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Electricity – it’s one of the most important innovations in the history of humankind. It’s hard to imagine life without electricity, and for good reason. Nearly every aspect of our lives is affected by electricity in some form or fashion, from the way you wash your clothes to the effort you put in at work. From a residential standpoint, you need it to cook, clean, entertain, and live comfortably. For commercial purposes, electricity is used to power the computers needed to keep America moving. That’s why, when the electricity in your home or at your job is compromised, life grinds to a halt. Unfortunately, electrical problems are inevitable in today’s day and age. When the electricity in your home or commercial workspace fails, you need a quick, effective solution that will get your life back on track. And that, in a nutshell, is where L&M Electric, Inc. shines the brightest.

Our company was founded in 2009 by Roger Lee and John Mezzles. With a combined 46 years of electrical experience, the two entrepreneurs set out to create a company that offers quality workmanship and unparalleled service to all its builders and clients. Today, we are proud to have served South Carolina for nearly two decades as the premier electrician contractor in Birmingham, AL. Our family-owned business specializes in both residential and commercial electrical work. Our highly-trained team has the experience and skills to handle any electrical issue, from minor panel breaker problems to large-scale industrial issues.

Despite winning numerous awards and recognitions in the Southeast, we don’t let our accolades go to our head. Our team is committed to providing effective, personalized electrical work for every one of our customers. We take pride in our ability to offer peace of mind to our customers when they need it most, and that’s exactly what we aim to provide to you too. We’re talking one-on-one service provided by a friendly, professional electrician. There are no corners cut, no hidden fees, and no excuses – only the highest quality work from the finest electricians in Birmingham.

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What sets us apart from other electricians in Birmingham, AL? It boils down to three reasons:
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service

As guests in your home, you won’t ever have to worry about a member of our team trying to sell you something you don’t need. Our job is to serve your electrical needs. You expect the highest quality electrical work in South Carolina, and that’s what we will provide.

Experienced, Affordable Electricians
Experienced, Affordable Electricians

You understand that the highest quality work requires fair compensation, but you’re not made of money. Our commitment is to offer affordable electric work at a price you’re satisfied paying.

Family Owned & Operated
Family Owned & Operated

We know that you are choosing L&M Electric for a reason. Unlike large corporations, we truly care about our customers. As a family business, serving you is personal for us. We stake our reputation on the quality of our work. As such, we are accountable and will always strive to deliver the service you have come to expect from our company.

Affordable Electric Service That Makes You Feel Like Family

At L&M Electric, we employ the brightest commercial and residential electricians in Birmingham. Having electricians that specialize in both residential and commercial projects allow us to provide our customers with a wider range of services.

Our team fixes a broad range of electrical issues, but we have built our reputation on the following electric services:

Affordable Electric Service That Makes You Feel Like Family

Electrical Repairs

Every homeowner has to deal with an electrical component breaking or failing at some point. When that happens, you need a partner who can troubleshoot the problem and correct the issue efficiently and effectively. A few common problems that we help solve for our customers include:

  • Ceiling Fan Repair
  • Light Fixture Repair
  • Light Switch & Outlet Repair
  • Electrical Safety Inspection

Electrical Installations

Whether you have a new ceiling fan that needs to be installed or you have a new electrical outlet that you’d like added to your bedroom, L&M Electric is here to help. Our team installs quality solutions every day of the week – there’s no electrical installation job your residential electrician in Birmingham, AL, can’t handle. Here is a glance at some of the installation projects that we complete for homeowners:

  • Smart Home Installation
  • Electric Car Charging Station Installation
  • Whole-Home Surge Protection Installation

Renovations and Remodeling

If you’re renovating or remodeling your home, you need a professional electrician on-hand to work to properly install your new electrical devices and systems. Our skilled electricians are happy to work with you or your remodeling consultant to install your lights and keep your home shining bright. Common renovation and remodeling jobs include:

  • Hot Tub Wiring
  • Kitchen Lighting Renovations
  • Finished Basement Electrical Wiring

