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Something tells us if you can get a group of welders to gather around a wedding ring that elicits jealous oohs and ahhs, you've stumbled on something in the nuptial game. That's the case for Dublin's Scott's Custom Jewelers, who after astutely observing that most men barely accessorize past the wrist, have opened up a [...]



Something tells us if you can get a group of welders to gather around a wedding ring that elicits jealous oohs and ahhs, you’ve stumbled on something in the nuptial game.

That’s the case for Dublin’s Scott’s Custom Jewelers, who after astutely observing that most men barely accessorize past the wrist, have opened up a whole new avenue for marital material with computer-assisted drawing and 3-D printing capabilities, offering rings that truly fit the needs of today’s grooms.

“Guys are fun,” said owner Beth Cevasco “but they’re picky. Plus, they don’s accessorize much- maybe they wear a watch or some rubber bracelets for a cause, but that’s it.”

Cevasco and her husband Scott thought, if it’s not about diamonds, then it could easily be about the design and DIY.

“[Guys are] building their own iPhone cases and customizing their Nikes- why wouldn’t they build their rings?” Cevasco said.

The Cevascos’ hunch has paid off. After becoming the first jeweler to invest in a 3-D printer in Northeast Ohio, the Akron-born business saw enough interest to open a central Ohio location, and grooms have been lining up to find a wedding accessory with a personal ring to it. Through the CAD option, customers can create a design and then print a 3-D prototype, which they can paint any color of gold they want, and try it on for size in real life before making the final product.

Cevasco also says that many of her customers will come in wanting a simply band, but through the process will get so into the spirit of creativity, that many will insist on doing a custom engraving too- especially when they control how the rings looks and feels. In the end, customization is everything for a group not accustomed to wearing rings, and now facing the prospect of wearing one for life.

We’ve made all kinds of unique rings,” said Cevasco. “We’ve copied tattoo designs, incorporated words and symbols and just made one that looks like a USB computer drive wrapped around the finger for a groom.” A recent groom created a two-tone design, that, as far as we can tell, has to be a first.

“When the guy proposed, he recorded it on his cell phone. Then we used a voice digitizer to get the sound wave of what his future bride said and used that around the middle of the band to divide the two color,” said Cevasco. “It’s really neat- and i makes a great story, too!”

Other grooms have had special engravings cast inside the bands. Cevasco recalls that “one bride had us put a secret message inside the band- it said, ‘Put your ring back on’- he got a good laugh out of that one!”

Another band was for a welder who really didn’t want a ring until we came up with one that looked like hot welding material holding two small bands together. “We used dark rose gold to make it look authentic,” explained Cevasco. “When he wore it to work after the wedding, all of his co-workers were jealous.”

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Columbus rockstar lands spot on eccentric putt-putt show




Photo by Medusa Lullaby McGee

Reality shows sure do attract their fair share of eccentric contestants, people who seem too bizarre for this world. That usually comes with the territory when you’re dealing with naked people trying to survive in the woods or game show contestants swallowing every species of worm imaginable.

Heading into its second season, extreme miniature golf competition show Holey Moley--hosted by NBA All-Star Stephen Curry and comedian Rob Riggle--does not sell you short on its bounty of peculiar putters. Columbus rock star Lizard McGee of indie rock band Earwig fits the mold of quirky golf professionals, internet influencers, and celebrities who are chosen for the show to a T.

“I was definitely not a shoo-in when I started, but I pushed the Rock Star angle,” McGee said. “The sharp David Bowie-inspired suit that I wore helped.”

It can be gathered that part of McGee’s selection on the show had to do with his work on the appropriately-named new duo The Müligans. The golf rock band (I thought math rock was going too far) also features Nashville singer-songwriter Trapper Haskins. McGee is also a suitable pick for the show given that he has a true Scottish-style 9-hole course on his remote property in Southern Ohio.

While waiting for the show to air, be sure to check out the debut single from The Müligans, “Heart Shaped Bruise.” The introspective track helps the listener gain the experience of getting hit by a wild golf ball, the perfect segue into Holey Moley’s uncontrolled chaos. You can download the song for free on Bandcamp by clicking here.

You can also watch a music video, which also serves as a Holey Moley promotion, by clicking here.

“I had a blast and I’m very happy with how I perform on the show,” McGee said. “It’s encouraged me to set even bigger goals for myself. The sky’s the limit.”

