TOLEDO (13abc Action News) – Today is April 19th, also known as 4/19, the same number as our area code.
Pride in the area is high, following the resurgence of Uptown Toledo and the Warehouse District. In honor of the day celebrating northwest Ohio’s area code, events popped up all over town…
You hear the expression ‘you will do better in Toledo’ and Toledo-made entrepreneurs are flocking back to Uptown. They’re determined to prove naysayers wrong, with a holiday all their own.
All made here in Toledo, yep,” Robert Gutierrez said.
Gutierrez owns RGDezigns, and shows his 419 pride on his chest…. it comes in different sizes.
“This is where I started my business, this is where I met my family,” Gutierrez said.
A half block down Adams…
We have special designs that we drew up.
Mike Klein owns ink and iron tattoo. He ran a $41 special today on Glass City ink.
He had takers. A fresh Spike the Walleye, a 419 lucky rabbit foot, and at least a dozen more customers ready to go.
“This is our first time doing an actual 419 event,” Klein said.
From local handmade clothing, to Handmade Toledo, and special tattoo deals – even a pop-up bar that opened up at 4:19 this afternoon.
“We’re doing the gin garden, just today,” Andrew Newby said.
That’d be East Side Gin, made on North Summit, but making its debut today to a packed house on Adams.
“A majority of the ingredients, 90% of the ingredients, come from a local herb farm, herbaceous,” Toledo Spirits owner Newby said.
“All the activity going on all the time on Adams Street, it makes me feel good that I’m a part of it,” Gutierrez said.
It’s not just cocktails and local art; music is ongoing through the night. And there were plenty of deals.
“We’re having a sale on all our 419 merchandise!” John Amato of JupMode said.
The 419 goes way beyond Toledo, from Williams County to Sandusky. Today, Uptown along Adams was the center of the action.
“A day for people who are from Toledo, and who are proud of Toledo, to showcase that pride,” Amato said.