Dis 'n' Data
By Margaret Marten, Editor
DIS 'N' DATA ARCHIVEItalian Village resident Larry Brown passed away on May 30 after complications from heart surgery. He was well known for his generosity of spirit and tireless work within the community. Jennifer Hambrick has written a bit about his life in this issue (page 23). Larry vigorously fought the encroachment of McDonald’s into the neighborhood back in the ‘80s, yet, interestingly, last year when asked for comment about the opening of the corporate franchise Starbucks in the Short North, he didn’t seem too bothered and speculated that it might actually work out since the business was situated near the Cap and the convention crowd. He was not particularly enthusiastic about the opening, so I doubt that he would lament the recent closure of the short-lived 601 N. High Starbucks (along with some 600 other branches across the country in the coming months).*
Three Dog Bakery opened a few doors down from Starbucks at 611 N. High on July 3. Established almost 20 years ago, Three Dog Bakery is one of the nation’s leading bakeries for dogs, providing treats made with all-natural ingredients. The public is invited to the store’s grand opening celebration the weekend of Friday, August 8 through Sunday, August 10. There will be a “taste-testing” for dogs and owners with giveaways and other events. This is the first business venture for Susan Oilar, 32, and her husband Doug, 41. Both have been working in the airline industry – Susan as a flight attendant until the recent store opening, and Doug as a pilot, which he continues to do, helping Susan out in his spare time. The couple’s two Great Danes, Sadie and Solomon, spend their days in the store, so stop by to meet them. Customers are encouraged to bring their own dogs into the shop to sample the wholesome treats. “It’s all human quality,” said Susan. “We sell entrees that are just chicken, rice, and green beans and carrots – all human grade. I wouldn’t eat it, but you could!” On the sweeter side, they specialize in birthday cakes and parties and have a full-working bakery. Two cases are filled with pastries - one case for chilled items. The Drooly Dreambar is everpopular, peanut butter cake with peanut butter frosting, all natural ingredients. Supplement your dog walks in Goodale Park with a stop in the shop to surprise your dog’s palete. If anything, the store is a novelty worth noting or worth patronizing if you’re serious about giving your pet healthy treats and meals. They have one token snack for cats, “We Pity the Kitties,” and I’m sure the feeling is mutual! Hours are Monday through Thursday 10 - 7, Friday and Saturday 9 - 9 and Sunday noon to 6. Their number is 614-221-3647. "
With the closing of Starbucks comes the opening of Cuppy’s Coffee at 849 N. High St. in the Dakota Building. For coffee addicts like myself, any coffee shop is an attraction, offering hope of good flavor or the restoration of mental clarity. Owner Steve Firouzian, 41, operated a deli a number of years ago in Upper Arlington called The Deli at Lane Avenue and enjoyed it enough to return to the food service business after working in insurance and real estate for 10 years. The Dakota Building appealed to him because he was able to buy the space rather than rent, so he’s committed not only to the business but to the property, which he describes as beautiful. He has accented the walls with his artwork and is making other thoughtful choices about the place because he cares about what he owns. Firouzian is very friendly, a people person. We wish him success with his new venture.
News about upcoming events in the neighborhood can be found in Community Events and the Bulletin Board.
* Editor's Note: Starbucks, 601 N. High St., remained open and continued doing business until closing in September 2009 - a year later.
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