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Summer Fun Photo Contest

Capture the fun of summer with your camera, and send us your favorite shots of the backyard, lake, beach, mountains, neighborhood, and wherever you and your family are. Our staff will choose the images that most colorfully capture a summer experience.

Prizes will be awarded to contest winners.

To enter, email your photos in a jpeg format to Please send high quality images and include a caption and photo credit.

Only four entry photos are allowed per person.

Deadline for entries is August 10, 2012.

We will publish the winners in the September issue as well as post them on our Facebook page and our website.

By submitting a photo, you are giving 280 Living permission to publish it in print and online.


June Library Happenings

North Shelby, Mt Laurel and Chelsea Public Libraries

North Shelby Library
June 1– July 11, Summer Reading Registration. Come by the Children’s Department to register for our Summer Reading Program. No phone registration, please. You can now register for our Summer Reading Program online at Or call or email the Children’s Department at 205-439-5504 or Continue reading

New senior healthcare center coming to 280

A new “post-acute continuum of care” campus for senior adults will be built on Cahaba River Road behind The Colonnade. Illustration courtesy of Brookwood Medical Center.

A “post-acute continuum of care” campus for senior adults will soon be built on 14 acres near the Colonnade. Patchwork Farms will combine a new 120-bed nursing facility, a 30-bed rehabilitation hospital, and a 16-bed geriatric psychiatric unit in an innovative approach to treating senior adults requiring professional care following hospitalization.

Brookwood Medical Center and Northport Holding, LLC are collaborating on the campus; each is constructing a new building on its respective 7-acre parcel.  Northport will build and operate the nursing facility. Brookwood will build and operate the facility containing the post-acute rehabilitation unit and the geriatric psychiatric unit. Continue reading

Chic Boutique: Business Spotlight

Owner Eve Smith and Pam Phillips work at Chic Boutique. Photos by Brooke Boucek.


When Eve Smith saw the bright, bold patterns of Desigual clothing in Barcelona, she knew she had to share them with her friends back home. She did just that, and now you can find the funky line along with many others in her store, Chic Boutique in the Village at Lee Branch.

“I wanted customers to be able to come in our store and go home with an entire new outfit without having to make a trip to The Summit,” Smith said.

Chic Boutique’s clothes, jewelry galore, shoes with a purpose and other items appeal to teens through women in their 40s and 50s—all in a reasonable price range. For many, it’s a convenient stop after getting a manicure at Foxy Nails next door. Continue reading

Valentines to benefit Shelby Humane Society


Shelley Johnson at Fancy Fur on Valleydale Road is selling $5 hearts to benefit the Shelby Humane Society. Stop by until Feb. 14 to purchase yours from your pet. Photo by Kathryn Acree.

You can share the love of four-legged friends by purchasing a Valentine’s Day heart for $5. Monies raised will help feed hungry, homeless pets at the Shelby Humane Society on Valentine’s Day. Hearts can be purchased at the shelter,, Johnny Ray’s in Chelsea, Fancy Fur, Paul’s Diamond Center and the Vibe Salon. Heart valentines will be available for purchase through Feb. 14.

The hearts have space for you to write your own pet’s name on them as a message of love to the animals being cared for at the Shelby Humane Society.

For more information about “My Furry Valentine” or the Shelby Humane Society, please call Jenny Wilson, Executive Director of the SHS, at 669-3916 ext. 36 or visit

Soups for a weeknight family dinner


Lemony Chicken Soup makes a quick and comforting weeknight meal. Photo by Lisa Culotta Johnsey.

A quick Google search reveals that the number of families sharing a meal together three or more nights a week continues to erode to what I consider an alarming and shameful percentage.  This New Year, I encourage you and your family to consider eating together more often. It is beneficial to the well being of the entire family. You will develop healthier eating habits, bond and create memories.

Growing up, my mother prepared meals, and we ate together every night at 5:30 as Daddy requested. This was considered a time to be together, sharing stories and unwinding from the rigors of our day. I remember Daddy would share a funny story about his workday. The television was always turned off, and we never answered the phone if it rang. My mother has always been a fabulous cook, but it didn’t matter what was for dinner; the important thing was that we were together. Continue reading

Recipes to try with Amelia’s Spicing Pecans

After writing a story about Amelia’s Spicing Pecans, we were excited about finding new ways to cook with them and found inspiration from these bloggers use the spiced nuts.

Amelia’s Spicing Pecans are available in Cowboys on Highway 280 and Piggly Wiggly.  For more information on the pecans, call 789-1558, email, visit or find them on Facebook.

Yogurt with Cinnamon Pecan's on top

Cinnamon Pecans on Yogurt
By Zesty Bite
We think this will make a yummy summer treat.
by Diethood
We love the idea of cinnamon pecans with this old favorite.
Espresso Pecan BiscottiEspresso Pecan Biscotti
By Katrina’s Kitchen
You can never have enough coffee.

Apple and Herb Spicing Risotto

Apple and Herb Spicing Pecan Risotto
by Baking Serendipity
We love the combination of apples with herbs.