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By Heather Rutz hrutz@civitasmedia.com

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LIMA — Wine lovers don’t generally need a reason to lift a glass, but they’ll have one tonight when local woodworker Rhueben Gibson and The Met are featured on WBUS’s Scenic Stops.

Gibson crafted the bar, wine racking, community tables and re-purposed radiator bases at the downtown gathering spot. Scenic Stops will show the bar and how it was built and talk with Gibson at The Met and his own workshop. The show airs on WBGU (the local Public Broadcasting station) at 8 p.m. today. It will re-air at 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Viewers will also be able to find it on www.wbgu.org and www.scenicstopsohio.com.

The Met will feature Gibson’s favorite drinks today and have the show on tonight. Rob Nelson, owner of The Met, said he is happy for someone whose woodworking and furniture is found throughout Lima and across the country.

“It’s great they are showcasing one of Lima’s finest,” Nelson said. “He helped create the environment here, the physical and emotional space. The pieces connect the past and hope for the future, and reminds us of what downtown can be like.”

The building is a crown jewel from the city’s oil boom past. At one point, it was left for dead, slated to be razed for a parking lot. Today Nelson is working on a renovation of the building, starting with The Met. He has plans for office and living space on the upper floors.

Gibson built the bar from a single tree in a grove planted by his grandfather on his farm, where Gibson now does his woodworking. The high-top tables feature radiator bases from top floors in the Metropolitan Building. Gibson also built large “community” tables used in the bar that seat lots of folks and feature quotations about community and gathering.

Scenic Stops did the shoot two months ago.

Gibson said he wanted to create something worthy of Nelson’s commitment.

“I figure, they were sticking their necks out for downtown, before a lot of other people had, and I wanted something special and unique,” Gibson said. “Early on, Rob made a joke about the 100 radiators sitting around upstairs. He said, ‘Maybe you’ll figure out something to do with those.’ They make a nice story about the preservation of the building.”

Scenic Stops is WBGU’s flagship show, hosted by Lima’s Kathleen Phipps. The weekly show explores what’s off the beaten path in the 19-county Northwest Ohio viewing area and takes viewers to the unique and unusual. The show has featured the Spangler Candy Company in Bryan, educational tours at the OSU Stone Lab on Gibraltar Island, and vegetables at the Chef’s Garden in Huron.

Heather Rutz may be reached at 419-993-2094 or on Twitter @Lima_Rutz.

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