Revisiting the heyday of department stores and five-and-dimes


I keep forgetting to mention that last month I went to Suite, the fairly new nightclub in the basement of The Belvedere in Mount Vernon (1 E. Chase St.)

You get there by taking the lobby elevator down one floor. 

On Wednesdays, Charm City Improv hosts an R&B open mike night.

Most of the performers were OK, but one or two -- such as Kia Calloway -- were really impressive.  

And I loved how the live band could pick out pretty much any song the performer wanted to sing off the cuff -- no matter what key it was in. 

I just thought the $10 cover was too much for an open mike night on a weekday.

Here's a link to the venue's incredibly annoying MySpace site

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