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

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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? September 9-11, 2016

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1. Marion Popcorn Festival

When: Thursday – Saturday, September 8 – 10, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Location: Downtown Marion
Phone: 740-387-3378

Did you know Marion, Ohio is one of the top popcorn producers in the country? If you’re up for a road trip this weekend, you can celebrate popcorn with live musical acts like Kellie Pickler, rides, a parade, contests, a 5K, talent show and more!

2. Pearl Market

When: Friday, September 9, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Pearl Alley, between Gay and Broad Streets
Phone: 614-591-4559

Visit Columbus’ downtown Farmer’s and Merchant’s Market for lots of fall goodies! The market runs through October 14, so you only have a few more weeks to do so!

3. Shekinah Festival and Auction at Shekinah Christian School

When: Friday & Saturday, September 9 & 10, 2016
Time: Friday: 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Saturday: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 10040 Lafayette-Plain City Rd, OH 43064
Phone: 614-504-3066

The “Biggest Little Festival in Ohio” includes BBQ, homemade ice cream, hot air balloons (including rides), live entertainment, crafts and baked goods for sale and a silent auction! Admission is free! If you attend, check out more things to do in Plain City!

4. The Main Event in Bexley

When: Friday, September 9, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Location: Capital University Lawn, 2242 E Main St., Columbus, OH 43209
Phone: 614-559-4200

Check out the Bexley’s Got Talent Show, play games and do crafts!  The movie Inside Out will be shown at 8:00 PM! Food options include Hot Chicken Takeover and Johnson’s Real Ice Cream!

5. Grand Reopening at Driving Park Community Center

When: Saturday, September 10, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 1100 Rhoads Ave., Columbus, OH 43206

Celebrate the Grand Reopening with a ribbon cutting ceremony, food, and activities like a bounce house, climbing wall, live entertainment and a showing of the OSU game! See more information here.

6. Old Hilliardfest

When: Saturday, September 10, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Location: Main St., downtown Hilliard

This street fair is full of fun including live music, food, carnival rides, games and activities for kids, a sunflower show, a Kids Fair and a car show, just to name a few!

7. Touch at Truck at the Columbus Zoo

When: Saturday, September 10, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Jungle Jack’s Landing, 4850 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-645-3400

See emergency vehicles, utility trucks, safari vehicles and more up close while visiting the zoo!

8. Community Rock Climbing Festival at Scioto Audubon

When: Saturday, September 10, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Climbing Wall, 400 W. Whittier St., Columbus, OH 43206

The events for the day include yoga, a climbing competition, visits from local mascots, volleyball, music, sumo wrestling and climbing clinics! This festival is open to families and all ages can climb! The day will end with a showing of the movie Everest! While you’re there, check out what else there is to do with kids at Scioto Audubon!

9. Columbus Toy and Collectable Show at Ohio Expo Center

When: Sunday, September 11, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Laushe Building, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211

This family-friendly toy show may very well be a walk down memory lane for us parents! Click here for information on how to dress up to be entered into a drawing for door prizes! Kids under 12 are free!

10. Daniel Tiger Brunch at Skate Zone 71

When: Sunday, September 11, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 4900 Evanswood Dr, Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: 614-846-5626

Meet Daniel Tiger at this brunch buffet with roller skating afterwards! Tickets are $15 per adult and $10 per child over 2. You MUST have reservations for this event – call the number above for tickets!

11. Cops and Kids Day at Westerville Sports Complex

When: Sunday, September 11, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 325 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-901-6893

This special day aims to allow children to learn about the vehicles, equipment, and technology used by law enforcement officers as well as meet officers in person! There will also be crafts, inflatables, and a “dunk-a-cop” tank! The 1st 1,000 children in attendance receive a free bag and water bottle. Admission and refreshments are free! Cops and Kids Day is part of Community Day, which also includes The Great Westerville Food Truck Fest and the 9/11 Memorial Observation. Here are some more ideas for things to do in Uptown Westerville.

