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Revelator Coffee Company brings more magic to the Magic City

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own.


Whether I’m meeting with clients to help them with their blogs or working on a blog post of my own, I spend a lot of time in coffee shops. Sometimes I even host See Jane Write events in local coffeehouses

Back in April I hosted the first See Jane Write Roundtable at Revelator Coffee Company and it proved to be a perfect place for such an event. The women who attended used words like “spiritual” and “magical” to describe the evening and new friendships were born. I really believe the venue had something to do with it. Even the barista who took care of us that evening used similar words when describing what it’s like to work at Revelator Coffee. From the shop’s chic, modern design to the interesting people who walk through the door, she said something at Revelator inspires her each day.


The shop has plenty to inspire writers and bloggers, too. The place is filled with natural light and beautiful flowers. There’s plenty of space to spread out and work. I got the idea for the See Jane Write Roundtable event the moment I laid my eyes on the large communal table located at the front of the store as it’s perfect for group writing, editing, or brainstorming sessions. As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to gather a dozen or so See Jane Write members at a time to discuss matters regarding writing, blogging, or business.


The Birmingham location of Revelator, located on 3rd Avenue North just across the street from the Alabama Theatre, opened in October of 2014.

“It’s our flagship store, so we want to make sure we do it right,” said Meredith Singer, who handles communications and marketing for the shop. “Following this Birmingham location, we have a store open in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and we’ll be opening others in New Orleans, Atlanta, Nashville, and Charleston this year.”

Singer is originally from upstate New York but has been living in Alabama for the past eight years. “The founding team brought me on in December of last year, following the store opening, to help build out their communications and marketing strategy,” Singer explained. “As a company, we are very attracted to Birmingham’s burgeoning downtown, rich food and beverage tradition, and central position within the Greater Southeast. We roast our own coffee and have from the beginning — and are excited at the opportunity to have a large retail and wholesale footprint in the Southeast. Birmingham is the right mix of everything we’re looking for from both a strategic and community-focused angle.”

Singer knows that to succeed she and the founding team must find ways to make Revelator stand out from other popular coffee shops in downtown Birmingham.


“Our coffee shop is, by design, a very minimal approach to what is — inherently — a very complex product,” Singer said. “We want to strip all the barriers and BS out of your usual coffee experience. Instead of the fancy Italian language we’re all used to in coffee shops (lattes, cappuccino, etc) we’ve opted for a very straight-forward menu. Coffee. Tea. Espresso. Espresso with milk. Espresso with chocolate. Our baristas are there to guide you on size and what varieties of coffee we are offering. And our coffees change regularly. It’s an agricultural product, so it’s seasonal and we try to bring it to the customer when its at its best. We’re also in the process of building out a roasting facility on 1st Avenue North. The facility won’t be open to the public, but we will be employing people for production and creating a much wider community of partners, suppliers, and secondary vendors around specialty coffee — something that hasn’t really been done to scale here in Alabama. At the company-level, we’re committed to working with Southern makers and businesses that have a similar attention to detail. We want to grow with our community and share resources, when it makes sense. For the Birmingham store, that means we are retailing Single Lock Records (a fantastic record label out of Shoals that carries a number of Birmingham-based bands), Great Bear Wax Co. candles and Freedom Soap Company (both great Birmingham-based makers). Our food service is done by Continental Bakery and we’re always thinking about other potential collaborations.”

And I’m eager to collaborate with Revelator Coffee Co. for future See Jane Write events.

What topics would you like covered in future See Jane Write Roundtable events? 

DIY Marketing with Books-a-Million

Birmingham-based authors, learn how to be your own publicist at the next See Jane Write event.

On Tuesday, June 16 we’re partnering with Books-a-Million to bring you a FREE workshop on how to market your book. You’ll also learn more about BAM! Publishing and Books On-Demand — which could be just what you need if you’re looking to self publish your next book.

The event will feature talks by Chanda Temple, co-author of the Birmingham’s Best Bites cookbook and A.D. Lawrence, author of the book When the Lioness Roars.


Chanda Temple worked as a journalist for nearly 20 years before switching gears to public relations in 2012. This change meant that no longer would she cover buzz-worthy events but would now be responsible for building buzz and she’s going to help you build buzz for your book, too. For the past three years Temple has crafted numerous public relations campaigns that the public and media noticed.

