The CollectiveCAC Barista Jam

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good ol coffee
I love coffee, drip, pour over or espresso but I've never had a latte and didn't know anything about latte art beyond an instagram here and there. So when Collective Espresso organized a Barista Jam, a latte art competition I had to go see what it was all about. I was surprised that is was more involved than I had imagined. From prepping the steamed milk and the espresso then combining everything beautifully together there were as many techniques as there were entrants. People came from all over the city and as far away as Louisville to compete. The baristas went head to head three at a time to see who would advance and when it was all over Jay from the Louisville shop, Sunergos was the last man standing.
I'll admit you have to be geeky to appreciate a competition like this and I can get geeky, sometimes you just have to check out the fringes just because.
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maybe everything is gonna be alright

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#lovewins

If you're on social media at all you couldn't help but see that hashtag everywhere. Its like the world exploded in a rainbow Friday and turned into one of the craziest weekends I can remember. I'm usually not much for the Pride Parade but the Urban Basin Bicycle Club had an entry so we jumped on the bikes and joined in. I've never actually been in a parade before so I don't really have anything to compare it too, all I could think was this is intense. People lined the whole route but there were so many on Vine St when we turned the corner from Race I was amazed. The crowd choked the street down to about a lane and a half for a couple blocks and it was wild looking out over a sea of people from the vantage point of my bike.
I don't have any history to be angry about and I don't have an ax to grind so even though there were some grumbles I thought it was amazing these guys were smiling and joking waiting for the parade to start. People were running up, getting selfies and it all seemed pretty relaxed.

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The parade moved slow and instead of stopping and putting a foot down every couple minutes we rode the bikes round and round in circles.
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Pam is insane. That is all.
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Sid Saturday

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The City Flea

I was told once that you should never blog about the weather because no one cares. But the thing about rules is knowing the right time to break them. The City Flea dawned rainy but I was biding my time because it looked like the rain would be moving out. I jumped on the bike when it was still sprinkling and got to Washington Park when it stopped. Funny how that works, I had the place sort of to myself for a half hour or so before people really started pouring in.
Just like the stock market, for every bunch of people who lose, someone gains. And at The City Flea that someone this week was me.Walked right up to Roll With It Cafe and scored a fried green tomato BLT which was amazing by the way and I highly recommend.
Walked right up to the concession stand and got a beer.
I was unstoppable!

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OK, I think this is the coolest story, James Billiter , pictured above sees Maria looking at a Union Terminal print and starts talking to her about it, then I hear something along the line of, "listen I know you want it and I want you to have it". And then he made her a killer deal on the print. I was like wow, I wasn't even involved in this transaction and I left feeling awesome. Its funny how contagious good deeds are. James is an awesome guy. So next time you see him buy a Cincinnati themed print.
Awesome things do happen, even on cloudy days!
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flow - a shop for men

flow - a shop for men has joined forces with Cutman Barber and moved to the old Swartz Barber location at 5 West Pike St. flow has worked miracles with this space, 400sqft according to Jerod Theobald. The space feels way bigger than that with strategic use of windows and mirrors. flow was able to purchase Jack Swartz's old barber chairs and a few other shop things.
Shop for a summer outfit while you wait for a haircut and/or straight razor shave. That's what I'll be doing, why go to Sportclips or one of those other butchers when you go stop in here for the same money?
Congrats and continued success Jerod.

flow - a shop for men and Cutman Barbershop
flow - a shop for men and Cutman Barbershop
flow - a shop for men and Cutman Barbershop
flow - a shop for men and Cutman Barbershop
flow - a shop for men and Cutman Barbershop
flow - a shop for men and Cutman Barbershop
flow - a shop for men and Cutman Barbershop
flow - a shop for men and Cutman Barbershop
flow - a shop for men and Cutman Barbershop
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