New Construction Electrical Projects

Many new construction homeowners stress about having their electrical system wired from scratch. For us, it’s just another day on the job. If you’re building your dream home, don’t leave your electrical work to mediocre electricians. Trust L&M electric for reliable service and the highest quality electrical work in Birmingham. A few new construction projects we handle are:

  • Breaker Panel Box Installation
  • Wiring for Backup Generator
  • Landscape Lighting Outdoors
  • Low Voltage Wiring

Your Residential Electrician in Birmingham, AL

When you own a home, there’s something inherently fulfilling about taking care of your property and fixing issues that pop up over time. When it comes to electrical work, however, DIY projects can be dangerous. Electricity is an amazing innovation, but if you aren’t fully trained and licensed to handle such work, it’s best to leave it to the experts at L&M Electric. Your home’s safety is essential for you and your family. Our team will go above and beyond to ensure that your home’s electrical system is operating correctly without any concerning problems.

With more than 60 years of combined experience as electricians, we are capable of troubleshooting and fixing a litany of electrical issues in your house. Keep reading to learn more about the most common electrical issues our customers report, along with some handy tips on how to remediate such problems.

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Panel Breaker is Tripped

If you don’t have any power in your home, it might be time to check your electrical panel to see if there are any tripped breakers. If you spot a tripped breaker, try your best to switch it over to its original position. If you can’t, remember that some breakers need to be flipped to the “off” position before turning it back on. If you don’t have any luck, give our office a call. We’ll send a trained residential electrician in Birmingham to your home to fix the problem on-site.

Panel Breaker is Tripped

Overhead Fan Stops Working

If you have an overhead fan in your living room or bedroom, you know how quickly it can accumulate dust. Most homeowners clean up using a rod duster. However, sometimes homeowners accidentally hit the fan direction switch when doing so. But, instead of flipping it “on” or “off,” they bump it into a limbo zone where neither direction is selected. When this happens, your overhead fan will not spin. If one of your fans stops working suddenly, this is one of the most common reasons why. If you’re sure you didn’t hit the fan direction switch, it could be an indication of a larger problem. In this case, call our office for a free phone consultation. We’ll troubleshoot with you over the phone and if necessary, send out an electrician.

Overhead Fan Stops Working

Kitchen Breaker Keeps Tripping

If your home was built in the last 35 years, chances are it has two 20-amp circuits running to your kitchen countertop outlets. Newer homes will have three circuits. If you’re constantly tripping the breaker to your kitchen, it’s most likely because you have too many electrical devices connected to the same circuit. To help alleviate this problem, place appliances like coffee makers and toasters on two different circuits. That way, they can share the load.

At the end of the day, your home is your place of solitude and relaxation. But, when you have electrical issues in your home, things can quickly go from peaceful to problematic. Whether you’re renovating your home and need a new room wired for power or your panel breaker keeps giving your problems, L&M Electric is here to assist. If you have questions about an issue or need to schedule service, our team is ready to help answer your questions and coordinate the best time for a residential electrician to come to your home in Birmingham.

Kitchen Breaker Keeps Tripping

Tips to Save Money and Maintain Your Home’s Electrical Systems

Unlike some of our competitors, who are reluctant to provide any information that might prevent them from making a buck, L&M Electric is all about empowering our customers. If we can offer sound advice that will educate our clients and help them save money, we have no problem doing so. That’s why we have put together some helpful tips and tricks for maintaining your home’s most common electrical systems. Because, at the end of the day, a little knowledge can go a long way when it comes to your family’s safety.

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Install Surge Protectors

Intense lighting storms can cause powerful surges of electricity that ruin your home’s electrical appliances and amenities. Surge protectors installed at your electrical panel can help prevent these surges by grounding the electricity running through your home. They do so by directing it away from your electrical devices. This common solution is inexpensive, effective, and always a better choice than replacing expensive items like TVs and computers.

