Tup Tup http://tuptup.org/ Tue, 24 May 2022 03:56:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://tuptup.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/cropped-icon-32x32.png Tup Tup http://tuptup.org/ 32 32 Former country-western gay bar property in SoMa back on the market https://tuptup.org/former-country-western-gay-bar-property-in-soma-back-on-the-market/ Mon, 23 May 2022 21:52:30 +0000 https://tuptup.org/former-country-western-gay-bar-property-in-soma-back-on-the-market/

A building that housed a longtime country music gay bar in SF’s SoMa neighborhood, which has been slated for redevelopment as a nightclub and condo building for a decade, has hit the market again at a reduced price.

Socketsite nabbed the new listing for the building at 280 7th Street, which was last purchased in 2016 for $4.125 million. Plans have been drawn up and approved for a 20-unit condo development in 2019, but it looks like the owners are now keen to cash in. They are selling the fully licensed property at a loss, listing it at $3.25 million.

The SoMa building once housed a country-western gay bar called Rawhide 2 – the “2” was because there was already a bar called Rawhide in LA when it opened. The place was infamously used by director Paul Verhoeven in 1991 as a filming location for the movie Primary instinctreplacing one of San Francisco’s LGBTQ bars where protagonist Michael Douglas was investigating bisexual murder suspect Sharon Stone.

As the Facebook group Preserving LGBT Historic Sites In Northern California writes, “Many LGBTQ groups objected to the film’s homophobic and misogynistic themes” and, “On April 10, 1991, dozens of members of sister group Queer Nation Labia picketed Rawhide II because bar owner Ray Chalker allowed the film’s opening scenes to be filmed.Protests continued at various filming sites across San Francisco – some ending in arrests – until until the ‘Basic Instinct’ film crew leaves for Los Angeles.”

Rawhide 2 lived in the space from 1982 through the early 2000s, when it was occasionally used as a venue for LGBTQ nightclub events and was less popular for its country music. At that time it was called Club Hide.

As Socketsite previously reported, the owners of The Cafe in the Castro purchased the property in 2012 and drew up plans for a new four-story building that would include a nightclub on the lower floors and two condos above.

Those plans were scrapped and they sold the building to the current owner in 2016.

The property is currently entitled to a six-story building, with a mix of 12 one-bedroom units, six two-bedroom units and two three-bedroom units, with retail space or a restaurant downstairs. pavement.

Photo: Google Street View

Dwayne Haskins was intoxicated when he was killed on the freeway, report says – Queen City News https://tuptup.org/dwayne-haskins-was-intoxicated-when-he-was-killed-on-the-freeway-report-says-queen-city-news/ Mon, 23 May 2022 21:06:54 +0000 https://tuptup.org/dwayne-haskins-was-intoxicated-when-he-was-killed-on-the-freeway-report-says-queen-city-news/

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WCMH) – A toxicology report released Monday showed Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins had a high blood alcohol level before he was hit by a dump truck on a busy highway. of Florida and die, according to multiple reports.

Haskins, 24, died on the morning of April 9, shortly after his car ran out of gas. The former Ohio State quarterback was on the Steelers’ roster and training in South Florida with his teammates.

The Broward County medical examiner’s toxicology report found Haskins’ blood alcohol level was 0.20, two and a half times the legal limit of 0.08 in Florida. Other new details from investigators said Haskins was drinking at a Miami nightclub and left the club after getting into a fight.

Haskins was allegedly in the car with a female passenger before walking down the freeway for about 20 minutes looking for gas, investigators say.

911 audio released by Haskins’ wife, Kalabrya, showed she called from Pittsburgh and said, “My husband, he was stuck on the side of the freeway because he had to go for a walk and get some gas, then he said he’d get back to the car on the highway.”

“He said he was going to call me back once he finished putting the gas on,” she said. “I had his location and just wanted someone to go to the area to see if his car is there and if he’s okay and if anything happened to him.”

Buckeyes fans, players and coaches paid tribute to Haskins during the spring game and are planning tributes throughout the season.

Detroit’s former Urban Bean Co. cafe becomes SPKR BOX bar – but keeps the love of techno and espresso | Drinks News | Detroit https://tuptup.org/detroits-former-urban-bean-co-cafe-becomes-spkr-box-bar-but-keeps-the-love-of-techno-and-espresso-drinks-news-detroit/ Sat, 21 May 2022 12:58:00 +0000 https://tuptup.org/detroits-former-urban-bean-co-cafe-becomes-spkr-box-bar-but-keeps-the-love-of-techno-and-espresso-drinks-news-detroit/
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Josh Greenwood says his former Urban Bean Co. underwent a $750,000 renovation to become the new SPKR BOX.

