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2 years ago

Alabama-based company GLOW brings ‘uber model’ to beauty services

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — In 2016, you can pretty much do anything with your smart phone. Need to get across town? Open up Uber. Want to get some groceries? Open up Shipt. Want top-notch beauty professionals to come to your home? Well, now there is an app for that, too.

GLOW is an on-demand beauty service that connects women in Birmingham to experienced and qualified beauty professionals to provide hair, makeup, and organic spray tan through a mobile app. Users have the option to bring the service to them, or they can go to the beauticians, known as GlowPros.

Yazmin Cavale, GLOW’s CEO and founder, has worked as a beauty professional for 17 years. She worked in several big-time markets like Los Angeles, Miami, and Boston before following her mother to Birmingham. “Where your mom is is home. I had to move to Birmingham to be closer to her,” Cavale told Yellowhammer. “It was probably one of the best decisions I ever made because I not only started this business, but I met my husband. We have a great life here.”

When she had children, she wanted to keep doing beauty work and still have time for her family. She started servicing friends and family from her home, but what started with a manageable number of 20 clients quickly turned into 150.

Her beauty business was booming, but she needed to take the next step. Cavale sat down with her husband Jim, who formerly co-owned Iron Tribe Fitness. Together, they came up with the idea for a beauty app to reach a larger audience and avoid the risk associated with a brick and mortar set-up. “We call it Uber for beauty,” Yazmin Cavale said.

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Cavale knew there was a demand for GLOW because of the clientele in the Birmingham area. “I find that women in Birmingham love to get beautified more than in any other city I’ve been to,” she said. “I felt like there was a demand, and I felt like this would do great here.”

One of the main reasons she believes her model is working is because of the pride she takes in the quality of service. “Not just anyone can be a GlowPro,” Cavale said. “It’s a process.” Anyone who wants to be a GlowPro must go through a one-on-one consultation with her, go through several demonstrations, and then be trained. Of the 100 beauty professionals who have been interviewed, only 20 have been accepted.

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As an extra incentive, GLOW has its own rewards program, where customers can get “Glow Money” to use on future appointments. Potential customers can learn more about what the app has to offer on the company’s website linked here.

The app’s success has earned GLOW an invitation to The Velocity Accelerator Program in Innovation Depot. For 12 weeks, 10 tech startups will operate out of the same space in Birmingham. The entrepreneurs will receive advocacy, training, and mentorship before participating in a Demo Day, where they pitch their progress as a startup to investors representing millions in potential investment. For their participation, each company receives an initial $50,000 investment from the Velocity Fund, in exchange for a 6 percent stake in their company.

GLOW is now available for free on both iTunes and Google Play. You can also follow the company on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Quick-thinking witnesses stop robbery of 74-year-old woman

Good Samaritans in Midfield, AL, came to the aid of a 74-year-old woman who was being beaten and robbed on Wednesday.

The victim was at her vehicle after running errands at a shopping center when a man approached her demanding money.

The elderly woman refused, and the man began to hit her. Moments later, a witness told AL.com, the assailant then jumped into her SUV.

That is when a group of Alabamians sprang into action.

One of the heroes, William Daniels, pulled the assailant out of the vehicle, fought with him and held him down until police arrived.

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“We had to do what we had to do,” Kimberly Whitehead, a witness, told AL.com.

Daniels said he didn’t have time to think or get emotional.

“Who would sit back and watch a criminal beat a lady like that?” he explained.

Law enforcement officers praised Daniels for his potentially life-saving bravery.

“He was a godsend,” Midfield police Sgt. Jesse Bell said. “We don’t know what he would have done had they not been there. We’re thankful he was there to stop it.

Bell concluded, “We need more community involvement like this.”

Sean Ross is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn

15 mins ago

ALGOP Chair Terry Lathan: ‘If Dr. Bentley truly cares for Alabama, as he says he does, he would consider letting us go’

With speculation swirling around former Gov. Robert Bentley, Alabama Republican Party Chair Terry Lathan hopes he decides against running for another public office.

Lathan told Yellowhammer News, “I hope that if Dr. Bentley truly cares for Alabama, as he says he does, he would consider letting us go.” However, Lathan could not rule his return out at this time.

Two days after Yellowhammer News published an exclusive interview last week with Bentley, in which he left the door open on returning to public office.

While several media outlets, including the Associated Press, have unquestioningly submitted that Bentley’s plea agreement bars him from running for public office, a former Montgomery County Deputy District Attorney advised Yellowhammer News that it appears the former governor is actually eligible to run again after serving out his sentence.

“Based strictly on the plea agreement, what I’ve read, he would be able to [run for public office again],” Richard White, the attorney, opined.

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“Until qualifying opens for the 2020 election cycle, I cannot comment on a hypothetical situation,” Lathan stated.

This summer, Twitter and Facebook accounts representing the former Alabama governor were reactivated to coincide with the unveiling of Bentley for Alabama.

This new site, launched on Memorial Day, examines Bentley’s time serving as Alabama’s 53rd governor and provides contemporary updates on his life since leaving office.

In the original interview with Yellowhammer News, Bentley discussed his new project, his post-public life and specifically left the door open on a 2020 U.S. Senate run.

Wednesday, Bentley’s Twitter account hailed his status as a veteran and small-business owner, along with his work when governor to establish a program with the NFIB that benefits veterans.

Sean Ross is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn

34 mins ago

Alabama native Tim Cook dines with Trump at Bedminster but the Apple CEO still has his back turned on his home state

Alabama native and Apple CEO Tim Cook does not appear to have a problem currying favor with President Donald Trump.

Last Friday, Cook dined with the president and first lady at Trump’s golf club in Bedminster, NJ, marking Cook’s sixth private meeting with POTUS or his family in the nineteen months he has been in office.

Cook’s coziness with the Trump administration is particularly baffling and insulting for some Alabamians, given the Apple chief turned his nose up on his home state long ago for the same reasons he has criticized the president.

Cook has piled on Trump over social issues, not to mention the likes of the Paris climate accords, immigration and tariffs.

One cannot help but remember the Auburn graduate’s infamous and public 2014 spit-in-the-face of his home state – that time when he was being so graciously inducted into the Alabama Hall of Honor and decided to mark the occasion by belittling its citizens and lecturing them on how to live.

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Yellowhammer News founder Cliff Sims unloaded on Cook at the time. Sims was right then, and Cook’s latest hypocrisy regarding Trump just further cements his point.

“[Tim Cook] can get pub[licity] anytime, but chose a ceremony where he’s being honored to lecture the state he left on how we should live. Low class,” Sims said on Twitter.

He continued, “How about opening up an Apple factory in AL? Actually help some folks, instead of just swooping in to lecture us, then leaving.”

At one point, Apple was talking about bringing some jobs to Cook’s home state but the move was contingent on the Alabama legislature passing an LGBTQ-rights bill — at least that was the hot rumor floating around Montgomery at the time.

Almost four full years later, Alabama is home to Google and is adding a major Amazon distribution center in Bessemer while Cook still has his back squarely turned on the place he was born and raised.

If he can look past the president’s perceived faults in the name of business, why will Cook not do the same with Alabama?

Sean Ross is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn

1 hour ago

Former Governor Robert Bentley deposition filed in court this week

Former Gov. Robert Bentley provided new details of his view of the scandal that helped topple his administration, according to a deposition filed this week in circuit court.

Bentley resigned last year as he faced an ethics investigation and impeachment proceedings in the wake of an alleged affair with a top aide, Rebekah Caldwell Mason.

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Bentley answered questions about the relationship and other matters in the June 23 deposition in a civil lawsuit brought by his former Law Enforcement Secretary Spencer Collier.

Collier contends he was wrongfully fired by Bentley.

Here are some of the highlights of the deposition filed Monday in circuit court:

AN ‘AFFECTIONATE FRIENDSHIP’

Responding to questions about his relationship with Mason, Bentley called it an “affectionate friendship” but said the relationship did not involve sex and he did not consider it an affair.

Bentley said it did “involve touching and kissing, and I would hold her hand the times that I was with her.”

“So we didn’t have what a lot of people think we had.

Now did I really care about her? Did I really love her? I did, and she did me, and we still do.

It’s a very close affectionate friendship so that’s how I describe it,” Bentley testified.

He testified however that his relationship with Mason was a reason for his divorce.

Mason works as the office manager for his dermatology practice, he testified.

WON’T CONFIRM MASON ON TAPES

Bentley’s relationship with Mason was exposed after the release of recordings made by the governor’s then wife, Dianne Bentley.

In the recordings, Bentley is heard talking on the phone.

He was speaking affectionately to a woman he calls “Rebekah” and talking about touching her breasts, although her side of the conversation is not heard.

Under questioning, Bentley did not say he was speaking to Mason but acknowledged it was “likely” her.

“I’m not denying that it was her.

I’m just saying, there’s no concrete evidence that it was her but most likely it was but I don’t think you can prove that with the tapes,” Bentley testified.

Bentley said his wife was able to view his text messages to Mason on an iPad because he did not know his state cellphone was synced to the iPad.

PRESSURED TO INTERVENE IN CORRUPTION CASE

Bentley testified that he was getting pressured to intervene in the Alabama attorney general’s office’s investigation of then-House Speaker Mike Hubbard.

Bentley said some people wanted state prosecutor Matt Hart off the case.

