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Friday, August 9, 2013

Van Damme It's Friday Fort Thomas Links (Cash Mob Results, Clay Frink, 41075 Network, Vito's Hot Dog Eating Contest)

Vito's Cafe held their first annual hot dog eating contest in late July during one of their summer block parties. They featured Eckerlin Meats, which can be found at Findlay Market. 

I actually "retired" from competitive eating in March, but I had to jump at the chance to try the Eckerlin Hot Dogs. They have been in business since 1852. That's not a typo. They have been in business for 161 years.

I'm glad I chose this night to come out of retirement. The dogs were amazing. Eating 9 of them in 10 minutes seemed like a walk in the park.

Special thanks to all the competitors, including my buddy Matt Ewald who had a respectable showing in his first ever competition.

- Alterations by Frances moved right next door to where Vito's Cafe is located. Frances Hoffman is the owner of the business and did so to provide more space for herself and more parking for her customers. 

Alterations by Frances joins other FortThomasMatters' advertisers Cobblestone Cafe and RCC Services in the Cobblestone Plaza. Make sure you check them all out. 

- Fort Thomas won the Cash Mob put on by Cash Mob Norwood. They came to the Fort Thomas Farmers' Market last Friday and we did not disappoint. We showed up in droves. I'd like to think FortThomasMatters readers are some of the most active members in our community and I recognized a lot of you that came out to cash mob the market. Great job, guys. These types of events make it all seem worth it.

If you're unfamiliar with what a Cash Mob is, it's is basically an organized "SHOP LOCAL" campaign where the organizers choose a business and ask patrons to bring a small amount of cash to buy products for local business.

It's never a lot of money, but these small cash transactions help pump life into small business. I hope to organize more cash mobs events for our FortThomasMatters advertisers. Stay tuned!

Special thanks to Alice Rericha from Cash Mob Norwood who organized this event. Give her group a like on Facebook!

- The Highland United Methodist Church held a cookout celebration to rejoice in Clay Frink's recovery. I had never met Clay before, but sat down with him for about 10 minutes to talk to him about his experiences over the last year. If I didn't know the struggle he had gone through over the past year, I would have had no idea he was in that tragic accident last year.

Clay is doing great and he told me he's gotten back on track to graduate with his classmates next year. He was even grilling his own burgers at the event.

There will be more on this in the next issue of The Fort Thomas Living.

- Chick Fil A opened yesterday among "tent city" where 100 people camped out for 24 hours for free chicken for a year. Actually it was 52 coupons for a chicken sandwich, but who's counting?

The proprietor of this location is Fort Thomas resident, Britton Smith. I met he, his wife and two children at their "soft opening" on Tuesday. They are all great people and that location is going to do very, very well.

Congrats to Britton!

- The 41075 Network will take place next Thursday, August 15th at Anita's Mexican Bar and Grill (1506 Alexandria Pike - old Frisch's location). 

If  you live / work in the 41075 zip code, we’d like to invite you to a local, informal networking event.  This is our 2nd official event and the purpose is to provide a platform for professionals living / working in the area to get together.  No presentations, speakers or organized activities; just an opportunity to connect with other Fort Thomas professionals in a friendly environment.

We’ve reserved Anita’s outdoor patio starting at 5:30pm and for attending, you’ll receive 1 free drink ticket courtesy of Fort Thomas Provides.  Additional food and drinks can be obtained directly from the restaurant.

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