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It’s kind of hard to nd, but once you’ve been there, you’ll be back. Star Bar and Grille is the new restaurant just opened by Joe Skaff. The Skaffs have a long history of operating ne restaurants in Toledo, including The Willows on Monroe Street and Ricardo’s Downtown. The third-generation Skaff started Avenue Bistro in 2000 and sold it in 2003. He also runs all of the very successful Star Diners and owns and operates Premier Catering. This new venture, Star Bar and Grille, follows the same standard of class as its predecessors. When you walk in, you know you are in a cool place. A sunken bar area gets your attention immediately; then you see a wall of glass overlooking a huge patio — to be open in the spring. The glass wall will open up to the patio when weather permits. The atmosphere is casual with a sense of energy, with a mix of cultured stone work, beautifully varnished woods and contemporary art completing the décor. It is very clean, very cool. Of course, TVs entice you to watch your favorite game. Star Bar and Grille has the NFL Ticket and features entertainment — various solo acts early in the week turning into more of a club scene late night Thursday. Saturday features DJ Matt Lewis. But the main feature is the food. Made with a Southwestern air, the menu contains 50 items: everything from appetizers, pizza, quesadillas, sandwiches, salads and main dinners dot the menu. The prices are inexpensive, starting at just $4.95. Among the appetizers are a seared tuna tostada, crab cake, calamari and a great spinach queso dip. There are four different pizzas and

four quesadillas to choose from, all $5.95-$9.50. There are 12 sandwiches to pick from, starting at $6.95 and including a side item. If you are a salad person, you’ll love Star Bar and Grille’s ve salads — ahi tuna, salmon, shrimp, chicken and tenderloin — all different and all with their own dressing. Dinners start at $9.95 and range from grilled chicken, tenderloin and a large bone-in pork chop to salmon, tuna, short ribs and a very popular surf-and-turf taco. The Star Bar and Grille is hard to nd. Asked why he picked the location for the restaurant, Skaff replied, “I had two prerequisites: unlimited parking and most important, a large patio with a bar. This was the only place around with both and I wanted to be by the mall. The patio will be great in the spring.” Asked about the inspiration or theme, Skaff said, “I wanted to create a cutting-edge, contemporary,

high-energy place that makes people feel good when they come in. I also wanted to create a menu that would not kill the wallet. You can eat here for two people for $10-20 (excluding drinks) if you want and have a great meal. I don’t care how much money you have — no one wants to spend $100 every time they go out. I want people to enjoy the restaurant a couple of times a week, like a neighborhood place.” All in all this is a rst-rate eatery that should be a must on the list of restaurants you go to. The Star Bar and Grille is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner at 11:30 a.m. It is located at 5215 Monroe St. in the back of Beverly Hills Plaza between Target and Bed Bath and Beyond. Reservations are accepted at (419) 724-7901, but not necessary. Remember — try us once, you’ll be back! Visit us at

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Whitehouse-based musician Kerry Patrick Clark will give Toledo-area residents a chance to hear him in an intimate setting at an upcoming Monclova Community Center series. “I love it, I think it’s better than singing in front of hundreds or thousands of people,” said Clark, who has played for crowds of about 8,000. “People get a sense of knowing who I am, what my heart is.” This is the seventh time Clark has put on a wintertime series at Monclova Community Center, aka the Monclova Coffeehouse. He and his wife Amy came up with the idea, largely to give him a place to play close to home after his son Robbie was born. “One of the reasons I stopped touring so much was because my son was born. I wanted to be a great dad,” said Clark, a former member of the folk group The New Christy Minstrels. Concertgoers may get to see Robbie and Amy join Clark onstage. They may also get to hear songs from Clark’s upcoming Easterthemed album, slated to feature 12 or 13 songs. Clark has been toying with the idea of an Easter album for some time. “I’ve had these songs in my sort of musical knapsack for three or four years,” he said. The thus unnamed album marks Clark’s sixth CD release. Clark’s last album was released in spring

2010, but not without some hiccups. Clark, who mixes his tracks on his own computer, accidentally deleted his album and lost his work. Instead of being completely heartbroken, Clark used the experience to better his album with his wife’s encouragement. “My wife comes to me and says, ‘Can I give you perspective? Next time, why don’t you come from a heart perspective instead of a head perspective?’” Clark recalled. His album, “On the Road to Human Being,” reflects that decision. The album spent about 40 weeks at No. 1 on the Roots Music Report chart for folk radio Internet airplay. Clark still mixes his own tracks and, for the most part, doesn’t see the five musicians who play with him. Although they live within about 15 miles of each other, all generally record their parts and send them to Clark. “[Technology] makes anybody with a laptop and breakout box a recording studio,” Clark said. Clark, who has been playing professionally since he was a senior in high school, said he loves working in Toledo — and he’s moved around enough to know. “If I’m in LA, Nashville or New York, and I’ve lived in all those places, I’m just another white guy with a guitar,” Clark said. He added, “Toledo is an amazing place to raise a family. It’s small enough and it’s big enough at the same time.” Toledo-area residents can see Clark at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 and Feb. 25 at the Monclova Community Center, 8115 Monclova Road. A donation of $5 is suggested. O

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BGSU benefactor endows prize for filmmakers By Brigitta Burks Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer

A well-known supporter of Bowling Green State University, Ralph Haven Wolfe, recently endowed a filmmaking prize in memory of his longtime friend, Edgar Fisher Daniels. Wolfe, a distinguished teaching professor emeritus of English and Gish professor of film studies, also serves as the curator of The Dorothy & Lillian Gish Film Theater & Gallery. Wolfe and Daniels had been family friends since 1955, until Daniels passed away in August 2010. “[Daniels] was a very genial person and had a great sense of humor. He was, of course, a great reader and got along with everybody,” Wolfe said. Daniels, an emeritus professor, taught at BGSU from 1953-81 and served as chair of the English department from 1971-78. He had a side interest in experimental and independent filmmaking, taught film classes and wrote articles on the subject, Wolfe said. Wolfe decided to honor his friend’s interest by creating a prize because prizes are “much more akin to Hollywood, which gives prizes instead of scholarships,” he said with a laugh. To be eligible for the prize, a student must be a rising sophomore, junior or senior with a declared major or minor in BGSU’s department of theatre and film “who produces a body of outstanding creative work that emerges among his or her peers’ work as especially insightful, experimental and/or technically assured,” according to a news release. A faculty member of the department of theatre and film must also nominate the student. Wolfe expects the prize to be awarded this spring. The prize will be at least $500 and BGSU is still taking donations in Daniels’ memory, he added. The video viewing center and resource

