lumber, building materials, hardware, electrical and plumbing supplies, paint, tools, and lawn and garden merchandise. Russell Do it Center stores deliver first-class service, top-rate products and competitive Do-it-Best pricing. Russell Do it Center has a proud history of service to customers across Central Alabama. They currently have nine convenient locations to serve you, comprised of six Russell Do it Centers and three Russell Building Supply locations. All locations carry a complete assortment of lumber, building materials, doors, windows, specialty millwork, hardware, tools, plumbing, electrical, paint, lawn and garden, and more for contractors and homeowners. Regardless of which location you may utilize, all of our locations are deeply embedded into the communities that we serve. No matter the job size, Russell Building Supply has you covered.

A Better Closet 1031 14th Street | Calera, 35040 | 205-621-1638 | | A professional design and installation service, A Better Closet delivers custom storage solutions to help organize every room of your home. A Better Closet is a locally owned, familyoperated business, and we have been building custom storage for over 23 years. Our designers and craftsmen will transform every area of your home (floor to ceiling) to the custom storage of your dreams – with beautiful, lasting results that are guaranteed over the life of your home. At A Better Closet, exceptional service is built in to the equation. When you schedule a free in-home consultation, we focus on finding the plan that is best for you, because we know your home, family, preferences and needs are unique. A Better Closet wants to maximize every inch of space to increase your home’s storage potential and value. Whether you want to make the most of a walk in closet, custom storage, kitchen pantry or home office, A Better Closet can help. 48

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Thinking about Replacing Your Roof? Here’s What You NEED To Know! Gerry Rotter, owner of EZ Roof & EZ Restoration offers these key tips to homeowners looking for a roofing contractor. Choose a contractor that is fully licensed and insured, with experience and a good reputation. Always use a company that is Better Business Bureau accredited and has an A+ rating. See how long they have been in business. Remember, if you have any warranty issues that arise, you will want a company that will be around, and that can be easily located years down the road. Using Google Earth, look up the address of the business. Verify it has a brick-and-mortar location, and that it

is not one operating out of a basement or a truck. Select a company that deals specifically in roofing- someone who does that full-time, and has a fulltime crew, not subcontractors. The biggest thing – ASK QUESTIONS. Your roofing contractor should be knowledgeable about products and solutions for your individual project. Be sure to ask about extended warranties and labor warranties as well. By researching and asking questions, you can help protect yourself from a bad contractor experience. Signs You May Need A New Roof: Cracked, Curled, or Missing Shingles

Age – Is your roof 20 years old or older? Missing Granules Buckling or Sagging Roof Recent Storm Damage in The Area Your Neighbors Are Getting New Roofs

Airport Mini Storage, LLP Storage Needs? We are a brick, state-of-the-art, miniwarehouse facility conveniently located off Interstate 65, exit 234 in Shelby County. In addition to residential, commercial, and record storage, we offer covered boat, auto, and RV storage. We have 24 hour security gate access with video camera surveillance. We are well lit at night and all units have inside lighting. For the convenience of our customers, we mail out monthly bills and have very affordable rates. We also have U-Haul rentals available and you may purchase locks, boxes, and other moving supplies from the office manager whom is on site daily. If we can assist you with any storage needs you may have now or in the future, please call us or come by for a tour of our facility. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Filled with Love Tortugas’ pies pack a tasty punch WRITTEN BY AMY JONES | PHOTOS BY DAWN HARRISON


f you’re looking for all-you-caneat pizza, check out Tortugas Homemade Pizza. No, it’s not a buffet — but you don’t need one when their pizzas can weigh as much as four or five pounds apiece. Tortugas serves true deep-dish Chicagostyle stuffed pizza, with homemade dough, homemade sauces and fresh ingredients, says Matt Vizcaino, whose parents started the business in 1999. “We chop all of our produce, shred and blend our cheese, make two delicious dressings,” he says. “In general, pepperoni is just pepperoni. But when it’s combined 50

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with our homemade dough and sauces, it is exceptional. We have put together several combinations of ingredients that our customers truly love.” Vizcaino was 7 when his parents, Carlos and Carol, moved from Chicago to Hoover and opened the restaurant. He said he serves as a sort of general manager but has been part of every facet of the business — dishwashing, waiting tables, working in the kitchen and managing. Tortugas has served as his culinary education, he adds. “I don’t have any formal background besides messing around in my kitchen

at home,” he says. “My parents have a combined 65 years in the service and restaurant industry. Even I was kind of shocked to realize that number. They’ve been a part of fast food, hotels and they worked with pizza in Chicago.” Vizcaino says when his parents were deciding what to feature in the restaurant, they decided to stick with their tried-andtrue favorite from Chicago. “(Our pizza) is the style we learned to love in Chicago. Ours is baked in a twoinch deep pan and stuffed with whatever ingredients are chosen and lots of cheese,” he says. “It is topped with a second layer of

dough and smothered with our homemade sauce. It’s a true pie.” Vizcaino says their best selling pizzas are the classic pepperoni and cheese; the Traditional combo, which features sausage, green peppers, onions, mushrooms and garlic; and the Carne Special combination, which has sausage, bacon, Canadian bacon and pepperoni. In fact, Vizcaino says the Carne Special is his personal favorite. “I’m a big fan of the Carne Special with jalapeños and garlic added. After 16-anda-half years of experimenting with different combos, I always seem to come back to this

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one,” he says. There are other fun combinations on the menu. The Pizza Mexicana combines homemade salsa, beef, black olives and a mix of mozzarella and cheddar cheese. Diners can also choose a true taste of Chicago with the Wrigleyville, which is packed with smoked sausage, Italian sausage, green bell peppers and onions — and is advertised as a “Cubs fan’s favorite.” Make no mistake, though: These pies pack a punch. “A 12-inch stuffed pie can weigh between four and five pounds, depending on the number of ingredients,” he says. “I’m always impressed to see someone able to eat even half in one sitting.” For customers interested in a lighter pie, Tortugas e have put together does offer thin crust pizza with the same topping and special combination options. several combinations Pizza’s not the only thing on the menu, though. of ingredients that our Tortugas also offers an “extremely popular” homemade lasagna as well as a customer favorite antipasto salad customers truly love.” with homemade vinaigrette, Vizcaino says. The antipasto salad includes lettuce, tomatoes, red — Matt Vizcaino onions, salami, mozzarella, pepperoncini and black olives. There’s also a spinach salad with fresh spinach, bacon, mushrooms, red onions and tomatoes. Pizza sub sandwiches are also available, if customers prefer their toppings on bread rather than on crust.



