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Christmas Stories to Warm Your Localist Heart

One thing I’ve tried to embrace this year, in the midst of so much strangeness and sadness, is the freedom to try different things. The old molds of our lives are broken, so we don’t really have a choice, of course. But I’ve tried to use the need to rebuild […]

Shopping Local in Birmingham Just Got Easier

You know your favorite shops are suffering this year, and you want to support them — but how do you know who’s open, what they’re offering, and how to shop with them? In 2020, the in-person shopping experience has completely changed, and it’s hard to know where to start. I […]

Want to Help Small Shops this Season? Volunteer with the Localist!

I want to buy local as much as I can this Christmas — but I also want to take supporting local businesses a step further. Chances are, you’re feeling the same way. But, besides buying local, what can we do? Well, I’m throwing together a little project that I’m calling […]

What Your Online Shop Needs for the 2020 Holiday Season

There are a few kinds of people who start thinking about the winter holidays before Halloween even happens — prop stylists, influencers (who’ll post hot cocoa picks as soon as the calendar hits November), and retail shop owners. Usually, the build up to the holidays is intense, but exciting. You […]

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A Pep Talk for Small Businesses During Quarantine 

I’ll start this pep talk off with reality — things are looking very grim. As small business owners, we don’t have cash reserves. We don’t have angel investors backing us up. And we know that our communities, as well meaning as they are, are also fickle and distracted and scared […]

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Is “Never Work for Free” Good Advice?

One of the things that came up in my podcast conversation with videographer and photographer Mateo Zarate was whether or not creatives should work for free. There’s a very vocal group that says you should always be paid for your work, and you should never work for free, for exposure […]

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When Big Magic Is a Long Time Coming

In her book Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert writes that you have to jump on creative ideas when you have them because you can’t recapture the original spark of your idea once it’s passed. I get what she’s trying to say — but I hope it’s not true. I can’t always […]

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Localist Podcast Launch Party This Thursday at Dreamers Supply Co.

I’m launching new podcast! The Localist Podcast launches October 10, and to celebrate, I’m throwing a launch party at Dreamers Supply Co. Since fall is (kinda sorta) in the air, we’ll also have a little sampling of a few of my favorite fall things that Birmingham has to offer — […]

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What It’s Like to Have a Vespa Instead of a Car

Photo by Morgan Trinker I have a weird history with cars. I didn’t get my license until I was 21, and then I had a Volkswagen Beetle that was broken down more often then it ran. My next car was totaled by someone who wasn’t insured, and the payout wasn’t […]