Examine Your Breaker Panel

Examine Your Breaker Panel

Breaker panels control the power to your home. When they go bad or are damaged, there’s a good chance that you will lose power to most of the rooms in your house. Open your breaker panel and keep a sharp eye out for signs of corrosion and rust. Double-check that each breaker you see flips on and off properly. If you notice corrosion or if the breaker switches won’t flip, it’s time to get in touch with a residential electrician in Birmingham, AL, who can inspect your breaker panel and recommend upgrades if necessary.

Test Your GFIs

Test Your GFIs

GFIs, or Ground Fault Interrupters, are similar to surge protectors in that they prevent electrical damage from happening in your home. The primary job of a GFI is to prevent electrical shocks that happen during a ground fault. Because water is a conductor of electricity, GFIs should be installed anywhere that an outlet comes into contact with water. You should try to test your GFIs every month, if possible, to ensure that they are working correctly. When you look closely at your GFI, you will notice a “test” and a “reset” button. Hit the “test” button to trip the GFI outlet and then hit “reset” to restore power. If your outlet resets, your GFI is working as it should. If not, you need to replace your GFI outlet. Because electricity is involved, we recommend hiring a professional to install new GFIs in your home. That way, you know the job is done right.

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Replace Outdated Light Bulbs

The right light bulb can add the perfect amount of ambiance to your home. Eventually, however, even the best light bulbs will need replacing. While they don’t need checking every month, it’s a good idea to inspect all your bulbs at the beginning of the year. If any of your bulbs are dead, you should replace them. You should also consider replacing bulbs that are incandescent with LED lights. LED light bulbs may cost more upfront but use less electricity and are more efficient over the long run.

Schedule a Home Safety Inspection

Schedule a Home Safety Inspection

In terms of preventative maintenance, scheduling a safety inspection for your home’s electrical systems should be a high priority. These inspections will shine a light on the electrical features in your home that need to be fixed. Most modern electrical fires are caused by short circuit arcs, defective insulation, or broken wiring. An inspection conducted by a qualified electrician will help determine what needs to be fixed so you and your family stay safe in your home. Your inspector should cover your whole home and will examine common features such as:

  • Breakers
  • Fans
  • Exposed Wiring
  • Electrical Panels
  • Circuits
  • Switches
  • Outlets and More
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DELIVERING QUALITY ELECTRICAL SERVICE TO 5,000+ HOMES PER YEAR

he electrical system in your home brings it to life from the lights and appliances we use every day to the entertainment we all love and enjoy. You want an electrician that makes you feel safe while delivering the quality services you’re promised.

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Full-Service Electrical Work for Home and Business

Whether you need light switch services for your newly renovated home or need a generator installed at your commercial property, L&M Electric is here to serve you. Our team will get the job done right, so you can get back to loving your life in the Lowcountry.

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Piebald squirrel spotted in Alabama: ‘Uncommon and a really cool thing’

If you take squirrels for granted -- or simply regard them as backyard pests -- here’s a critter that just might change your mind.A piebald squirrel has been spotted in Alabama at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, near the southwest tip of the gardens off Cahaba Road. The gray squirrel, which has large white patches of fur, has been making itself at home in the area near the Asian Glade and Japanese Gardens. It’s also been seen running acros...

If you take squirrels for granted -- or simply regard them as backyard pests -- here’s a critter that just might change your mind.

A piebald squirrel has been spotted in Alabama at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, near the southwest tip of the gardens off Cahaba Road. The gray squirrel, which has large white patches of fur, has been making itself at home in the area near the Asian Glade and Japanese Gardens. It’s also been seen running across Cahaba Road, to a wooded area near a back entrance to Birmingham Zoo.

Why does this matter? Piebald squirrels are far from commonplace, according to Wesley Anderson, an assistant professor at the Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. He’s also a wildlife extension specialist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

“I’ve spent thousands and thousands and thousands of hours outside and never seen a piebald squirrel,” Anderson told AL.com. “It’s uncommon ... and a really cool thing.”