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Vizcaino says all of the recipes are straight from the minds of his parents. Tortugas strives to offer a relaxed, casual atmosphere where customers can sit, enjoy their meals and spend time with their families, he says. “We love all of our customers and have so many that feel like part of the family,” he says. “We’ve had several say they feel like they’re in ‘Cheers,’ where everybody knows your name. During baseball season, expect the TVs to have Cubs games on.” Vizcaino says the restaurant’s success and his time there has inspired him to

dream big. “I have grown to love my job here and the people who have been a part of this restaurant. Hopefully, I can follow my parents’ footsteps and open my own restaurant in the not-too-distant future,” he says. Tortugas is located at 2801 John Hawkins Parkway in Hoover. The restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays, but is open from 4-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays and from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, visit Tortugaspizza. com. n

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Spectrum Reach to sponsor May 19 Luncheon Alabama Lt. Governor Kay Ivey to speak Spectrum Reach will sponsor the May 19 Chamber Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency-Wynfrey Hotel. Spectrum Reach (formerly Charter Media) creates custom advertising solutions for the modern media landscape. Spectrum Reach helps business reach customers no one else can across every screen and then they deliver the analytics to back it up. It’s not about old or new, it’s about what works. Growing up in the small town of Camden in Wilcox County and working on her father’s farm taught Kay Ivey to value hard work and living within one’s means. Her parents instilled values of faith, family, and community. After graduating from Auburn University in 1967, Kay worked as a high school teacher and a bank officer. She served as Reading Clerk of the Alabama House of Representatives under Speaker Joseph C. McCorquodale and Assistant Director of the Alabama Development Office, where she worked to spur job creation and economic development across the State. In 2002, Kay became the first

Republican elected implemented, laying the State Treasurer since groundwork for Alabama to Reconstruction and was resuccessfully complete The elected in 2006. She installed Road to Saving $1 Billion in current technologies, December 2013. trimmed the payroll, and In addition, Kay has adopted best business taken on several initiatives practices. As a result, to grow jobs, address she saved the taxpayers child hunger, and increase nearly 5 million dollars in STEM education. As administrative costs. Chair of the Military Kay Ivey Alabama Lt. Governor Kay was elected Stability Commission, she Lieutenant Governor in is leading the first statewide 2010, becoming the first Republican coordinated effort to secure and woman to hold the office in Alabama’s strengthen Alabama’s military assets history. She again made history on ahead of any potential base or force November 4, 2014, by becoming the realignments. She also serves as Chair first Republican Lieutenant Governor of the Aerospace States Association. re-elected to the office. The Lieutenant Kay believes if you campaign Governor’s primary Constitutional duty as a Conservative for office, then you is to preside over legislative proceedings should govern as a Conservative in of the upper house as President of the office. Kay Ivey will continue to bring Senate. conservative leadership with effective One of Kay’s first actions in results to make this generation more office was to lead the Commission productive and the next generation on Improving State Government. more prosperous. The Commission was tasked with In addition, we will be recognizing exploring ways to reduce government outstanding students with our 2016-17 spending and find efficiencies in Lila Parks Scholarships, as well as the State government. Many of the See IVEY on page 2 Commission’s recommendations were

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Ivey: continued from page 1 newly established Chamber Scholarships from the Forks & Corks Gala sponsors. Students applying can be from any of the area schools, including all public and private schools, but must either be a Hoover resident, or at least one parent must be employed by the City of Hoover or a Hoover Chamber member business. To attend the May 19 Chamber Luncheon, please make your reservations no later than Monday, May 16, by calling 9885672, or emailing Lisa Dunbar at admin@ Networking begins at 11:15 a.m., with the meeting starting sharply at noon. The Luncheon is $20.00 with advance reservations or $25.00 at the door. Reservations may be cancelled the morning of the luncheon, but an invoice will be sent for those who make reservations and simply do not attend. Location: The Hyatt Regency-The Wynfrey Hotel, 1000 Riverchase Galleria, Hoover 35244 (205) 9871600.

2016-2017 Lila Parks Scholarships The Hoover Area Chamber’s 2016-2017 Lila Parks Scholarships, started in 1997, will be awarded in May of this year, with a total of $6,000.00 available. Applications are available in the Chamber office, or on the Chamber web site home page at Lila Parks Scholarships will be restricted to public four-year colleges and universities located within the State of Alabama. Applications are to be turned in to the Chamber office by 4 p.m., April 22, 2016. Anyone wanting more information about these scholarships can call the Chamber at 988-5672. Students applying can be from any of the area schools, including all public and private schools, but must meet at least one of the criteria listed on the application. Applicants must also submit the first two pages of IRS form 1040 to be considered, as the Hoover Chamber Scholarships

See SCHOLARSHIP on page 5

Coffee & Contacts Schedule Second Thursday of each month, 7:30-9:30 a.m. May 12, 2016 - Morningside of Riverchase June 9, 2016 - PGA Tour Superstore Tuesday, July 12, 2016 Advantage Resourcing Thursday, July 14 - 9-Chamber Speed Networking at Marriott Birmingham August 11, 2016 - Homewood Suites - Inverness September 8, 2016 - Abbey at Inverness

October 13, 2016 - Alabama Technology Network at Jeff State November 10, 2016 - Business Resource Group (hold - 12-915) December 8, 2016 - AlaTrust Credit Union January 12, 2017 - Regus Chase Corporate Center February 9, 2017 SpectrumReach March 9, 2017 - Gold’s Gym Pelham

Luncheon Sponsorships Normally held 3rd Thursday of each month, 11:15 a.m. Networking, Noon Luncheon NOW Meeting at Hyatt Regency Birmingham-The Wynfrey Hotel

April 21, 2016 - Avadian Credit Union May 19, 2016 - Spectrum Reach

June 16, 2016 - Medical West July 21, 2016 - Regions Bank (Freedom Award)

Business After Hours Schedule Held the 4th Thursday of each month, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. April 28, 2016 - AAA Alabama May 26, 2016 - Inverness Country Club June 23, 2016 - Riverchase Country Club July 28, 2016 - Galleria Woods Retirement Community August 25, 2016 - Expedia CruiseShipCenters

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September 22, 2016 - My Chiropractor October 27, 2016 - Brookdale Retirement Community January 26, 2017 - Available February 23, 2017 - OnMark Physical Therapy

A Ribbon Cutting was held on a rainy February 3, 2016 at the newly remodeled 700 Riverchase Apartment Complex, located at 700 Garden Woods Drive in Riverchase, Hoover 35244. Shown cutting the ribbon is Community Manager Alex Grimanis as Assistant Manager Charity Humphrey holds the bow. They are joined in the celebration by friends and Hoover Chamber Ambassadors. 700 Riverchase can be reached at (205) 988-3033 or is the website.