The second season of Holey Moley tees off this upcoming Thursday on ABC at 9 p.m. Make sure to tune in a week later to see McGee’s wacky performance on the season’s second episode.

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Veggin’ Out: Vegan chik’n and waffles from Lifestyle Café are a must-order

Mitch Hooper



Veggin' Out is a new series from 614Now taking you around the city finding vegetarian and vegan options that break the traditional mindset of eating plant-based. While there are plenty of great spots serving greens and salads, this series is focused on a different approach: plant-based food that serves to bridge the gap for meat eaters as well as vegheads looking to simply satisfy a craving.

With all the restaurants around the city specializing specifically in chicken and waffles, it's only fair vegetarians and vegans have an option, too. And thankfully Lifestyle Cafe, located on 891 Oak St., is here to balance the scales.

Lifestyle Cafe is an exclusively vegan restaurant started by Shanna "Chef Bae" Dean and Dawn Dickson where the menu spans breakfast, lunch, and dinner with options ranging from vegan breakfast BLTs to vegan shrimp quesadillas. But, the focus today is on the most important meal of the day, breakfast. And more specifically, we are looking at one of Chef Bae's specialties: the gluten-free Lifestyle Waffles served with oven-fried soy-based chik'n topped with red pepper infused maple syrup and vegan maple cream.

Photo by Olivia K. James

The dish starts with the waffles; a careful combination of Red Mills Gluten-free Flour with a cinnamon and coconut sugar brûlée. They are crispy on the outside while still light and fluffy on the inside. There's also many flavors complementing each other in this dish; the sweet coconut and the spicy cinnamon pair nicely with the sweet and spicy red pepper infused 100 percent maple syrup. It's all rounded out with the vegan maple cream which is drizzled atop the creation.

And not to be forgotten, there's also the vegan chik'n Chef Bae and her sous-chef Christi Jackson are making nearly every day (except Monday). While the chik'n is oven baked, it's exterior is crispy and salty just like its real meat counterpart would be had it been deep fried. And again, those flavors come back complementing each other. This time it's the chik'n providing salty contrasts against the sweet ingredients as well as soaking up some of the spice from the red pepper maple syrup.

Photo by Olivia K. James

As mentioned above, Lifestyle Café is open nearly every day of the week except for Mondays. During social distancing and shelter-in-place, delivery through third-party services are available as well as curbside pick-up.

To keep up with Lifestyle Cafe, visit

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To mask or not to mask, that is the question




As we near the Ohio peak of the coronavirus outbreak, government leaders are working to develop the guidelines around the re-opening of the local economy. One of the areas of debate is shaping up to be around the public wearing of masks.

In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that all New Yorkers will be required to wear masks or have their mouth and nose covered while out in public and where you cannot maintain the 6-foot social distancing rule. The governor said there could potentially be civil penalties if there is widespread non-compliance. 

As for Ohio, so far both Gov. DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton have only 'strongly suggested' the wearing of masks while out in public. However in Thursday's press conference, DeWine said wearing masks, "will be part of what we do until we're done with this virus in a year or so."

That has business owners expecting mandatory mask rules to be part of re-opening guidelines which the Governor says will begin slowly, starting May 1.

Despite the official urging as to the importance of wearing masks in public, a quick trip to the supermarket shows compliance rates fairly low as of this date. This may be due to the relative shortage of mask availability or to public confusion surrounding early declarations from public health officials, including the U.S. Surgeon General, that 'masks do not work for the general public'.

Yet Gov. DeWine in remarks Friday said the wearing of masks will be commonplace by both workers and consumers and 'part of our daily lives for some time to come'.

Adding to the confusion, the Surgeon General doubled down in comments to FoxNews Tuesday saying, ""What the World Health Organization and the CDC have reaffirmed in the last few days is that they do not recommend the general public wear masks," Adams told Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "There was a study in 2015 looking at medical students. And medical students wearing surgical masks touch their faces on average 23 times. We know a major way that you can get respiratory diseases like coronavirus is by touching a surface and then touching your face."

Despite the changing narrative, state officials are widely expected to make the wearing of face masks part of our lives for the near future. The only question is whether this will come in the form of a legal declaration with enforcement penalties

Now it's your turn to tell us what you think...

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