Category Archives: What’s great about Birmingham

Birmingham ready for a food fight!

Josh Watkins
Josh Watkins

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is Josh Watkins.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

There’s a four letter ‘F‘ word that could help define Birmingham’s future–but as you might expect–it’s not the one you’re probably thinking.

However, when I tell you the word, it still won’t be in the context of what you might expect. Continue reading Birmingham ready for a food fight!

Tony Petelos: I was at death’s door

Tony Petelos, County Manager of Jefferson County
Tony Petelos, County Manager of Jefferson County

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is Tony Petelos.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

I’ve lived in and served Jefferson County my entire life.

However, I never would have imagined that living in Birmingham and in Jefferson County would have saved my life.

In May of 2014 I was diagnosed with an aggressive life-threatening bladder cancer. Continue reading Tony Petelos: I was at death’s door

Moving from Shelby County to downtown was one of the best decisions we ever made!

Bob Patterson
Bob Patterson

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is Bob Patterson.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

Change is ever-present. Having recently turned 60, I have seen a lot of change in the city I have lived in all my life.

From the civil rights struggles of my childhood, to the white flight to the suburbs after that, to the current resurgence of Downtown, I have been both an observer and participant. Continue reading Moving from Shelby County to downtown was one of the best decisions we ever made!

Why many Birmingham children are working in film and TV

KP Studios
Meg Deusner (Photo: KP Studios)

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is Meg Deusner .  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

This is an unlikely story.

A story you’d expect to hear about children from Hollywood California—not Birmingham Alabama.

But what’s even more important is this story is a testament to the people of Birmingham—a city with a real sense of community.

I’ll get to the ‘community’ part in a moment—but let’s start from the beginning… Continue reading Why many Birmingham children are working in film and TV

How Birmingham created a dozen millionaires and 200 new jobs

Bob Crutchfield
Bob Crutchfield, Executive Director Innovate Birmingham

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is Bob Crutchfield.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

Don’t you wish Birmingham had a Michael Dell like Austin Texas?

A Jeff Bezos like Seattle Washington?

Or a Sam Walton like Bentonville Arkansas? Continue reading How Birmingham created a dozen millionaires and 200 new jobs

Birmingham about to disrupt the world of beauty

Yazmin Cavale
Yazmin Cavale

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is Yazmin Cavale .  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

Every day, life seems to be moving faster. In order to keep up with the pace, I depend more and more on technology and services that streamline my on-the-go lifestyle.

As a CEO, a wife, and a mom of three, my time is not only valuable but scheduled down to the minute. I run my business and my household from my iPhone, multi-tasking while multi-tasking. Continue reading Birmingham about to disrupt the world of beauty

Look out Hollywood–Here comes Birmingham

Felicia Willson
Felicia Willson

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is Felicia Willson.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

I’m a Southern California native. I’ve worked on one of the best shows in television history: NBC’s The West Wing.

I’ve spent the last 20 years immersed in the land of lights, camera, action, and I’m here to tell ya, if you want to make a movie or a television show, the place to do it is… Birmingham, Alabama. Continue reading Look out Hollywood–Here comes Birmingham

Birmingham’s award-winning food scene vilified: BAD FOR AMERICA

Samantha Dubrinsky
Samantha Dubrinsky

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is Samantha Dubrinsky.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

Earlier this year, it was announced that Food & Wine magazine would be relocating to Birmingham. For weeks, there were articles highlighting what a wonderful move this is for Birmingham and the food industry. Continue reading Birmingham’s award-winning food scene vilified: BAD FOR AMERICA

Young mom: What I didn’t expect to find in Birmingham

Staci Vice
Staci Luker

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is  Staci Luker.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

I have a very distinct memory of being in the 8th grade and coming to Birmingham for an event at Samford University.

I was traveling with a group of fellow middle and high school students from small town Alabama where I had about 21 people in my entire grade in school.

As we went from interstate to interstate to get around and I watched the traffic rush by, I adamantly stated that I could never live in a city like Birmingham; I was a small town girl and the city was no place for me. Or so I thought. Continue reading Young mom: What I didn’t expect to find in Birmingham

Do folks in Mountain Brook live in a bubble?

Maury Shevin & Joyce Spielberger
Maury Shevin & Joyce Spielberger

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

Today’s guest bloggers are husband and wife Maury Shevin & Joyce Spielberger.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

We got a surprising amount of push back from our blog post:  “Why We Escaped the Mountain Brook Bubble.” 

Some people thought that we were picking on Mountain Brook.

Others accused us of hypocrisy.

Still others said we are both “Pollyannas”.

This started us thinking more about whether folks in Mountain Brook really do live in a bubble. Continue reading Do folks in Mountain Brook live in a bubble?