room in Hanna Hall were also funded by Wolfe, who received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from BGSU. Ron Shields, a professor and chair of the department of theatre and film said of Wolfe’s involvement, “I am deeply grateful for Dr. Ralph Wolfe’s continued support of the film program at BGSU. This is only the most recent in a series of gifts — some public, many private — he has given in support of the arts.” Wolfe grew up in Wood County, where his childhood interests reflected his future. “My two favorite activities were going to the Virginia Theater and the public library because I enjoyed reading and going to movies. I think I saw every movie that came to town,” he said. After receiving his master’s degree, Wolfe went on to earn his doctorate at Indiana University before teaching at Monmouth College in Illinois and Indiana State University. In 1967, his father died and Wolfe returned to Wood County to live with his mother. “I’m a roots person and I believe in roots, I’m a true Wood Countyian,” he said. His friend Daniels was a Dayton native who served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. For his master’s and doctorate degrees, Daniels attended Stanford University, where he met his wife. The couple eventually purchased a home in Carmel, Calif., where Daniels spent his final years. His wife died in 1994 and Wolfe would travel to Carmel to spend the summer or winter months with Daniels. “I became his kind of caregiver until his death in 2010,” he said. Wolfe still plans to travel to his friend’s former home, where he will spend the month. Gifts to the Edgar Fisher Daniels Prize in Filmmaking should be made payable to the Bowling Green State University Foundation, Inc. and mailed to Mileti Alumni Center, 136 N. Mercer Road, Bowling Green, 43403. O


University of Toledo Jazz is banding together to play a benefit concert for local legend, jazz pianist Claude Black. Black, who has been with UT for about four years, was hospitalized before Christmas because of failing kidneys, high blood pressure and the return of cancer. The Jan. 31 concert’s proceeds will go toward covering Black’s medical bills. UT Jazz, a group for the UT jazz community and its supporters, hopes to raise “as much as possible. I know [Black’s] hurting. He has quite a few bills that go quite a ways back,” said Gunnar Mossblad, director of jazz studies at UT. “I feel very humbled that [UT Jazz] would do something like that. That’s pretty special. I think it’s a wonderful thing,” Black said of the department’s decision to play a benefit concert. Black, a Detroit native, began his career as a teenager. He played at the legendary Baker’s Keyboard Lounge in Detroit as the pianist five days a week and at Murphy’s Place in Toledo. “He’s been a staple in the greater Detroit/Toledo area for his whole life practically,” Mossblad said. The jazz pianist specializes in bebop. “It was a particular form of music and it took a particular mind to catch on it and Claude was the bebop player in the Detroit area,” said renowned jazz singer and lyricist Jon Hendricks, Black’s longtime friend and colleague. Black went on to play with Aretha Franklin in

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in, pinning, pinned. That is the latest lingo of brides who are trending on Pinterest, an online “pinboard” of images and ideas that includes interests in home décor, crafts, recipes and weddings. So what’s pinning or trending in 2012? Color, color, color. Brides are expanding their horizons with not just one or two color choices, but three, four or five. Bright colors are still popular with “tangerine tango” as Pantone’s 2012 color of the year. This warm, coral-like hue is great on any complexion and is being paired with cool tones like grays and blues or warm tones like soft yellows and pinks. Themes give brides guidance for choosing styles like vintage, romantic and elegant. Thanks to the royal wedding of the century, princess-like elements are in. Ball gowns, gloves, romantic hairstyles, crystals and chandeliers, garden-like settings, soft metallic accents and candles, candles and more candles create the look. Ruffled, textured layers provide soft accents on bridal gowns as well as lace and delicate beading. Illusion necklines and sleeves are becoming more popular, giving brides the Princess Kate look. The garden-like setting is drawing more brides out of reception halls and into farms, vineyards and even their own backyards for a natural ambience. Less is more with simple, streamlined décor and low, organic centerpieces. But minimal is not the way to describe details. Brides are carrying


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Laura Osborne knows how to preserve memories. She has operated Laura’s Framing Place & Gallery, her custom framing shop in Maumee, since 1991 and been in the industry since 1983. The shop, located at 2554 Parkway Plaza, does custom framing of photographs, shadow boxes and needlepoint, canvas stretching and a variety of other framing and presentation services. When it comes to weddings, Osborne said one of the most popular requests has been formatted photographs that wedding guests can sign. “There’s a big trend on signature mats, where they bring in their engagement picture and have it inside of a mat,” she said. “They have them out at the reception so people can sign the mat. The couple can either leave the engagement picture in the mat, or they can change it out and put one of the wedding pictures of the couple in the mat.” Another commonly requested framing option is to feature a number of photographs displaying different aspects of the wedding day within the border of one frame. “I can put an 8-by-10 of them in the middle, and I can cut openings around that for smaller pictures for a collage effect,” Osborne said. “I’ve had people have their guests use disposable cameras at the reception, turn them all in and the couple can pick which ones they want for the frame.” Another popular wedding trend Osborne has seen is last name alphabet photography, where the couple’s photographer or an online site provides photos of objects that look like letters, arranged to spell out their last name. “They are really cool,” Osborne said. “They

generally come in black and white, so we can frame them in black and white, the popular thing, or we can put a color mat on it.” One of the benefits of custom framing is that the couple doesn’t have to decide on their own how their big day will be presented on the walls of their living room or hallway, Osborne said. “They don’t have to know exactly what to put on it,” she said. “I help them pick it out and decide what would go with the picture — what colors and styles of framing.” Laura’s Framing Place also makes shadow boxes for wedding items, including flowers from the bouquet, ribbons and wedding invitations. The shop also carries conservation glass for couples wanting to incorporate photographs of parents and grandparents along with their own wedding pictures. The conservation glass filters out 98 percent of light waves, including fluorescent lighting and sunlight, helping preserve older photographs by protecting them from light exposure that causes deterioration. In the 20 years she has operated her shop, Osborne has seen many changes in the business, not all of which have been good for her bottom line. “There are a lot more do-it-yourselfers out there,” she said. “A lot of people like to shop at home on their computers. However, you really can’t do that with custom framing. Even if somebody comes in and says, ‘We just want a black frame on this.’ Well, there’s so many different black frames, so many different prices. I help them pick out the framing to their individual piece. That’s why I don’t carry a lot of ready-made frames, because I try to do each piece for the individual.” For more information, call (419) 89-FRAME (893-7263) or visit Osborne on Facebook at O