Detroit’s Capitol Park neighborhood has changed a lot since Josh Greenwood first acquired the funky, mid-century modern building on the corner of Grand River and Griswold in 2000. When he opened his Urban Bean Co. there, he set up a DJ booth. in a nod to its former tenant, Blake Baxter, a techno DJ who ran the Save the Vinyl record store in the space in the 90s.

“Nobody was in Capitol Park,” Greenwood recalled at the time. “There weren’t even streetlights. It was like me and basically Larry Mongo [of next-door Cafe D’Mongos Speakeasy] holding the neighborhood. He lived above his house, and I lived here at the store for several years.

The Urban Bean Co. opened in spurts, closing in 2008 and reopening in 2013, after Dan Gilbert moved his headquarters from Quicken Loans downtown and attracted an influx of young workers. In recent years, it seemed like Greenwood’s gamble was finally paying off, as Capitol Park is now buzzing with a slew of retail and dining options.

Then the pandemic happened.

Greenwood says he decided early on to use the forced closure to reinvent his store, which culminated in renaming it SPKR BOX and acquiring a liquor license.

“Like [Capitol Park] turned into what it is today, which is a prosperous neighborhood, it makes sense for us to get a liquor license and provide liquor and coffee, and fine-tune that thing,” says- he.

Greenwood has a deep love and appreciation for techno, having hired DJs for 25 years, including at his former Eastern Market nightclub Push. He’s gearing up to open SPKR BOX in time for the Movement festival, planning to lure techno fans into the revamped space with a number of DJ events.

The $750,000 restoration saw Greenwood and his partners, which also include Mootz Pizzeria’s Tony Sacco, simultaneously return elements of the building to their original glory while adding new features. For example, over the years, as its windows broke, previous owners replaced them in sections, resulting in a patchwork of uneven break bars. But now the windows have been restored to their original design, and Greenwood says they are now the tallest in town at 14ft 3in high.

Additions to the space include a brand new bar and amenities, as well as the construction of a cozy private nook and smaller bar on the second floor. The wooden panels of the custom DJ booth have also been upgraded with bright yellow upholstery.

To lead SPKR BOX’s beverage program, Greenwood has tapped Thomas Phillips, who has experience at Tallulah Wine Bar & Bistro and Bella Piatti in Birmingham and Red Crown in Grosse Pointe Park, among others.

Phillips says he’s building a menu around coffee-infused cocktails, but wants the bar’s offerings to be well balanced.

“If you come in and want a margarita, or a screwdriver, or a French 75, we can do that,” he says. “I want to set that standard, and you can always have it here. But what we want to have fun with is a bit like playing with cocktails in the cafe.

“It used to be a cafe with really good espresso and fun lattes,” adds Greenwood. “And now we’re totally on the west coast.”

For food, Greenwood says he partners with a local company called Village Hand Pies, which makes what he describes as a cross between a croissant and a pate. Phillips describes them as “hot pockets for adults.”

SPKR BOX will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Greenwood says he hopes to fill a niche in the local bar scene for “third quarters,” noting that most bars in town don’t hold up early in the morning.

Naturally, the renovations also include a new sound system, and Greenwood says he plans to play the music on an outdoor speaker to entice people to walk down the street.

It organizes a number of DJ events for the movement weekend. This includes “The Juice is Loose” party from 3-8pm on Friday, May 27, featuring DJs Sara Simms, Alley Kay, Animkee, Psy-Chick, Rirkin, VSRL, Zen Zero, Adam Charles and Andrea Kalajian. On Saturday, May 28, the AM, Shigeto b2b Scott Z and Isaac Prieto will also tour from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. There’s also a free drum and bass-themed party with DJ Rec starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 29. The movement’s afterparty is also scheduled for Tuesday, May 31.

Greenwood says he will also continue a tradition from his Urban Bean Co. days, recording the Internet radio show Planet Funk for 313.fm on Wednesdays. The show features two guest DJs who spin live in the cafe, who are then interviewed.

“We don’t necessarily always play techno,” says Greenwood. “I mean, there are people who come to play all these 45s and jazz and funk and r&b. … We sort of mix – but there is no trance. We don’t allow trance here. In fact, there is a person allowed to play trance, but he only plays once a year. He gets a pass, because he’s a lover.

He adds: “We are delighted with the opening and delighted with the team. We’re gonna kick ass around here. It’s not your usual cafe.

“Like, we can be loud,” Phillips says. “That’s what I want, to be different. Like we wanna be loud and proud and jam and have fun with it.

