Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

April 21, 2013

Tim Preston: Mug shots, Maria's market, Main Street and Starbase 51: 4/21/13

Tim Preston
The Independent

ASHLAND — When it comes to feedback about this newspaper, I consider Aunt Mary’s opinion to be the gold standard about local content. And, when Aunt Mary says, “That picture is just awful! You have to take another one,” you know she isn’t kidding.

I’ve met many people recently who’ve asked why I had a photo of myself with short hair when I have been letting my gray-squirrel-colored wig grow out without attempt at taming for almost a full year. The easy answer is Mark Maynard pointed a camera at me in 2007 when I first reported for duty and we just kept that thing on file until around Christmas when the publisher declared we all needed new mug shots.

I pulled my hair into a ponytail for the current photo and didn’t even bother making a selection before this image just turned up in the paper one day. In hindsight, that was not a good move. I had decided to go ahead and get the mess cut off after dealing with repeated mouthfuls of hair every time I had a meal, but then I ended up spending an evening with a few long-lost friends from high school. Being the only male amongst us with a full head of the stuff was about as much fun as an aging rock and roller like myself could ever hope to have.

I’ll take Kevin Goldy up on his offer to shoot a new photo next week.

Blissfully Vintage

The above-mentioned reunion happened on Main Street in Paintsville in the renovated building, which was the former home of Terry Office Supply, where I found classmate Lester Lemaster (yes, that is his real name) running the show.

Lemaster and his wife, Denise, have obviously poured a few tons of love and a truckload of money into the old building, which is now home to Blissfully Vintage Event & Venue Rentals.

“We have a venue that you can rent for weddings, receptions, birthday parties, reunions, baby showers, bridal showers ... it’s just a blank canvas for anything that you want to do,” Lemaster explained, adding the business doesn’t serve food or drinks, allowing customers to provide their own or offering a list of caterers. The business has a nice sound system to allow for anything from karaoke to a live band, and it even has valet parking if desired. All of the tables and chairs inside Blissfully Vintage, which can accommodate up to 100, are antique or vintage varieties and the place has a great classic feel to it.

The Lemasters are also hosts for Paintsville’s monthly Main Street Concert Series, and my old friend is serious about the catch phrase “where it is all about the music.” Lemaster, who plays gospel and country music and is the designated opening act for every show, said he wants to provide a stage for up-and-coming singers and songwriters “with no age or style restrictions.”

Find the Blissfully Vintage page on Facebook and check upcoming performances from a roster, including Jason Goble, Luna and The Mountain Jets, Van Lear Black and Crossroads (a band I’m told has a genetically gifted drummer).

Lemaster hinted the real bread and butter of the business, however, is the off-site rentals for events such as weddings. He said the business was in the process of hanging chandeliers in a barn for a themed union, and noted it rents everything from china and stemware to church pews and blue Mason jars. For more information or to schedule an event, call (606) 791-6275.

New and different

I like foods and flavors from other countries, so I was pleased to hear about a new business that has just opened in Russell called Maria’s Manila Asian Market.

I’ll confess this is something entirely new to me, but I’ve been hearing lots of positive word-of-mouth reports and have been told I must try something called Goldilocks pastries. I did a quick search for that and discovered it is a company that began in the Philippines in 1966 from a small apartment with two display cases and a few tables and chairs. I love success stories like that.

I had no luck contacting the owner, (but I made only one call while trying to beat this week’s deadline) althoughI learned Maria’s is at 1564 Diederich Blvd. and is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“The store will offer food products and nonfood items from the Philippines, which includes hard-to-find ingredients and spices to meet the increased demand for these products by the growing Filipino/American population in the Tri-State area of Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia,” according to the area’s most utilized social website. For more information, email Mariasmanilamarket@gmail.com or call (606) 388-4088.

Starbase 51

I missed my chance to catch up with Phillip Linzy, the owner of  Starbase 51 Hobby Shop at 2614 Louisa St. in Catlettsburg last week, although I do have a field report from reporter and model enthusiast Ken Hart.

A model car guy, Hart said he thought the shop would lean heavily toward sci-fi-related items, but was pleasantly surprised to find “a large selection” of model cars, reflecting Linzy’s enthusiasm for the subject.

“It reminded me of one of the mom-and-pop hobby shops of my youth and I hope it is around for many years to come,” Hart said, adding the shop also has a very nice selection of tools and supplies.

The man in the reporter hat said he was also pleased to purchase a racing Mini Cooper model kit by Tamiya, “at what I felt was a reasonable price.”

Starbase 51 Hobby Shop is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (606) 739-0294.  

Now I know

I had a note about “AYCE” beef liver in a recent column, along with my confession I had no clue what that means.

It was painfully obvious once it was pointed out “AYCE” means “all you can eat.”

While I am a semi-adventurous eater, when it comes to liver you’ll just have to accept I would have never connected the entree to that phrase.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2651.