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Couples who want to throw a family-friendly celebration but also enjoy an adult-only reception might find their perfect wedding solution in a new Northwest Ohio-based business. Ohio Wedding Sitter specializes in creating a fun, supervised, on-site environment for babies and children during your rehearsal dinner, getting ready time, wedding ceremony or reception. The business also serves corporate events, holiday parties and other gatherings. Former teacher turned stay-at-home mom Julie Moor of Maumee got the idea for the business while attending a wedding in Los Angeles where her two young daughters were cared for during an adult-only reception by a company called L.A. Wedding Sitter. Moor contacted the owner about starting a franchise in Ohio and launched the business this past summer. “I said, we need something like this back in Ohio because it’s awesome,” Moor said. “It’s just such a relief as a parent. I just think it’s the greatest thing you can offer to a parent, especially guests coming in from out of town. It’s so hard to find a sitter, especially if everyone you know is at the wedding.” Moor offers a variety of packages, with services starting at $250. The Cocktail/Reception package, which pro-

vides child care during a wedding reception, starts at $400 for up to four children for five hours. While parents unwind and enjoy the festivities, Ohio Wedding Sitter provides a fun mini-reception experience for the kids in a nearby room, featuring age-appropriate activities like cupcake decorating, games, toys, music, movies, arts and crafts, meal supervision, a nap environment and more. This package is also customizable with special activities like face painting, balloon making, storytelling or a theme, Moor said. The Ceremony package offers a child-free block for wedding guests from pre-ceremony through post-ceremony photos, starting at $250 for up to four children for three hours. The Wedding Prep package, which allows wedding party members time to relax or get ready without worrying about children being bored or underfoot, starts at $250 for up to four children for three hours. The Rehearsal Dinner Party package starts at $250 for up to four children for three hours. The Red Carpet Service, which covers the entire event, starts at $880 for up to four children for up to 11 hours. More children or additional hours can be added for $20 per hour per child. Each child also gets a goodie bag to take home. Moor provides all supplies, set-up and a ratio of one adult care provider per four children. All staff members are certified in CPR and first aid

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and have passed background checks and most are teachers or child care providers, Moor said. The business is licensed and insured. “As a teacher with a master’s in education, mother of two little girls, and guest of many wedding events, I know exactly what your special day involves!” Moor states on her website. “The nice thing about our service is parents can check in on their kids whenever they want. It’s right there,” Moor said. “And they can have a good time knowing their child is only a room away.” Toledo area resident Annie McCarthy used Ohio Wedding Sitter at her June wedding reception to entertain about 10 children and guests loved the service. “A lot of times parents come and they aren’t having the best time they could because they’re worrying about their kids getting into the cake or getting into the presents, and kids get bored too,” said McCarthy, a kindergarten teacher at Blessed Sacrament School. “I got so much feedback from my cousins and sister saying it was just so nice to enjoy the reception without having to worry about their little ones running around. My one cousin said it was the best part of the wedding. We were very happy with it.” Cindy M. of Toledo left a review for Moor at the business website, saying the service was wonderful. “As a parent of young children, this was the best thing I have ever encountered at a

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wedding reception. It was much better than hiring my own babysitter, because my children could participate in the wedding when they wanted, but could also play and relax while we were doing things they weren’t interested in. We had much more fun at the reception because of it, and stayed much longer than we would have if we had had a babysitter at home. It was wonderful!” For more information, visit or contact Julie Moor at julie@ or (419) 494-6867. O

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The bride’s dress is the center of attention at most weddings — however, many don’t have any idea about how to shop for a gown. “The most important thing is the dress,” said Dee Seger, senior bridal consultant at Atlas Bridal Shop in Toledo. “All people remember about a wedding is the dress and did they have fun.” “A lot of brides don’t know what to expect. The majority of brides have never done this before,” said Edie Anklin, manager of David’s Bridal on Monroe Street. Who a bride brings on the shopping excursion can have a big impact on how the trip goes. “I know a lot of girls want to bring everyone in their bridal party and you get too many opinions,” said Kristi Chapman, who co-owns Swan Creek Bridal in Waterville with her mother, Tammy Shelley. Chapman recommended bringing your mother and maid of honor, adding that it’s crucial to involve anyone who is paying for the wedding in the process. The bride should bring people who are both honest and positive. “[The bride] might love the dress, but they might not look so hot in it, so [those around her] have to be honest,” said Paige LaCourse, a partner at Dream Designs Bridal Outlet in Sylvania. Most bridal stores allow you to take photos, which can be shared with family and friends who weren’t able to go shopping. An open mind is something else brides need to bring shopping. “My biggest suggestion to all brides is you can come in with all those specific ideas, but you should also come in with an open mind,” said Nicole Brewer, a celebrity stylist and David’s Bridal Style Council member. Instead of going in with ideas of specific styles, she suggested coming in with ideas on how you want to look. For example, if you’re petite and want to look taller or if you want to look slimmer. n DRESS CONTINUES ON 15



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Most men understand they have a somewhat limited role in the wedding planning process — it’s no coincidence there aren’t television shows called “Groomzillas” or “Say Yes to the Tux.” But despite the fact the groom-to-be can sometimes seem to take a backseat role in his own wedding, let’s face it — he is critical to setting the proceedings in motion. Here’s a look at a few of the ways those with a Y chromosome play a role in the process.

