Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

October 13, 2013

Tim Preston: Spinning signs; burgers; pancakes; and pink guitars: 10/13/13

Tim Preston
The Independent

ASHLAND — I’ve heard some great “What do you think he’s listening to?” conversations among people who, like myself, have been impressed by the sign-spinning skills of the guy on the edge of 13th Street and Blackburn Avenue in recent weeks.

I was running late on return from an assignment last week and got stopped at the red light there just as the guy absolutely nailed a trick, so I decided to stop and get his story. The man with the well-worn Little Caeser’s sign is Chris Daniels of Ashland, who reports he’s learned most of his “flips, helicopters and headspins” by watching online videos.

“There is a big amount of people around the country that’s doing it now,” Daniels said, explaining he tends to try to learn a new trick when he gets bored with his lineup.

Daniels said he was originally hired for the outdoor advertising gig, then moved inside the pizza restaurant for a while before again asking for the outside assignment. The local spinner said he’s met many others who also take pride in doing the job well.

“All that I’ve met who do it with any skill seem to really like it,” he said.

I took a few photos, thanked Daniels and turned to leave before I realized I’d failed to ask the crucial question: What do you listen to while spinning that sign?

“I listen to a little bit of everything. There’s nothing I don’t listen to. Good, fast rock to country and rap,” he said.

With a little nudging, he confessed he was listening to the band Brimstone as he prepared to get back to work bringing the attention of hungry passing motorists to his nearby employer.

Sweet & Savory

I’ve already heard a couple of really good reviews from people who enjoyed their lunch at the new Andy’s Sweet & Savory, the new café inside the Pendleton Art Center at 1537 Winchester Ave.

Chef Andy Moore is no stranger to local food lovers and is perhaps best known for his barbecue and ribs, even though I can attest he is equally good at many other culinary endeavors. At his new eatery, Moore is offering different plate-dinner specials Monday through Friday, along with salads, quesadillas, flatbread sandwiches, desserts, sides and sandwiches served on his signature buns and desserts.

Two members of the news team enjoyed the Nutty Chicken Salad last week and report it was nothing short of excellent.

“That Nutty Chicken Salad is so good it will kill you,” Lee Ward said, before laughing and adding, “You might not want to print it that way.”

Andy’s Sweet & Savory offers local delivery, party room rental, catering for large or small events “and our assorted always-changing daily menu.”

For more information, call (606) 547-8020.

Dawg House

While I’ve been stuck eating noodles at the desk too often in recent weeks, the burger boys have remained on the job and their designated reporter reports they recently visited The Dawg House in Flatwoods.

“I had the cheeseburger combo and my buddy had a couple of dawgs with fries,” he said, describing the recently opened restaurant as “walk-up order placement and payment” with food delivered to table. The menu offers dawgs, barbeque, pulled pork, burgers and a few other items, he said, noting he sampled the cheeseburger basket with drink for $5.89, although most combos don’t include drinks.

“Cheeseburger had good flavor with what seemed to be a better American cheese of which I could actually taste above the extras. The dawgs had a good ‘thumbs up’ sauce from my buddy and the fries were good and hot, not soggy and with the right amount of salt. Would we return to The Dawg House? No reason not to!”

The restaurant is at 2135 Argillite Road, Suite L.

For more information, call (606) 388-4087.

Dinner at the winery

The folks at Carter County’s Rock Springs Winery near Grayson will host a dinner at the vineyard at 7 p.m. Friday.

This month’s menu features an appetizer of chicken in Philly pastry, as well as herb and cream cheese bites; the soup will be broccoli and mushroom chowder, followed by a main course featuring Chicken Marsala over wild rice with mixed vegetables and a croissant. The dessert will be pecan praline cheesecake.

My wife recently met vineyard co-owner Sue Bond, who again extended an invitation for us to join them during one of the dinner events. The upcoming dinner almost coincides with our anniversary Saturday and I’d hoped to celebrate the occasion there. Because of a conflict in my spouse’s work schedule, we can’t make it this time, but are already plotting and scheming for a nice romantic Friday evening at the vineyard in the country.

Dinner is $35 a person and includes select wines. For more information or to make a reservation, call (606) 923-9085.


If I wanted a haircut, I would have a hard time passing up an offer by the staff at Studio 21 Salon & Spa, 2048 Winchester Ave.

“We are holding our second annual Cut-A-Thon to benefit the Weekend Backpack/PASS programs at all Ashland independent schools. It will be held on Oct. 20 from 12 to 5 p.m.,” wrote salon owner Gary Donalson.

“All we ask for is a $10 donation or an easy-to-open snack. In addition to the free haircut, we are also holding a quilt raffle,” he said. “We will have a photo booth, snow-cone machine and face painting.”

Donalson said the event is sponsored by Studio 21, as well as Don’s Mens Shop, Gibbs True Value Hardware, Little Red Hen and Rotoract.

“These wonderful businesses have graciously donated the photo booth, snow-cone machine and quilt as well as their time to help make this event bigger and better this year.  Without this program, some children would have very little if any at all to eat when out of school. We would greatly appreciate it if you could help us spread the word,” Donalson wrote.

For more information, call (606) 325-0001.

Pancakes and

pink guitars

Every year during October, Tal Callihan is one of many local business owners who makes a special pink-ribbon effort for breast cancer awareness month.

This year, Callihan teamed with Dave McCoy at Four O’Clock Rock Guitar Shop on Greenup Avenue and Randy Ackerson at the Music Box Express on Winchester Avenue to arrange for a pair of pink guitars to be used for a raffle to raise funds for the cause. Callihan asked performer Ricky Lynn Gregg to play and autograph the guitars during his show there Friday evening, and the guitars were also played and signed by Dana Romanello when she performed at Callihan’s American Pub & Grill last night.

The guitars, one of which is made by Fender, will be raffled during a breast-cancer benefit pancake breakfast at Callihan’s in the Kyova Mall along U.S. 60 in Cannonsburg from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The menu offers pancakes, sausage and juice for a $5 donation, Callihan said, adding he will have a similar pancake breakfast at his other place, R.J. Kahuna’s, on the morning of Oct. 26.

Callihan said his reasons for supporting breast cancer research and awareness are deeply personal.

“I’ve been affected by it through family and friends. My mom’s been through it,” he said.

For more information, call (606) 585-0586.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at (606) 326-2651.