Room to Grow

Perfect for those who don’t necessarily consider themselves “gardening-inclined,” but also like to keep live decorations in various parts of the home, succulent plants are generally low-maintenance and come in an array of shapes, sizes, colors and textures. Grow them in unique containers—from coffee tins to books or shoes—for eco-themed decor you actually have to put in some effort to…

Eco Chic

Spring has finally sprung! As the last dredges of winter make their way out, and we can finally begin to stop and smell the roses, it’s also a good time to remind ourselves to take the time to appreciate our beautiful planet.


April 2018 Around Town

Birmingham restaurants and chefs have been named semifinalists for the 28th annual James Beard Foundation Awards. The awards gala will take place on Monday, May 7, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. 

Locally Made with Love

It's been estimated that out of every $100 spent on locally made goods and services, 70 percent of it goes back into the local economy. Shopping locally gives our neighboring merchants a way to not only support themselves and their growing businesses but to give back to our local churches, schools and events.

Agriculture, Food and Culinary Arts

Isn't it fun to know some people in the Two Eighty community actually party in gardens? But that's not the only productive development occurring in local patches.

280 Corridor Feeds Lots of Hungry Kids

After local parents were arrested, social workers learned the household's two children had survived for 14 months only on food backpacks received at school. But this grave situation actually reflects an inspiring example of a community taking care of each other.

A Twist on a Classic

A comfort food classic, shepherd's pie is a traditional meat pie with origins tracing back to the United Kingdom. Typically made with lamb, this recipe instead calls for chevon, goat meat. 

Mazda CX-5

It's challenging to tease apart specific environmentally efficient components of the Mazda CX-5 when the entire vehicle was designed and built for efficiency from the ground up, says Joe Kaye, general manager of MedCenter Mazda, 80 Driver's Way in Pelham.