Asking for her hand

When a guy decides he wants to pop the question, he must determine to whom he will pop the question first: his (hopefully) fiancée-tobe or the lady’s father? Asking for her father’s blessing seems oldfashioned to some, but others say it’s still an excellent way to build a solid foundation for the future. “You basically are communicating value and respect to that parent, which is a wonderful foundation to build a lasting relationship on,” said etiquette coach Jill-Marie Zachman, founder of Waterville-based First Impressions. “They say when you marry, you also marry someone’s family. [Asking the father] is setting the groundwork by showing that value and respect and is an

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the way, I have a question for you.’ You want to make it a special moment. Call the dad and say ‘There are some things I’d like to talk to you about. Can we pick a time that is convenient for you?’ Take him out to dinner or meet him some-

where. You want to make it memorable, because that story is going to be told.” If distance prohibits the two from sitting together in person, Zachman advised a phone call to set up a later phone call. Setting a time in advance helps to not catch him off-guard, she said. Still, Zachman realizes many prospective grooms no longer take the effort to ask their future fathers-in-law first. “A lot of people don’t do it, and I’m sad to say that,” she said. “I think a lot of people think it’s old-fashioned, but again, any time we take an action that shows respect for another individual, I think that’s one of the best things we can do for an ongoing relationship. It’s something that should be gauged. If a girl is very involved with her family, I think it’s something that is a priority and is still important to this day.” Although the future groom may be confident of a positive response, he must be prepared for the alternative. A “no” answer from the father presents a test for the hopeful groom. “How he responds may make or break a future opportunity,” Zachman said. “If the dad says no, what’s he going to do? If the response is appropriate, he’s leaving the door open for that relationship. If the guy goes flying off the handle, he pretty much has ruined it. And that has happened. If it doesn’t go the way you hoped, keep your cool and hopefully there will be another opportunity.” n GROOM CONTINUES ON 18

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Picking the ring

There’s basically two schools of thought when it comes to picking out an engagement ring: guy walks into jewelry store solo and selects the ring, or guy takes girl with him to peruse rings and she essentially selects it for him. Jeffrey Mann, owner of Jeffrey Mann Fine Jewelers, 5247 Monroe St., is a firm believer in the former. “I’m a very traditional person with respect to bridal (matters),” Mann said. “I think any guy should go out and shop for the engagement ring on their own. If you’re getting engaged and you present your fiancée with the ring and you surprise her, that moment, you can’t ever get it back. If you bring her in and she picks out the exact same ring that you are going to buy, you’ve lost that moment forever.” A man picking out the ring himself also makes financial sense, the jeweler with 28 years of experience said. “Most guys, especially younger guys, have a pretty tight budget range,” he said, noting he’s seen women pick out rings significantly more expensive than the man is comfortable spending. “He brought her in with the intention of letting her pick out the ring she wants, and all of a sudden, he either can’t buy it or isn’t prepared to buy it. It’s sort of an odd situation.” Mann said it’s extremely rare for a couple to come back to improve upon the ring the man selected on his own.

“I think most women, even if it’s not exactly what she would have chosen, are pretty respectful of the fact that that is the ring their fiancé chose for them and wouldn’t say anything different,” he said. Diamond shoppers will encounter what’s known as the Four Cs: clarity, color, carat and cut. Clarity refers to a diamond’s imperfections. Some are visible only with magnification. The color of a diamond is assigned a letter ranging from D (colorless) to Z (yellow). Carat refers to the size of the stone. Cut refers to both the shape and the skill in which it was fashioned. Mann said prospective grooms are often a little uncertain on what the response from their significant other will be when they present the ring. Rest easy, he said. “One thing that always stands out in talking with guys is there’s that fear factor in the back of their minds, whether or not she’s going to accept the ring,” Mann said. “I can honestly tell you I don’t ever recall an instance where that happened.”

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Even if the man couldn’t care less if the floral arrangements feature lilies or roses, or whether the napkins have hearts or bells imprinted on them, chances are he may have an opinion on some aspects of the big day. “Nowadays, there are more grooms taking part in the planning because they are financially contributing,” said Brittany Craig, owner of Crowning Celebrations wedding planning. “More couples are contributing to

the overall cost of the wedding versus just the parents, so the grooms are taking a more active role because it’s their money too.” Having the male put in his two cents can only benefit, Craig said. “It helps to give more perspective into the planning of the day,” she said. “Grooms seem to be really into the specifics on the contracts and negotiations. Usually the women are more into the details and the design and the overall concept.” Certain aspects of the wedding generally fall into the male’s hands, Craig said. “Grooms usually have the responsibility of transportation and music, whether or not their bride gives it to them or they just take the initiative,” Craig said. “They seem to be interested in the reception space itself and what kind of transportation is going to be provided that day and the music, in terms of if they’re booking a DJ or band and that kind of thing.” O

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Wedding reception math (ARA) — Acting as your own planner can help save money on your wedding reception. From ordering wedding napkins and favors to deciding how much cake and drinks to have on hand, you can keep a handle on costs by self-managing as many reception-related tasks as possible. But how do you know how much to buy? Buy too little of any important item and you could run out, leaving guests hungry, thirsty and disappointed. Buy too much and you’ll waste money and be faced with the challenge of getting rid of leftovers. The experts at MyWeddingReception, a leading online resource for brides seeking unique wedding favors, wedding decorations and wedding supplies, offer these tips for calculating how much you’ll need of key reception items:


With all the dancing and celebrating they’ll be doing, your guests are sure to work up a thirst. It’s important to calculate the right amount of beverages to buy so you don’t run out. A good rule of thumb is to plan for one drink per person, per hour. You may need more or less depending upon the makeup of your crowd. Lots of kids? You’ll probably need less alcohol and more soft drinks. Plenty of

adults who love a good party? You may need to adjust the amount of alcohol accordingly. Here are some averages to give you a starting point: O Beer: Three to four beers per person. O Champagne: Two glasses per person (mostly for the toasts). O Wine: Three quarters of a bottle per person. One bottle of wine or champagne yields about six to seven glasses. O Soft drinks: Three to four servings per person. A 2-liter bottle holds seven to nine drink servings. It’s always good to err on the side of caution and order more than you think you will need — about a third more is standard. Check with your distributor before you order; some will allow you to return unopened bottles. There are also a number of online calculators, such as, to help you crunch numbers and determine how much alcohol to supply at your event. For help with beer kegs specifically, check out, a calculator provided by, an online draft beer equipment seller.


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before the reception, limit this time to an hour or 90 minutes — you don’t want guests filling up before the main event. Estimate three hors d’oeuvres per person, per hour — roughly five per person for the entire time. If your reception will be a cocktail/hors d’oeuvres event without a sit-down dinner, increase your calculations to 12 pieces per guest. If you’re serving a sit-down dinner, one plate per person per course should be your starting point. You may choose to ask the kitchen/caterer to have some extras on hand in case anyone requests seconds or some lastminute guests arrive. For the wedding cake, simply tell your baker how many guests will attend and they can recommend the size cake you’ll need. It’s good to estimate more servings than invited guests as some may want seconds or bring last-minute additions to the party. If you’ll serve desserts other than cake, estimate one to two servings per guest.


