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Regions’ history is one marked by collaboration with a focus on customers.  “Despite all the advancements in technology, banking, at its core, is still a people business,” explains Christian White, […]

A History of How Regions Bank Began 

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July 15, 2024

Botox and fillers have long been associated with the beauty regimens of celebrities and the affluent. However, there is a rising trend among African Americans embracing these cosmetic enhancements. Recently, […]

A Man About Town: Stigma to Self-Care with Alabama’s Skin Experts

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July 15, 2024

It is fair to say that memories made in the early years of our lives impact us in a remarkable way. For better or worse, these early experiences shape the […]

A Lifetime on Lay Lake: Memories on one of Alabama’s most underrated lakes

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July 13, 2024

Get ready to support Alabama farmers and celebrate all things local with Sweet Grown Alabama Day, this Saturday, July 13th.  Each summer the event is hosted by Sweet Grown Alabama, […]

Celebrate local farmers this Sweet Grown Alabama Day

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July 11, 2024

Adventure is a way of life in DeKalb County, Alabama. Everyone knows it’s a place where you keep your feet on the ground while your hands get to work. Whether […]

The business of adventure in DeKalb County, Alabama 

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July 10, 2024

Alabama is home to a surprising number of archaeological sites with deep, rich histories dating back centuries. While many of these locations have been extensively excavated and cataloged, others may […]

The mysterious history of Alabama’s ancient Moundville archaeological site

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July 7, 2024

A four-day celebration of Birmingham’s rich history of cuisine and culture returns this fall with some of the city’s top chefs and cooks, from food icon Frank Stitt to the […]

Alabama’s nationally acclaimed food and culture festival returns

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July 5, 2024

When you hear the words Alabama and reggae music, you might not think the pair has much to do with one another. But, believe it or not, the famous Muscle […]

Alabama’s unexpected role in the rise of reggae music

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July 4, 2024

There is an expression in French—chair à vif—which loosely translates to “flesh exposed.” It is the notion of being laid bare to life and light, to uncover a wound to […]

Alabama Abroad: Reflections from Chamonix, France

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July 2, 2024

In a South Alabama town of roughly 5,000 lies a stunning, secluded escape. Originally opened in 1932, Bellingrath Gardens and Home was the loving offering of Mr. and Mrs. Walter […]

The love story that built South Alabama’s Bellingrath Gardens

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June 29, 2024

If you’ve been to Lake Martin, Alabama, you have probably visited the beautiful Kowaliga area. Whether to eat, boat around, or visit the marina, the area is a mainstay of […]

The forgotten history of Kowaliga, the town beneath Lake Martin

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June 23, 2024

Regarded as one of Alabama’s most charming towns, Fairhope, Alabama sees thousands of visitors each year. While many Alabamians enjoy the small town for its undeniable charm, its origin story […]

The surprising history behind the name of Fairhope, Alabama

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June 16, 2024

June marks the celebration of both Black Music Month and Pride Month, a time to recognize the invaluable contributions of Black musicians and honor the LGBTQ+ community. This piece shines […]

A Man About Town: Celebrating Pride in the South

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June 13, 2024

Where fire alarms once rang loud and clear over the streets of the Magic City now stands a place full of fresh air—perfect conditions for the embers of creativity to […]

Firehouse Community Arts Center sets Avondale music scene ablaze

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June 12, 2024

Father’s Day is the perfect opportunity to take time to show appreciation for the father figures in our lives. While there are a number of ways to treat your loved […]

5 unique ways to celebrate Father’s Day in Alabama

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June 11, 2024

Mentone is one of Alabama’s most charming mountain towns. While much of the city’s history is recorded, there is a local legend that lives on. Despite the implausibility posed by […]

The hidden history of Mentone, a charming Alabama mountain town

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June 8, 2024

North Alabama’s Singing River Trail is much more than a greenway—it is a community builder that strengthens regional bonds while offering educational, economic, tourism, and entrepreneurial opportunities. The 200+ mile […]

How Singing River Trail is changing the lives of North Alabama entrepreneurs

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June 5, 2024

Last month, a new experience opened on Lake Tuscaloosa. The vision of renowned photographer and entrepreneur Miller Mobley and his development partners Andy Turner and Kenny Short, and the dedicated […]

The vision behind Tuscaloosa’s new exclusive lake experience

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June 4, 2024

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama’s The Caring Foundation seeks to give back to communities by supporting initiatives to improve the health and wellness of Alabamians. One such organization […]

Freshwater Land Trust: Fostering Access to Greenspaces for Alabamians

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May 30, 2024

When I was a kid, my grandfather would drink glass after glass of water he’d collect from an artesian mineral spring at his family’s old homeplace in rural Mississippi. He […]

ATWK: The generations-old mineral spring behind Alabama’s new artesian water

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May 30, 2024

Across Alabama, temperatures are rising and thousands are feeling the pull of late spring into early summer. This transition provides the perfect time to visit Alabama’s botanical gardens. While there […]

Your guide to the best of Alabama’s botanical gardens

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May 28, 2024