SPKR BOX is located at 200 Grand River Ave., Detroit; more information is available at spkrbox.bar.

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World’s Largest Cruise Ship Has Park and Robot Bar Staff https://tuptup.org/worlds-largest-cruise-ship-has-park-and-robot-bar-staff/ Sat, 21 May 2022 07:18:15 +0000 https://tuptup.org/worlds-largest-cruise-ship-has-park-and-robot-bar-staff/

Social media users have been blown away by the “dystopian” interior of the world’s largest cruise ship which features a huge water stage, slides, park, underwater-themed outdoor play center and more than 40 bars and restaurants.

The massive ship, Wonder of the Seas, is Royal Caribbean’s largest ship, six times the size of the Titanic and carries up to 9,500 passengers plus crew.

TikTok poster Erica, @ericafromamerica, left people’s jaws on the floor when she shared a clip of herself wandering around the boat.

In the video, Erica said, “My name is Erica from America and I work on cruise ships.

“Today I am here on the newest and largest cruise ship in the entire world. Royal Caribbean’s all-new Wonder of the Seas.

“We’re going on tour, let’s go.

Erica then showed the Royal Promenade which is the main indoor area.

There is a whole water park for children on board

She showed off the large Starbucks on board and some of the artwork, including a giant silver cowboy hat and a giant music disc.

Erica said, “You can’t miss the Spotlight Karaoke panel which is a super cool lounge to hang out and sing along to.”

She guided her viewers around some of the dining options, including Sorrento’s pizza which is open until 3 a.m. and a floating bar where you can sit and sip while the whole floor rises from deck five at bridge eight.

There’s also the Bionic Bar which features “robots that make your drink for you”.

And, there’s a red convertible Mustang in the lobby where guests can sit inside, but not drive.

Erica headed down the boardwalk, stopping to admire the giant dragon statues, carousel, hot dog stands, arcade games, and Sugar Beach – a huge candy store.

The TikToker said, “Am I on a boat or am I on the Jersey Shore?”

There’s a full-size sports bar with TVs and “the best wings ever.”

And, there are some of the biggest slides at sea that drop passengers from deck 17 to deck six!

Heading to the Aquatic Theater, Erica explained that Wonder of the Seas hosts diving shows with impressive acrobatics and jumps.

Erica also peeked inside the Ultimate Family Suite which has two floors, a slide and musical piano stairs.

On deck eight there is ‘Central Park’ with real trees and plants, restaurants with al fresco dining and artwork so you forget you’re on a boat in this ocean-sized vessel. ‘a town.

On deck 16 is the stunning swimming pool where there are sun loungers sunk into the water, you can lie down comfortably, plus there are slides and a huge water play area for the kids!

Ride down huge slides over the bridge to the boardwalk
Ride down huge slides over the bridge to the boardwalk

There is also mini-golf on board and an ice show where professional skaters dance around the rink.

And, there’s an adult-only solarium where you can go for some peace and quiet.

On Royal Caribbean’s website, there are even more delights featured, including Wonderland – a restaurant where the Mad Hatter welcomes “vacationers to a magical menu based on the themes of Earth, Fire, Ice, of the Sea and the Sun”.

Additionally, there are teen social areas and lounges where children can relax.

In the comments on Erica’s video, people were stunned by the huge ship.

One person wrote: “Why does this feel so dystopian to me?”

There's a floating bar that takes drinkers between floors
There’s a floating bar that takes drinkers between floors

“We live in some kind of simulation or something my mind will never process how this thing floats,” another added.

While a third noted: “It’s a mall on the water aid.”

And another said: ‘I saw this docked in Miami last year and at first thought it was a building.

“Wild how big.”

Prices for a stay on the boat can cost from £1,030 on ROLCruise for the seven-night Western Mediterranean Discovery itinerary which visits Spain, Mallorca, Rome, Naples, La Spezia and Marseille.

While Cococay & East Caribbean’s Perfect Day 2023 is listed with prices starting at £786 pp.

Would you like to stay on this cruise ship? Tell us what you think in the comments…

]]> Royal Cigar Bar & Bistro open near Carowinds in Fort Mill SC https://tuptup.org/royal-cigar-bar-bistro-open-near-carowinds-in-fort-mill-sc/ Fri, 20 May 2022 20:19:03 +0000 https://tuptup.org/royal-cigar-bar-bistro-open-near-carowinds-in-fort-mill-sc/

A friendship born from a bet on a lobster dinner has become something York County has never seen before.

The Royal Cigar Bar & Bistro is now open in Fort Mill.

A grand opening is scheduled for June 4. The 3,000 square foot spot not far from Carowinds combines an upscale cigar lounge with a bespoke bar and full restaurant.

