Smoke’s Chocolate, a new shop that opened in December, coinciding with the legalization of recreational marijuana in Michigan, is a chocolate shop owned by 30-year-old Washtenaw Community College student Marc Bernard. His offer? “Buy some chocolate, get some weed,” the slogan of Smoke’s Chocolate, which Bernard operates out of his apartment. Customers spend $10-$15 for chocolate and a delivery driver also brings a green gift to the buyer (those 21 and older). While recreational marijuana still can’t be sold by retailers just yet, it’s legal to gift, which turned into a great business plan for Bernard, who sold out his original supply of chocolate within three days.
“can’t hold on // I can feel time as it bends…” Just some lyrics from a composition called “Endings” by award-winning jazz vocalist Estar Cohen; and this propulsive image aptly fits for her music career, as each year since her 2015 graduation from the University of Toledo has gotten busier, faster, more exciting. You can
An essential way to craft a resonant piece of music is to unpack the existential pondering, the fleeting but insistent anxieties, the hard truths and easy reminders, that are swimming around up inside the head of the songwriter. The sublimity of Saline-based folk/Americana artist Monticello Van Odom‘s album is in how its spilling out all
Toledo’s future beat/psy-jazz/hybrid electro duo Heavy Color recently premiered a new music video that commemorates an inspiring musical odyssey charted by one of its songwriters back in 2015. The group formed several years ago around the collaborations of Ben Cohen and Sam Woldenberg. Their Toledo’s answer to cerebral ambient electronica acts like Four Tet, Caribou,
An elite black pianist tours the segregated south with a white roughneck chauffeur. Green Book combines two crowd-pleasing formulas—the road movie and the true story—with two stellar lead actors, Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. Mortensen plays Tony Lip, a white, working class second-generation Italian-American from the Bronx who works as a nightclub bouncer. Ali plays