Archive for the ‘sounds’ Category

55 Gets Wiped Down

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

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Signs change however the hustle remains the same. What was once TWO FIVES now gets wiped down even on holy days.

Fresh scents and mirror-like rims roll through even when there isn’t a penny in business. Terms like this are offsetting to the work-a-day crowd but are worthy of exploration. It’s a choice, live by the commands of outsiders or opt for a simpler life governed by only your hunger.

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Stunning Beauty

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

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Call & Post has gone through many transformations over the years. Under W.O. it was the voice of community. He was the defender, the fixer for, and most importantly the beautifier of his people. After him the paper became a trophy for those striving for status.

Nonetheless, 70s and 80s C&P still had a strong flex that is absent today. Numbers and after-hours news were featured in text, images and hand-crafted graphics.

It’s hard to say how the paper became what it is today, a notice for weddings and nonprofit comfort pitches. Our suspicion is that hustle dollars simply couldn’t compete with the Heavenly March of Jesus.

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Israel on St. Clair

Monday, December 5th, 2011

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Over two days, while installing work at East 72nd, SGS was fortunate make many new friends and hear feedback from passersby.

People commented on the man Mr. Willis. Many smirked as if to say “he’s at it again”. Mr. Willis was a fan of the billboard; he contracted the services of local artists to help fight his battle against The Big Three. Most commented on Mr. Willis’ ability to make a dollar from a dime.

Those who did not recognize our subject, erroneously believed that we were beautifying the front of a coming attraction such as cybercafe, peep show, discotheque, or clairvoyant advisory service.

Mr. Israel (pictured above), also a wheeler-dealer, was the most introspective and understanding person we met during installation. We spent the better part of our two days with him philosophizing about inorganic imagery and SGS’ unique brand of cryptography. With little explanation he understood our purpose and willingly explained it to neighborhood residents.

Israel is a good man who offered us breakfast from his table and the contents of his pockets. For this we are grateful. With a hard exterior and warm heart he defines St. Clair’s Finest (SCF).

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St. Clair’s Finest Feature

Monday, November 28th, 2011

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Stories anchor our memories. They are linked to street corners, small businesses, playgrounds, and homes. Our neighborhoods are born from them and die in their absence. The artwork affixed to the front of 7206 St. Clair is a tribute one of the greatest contributors to the story of Cleveland.

Winston E. Willis, born October 21, 1939 arrived in the city of Cleveland in 1958 by way of Detroit. In the late 1960s the Hough and Glenville riots gave way to white disinvestment in the East 105 area. Willis, already having operated a handful of successful businesses, seized the opportunity and purchased a number of properties at East 105 and Euclid. Over the next decade he formed a real-estate empire that spanned from East 105 to East 55 on Euclid. In the 1980s, after years of legal disputes, Willis’ properties were eventually seized and demolished to make way for the expansion of powerful corporations.

When Willis’ story was told by news outlets it was largely one sided; he was an obstacle to progress, a troublemaker, and at worst a criminal. However, when you speak to the people of his community the story is quite different. He is described as a human dynamo, a savvy businessman, lover of the arts, and a character of great tragedy. Willis was a prophetic man who foresaw the dissolution of one the last locally owned business districts in the city. Once a source of pride for the community, East 105 and Euclid has now been erased of its colorful past.

After months of conversations with Mr. Willis we developed the concept for this project. Its intent is to remind the community that an exciting city can be had once again through local ownership of small businesses. Each of the panels on the front of the building relate directly to stories told to us by Mr. Willis about his business ventures.

Mr. Willis is a quiet man who over time opened his heart to us and shared some of the stories that made him the person he is today. These stories were the inspiration for the panels on the east side of the building. The panels are more personal in nature and may only be discernible to those with direct knowledge of his private life.

This project is meant to honor people like Mr. Willis and their stories. These are the stories of our neighborhoods, overheard in restaurants and often whispered person to person. They are the lifeblood of our city and the source of our pride. It is our opinion that a city without a story is a city with no soul.

If you have read to this point please treat yourself to a meal across the street at Angela’s Family Restaurant. There you can listen to the stories of others and share your own over an affordably priced meal.