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Grand Opening was held Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at the new Mugshots Grill & Bar, located at 110 Inverness Plaza in Hoover. Shown cutting the ribbon is Mugshots President Bobby Gardner with Mugshots and Ain’t Life Grand Foundation Founder Chris McDonald holding the bow. They were joined by dozens of associates, staff, Hoover Chamber ambassadors, and even Hoover City Councilman Joe Rives. Mugshots can be reached at 995-2902 or

A Ribbon Cutting Event was held Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the new Perry’s Steakhouse, located at 4 Perimeter Park South at the Colonnade in Birmingham. Perry’s is the new building constructed at the old TGI Friday’s location. Shown CHOPPING the ribbon with a meat cleaver, is owner Chris Perry, as Operations Manager Rick Henderson holds the bow. They are joined in this photo by the Hoover Chamber Ambassadors and staff. Perry’s Steakhouse can be reached at (205) 968-1597 or contact sales manager Karrie York at karrie@

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held March 25, 2016 at the new Precision Tactical Arms Company, located at 3435 South Shades Crest Road, Suite 111, in Hoover. Shown cutting the ribbon is Jay Carter, as his daughter Lauren holds the bow. They are joined by Jay’s partner, Ward Lewis, a host of staff & friends, as well as Hoover Chamber Ambassadors. They can be reached at (205) 703-8212 or

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at Medical Weight Loss, 2798 John Hawkins Parkway, Hoover 35244 in the Colonial Promenade Shopping Center. Shown cutting the ribbon is Jerry Dew as his daughter, Hanna Erickson holds the bow. They are joined by Hoover City Councilman Joe Rives (next to Jerry), Jerry’s wife, Brenda, grandson Mason, several friends, clients, staff and Hoover Chamber ambassadors. This office of Medical Weight Loss can be reached at (205) 991-9370, or contact Manager Patti Gulledge at

The overall winners of the 20th Annual Chamber Golf Tournament came from the Meyer Vacation Rentals Team of Dale Jones, Scott Sloan, Hank Winks and Dell Oswalt. Pictured left to right are Scott Sloan, Dell Oswalt, Committee Chair Kathleen Spencer, Hank Winks, and Dale Jones. They had a team score of 55.

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Thank You, Board of Trustees

Jenni Lacey Lakeshore Rehabilitation Hospital www.healthsouthlakeshore

Amanda Windsor Mr. Harry’s Chickin De-Lux www.mrharryschickindelux. com

Paul Huckeba C B & S Bank

The Presidents Circle of the Board of Trustees Joe Thomas, Chairman, Capstone Financial Group Terri Q. Williams, AT&T Alabama* Jason Cobb, America’s First Federal Credit Union* Lisa Worley, Anchor Insurance Agency* John Lyda, Blue Cross and Blue Shield A.W. Bolt, Bolt Law Office* Ken Leatherwood, Bright House Networks Stephen Preston, Brookwood Medical Center Lori D. Moler, Children’s of Alabama* Gregg Maercker, First Commercial Bank Mark Garnett, HealthSpring of Alabama, Inc. Joel Smith, Hendrick Hoover Auto Mall Paul Dangel, Hyatt Regency Birmingham-The Wynfrey Hotel Jerry Cross, Jefferson County EIDA* Henry King, King Acura Leigh Ellen Brummerhoff, Marriott International, Inc. Dan Mikos, Mikos-Kampakis Insurance* Richard Head, RE/MAX Advantage* Chris Leech, Regions Financial Charlie Conklin, Sentry Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing Tim Prince, Hoover’s Magazine, Shelby County Reporter Kathleen Spencer, Spencer Consulting Group* Dan Ellis, TASC* *Designates a Past President of the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce

The Board of Trustees Eric Land, ABC 33/40 Television Pete Gagliano, ADT Security Systems Steve Swofford, Alabama Credit Union Kelvin Johnson, Alabama Gas Corporation/Alagasco Timothy C. Lee, M.D., MPH, Alabama Heart & Vascular, P.C. Ashley Robinett, Alabama Power Company Jabo Waggoner, Alabama Senate, District Sixteen Linda Cencula, Avadian Credit Union Steve Nix, AlaTrust Credit Union Jimese Harkley, America’s First Federal Credit Union Felicia Fortune, American Family Care Randy Johansen, American Family Care Rihan Jamil, BB&T Bank Robert P. (Rob) Fowler, Balch & Bingham LLP Deborah Stephens, Behavioral Health Systems, Inc. Ken Crow, Belk at Riverchase Galleria Ashfaq Taufique, Birmingham Islamic Society Patty Barron, P.E., Birmingham Water Works Leanne Messer, Brookdale Place University Park Robin Wilkins, Bryant Bank Bud Cason, Bud’s Best Cookies Paul Huckeba, C B & S Bank King Demontluzin, Chateau Vestavia Retirement Community David Jackson, Chick-Fil-A Mike Warren, Children’s of Alabama Bobby Haynes, Costco Wholesale

Tamara Harrelson, Covenant Classic Schools Chris Schmidt, J.D., Daniel Corporation Antonio D. Sankey, Eagle Strategies/ New York Life Ricky Brooks, Express Oil/Tire Engineers Patricia Cunningham, Fortis Institute Cody Burns, FOX 6 WBRC Debbie Hultquist, Fresenius Medical Care Terry Turner, Esq., Gentle, Turner & Sexton Molly Wickstrom, Gold’s Gym Hal Humphrey, P.E., Gresham, Smith and Partners David Porter, Greystone Golf & Country Club Jinni Lacey, RN, HealthSouth Lakeshore Rehabilitation Hospital Neil Thakor, Holiday Inn - Hoover Kerry Bradley, Hoover Tactical Firearms David Arnott, Hyatt Place - Hoover Richard Bishop, ITT Technical Institute Amy Strayer, Jason’s Deli Tony Cooper, Jimmie Hale Mission Joe McGee, Legacy Community Federal Credit Union Dr. Lawrence Lemak, Lemak Sports Medicine Allen South, Little Pumpkins Daycare Dwight Burrell, Long-Lewis Ford Lincoln Bridget Baughan, McDonald’s Keith Pennington, Medical West Amanda Windsor, Mr. Harry’s Chickin De-Lux David Brown, Office Depot Todd Beegle, On Tap Sports Café Carol Adkins, OnTime Service

Jose Rivera-Crespo, Outback Steakhouse Jim Quick, P. F. Chang’s Restaurant Horace Moss, Papa Murphy’s Pizza Dr. John R. Phillips, III, PT Orthodontics Rick Smith, Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa Thomas A. Martin, Riverchase Galleria Andy Davis, St. Vincent’s Health System Leanne Graham, Sam’s Club Sam Dillender, Santek Waste Services Dr. Jack Schaeffer, Schaeffer Eye Centers Sarah Turner, Signature Homes Shannon Trotter, State Farm Insurance Recruiting Clarence “Brother” Moss, Steak ‘N Shake Alain Gallet, Terracon Neal Harris, The Home DepotInverness Mark Hamilton, The Home DepotRiverchase Alice Johnson, Grandview Medical Center Alison Lindsay, WIAT-42 News Darin Boykin, Walmart SuperCenter, Highway 150 Glenn Smith, Walmart SuperCenter, Highway 280 Greg Livingston, Walmart Market, Lorna Road Charles Waldrep, Waldrep Stewart & Kendrick, LLC Ronald Jackson, Williams Scotsman Kevin Roberts, Windstream Russell Pate, Zaxby’s

Membership in the Board of Trustees is offered by invitation to members paying a minimum of $1,000 in dues per year. If you are interested in networking with the area’s top business and community leaders, please contact the Chamber at 988-5672.

