Duquette and Morgan Johnston are the husband and wife team behind Woodlawn’s hip and socially conscious boutique Club Duquette. The neighborhood shop carries everything from vintage Persian rugs and deep-cut coffee table books to small-batch body care, a stylishly curated mix of accessories and clothing — including their own line, and fine artist Morgan’s own paintings. The Johnstons share with us their response to the coronavirus pandemic, its effect on their store operations, musician Duquette’s
T. Marie King is an activist, facilitator, organizer, and volunteer. Serving on the board of both the Jefferson County Memorial Project initiative and the Greater Birmingham Arts Education Collaborative, T. Marie has combined her passion for the arts with her purpose of advocating for social change. Her most recent venture is Local Voices Network, a community-driven platform that shares the stories of those whose voices often go unheard.
Adeeba Khan is co-owner of Shu Shop, the rock and roll ramen house that is Birmingham’s enclave for cool kids and the culinary haute monde. While its array of sakes and Japanese whiskies, artfully delicious menu offerings, and clandestine ambiance made Shu Shop one of the hippest spots in town pre-pandemic, it’s their resourcefulness, adaptability, and dedication to staff and community that has made this intimate night spot shine brightest during dark times.https://youtu.be/xxisS_0PqF8
Bryan Johnson is a brand narrative photographer who has built a reputation for capturing emotion and telling the stories that connect us and the moments we want to share. Like many others in our creative community. Bryan’s work has been greatly impacted by COVID-19. Social distancing has postponed many of the weddings Bryan would typically be shooting this time of year. Instead, he has found poignant beauty in photographing his quarantined Crestwood neighbors and renewed inspiration
“Being a southerner is a part of my identity. That’s not necessarily true for other regions. We have this distinct tortured history, but we also love our community and each other. That makes for good storytelling.”
“The greatest thing I think we can learn from animals is compassion. We see animals as so separate from ourselves… When you can help someone learn to show compassion for animals, they generally show compassion for people too.”
“At this time, when everything is so drastically divided in our culture, it feels important to tell stories that are about empathy, accepting and empowering each other, and coming together. It might sound hyperbolic, but that makes our job to save the world.”
“What began as a creative and emotional outlet has become more than a career. It’s part of my identity, and it’s how I can connect with other people who might have felt the way I have at some point. I like to think that’s why people purchase my work — they see a part of themselves in my paintings. They hang my art on their wall, and it grows with them.”