Life after Talal Chahine
"People don't look up," says Zach Antworth, who knows firsthand. When his glass art store the Foggy Bottom Bayou opened a year ago on the second floor above Mr. Greek's Coney Island on State Street, hardly anyone knew it was there-until he found out he could put up banner signs in the windows. The banners, Antworth says, "really helped-that way too we could do it without going through expensive city [sign] ordinances."
Antworth, thirty-seven, co-owns the store with his brother Scott Antworth, thirty-eight, and longtime friend Kevin Davis, thirty-seven. They describe themselves as glass artists. While colorful glass pipes are their specialty, they make everything from pendants to pens to marbles to wineglasses, and they'll custom-make just about anything.
Zach got into glass blowing by chance. A musician by training, he was setting up a recording studio in the old Performance Network building on Washington with the inten-tion of making his living as a musician. "Right next door to me were about ten glass artists, and all were moving out except one," Zach says. "He would have been forced to move out because he couldn't pay the rent, so I offered to pay half the rent if he'd take me on as an apprentice." As it turned out, Zach loved the work, and even better, it was easier to make a living blowing glass than playing music. Eight years ago he taught his brother and Kevin Davis, and they've all been doing it professionally ever since.
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