“It’s not a nightclub,” said co-owner Maliek Carrington, a partner in the new venture with husband-and-wife couple David and Shantelle Cintron. “This is not a bar. We are a cigar bar and a bistro. Imagine being able to smoke a cigar in a restaurant and relax, because they are all like-minded people.

The company at 338 Springhill Farm Road has a custom humidor with Julius Caeser, Plasencia, White Label and other cigars. There are chocolates to accompany them.

The cellar opens at 2 p.m. every day except Tuesday. The restaurant opens at 5 p.m. Annual memberships cost $25 for access to the main lounge in front of the bar, or $250 with full access to a variety of private rooms and some discounts.

“We’re doing something other people can’t do,” Carrington said.

The only permit was significant, to allow smoking with a restaurant and bar. Many smokehouses bring in outside food trucks, but it was important for the owners to have everything in-house.

“The three of us were here every day for nine months working on this,” Carrington said. “It was a small abandoned warehouse. We found it to be empty. We have done everything. It really is a restaurant that has a bar as an accessory. It is a restaurant with a cigar (bar) as an accessory. So we followed all the laws and rules.

Shantelle Cintron, event planner, has always wanted to have her own restaurant. She will have a Caribbean menu, among other things.

“Fried snapper, chicken curry, salmon bites, chicken wings,” Shantelle Cintron said. “I’ve cooked all my life.”

Carrington has a real estate company with nearly 20 people and teaches 15-20 heating and air conditioning students a year through SC Works. The Cintrons moved to the area more than two years ago from New York, and it was an HVAC class — David is an entrepreneur — where the co-owners first met.

On the first day of class, Carrington offered to treat the student with the highest grades to a lobster dinner.

“I said make the butter and the cracker, bro, because I’m going to be that person,” David Cintron said. “And I was.”

The pair have spoken, flipped a few houses together, and considered future partnerships.

“What do we really want to do for the community?” said David Cintron. “What is our passion? And that’s all.

For Carrington, a Lake Wylie resident who is committed to keeping his businesses on the South Carolina side of the state line, it’s about improving and contributing to the region.

“Charlotte has had enough,” he said. “And a lot of people from Charlotte will come here, but I built this for South Carolina.”

The location should benefit the business.

“Individuals have nowhere to go in this area for a good cigar,” Carrington said. “We have Pineville, Rock Hill, Charlotte, Fort Mill – all within two to three minutes.”

The owners hope the new venture will bring communities together.

Bike, ladies and Latino nights are planned, as well as an evening that will cater to workers in the hair and beauty salon industry. There will be a Caribbean evening. Friday nights will be bourbon and bow ties, where people can dress up for a night out. The owners see the new place as a privileged place for social and business networks.

Carrington said people often don’t want to smoke in their homes, one reason cigar bars have been doing well lately.

“During the pandemic, wine sales went up, cigar sales went up,” Carrington said. “Because we had to find things, so we didn’t realize our kids were so bad. Now you’re stuck at home with them for two years, realizing there’s a reason that teacher wrote to you, “Come get little mama.”

The Cintrons, with seven adult children, scoff at this explanation.

“I don’t know if that’s what it is, but I learned to smoke cigars once I met him,” David Cintron said. “I’ve never really smoked cigars in my life. I’ve tried it here and there for occasions, someone is getting married or something. But he made me discover this cigar culture and I really liked it.

The reason, said David Cintron, is that in various stops at cigar spots throughout the region – before its own opening – there was a consistent theme. People came together and had a conversation beyond the surface. He found a place to network, socialize and learn.

Something the royal owners hope to replicate, but in a new and fresh way in the region.

“We made history with this one,” Carrington said.

This story was originally published May 20, 2022 3:26 p.m.

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John Marks graduated from Furman University in 2004 and joined the Herald in 2005. He covers community growth, municipalities, transportation and education primarily in York and Lancaster counties. The Fort Mill native has won dozens of South Carolina Press Association awards and several President McClatchy Awards for news coverage in Fort Mill and Lake Wylie.
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]]> An American chicken chain submits its project to open a restaurant in the city center https://tuptup.org/an-american-chicken-chain-submits-its-project-to-open-a-restaurant-in-the-city-center/ Fri, 20 May 2022 16:02:11 +0000 https://tuptup.org/an-american-chicken-chain-submits-its-project-to-open-a-restaurant-in-the-city-center/

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US chicken chain Popeyes could come to Glasgow, with plans to open on Sauchiehall Street.

An application has been submitted to Glasgow City Council to convert a Pound Shop into a restaurant.