Her latest success was coauthoring the Birmingham’s Best Bites cookbook. The self-published paperback book sold out three times in late 2014 and earned an international gold medal award in 2015. Also in 2015, her public relations campaign for the book and the Birmingham food festival it was connected to, won a first place state award in public relations.

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Although, A. D. Lawrence is new to the official writing world, she is not new to the art. She has spent a lifetime putting pen-to-paper to express her deepest feelings and thoughts and to do research.

A.D. grew up in Tennessee at a time when children were to be seen and not heard. In 1989, she moved further south where she believed blacks were treated the same. During this major transition, she wrote. This era helped to hone her writing skills by giving her an outlet for unspeakable truths, while she dealt with social changes.

Lawrence is the author of When the Lioness Roars, When the Lioness Roars…Again, and When the Lioness Roars…Again and Again. She also has two works in progress. One is entitled Life Beyond the Shadows and the other is A Coloring of Hearts. The underlying theme in both deals with personal disappointment, struggle, growth, and survival. Unlike these two, the current book uses humor, anger, fact, prayer, rhyme and reason to produce a personal journal/textbook.

Join See Jane Write and Books-a-Million as these authors share the secrets to marketing their books. Zach Kendrick of Books-a-Million will also be on site to tell you all about the Espresso Book Machine and how you could use it to self-publish your next book.

This book is free and open to the public but seating is limited so arrive early.

DIY Marketing for Authors: How To Be Your Own Publicist

Hosted by Books-A-Million, Brookwood Village in Partnership with BAM! Publishing and See Jane Write

6 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 16 at the Brookwood Village Books-a-Million

Join Me at Michelson Laser Vision

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How would  you behave if you were the best in the world at what you do? 

This is a question business expert Marie Forleo once asked and it’s a question I ask myself often.

On Thursday, May 21 I’ll be on the B-Metro social media broadcast team covering an event celebrating one of the best doctors in the world. 

Michelson Laser Vision is moving to a new location at UAB Highlands, 1201 11th Avenue South, Suite 501. Join me Thursday at 5:30 p.m. for a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house. There will be complimentary appetizers and drinks, live entertainment, and a chance to win door prizes. Free valet parking will also be available. 

Dr. Marc Michelson has bee the recipient of the “Best Doctors in America” award for 15 consecutive years. He performed the first myopic vision correction procedure in Alabama (photorefractive keratoplasty or PRK) in 1991. Dr. Michelson is recognized as a leader in the field of refractive surgery and has been ranked in the top 1 percent of refractive surgeons in the country. Dr. Michelson has the only WaveLight EX500 Excimer in the state of Alabama. This platform is the fastest excimer approved by the FDA in the United States. 

Bladeless LASIK Eye Surgery is the most common type of vision correction surgery performed at Michelson Laser Vision to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.

Dr. Michelson is also Associate Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Medicine.

Learn more at

Disclosure: I am receiving monetary compensation from B-Metro magazine for my time, but 
all opinions are my own. 

Do You Like TED Talks?


Do you love TED talks as much as I do? If so, I hope you’ll meet me at TEDxBirminghamWomen on Friday, May 29 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. While this event doesn’t feature live, local speakers, it is a live simulcast of two sessions from this year’s TEDWomen event and I can’t wait to see it! If you’d like to join me, you can purchase tickets here and then e-mail me so we can make plans to sit together! (Tickets sales end tomorrow so act fast.)

But I hope I get to see you before then! I hope to see you Tuesday at the next See Jane Write event.

Your Blog Is Your Business  will be held 5:30 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 19 at DISCO. Wade Kwon, director of the Y’all Connect blogging and social media conference will be discussing ways you can turn your blog into a business without relying on ads. I’ll be on hand to discuss how the methods I used to grow See Jane Write can also be used to help you transition from lady blogger to boss lady! Get tickets and more information here.


You’ll learn more about Y’all Connect at Tuesday’s See Jane Write event, but if you’re eager to buy your tickets beforehand be sure to use the code SJW011 to get a $30 discount on tickets. One of this year’s keynote speakers is Stacey Ferguson, founder of Blogalicious — an annual blogging conference for women of color. You don’t want to miss this!

