Photos courtesy of Michel Le.

Much of Texas Taco Grill’s story started with two friends fishing off the Tennessee River in Florence. Max Beasley cast a line alongside longtime friend Denis Gavlik, who happened to be a pretty good chef on the side. more



Photo courtesy of Vestavia Hills Baptist Church archives.

Perched high on Shades Mountain, Vestavia Hills Baptist Church sits where peacocks once roamed and former Mayor George Ward hosted lavish parties in the shadows of a Roman Temple known to most as the Temple of Vesta. more


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Photo by Sarah Cook.

Vestavia Hills residents have the opportunity to give specific input on the future of their city green spaces thanks to an initiative led by Leadership Vestavia Hills. more

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Photo by Sarah Cook.

Even if Jack Frost doesn’t visit Alabama this year, snowflakes will still fall along U.S. 31 in Vestavia. more


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Photo by Sarah Cook.

Piles of dirt and construction equipment dot the end of Meadowlawn Drive along Dolly Ridge Road in Vestavia Hills, the future location of a one-acre park. more



Photo courtesy of Becky Bolton.

Becky Bolton can recall making mud pies beneath the boughs of an old pear tree in her backyard at a young age. More than 40 years later, the Vestavia native still clings to the earthy material, which has inspired her career as a clay artist. more



Photo courtesy of Jennifer Brown.

Before she was named Teacher of the Year, Brown already had momentum building in her professional career. Now, she wants to go one step further and improve the entire education landscape. more



Photos by Sarah Cook.

While most Louis Pizitz Middle School students are dreaming of the weekend at 2:45 p.m. on a Friday, 13-year-old Jake Arnold is jamming out in the band room to the Commodores’ “Brick House.” more


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May 2018