Piebald squirrels have a genetic condition that results in a lack of melanin, a natural pigment. The size, shape and position of the white markings will vary from squirrel to squirrel -- they don’t all look the same -- but they’re all piebalds.

“It’s something determined when they’re in embryo,” Anderson said. “It’s not unheard of, for sure, but it is pretty rare.”

On Nov. 10, several people strolling the trails at Birmingham Botanical Gardens experienced a piebald sighting. Laura Vines, a singer-songwriter and music teacher, captured the fast-moving critter with her camera. (See her photos of the squirrel in the gallery at the top of this post.)

Piebald squirrels have frequented the area off Cahaba Road for the past few years, nature lovers say. Some claim to have seen more than one near the gardens and zoo. Sightings have been reported in the morning and afternoon, so there appears to be no specific time that’s best for piebald-spotting.

A piebald squirrel’s light or white patches make it especially eye-catching and capable of producing a “Wow!” moment with spectators. But it’s also a more visible target for predators such as hawks and owls, both of which have been spotted at the gardens.

“For squirrels, many other creatures want to eat them,” Anderson said. “The first year, only 15 to 25 percent of squirrels are going to survive. From then on, it’s 50 to 75 percent.”

Fast-moving cars are another danger to any squirrel that scampers across Cahaba Road. Still, the current piebald has managed to survive and thrive. (The squirrel looks healthy, Anderson said, after examining photos taken by Vines.)

Piebald squirrels aren’t albinos, which have a total lack of pigment in their coats, skin and eyes. Albino squirrels are completely white and have eyes that appear red or pink. Piebalds have gray, brown or red areas on their coats and eyes that are dark in color. (For more on this topic, see the White and Albino Squirrel Research Initiative on the Untamed Science website.)

Steve DeMedicis, a Mountain Brook resident, caught a startling glimpse of a piebald squirrel on the afternoon of Nov. 4, on his way to Mountain Brook Elementary School.

“I was driving down Cahaba Road, going to pick up my son after school,” DeMedicis said. “It was probably 2:45 and I saw the squirrel crossing the street. And I go, ‘What? What?’ By the time I got there, he had already crossed the street and was on the Botanical Gardens side. I whipped out my phone and got a little video of him. Then he scooted up a tree and was gone.” (See the video by DeMedicis below.)

DeMedicis said his daughter, who lives near Cahaba Road, also has seen a piebald squirrel in the area.

“I’ve never seen a squirrel like that, and I’ve seen squirrels all across the United States,” DeMedicis said. “It wasn’t an albino squirrel. It was a squirrel with white markings. It was a really bright white, like an electric white. I thought it would be really terrible if this squirrel got run over. And because he’s white, he can’t hide, so he’s vulnerable to a hawk or a snake.”

A piebald squirrel inspired oohs and aahs earlier this year when Colorado Parks and Wildlife posted several photographs of the fuzzy critter on Twitter. (The pictures were taken near Denver by Jerry Baines.)

Check this out! An extremely rare sighting of a piebald squirrel. That is a genetic mutation causing varying amounts of white hair. Some can be almost pure white while others carry just patches of white.Jerry Baines spotted this unique critter west of Denver. #WildlifeWednesday pic.twitter.com/0YjM3k3sBe

— CPW NE Region (@CPW_NE) May 26, 2021

Until now, however, Birmingham’s current piebald -- a “good-looking squirrel,” according to Anderson -- has been keeping a relatively low profile.

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Finding the Iron Bowl birthplace at a busy intersection in Birmingham

The corner of 32nd Street South and Clairmont Ave. was busy on a recent Friday afternoon. It’s vehicular artery just southeast of downtown Birmingham known best by a contemporary crowd for the Piggly Wiggly just up the block or Bogue’s restaurant on the corner.It’d just be any other intersection if it wasn’t the birthplace of college football’s most heated rivalry. With compact SUVs whizzing by, it takes some effort to picture this landscape with carriages pulling up to a baseball park roughly where the g...

