Beat the Heat

 Article Julie Brown Patton | Photography Provided by Alabama Splash Adventure  Alabama Splash Adventure owners Dan Koch and his mom, Pat, have 60-plus years of combined experience in the amusement and water-park industry.  In 2017, the park was chosen as one of the top five friendliest parks in the world by readers of an amusement industry news leader. It also…

UAB and Former Paratrooper Becomes Mortgage Star

 Article Taryn Leighton | Photography Sarah-Peyton Green  Joe “Bear” Meadow was born in Enterprise, Alabama, and moved to Hoover is in 1982 where he graduated from Hoover High School in 1996 and went on to play football at UAB. Joe was a US Army Paratrooper from 2002-2005 and was deployed to Kirkul, Iraq, with the 173rd Airborne Brigade that provided…

Delicious, Healthy Summer Treats Are ‘Popping’ Up

 Article Julie Brown Patton | Photography Provided by Steel City Pops  One summer rite is savoring cold, creamy-dreamy treats. Enter Steel City Pops, which offers treats made from fresh, all-natural and certified-organic ingredients with locally harvested supplies.  David Scott, Steel City Pops Alabama general manager, says their fruity pops are vegan and dairy-free. David says people like their pops because…

Dog Days

Ahhhh, summer. Time for backyard pool parties and family vacations. Time for kids to run after the ice cream truck when the telltale sound of its music turns onto your street to secure the perfect sweet treat to beat the heat. For the loud explosion of fireworks on the Fourth of July, the shriveled fingertips … Continued

July 2018 Around Town

Birmingham High Schools Make ‘U.S. News & World Report’s’ Best High Schools List Birmingham metro high schools ranked high among the 2018 best U.S. high schools in the “U.S. News & World Report “annual high school rankings. The assessment covered 20,500-plus public high schools. U.S. News identified schools that best serve all students,and assessed the level of … Continued

Drive-Out Breast Cancer Golf Tournament Above Par

This year's 23rd Annual Drive-Out Breast Cancer Golf Tournament raised more than $110,000. Hosted at Old Overton Club in Vestavia Hills by Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama staffers, the event drew 100 golfers. The Low Gross Award went to team Sokol, and First Place Net went to team United-Johnson Brothers of Alabama. 

Game On

Have Some Outdoor Fun this Summer with Lawn Games Perfect for any Get-Together, then Cool Off with a Couple Sweet Treats. Article Nicolette Martin Mölkky Throwing Game Dick’s Sporting Goods, $29.99 Playing Mölkky: In this Finnish throwing game, use a wooden pin (mölkky) to knock over wooden pins (skittles). Be the first to reach exactly 50 points to win! … Continued

Summer Sippers

 Article Taryn Leighton | Photography Sarah-Peyton Green  Summer in the South can be brutally hot. Cool off with these fun and refreshing drinks — and get a serving or two of fruit while you're at it!   Watermelon Margarita & Blueberry Lemonade Specialties

The Humidor Room

 Article Taryn Leighton | Photography Sarah-Peyton Green  The Humidor Room is a fully stocked cigar and wine bar. It features a wide selection of wine and beer, and the TVs are always on and following the latest sports news and games. This is a great spot to meet up with friends, grab a drink and enjoy the homey style of…


 Article Taryn Leighton  Dewayne Moore is a former professional and college football player; internationally recognized strength, speed and conditioning coach; and motivational speaker, who motivates, educates and inspires people worldwide and locally. Dewayne has worked with a high-profile clientele of elite professional athletes from the NFL, NBA and MLB. He earned his bachelor's degree in kinesiology from San Diego State…