The firm behind the application said the venue would make a positive contribution to Sauchiehall Street, increasing footfall in an area which has a number of vacancies.

READ MORE: Plan to turn Glasgow flat into cafe turned down by council

The plans, submitted by Savills on behalf of the Hathaway Opportunity Fund, added: “The proposal will facilitate the use of the unit by Popeyes, a high quality restaurateur, supporting and enhancing the downtown.”

Popeyes, established in 1972, is “famous for its delicious chicken with all the flavor of traditional Cajun and Creole cuisines,” according to the app.

The company is part of Restaurant Brands International Inc, which also owns Burger King and Tim Horton’s, and recently opened its first UK restaurant in London.

The plans stated: “Popeyes sees Glasgow as a key UK hub and is looking to establish a store there to help further its UK expansion.”

The property is currently occupied by Pound Shop on a temporary lease and the application says there is “little long-term security provided”. “The 2018 fire at the Victoria nightclub had a significant impact on this particular block,” the plans added.

“Following the fire, the central part of the block was demolished. Since the demolition, little progress has been made on how to redevelop and rebuild the site of the large space on Sauchiehall Street since the initial repair/demolition work was completed in 2019.

“This inaction will continue to blight this section of Sauchiehall Street and negatively impact the prospects of providing beneficial services and offerings there.”

The app added that the inaction reduced the “attractiveness of available units to potential occupants.” “This has consequently resulted in a number of vacancies along this stretch of Sauchiehall Street. These physical conditions combined with the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic have exacerbated the ability to significantly attract long-term occupants who will provide an advantageous offer.

“The occupancy of this unit by Popeyes will positively contribute to this part of downtown. The implementation of the proposals will allow a significant investment, generating jobs and frequentation, all to the benefit of the vitality and the viability of the enlarged city centre.

Our guide to the eight cities that have achieved Platinum Jubilee city status | Travel https://tuptup.org/our-guide-to-the-eight-cities-that-have-achieved-platinum-jubilee-city-status-travel/ Fri, 20 May 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://tuptup.org/our-guide-to-the-eight-cities-that-have-achieved-platinum-jubilee-city-status-travel/ The largest settlement in this British Overseas Territory distant by a windswept mile, but it’s better not to be called the ‘big smoke’ of the anniversary year. Next month will mark 40 years since, after a brief but intense land, sea and air conflict, the Argentines surrendered to the British at Stanley – and the stage was set for the most unlikely of tourism booms. In 1982 there were around 500 visitors to the Falklands; before the pandemic, it was up to 80,000 a year. All of them would have spent at least some time in a city (sorry, city) which is a damn sight prettier and more charming than anywhere, so the cut has a right to be – clusters of kaleidoscopic rooftops marching upwards waterside, pristine military monuments, much-photographed red phone booths, and doorless friendliness that will have you racking up new friends with every turn.
Don’t miss
Christ Church Cathedral, the southernmost Anglican cathedral in the world, and probably the only one with a huge whalebone arch on the outside.
Where to stay
The Waterfront Boutique Hotel, as described, near the cathedral, with wi-fi and a restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the glistening/wind-whipped waters (remove where not applicable) (B&B doubles from 150 £;waterfront hotel.co.fk).
Duncan Craig

Talbooth House & Spa, Colchester


2. Colchester, Essex

Good morning! A third-generation Essex girl here, dancing around her handbag and kicking her white stilettos at the news that historic Colchester has been crowned a town. Unless you’re my mother or grandmother, it’s safe to say that this corner of East Anglia near where I grew up has been overlooked. When I was a child, I couldn’t get enough of parading in Roman armor around the excellent Norman-era Colchester Castle; as a teenager, I had blisters while dancing on a podium at the Hippodrome discotheque (RIP); and as an adult, I’m seduced by softer pleasures, like wandering the villages of Constable Country. Was it just me who thought Britain’s oldest settlement was already a city? Embarrassing.
Don’t miss
Firstsite, a visual arts museum in the Cultural Quarter (free; firstsite.uk).
Where to stay
A few miles from Colchester proper is the elegant Talbooth House & Spa, a half-timbered boutique hotel on the banks of the River Stour and an ideal base for exploring beautiful villages on the Essex-Suffolk border – Constable would approve (double B&B from £300; milsomhotels.com).
Cathy Adams