The corner of 32nd Street South and Clairmont Ave. was busy on a recent Friday afternoon. It’s vehicular artery just southeast of downtown Birmingham known best by a contemporary crowd for the Piggly Wiggly just up the block or Bogue’s restaurant on the corner.

It’d just be any other intersection if it wasn’t the birthplace of college football’s most heated rivalry. With compact SUVs whizzing by, it takes some effort to picture this landscape with carriages pulling up to a baseball park roughly where the gated Brock Building now stands.

The line for tickets to the first Iron Bowl was long but orderly, according to the next day’s edition of The Daily News, as all forms of public transportation brought spectators to the corner of 32nd and Clairmont.

That fevered passion is about all that survives from that first meeting entering the 86th edition set for 2:30 p.m. CT Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium. But to understand where the Iron Bowl is now, it’s important to remember where it started.

And that was a Wednesday afternoon in February of 1893.

Yes, February. The two teams -- clad in sweaters without a hint of protective gear -- slugged it out before Auburn claimed the 32-22 win.

It was the first of 12 games in the opening act of the rivalry from 1893-1907 before the long hiatus ended in 1948. A few months after Round 1, they played the first of two straight games in Montgomery’s Riverside Park before bouncing around between Birmingham, Tuscaloosa and Montgomery in the early years.

Until recently, a historical marker stood at the corner of 32nd and Clairmont marking the spot of first aggression. It noted 5,000 fans were on hand at the site then known as “Base Ball Park” on the edge of what was Lakeview Park.

Highland Park Golf Course now occupies much of what was Lakeview Park while the Brock Building, formerly of BBVA Bank before its purchase by PNC, sits where the baseball park once was.

Context is also important when considering this first meeting. Auburn had already completed what it considered its 1892 season having beat Georgia and Georgia Tech with losses to Duke and North Carolina.

Alabama had yet to play a college team before that February afternoon. It beat Birmingham High School 56-0 on Nov. 11, 1892, before losing to the Birmingham Athletic Club, 5-4 the following day. Scoring was quite different at that point as touchdowns were worth 4 points, field goals 5 and PATs 2. The forward pass was still a decade from its debut.

Much about these games between Alabama and Auburn are lost to the years, though a few relics remain. A football used in their third meeting played in 1894 is on display at the Bryant Museum in Tuscaloosa where a few black-and-white photos of the action reside.

The Daily News, which would be renamed The Birmingham News in 1895, ran a 1,500-word front-page story the day after the big game.

“AUBURN WON!” the top of three headlines read above an artfully-worded account of the event that almost reads like satire by today’s standards. Football was two words and Tuscaloosa hadn’t yet evolved from “Tuskaloosa” as Alabama’s team is called.

The story that ran without a by-line as was standard of the time began with fanciful and unmistakably sexist descriptions of the spectators. It detailed the “surging throng” for tickets “and the women took to being jostled about good naturedly.”

After a breakdown of the sweater and stocking colors of the two sides, the story offers a touch of social commentary in the explanation of warmups.

“Their handsome faces, broad shoulder, strong little limbs and powerful arms were the admiration of the young and old of each sex,” the story read. “As the boys would pile up on one another the ladies would get alarmed, fearing that they would have bones broken but their gentlemen friends would kindly assure the timid sympathetic women that the athletic youths could be dropped from the top of the grand stand to the ground without sustaining any injury.”

Only 173 words were dedicated to the actual game and it didn’t appear until the bottom of the first column. Neither team seemed interested in punting. Auburn never bothered while Alabama was better at “goal kicking” and both sides found the two Yale grads who officiated in top hats “most satisfactory.”

How they got to the 32-22 final score is a mystery if depending on The Daily News story but there was a player-by-player breakdown. Auburn’s roster contained a professor and an instructor while Alabama had a 16-year old named Pratt who played center.

Alabama’s Ferguson apparently made quite a tackle on Auburn captain Daniels, impressive enough that “every woman, old and young, on the grounds who wore white and red wanted to kiss him,” the story read.

Ultimately, Miss Delma Wilson was elected to present the cup to Auburn’s Daniels.

