More than Just a Great Haircut at The Mug & Brush Barber Shop

Thank you so much to The Mug & Brush Barber Shop for sponsoring this post! All opinions stated here are my own!

Have you ever had a haircut turn into a outing for the whole family? Last week we spent a fun morning getting haircuts, talking about life in Columbus and taking in an art show at The Mug & Brush Barber Shop Creekside!

The first location of The Mug & Brush Barber Shop was founded in the Old North Columbus in 1968. The second location, at Creekside Gahanna opened just over two months ago. The shops pride themselves on these 3 principles: Simplicity, Authenticity & Quality, and I can’t think of a better way to describe our experience with Mug & Brush!

Here’s what makes The Mug & Brush Barber Shop at Creekside so special:

The Space.

The first thing you are going to notice about Mug & Brush is how beautiful it is. (Am I allowed to call a barber shop beautiful?) It’s bright. It’s open. It’s clean and crisp. The Mug & Brush offers a laid-back atmosphere that welcomes hanging out. There’s a fire in the fire place, art on the walls, guitars on display and lots of fun, kitschy items to explore!

The owners, Jim and Amanda, have created a welcoming atmosphere that makes you want to pull up a chair, have a cup of coffee and stay awhile. The space is open and modern but not pretentious. It’s full of careful and well-thought-out touches, but your kid can still drive his Matchbox car across the floor without being judged. 😉

The Cut.

Each barber at the Creekside location has their own room, giving each customer their own private experience and conversation. Both my husband and my 3 year old received haircuts, and we decided that Daddy should go first, in order to set an example for Mayson who has mostly had his hair cut by me. 😉

For the record, my husband said, “this is the best haircut I have ever had.” And after we left the barber shop, out of earshot of Jim and Amanda, he said, “I was serious, that was the best haircut I’ve ever had, I wasn’t just saying that!” So I guess  he means it! 😉

While my husband got his hair cut, Amanda brought out a box of toys for Mayson and we helped him warm up to the idea of a haircut!

When it came to Mayson’s turn, they gave him the option of sitting on a booster seat or on my husband’s lap. He chose the lap!

As you can see, Mayson took a bit of warming up to the idea of clippers and scissors so close to his head, but Jim worked so patiently with him and made us feel like it was completely normal for a kid to scowl at him during a hair cut. 😉

After the haircut, Mayson got to pick a sucker and all was right with the world.

The Art.

The current art show on display at Mug & Brush Creekside is so captivating, it deserves its own section in this post! Local dad, Jeff Stelle begun drawing on his son’s snack bag every morning while he and his wife were going through a divorce. Each snack bag was simply meant to bring a smile to his son’s face, a kindergartener at the time. Somewhere in the process, Jeff found out that his son was keeping the bags instead of throwing them out after snack time, and Jeff realized these bags were making a difference for his son during a difficult time. The collection has been made into a book and is currently on display at The Mug & Brush Barbershop Creekside through the end of December 2017. (It’s seriously worth stopping in to see, even if you don’t have an appointment!)

The Community.

Just a hop skip and and jump from Creekside, Mug & Brush is committed to becoming an intregal part of the neighborhood. By offering a space for art shows, jam sessions, spa services, potential retail and, oh yeah, hair cuts, the space is positioned to become a gathering place for the community.

We extended our morning with Mug & Brush by participating in the Gahanna Rocks project. We’d heard of the kindness rocks projects going on around the city and around the country, but this was our first time participating! Amanda had graciously painted our rocks ahead of time (yay!) and we were able to take the rocks and hide them throughout Creekside Gahanna.

The idea behind the project is to paint a rock and hide it for someone else to find, enjoy and then re-hide to start the process all over again!  (Use the hashtag #gahannarocks to participate in Gahanna!)

Though we had to keep Mayson from dropping all of the rocks in one location, (haha!) we had a fun time hiding them and exploring Creekside. It had been a couple of years since we had walked around the area!

If anyone happens to find the rock pictured above, they can bring it to The Mug & Brush Barber Shop to receive a “super fun FREE gift!”

If you’re looking for a special spot for a father/son haircut, The Mug & Brush Barber Shop offers a great, affordable cut and the total experience to go with it!

The Mug & Brush Barber Shop Creekside

Address: 153 N. High St., Gahanna, OH 43230
Phone: 614-414-6544
Monday & Tuesday: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday & Friday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Walk-Ins are accepted but I do recommend making an appointment!


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What Should We Do This Weekend? July 1-3, 2016: July 4th Edition!

