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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3 Places I Love to Take My Kids in Columbus: Leslie Catlett

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Each month I will be featuring a local parent who will tell us about three places they love to take their kids in Columbus! Thanks to Leslie for sharing 3 of her favorites with us this month!

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

There’s no denying that Columbus has one A-M-A-Z-I-N-G zoo! As season pass holders we spend a lot of time frolicking around the zoo grounds, as if it were our first time every visit. It is not unlikely that you can find us taking full advantage of the up close and personal animal encounters.  Packing a lunch and an ample amount of snacks is a must, as we are sure to spend most of our day here.

Columbus Metropolitan Library- New Albany Branch

There are so many wonderful libraries around Columbus that afford me the opportunity to expose my boys to more books than I can afford to buy. With a library card and zero late fees it is inevitable that we haul out as much as we can carry. With every visit there is no predicting what might catch their eye; a librarian/staff is readily available to make recommendations, that I might not know of or think to suggest. There is also an interactive story time with the infamous Mr. Dave every Wednesday and Thursday that incorporates both fine and gross motor skills to ensure Kindergarten readiness.

Hannah Park

Hannah Park is our go-to park not only because it’s just a hop, skip and a jump away from our house, but it also has a lot to offer my busy boys. The beautiful park has walking trails, tennis and basketball courts, a baseball field, multiple ponds, open green spaces, two jungle gyms (one for toddlers and one for older kids), large covered shelter, and multiple bathrooms.

Leslie is an occupational therapist and mother of two. She is the owner of The Penmanship Lab, a handwriting coaching service. She strongly believes that the art of handwriting is not dead and that formal handwriting instruction is vital in the digital age for the development of a child.  Her mission is to provide quality handwriting coaching to foster a natural and automatic skill, improve legibility and efficiency all while having fun! She offers camps, classes, private sessions and workshops.

Follow her on Facebook at and Intsagram @the_penmanship_lab.  To learn more about The Penmanship Lab visit


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What Should We Do This Weekend? November 18-20, 2016

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1. Model Railroad Days at COSI

When: Wednesday – Saturday, November 16-20, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

See model railroad displays from local model railroad clubs and play with trains, color trains and more! (There’s a lot of construction around COSI (including the demolishing of the closest parking lots) but there is still a parking lot available, just allow a little extra time for walking to and from! See more info and a map on their website!)

2. The Bake Sale at Ronald McDonald House

When: Friday, November 18, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: 711 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus, OH 43205
Phone: 614-227-3735
This bake sale is the longest-running fundraiser at RMHC of Central Ohio! There will be baked goods as well as chili, sandwiches, soup, hot dogs and hamburgers! There will also be craft vendors and other holiday gifts available for purchase to support RMHC!

3. Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony at Easton Town Center

When: Friday, November 18, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Town Square, 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614-416-7000

Celebrate the lighting of the Easton Christmas Tree! Santa will arrive and be available for pictures and many stores will have special offers!

4. Wildlights Stuff the Truck at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

When: Friday, November 18, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 4850 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065

You can get one free admission ticket to Wildlights for every 5 non-perishable food items you bring on Friday night from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Parking is free too, when you show one item at the parking booth! Large Mid-Ohio Foodbank trucks will be located in the main parking lot where you can leave your donations!

5. B-Well Food Drive at Bibibop, Henderson Rd.

When: Friday, November 18, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 1836 W. Henderson Rd., Columbus, OH 43220
Phone: 614-459-2991

Bibibop is collecting canned and boxed foods for Mid-Ohio Foodbank from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM. If you bring three items (per person), your meal is free!

6. Deck the District Tree Lighting in the Short North

When: Friday, November 18, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Short North

Come to the Short North for live holiday music, pictures with Santa and the official tree lighting at 6:30 PM!

7. Christmas Tree Lighting Holiday Experience at Tanger Outlets, Columbus

When: Friday, November 18, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: 400 South Wilson Road, Sunbury, Ohio 43074

Tanger Outlets Columbus kicks off the holidays with live music, hot chocolate, cookies and Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving to light the tree!

8. Brio Train Play Day at Naturally Curious Kids

When: Saturday, November 19, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 13 E. College Ave., Westerville, OH 43081

There will be trains, tracks and accessories all available for lots of free play!

9. Christmas on the Farm at The Olde Hayfield

When: Saturday, November 19, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Location: 4515 Grove City Rd., Grove City, OH 43123

This local vendor event also features food, live music and pictures with Santa!

10. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live at Palace Theatre

When: Saturday, November 19, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM and 5:30 PM
Location: 34 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215

Join Daniel and friends for a live production of songs, dancing and adventure in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe!

11. Disney Movie Saturday at Westland Area Library

When: Saturday, November 19, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 4740 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43228

Enjoy a family-friendly Disney movie with popcorn. All movies are rated G or PG and children age 12 and under are welcome!

12. Sensitive Santa at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Sunday, November 20, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy., Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-456-0120

Children with special needs and their families are invited to visit with Santa in an environment sensitive to their sensory and developmental needs. Each family will receive one free photo!

13. Visit Gahanna Holiday Lights Celebration

When: Sunday, November 20, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: Gahanna’s Creekside District
Phone: 614-418-9114

This family Holiday Lights celebration includes a live reindeer petting zoo, train rides, horse-drawn carriage rides, food trucks, live music and the lighting of Gahanna’s community tree! See the full list of 90 activities here!

14. Family Craft Workshop at Inniswood Metro Gardens

When: Sunday, November 20, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Innis House, 940 S. Hempstead Rd., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-508-8111

Bring the family to create holiday gifts! All ages are welcome and all materials are provided!

15. A Delaware Christmas Story Parade

When: Sunday, November 20, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 20 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015

Christmas kicks off in Delaware with a parade and a visit from Santa!


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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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