Good Love - hipper than ever - is back

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April 08, 2004|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

One of the clubs that made Canton hip is back. And hipper than ever. In March 2003, a fire swept through the Good Love Bar, forcing owners Patrick Radoci and Jason Sanchez to close the business. Now, after months of renovation, the new-and-improved Good Love has reopened.

Jason says you'll notice the hip-yet-comfy feel is intact, but changes have been made, as he and Patrick opened up the floor plan to give the place a more spacious feeling. On the first floor, the exposed brick walls have been painted white, and the old cement bar is gone. In its place is a sleeker, more welcoming arc of African Wenge wood. The booths are gone. Built-in benches on the main floor provide more space and seating. The second floor sports cool green walls and a big, cushy couch. Jason says more furniture is coming. The DJ booth is perched in the middle of the third floor, where the DJ can be seen all the way to the first floor. While Jason says he and Patrick went with clean lines, they used browns and nude colors - and lots of teak accents - to keep the place feeling warm and intimate. Lighting is either recessed or presented in globes or hanging boxes, so that the light glows rather than shines.

You'll find the Good Love Bar, 410-534-4588, at 2322 Boston St. Hours are 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week. If you look for the Good Love, don't expect to see a sign with its name. That's one trademark of the place Jason and Patrick plan to continue. For now.

Perhaps their new motto sums it up best - Love is good again.

Arctic baseball

Those arctic blasts couldn't keep the see-and-be-seen gang away from Camden Yards for the Orioles' Opening Night.

So what if the wind chill was around freezing?

That just meant the halls of Oriole Park's Club Level turned into one big cocktail party.

Among those spotted enjoying the temperatures inside - Kelly and Cal Ripken, Frances Reaves and Tom Koch, Lois and Michael Hodes, David Nevins, Edie and Stan Brown, Alan Rifkin, Bruce Bereano, Marvin Mandel, Susan Goodell, Amy Elias and Richie Pearlstone, Larry Macks, and Cary and Warner Mason. Just to name a few. Making their way through the hubbub - baseball commissioner Bud Selig and U.S. Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge - each with his own entourage.

Gala at the Meyerhoff

Meyerhoff Symphony Hall was the site for more hoopla last weekend as LifeBridge Health threw its biannual "The Magic of Life Gala." Some 1,500 folks browsed a dinner buffet in the lobby and tent outside, before filing into the hall for a concert by Michael McDonald - who, by the way, could not have come across as a nicer guy. Things got really warm and fuzzy when McDonald introduced the song "You Are Everything." He told the audience that the song was dedicated to Michelle Lax from her husband Barry Garber "who loves you very very much." (Insert collective sigh from the crowd here.) Barry and Michelle co-chaired the event with Jerry and Rheda Fader.

Another one of the evening's high notes came when Barry and Jerry presented the evening's proceeds to LifeBridge president/Chief Executive Officer Warren Green - a whopping (and record-breaking) $1.5 million. Now there's something that ought to have Warren singing!

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