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Friday, July 27, 2012

Van Damme It's Friday Links

VDIF, FTM readers. (Van Damme it's Friday, Fort Thomas Matters readers to you newbies.)

- Signage for Anita's Mexican Bar & Grill is up at the old Frisch's location on Alexandria Pike. I was going to try and see if I could talk to the owners, or possibly pull a "Target meet and greet." It was a no-go. My bad.

They have built a patio with a pergola over top, where the drive through used to be. Great touch. Can't wait to see the finished product.


- Let's all welcome Cincyshirts.com as our Mark vs. Food sponsor. These guys are hilarious, uniquely Cincinnati and know how to make cool freaking shirts. I now have three in my wardrobe (here, here and here). Plus, Fort Thomas resident and friend of the blog, Jenn Hardin is one of their models.

They are always giving away shirts on their facebook page, and offer lots of discounts. Go Like them and buy a shirt.

- Two Mark vs. Food events have been planned for August, and they are going to both be the biggest yet. Big venues, huge challenges, lots of money raised and two outstanding celebrity guests. Details will follow, but our first challenge will feature 2012 Miss Kentucky, Amanda Mertz.

She was so cool, when approached with the idea for the event, she said, "Heck yeah. I always eat more than my boyfriend, anyway."

This should be a blast.

- Via our Facebook page, we breached the topic about the changes the Cincinnati Enquirer have begun to make. We have been riding this story since near the inception of the blog, and have been of the belief that old media is dead.

In steps that could only be looked at as throwing a hail mary, the Enquirer is changing -among other things- its format size, changing its content, and charging for online viewing.

To me, it's a step in the right direction, but it's probably too little, too late. People simply do not consume news the way they used to. Sometimes society just grows out of institutions. Cars made horse and buggies outdated, DVDs made VHS obsolete. Our society has become busier, which means that the need for news is NOW - not tomorrow morning.

We'll see how it goes, but one thing I know for sure - Fort Thomas Matters will NEVER charge you to see what's happening in Fort Thomas and Northern Kentucky.

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