Personalized or plain, linen or three-ply, wedding napkins are a wedding reception must-have item. It’s hard to imagine going overboard and having too many napkins, but it could happen — and if it does you may find yourself using those napkins at your first an-

niversary celebration. To ensure your napkin buying is on target with your needs, follow these guidelines: O Two to three cocktail napkins per guest for the bar area. O One cocktail-sized napkin per guest for the cake table. O One and a half dinner or luncheon napkins per guest at the meal table if you won’t be using linen napkins. For example, if you’ll have 100 guests, plan for 150 dinner napkins.

Finally, favors

This one may seem obvious — one favor per guest. In reality, however, you need to allow for breakage (What if someone drops a box of favors on the way into the reception hall and several shatter?) and guests who may ask to take an extra favor home for a relative or friend who wasn’t able to attend. Increasing your favor purchase by just 10 percent won’t cost that much more, but could allow you to send guests home with an extra favor or two. O

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Two women — one with a background in business, the other with a background in cosmetics and both with a passion for helping others — met while organizing a fundraiser and became fast friends. The pair hashed out the basics of a business plan over a bottle of wine in Italy, and the result was Face Junky, a cosmetics boutique in Perrysburg featuring more than 40 lines of cosmetics, facial treatments and beauty accessories from around the world. n BOUTIQUE CONTINUES ON 25

Hope Finch, left, and Debbie Deiger own Face Junky, a new cosmetics boutique in Perrysburg. TOLEDO FREE PRESS STAR PHOTO BY SARAH OTTNEY

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“A happy marriage is a long conversation, which always seems too short.” — Andre Maurois n BOUTIQUE CONTINUED FROM 24 The shop, which opened in August, also offers personalized consultations, customized products, educational workshops and space to host events. Co-owners Hope Finch and Debbie Deiger, both Toledo natives, pride themselves on offering products not found at other boutiques and stores in the region. “We’ve gone all over the U.S. and world to find the things we carry,” Deiger said. “We’re finding this is something everybody’s been wanting. It’s been overwhelming, the positive response.” Besides hard-to-find products, the shop also strives to set itself apart with its focus on personal touch and privacy, said Finch. “We want customers to come in and feel what personalized customer service is and to truly find their inner beauty and bring it onto the outside through our products,” said Finch, a former California-based representative for Goldwell Cosmetics and manager for Estée Lauder. “Customers range from 4 years old to 75. It’s a store for everyone.” Product lines include Rodial, a skincare line based in the UK; EvePearl, a cosmetic line from the five-time Emmy-winning makeup artist; Beauty Addicts, a boutique cosmetics line; Julie Hewett, a Los Angeles makeup artist who designed a palette of red lipstick to suit every woman; Embryolisse, a skincare line from Paris new to the United States; Girlactik, a Los Angeles-based cosmetic line; and TASK, a line of men’s skincare from Switzerland.

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When it comes to weddings, Face Junky offers a variety of options in its Flawless Wedding Makeup series. O The Ultimate Fairytale package ($75) offers brides a pre-bridal consultation, makeup trial, rehearsal dinner makeup and wedding makeup. O The Bridal Bouquet package ($40/ person) offers wedding day makeup for the entire bridal party. O The Mother and Mother-in-Law Bliss package ($45/person) offers wedding day makeup for mothers and/or mothers-in-law as well as a lipstick of their choice to keep. O The Girls Just Want to Have Fun package ($50/person) provides makeup for a group of friends or wedding party before a bridal shower, bachelorette party or other event. O The shop can also host bridal showers or other events, which can include makeovers, appetizers, drinks and more. All packages can be tailored to fit individual needs, and can be done at Face Junky or on location at the hotel or ceremony venue for $30/ hour. Spray tanning can be added onto any package for $30. Finch said she believes it’s worth splurging to get makeup professionally done on your wedding day. “For a lot of women, it’s the biggest day of their life and they want to look their best on their big day,” Finch said. “We use makeup that is high-definition, meaning it reads really well in film and pictures. You don’t want to spend all this money on photos and then

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have your face be flushed out.” As part of their passion for helping others, Finch and Deiger believe in giving back to the community. “Part of our vision is giving back to the community, supporting local businesses and also the underprivileged,” Finch said. “We’ve been very blessed in our lives and feel the need to give back.” Deiger agreed. “We wouldn’t do this without giving back to the community,” Deiger said. “It wouldn’t seem right.” Face Junky will be hosting two workshops in January: O 6:30 p.m. Jan. 19: “Fresh Face,” a tutorial on how to achieve a flawlessly fresh complexion, focusing on skincare and the techniques used by Carmindy of TLC’s “What Not To Wear.” Participants will take home a goodie bag of customized color products. $45. Advance reservation required. O 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25: “Smokey Eye,” a tutorial on how to perfect a smokey eye, taking it from day (natural) to night (dramatic). Participants will take home a personalized duo of Julie Hewett eye shadows. $40 Advance reservation required. The shop is located at 123 Louisiana Ave. in Perrysburg. January hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. TuesdayWednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and closed Sunday-Monday. For more information, visit Face Junky on Facebook. O

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Before Sarah Hughes’ July wedding to Phoevos Hughes, she had the task of registering for wedding gifts. Instead of going the traditional route, the bride-to-be decided to go with a website she frequented: Amazon. “I thought it was really interesting. It’s not like one store,” Hughes said of the online marketplace. The couple received a variety of gifts ranging from exercise equipment to household gear. Many couples are choosing alternatives to the standard department store registry. Couples who are living together before marriage, are older when they get married, or are getting married for a second time often find they already have household items, which are typically what couples register for. “When [live-in couples] get married, they’re like, ‘We don’t need anything.’ And it’s still not appropriate to ask for money at a wedding,” said April Gladieux, owner of Your Perfect Day, a wedding planning service out of Perrysburg. Gladieux said about 60 percent of her clients live together before getting married. n REGISTRY CONTINUES ON 29

