About the Book
Documenting Columbus’ newest restaurant & live entertainment experience! An exciting new downtown restaurant serving contemporary Southern cuisine with jazz bar. The Brownstone was more than a restaurant, it was a symbol of the current state of social diversity in Columbus. Brownstone was not just a business owned by Blacks it was a place that allows people of all ethnicities to enjoy a Black influenced cultural experience; that’s what diversity is all about.
While there have been hundreds of upscale establishments that have prospered long-term in Columbus none have been black owned.
This book covers the beginning of how two young men started Brownstone (Jeff Gilliam and Gregory Provo) and created First Friday's a social networking event that is the city most longest standing entertainment venue of its kind in Columbus.
A Member of the Biological Photographer Association (BPA), Bio Communication Association (BCI), Health and Science Communications Association (HESCA) and National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP). Over 30 years of photography experience. Served as a Media Specialist and Medical Photographer for the Department of Radiology at Michigan State University for 13 years, prior to spending 12 years at Ohio State University-College of Veterinary Medicine and Department of Hematology. Gearl is currently employed with OhioHealth Systems Radiology Department in Columbus Ohio, he is also a freelance photojournalist in his spare time.