Clifton Dogs Having The Time of Their Lives


Everything got turned around lately. People have been stressed about the pandemic. But dogs – dogs, on the other hand, are having a jolly old time. They get to a spend a lot more time with their owners, and in their minds the humans in the house should be there all the time anyway.

And the dogs take more walks than they did before – a lot more. They’re also talking longer walks than before – walks where they have time to sniff everything and look around and take in the flora and fauna. Human beings are finally getting a clue, the dogs think.

Recently Gaslight Property asked Cliftonites to share photographs of their canines. We wanted to create a sort of scrapbook devoted to this unique period of time.  Eventually we won’t be at home as much, and we won’t be able to take our dogs for as many walks, so we better chronicle this period when the Clifton dogs are happier than ever. They’re loving every minute of their vacation. During their walks they have endless energy, but Cliftonites have also noticed that their dogs are napping a lot.

Here are some photos that fellow Cliftonites sent us. If you don’t see your dog but would like it to appear in this scrapbook, just post a photo to the Facebook page where this blog entry appeared and we’ll add it to this collection!

















Our picture album will grow in upcoming weeks, but this is a start. Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far! Gaslight Property’s blog has been with us for over eight years now, and during that time it has served as a sort of scrapbook of Clifton in general, with its new stores and restaurants, the reopening of the Ludlow Garage, the loss and reemergence of our grocery store, and annual events like CliftonFest and the Halloween celebration that takes place on Ludlow Avenue every year.  And its people – and now its dogs!

MAYA Offering Special Promotions Online at jewelrymaya.com


For the time being, some retail storefronts in the Gaslight District have no store hours. Many of those stores remain open online, however, and some are holding special promotions. MAYA  currently has several online promotions to choose from,  including deals connected with Mother’s Day on May 10. The jewelry store is currently offering free shipping anywhere in the US.  Also, when requested, MAYA will make free deliveries to homes within 15 miles of the store.

The store’s Mother’s Day promotions also include the following offers through May 3:
40% off on everything with  a minimum purchase.
$10 off on purchases of $40 or more.
$50 off on purchases of $150 or more.

These special offers are available online. Also, you can call or text to Victor with any questions or special requests at 513-667-9299. Here are photographs of some of the lovely jewelry MAYA has for sale. To see more, and to take advantage of their special offers, visit their website at jewelrymaya.com.

MAYA has been part of the Gaslight District’s flora and fauna for the last four years, and the community embraced the new store immediately. The owner, Victor Morales, has been in the jewelry business for almost 20 years, but the lineage of MAYA goes back farther, all the way to his ancestors, who were native Mayans from Guatemala – hence the name MAYA.

MAYA’s jewelry is handmade and authentic; in other words, their designs are original and made by the real creators and artists they represent. From the start MAYA focused on handmade Native American jewelry from Zuni Pueblo and Navajo artists along with Sterling Silver jewelry by Mexican artists and designers. Later the store introduced more art and crafts in order to add color and charm to the store. The jewelry and crafts showcased at MAYA are all handmade by artists Victor has known for more than 20 years. The store’s jewelry and crafts collection varies from traditional styles to more contemporary and very stylish pieces.

Other MAYA links include:
Emails: maya@jewelrymaya.com
Facebook: facebook.com/jewelrybymaya/
Instagram: instagram.com/jewelry_maya/

We’ll have updates soon on some of the other stores in the Gaslight District who have also shifted their focus to online sales during the pandemic.

King Reeves, Jr. 1938–2020

King Reeves and Charlie Wilson

What possessed me to visit the Greenwich Tavern to see a quintet led by vibraphonist King Reeves and pianist Charlie Wilson almost 15 years ago I can’t say. I hadn’t heard their music yet, and I didn’t know any of the band members. So why did I go?

Maybe Kenny, a bartender at the Greenwich, hipped me to the event, which would make sense, as his enthusiasm for jazz is infectious. And maybe the fact that the vibraphone had become one of my favorite instruments had an influence.

In any case I attended the concert, where a good-sized crowd was quite vocal in its support, the cries of enthusiasm punctuating the music and inspiring the band to new heights. The quintet was on fire, and the vibes-piano duets by King Reeves and Charlie Wilson so much engaged the audience that the performance became a conversation between the musicians and the crowd.

That was nice to witness, but the concert that evening was also a bit of a head scratcher. I wondered how, when every jazz club in Cincinnati had seen its share of nearly empty rooms, so many people made it out that evening. Clearly this was a well-connected group of middle-aged and older black people who knew a great jazz group when they heard one; entering that room, I felt like I was let in on a well-kept secret. At the same time I found it interesting that music that engaging could be so obscure, and even on a local level. Talking to band members after the show, I learned that King Reeves and Charlie Wilson played very few gigs but wanted more. Later, when I asked around town, few of the jazz fans I talked to had heard of these musicians, and fewer yet had seen them.

That concert launched a friendship with King Reeves and Charlie Wilson. I chatted with both of them on the phone many times, and sometimes I visited King at his stylish brick home a few blocks west of Central Parkway, where framed black-and-white photographs of musicians filled a hallway and original artwork added vibrant colors to cool green walls. Both King and Charlie were raconteurs, and they had a lot to talk about, including the jazz world of the 50s and 60s, when major jazz artists played small clubs in Cincinnati on a regular basis. When Miles Davis came to Cincinnati, he asked King drove him around and show him the sights, which is interesting because this was the city where Doc Cheadle chose to film Miles Ahead. King also talked about owning nightclubs where a young Bootsy Collins performed. One afternoon, after I interviewed King and Charlie, they performed “Blue Sapphire,” which was the name of the group that King led in the 70s and 80s. During that performance, King played a set of vibes that had been purchased from country star Conway Twitty and Charlie played piano.

After I met them, King and Charlie played the occasional gig, at venues that included the Greenwich Tavern, the Southgate House, and the Blue Wisp. Many of those concerts consisted of duets, and there was very something very special about those performances. Their sound was modern, with a set list that included compositions by Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock, but the lineage traced back farther, as when Charlie busted out some Fats Wallers licks (it turns out Charlie had seen him perform). Those performances kept you on the edge of your seat, and they proved that jazz can be playful and dramatic and intricate and sophisticated and soulful, all at the same time.

Sadly, King Reeves passed away on March 27, 2020. For those who never saw him perform live, it’s still possible to hear some of his music he recorded. His discography includes some self-released compact discs that are hard to track down, but – for starters – Superbad, a 2005 recording of duets between King and Charlie,  shows up on AllMusic .

Also, I videotaped excerpts from some of their shows on a camera whose video quality was many strata below what a cheap cell phone would have now. Still, these YouTube videos captured something that definitely deserved to be documented. The music King Reeves played reflected the man inside: warm and soulful, with plenty of good vibes. He will definitely be missed.