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Alabama Native: Graham Yelton

February 17, 2015

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A Nashville native, now Birmingham resident, Graham graduated in 2003 with a degree in Graphic Design from Samford University. After six years in the agency world, she decided to step out on her own and focus on freelance graphic design & photography. She delights in branding new businesses and photographing food, fashion, products & homes. She loves all things clever, surprising, simple and colorful. Graham and her husband Jay live in the West Homewood suburb of Birmingham where they spent 8 years renovating their home. They live with their three dogs, Mister, Maggie and Mezi, and spend most (warm) weekends tending to their small garden.

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WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT ALABAMA?
Two things:
There are endless opportunities here. There’s still a need for creatives and thoughtful business owners to step up and create something really special here. Through photography and graphic design, I’ve loved getting to know some of these entrepreneurs and leaders. I guess you could say that I love the potential of Alabama. It already has so much to offer, but I’m really excited for things to come.

Secondly, I love our Farmers. Jay (my husband) and I make a habit of going to the Pepper Place Market every Saturday morning. We love getting to know the good people who have dedicated their lives to growing quality produce and raising happy animals. We have a small garden of our own, so we’re always asking them for wisdom.

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WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT IN ALABAMA?
My neighbor’s house. We renovated a home in West Homewood and we really lucked out by moving in near Kathy & Kyle D’agostino (of D’Agostino’s Sausage Empire). They’re great cooks, but mostly we just love the casualness of getting together on a weeknight and collectively throwing together a quick meal. Honestly, that brings me so much joy.

But if we’re eating out… let’s just say that the staff of Brick & Tin know us by name…

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IF SOMEONE WAS COMING TO VISIT YOU FROM OUT OF TOWN, WHERE IS THE ONE PLACE YOU WOULD TAKE THEM?
A perfect Alabama day would somehow include Smith Lake, cocktails at Carrigan’s, dinner at Bottega, and end with blue’s music at Gip’s Place.

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IN ONE WORD, HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE ALABAMA?
Cozy.

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WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS ONE OF ALABAMA’S BEST KEPT SECRETS?
The food scene.

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Thanks for sharing with us, Graham! Check out more of her work over on her website.

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