Recently, I had the bright idea to have a dear friend, let's call him RED, a serious Republican (thus the nickname) and sometimes Trump supporter.... and another friend, let's call her BLUE, a serious Democrat (thus the nickname) and serious Trump hater...meet me in the window of Ghostlight coffee for a cup of Joe and a chat. I really wanted to see if there was any common ground left in this battle of the political positions. Little did I know by conversation's end, the thought of running into Wayne Avenue and causing a hit and run would appear relieving. 'How did we get here?' I … [Read more...] about Trump Cards: Anger and Hope. Red and Blue.
Uh-Oh! Valentine's day crept up on you! Now what?? No need to worry! Agnes and Orson Gifts and Goods has the last minute magic covered. Here are some unique ideas for you and your Loved-One! For the Traditional - Cards, candles and love notes are always a hit. If you the irreverent lover, be sure and find one of the many off-color cards in store. There are plenty. For the Jewelry & Leather Lover - nothing says 'Love You' like earrings, or a new bag! If you are wanting to make a lasting impression, start with the Matt and Nat collection! For the Earthy Partner - Terrariums … [Read more...] about Last Minute LOVE, LOOT and LUST!!
There was a day when driving east on 5th Street, you may have wanted blinders, hoping to just pass quickly through the abandoned houses and businesses. My, oh my, how things have changed! Today, when you begin your ascent into St. Anne's Hill, you actually slow down to see all the progress! And it is everywhere. "Today, you see banners, flowers and bustling businesses," says St. Anne's Historic District board member Mary Jo DuPree. "It's really an exciting neighborhood." St. Anne's Hill, once known as Vinegar Hill due to all its rich orchards, has been working on its renaissance for some … [Read more...] about The ‘HILL’ is Alive, St. Anne’s that is!
Aaaahhh, the doldrums of late January, early February. What to do, and where to go.....how about 'A place where nobody dared to go....The love that we came to know...They call it XANADU!!' The tongue-in-cheek tribute to the 1980 movie of the same title, has skated into the Dayton Playhouse through February 5th. "It's a small musical, with a cast 9 people, yet it has everything you expect from the show!" says Amy Askins, one of the show's cast members. "There is roller-skating, great sets (by Chris Newman), fabulous wigs (by Steve Burton) and of course the music!" (For ELO fans, welcome back … [Read more...] about X Marks THE Spot….in XANADU!
There is nothing like a great start to the day, and at Table 33, it is near perfection! Sitting at the 'corner bar,' you get a sense that something is unique about this place. 'It is a new way of doing things for Dayton,' says the all-smiles server, Christina. 'We have our own house made juices (try the 'Sup Doc), and delicious baked breakfast items' (I loved the spinach, artichoke and feta quiche.) The menu reads, Grow-Share-Eat. The simplicity of the saying hides the complexity of the mission here. 'And, we are known for our gluten-free in house bakery as well.' says Becca, who steps … [Read more...] about Table 33 Looks to Up the Game in Eateries!
For many of us, the story of Peggy Sawyer is one we all hoped to live. That one big chance to breakthrough, be the star & hit the heights. Well, 42nd Street, now playing at the Schuster Center, hits the heights indeed! From the opening of the curtain, which teases perfectly, through the big finale, which satisfies with some unbelievable hoofing, 42nd Street reminds us that dreams do come true.....even if they are somebody else's! Gerrianne Genga who plays the upbeat, comic relief Maggie, is a standout. She brings to the stage that wacky, scene stealing character for … [Read more...] about TAP THAT!! 42nd Street Delivers the Goods!
It is no secret that January brings everyone back to the gymnasium, but for Marcus Mucheck, proud owner of the Dirty Gym, it's teaching people the 'whys' of working out that has made his facility the place to pump! His story, his passion is all about helping people understand how they can be their best, whether they are working out with him, or at a hotel 300 miles away. In 2003, Mucheck began working out in his parents' garage in Warwood, West Virginia. Within days his buddies would join him in the annexation of his family's basement as well. It was the humble beginning of a storied … [Read more...] about One of Dayton’s Best Gyms is….uh….DIRTY?
Among the new chain restaurants that seem to pop up daily along the Brown Street corridor, lives one of Dayton's greatest treasures, The Pine Club. Somehow, and against all odds, the steakhouse staple continues to buck the trend of local restaurants losing out to chains. Certainly, no easy task in an area overwhelmed by Paneras, Chipotles and whatever new 'make-it-your-way' eatery opens. At the Pine Club, success comes down to loyalty, customer service and a great place to eat! Don't take my word for it, instead, listen to the voices of 'foodies' around the country, and the world. It was no … [Read more...] about The Pine Club Continues to Break The Chains!
Screeching dragons spin out of control while the sounds of children screaming for help bellow; parents chew hot dogs, laughing through it all....yep, the Montgomery County Fair still has some life in her. For many of us, fairs are the remnants of an era gone by, but not for hundreds of Dayton area residents. The fair is the best time of the year. 'I have been attending my whole life,' says Cindy. 'I'm 63 now, and I can still remember climbing these trees and watching the crowds of people walk through the midway. It was a great fair then, and I think it's great now.' One of many … [Read more...] about The ‘Fair’est of them All!
It seems as if everyone has a pup these days. Fortunately, Dayton is becoming more and more dog-friendly every day. Looking for a perfect place to put your pup on a patio? Here are some great suggestions, including some from our friends at SICSA! Get yourself started with a coffee from Ghostlight! This favorite of the coffee scene has perfect cafe style umbrellaed tables just outside. While you get your caffeine intake, Rover can take in the sights along Wayne Avenue! (Wayne Avenue at Clover Street) If you find yourself in the Oregon on a long walk with Fido, check out the patio at Lily's … [Read more...] about DOG Days of Summer!