Welcome Sylinda Daniel! The Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the newest addition to the chamber staff. On March 1, 2016, Sylinda Daniel took on the role of Senior Account Executive. She brings with her over 16 years of experience in the social sciences and administration fields. She began focusing on her career goals early while pursuing her Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Sylinda has worked in a wide range of

positions that includes: police dispatcher, records manager, substance abuse prevention specialist/manager, trainer, independent State consultant, and most recently as staffing manager. During her career she has become proficient with client account maintenance, management styles, interviewing techniques, and policy/procedure writing. She is very excited to bring her knowledge and technology skills to this role. Her main responsibilities will be the recruitment and retention of the Hoover

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Chamber members. Sylinda will be attending virtually all Hoover Chamber events, but can be reached at Sylinda@ or at the chamber office at (205) 9885672. She looks forward to meeting and working with all our members, so our members and prospective membership should feel free to contact her with any questions.

Upcoming Events

May and July 2016 MAY May 3: 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast at Hyatt Regency-The Wynfrey Hotel. Tickets through City of Hoover ONLY (this is NOT a Chamber event!). However, The Chamber provides tickets for members of the Board of Trustees. Contact Bill Powell at 988-5672 or for details. May 5: 8:30 a.m. Economic Development Committee Meeting at Chamber Office. Visitors Welcome! May 5: 4:30 p.m. Ribbon Cutting & Open House at Cowboy Chicken, 830 Inverness Corners, Hoover 35242. 637-5400 or contact for information. May 12: 7:30-9:00 a.m. Coffee & Contacts at Morningside of Riverchase, 2184 Parkway Lake Drive, Hoover (Riverchase) AL 35244. Call 403-7400 for information. May 18: 4:30 p.m. Chamber Ambassador Meeting at Chamber Office. Visitors Welcome!

May 19: Hoover Chamber Luncheon at Hyatt Regency-The Wynfrey Hotel. 11:15 a.m. Networking, Noon Luncheon. Please make reservations by Monday, May 16. Those who make reservations requesting a meal be prepared for them, and do not attend will be invoiced, unless canceled prior to the event. $20 or $25 for non-members or for those without reservations. Lisa@

information, contact Ron Bradstreet at (205) 529-7464 or May 26: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Business after Hours at Inverness Country Club, 1 Country Club Drive, Hoover, AL 35244. Contact Holly Kuck at Inverness Country Club at 991-8608 or for information.

JULY May 24: 12:00 Noon - Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting at remodeled Hyatt Place Hotel - Inverness, 4686 Highway 280 East, Birmingham/Hoover 35242. (205) 995-9242 for May 24: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Constant Contact Workshop at Chamber Office. Presented by David Barry, of Zeekee Interactive. No charge to attend. Please make reservations at 205988-5672 or Space is limited to 18-20 seats.

July 12: 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Coffee & Contacts at Advantage Resourcing, 2717 John Hawkins Parkway, Suite 107, Hoover 35244. Contact Michael Cooley at (205) 444-8733 or for information. July 14: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. NINE-Chamber Speed Networking Event at Marriott Birmingham on Highway 280, located at 3590 Grandview Parkway, Birmingham 35243. (205) 968-3665.

May 24: 6:00 p.m. 4th Tuesday Monthly meeting of American Legion-Ryan Winslow Post 911, Hoover Tactical Firearms, 1561 Montgomery Highway, Hoover 35216. For

Scholarship: continued from page 2 are considered as financial needs based scholarships. In addition, the chamber’s Second

Annual Forks & Corks Gala last September produced enough revenue that the Chamber can offer over $8,000

in Gala Scholarships, in the name of the sponsoring company that provided the scholarship.

Mission Statement Amended January 1998. The Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce promotes economic growth of business through a strong support system which provides business and community partnerships. Use this logo to place in your advertising for higher name recognition. This logo can be emailed to members for use in advertising, on business cards, and on letterhead or signs.

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Hoover Chamber Officers and Board of Directors

Joe Thomas, Capstone Financial Group, 2015 President

Jason Cobb, America’s First Federal Credit Union

Chris Schmidt, J.D., Daniel Corporation, 2016 President

Paul Dangel Hyatt Regency Wynfrey Hotel

Joel Smith, Hendrick Hoover Auto Mall, 1st Vice President

Rihan Jamil, BB&T Bank

Jerome Morgan, Jr., Oncort Services 2nd Vice President

Ira Levine, CCIM, Levine & Associates

Megan Randolph, CPA, Warren Averett CPAs and Advisors, Treasurer

Tynette Lynch Aldridge Gardens

Kathleen Spencer, Spencer Consulting Group, Secretary

Gregg Maercker, First Commercial Bank

Reginald Jeter, J.D. Nationwide Mutual Insurance

Lori Schommer, City of Hoover, City Liaison

Terry Turner, Esq. Gentle, Turner & Sexton, Legal Counsel

Stephen Preston, Brookwood Medical Center

Terry Shea, Wrapsody

New Members — March 2016 Agility Technology Group, LLC Greg Hardy, CEO - 543-7880 Allied Technology Group, LLC Tim Christian, CIO - 822-3338 Autobahn Indoor Speedway Sean Yoder, Sales Manager - 235-6230

Childrens Lighthouse Learning CenterHoover Kent or Kim Rogers, Owners - 378-8162 The Clay House Lyndsie Curry, Director -

Momentum Telecom Stan Minner - 978-3406 (Board of Trustees Upgrade)

Core Focus Personnel, LLC C J Richardson, Member - 826-7359

Morgan Stanley Henry J. Haygood - 869-7089

The Bell Center for Early Intervention Douglas Cooling & Heating Programs Kelly Peoples, Development Director - 879- Jay Douglas, General Manager - 988-3706 3417 Growing Hearts International Dr. Melissa Smitha - 382-5916 BHM Biz - Bmetro Magazine Joe O’Donnell, Publisher - 202-4182 Hawthorne at Lake Heather Apartment Homes Breakout Escape Games Teresa Gulledge - 980-5299 Jeremy Carter or Will Hargett - 282-4798 Brown Heating & Cooling Jamie White, Owner - 871-8111

Johns Electric, Inc. Aubrey Teele, President - 426-0583

Hoover Rotary Club George Elliott

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RE/MAX Preferred Hugh Morrow, Broker 879-7665 South Cypress Drew Goneke, CEO - 800-891-2623 Still Serving Veterans Al Wood, Regional Director - 670-1955 Trustmark Bank Steve Erickson, Sr. Vice President 995-4605


Greystone Ladies Club The Greystone Ladies Club met for a monthly luncheon and an “All About Alabama” program on March 9 at the Founders Clubhouse. (Contributed)

Jocie and Kathryn Watts and Janice Folmar

Carolyn Ramey, Wilma Thompson and Ranea Breen

Sherry Hartley of Alabama Goods

Janice Folmar, Mindy Boggs and Anna Thompson


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Hendree Moore and Ursula Norcross

Jeannie Johnson, Wilma Thompson and Ann Layne

Simply Infused owner Cheryl Harper

Trudy Vaughn and Leigh Ann Priest

Patty Stahlhut and Ursula Norcross

Anna Thompson and Mechelle Wilder

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St. Patrick’s Day The Hoover Senior Center held a St. Patrick’s Day celebration on March 17. (Photos contributed)

Gail Mathis and Violet Townsend

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Odessa Usher and Tillie Powers

Camille Upton, Margene Gore and Lois Avery

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Join us for a day of remembrance, including special musical tributes by the Montevallo Community Chorale to the veterans of the Vietnam War.


