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

Trés Taylor: Alabama Folk Artist in a Revolution of Joy

    By Cara D. ClarkPhotos by Cara D. Clark and Marc Bondarenko Trés Taylor is a revolutionary in the finest sense of the word, from overturning his own career path to establishing a sense of harmony and healing in communities in the South. Armed with paint cans, brushes, and a sense of wonder, the Mountain Brook native’s mission now is one of hearts and … Continue reading Trés Taylor: Alabama Folk Artist in a Revolution of Joy

Meet Richard Simmons, Author Of “Reflections On The Existence Of God”

Story by Alec Harvey and Photo by Brit Huckabay Richard Simmons doesn’t shy away from the big questions or the big issues. Just take a look at the topics of the faith-based books he’s written – wisdom, life, death, sex, truth. His latest book tackles the biggest question of all. Reflections on the Existence of God is a collection of essays about whether or not … Continue reading Meet Richard Simmons, Author Of “Reflections On The Existence Of God”