Boats in the Marina, Bangor

Boats in the Marina, Bangor


3. Bangor, County Down

As well as being the butt of Northern Ireland’s best honeymoon joke – “I’m going to Bangor for a week, so I am” – this seaside resort ten miles east of Belfast is fiercely loyal to the Crown, and therefore will perhaps be most delighted with the platinum octet. Mention the Queen to the elderly outside In the Name of Cod fishmonger’s on Clandeboye Road or stroll along Ballyholme beach, and they’ll look back wistfully to the last royal visit in 2009 and then the one before in 1961, when the Duke of Edinburgh took the helm of a racing boat at the Royal Ulster Yacht Club. The elegant city – once known as the Brighton of Northern Ireland – has based its bid for city status on the three pillars of Heritage, Heart and Hope; the latter, no doubt, that the province will remain part of the United Kingdom rather than a united Ireland.
Don’t miss
Bangor Castle for the walled garden; if you’re lucky, the Friday night trad music session at Fealty’s.
Where to stay
Shelleven Guest House is a Victorian pad with sea-view rooms that can now, for the first time, be described as standing in the heart of the city (double room from £95; shellevenhouse.com).
Chris Haslam

Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes

Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes


4. Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

A ‘new town’ created in the Swinging Sixties, Milton Keynes is the youngest and largest of the Jubilee Towns, with a population of around 264,000. That means its claims to fame are modern rather than historic – footballer Dele Alli and Olympic champion Greg Rutherford were born here, while Milton Keynes has more roundabouts than any other city in the UK. That said, it’s a leafy place; it was designed so that no resident would ever be more than half a mile from a green space.
Don’t miss
XScape – an activity center in a giant dome, most popular for its ski slope which uses real snow (ski session from £20; xscapemiltonkeynes.co.uk).
Where to stay
The new Hotel La Tour is part sculpture, part hotel, its square skyscraper design imprinted with a 100-foot-tall LED-lit ‘sun’ – told you MK was modern (double room from £96; hotel-latour.co.uk).
Katie Bowman

The Llangollen Canal at Wrexham

The Llangollen Canal at Wrexham


5. Wrexham

The world finally paid attention to Wrexham when Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney recently bought its football club, the oldest in Wales, founded in 1864. Not before time. The soaring steeple of St Giles Parish Church and the County Museum are a nod to history, but otherwise this newly promoted town is very much in motion. It has its eye on the ball culturally, with a growing crop of cool independent galleries, boutiques, cafes (Lot 11) and restaurants (The Fat Boar), the avant-garde arts center Tŷ Pawb and the new science center Xplore! When you feel like taking a breather, there are medieval castles, abbeys, manor gardens and the deserted mountains of Berwyn just around the corner.
Don’t miss
The 18-arch, 307m-long Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is a Unesco World Heritage Site bearing the hallmark of Thomas Telford from 1805 – a stunning engineering triumph that carries the Llangollen Canal over the River Dee . On foot or by narrow boat.
Where to stay
The neo-Gothic lemon tree, listed grade II, is charming. Its restaurant is among the best in Wrexham, riffing on local ingredients in dishes such as Pen-Y-Lan pork with pickled apple and cider juice (B&B doubles from £80; thelemontree.org.uk).
Kerry Christiani

The restaurant at 1703, Dunfermline

The restaurant at 1703, Dunfermline

6. Dunfermline, Fife

Once the capital of medieval Scotland, the birthplace of Charles I was the ‘full perfection of decadence’ at the time of Daniel Defoe’s visit in the 18th century. But soon the ‘old gray toun’ became the world center of damask production, and signs of its Victorian heyday can still be seen in its stepped gables, imposing stone facades and flourishing parks. The main street is dominated by the City Chambers, with a gothic tower that is pure Tim Burton; Robert the Bruce is buried in the mighty 12th century abbey just off the high street.
Don’t miss
Through an 87-step tunnel descending from an unassuming, albeit currently closed, public car park, St Margaret’s Grotto is a haunting shrine where Queen Margaret prayed nearly 1,000 years ago.
Where to stay In the town centre, 1703 Dunfermline is a 200-year-old stone building with simple but elegant rooms, two loft-style bars and a lively German brasserie (double room from £70; 1703dunfermline.co.uk) .
Jeremy Lazelle

A laburnum arch at Brodsworth Hall, near Doncaster

A laburnum arch at Brodsworth Hall, near Doncaster


7. Doncaster, South Yorkshire

Donny’s town center is surprisingly beautiful: the glass-glistening Cast Theater lines up next to the dancing fountains of Sir Nigel Gresley Square. But Doncaster Market, nearly 2,000 years old with 400 stalls, is the superstar – the International Food Hall is great pasture for wallets. Doncaster is a pleasantly green, suburban place, with sprawling parks replacing coal mines. Get out into nature with birdwatching at Potteric Carr Wetlands and forest hikes at Cantley Park.
Don’t miss
Children love the lions and polar bears in the ever-expanding Yorkshire Wildlife Park’s moated enclosures (£22; yorkshirewildlifepark.com).
Where to stay
The art deco Earl of Doncaster stands out for its flamboyant rooms (doubles from £74; theearl.co.uk).
David Whitley