“A lot of people were pressuring me to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the attorney general’s office,” Bentley testified.

He said businessman and GOP political donor Jimmy Rane and Rob Riley, the son of former Gov. Bob Riley, were among those that approached his office.

So too did three legislators and Hubbard’s attorney, he said.

Rane said Wednesday that he did call Bentley’s office, but was not asking Bentley to take any specific action.

Rane, who has known Hubbard for decades, said he was asking for assurances, “that this is a fair and real investigation and not based on a political agenda.”

Riley did not immediately return a text message seeking comment.

Hubbard was later convicted on multiple ethics charges in a case largely led by Hart.

DONORS TO NONPROFIT

Bentley said he raised money for a nonprofit organization, called the Alabama Council for Excellent Government, which was created to promote his agenda.

He said donors to the group included Franklin Haney, a Tennessee businessman who purchased the unfinished Bellefonte Nuclear Plant in north Alabama.

He did not disclose other donors or say how much Haney gave.

Collier’s attorney is trying to force the disclosure of other donors to the group, court filings show.

Tax forms filed with the IRS show that the organization raised $90,600 in 2015 and $32,500 in 2016.

Bentley resigned in April 2017.

BLAMES DOWNFALL ON SPECIAL INTERESTS

The former governor said “special interests” wanted rid of him in Montgomery, but he would not name them.

“I’m not going to name them, but there are special interests in Montgomery that never liked me, and they used much of this — they used Spencer, they used my family, they used a lot of people to get rid of me.”
(Associated Press, copyright 2018)

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2 hours ago

7 Things: Trump pulls former CIA Director’s clearance, former Governor Robert Bentley wants us to believe the unbelievable, Trump supporters slammed for something that didn’t happen and more …

7. In a story that surprises no one, former White House staffer Omarosa lies about being interviewed by Robert Muller’s investigators

— Omarosa already has some credibility issues but there is no evidence she has ever been interviewed in any capacity by the Mueller team. She claims she has and that she has new information for him.

— Sources at the White House say that Omarosa was never requested by investigator and ABC News’ John Santucci tweeted, “We’ve been reporting on the Special Counsel’s interviews from day one – I have never heard her name.”

6. Masterpiece Cakes was targeted again the day they won the right to have their case heard at the Supreme Court

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— After losing on a technicality, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission is targeting the business again, this time arguing they wouldn’t make a cake for a transgender attorney.

—  A lawyer called the cakeshop asking for a birthday cake that was pink on the inside and blue on the outside in order to honor the seventh anniversary of her transition. When the cakeshop refused she filed a complaint.

5. The monolithic mainstream media decided to prove their critics right by publishing similar editorials all over the country attacking Trump

— 350+ newspapers have joined in the effort to assert their First Amendment privileges that they clearly have been expressing for the entire Trump administration with absolutely no repercussions, except some mean words from the president.

— The face of these heroic warriors is none other than CNN’s Jim Acosta who stormed out of a White House press briefing in a huff when Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders wouldn’t repeat what he wanted her to.

4. AL.com is starting to telegraph how Democrats will attempt to use recent coal corruption trial in attacks this election season

— The sports blog with a liberal bias posted a graphic that included every Republican member of Congress in Alabama implying inappropriate behavior when there is absolutely nothing to substantiate that claim.

— The only thing most of these men did was sign a letter to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), asking for a 60-day public comment period — a request that was granted by an EPA ran by Obama appointees.

3. The media is now using a non-existent Trump tape to beat up Trump supporters. Even the media’s favorite conservatives are jumping in

— The tape, which almost certainly doesn’t exist, has set liberal commentators off into a tizzy of condemnation over an event that hasn’t taken place. The New York Times’ Charles Blow argued the tape “might actually increase his support among the people who support him.”

— S.E. Cupp, who recently received a Saturday talk show on CNN, declared without any evidence that “plenty of Trump supporters voted for him because they saw him as a protector of white America, whether through rhetoric or policy. They won’t mind.”

2. Former Governor Robert Bentley continues to talk about his alleged extra-marital affair with Rebekah Mason

— Bentley is claiming that the obvious adulterous relationship that ended his marriage and cost him his position as governor was not adulterous, claiming it was just “affectionate friendship” with kissing but no sex.

— The absurd lie, or pathetic truth, was part of a deposition in an ongoing civil lawsuit.

1. President Trump revokes former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance and put the clearances of others under review 

— One of the president’s loudest critics, Brennan claims the revoking of his security clearances is a violation of his free speech rights, which he ironically said during interviews with multiple news outlets after the clearance was revoked.

— Brennan is so in fear of losing his right to free speech that he wrote a column for the New York Times making the same silly claims that got his clearance yanked. He claims there is collusion, he gets the headline and then he doesn’t deliver.