At seven locations, shoppers can peruse Mission Possible Bargain Centers' inventory of new and gently-used clothing, furniture, and household items. All proceeds benefit the ministries of the Jimmie Hale Mission, a nonprofit that has worked to help men, women, and children in need since 1944.
Cigars & More stocks limited-edition and classic cigars by Arturo Fuente, Padron, and other makers, which can be taken home or puffed in a lounge with satellite TV and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi. Patrons can also peruse the shop's selection of pipes, humidors, and other accessories, or stop in for events such as poker nights or football game days.
It's easy to concentrate on the one service everyone knows Alabama Power provides: electricity. But the company has grown to encompass even more under its umbrella while contributing to the communities it serves. Technicians now come to neighborhoods not only to restore power to lights and remote-control Vin Diesel robots, but to diagnose and repair appliances and prepare for storms. In an effort to do right by their customers, the company also boasts a 99% reliability rate and makes efforts to spread the word about energy conservation.
Run by master picturemaker Jennifer Harwell, a self-taught painter popular for her angel series, jenniferharwellart's weekly classes help sprouting artists' talents grow and blossom. In a laid-back, relaxed setting, students unleash their furor artisticus upon a 16"x20" canvas while the swaddling wraps of a smock-frock protect their soft innards. Usually the gallery provides wine and snacks in addition to all the necessary artistic supplies. Students get to keep their magnum opus once their paint guns stop smoking.
Since 1961, Birmingham magazine has celebrated the community it’s named for with stories about local food, style, health, and arts tucked within its glossy pages. The lifestyle magazine's staff strives to fill each monthly issue with the city's important places, people, and issues, capturing local culture and offering a guidebook to Birmingham's best. As they flip through the pages of the magazine, which was redesigned in 2012, readers might find stories of local volunteers helping their communities or scoops on local breweries.