Flamingo Haven is a New Antique Mall in a Great Location

Laura Flamingo Haven 5  Good One use at topA new antique mall opened recently in a great location. Near the corner of Mitchell and Spring Grove Avenue, Flamingo Haven is really close to Clifton, Northside, Spring Grove Village, and other neighborhoods, plus it’s right off I-75. The address is 4530 W. Mitchell Avenue. If you’re coming from Northside on Spring Grove Avenue, take a left at W. Mitchell, and after a third of a mile you’ll see the building on the right. Pay attention, though, because the building is set back from the street; there are parking lots on both sides of the building. Flamingo Haven is open seven days a week, Monday thru Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 11am to 5pm. The phone number is (513) 541-1812. Although it’s only been open a few weeks, the space has filled up nicely with antiques and collectibles. I saw some very tasteful and elegant antiques as well as some pop (and cocktail) culture wares while there, and I was happy to learn that Laura from Sally’s Treats & Treasures  has a booth there (and don’t forget that Sally’s is located just a few blocks away). Flamingo Haven has new stuff coming in every day, AND the mall owners regularly post photos of new arrivals on their Facebook page—so you’ll want to make sure to “like” the Flamingo Haven Facebook page.

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We don't have a price yet on Fluffy, but I'm pretty sure that if you're nice to her owner you can get a pretty good deal.
We don’t have a price yet on Winton, but if you’re nice to his owner you could probably get a pretty good deal.

 

Guns N’ Roses Rock the Jungle

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When a band you’ve loved for decades finally reunites and tours and is, as the Monkees put it, “coming to your town,” there’s always that fear that they won’t deliver the goods. If thoughts like those were running through the heads of any Guns N’ Roses fans last night, they were soon quashed. This was one of the concerts where everything gelled, including the weather (no rain, plus there was a light breeze blowing in from the river).

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The show had a special, one-of-a-kind feeling that hit home early in the set when Axl Rose said, “It’s good to here…in the jungle!” As soon as the band burst into “Welcome to the Jungle,” we were convinced that that song was written specifically for us, being as we were in Paul Brown Stadium, home of the Jungle. Much of the first half of the show drew from Appetite for Destruction—“It’s So Easy,” “Rocket Queen,” “Mr. Brownstone” and the aforementioned “Welcome to the Jungle”—plus newer material like the title track to Chinese Democracy. During a well-paced set, songs high on adrenaline were peppered with ballads like “This I Love” and lengthy instrumental workouts where Slash got to stretch out.

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The one-of-a-kind feeling really hit home when the original Guns N’ Roses drummer, Steven Adler, was introduced and performed two songs from Appetite for Destruction, “Out to Get Me” and “My Michelle.” That album was released in 1987, and rock stars don’t always age well, but Adler looked fresh and youthful with his long golden locks, and he smiled the whole time he was up there. So did the rest of the band. There was joy in the air, and the people in the crowd felt very lucky to be there that night.

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It didn’t hurt that the sound was great. The balance was perfect, and you could hear everything—even the piano, which mattered for reasons that went beyond notes and chords. When the band dipped into the piano coda at the end of Eric Clapton’s “Layla,” you knew full well they could have hired someone more technically accomplished than Axl Rose to tickle the ivories. But it was nice seeing, at a “spectacle” concert featuring a huge light show and fireworks, Axl, Slash, and Duff McKagan gathered around a piano like they were in a parlor, just some old friends enjoying playing music together.

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Other highlights included “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” “November Rain,” and “Paradise City.” My favorite song of the night was the second of three encores, a cover of the Who’s “The Seeker.” That’s not the most well-known Who tune, but it’s a damn good one, and the band blazed through it with a vengeance. Whatever a Guns N’ Roses fan could have wanted from that concert they got it spades, as the barrage of ecstatic next-day social media posts I saw the next day made clear. To put it simply, Guns N’ Roses rocked the Jungle.

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MAYA is a New Store in the Heart of Clifton

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Clifton just got more colorful and stylish. MAYA opened recently at 323 Ludlow Avenue, and already it feels like a good fit for the neighborhood, with a tasteful, eye-catching window display and a splendid collection of jewelry and crafts inside. The owner of the store, Victor Morales, has been in the business for more than 15 years, but the lineage of Maya goes back farther, all the way to his grandfather, a native Mayan from Guatemala, hence the name MAYA. Recently when I stopped in and chatted with Victor I asked him what was unique and special about MAYA, and he summed it up this way:

  • Their jewelry is handmade and authentic, in other words their designs are original and made by the real creators and artists they represent.
  • The people making the jewelry and crafts are Native American Artists, Mexican Silversmiths, and Mayan Artisans. “I have been working with the same artists for over 15 years,” Victor said. “MAYA is the result of a long journey and great relationships.”
  • Their jewelry and crafts collection vary from traditional styles to more contemporary and very stylish pieces.
  • Value: “Unique and beautiful handmade jewelry at affordable prices.”
  • Promotional discounts: “We plan to have promotional discounts at our gallery on a monthly basis, coupons will be emailed to customers who sign our guest list, and other discounts will be offered to clients who use our website.”
  • MAYA’s clients can bring their jewelry for cleaning two times within 12 months from the purchase date.

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I should add that, while I was in the store, people were wandering in off the street, and the comfortable atmosphere of MAYA combined with Victor’s easy-going personality gave the store a good vibe that put customers immediately at ease. Victor’s very personable and loves the neighborhood. In order to reach out to the Clifton community, Victor is hosting a reception on Saturday, July 23 from 6pm to 9pm. That evening he’ll have special offers, and serve appetizers, wine, and sangria. Readers can mention this blog and get one jewelry item for half price before July 16th, or at mayatraders.com by August 30 (coupon name: Gaslight50). Come visit MAYA, and also make sure you “like” their Facebook page, which is Https://www.facebook.com/MayaHandmadeJewelryandCrafts/

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And make sure to check out MAYA’s website, which is: http://www.mayatraders.com/

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Hours for the store are Tuesday to Thursday 11am–6pm, plus Friday & Saturday 11pm–8pm; they’re closed Sunday & Monday.

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Gaslight Property A Star Sponsor of the 2016 Northside Rock ‘N’ Roll Carnival

Northside Rock N Roll Carnival 2016Gaslight Property is proud to be a Star Sponsor of the 2016 Northside Rock ’N’ Roll Carnival, an event that starts today (Friday, July 1) and lasts through July 4. Free for all ages, the carnival includes sword swallowers, jugglers, magicians, a bed of nails, and dozens of bands, all at Hoffner Park. The music starts at 6pm tonight and continue until late in the evening on July 4. For more information on the event, here’s a link to its Facebook page. Long a sponsor of the carnival, Gaslight Property salutes the wackiness and craziness of this event, the legendary Northside parade, and Northside in general—and we’d like to remind folks that our own Spyglass Apartments are located in Northside, on a top of a private hill, within a mile of Northside’s Hamilton Avenue business district. Here’s a video of the Spyglass Apartments, call our office at 513.861.6000 if you’d like to learn more about these apartments or any others that we have all over Greater Cincinnati.