Lentz and Company on Ludlow Avenue

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Now that spring is here, everyone’s getting out more. That means more people will be dropping into some of the small shops in the Gaslight District, so it’s time to highlight some of them. When Lentz and Company opened on Ludlow Avenue a year and a half ago, its “carefully curated collection of kitsch” added a colorful touch to the neighborhood. Mad Men may be about to call it quits, but its spirit lives on at this nostalgic store. Recently I dropped by and snapped some photos of some of the latest items for sale there. As the pictures below show, along with vintage goodies the store sells interesting new art by local artists. Here’s a link to Lentz and Company’s Facebook page; “like” it and keep up with the latest news from the store at 339 Ludlow Avenue!

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Construction Begins on Gaslight Manor

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Construction began last week on Gaslight Manor, a new upscale apartment community that Gaslight Property is building on Whitfield Avenue in Clifton. This 17 million dollar project will contain 117 luxury apartments with hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops. Ideal for empty nesters, Gaslight Manor will be close to hospitals, the University of Cincinnati, I-75, and downtown, plus it’s a short walk from the Esquire Theatre, eclectic shops, and restaurants. The apartments are expected to be finished in about a year. Let’s consider the above image the “before” picture; below is a rendering of what the apartment community will look like after construction is completed:

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The Church is Coming to The Woodward

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You’ve probably heard by now that the Woodward Theater has opened, but did you know that the Church was going to play there? The Australian-based neo-psychedelic band will take the stage Sunday, March 8; the show begins at 8pm. Tickets are only fifteen bucks. For this tour the Church is playing two sets that mix some of the old stuff with a chunk of the Further/Deeper album, which was released in Oct 2014 but only became available on vinyl a couple weeks ago. That’s important because the vinyl LP contains three bonus cuts—and because good albums are worth seeking out on vinyl. The last time I saw the Church was at Bogart’s during their Gold Afternoon Fix tour. That’s been awhile, but Further/Deeper is dark and mesmerizing and haunting as Starfish, which was the album that got people’s attention in the first place. This cut off the new album, “Miami,” has been a staple in their live performances this tour; you can expect to hear it at the Woodward, offering what me be the final glittering crescendo: