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Downtown Gold Standard

Three cities that have nurtured an eclectic collection of locally owned downtown storefronts.

Some Shindig

The house is packed at the 700-seat Shoals Community Theater in Florence, and Alabama Shakes is rockin’ the place with its distinctive blues-and-soul-based...

Bama Santa

In a conundrum over what gifts to give this holiday season? Stressed over pleasing that impossible-to-shop-for someone or those who seem to have it...

Southern Styled for High Yield

Brent Howell has always loved clothes. For him, a perfect-fitting polo style shirt was the height of comfort and style. Throughout his life,...

Remington Ramps Up Amid Some Flak

Trip Ferguson could have been forgiven for being distracted during a recent phone interview with Business Alabama about how things are going at the...

How to Build a Nationwide Boutique

Like many a girl, Heidi Elnora dreamed of beautiful ball gowns and sketched her elegant designs. But unlike most of the others, ...

Taming The High Price of Textbooks

Thirty-year-old Jonathan Robinson, founder of Birmingham-based Freetextbooks.com, has always liked looking for and finding ways to make money. But his entrepreneurial nature...

Retail Legend on the Strip

Alex Gatewood looked a lot like a typical University of Alabama student when he drove into Tuscaloosa in 1964 pulling a U-Haul and seeking...

Battle Tested Camp Gear

From father-and-son nights camping under the stars to winning supply contracts for military tents has taken several decades, but it’s been a successful...

Good Food, Great Medicine

Jen Neese’s company motto is “Real nutrition for real people.”  Her business, The Delicious Dietitian, provides a network of food experts...

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