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Chamber of Commerce Luncheon The Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a luncheon at the Hyatt Regency The Wynfrey Hotel on March 17. (Photos By Molly Davidson & Contributed)

Ingrid Wildermuth and Gary Neil

Nikki Jordan, Trisston Burrows and Verona Petite

Bobby Haynes and Gary Neil

Sierra Earle, Gregg Maercker and Stacy Clayton


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Molly Wickstrom and Kim Wilson

Donna DeLoach, Ted VonCannon and Jerry Cross

Greg Hardy and John Turner

Jon Harrison and Richard Danner

Claire Griffith and Bobby Haynes

Scott Shinbaum and Shawna Boswell

Sylinda Daniel and Chris Schmidt

Paul DeMarco, Lori Salter-Schommer, Hoover Mayor Gary Ivey and Kathleen Spencer

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Precision Tactical Hoover’s Precision Tactical held its grand opening on March 25 with Hoover Chamber of Commerce members, residents and employees. (Photos by Lauren Dowdle)

Trisston Wright Burrows and Jay Clyce

Steve Hart and Andy Tatum

Bo Wass and David Hand

Benji Sawyer and Regina Smith


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Sylinda Daniel and Jerome Morgan Jr.

Michael, Annie, Taylor and Maddie May

Pam Koehler and Peter Northcott

Officer Brandon Harris and Greg Blackman

Ira Levine and Pam Koehler

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Paws in the Gardens Aldridge Gardens held its annual Paws in the Gardens March 19 for pets and their owners to enjoy. (Photos by Lauren Dowdle)

Sam Woska and Krista Clemens with Zero and Doug

Rachel Johns and Kayla Friday with Lana and Lola

Bryant Wood

Officer Mike Davis with Tank

Kay Keith and Bird

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Medical Weight Loss Hoover’s Medical Weight Loss held a ribbon cutting for its seventh location on March 29. (Photos by Lauren Dowdle)

Marcia Irwin, Pam Drummond and Zori Ward

Lois Fields, Bridgette Chambers and Tammy Reid

Trisston Wright Burrows and Regina Smith

Megan Champion and Bill Powell

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Frank Brocata, owner Hannah Erickson and John DiBlasi

Fred Hughes, Scott Wagnon and James Jackson

Bill Strong, Joe Rives and Johnny DiBlasi

Peter Northcott, Sylinda Daniel, Pam Koehler, Benji Sawyer and Lynn Ray

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Perry’s Steakhouse


The Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce cut the ribbon at Perry’s Steakhouse March 31. (Photos contributed) Peter Northcott, Pam Koehler, Joey Brown and Ryan Goolsby

Jeff Brown, Steve Hart and Bruce Koppenhoefer


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Kirk Mancer and Dave Davis

Micheal Ray, Benji Sawyer and Terry Preston

Jerome Morgan Jr., Lynn Ray and Sylinda Daniel

Park & Crest Bluff Park held its first Park & Crest marketplace on April 3 at the corner of Park Avenue and Shades Crest Road. The event will continue on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Photos by Lauren Dowdle) Alethea Cowie

Susan Poe Love and Jodie Seagle

Cooper, Leslie and Tristan Harwell

Geri-Martha and Ryan O’Hara

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Easter baskets Hoover Service Club members assembled and delivered Easter baskets to Green Valley Baptist Church Life Essentials Food Bank and Oak Mountain Missions. (Photos contributed)

Stephanie Landry, Pam Edwards, Pam Crider, Donna Vickery and Becky Donnelly

Lois Taylor, Becky Donnelly and Judy Holcombe


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Paula Campbell and Dianne Cesario

Pam Edwards and Becky Donnelly

May 1 Global Cuisine at the Plaza: Mexico


•Hoover Public Library•

May 13 Norman Westberg (of Swans)

May 2 Discoveries in the Making

Known primarily as the guitarist for the seminal New York no wave band Swans, Norman Westberg also crafts vast sonic soundscapes under his own name. Westberg’s dark, ambient instrumental music stands in stark contrast to the walls of noise constructed by Swans, but is no less intense. He is touring in support of his recently released album 13. Westberg will be at the library May 13 at 8 p.m. Attendees must be at least 18 years old to attend. Tickets are $12.50 and are available by calling 4447888.

Coffee-ol-ogy Cafe presents free programs on food and coffee from around the world. Attendees will explore Mexican cuisine in May. Complimentary samples will be provided. The event will be held May 1 at 2:30 p.m. at the library.

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The UAB Graduate School presents “All Men Are Treated Equal: Or Are They? Observations from the National Inpatient Sample” and “Exploring the Bacteria That Cause Cavities and Their Role in Human Health” on May 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the library.

May 3 Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast •Hyatt Regency Birmingham – The Wynfrey Hotel•

The Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast with Hoover Mayor Gary Ivey will be held May 3 at 7:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham – The Wynfrey Hotel, 1000 Riverchase Galleria in Hoover. For more information, call 444-7588.

American Girl Kidz Kitchen •Hoover Public Library•

Make yummy treats from your favorite girls’ era during American Girl Kidz Kitchen on May 3 at 4 p.m. at the library.

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Global Cuisine at the Plaza: Mexico

May 5 First Thursday Fiction Book Group: The Guest Room •Hoover Public Library•

The First Thursday Fiction Book Group will discuss “The Guest Room” by Chris Bohjalian on May 5 at 10 a.m. This is a free event at the library.

The Onlys •Hoover Public Library•

Classic rock and roll hits from the ‘50s through today will have attendees up and dancing. The free event will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the library plaza.

May 7 Larry Gatlin Trio •Hoover Public Library•

Grammy award winner Larry Gatlin will perform at the library on May 7 at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. With more than a dozen Top 40 hits to his credit, Gatlin is an icon in country music. His career, spanning four decades, has taken him from dusty Texas stages to the White House and from Broadway to the Grammy awards. Gatlin

also starred as the lead in the Tony award winning musical “The Will Rogers Follies” on Broadway.