Finally, don’t forget that I’m still accepting appointments for 15-minute strategy sessions for those who are interested in learning more about the See Jane Write Mastermind program. Click here to schedule your appointment.

See you Tuesday at the next See Jane Write event!

Jane About Town: May Days

There are so many things going on this month that women writers, bloggers, and entrepreneurs in Birmingham shouldn’t miss.

Brahmin Birmingham Grand Opening
5-8 p.m., Thursday, May 7


Join See Jane Write member and local blogger Heather Brown today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Brahmin Birmingham Grand Opening. The Summit is continuing to expand and Brahmin Birmingham, a handbag collection known for its exotic prints, is the latest addition. Heather will be hosting tonight’s grand opening celebration, which will feature free food, drinks, and giveaways. Attendees can also receive 20 percent off their purchase and a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Pathways of Birmingham, a United Way agency that serves homeless women and children. Visit Heather’s blog for more details.

3-D Poetry Exhibit Opening Reception
6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Friday, May 8 

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Students from the Alabama School of Fine Arts Creative Writing department will be displaying works of three-dimensional poetry at the Desert Island Supply Co (DISCO), located at 5500 1st Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35212. The work will be on display from May 8 – 22, 2015. (Please call 205-201-0826 for hours.) There will be an opening reception May 8, 2015 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at DISCO. The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Kwoya Fagin Maples at

There are TWO business seminars for women taking place Saturday, May 16!

I Am Fabulous Business Seminar
12 – 4 p.m., Saturday, May 16

Local fashion blogger and business coach Trisha Morisette is hosting a seminar for female entrepreneurs who want their businesses and their lives to be fabulous. The seminar will help you take your style and your health to a higher level so you can take your business to a higher level, too. Get tickets and more information here.

Women Winning Seminar
9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday, May 16

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The Women Winning Seminar will provide practical business strategies to help you build and grow a sustainable business. Topics include marketing, funding, technology, networking, and branding. Get tickets and more information here.

Your Blog Is Your Business
5:30 – 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 19

The next See Jane Write event has been set! It’s time to make the leap from lady blogger to boss lady! Learn how to blog like a boss at our next workshop.

Wade Kwon, director of the Y’all Connect social media conference, will offer tips on how to turn your blog into a business without relying on ads.

What does success look like? What rewards are better than money? Who is your A-Team? We’ll cover all this and more! Plus, there will be a surprise for attendees. Get tickets and more information here.

Auto No More: A Manual Photography Workshop
2:30 – 5 p.m., Saturday, May 30

Have a camera but don’t know how to use it? Join Rachel Johnson of Stupid Good Rachel for an introductory manual photography workshop, plus sips and sweets! Get tickets and more information here.

Don’t Forget: I’m still accepting appointments for 15-minute strategy sessions for anyone interested in learning more about the See Jane Write Mastermind program. Click here to make your appointment today.

Jane About Town: Things To Do This Weekend

Whether you’re looking to make a difference, make a good meal, or just see a good show, we’ve got something to help you plan your weekend.

Bards of Birmingham Presents Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar Set in a Women’s Prison

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“My name is Julius Caesar,” says the personable young man in the suit who greets you as you come through the door. “If you need legal representation, I can help.” He passes you a business card advertising his law firm ofCaesar and Associates, and directs you to a table where an attendant is receiving money and issuing tickets.

After paying for admission, you’ll turn over your ticket to discover the crime for which you’ve been charged: felony drug possession, breaking and entering, assault. And this is all before you set foot in the prison itself – a place in which the “prisoners” will interact freely with audience members, and prison guards will make sure that you don’t speak too loudly or break any rules.

This is Bards of Birmingham’s rendering of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar: an experience in immersion theatre in which audience members will become part of the prison population in the penitentiary in which the play is set. In this modern American setting, Caesar serves as the public defense attorney to the women of Rome Penitentiary, where Caius Cassius is the warden. Marcus Brutus and Marc Antony are both inmates, serving life sentences.

