Things We Love: Mike Heslop's picks

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Question: Where in Columbus (the world?) can you browse racks of used sci-fi paperbacks or crate-dig for old soul records while sipping a coffee or nursing a beer? Purchase local underground comics before belting out tunes at karaoke? Or simply smoke a hookah on a sidewalk patio? Fortunately for Columbus, such a delightful blend of niches exists in Kafe Kerouac, which just celebrated 10 years of business last weekend. Also fortunate for Columbus: The one-of-a-kind artist hangout doesn’t appear to be going anywhere. We spoke with co-owner Mike Heslop about a few of his favorite things. For the full list, head to columbusalive.com.

My motorcycle: Triumph Bonneville T-100

As a little kid I remember sitting on the motorcycle with [my dad] and getting rides. I used to fall asleep on the front between his arms on the gas tank. I’ve loved riding since. I got my motorcycle license years ago and bought a junker and fixed it up and rode that for a while, and then got another bike and eventually worked toward what I have now, the Triumph. It’s a great city bike. I go for joy rides, but I also like to do my normal errands on it.

Barley’s Scottish Ale

My favorite beer right now is Barley’s Scottish Ale. Anytime I’m at Barley’s Smokehouse I get the Scottish Ale and bring the growler over and top it off. Very delicious beer. I’m a mood person when it comes to most things: right weather, right time. But the Scottish Ale is a really great well-rounded beer you can drink all the time. Scottish Ales differ greatly, but this one hits the spot.

Prince’sPurple Rain

When you were a kid in the ’80s there was always this debate between Prince and Michael Jackson. I was always a Prince guy. I was probably eight or nine when I first heard the album. Prince kind of bridges the gap between rock ’n’ roll and the old Motown and the synthesizing style of the ’80s. That album really was a collage of those multitudes of styles, which I think is why it lives on so strongly today and is why as a musician you still love it. Beginning to end, it’s a classic.

Sailing

For the last 20 years I’ve been at the Columbus Parks and Rec sailing program teaching children sailing. I love sailing, and I hope to retire on a sailboat. I’ve sailed all over now as I’ve gotten older. I’ve sailed in Hawaii — a big catamaran — the Virgin Islands, Lake Erie’s fun. Anytime you can get on the water, out in the ocean, it’s pretty fantastic.

Mike Heslop

Owner, Kafe Kerouac

2250 N. High St., Campus

614-299-2672

kafekerouac.com