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n REGISTRY CONTINUED FROM 28 She recommended using stores not always associated with weddings, that do in fact have registries, like Home Depot, Best Buy or Wally’s Wine and Spirits. One of Gladieux’s clients has lived with her fiancé for three years and decided to go the Home Depot route when she learned about it. “She’s like ‘Oh, perfect, we have a house we just bought. It’s a fixer-upper. We need nails, we need staples, we need dry wall; perfect’,” Gladieux said. For Gladieux’s own August 2009 wedding, she also chose an alternative registry and went with Central Travel, a travel agency with eight locations in Northwest Ohio. Central Travel offers a service that collects money toward the cost of a honeymoon and also builds a Web page that couples can direct their guests to with information about the couple, trip and registry. Although a deposit is required, there isn’t a fee for using the registry service and if guests contribute more than the honeymoon’s cost, the couple receives a check for the balance. Although the service has been offered for about nine years, not everyone is keen on honeymoon registries, said Gabrielle Warncke of Central Travel. “Some find it very cool and some find it very appalling,” Warncke said. “It’s hit and miss; people see it one way or the other.” She estimated that about one-third of her honeymoon clients use the registry service. Central Travel also directs clients to Honeymoon Wishes, a popular honeymoon registry website. Another honeymoon registry is Honeyfund. com, which allows couples to break down the

cost of their trip so guests can purchase specific items. For example, guests can purchase the couple a night in a Rome hotel or a tour of the Colosseum. “The trend of people marrying later in life is fueling this style of registry,” said Sara Margulis, CEO of Margulis and her husband Josh founded in 2006 after their own wedding. “My husband and I got married in 2005 and we looked for honeymoon registries online and were disappointed,” Margulis said. Many sites take a percentage of registry earnings that can amount to another night spent on your honeymoon, “which we weren’t willing to give up,” Margulis said. Couples listed on the site received between $2,600 and $6,000 from their guests. Couples can also use their weddings to give back.’s wedding registry website, the I Do Foundation, gives couples an opportunity to incorporate charity giving into their weddings. The service, launched on Valentine’s Day in 2002, offers couples several different options, including selecting a charity from’s database for guests to give to, giving gift cards to wedding attendants allowing them to select their own charities to donate to, or giving charitable donations in place of wedding favors. “[Couples surveyed by Just Give] really thought this was a way to set their lives together in the right direction by sharing their love in a broader sense through charity,” said Candy Culver, spokesperson for Just Give. In the past nine years, couples have donated $5.75 million to charities through the I Do Foundation. Other options for alternative gift, house and honeymoon registries include alternative-


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O Sunday, Jan. 22 (Ann Arbor): Amazing Brides Bridal Show, 1 to 4 p.m. (introduction to ballroom dance and fashion show at 3 p.m.), Sheraton Ann Arbor, 3200 Boardwalk Drive, 248-568-6907,, free. O Saturday, Feb. 4 (Oregon): Alan Miller Jewelers Bridal Jewelry Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 3239 Navarre Ave., Oregon, (419) 693-4311,, free. O Sunday, Feb. 12 (Ann Arbor): Brides-To-Be Show, noon to 3 p.m., Sheraton Ann Arbor, 3200 Boardwalk Drive, 586-228-2700,, $8 at the door, $7 in advance. O Sunday, Feb. 19 (Grand Rapids, Ohio): Yours and Mine Nazareth Hall Bridal Show, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., brunch available 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ($12 for adults, $6 for children ages 3 to 12), 21211 W. River Road, Grand Rapids, (419) 8322900,, free. O Sunday, March 11 (Archbold): Sauder Village Bridal Show, noon to 4 p.m., Founder’s Hall, 22611 State Route 2, Archbold, 800-590-9755,, $7 at door, $5 with coupon at website. O Saturday, March 24 (Monroe): The Mall of Monroe Bridal Extravaganza, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (how to be a bride on a budget demonstration at 2:30 p.m., followed by fashion show at 3 p.m.), 2121 N. Monroe St., Monroe, (734) 242-9150,, free. O Sunday, March 25 (Ann Arbor): Whimsical Occasions Event, 1 to 4 p.m., Weber’s Inn, 3050 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, 248-909-6511,, $8 in advance, $10 at door, or bring this listing to get two free admissions. O Sunday, April 22 (Findlay): The Courier 28th Annual Wedding Showcase, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Cube Sports-Plex, 3430 N. Main St., Findlay, 419-422-5151,, cost TBD. O Sunday, Aug. 26 (Maumee): Wedding Dreams Bridal Show, noon to 4 p.m., The Pinnacle, 1772 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee, (419) 346-9885,, $7. O Sunday, Sept 9 (Toledo): I Do at the Zoo, 3 to 7 p.m., Toledo Zoo, 2700 Broadway St., (419) 893-5888,, $5 in advance (at The Andersons), $7. O Sunday, Sept. 23 (Pemberville): Wedding Extravaganza 2012, noon to 5 p.m. (fashion show at 2 p.m.), Riverview Banquet Centre, 405 E. Front St., Pemberville, (419)

352-4421,, free. O Sunday, Oct 28 (Findlay): Once Upon a Wedding, 3 to 6 p.m., Country Inn & Suites and Holiday Inn Express, Findlay, (419) 420-1776,, free.

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O Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20-21 (Grand Rapids, Mich.): Winter Bridal Show of West Michigan, 5 to 9 p.m. Jan. 20 (fashion show at 7 p.m.) and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 21 (fashion shows at noon and 2 p.m.), DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. N.W., Grand Rapids, (616) 5328833,, $6 per day. O Friday, Jan. 20 (Columbus): The Franklin Park Conservatory Bridal Show, 6 to 9 p.m., 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, (614) 645-1800,, $15 in advance, $18 at door. O Sunday, Jan. 22 (Dearborn): Flaunt Bridal Event, noon to 4 p.m. (fashion show at 2:30 p.m.), Dearborn Inn, 20301 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, (586) 532-9200,, $7 at door or free with preregistration at website. O Sunday, Jan. 29 (Livonia): Brides-To-Be Show, noon to 4 p.m., Laurel Manor, 39000 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia, (586) 228-2700,, $7 in advance, $8 at the door. O Sunday, Jan. 29 (Bloomfield Hills): Whimsical Occasions Event, 1 to 4 p.m., Iroquois Club, 43248 N. Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, (248) 909-6511,, $8 in advance, $10 at door, or bring this listing to the event to get two free admissions. O Sunday, Jan. 29 (Columbus): The Columbus Premier Bridal Expo, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (fashion shows at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.), The Aladdin Shrine Center, 3850 Stelzer Road, Columbus, (937) 748-0247, columbusbridalexpos. com, $8 at door (cash only), $6 preregister at website, $5 with purchase at website. O Sunday, Jan. 29 (Cleveland): Boutique Bridal Bazaar, noon to 5 p.m. (fashion show at 1:30 p.m.), Dredgers Union, 2043 E. Fourth St., Cleveland, (216) 447-9620 or, $10 at door, $5 with preregistration at website. O Sunday, Feb. 5 (Howell, Mich.): Wedding Extravaganza Bridal Show, noon to 4 p.m., Crystal Gardens Banquet Center, 5768 E. Grand River Ave., Howell, (877) 545-1002,, $10 at door, free with coupon from website. O


