Victoria Coit sent me a Facebook message of introduction, saying that she was a friend of Tina Hills and would like to speak to me about a project.
Tina and her husband Ken were the owners of a restaurant in downtown Syracuse, I remembered, Sophistications, hosted jazz, very nice people.
Victoria said she’s meet me to talk at the Hills’ new location, not yet ready to open. Two cool possibilities at once.
Indeed. When I pulled up to the Nikao Eventz and Catering room at 128 Burnet Avenue, I was enamored by the red brick building in this being-rebuilt spot of Syracuse right away.
And when I walked inside the doors, the work being done in the big room by Tina and Ken was already impressive. It’s going to be a gorgeous restaurant when it opens next month.
Tina and I hugged, and she introduced me to Victoria. And so I heard the story of a magazine that she’s launching in Syracuse on June 25, CuseCulture. This, I thought, could make one heck of a community column for waer.org. After our talk, I knew I was right.
Here’s the link to my Mark It Up column for the Syracuse Public Media site.
Coit told me a bit about the feature story for the first edition, which she’s writing. It’s in interesting topic, for sure. She asked me not to tell, and I agreed. When she sent me the message, Victoria Coit explained, she merely wanted to see if I could listen to her story and give her any advice. She certainly didn’t mind that I had ideas about the newsworthiness of her story itself.
So after I asked my questions for my freelance story, I listened to hers. I told her what I thought. Mostly: She’s got great instincts.
Is there a spot in your city where restaurants and other businesses are moving to rejuvenate themselves and the neighborhood? Have you noticed new magazines starting where you live? Have you been impressed by somebody you’ve just met lately, and if so, why?