“Gallant and victorious Captain, in the name of the City of Birmingham I present you this cup,” she said. “Drink from it and remember the victory that you have won this day. May you and your team live to see many more victories.”

They did. Auburn would carry a 7-4-1 record in the 12 games before the series went on hiatus until the 1940s. None of the sites of those original 12, not-yet-called-the Iron Bowls, look anything like they did in that era.

West End Park in Birmingham, also known as Slag Pile Park and home to Alabama-Auburn games in 1902,’04 and ‘05, is now home to a chemical company.

Banking is the primary use of the land once known as Lakeview Baseball Park where it all began 128 years ago. The rivalry took on legendary status a few miles west at Legion Field after football evolved from something akin to rugby into a form closer to what we recognize today.

Names like Bryant, Jordan, Bo and Van would take this intra-state squabble national.

But it started with a professor named McKissick facing a 16-year-old named Pratt on a glorious Wednesday afternoon in February at the corner of 32nd and Clairmont.

“A series or cheers rent the air and then the sun went down,” read the closing in the next day’s Daily News, “blotting out the day on which the greatest foot ball game was ever played in Alabama.”

Michael Casagrande is a reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @ByCasagrande or on Facebook.

Your guide to Birmingham’s best local Black Friday deals

SponsoredEveryone knows Black Friday is the time to shop until you drop, so you can take advantage of the best deals of the year. Navigating what to buy and where can be overwhelming, so we’re here to help with a list of the best local deals you can only find right here in Birmingham. Keep reading to find out how you can win $869 in gift cards to the following businesses.For the Wine + Beer loversHead to Piggly Wiggly and you’ll find a large selection of both well-known and award-winning wi...

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Everyone knows Black Friday is the time to shop until you drop, so you can take advantage of the best deals of the year. Navigating what to buy and where can be overwhelming, so we’re here to help with a list of the best local deals you can only find right here in Birmingham. Keep reading to find out how you can win $869 in gift cards to the following businesses.

For the Wine + Beer lovers

Head to Piggly Wiggly and you’ll find a large selection of both well-known and award-winning wines. With their knowledgeable staff and discount deals, you’ll soon be stocked with enough bottles of your favorite wines to last you through the holidays.

Big brewery fans? You and your friends can take the ultimate brewery tour in Birmingham without worrying about a designated driver. City Brew Tours takes care of all the planning and driving, so all you have to focus on is drinking great beer with your buds.

City Brew Tours offers two experiences, a four-stop experience with 16 beer samples or three stops with 12 samples. With food and behind the scene tours included, no matter which one you pick, it’s sure to be the perfect gift for all beer lovers.

For the Music lovers

Celebrate the season with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s Home For the Holidays event. Featuring Chris Confessore and special guest Leah Luker, this concert will be full of holiday favorites and timeless classics sure to put you in the Christmas spirit.

This event is happening Saturday, Dec. 11 at 7PM, so be sure to get your tickets now before they sell out!

For the Sports Fans

We have the perfect gift for all our sports lovers out there. With The World Games coming to Birmingham in 2022, it’s time to get your tickets for this once-in-a-lifetime local event before they’re gone. For $99, you can get 2 gold medal championship tickets, a commemorative hat and a $10 merch gift card.

For the Pamperers

Cahaba Dermatology and Spa presents its 6th Annual Wish Book launching on Black Friday. In this wish book, you’ll find wonderful specials on services that you and your loved ones will be sure to enjoy.

Ease the stress of holiday shopping with a spa service, or end the year looking your best with their cosmetic services and state-of-the-art lasers. Join their VIP list and receive an exclusive version of the 2021 Wish Book with additional deals.

Holidays can be stressful, and there’s no better way to unwind than with a trip to the spa. Get ready to relax at The Retreat Day Spa. They offer Customized Massage Therapy, Eminence Organic Facials, Nail Services, Waxing, Couples Massage Services, Spa Packages and Parties.

