Spring into spring with new businesses, fiction readings and lots of music [Hampden]

Hampden Column

March 18, 2013|By Benn Ray, benn@atomicbooks.com

Unless you've missed the news and are befuddled as to why people keep saying you're an hour late to things, we've all just "sprung forward."

How is it springtime already?

With spring comes a lot of shuffling and changes in Hampden. Every year, it surprises me at how The Avenue (and our business district in general) can keep getting better and better, but it does. And if a lot of the plans and rumors I've heard come to fruition, Hampden looks poised to grow its thriving local economy.

Skate board shops (Union Skate, which is already opened), ice cream parlors, brick oven pizzerias, flower shops, sports bars and more are all on slate for Hampden this year, and I couldn't be more excited. All of this activity helps generate local jobs and tax revenues for the city and state without any special tax waivers that cost the city. Maybe our new tagline ought to be, "Hampden, we're doing all we can!"

Keep checking the Messenger for updates and news as more information about the businesses I mentioned above becomes available.

Meanwhile, here are some events that you may want to spring into.

On Thursday, March 14, Raindeer, Paperhaus and Kitsune Rad play the Golden West Cafe, 1105 W. 36th St.

The 510 Reading Series at Minás Gallery & Boutique, 815 W. 36th St., starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 16. This month, featured readers include Elliott Holt, Marie-Helene Bertino, Scott McClanahan and Meghan Kenny.

If you'd prefer to go a little more lowbrow than a fiction reading, check out the Rumpshaker Magazine release party at Atomic Books on March 16 instead. Rumpshaker is a hardcore punk fanzine that is returning to publication with its first new issue in a decade. This event also includes amusing anecdotes by Rumpshaker contributor and Hampden resident Nolen Strals about touring with his band Double Dagger. The event starts at 7 p.m. and is free.

And finally, if you head back to Minás on March 29, you can catch Songwriters in the Round at 7 p.m. Local songwriters Adam Trice (Red Sammy), Cliff Murphy and Dave Linantud (Circle 9) share songs and stories about their styles of songwriting during an evening of unplugged acoustic music.

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