This week they were trying to figure out if Huntsville or Birmingham would become the next Silicon Valley. There was a lot of complicated discussion. But the answer is relatively simple. No. It's a dumb debate anyway. You don't hear Raleigh or Durham or Chapel Hill arguing which of them will be the next big thing. They realized everybody wins when they all win. They became the Research Triangle so they get to take on the world. We still just sell ourselves and fight each other. But if you want to know where Birmingham and Huntsville are going, just look at the mascots each chose for their newest minor league sports teams. Huntsville - OK, it's really the baseball team Madison stole from Mobile, but Huntsville gets to bask in the boldness - chose the Rocket City Trash Pandas. Outlandish. Meme-worthy. So crazy it might work. Birmingham, for its latest football team incarnation, chose the "Iron." That's it. The Iron. Which might be elemental. Or it might be a household appliance. Put … [Read more...] about Alabama’s best ever sports mascot names
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John Cassimus The entrepreneur behind Zoe's Kitchen, Maki Fresh, Miss Dots and Jinsei Sushi is leaving the restaurant industry and going into the liquidation business. John Cassimus has sold all of his restaurant holdings to open a franchise of Guntersville-based Mike's Merchandise in Pelham, the Mountain Brook native and former University of Alabama football player, announced on Monday. The new 26,000 square-foot Mike's Merchandise, which is expected to open this month, will specialize in deeply discounted goods, including construction products, hardware, appliances, homewares, baby products, clothing and more. "The discount retail industry has been thriving over the past several years and with the domination of online sales driving other large retailers out of business, it has created an opportunity," Cassimus said. "I look forward to this new chapter in my career and to serving the people of mid-Alabama." Cassimus is best known for taking Zoe's Kitchen, a … [Read more...] about Ex-Zoe’s CEO leaves restaurant business, plans to open Mike’s Merchandise in Pelham
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Investor named after mythical hellhound is snatching up metro Phoenix's affordable houses An investor named Cerberus wielding cash has snatched up almost 600 Valley houses priced below $300,000 since November Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 4 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Subscribe Today Log In Subscribed, but don't have a login? Register your digital access. The 20 least expensive metro areas in the U.S. Metro Phoenix dropped to No. 17 on national mortgage firm HSH.com’s second quarter ranking of the most affordable areas. Here are the 20 least-expensive metro areas in the U.S. and how much it costs to live there. No. 17: … [Read more...] about Investor named after mythical hellhound is snatching up metro Phoenix’s affordable houses
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Longtime weather forecaster Ken Graham chosen to lead National Hurricane Center Ken Graham has worked as meteorologist-in-charge of the National Weather Service's New Orleans/Baton Rouge office since 2008. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Nation's Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs USA Today Network Rick Neale, Florida Today Published 2:41 p.m. ET March 28, 2018 CLOSE We break down 5 things that people will be paying for from Hurricane Irma one way or another long after this hurricane season ended. Christina LaFortune, Dave Berman, Wayne T. Price and Tim Walters. Posted Sept. 15, 2017 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE … [Read more...] about Longtime weather forecaster Ken Graham chosen to lead National Hurricane Center
As home prices rise, flippers are having to look farther out to find deals. Some of the emerging flipper hot spots aren't where most folks would expect. Clare Trapasso, provided by Published 12:45 pm, Thursday, March 8, 2018 Photo: DenisTangneyJr/iStock Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Photo: DenisTangneyJr/iStock Where Are the New Hottest Markets for Home Flippers? 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Home flipping is still hot. Need proof? Just turn on HGTV—chances are there's a show about flippers on right now, adding fresh paint and shiny new appliances to some home they bought on the cheap, hoping to rake in the profits at sale. But as home prices across the nation continue to rise and the supply of lower-priced homes is drying up, some flippers are having to look for new places to find deals. And some … [Read more...] about Where Are the New Hottest Markets for Home Flippers?