BIZ BUZZ // The Twisted Sister House of Hunger opens

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July 18, 2011
By: Jeremy Zoss
Jeremy Zoss
DOWNTOWN CORE — Food trucks fans now have another reason to get outside. Another new truck took to the streets in early July — The Twisted Sister House of Hunger.

Owner Wesley Kaake started planning a Downtown doughnut shop in August of 2010 and the concept of a food truck kept coming up during meetings with the city. Kaake initially wasn’t interested, but the growing attention to food trucks and issues with financing caused him to reconsidering. Locating a used food truck in Greenspring, Ohio, Kaake drove 18 hours to check it out and met Jody Shetzer. Shetzer operated a food truck business under The Twisted Sister House of Hunger name, and Kaake was pleased with the thought of having a spiritual partner in another state.

“We pretty much begged them to keep the name,” says Kaake. “We’re not part of a franchise or anything, but we said we’d always tell people there was another truck in Ohio. They’re kind of family friends now.”

The House of Hunger menu is focused on smoked meats, including smoked pork and bacon bites, smoked beef brisket bites and smoked pork tacos. It will also offer up desserts, including a “chocolate addiction” cake from Kaake’s mother’s recipe and frozen cheesecakes on a stick from local company Chubby Girl Cheesecake.

But what about the doughnuts? Kaake says that in the spring he plans to begin selling doughnuts on weekday mornings. Until then, The Twisted Sister House of Hunger will be available for catering, and Kaake also plans to teach cooking classes during the off-season at the Midtown Global Market.

Video Stardom to close in August

NORTHEAST PARK — After 27 years of operation in Northeast, the owners of Video Stardom in the Quarry Center have announced the shop is going out of business. The video rental store will be close in August and is in the process of liquidating its merchandise.

Owner Craig Belisle and his wife made the decision to shut the store down back in February after reducing the store’s 5,000-square-foot space by half to lower costs. A T-Mobile store took over the other space, and while the decision cut expenses, it presented other problems. Many customers mistook the construction as a sign that the video store had closed. The T-Mobile store also reduced the store’s visibility to shoppers entering the Quarry Center by placing another retailer between the store and traffic.

Of course, these were smaller issues compared to some of the other challenges that had developed for the independent retailer. “In the old days, your competitors were Blockbuster and Hollywood Video,” said Belisle. “Now there are 20 different reasons [to close]. Redbox did the most damage because it undervalued the material. But there’s also Netflix, cable on demand, pirating and the recession.”

After Video Stardom closes, there will not be a single traditional video rental store left in The Journal’s coverage area.

New salon opens in NE

SHERIDAN — Two Northeast residents recently opened the new Heart Salon a couple of blocks from home.

The co-owners previously worked together in Uptown at Hairpolice, and they had their eyes on the building at 1310 2nd St. NE for a long time.

“For four years we talked about opening in our own neighborhood,” said co-owner Carol Flaig. “We said if that building is up for sale, that’s where we would like to be.”

They specialize in the funkier side of hair care: hair extensions, dreads and feather extensions, along with basic haircut and color work.

The Heart Salon’s name has a deeper significance than you might expect — its slogan is “the salon with heart.”

“We really wanted to have a business that wasn’t just about revenue, but also about giving back to the community,” Flaig said.

Noted

NORTH LOOP — The Public House, a new wine bar, is opening in the space formerly home to the North Washington Café in Tower Lofts, 700 Washington Ave. N. According to its Facebook page, it’s set to open early August.

— Michelle Bruch contributed to this report