Bards of Birmingham is a unique theatre company that seeks to empower young people through the vehicle of Shakespearian theatre. The cast for their plays is drawn primarily from community children and youth ages 22 and younger.

See the Bards of Birmingham in action April 17 at 7:30 p.m.; April 18 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; April 24 at 7:30 pm.; April 25 at 7:30 p.m.; or April 26 at 2 p.m. All shows will be held at the Desert Island Supply Co., DISCO, 5500 1st Avenue North in Woodlawn.

For more tickets or more information email or visit


Birmingham’s Best Bites Book Signing

The popular cookbook Birmingham’s Best Bites, which features favorite recipes from restaurants, bars, and food trucks around the Magic City, is now available in hardback!

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Martie Duncan and Chanda Temple, curators of the cookbook, will be signing copies of Birmingham’s Best Bites Friday, April 17 from 4-6 pm at the Alabama Booksmith, 2626 19th Place South in Homewood.

Arts for Life

Enjoy a free fun family day at Avondale Park, 4101 5th Avenue South, Saturday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The day will feature music, dance, and spoken word performances and much more, including various children’s activities. Arts for Life is a festival designed to encourage African Americans to donate blood.

The Faux-lympics

The Faux-lympics will be held Saturday, April 18th at Crestwood Park. Teams sign in at 3:30 p.m. and the games start at 4 p.m. This field-day for adults will feature fun games like tug of war and sack relays. But you don’t have to be an athlete to compete; just be willing to have fun and support a great cause! An after-party with BBQ from Jim N’ Nicks, frozen treats from Yogurt Mountain, beer, wine and live music will follow the games. Faux-lympics is hosted by Gateway’s Junior Board and all proceeds go toward support of Gateway’s Residential Program, a program that takes care of and helps treat children and teens who have been severely neglected and abused. For more information, visit
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The See Jane Write Roundtable

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Original Image by mcveja via Flickr/Creative Commons

I’m always brainstorming ways I can help the women of See Jane Write and recently a new idea came to me — the See Jane Write Roundtable.

The See Jane Write Roundtable will be a series of small group discussions on topics related to blogging, writing, or entrepreneurship and is an inexpensive alternative for those who need some one-on-one help, but can’t afford Java with Javacia consultations or Blogging Boot Camp.

The cost of these sessions is only $25, which is just to help cover the cost of the venue.

The first See Jane Write Roundtable will be held Tuesday, April 21 at 5:30 p.m. at Revelator Coffee Company. We’ll have the whole place to ourselves!

The topic: What is your biggest frustration regarding blogging, writing, or entrepreneurship?

My hope is that you will leave with an action plan to help you overcome that obstacle once and for all.

Roundtable discussions are great because they are meant to be a collaborative effort. Yes, I’ll be there facilitating the discussion and adding my insight, but with a roundtable discussion there is intentionally no head of the table. Everyone will contribute which means you’ll have a variety of perspectives from which to learn and glean wisdom and information.

Only 10 spots are available so get your tickets today by following the link below:

See Jane Write Roundtable
5:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 21
Revelator Coffee Company
1826 3rd Ave N Unit 101, Birmingham, AL 35203

Let’s Take Flight Together


Do you dream of seeing your byline in your favorite publications?

Do you have an idea for a blog or business, but you’re not quite sure where to start?

Maybe you already have a blog or brand, but it’s not getting the attention you feel it deserves.

Or perhaps you’ve written a book but you just can’t seem to sell it.

If any of these sound familiar, I’d like to help you get unstuck and soar. Let’s take flight together!

As founder of See Jane Write, I used very simple but very powerful strategies to grow a small writing group into a network of hundreds of women. And this network has helped me start an award-winning business and land the paid writing opportunities I once only dreamed about. You can use these same strategies to build buzz for your blog, book, brand, or business.

I want to share these strategies with you and answer any other questions you may have about writing, blogging, or business

For the next seven days I will be taking appointments for 11 one-on-one coaching sessions.


I’m calling this my 7/11 special. No, you can’t come to me and fill a pot with your favorite flavor of Slurpee (I’m sure y’all have heard about this on the Internet), but I can fill your mind with what you need to take your next step.

