Ketcham & Co.

By Sarah Campbell Geoffrey and Jama Ketcham, the husband and wife team behind Ketcham & Co., have been re-envisioning area homes through renovations and new builds since 2016. Jama serves as the lead interior designer while Geoffrey oversees construction, and together they collaborate on home design tailored to reflect each client’s personality and needs. Simple, but effective—as the company tagline puts it, “Dream Design Build.” With … Continue reading Ketcham & Co.

Will the Circle be Unbroken

Happily married father of six, Dr. John Young mixes humility with dedication and hard work By Lee Hurley | Photo by Brit Huckabay Dr. John Young, an orthopedic surgeon at Precision Sports Medicine and Orthopedics, is not at all the man I expected to meet when I agreed to write about him for Portico. Self-effacing and quick to spread the credit for his success around to his wife, … Continue reading Will the Circle be Unbroken

Dreams So Real: A Rock Band Story

The Underhills prove that it’s never too late to rock By Jim Fahy | Photos by Brit Huckabay I’m in an undisclosed location (Sorry: No narcs) listening to six dudes who aren’t supposed to be in a rock band being the best rock band in the world—well, at least in a 30-mile radius—at 5 pm on a dreary football Sunday in January. And, right now, in the middle of … Continue reading Dreams So Real: A Rock Band Story

A Mountain Brook Musician’s Debut in an Aching World

By Helen CampPhotos by Brit Huckabay and Courtesy Denson Camp An artist’s first album is arguably the most significant in many ways; it introduces the musician to audiences and should be the finest representation of the musician’s capabilities that it can be. Though creators are expected to evolve and change over the course of their careers and experiment with new concepts, their first impression on the world is often … Continue reading A Mountain Brook Musician’s Debut in an Aching World

The Red Barn: What Horses Can Teach Us

Photos and story by Cara Clark The phrase accompanying The Red Barn’s charming logo captures both its essence and its history: “Faith, Hope & Love” and, of course, horses. It took each of those in great measure for Joy O’Neal to stride into the unknown with the courage of her convictions. “When students are learning to ride, they learn perseverance and determination,” says O’Neal, executive director and … Continue reading The Red Barn: What Horses Can Teach Us

Why is Health Insurance So Confusing?

Story by Frank Holden A December 2020 New York Times article titled, “It’s Not Just You: Picking a Health Insurance Plan is Really Hard,” took a deep dive into the complexities of choosing healthcare insurance. According to the article, Anya Samek, (Associate Professor of Economics and Strategy at the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego), got so “frustrated she gave up, determining the task too complicated.” And she’s smart and young. Paul … Continue reading Why is Health Insurance So Confusing?

These Distillers Are Putting Birmingham Back On The Distilling Map

By Barry Wise SmithPhotos by Brit Huckabay and Janie Shelswell-White At the beginning of early-era Prohibition in 1915, Alabama put a stop to all legal liquor production in the state. The nationwide ban on sales, production, and importing alcohol followed in 1920. In 2015, after a century, distilling finally returned to the Magic City and has put the city in high spirits. Dread River In 2015, … Continue reading These Distillers Are Putting Birmingham Back On The Distilling Map

Building Community: The Legacy of Mike Mouron

By Cara Clark Mike Mouron gave retirement a shot in 2012. The Mountain Brook native divided his company, Capstone Development, into four separate businesses, an act intended to mark the end of an era that included developing student housing on and off campuses throughout the nation for decades. Instead, it kicked off a new career with tangible impact on the Birmingham area. When the cosmopolitan Valley Hotel opened its … Continue reading Building Community: The Legacy of Mike Mouron

Our Favorite Cozy Reads + An Exclusive Author Interview

By Anderson McKean, Page & Palette Bookstore Cool, cozy days are the perfect time to get lost in an engrossing family saga, discover a little known piece of history or stay up late with a gripping mystery. Grab a cup of tea and curl up with these riveting reads! All books can be found at Page & Palette. Haven Point by Virginia Hume Haven Point … Continue reading Our Favorite Cozy Reads + An Exclusive Author Interview