For the Shopaholic

Vintage Market Days is the place to go for all of your shopping needs. Browse original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry and much more at this event. Grab your VIP tickets on Black Friday for a special one-hour early entry on Thursday, March 3, free package hold service and a goodie bag with 25 bags randomly having a VMD Market Cash card worth $5-$50.

For the Social Media Star

Visit Birmingham’s one-of-a-kind Immersive Holiday Pop-up Photo Experience brought to you by Cultured To Create. Pull out your cameras and snap some killer photos for the Instagram feed, with three to four Christmas-themed installations. This is a one-weekend-only event, so grab your tickets today.

Celebrate the end of a successful day of Balck Friday shopping at their VIP Opening Night adult-only event. There will be entertainment, the Pot Belly & Jelly food truck, hot chocolate provided by Revelator Bham and sweets provided by M&M Treats by Machelle.

For the Adventurer

Desoto Caverns is kicking off their Black Friday deals with the biggest discounts of the year on tickets and gift cards. Pan for gems, explore the caverns, ride the train and experience a day full of family fun at Desoto Caverns.

Don’t miss out on the ultimate gift of adventure, exploration, learning and fun galore with discounted tickets to Desoto Caverns on Nov. 25-29.

Are you excited about these Black Friday Deals? Like + tag a friend on our Black Friday Giveaway post on Instagram @bhamnow for a chance to win $869 worth of gift cards to these businesses!

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Governor Ivey Announces The J. M. Smucker Co. to Build Alabama Manufacturing Plant, Creating Up to 750 Jobs in Birmingham

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Thursday announced that The J.M. Smucker Co. plans to build a new manufacturing facility and distribution center in Alabama supporting production of Smucker’s® Uncrustables®, generating large-scale job creation in the Birmingham area.With a total financial investment of $1.1 billion, the facility in the Jefferson County community of McCalla will be constructed over three phases creating up to 750 jobs. The company said investment and job creation will alig...

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Thursday announced that The J.M. Smucker Co. plans to build a new manufacturing facility and distribution center in Alabama supporting production of Smucker’s® Uncrustables®, generating large-scale job creation in the Birmingham area.

With a total financial investment of $1.1 billion, the facility in the Jefferson County community of McCalla will be constructed over three phases creating up to 750 jobs. The company said investment and job creation will align with the completion of established production milestones for each phase of the project.

“Because The J.M Smucker Co. is one of America’s leading consumer packaged goods companies in the food sector, its decision to make a significant investment in Jefferson County represents a powerful endorsement of Alabama’s inviting business environment,” said Governor Ivey. “Not only will the Company’s growth project create a large number of jobs in McCalla, but it will also permit us to build a long-standing relationship with a top consumer brand.”

Construction of the facility is expected to begin no later than January 2022, with production commencing in calendar year 2025.

“Our Smucker’s® Uncrustables® brand continues to be one of the fastest growing in our portfolio and in the food sector more broadly. We are proud of the success the brand has achieved, due in no small part to the tremendous efforts of our employees, and we’re excited to take advantage of the opportunities and growth our investments will enable,” said Mark Smucker, President and Chief Executive Officer.

“We appreciate the support we have received from the state of Alabama and Jefferson County officials, and we look forward to being a part of the greater Birmingham community,” he added.

Smucker’s new manufacturing facility at the JeffMet Industrial Complex will mark the third dedicated to Uncrustables® sandwiches, along with facilities in Scottsville, Kentucky, and Longmont, Colorado.

Smucker said the continued demand for the frozen handheld sandwiches has driven the brand’s growth over time to approximately $500 million in annual net sales, demonstrating double-digit net sales growth annually over the past decade.

This new facility, and a completed expansion at the Longmont location, will support the Company’s strategy to more than double its current production capacity. With this increased production capacity, the Company expects to grow the Smucker’s® Uncrustables® brand over the next five years to approximately $1 billion in annual net sales.