The Isle of Man Steam Railway

The Isle of Man Steam Railway


8. Douglas, Isle of Man

Perhaps the least known of the New Jubilee towns, Douglas is best considered a cross between Copenhagen and Deauville, with its colorful waterfront houses and maritime architecture. Much of its fame rests with the Isle of Man Film Festival and TT races, when the island’s population of 84,000 rises by more than 50% – and nearly all visitors s stop at Douglas (which serves as the backdrop for the comedy film wake up NedBesides).
Don’t miss
The Isle of Man – Douglas Steam Railway is significant for its railway heritage, so the trains are a must. This route departs from Douglas, circumnavigates the island and includes a meal in the gourmet car (from £32 pp; iombusandrail.im).
Where to stay
The Claremont is the best address on Douglas’ Victorian waterfront, right on the prom and within walking distance of the ferry (double room from £126; clarremonthoteldouglas.com).
Maggie Pitt

What does city status mean?

It’s simply any place that has been granted city status – officially ‘letters patent’ – by the Queen and the government. However, there is no additional funding or guaranteed renovation projects for new towns on the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee list here; it’s just for the glory. There are also no rules about which cities can become cities: you don’t have to have a certain population size and it’s a myth that cities must have a cathedral (this requirement was officially abolished in the 19th century). The eight towns here all had to prove their royal ties and cultural status.

What are the benefits of city status?

It’s no wonder the competition has been fierce in this latest round of bids – 39 towns across England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and British Overseas Territories have put their name in the hat for top city status – because it’s sure to mean a boost for tourism and local businesses. A good example is Perth in Scotland, which won the 2012 competition; it has seen the local economy grow by 12% since its elevation. The stamp of ‘city status’ will also mean that these new names will be in the spotlight internationally, which he hopes will have a dividend in terms of business and leisure visitors.

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Additionally, Evil Genius unveils a major cast plan and the Saturday Night Party Series with free open bar and pizza.

Photo courtesy of Kick Back Tiki Cruises

Wildwood’s new tiki cruise where you can bring your own booze (and snacks)

As Shore season approaches, Captain Tim Merighi and his partner Matt Sawyer are (literally) launching their very own Tiki Cruise in Wildwood.

They have a privately chartered boat. They decked the thing out with a thatched roof, cozy bar, sound system, and its own bathroom, and they use it for all-day BYO tiki races that they call Kick Back Tiki Cruises.

It’s a simple system: show up at 626 West 26th Avenue at the scheduled time. You supply the alcohol. They provide the boat. Craving some snacks? Kick Back Tiki Cruises has a catering agreement with The Salty Mermaid in town, and can have everything delivered right to the dock (or you can bring your own food). They book six tours a day – including an early morning cruise and something called “Wildwood by Night” – and prices range from $350 to $500 for groups of six.

You can consult them here for more information.

The Downtown Saturday Night Party Series with Free Open Bar and Pizza

A few weeks ago, Smokin’ Betty’s old spot, upstairs at 116 South 11th Street, was transformed into a kind of pop-up nightclub by the team at the Top Tomato pizzeria to celebrate the launch of their new location. The event was such a success (there were, apparently, hundreds of people lining up to enter) that the Top Tomato team is going to make it a regular thing.

So, in conjunction with Happy Hour Philly, they’ll be hosting weekly Saturday night dance parties upstairs in the 2,800 square foot space, bringing live music and DJs and offering a free open bar (and a pizza) to everyone who shows up.

You can register for this week’s party (Saturday, 11pm-midnight) here. Anyone who follows Happy Hour Philly on Instagram and signs up at the link above can attend the party.

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Evil Genius takes over the world

Alright, not the world, but the local Evil Genius Beer Co. team is definitely planning to take over America. The Fishtown Brewery already has a presence in nine Northeastern states. Now the conquest continues with deals announced last week that will distribute their beer in Ohio and Michigan as the company focuses west.

Currently, they are considering a deal with Superior Beverage Group that will bring them to eastern and central Ohio (including Cleveland and Columbus). Then there will be a slew of deals with distributors putting “Stacy’s Mom”, “Adulting” and “Purple Monkey Dishwasher” in stores from Detroit to Kalamazoo.

And while it might not seem like big news at first glance, a move like this is actually pretty huge. As complicated as it is to launch a local brewery and make it a success, it is exponentially more complex to take something that works locally and make it a regional success. Are you moving outside of your home region like this? This adds a whole new layer of complications – financially, creatively and in terms of sourcing. It’s a huge step forward for a local brewery that’s only been around for a decade.