Yay for long weekends and holidays! Here is a mix of activities for your weekend, some are 4th of July related and some are not! Regardless, there is definitely no lack of entertainment this weekend! We’ll be celebrating my “baby’s” 2nd birthday! The second year goes so much faster than the first, don’t you think? I hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July!

1. Ashland Balloonfest

When: Thursday, June 30 – Saturday, July 2, 2016
Time: Begins Thursday at 4:00 PM and ends on Sunday morning (see link for schedule)
Location: 1256 Center Street, Ashland, OH 44805

If you’re looking to take a road trip this weekend, the Ashland Balloonfest is a whole weekend of fun events including a kids fun zone, exotic animals, fire trucks on display, COSI on Wheels, concessions and of course, hot air balloons!

2. KidX Club at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Friday, July 1, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: the fountain at Polaris Lifestyle Center (outside), 1500 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-456-0180

KidX Club is happening every Friday at Polaris Mall through August 12, 2016. Each week has a theme and this week is Safe Smart! Make an ID bracelet and enter the raffle for a bike helmet!

3. Red White and Boom

When: Friday, July 1, 2016
Time: Activities beginning at 12:00 PM
Location: Downtown Columbus

This huge event in downtown Columbus includes a parade, live music, Taste of BOOM, live broadcasts, a children’s park, fireworks and an after party! For kids, the Columbia Gas’ Children’s Park is at the corner of Neil Ave. and Long St.. There will be inflatables, a dunk tank, COSI on Wheels, Columbus Blue Jackets Slap Shot, face painting and more! It will be open from 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM. The parade kicks off at 6:00 PM and will take place mainly on Front St. between Main and Long. Check the website for parking info and lots of details about attending the event!

4. Ballpark “Boom” at Huntington Park

When: Friday, July 1, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: 330 Huntington Park Ln, Columbus, OH 43215

For $5 you can enter Huntington Park for family-friendly fun at the ballpark. Activities include firecrackers, inflatables, zip lining, and two live concerts. Stay to view the fireworks and concert that continues afterwards. Tickets are available for resale or at the ticket office the night of. Some activities have additional costs.

5. Chalk it UP! in Downtown Delaware

When: Friday, July 1, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 20 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-362-6050

Check out the sidewalk chalk art competition during Delaware’s First Friday!

6. Reynoldsburg Independence Day Festival in Civic Park

When: Friday, July 1, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: 1600 Daugherty Dr., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

This pre-fireworks festival includes inflatables, food trucks and live entertainment! Fireworks start at 9:45 PM!

7. Home Depot Kids Workshop

When: Saturday, July 2, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: your local Home Depot

Parent and child can come together to build an Ice Age: Collision Course bowling game. Kids get a certificate of achievement, a workshop apron and a commemorative pin!

8. Family Days at Pizzuti Collection

When: Saturday, July 2 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 632 N Park St, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-280-4004

Family Days at the Pizzuti Collection has been moved to the first Saturday of the month, in conjunction with Gallery Hop! These special days include guided children’s tours at 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM and a scavenger hunt. Each child will also be given their own sketchbook! You can read about our visit to the Pizzuti Collection here.

9. Ohio Roller Girls at Ohio Expo Center

When: Saturday, July 2, 2016
Time: 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Ohio Building, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211

This Saturday is your last chance to see the Ohio Roller Girls at home! Children under 8 are always free and games are kid-friendly!

10. Independence Day at Ohio Village

When: Saturday, July 2, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Ohio History Center, 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus OH, 43211
Phone: 614-297-2300

Celebrate Independence Day with a parade, music, dancing and other old-fashioned family activities at Ohio Village!

11. Olentangy Summer Bash

When: Saturday, July 2, 2016
Time: Gates open at 6:00 PM
Location: Olentangy Braves Stadium, 675 Lewis Center Road, Lewis Center, OH 43035

This celebration features a Kids Zone and a Teen Zone, a live DJ and a fireworks show accompanied by a live soundtrack on Mix 107.9!

12. Creekside Family Day at the Independence Day Celebration

When: Monday, July 4, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 117 Mill St., Gahanna, OH 43230

Creekside Family Day includes activities throughout Creekside Park and Olde Gahanna such as face painting, inflatables, game truck, hamster balls and other family activities set up by featured sponsors! Live music takes place on the Rotary Stage! Some events require purchase of a wristband to participate.

Looking for more 4th of July celebrations around the Columbus area? Check out the list of 4th of July Fireworks and Parades from Columbus Moms Blog.


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*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*

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