12. Young Chef’s Academy Open House

When: Sunday, September 11, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 425 Beecher Rd., Gahanna, OH 43230
Phone: 614-933-9700

Check out Young Chef’s Academy for cooking demonstrations, sample recipes, door prizes and special deals! Register online!


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What Should We Do This Weekend? July 29-31, 2016

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1. Ohio State Fair 

When: Wednesday, July 27 – Sunday, August 7, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Location: Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211

Concerts, rides, roving entertainment, food, educational exhibits, animals, shopping and LOTS of events make up the Ohio State Fair!

2. Preschoolers: Creek Adventures at Battelle Darby Metro Park

When: Friday, July 29, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 1775 Darby Creek Dr., Galloway, OH 43119
Phone: 614-508-8111

Your preschoolers can wade in the creek and meet little creatures that live there!

3. Book to Film at Gateway Film Center

When: Friday, July 29 – Thursday, August 4, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Location: 1550 North High St., Columbus, Ohio 43201
Phone: 614-247-4433

Watch the movie Coraline free with your library card at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM screenings. This is also the weekend for the Hoot Film Series.

4. Tram and Campfire at Glacier Ridge

When: Friday, July 29, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Red Oak Trailhead, 9801 Hyland Croy Rd., Plain City, OH 43064
Phone: 614-971-5211, Chrissy Hoff

Take a tram ride through the park and have s’mores at the campfire! Tram rides are offered every 45 minutes from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. S’mores will be provided by Metro Parks along with roasting sticks and you are free to bring your own food to roast over the campfire! All ages are welcome!

5. Paddington at Topiary Park

When: Friday, July 29, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: 480 East Town St., Columbus. Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-645-0197

Come watch a movie in Topiary Park! The movie starts at dusk but there will be food trucks, crafts and more before hand! Bring a blanket!

6. Drive-In Movie at Zoombezi Bay

When: Friday, July 29, 2016
Time: 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: 4850 W. Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-645-3550

Watch Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip from the Wild Tides Wave Pool! There will be activities before the movie, as well.

7. Bugstravaganza at Walnut Woods

When: Saturday, July 30, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Buckeye Area, 6716 Lithopolis Rd., Groveport, OH 43125
Phone: 614-508-8111

All ages are invited to celebrate bugs, insects, butterflies and more! Learn about pollinators, see these insects close up and participate in crafts and games!

8. Drop In: Ocean Adventure at Hilliard Branch, Columbus Metropolitan Library

When: Saturday July 30, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 4772 Cemetery Rd., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-645-2275

All ages are welcome to stop in to explore the wonders of the ocean!

9. Crafts for Kids at Slate Farm

When: Saturday, July 30, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Farmhouse, 1375 State Route 674 N., Canal Winchester, OH 43110
Phone: 614-508-8111

Come to Slate Farm to make and take some old-fashioned crafts!

10. Gahanna’s Great Outdoors “Throwback” Parks and Rec Party at Friendship Park

When: Saturday, July 30, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: 150 Oklahoma Ave., Gahanna, OH 43230

Gahanna Parks and Rec celebrates National Parks and Recreation Month with games from the 70’s and beyond! Participate in activities like Olympic themed track and field events, lulling chickens to sleep, stickball, music and crafts, canoeing, hiking and more! There will also be a campfire and food trucks! The evening ends with the movie Swiss Family Robinson.

11. Harry Potter Release Party at Barnes and Noble

When: Saturday, July 30, 2016
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: your local Barnes and Noble

Join other Harry Potter Fans for the countdown to the midnight release of the eighth Harry Potter book!

12. Powell Street Market

When: Sunday, July 31, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Downtown Powell

The streets of downtown Powell will be lined with vendors selling arts and crafts, edibles, jewelry and more! There will also be food trucks on site and pony rides! Admission and parking are free!


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