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Beer is a huge worldwide business. It is the world’s most widely consumed and probably oldest alcoholic beverage; it is the third most popular drink overall, after water and tea. Interestingly, the Czech Republic is the world’s largest per capita consumer of beer. Folks there each consume 42 gallons per year of the brew. In second place – no surprise – is Ireland where those jolly folks annually drink 32 gallons per person. Rounding out the top five counties in consumption are Austria, Germany and Romania. The United States actually ranks 15th in the world in per capita consumption. Continue reading
What gives with this superstition? Is there some evidence to support the fear? Or is Bubba “Beam” Lowtower, III, the Sage of Catherine, Alabama right when he eloquently says, “there ain’t nothin’ to it.”
According to a recently released report, Alabama has experienced a decline in home prices during the last 12 months of 3.7 percent. This compares to an average national decline of 3.9 percent.
It’s always interesting to look at how we stack up compared to our neighbors. Georgia had a steep decline of 7.3 percent while Florida experienced a drop of 3.5 percent over the past 12 months. Tennessee’s home prices declined by only 0.2 percent. Mississippi was the real surprise among our contiguous neighbors with home prices there actually rising by 2.0 percent.
It’s interesting in the current economy that a trend toward small, upscale boutique hotels seems to be gaining traction. The trend is fueled by upscale travelers who disdain the cookie cutter franchised hotels. Boutique hotels tend to have a “wow” factor upon entering the lobby and a better room experience.
In Mobile, Alabama the recently opened Fort Conde Inn is an example. The Inn is the restored Hall-Ford House, which actually is Mobile’s second oldest standing home. Continue reading
Yes, according to the written remembrances of John Snook. Now deceased, Snook recorded his recollections in Baldwin Vignettes, which was published in 1984. Long time residents of the area will remember Snook as the eccentric owner of the Foley-based Gulf … Continue reading