“Alabama plays host to an impressive roster of world-class corporate partners, and we are excited to add The J.M. Smucker Co. to this lineup,” said Greg Canfield, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. “Smucker’s products have long been a favorite in kitchens across America, and it’s great to know that the company’s popular Uncrustable sandwiches will be made right here in Alabama.”

Smucker said construction of the facility and production will occur in three phases over multiple years, creating up to 750 jobs. Financial investments and job creation will align with each of the three phases and are contingent on the approval of tax and business incentives and the closing of the transaction to purchase the property where the facility will be located, the Company added.

“Smucker’s is a household name, and we are proud they have selected Jefferson County for their next manufacturing facility,” said Commissioner Steve Ammons, chair of the Jefferson County Economic Development Committee. “It’s important for us to recognize the previous Commission and their forethought to add acreage to the Jeffmet Industrial Complex. The McCalla area is hot right now due to useable land availability, interstate access and productive growth potential. We are excited for the continued momentum of job creation for the citizens of Jefferson County and the region as a whole.”

Ron Kitchens, CEO of the Birmingham Business Alliance, said this is one of the largest economic development projects in Jefferson County’s recent history, both in capital investment and jobs.

“It is a strategic move for Smucker to leverage Birmingham’s strong distribution and logistics network, central location in the Southeast and a shovel-ready site to seize an opportunity for one of its fastest-growing brands,” said Kitchens. “We are very excited to welcome them to Birmingham and Jefferson County and thank them for bringing jobs to our community that will change lives for the better.”

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Alabama restaurant named one of America’s best by Esquire

Helen, a contemporary Southern grill in Birmingham, was named one of the best new restaurants in America by Esquire.The magazine’s list, published Thursday, highlights 40 restaurants across the country that epitomize “the transportive power of food” and “the soul-stirring nature of hospitality.”...

Helen, a contemporary Southern grill in Birmingham, was named one of the best new restaurants in America by Esquire.

The magazine’s list, published Thursday, highlights 40 restaurants across the country that epitomize “the transportive power of food” and “the soul-stirring nature of hospitality.”

Helen, a downtown eatery led by a husband-and-wife team, Rob and Emily McDaniel, is the only Alabama restaurant chosen by Esquire’s food writers. Helen opened in August 2020 at 2013 Second Ave. North, in the historic Berry Project buildings.

“Helen was a real woman who wore pearls and had a grill inside her house,” Joshua David Stein writes in his description for Esquire. “Her facility with coals lives on in her grandson Rob McDaniel’s restaurant: Witness the twenty-two-ounce, dry-aged Kansas City strip, drizzled with beef-and-herb-infused duck fat, and the fennely porchetta with a crackling skin. The chef describes the place as not a steakhouse. ‘But,’ he says, ' want them to know we’re here.’ They will. If not for the meat, then for the sides, like corn ribs, eighths of a cob served elote-style, that curl up like a rib, or a smile, when eaten under the benevolent gaze of the portrait of Helen hanging from the wall.”

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Helen is in good company on the list, which also features Irwin’s in Philadelphia, The Anchovy Bar in San Francisco, La Natural in Miami, Miss River in New Orleans, Pearl River Deli in Los Angeles, Kasama in Chicago and Imperfecto in Washington, D.C. Several restaurants in New York City received kudos: Cadence, Rosella, Iris, Contento and more.

“As we ate around America, we were drawn to food made with raw, elemental fire and charcoal — it’s never gone out of style, after all these millennia,” the Esquire story says. “Perhaps most significant: We found ourselves digging into comfort, sure, but we also leaned into the unfamiliar. Into adventure. Eating at the very best restaurants is like winning a ticket to another place, another time. To the past and the future — and sometimes both at once.”

The team at Helen celebrated its spot on the list via social media. “We are truly honored to be included on Esquire’s Best New Restaurants in America List for 2021,” an Instagram post said. “We could not have achieved this recognition without our incredible team and the dedication they have shown to this restaurant over the past year. Our hearts are filled with gratitude, and we look forward to continuing the legacy of Helen for many years to come. Cheers!”

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