This project was made possible with a generous grant from Kent State’s, Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative. Additional support was provided by Christopher Grootenboer, Quoin Construction LLC, The William Rupnik Gallery, and our beloved friend Mr. Winston E. Willis.

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Charlies Spot – 7206 St. Clair

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

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Attention all show-stoppers and body-rockers! Add some Yellow to your Black Friday with the electrifying sounds of Eddie Hayden and Flextronique at Charlies Spot, located at 7206 St. Clair.

Hot tops and bottoms get up on the get down with the magnet vibes of the Flextronique. St. Clair’s finest features are sure to lay down 5 times nightly. Shots out to Hayden, Scorpio and Twilight, for giving us a sneak peak of their upcoming dance floor menagerie, Ultra-Chicness (All You Really Need). Check it.

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Reverend True – 7210 St. Clair

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

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Attention all number enthusiasts! Rev. True’s (aka Dr. Maurice Philpotts) Spiritual Alignment Service has opened at 7210 St. Clair Avenue. True is one of the most successful dream ciphers in the Midwest. A founding member of the Elohim Liberation Front (E.L.F.) True was an innovator in the field of telestatic numerology. He has been a familiar figure in the East 72nd Street neighborhood for many years, with his shoulder length locks and marked accent. Generous to the needy and fearful of children his methods are sure to give you the hot connections necessary for a healthy trouble free life.

The numbers business once known by city elders as a “disease” has been a viable source of income for area residents since the late 1800s. In 1974 greed overcame the “dignified” people of Columbus and the State lottery was established. As with all government co-opts of traditional businesses, the unique essence was sucked from the numbers … until now!

Rev. True offers spiritual assistance with number selection. His tradition always holds and you are guaranteed power picks, dependable combinations and most of all REAL RESULTS.

Visit Rev. True now at 7210 St. Clair. ~ Open 5 Days ~

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Cinematic Amusements – 7208 St. Clair

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

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Attention all movie goers! Cinematic Amusements is now showing the blockbuster fall co-hit The Fifth Battalion, staring Antonio Jackson as Winston E. Willis and Rick Donovan as Dr. Winslow Kaiser.

Set in the year 2020 Dr. Winslow Kaiser, a rogue geneticist for the Nostrupharm Foundation, seeks to free Cleveland from the grips of an evil health services provider. Armed only with a DNA sample and a desire for justice, Kaiser clones the only man who can save the city!

Showing 5-Times nightly at Cinematic Amusements located at 7208 St. Clair.

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Busted Bass

Monday, October 31st, 2011

We don’t know much about these heartless fellas but they definitely have superior taste in communication applications. Always remember that after 5 days is before the 2, check the EP now Busted Bass Weekend.

Thank you.

Marvin Gaye at Public Auditorium

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

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Cleveland Public Auditorium
Cleveland Press
Showtime Magazine
September 1974

Tom & Willy’s Barber Shop

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

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Pictured above are John (everybody in the shop calls him Willy) and his granddaughter Jackie Wilamonsky. Jackie is an aspiring nurse but supports herself by assisting in the family business. Jackie is a chip off the old block as she skillfully lines up patrons disheveled hair into fine-shaped coifs. Jackie also seems to have the barbershop gene in her DNA as she has the gift of gab and doesn’t mind telling it to you straight as she wields sharp instruments near your face.

East 185th Street is one of the last independent commercial shopping centers left in our city. The street lost another eight independent stores along the street within the last year. Willy opened his shop up 21 years ago and is a life-long Clevelander. His shop is adorned with Cleveland memorabilia and he still seems to love his work and his hood even though he explained how tough it has become on this thoroughfare.

SGS member Lil Ant chanced upon Tom & Willy’s when he discovered that his beloved Stefanic’s Barbershop was closed on Wednesday. At first he felt like a cheating lover for crossing over, but thoroughly enjoyed his one day stand and left with no regrets; he was trimmed gently like a secret lover and left feeling as if he was the most beautiful man in the world.

Next time you need to freshen up your look give this site a chance. The people are nice the prices are low and you will be supporting a street and a business that deserve our patronage. Location: 865 East 185th St. (at Kewanee). Parking in the rear. Open Mon-Sat. 8:00-5:00. 216 481 8660. For an added bonus check out this link to see Tom give a buzz cut to a youngster.

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