If you would like to meet face-to-face for hands-on help, you can get a one-hour session for only $99 (usually $125). If meeting in person is a challenge, we can chat via Skype. This one-hour session will only cost $75 (usually $100).

This offer ends April 18. (We can meet anytime, you just need to purchase the session by April 18.)

Here’s what one of my clients had to say after we spent an hour chatting at her favorite Starbucks:

My one-on-one session with Javacia was more than I expected. She not only listened to my goals and aspirations, she provided me with practical next steps to help me accomplish each. She was friendly, yet very professional. I left with an ambitious to do list which is now my roadmap. She followed up, as promised, with websites, worksheets, and tons of information to help advance my dreams to write, get published, and speak professionally. I now consider her my writing mentor.

— TiJuana W.

You see, after we meet I’m not going to check your name off my to-do list and forget about you. I’m going to follow up with information and inspiration to keep moving your closer and closer to achieving your goals. 

If you know you need guidance, but you’re not sure this is right for you, simply email me at with any questions you may have.

If you’re ready to fly click here for a face-to-face session or here for a Skype chat and then email me at for next steps.

Let’s do this!

Exciting News for Style Bloggers and Aspiring Fashionistas

Megan LaRussa Chenoweth

With the weather getting warmer I have spring fashion trends on my mind and chances are so do you. Do you wish you had more confidence when browsing through stores, attending events, or just in your day-to-day life? Or maybe you just wish that you had a big “Easy Button” that you could hit when it comes to getting dressed every day and feeling your best?

Check out style coach Megan LaRussa’s FREE video series guaranteed to help you feel effortlessly chic in no time flat! And stay tuned, as she is revealing her exciting new project soon that is sure to benefit YOU!

If you attended last year’s Bloganista Mini-Con you heard Megan give us all great tips on how to be stylish bloggers and savvy businesswomen. Now here’s your chance to get tips from Megan on how to make your wardrobe look as good as your website.

Get access to Megan’s FREE video series at

Gus Mayer Girls Night Out

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Gus Mayer’s Girls Night Out is Thursday, April 9 from 4 to 8 p.m. This year’s event is celebrating StyleBlueprint’s Faces of Birmingham and the spring’s hottest fashion trends. Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres,and TAX FREE shopping. While you’re there check out Gus Mayer’s Trend Bar for spring fashions and Gus Mayer’s Color Lab for beauty tips. Fashionable prizes will be given away throughout the night, so come early to shop and stay late to win!

Get Your Press Pass to Birmingham Fashion Week

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Birmingham Fashion Week is about a month away and press registration is now open. If you would like the opportunity to join the BFW 2015 press team, you can apply for a press pass here. The application will close on Friday, April 24.
Event Details: 
What: Birmingham Fashion Week 2015
When: May 7, 8 & 9
Where: Pepper Place located in downtown Birmingham, Alabama


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How to Succeed at Freelancing

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The Alabama Media Professionals will host a a round-table discussion on freelancing tomorrow, March 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Homewood Public Library.  If you plan to attend please note that lunch orders will be taken up to (today) Wednesday at 5 p.m. at 205-680-6890 or

Girls Night Out


Also on Thursday, join fashion blogger Alexis Barton for a special Girls Night Out event at Belk. Hosted at the Summit location, the garden party-themed soirée will feature light bites, wine, and music from Scratch DJ.There also will be discounts (20% off with limited exclusions) and giveaways! The event is from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at Belk (the Summit location). Alexis Barton of Same Day Different Chic, who was also a keynote speaker at last year’s See Jane Write Bloganista Mini-Con, will be on hand to give fashion tips.

Post, Gram, Pin: A Social Media Workshop

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And speaking of fashion, don’t forget to sign up for the next See Jane Write event Post, Gram, Pin: A Social Media Workshop, set for Saturday, March 21 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fashion blogger Bertha Hidalgo of Chic in Academia will share how she grew her Instagram following to over 13,500 fans and how she’s used her Instagram influence to grow her brand and land speaking gigs.

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Heather Brown of My Life Well Loved will share how she developed a Facebook following of over 13,000 fans and how she uses Pinterest to drive traffic to her blog.

I will share how I’ve used social media to grow See Jane Write and land freelance writing gigs.

Get your tickets here.

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