On September 10 MOTR Pub will host a very special (and free) concert by a NYC-based band that uses three instruments—guitar, upright bass, and drums—to create a rich and colorful soundscape. Big Lazy doesn’t play a lot of notes, yet their music spreads out like a wide-screen Technicolor movie that opens with a shot of a desert sky that seems to go on forever. The soundtrack you’re imagining as you listen to Big Lazy somehow combines a rural setting with a noir narrative. It only makes sense that the leader of the band, guitarist Stephen Ulrich, has composed music for HBO series Bored to Death and the film Art and Craft. If you attend the show, you’ll hear echoes of Ennio Morricone and Henry Mancini, but in a different context. Their music should sound lovely in an intimate setting like MOTR Pub. The opening act will be Cincinnati’s re-energized Tigerlilies, who have been on a roll lately with live shows and new music, some of it in the form of cassettes! Sounds like a good night to check out the merch table. Here’s a video of Big Lazy playing Elephant Walk:
Classes began this week at the University of Cincinnati, and if you live in Clifton you can already tell the difference. Apparently the college is more popular than ever, with UC projected to have record enrollment this year. One reason we go to college is to be stimulated, and at UC that begins with the architecture that makes it such a unique-looking campus. It’s remarkable that UC has FIVE signature architect buildings: The Vontz Center for Molecular Studies, the Aronoff Center for Design and Art (“the DAAP building,” in other words), the Engineering Research Center, the College-Conservatory of Music, and the Vera Clement Edwards Center. The school’s visual appeal doesn’t stop there, though. Everywhere you look you’ll see a wild mix of architectural styles, and it’s not like each of those styles is tucked away in a different corner of the campus. No, at the University of Cincinnati they pack it all together, making it one of the most colorful and visually stimulating and architecturally diverse campuses anywhere, with fresh shapes and angles jutting out into the skyline from every direction. So while you’re there, don’t just rush to the next class—slow down and have a look around.
A store devoted to pets just opened in the Gaslight District. Petey’s Pet Stop is located in the same building as the office for Gaslight Property, which puts it at 311 Howell Ave. (It’s also, appropriately enough, right next door to the Howell Avenue Pet Hospital.) The phone number for the store is 513.221.PETS (7387). The hours are Tuesday through Friday 9am to 7pm and Saturday 9am to 5pm. Petey’s offers the following:
DIY bath stations
Pet food & healthy treats
Pet gifts & toys
The managers of the store, Beth McCarty and Linda Sterling, are both pet lovers. Linda’s had bulldogs since she was five years old while Beth is more of a cat person; the store is named after one of their pets, who they consider the CEO and ambassador of the enterprise. Their decision to open the store was fueled by their love of animals and their fondness for Clifton, which appeals to them because it’s a walkable community with a long history of supporting family-owned businesses. No doubt Petey’s Pet Stop will be a hit with all the pet lovers in the area, who have had to travel farther (and, quite often, pay more) for similar items. Beth and Linda made it clear that they are also interested in making deliveries anywhere within five miles of the store, something that will appeal to both super-busy and older citizens. The shop is all about convenience—for example, if you’re too busy to bathe your pet, you can drop your dog off at the doggie day spa on your way to work and pick up a clean and happy pet on your way home.
After leaving Petey’s Pet Stop I ran into a pet lover who had already been to the store and who mentioned something I didn’t think to ask about while I was there. He had talked to them about their prices, and he found that they were quite reasonable, with prices that are Amazon level or slightly higher –a whole lot less expensive, in other words, than some retailers. Think of it, then, as an affordable place to pamper your pet AND take care of the most practical needs for your dogs, cats, or (fill in the blank). Beth and Linda were both nice and enthusiastic, their store looks bright and colorful with lots of windows, they’re in a great location, and it’s clear already that they’ll be a hit. Come welcome them to the neighborhood!
Were you aware that there’s a hair salon right across the street from Bruegger’s Bagels? Making Heads Turn Salon (their number is 513.407.3911) is kind of tucked away, and while its address is 3307 Clifton Avenue, you actually enter the business through Terrace Avenue, behind University Nails on Clifton. The salon is run by Saira Huckleberry, who, when she opened the business in 2012, was already an experienced stylist. On the salon’s postcard you see the motto Where All Hair Is Good Hair. That’s more than just a feel-good slogan, for the fact is that the original reason Saira originally decided to pursue her career was that, being a mixed-race child with unique hair, she ran across some hairdressers who had no idea how to style her hair. She made it a point to learn how to work with people with all different kinds of hair, and that’s one of the reasons she’s so popular. The services she offers include extensions, dreads, custom coloring, and Keratin treatments. You should check out on her Facebook page some of the remarkably diverse and flattering hairstyles that are the handiwork of Saira and her assistants. No wonder she’s so popular! Thousands of people live within walking distance of the salon, plus there’s all the people who attend or work at the University of Cincinnati. The re-opening of UC prompted Saira to offer a free eyebrow wax with a haircut or a free conditioning treatment with a blowout. To make an appointment for a haircut, styling, coloring, hair treatment, re-texturizing, or waxing, call Saira at 513.407.3911. We’re glad she’s part of the Gaslight District!