May 9 Guided Library Tour •Hoover Public Library•

Discover all the library has to offer in this guided tour of the Hoover Public Library on May 9 at 10 a.m. Learn about its resources, services and events with a librarian as the guide. Refreshments provided. Reservations are required. Call 444-7800 for more information.

Helping Hands •Hoover Public Library•

Drop in anytime to make newspaper rolls for a local humane society on May 9 at 3 p.m. For more information, call 444-7840.

May 10 Spanish Conversation Club •Hoover Public Library•

Practice Spanish and celebrate the culture on May 10 at 7 p.m. Some experience with Spanish is suggested. The event is free and will be held in the library

May 14 Birmingham Great Strides •Veterans Park•

Birmingham Great Strides will be held May 14 from 8 a.m. to noon at Veterans Park.

Purl @ the Plaza •Hoover Public Library•

Join old friends and make new ones at this crafty meeting of all fiber enthusiasts at the library on May 14 at 1 p.m. The event is free.

Alabama: Where to Go, What to Do •Hoover Public Library•

Todd Keith, author of “The Insider’s Guide to Birmingham,” will share ideas for fun (and sometimes May 2016 | Hoover’s Magazine •


free) day trips, weekend getaways or family vacations on May 14 at 2 p.m. For more information, call 4447840.


professor, Department of Psychology, on May 16 at 6:30 p.m.

May 17 Hoover Historical Society

May 15 Justin Cross •Hoover Public Library•

Singer-songwriter Justin Cross, whose song “Drink the Water” has more than 2 million views on YouTube, will be at the library on May 15 at 2:30 p.m.

Young Artist Reception •Hoover Public Library•

Celebrate the library’s featured children’s gallery artists on May 15 at 3 p.m. in the Children’s Programming Room. Awards will be presented at 3:30 p.m.

May 16 Neuroscience Cafe: Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy •Hoover Public Library•

This program will be presented by Dr. Victor Mark, associate professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Dr. Gitendra Uswatte,

•Hoover Public Library•

The Hoover Historical Society will meet May 17 at the Hoover Library. Refreshments will be served at 1 p.m. with the meeting beginning at 1:30. Jason Kirby, archivist at the Archives and Rare Book Room of the Botanical Gardens, will speak on “From Kitchen Gardens to Flora of the Civil War” dealing with how herbs to teas and vinegars were used for health and hearth.

Setting Yourself Apart in an Interview •Hoover Public Library•

Are you looking to make a job change, re-enter the workforce or are you a recent graduate? This workshop will provide you with information that will help your interview be as successful as possible. Key points include appropriate interview attire, behavioral questions and Regions Tradition

responses, researching jobs and companies, social networking and follow-up after the interview. Sylinda Daniel brings with her more than 17 years of experience in the social sciences and administration fields. Daniel has been with Snelling since 2013 as a staffing manager and most recently was elected as a board member for the Hoover Chamber of Commerce 2016-2018 term. The program will be held May 17 at 7 p.m.

May 18 Regions Tradition •Greystone Golf and Country Club•

The 2016 Regions Tradition, a major championship on the Champions Tour, will take place May 18-22 at Greystone Golf and Country Club. For information on the tournament, visit

May 19 Book It 5K Registration PickUp •Hoover Public Library•

Participants can pick up their registration packs for the Book It 5K on May 19 and 20 at the library.

May 21 Hoover Library 5K and Summer Reading Kickoff •Veterans Park•

The Hoover Library 5K will be held at 8 a.m. Get a head start on summer reading with games, snacks, inflatables and more at the Summer Reading Kickoff at 10 a.m. BMX Trickstars exhibition will


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be at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

May 24 SEC Baseball Tournament •Hoover Metropolitan Stadium•

The 2016 SEC Baseball Tournament will be held at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium on May 24-29. For more information, visit article/11037437/2016sec-baseball-tournament.

Horizons Luncheon

•Hoover Senior Center•

The Horizons Luncheon will be held at the Hoover Senior Center at 11 a.m. May 24.

May 25 Wednesday Walk & Talk •Hoover Public Library•

Log some steps and chat about books, movies and more during an easy stroll around Howard Lake before the library opens. The walk begins and ends at the library. The event will start at 8:30 a.m. at the main library entrance.

May 27 Friday Night Flicks •Veterans Park•

Friday Night Flicks will be held at Veterans Park.

May 28 Write Club •Hoover Public Library•

Meet and mingle with your fellow amateur poets and novelists on May 28 at 10:30 a.m. The event is free and will be held in the theatre level meeting rooms. n

Marketplace Hoover’s Magazine • 205.669.3131

ACCEPTANCE LOAN COMPANY Personal Loans! Let us Pay Off Your Title Loans! Come by Acceptance Loan and apply for a loan today. 224 Cahaba Valley Rd Pelham, AL 35124 205-663-5821 GRASS CUTTING Large Properties, Acreage, and Lake Properties. Great rates! Free Estimates! Satisfaction guaranteed! Discounts for Multiple Properties. Serving Shelby and Chilton Counties. Alex’s Lawn Care 205-955-3439 B&J Metal Fabricators Professional sheet metal replacement and fabrication on classic cars/trucks. $65.00/hour for labor Parts/supplies additional Quotes based per job. Media blasting available. Powder coating coming soon. Montevallo area. (205) 665-4687 (205) 296-9988 Backhoe Work and General Hauling Services. Gravel, red clay, sand, pea gravel. Can clean ditches out and recover road with new gravel. Contact Barry Cunningham (205) 217-5731 FIREWOOD-OAK or HICKORY Pick up - only 6 cents per pound. Commercial and Residential delivery also available. Columbiana Wood Products 21421 Hwy 25, Columbiana (205) 671-5202

Welder Training Short Term Licensing Call for Details 866-432-0430 Montgomery Stockyard Drop Station at Gray & Son’s in Clanton. Call Lane at 205-389-4530. For other hauling arrangements, contact Wes in Harpersville 205-965-8657 AFFORDABLE HIGH-SPEED INTERNET Available where you live! Call Today for this Limited Time Offer!, 800-266-4409. CATERING THAT TASTES LIKE HOME COOKIN’ Sarah Beth’s Restaurant, 33985 Hwy 25, Harpersville 35078 (inside Dixieland Tradin’ Post) 205-672-7467 CLOCK REPAIR SVS. * Setup * Repair * Maintenance I can fix your Mother’s clock. Alabaster/Pelham Call Stephen (205)663-2822 Become a Dental Asst. in ONLY 8 WEEKS! Please visit our website www. or call (205) 561-8118 and get your career started! Log Home: 5BR/3BA on 12 beautiful acres in Calera, AL, overlooking a stock pond. Barn with workshop. Needs some updates and TLC. Call 205-862-6883. ONLINE AUCTIONS www.GTAOnlineAuctions. com


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Class-A CDL Driver. $500 Sign-On Bonus. Must be 25+ years with clean MVR. 1 year with 6 months flatbed experience. $.34-$.40pm w/ dh $.20 pay. Contact HR: (205)706-4837 NEED A JOB? NEED A BETTER JOB? AIDT recruits, screens and trains qualified applicants for outstanding jobs statewide. All at NO COST to you! Visit today to view your opportunities! American Ranch House opening in Helena is HIRING Front of House Staff. For more details, call Cornelius Frazier 205-920-3069. Bibb Medical Center & Nursing Home Currently Hiring For: •Hospital DON •Billing/ Insurance Clerk •MLT/ MT •LPN & RN’s •Labor & Delivery Nurses •CNA’s & PCT’s Apply at: Hospital Information Desk, 208 Pierson Ave., Centreville, AL Or email resume to: bmchr@bibbmedicalcenter. com. Apply Online: Journeymen Electricians, $24 per hour plus insurance. Helpers $9.60 to $19.20 per hour depending on experience. Greater Birmingham area. Call 205-849-5522 for details. BURGER KING JOIN OUR MANAGEMENT TEAM Schuster Enterprises, Inc., a

Franchisee of Burger King, is looking for Management professionals who have a desire to join a team where people are the most important asset, where growth is based on ability and where opportunity is abundant. Benefits: Competive Wages, Health & Life Insurance, Paid Vacations, 401(k). Apply online at: www.jointeamschuster. com. (EOE - DRUG FREE WORKPLACE). JOIN OUR TEAM! MAINTENANCE ENGINEER FOR A BURGER KING FRANCHISE Schuster Enterprises, Inc., a Franchisee of Burger King, is looking for a person with skills in HVAC and Refrigeration, Light Electrical and Plumbing. •Competitive Wage based on skills and experience, annual reviews. •Health and Life Insurance •401 (k) Profit Sharing Plan •Paid Vacations •Maintenance Vehicle & Tools furnished FOR INTERVIEW CALL DAVID STEVENS (706) 563-3066 (EOE—DRUG FREE WORKPLACE) Seeking motivated individuals. Office sales, 40/hours weekly. Hourly+commission. Starting $10/hour. Potential earnings after 30 days up to $20+/ hour. Friday/Saturday off. Call Brian between 1PM-5PM 205-624-4477

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Seeking Experienced Delivery Drivers Requires 2-years experience/ clean driving record. Knowledge of Birmingham/ surrounding areas beneficial. Benefits included. Apply: 140 W.Oxmoor Rd., Birmingham Email resume: CHANGING SPACES RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL MOVING, INC. HIRING DRIVERS AND HELPERS Health, Dental & Retirement Benefits. Full Time, Part Time, or Seasonal. Drug Testing and Background Checks Required. (205)972-0744 Masters Level Counselor Needed Chilton County Treatment Center 2100 Holiday Inn Drive, Clanton, AL 35045 Call for more info. 205-755-4300 CHOICE HOME CARE •LPN:(trach/vent. experience) needed for home cases in Trussville&Pinson •LPN(or MA): needed for Admin. Assist. Duties •CNA’S/ HHA’s:full-time. Some 12hour shifts/Nights available. Cases available in other areas: Pinson,_Trussville,_ Birmingham. APPLY IN OFFICE: 3928 Montclair Rd Ste 202, Birmingham, AL 35213. BRING SS CARD/DL/ AUTOMOBILE/INSURANCE. MUST HAVE RELIABLE CAR! Ready to Work for the #1 Brand in the World? Now Hiring Class A-CDL Drivers for Coca-Cola Bottling United. Go to www.cocacolaunited. com to apply! COLUMBIANA HEALTH & REHAB LPN Charge Nurse PRN - 12 hour shifts Excellent Salary. Interested applicants should send resume to: shannon.bell@


Coosa Valley Medical Center Now Hiring! RN’S all shifts: Labor and Delivery, Med Surg, Post Acute. Also Hiring CNA’S Email resume to: Janean.Crawford@cvhealth. net or to apply, go to D&J’s Cafe HIRING-ALL POSITIONS! Must Have Proper Transportation/ Flexible Schedules! Looking for Happy, Energetic People with Great Attitudes! Apply in Person: 75 County Road 55, Clanton DCH Health System Caring. For Life. $5,000 sign-on Bonus. For More Information Contact: Annie. Apply online at: NOW HIRING FOR HOMECARE AIDES & LPN’s IN THE SHELBY COUNTY AREA. Apply Online: www. eldercareofnorthalabama. com under the ‘Cullman’ office or call 256-727-5312 (M-F 8am-5pm) Landscape Foreman Hardscape Installer Labor Positions Foreman/hardscape installer-3 years experience required. Labor position-1 year experience. Must be legal citizen, have DL, own transportation. 205-807-3200 $3000 SIGN ON BONUS NEW PAY SCALE TO QUALIFYING DRIVERS EVERGREEN TRANSPORT, is accepting applications for local drivers in the Calera and Leeds, AL, area. Must have class A CDL, good driving record, 1 yr verifiable tractor trailer experience. Good pay and benefits.  Apply in person at 8278 Hwy 25 South, Calera, AL, or call for info 205-668-3316.

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11th Area of Alabama O.A.C. Celebrating Our 50th Anniversary May 24, 2016 THE FISH MARKET RESTAURANT CASHIERS & SERVERS NEEDED. NOW HIRING HAPPY People with GREAT Attitudes! Must be Flexible/Hours Vary Apply in Person ONLY Hwy 280 & Hwy 31 Locations PLANT MAINTENANCE POSITION Desired Skills: •Minimum 10-years experience in plant industrial maintenance environment (mechanical/hydraulics/ electrical/fabrication/ pneumatic) •Strong electrical trouble shooting skills in high-voltage as well as low-voltage •Ability to work on PLC is required Apply At: Foley Products, Clanton or online: www. Foley Products Company is an EOE. Hiring Stylists in Chelsea Average Pay $12 & Up 205-966-7254 Entry Level Positions/ Several Openings with distribution center. Needing high energy/hardworking/ dependable people. No schooling/experience required. Those selected may be asked to start immediately. $600/wk per Co Agreement. Must be 18. Call Amber 205-624-3627 Monday-Wednesday 8am-6pm Hardee’s Now Hiring •Crew Members/Hoover •Management/Calera Email resume to:

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fee. For more information, email healthypetpro@gmail. com A Peace of Mind In Home Care has an Immediate Need for Care Givers Must have 4 years verifiable experience in a residence or a facility. Flexible schedule. Companion care/personal care/total care patients. Light housekeeping, meal prep, transportation to dr and activities. Must pass background check/drug screen/clean driving record. Call (205)671-5102 Fax 205-671-5069 Or Email Resume Class A CDL Drivers Needed Immediately for Dump Trailer Hauling • $2000 Retention Bonus • Local Hauling • Home Nights APPLY ONLINE: Perdido Trucking Service, LLC 251-470-0355 Burger King Hiring General, Assistant & Shift Managers Top Pay/Monthly Bonus/ Vacation/ Medical Benefits. 3yrs fast food experience required. Fax resume: 334-649-1112 Or apply at: Quality Correctional Health Care has several nursing opportunities in Columbiana. For more information and to apply, please visit http://qchcweb. OTR Class-A Driver •Montgomery, AL 3yrs Experience •$.40-$.50 Per Mile Paid Weekly •BCBS Insurance Home Weekends •EZ Press & Prepass Safety & Fuel Bonus Call: (334)288-8106