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MUSIC The Ark This small venue offers a showcase for lesser-known acts. 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451, (734) 761-1800 or O Martin Sexton: 7 p.m. Jan. 19, $40. O The RFD Boys: 8 p.m. Jan. 20, $11. O The Verve Pipe family show: 11 a.m. Jan. 21, $10. O International Guitar Night: 8 p.m. Jan. 21, $30. O Lonesome County, Goldmine Pickers: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22, $15. O The Juliets: 8 p.m. Jan. 23, $10. O Erin McKeown, Carrie Rodriguez, Kelly Joe Phelps: 8 p.m. Jan. 24, $20.

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This Toledo standby has been revived with more than 20 different flavors of martinis and live, local music. 5201 Monroe St. (419) 843-5660. O Don Binkley: Jan. 18 and 25. O Scott Ballard: Jan. 19. O New Orleans Party Asylum: 7-11 p.m. Jan. 20. O Andrew Ellis & Lucky Lemont: Jan. 21.

This family-friendly eatery dishes up live performances … and Chicago-style pizza. 7131 Orchard Centre Dr., Holland. (419) 491-0990. O Mark Mikel: Jan. 21.

The Blarney Irish Pub Catch local acts while taking in the pub’s modern Irish and American fare. 601 Monroe St. (419) 418-2339 or www. O Suburban Soul: Jan. 20. O Kyle White: Jan. 26. O Chris Shutters and friends: Jan. 27.


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Dégagé Jazz Café Signature drinks, such as pumpkin martinis, plus live local jazz performers. 301 River Road, Maumee. $5 weekends for cafe seating. (419) 794-8205 or O Gene Parker & Friends: 7-10 p.m. Jan. 18 and 25. O David Lux: 7 p.m. Jan. 19. O Sheila Landis: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20-21. O Jason Quick: 7 p.m. Jan. 24. O Leo Darrington: 7 p.m. Jan. 26. O Ramona Collins: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27-28.

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A different band performs each week. 702 E. Broadway St. (419) 754-1903. O DJ Lamont: Tuesdays. O Devious: Thursdays (also open mic night)-Saturdays.

Karaoke is offered Tuesdays, but paid entertainers rock out Wednesdays-Saturdays. 4311 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 382-1444 or O DJ Mark EP: Thursdays. O Nicole & Mic: Jan. 18. O Brave Youngster: Jan. 20. O Arctic Clam: Jan. 21. O Kyle White: Jan. 25.

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Duncan’s 938 W. Laskey Rd. (419) 720-4320. O Open stage with Buzz Anderson and Frostbite: Wednesdays. O Scotty Rock: Sundays. O Chris Shutters, Mark Mikel & Eddie: Jan. 20. O Creamy Goodness: Jan. 21. O Last Born Sons: Jan. 27.

Fat Fish Blue Serving blues and similar sounds, as well as bayoustyle grub. Levis Commons, 6140 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. (419) 931-3474 or O Cont-Nuite Band: 9:30 p.m. Jan. 20 and 27. O Chris Shutters Band: 8:30 p.m. Jan. 21.

French Quarter J. Pat’s Pub Live entertainment after 9:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Holiday Inn French Quarter, 10630 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg. (419) 874-3111 or O Lazy River Band: Jan. 20-21. O The Late Show: Jan. 27-28.

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13625 Airport Hwy., Swanton (across from Valleywood Country Club) Mon. - Thurs. 11-11 p.m. Fri. - Sat. 11-12 a.m. Closed Sundays and Holidays

This venue focuses on classical, jazz and opera artists and music. 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, Mich. $5-$30, unless noted. (734) 769-2999 or O David Abbott, Lia Jensen-Abbott: 8 p.m. Jan. 18. O Michalowski/Skebo/Rodriguez Matos: 8 p.m. Jan. 19. O Caleb Curtis, Chris Pattishall: 8 p.m. Jan. 21. This “slice of the Big Apple” in the Glass City provides entertainment most weekends. 1516 Adams St. (419) 243-6675 or O Open mic: 9 p.m. Monday nights. O Jam session hosted by Tom Turner & Slow Burn: 9 p.m. Tuesdays. O Steve Kennedy: 7 p.m. Jan. 18. O Quick Trio: 6 p.m. Jan. 19. O MightHaveBen: 9 p.m. Jan. 20. O Steven Fenelli: 7 p.m. Jan. 25.

Northwest Ohioans have always enjoyed the hot flavors of Mexico, and our warm hospitality. Come to one of our restaurants and experience a delicious dining adventure tonight!

10400 Airport Hwy.(1.2 Mi. East of the Aiport) Lunch & Dinner, 11 a.m. to Midnight Closed Sundays & Holidays

Kerrytown Concert House


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Specializing in Mexican Food since 1955

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Live music is on Saturday’s menu; the genre varies, along with the cover charge. Karaoke is on tap 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, and a DJ starts spinning at 9 p.m. Fridays. 26611 N. Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg. (419) 874-9058 or O John Barile and Bobby May: 8 p.m. Jan. 24.



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This local, family-owned enterprise offers food, drinks and music in a sleek atmosphere. 405 Madison Ave. $5 cover. (419) 246-3339 or O Athena Johnson: Jan. 19. O Dan and Don: 8 p.m. Jan. 20. O Mike Fisher: 8 p.m. Jan. 21 and 27.

JJ’s Pub

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This Irish pub serves the requisite Guinness with entertainment. 4945 Dorr St., Suite A. (419) 534-9830 or O Jeff Stewart: Jan. 19.

3025 N. Summit Street (near Point Place) Mon. - Thurs. 11-10 p.m. Fri. - Sat. 11-11 p.m., Sun. 3-9 p.m. Closed Holidays



This club is a venue for music (and music lovers) of all types.

