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Al Edmonson is driven by the heartbeat of his Columbus Near East Side community. Edmondson owns A Cut Above the Rest barber shop at 346 N. 20th St. on the city's Near East Side, which has become the hub from where the husband and father of two has set out to improve the community he has long called home. His barbershop in the city's Mount Vernon neighborhood along the border with the King-Lincoln Bronzeville neighborhood hosts health screenings, offers resources and more to his neighbors and friends.
Hausfrau Haven’s longtime owners, Faye Muncie and Julie D’Elia, are ready to unveil their new, 49-seat wine bar, cheekily named The Laundry. Located just next door to their German Village wine shop at 769 S. Third St., The Laundry fills the former laundromat space, which Muncie and D’Elia also own. The owners closed the laundromat when the pandemic hit, and D’Elia says she was soon jotting down the design for a wine bar on a napkin. In addition to wines by the glass, The Laundry will offer three beers on draft and will eventually serve a small menu of cocktails. Customers can open a bottle from the neighboring wine shop for a corkage fee. Much like Hausfrau Haven’s in-store wine bar that Muncie and D’Elia ran for years, The Laundry will have limited hours, in adherence with a good neighbor agreement, from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The bar will periodically host wine tastings and private events as well. The Laundry is expected to start pouring this Friday, Oct. 7. You can read more about The Laundry in Columbus Monthly’s November issue.