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Downtown Prime

Alabama is not the land of skyscrapers, but it does have a nice collection of downtown high-rise office buildings worth knowing. Perhaps...

Country Store Revival

Betsy Compton was the last person qualified to run a general store, or so she thought. Marketing skills, financial training...

Stores on Wheels

Mobile’s Carts Blanche LLC markets and sells vending machines, sort of, but not quite. Because referring to Carts Blanche’s ‘VendaCarts’ as...

Charity's Front Lines

Alabama’s needy are a changing demographic. They are housewives tossed from homes, children depending on school lunches or seniors living with...

Sometimes a Great Notion

Drew Ann Long saw a problem and fixed it. The Alabaster mom was frustrated when her trips to the store included an...

Top Crunch of Millions Turns 90

It all started with two men and a sack of potatoes. In 1923 from the basement of a Birmingham Hills Grocery Store, ...

Best Sellers

For Carolyn Haines, opportunity knocked at a Mississippi cocktail party. Attending the 1982 social, an Ole Miss professor told the future...

Million Dollar Shine

Out of his teens, out of college and out of work, Russ Ford found employment polishing other people’s shoes. He offered...

Can Fun Hedge a Tree Fund?

Not too long ago, timberland investing meant buying raw land, holding it, and selling for profit. Buyers watched their trees...

Career Veer to Home Grown

Sandra Simone is a good farmer, reluctantly. Decades ago she traded Birmingham for California, with dreams of becoming a professional singer....

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