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Mining Hardship for Prosperity

The Appalachian Regional Commission, Southern Research and a team of college interns assist small businesses in four counties hit by a coal mining slump.

Family Dinner on Demand

Nourishing, handmade meals that bring the family back together for dinner, delivered in 38 states from a kitchen in Birmingham. Two veterans of the fiercely competitive food industry fulfilled this improbable business plan in only four years.

Rocket City’s Planning Propulsion

Huntsville’s planning and infrastructure investment laid the foundation for one of the largest commercial developments in the country — transforming a vacant regional mall into a “walkable, connected community.”

Spice & Tea Exchange Opens at Downtown OWA

The Spice & Tea Exchange is a specialty retail store with an extensive selection of spices from around the world.

United Flea Markets Purchases Flea Market Mobile

The Alabama sale marks United Flea Markets’ third acquisition in as many months.

Retail Giants Entrench in Mobile

Retail rivals Wal-Mart and Amazon are opening massive facilities just one freeway exit apart in Mobile County.

Retail Sure Shot

In 1975, Steve Smith took on his first business venture. Hunting was his passion, as was archery — two pastimes that kept...

Leather Goods Home Grown, Hand Made

Michael Stricklin ​ Opelika during the 19th century was on a major rail line for bales of cotton to be shipped...

Firm Footing in Service

Drew Goneke, founder and chief executive officer of residential and commercial flooring company South Cypress in Birmingham, grew up in the flooring...

Homegrown Retailers’ Big Trek

How can a 20-something couple who met in church open a homegrown store and compete, over the long haul, with across-town powerhouses...

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Flashback: Peak Oil

Figure it was an early Christmas present for folks who still fret over America’s energy security. On November 28, 2018, the U.S. Department of the...

Movers & Shakers in Coffee, Dale & Geneva Counties

Mike Baergen Baergen is general manager of the Ozark Assembly Operations for Bell Flight, working to increase production while maintaining safety and quality standards. Baergen,...

City Trees Are These Artisans’ Niche

Leigh and Cliff Spencer’s Alabama Sawyer makes its niche in the recycled timber of Alabama’s “urban forest.”

Alabama Builders Advance New Technologies

Technology is now making a difference on the ground in Alabama construction — whereas, the data once just flowed to HQ.

Transforming Old Wood into New Business

Peerless wide-plank floors and panels made from reclaimed wood is the specialty of Birmingham-based Riverbottom Pine.