EVERYDAY 1:45 – 6:00 PM





151 on the Water The former home of Murphy’s has reinvented itself as “Toledo’s only Chicago-style restaurant and music cafe.” 151 Water St. (419) 725-2151 or O Bobby G: Jan. 19. O The Cheeks: Jan. 20-21.

Ottawa Tavern Casual meals with weekend entertainment. 1815 Adams St. (419) 725-5483 or O Nate Mattimoe: 10 p.m. Jan. 19.

Our Brothers Place Take in a movie with margaritas on Mondays, or laugh at Thursday comedy nights … but music takes center stage most nights. 233 N. Huron St. O Wayne: 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. O Disc jockey: Fridays. O Smooth jazz and R&B: Saturdays and Tuesdays. O Karaoke with Walt McNeal: 4 p.m. Sundays.

Pizza Papalis Get slices with a topping of entertainment. 519 Monroe St. (419) 244-7722 or O Don Coats: Jan. 20. O Elixer: Jan. 21.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop What began as an antique store in Chicago turned into a string of more than 200 eateries nationwide, including Toledo. All of the shops feature live music. 4038 Talmadge Road. (419) 725-5037 or O Don Coats: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays. O Tom Drummonds: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. O Jaime Mills: Jan. 20.

Rosie’s Italian Grille The home of Hot Mama Bread also hosts the occasional entertainer. 606 N. McCord Road. (419) 866-5007 or www. O Don and Rachel Coats: Jan. 19. O Mitch Kahl: Jan. 20. O

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We know you play hard on Fri/ Sat nights, so in the morning, come enjoy our Bloody Mary Bar with over 20 ingredients!

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SLUG, from left, Jay Jared, Justin Fuller, Mike Fisher and James Graham. TOLEDO FREE PRESS STAR PHOTO BY JOSEPH HERR

Mike Fisher’s SLUG revels in ‘outlaw swamp metal’ By Jason Mack Toledo Free Press Star Staff Writer

Mike Fisher started a band to prove a point to his fellow Toledoans, but five years and two name changes later, it has evolved into much more. “This band was supposed to last 12 months,” Fisher said. “I was playing acoustic Downtown, alone all the time. It hit me that nobody knew I was a rocker that converted over to playing acoustic and folk. I got a bug up my ass about it.” He set out to remove the bug by piecing together a band with musicians 10 years younger than him with the intention of doing one album. “I wanted to show them what I’d experienced on stage,” Fisher said. “Now, five years later we’re back in the studio for our fifth album. I think it came about from a lack of focus. I forgot this was supposed to end years ago and we’ve been having too good of a time.” The good time will continue Jan. 21 at the Omni with a ceremony to officially change the band’s name from Ugly Tribe Revival to SLUG along with the release of the album “Shakers, Makers and Undertakers.” “Our live performances are fun mayhem,” Fisher said. “People can tell we love what we’re doing. It’s high energy. There’s a lot of leaping, jumping, yelling and howling.” Fisher describes SLUG as outlaw swamp metal, a mixture of styles including guitarist Jay Jared’s metal, indie and folk from drummer James Graham and bassist Justin Fuller and Fisher’s own Southern rock feel. While writing a column called “Fisher’s Kitchen” for the former website T-Town-, he coined the term “sludge” for bands combining genres. The name SLUG combines sludge with what Fisher calls the band’s “ugly brand.” “Sludge is a style of music we’ve been preaching with a lot of other local bands for years in tribute to the black swamp area of Toledo,” Fisher said. “I noticed all the other bands we like around town mix so many different styles. When you go to other cities you get heavy metal bands and folk bands. Here in the Rust Belt, we just kind of make do. We throw together a band with four people with four different styles of band and see what happens with it.” Fisher and Jared sit down to write sometimes, but many of the songs come from jam sessions at practice. Fisher writes all of the lyrics and aspires to be a storyteller in the mold of Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan. “Shakers, Makers and Undertakers” got its name from the songs “Swamptown, Shake It Off,” “Hatemaker” and “Undertakers on Parade.” “It’s a good place to hide when you have really heavy and intense thoughts, when you can tell it through a story rather than just saying what you’re thinking,” Fisher said. “A lot of it comes from a job I had for 10 years where I was working within the criminal justice system. I got to see a lot of crazy stuff. If you take it too literal, it’s not a song. If you put it into some kind of cryptic lyricism, it comes out kind of cool.” The band’s name is changing, but the style remains the same. “We’ve always prided ourselves on keeping our signature that people like,” Fisher said. “It’s contrary to a lot of bands. They’ll try to go heavier or more melodic. Our only rule of thumb on this album was to go more. Whatever the other albums

had, we wanted more of that. If before we were intense, this time we wanted to be more intense.” With a unique sound and members deeply rooted in Toledo, SLUG has always emphasized remaining independent. The band members all have other projects and day jobs, including Fisher, who proclaims himself the “greatest barn salesman in the tri-state area.” “We’ve seen early on that the industry was changing and record labels don’t have a lot to offer to a band that has the experience and the drive to take care of things themselves,” Fisher said. “It also keeps us agile musically, because a lot of labels don’t like when you diversify your music like we do. We’re not really good at focusing on one thing.” Remaining independent has allowed SLUG to play many styles of music, including mixing an Irish jig and a waltz into their repertoire. The variety has led to unique interaction from the crowd. “Where you would normally see a mosh pit, everybody would stop all of a sudden and waltz together,” Fisher said. “It’s as sarcastic as can be, but it’s been going on for years. It’s cool to see. The live shows are so interactive.” The album release party begins at 9 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Omni, located at 2567 Bancroft St. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. “Shakers, Makers and Undertakers” will be on sale for $10, and the show will feature SLUG along with In Theory, The Bloody Buffalo and Bathhouse Betty. “There will be a lot of good bands just having a good time,” Fisher said. “The other bands playing with us are truly excellent. We’re hoping it will be a fast four hours of high energy and lots of fun.” O

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Toledo Free Press STAR – Jan. 18, 2012  

The cover for this edition features artwork for our winter “Here Comes the Guide” bridal section, which starts on page 7. The Star of the We...

Toledo Free Press STAR – Jan. 18, 2012  

The cover for this edition features artwork for our winter “Here Comes the Guide” bridal section, which starts on page 7. The Star of the We...