HIRING Afternoon Teachers for Christian Early Learning Center, 6wks to 4k in Helena. Also, hiring Subs. Call 426-1910 or email resume to S&G Poultry-Hiring Farm Staff Requirements: •Ability to lift/move 60+ lbs. •Valid DL Duties: •Feeding birds •Collecting/grading eggs •Moving birds/cleaning pens •Perform related work as required. Some weekends/holidays. Can not own/come into contact with other poultry. EEOC-Employer 205-7557082 Local Concrete Delivery CDL Drivers Experience preferred. CDL Required. Chilton/Shelby/ Jefferson County Deliveries. Benefits include BCBS, vision, dental. Late model equipment. 205-755-3930 Are you an Educator with passion for helping people w/Learning Disorders? Let us train you to fulfill your calling. PT Vision Therapist Email Resume:

Drivers • Customer Service. Laid back atmosphere, good pay, plenty of hours available! Company vehicles to qualified individuals! Call Andrew 9am-7pm • Monday-Saturday at (205) 490-1003 or (205) 243-6337 TaylorMade Transportation Hiring CDL Drivers for Flatbed Regional Division! BCBS Insurance After 30 Days. To apply call: (334) 366-2269 or email: CV Home Health currently recruiting for: LPNs/RNs •Great pay •Manage own schedule If you’d like to become part of our growing team, call: 866-273-3984 TEMP FORCE HIRING NOW: Assembly and Inspection! Childersburg & Vincent. Full Time. 1st and 2nd Shifts. Entry Level OK! Apply at TempForce: (256)245-8367 Shoal Creek Barn Hand Flexible part or full time hours w/benefits Call Carrie: 991-4654 or 427-5591.

Southern Haulers LLC is looking for: • Local pneumatic tank drivers • Local flat-bed drivers • Regional tractor-trailer dump drivers Home on most weekends. Excellent wage and benefit package. 23 years of age. Good MVR and good CSA points. If interested, call 1-800-537-4621. Ask for Adam, James, or George. or www.southernhaulersllc. com. EOE

Landscape Assisstant 6:00a.m. - 3:00p.m. Full Time • Monday-Friday Paid health benefits. Looking for a quick learner, with great work ethic! Call Carrie 205-991-4564 or 205-427-5501

Immediate Positions!!!! Positions needed: Warehouse • Sales Reps • Assistant Manager • Delivery


Now Hiring Experienced Class A Drivers. Thorsby/ Prattville Lane. $500 Sign-On Bonus. 7 Paid Holidays and Vacation Pay. Call (334) 687-6000 ext 18. Evergreen Forest Products.

PREFERRED, 25+, CLEAN RECORD, HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF SHELBY AND JEFFERSON COUNTIES. CALL: 205-419-4005 WALPOLE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS: CDL-A DRIVERS NEW HIRE BONUS: $1,500 2-years T/T experience, safe driving record and good employment history required. •Paid Uniforms •Paid Boot Allowance •Paid Safety Bonus •Paid Vacation •Matching 401K •BC/ BS, Life, Dental, S/T &L/T Disability Insurance •Direct Deposit Call Valerie: 800-749-5552 or apply online at www. EOE/DFWP NOW HIRING CDL-A DRIVERS w/Haz. $5000 Sign-On Bonus. Apply online: or Corporate Office: 979-413-2140 $5000 SIGN-ON BONUS! HIRING CDL TEAM A DRIVER Apply online: Or Contact Corporate: Western International Gas & Cylinders 979-413-2140 or 979-413-2192 (EOE) NOW HIRING: •ASPHALT OPERATOR •ASPHALT EQUIPMENT OPERATOR •ASPHALT CREW LABOR. JOB CONDITIONS: •Candidate will be required to work outside, sometimes in inclement weather conditions •Day, some night and weekends shifts •EOE. PAY RANGE & BENEFITS: •Pay Based on Experience •BCBS +dental/ vision/disability •401K plus match. Submit Application/ Resume: Wiregrass Construction, 951 Dow Street, Pelham, Alabama 35124, 205.620.4132

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why I love Hoover

‘I love the accessibility, parks, variety in food and, because I am a girl, the shopping!’


orn in Frankfurt, Germany while her father was doing a tour with the Army, Sylinda Daniel came back stateside and eventually ended up in the Birmingham area. She’s done a little bit of everything during her professional career — including being a police dispatcher, substance abuse prevention specialist and academic coordinator — and is now the senior account executive for the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce.

Q: How did you first get involved with the Hoover Chamber of Commerce? A: I first got involved with the Chamber in April 2015. A co-worker of mine at Snelling recommended me to Verona Petite to assist with the Chamber’s first job fair and expo. I have several years of experience presenting and teaching at statewide conferences, as well. Q: Why do you think it’s important to be involved with the community? A: Coming from a social services background, the community — meaning residents and businesses — is vital to any endeavor. You have to have your ear to the ground to what is important to the members if you want to make any difference. Q: What’s your favorite part about your job? A: Everything, from my co-workers and boss to chamber members and the community. I love networking with people, and as my mother knows, I have never met a stranger. 82

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Q: What do you love about Hoover? A: The accessibility, parks, variety in food and, because I am a girl, the shopping! Q: What is something not many people know about you? A: For eight years, I volunteered every weekend at a local horse barn before it changed owners. I took customers on rides and dealt with the biggest babies on the planet: horses! Q: What do you like to do in your spare time? A: I love to be outside. The owners of the barn I worked at, along with the other volunteers, are like extended family. Spending time with them while riding is how I relax. I also love to cook and try new food. You can probably find me enjoying an African or Vietnamese dish at any given moment. I recently found out I do not like sea urchin but love egusi soup. You eat it with your hands along with fufu.

Q: What are your favorite places to visit in Hoover? A: Hoover Tactical and Relish Café: They have good food, and you get to shoot guns. I, of course, like to shoot in 4-inch heels. Also, Bonefish Grill’s Bang Bang Shrimp and ahi tuna sashimi is the equivalent of heaven. Q: If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go? A: It is a toss-up between Venice and Paris. It would not only be for the obvious sightseeing, but to also be able to talk with culinary masters. Q: What is your favorite book and movie? A: Robert Jordan’s “Eye of The World” series. My cousin got me hooked on the novels as a kid. He was able to write in such a way that you could visualize his fantasy world. My favorite movie of all time is “Aliens.” That was the first movie I saw where it showcased a strong lead female. Sigourney Weaver was my hero growing up. n

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