Phillip Ratliff Phillip Ratliff has had lots to say about the city he calls home. His stories on Birmingham’s vibrant cultural scene have appeared in several publications. As Director of Education at Vulcan Park and Museum, Phillip curates exhibitions around the city’s rich and wondrous past.


 Lindsay Garrett Birmingham born and raised, Lindsay describes herself as a Magic City Enthusiast. Lindsay partnered with Mary Jane Clements to form the beauty powerhouse Show Pony Productions. In this column, Lindsey showcases our city’s local celebrities that are “Birmingfamous.”

The Journey

 John Croyle founded Big Oak Ranch with his wife Tee in 1974 after playing football for the University of Alabama under legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. In this family-oriented column, he shares advice through his experiences with Big Oak Ranch.

Write Like a Girl

Javacia Harris Bowser is best known as the founder of See Jane Write, a Birmingham-based organization for women who write and blog. Her own lifestye blog chronicles her journey of writing her way through life as a “southern fried feminist.”

Cherri Ellis

Cherri Ellis speaks her mind about topics great and small, downright sad and laugh out loud funny.

Talk of the South

An inspired lighting, graphic and floral designer, Christopher Confero is the ultimate combination of perfectionist and competent friend. He has also quickly become one of the most sought-after event planners in Georgia, Alabama and the Southeast for his graceful customer service and impeccable style.

The Glamorous Life

Lee Ann Brown corrects a misconception about what glamour is and what it is not. First, it’s not about age, looks, money or your address. Glamour is 
a state of mind. Follow the steps to a glamorous life in the city, courtesy of Lee Ann.

Jones is Hungry

Scott is a nationally recognized food and wine expert, and the former Executive Editor of Southern Living. He’s currently the head honcho at Jones Is Thirsty, where he spreads his doctrine of No-Snobbery Wine Education. In addition to slugging Cuban wine in Stockholm and dining with Dolly Parton, Scott has, on more than one occasion, chosen the road less traveled. His wife and daughters are not impressed.

Amanda LeBlanc

Amanda LeBlanc turned her organizational skills into a successful business, The Amandas, which then translated into a successful television show by the same name on The Style Network. She brings her unique voice to the pages of B-Metro to help readers streamline their homes and lives.

Listen Up

Lindsey Lowe introduces us to the people behind our favorite sounds and shares why they love making music so much. As a longtime music enthusiast and B-Metro’s associate editor, Listen Up brings together two of her favorite things: hearing people’s stories and hearing people’s music.

Digital City

Andre Natta is the creator of an exciting weekday web publication, The Terminal, which acts as a hub of information about all things Birmingham. In this column, he explores the city’s digital road map.


Tracy James Tracy James knows style. For a fresh approach to traditional fashion consulting that caters to style conscious, budget-savvy, time-constrained individuals, hope on over to chicmadesimple!

B Yourself

Birmingham Bombshells creator Angela Karen spends most of her time celebrating people of all ages by exposing their celebrity side through photography. Angela is also an ovarian cancer awareness advocate and host of the annual “A Picture of Health” event to benefit ovarian cancer research.

Ask Micah

Micah Cargo has been handing out common-sense advice to the senseless for most of his life. Being brought up by a single mom and three wise old southern grandparents equipped Micah with the tools needed to get through life with a little humor, a little intelligence, and not a small amount of bitterness.


A former recruiter in New York, Paget Pizitz moved back to her hometown of Birmingham where she became a certified and licensed matchmaker. She enjoys stale gas station candy, dressing her cat in nautical attire and dishing out unsolicited and wildly unedited relationship advice.

In The Garden

Southern Living’s Charlie Thigpen took a deep breath and jumped, making a mid-career leap into The Garden Gallery, a shop that is more than a garden center or art gallery. Here he brings advice and suggestions to B-Metro readers.

One Shot

The City through Your Lens. Our monthly contest where we ask for your contributions of images you’ve captured of our city and its people.


Mindi Shapiro and Brett Levine take us into their studio each month.

Women’s Business

Tammy Hawk-Bridges is a marketing consultant, business strategist, and entrepreneur mentor. Visit her website

Pop Quiz

Co-founder of the improvisational darlings Ugly Baby and co-owner of the
mysterious production company THRACKADOOM, J’Mel Davidson spends lots of time thinking laterally. In his monthly column, Pop Quiz, J’Mel uses his knowledge of film, music, television, comic books, and uh–gentleman’s entertainment — as an Underground Railroad for those hoping to escape the swiftly encroaching Idiocracy.

Bleacher Seats

Luke Robinson is the epitome of a loyal sports enthusiast. Currently, Robinson is a host for the University of Alabama’s Coaches Cabana webcast, AHSAA Radio Network team member, Sportzblitz TV and Radio personality, blogger for Crimson Country Club and general sports writer for multiple regional publications.

Last Page

Each month, a different contributor brings a diverse viewpoint, sharing what’s on his or her mind within the city of Birmingham.

Down the Aisle Style

Down the aisle style
Heidi Elnora, former contestant on Project Runway, Alabama-based wedding gown designer, and Birmingham Fashion Week creator, is an expert when it comes to walking down the aisle in style. Her wedding day advice not only reaches out to the bride, but to the bridesmaids, family members, and party guests. She hopes to bring fashion into everyone’s day-to-day life, not just their “big” day.