But if it works? So something like that is really the first step for a company looking to conquer the whole market. And it really doesn’t look like Evil Genius is planning to stop anytime soon.

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Wrexham was given town status as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, it can be revealed. The North Wales town has been given the prestigious status thanks to a competition to celebrate Jubilee celebrations next month.

Wrexham have applied to be listed as a town three times – in 2000, 2002 and 2012 – but failed each time. But, last December, the executive board of Wrexham Council unanimously agreed to re-bid for township status. To receive the latest WalesOnline newsletters free of charge by email, click here.

The competition to receive civic honors was last held 10 years ago to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, when St Asaph, Chelmsford and Perth were granted city status. This time around, 38 places across the UK and British Overseas Territories have submitted entries, and Wrexham is one of eight towns to have won the royal honour.

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Besides Wrexham, other towns selected for city status are Colchester, Doncaster and Milton Keynes in England, Dunfermline in Scotland, Bangor in Northern Ireland, Douglas in the Isle of Man and Stanley in the Falkland Islands. The Platinum Jubilee Civic Honors Competition – which was open for the first time to Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies – required contestants to demonstrate how their unique communities and distinct local identity meant that they deserved to get city status. They were also required to showcase their royal associations and cultural heritage.

It is hoped winning city status can give local communities a boost, with research showing the economy of Perth, which became a city in 2012, has grown by 12% over the past decade. Newport is another city to become one thanks to a jubilee, gaining status in 2002, and Wrexham will now become the seventh city in Wales – along with Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Bangor, St Davids and St Asaph.

“Wrexham has a wonderful history and an exciting future and I am absolutely delighted to see it has been awarded town status as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations,” the Secretary of State for the Country said. of Wales, Simon Hart. “Wrexham already has much to be proud of and I hope township status will bring further recognition for all that the community has to offer and bring new opportunities for Wrexham to prosper and grow.

Wrexham and the other 37 candidates had their cases presented for assessment by a panel of experts and cabinet ministers, before recommendations were submitted to Her Majesty The Queen. Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Steve Barclay, said: “I am delighted that a record number of locations have been awarded Prestigious City status as part of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

“What was clear to me during the process of evaluating each nomination was the pride people felt for their communities, local cultural heritage and the Royal Family. As we celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s colossal contribution to the society, I am delighted that we are able to recognize some of the many places that make Britain great.

“The fact that applicants from the Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies have been selected as first-time winners is also incredibly reflective of Her Majesty’s global outlook and her years of international service. I look forward to the world coming together to show our pride and gratitude to Queen Elizabeth II over Jubilee weekend.

Meanwhile, Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said: “City status is a huge honor and I congratulate our eight brilliant winners. This competition showcases the best of Britain and the Overseas Territories and will be a lasting legacy of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

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Three enterprising business partners are about to open a new Ashland nightclub in a once-famous location for all the wrong reasons. Given the history of the previous establishment on Will Dodge Way, it is understandable that members of city council and other members of the community have expressed concern over the approval of a liquor license for the new company, the Trap Door. What is not understandable is to hold the new owners responsible for what happened under the previous management.

In the end, council members voted to approve the application for an unrestricted liquor license. It was the right choice, and the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission is expected to give final approval to the request.

The previous establishment, known as the Vinyl Club, was the site of years of disorderly conduct complaints involving drunkenness, public urination and violence, including a 2018 incident in which a bouncer at the Vinyl Club was charged with second-degree assault for beating a customer, inflicting grievous bodily harm. Shortly after, the OLCC told the owner of the Vinyl Club to give up his liquor license for 28 days or pay a fine. He chose to close the business and sell it instead.

The new owners waited out the pandemic before looking to open a new business, spending the time remodeling the space to accommodate an upscale lounge and cocktail bar. They plan to limit occupancy to 59 people to maintain an intimate atmosphere, and offer craft cocktails and high-quality cuisine.

Given the venue’s history, City Council considered approving the liquor license application with conditions, including limiting the amount of alcohol in cocktails, limiting the hours of live music, and prohibiting serve drinks after 1am. The advisers correctly decided not to recommend any restrictions.

It would have been unfair to the new owners, who deserve the opportunity to show that they can operate a brand new business responsibly. The OLCC would consider pursuing a report examining past issues with the location. If this is the case, the commission should not hold the new owners responsible for events that have occurred in the past in a place that has been closed for three years.

If problems arise in the future, the City and the OLCC can address them. Unless and until they do, new owners should benefit from the doubt.