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Q&A: Ben Morgan of Old North Arcade

Professional poker player-turned-entrepreneur Ben Morgan is doubling down on the barcade concept and the Old North neighborhood. Slated to open in early May, Old North Arcade promises free arcade and console gaming, 20 taps of craft beer and signature nerd-inspired cocktails. But Morgan’s concept doesn’t involve becoming another destination bar; he and general manager Pierre Mondon are focused on adding to the Old North neighborhood. With a heavy focus on nerd-culture and fast-paced ’90s gaming, Morgan plans on bringing new clientele to his favorite neighborhood.
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Street Fashion: Favorite looks

My two favorite looks this week are from Tia and Marcus. Tia has a put-together, but still fun and casual look. Everything works together, from her cat-eye glasses and gold chain, down to her primary color, striped shirt and navy blazer. Marcus’ Chelsea boots and tan shirt really stuck out to me as great individual style.
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Things We Love: Andrew Tuchow of Kinetic Food Truck

Traditionally, food trucks have been decidedly greasy, delicious and cheap options in the dining community. Kinetic, a self-proclaimed “performance food” truck, is breaking that reputation. “As a food truck trying to do health food, we’re really carving out our market,” said co-founder Andrew Tuchow. Founded by Tuchow and Andy O’Brien, Kinetic strives to bring healthy food to Columbus, whether it’s at the finish line or the office. “We call ourselves performance food because we want to provide people with feel good energy,” Tuchow said. “Whether that’s after your half marathon or your 15-hour shift.”
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Downtown Abbey: Bad Movie Nite VHS Party at Studio 35

If VHS tapes are a dead format in the tech world, consider Studio 35 their pet cemetery. The cheap, cheesy and hilarious B-movies that never warranted a DVD release are resurrected each month at the Clintonville theater’s “Bad Movie Nite: VHS Party!” Peppered with meme-worthy cutaways, awkward PSAs and commentary from the late-night audience, Studio 35 takes the concept of “it’s so bad it’s good” to new levels.
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Q&A: Ben Morgan of Old North Arcade

Professional poker player-turned-entrepreneur Ben Morgan is doubling down on the barcade concept and the Old North neighborhood. Slated to open in early May, Old North Arcade promises free arcade and console gaming, 20 taps of craft beer and signature nerd-inspired cocktails. But Morgan’s concept doesn’t involve becoming another destination bar; he and general manager Pierre Mondon are focused on adding to the Old North neighborhood. With a heavy focus on nerd-culture and fast-paced ’90s gaming, Morgan plans on bringing new clientele to his favorite neighborhood.
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Sketch in the City: Band Antics #5

Wherein a barfly's date gets hit on by a musician
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Things We Love: DJ O Sharp’s picks

O Sharp is the epitome of a Columbus hip-hop OG. As a DJ for more than 20 years and a radio host for the last few, O’s opinions about inner-city culture makes those wanting to learn, stop and listen. A member of The Usual Suspects Crew, DJ O Sharp’s ability to scratch vinyl is perhaps more known than his desire to help the younger generation grow, but he’s trying to change that. Alive recently spoke to the legendary Columbus cutter about a few of his favorite things.
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Q&A: Designer Katelyn McClain

For fashion designer and former Substance Boutique employee Katelyn McClain, fantasy is always better than reality. The self-proclaimed “Lord Of The Rings” nerd is excited to debut her elf-inspired fashion line at Alternative Fashion Week (April 18-25). Featuring modern fabrics and billowing silhouettes, the Kent State grad has shown with the Alternative Fashion Mob since it began three years ago, and believes this will be her best work yet. We caught up with McClain to talk about her line and how the Alternative Fashion Mob inspired her to bring her fantasies to life.
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Fashion: What are you wearing, Diego Ruiz?

For busy graphic designer Diego Ruiz, style has to be about function. Taking style cues from various Instagram accounts, Kurt Cobain and living in New York City, Ruiz effortlessly transitions from work to play with an arsenal of tried-and-true classics.
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Sketch in the City: Band Antics #4

Wherein our band learns that following in the footsteps of your idols isn't...
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