Monday, December 3, 2018

Jungle Jim's Monorail

The story of a suburban legend and its journey from one "jungle" to the next.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Cooper Stadium and Reflecting on a Relationship With Baseball

There was this scrap of paper that had been on the floor of my apartment next to the dryer for a few days. I never managed to pick it up until I finally had to do some laundry. I scraped it off the fake wood and for a second, I thought it was a sticker of some sort. When it came up, I turned it over and found the Major League Baseball logo. Which is odd, because I haven't been wearing any clothing adorned with MLB trademarks for some time.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Friday, November 23, 2018

Black Friday at The Chong

“25 days, maybe a month,” that’s what the man sitting at the desk inside the entrance said to me when I asked how much longer The Chong had. He didn’t seem much more interested in my follow up questions of what would come next or what brought on the anticipated closure. As a scarred veteran of the retail world, I try to avoid Black Friday shopping unless there’s an interesting story to be found. In past year’s it was diving deeper into the story of Forest Fair Mall/Cincinnati Mills/Cincinnati Mall/Forest Fair Village. This year, it was a quick visit back to The Chong.

Since writing about one of Downtown Cincinnati’s more unique retail vestiges earlier this month, I’d been told multiple times that the businesses’ “store closing” sale is actually a yearly occurrence, that the place never actually closes down. That all seems to line up with the fact that most things in the shop didn’t seem to be marked down or even remotely discounted when we went in. However, one employee had told me that collectors visited to clear out the store’s inventory of vintage toys in anticipation of what were definitely The Chong’s final days. Shrewd sales tactic or is the place truly disappearing from the downtown blocks?

I guess we’ll know for sure in 25 days, maybe a month.