Norton’s Florist

I have always photographed flowers in their gardens, or tucked away in their pots, all set up for the viewer. Which has always made for some amazing photographs. Yet, i’ve always seen the ‘after’, never the process of what it takes to create it. The front area of the shop looked like most florist shops,…

Fuego Cantina & Saloon…

#buylocal…i’m in awe of private local business owners. they deserve much respect for their kick ass courage. but more than that, they deserve our custom, our support. imagine how awesome it would feel to drink locally owned beer(s), in a locally owned Saloon..sit back & watch what they do best, which is serve up some…

finding treasure (& eating it) in Alabama

the BEST food i’ve EVER tasted. SHINDIGS¬† i started this blog to show local, PRIVATELY OWNED, businesses in Birmingham, Alabama. i am a huge believer in BUYING LOCAL. keeping the money home. owning your own business takes immense courage…i’ve always been impressed with anyone brave enough to venture out into the world on their own….

Alabama Biscuit…

i haven’t posted any locally owned & operated establishments lately…i ate here yesterday. I’ve always thought of biscuits as greasy & extremely unhealthy. I was shocked to find that this wonderful coffee shop’s food was healthy. it appeared that all the food had been grown in Alabama, the honey from our fat Alabama honey bees……

i don’t know what it is, but i want it…

ok. i grew up in a very small town. every store/shop/doctor was owned by MY neighbor. Montpelier, Vermont doesn’t want big chains to take over the uniqueness of the town. my father had his own practice as the local optometrist. i gotta tell you, wherever my father went, people would greet him by name. i…

i found TREASURE at Interiors…

Interiors by Kathy Harris. I’ve lived within five minutes of this wonderful family owned & operated shop for five years. I found it by accident one Sunday afternoon, when they were closed, I took a few photographs of the outside & peeked through the windows, knowing i had to come again to see the inside….

why my heart aches for Vermont

I grew up in Montpelier & Burlington Vermont. I am living my life in Alabama. I married an Alabama man. I love my husband’s family & I am grateful to every single one of them for welcoming a Vermont Yankee, a foodie, a farmer @ heart, Jewish, politically opposite woman into their large Catholic family….