607 E Third St Lower Level
Dayton, Ohio 45402
607 E Third St Lower Level
Dayton, Ohio 45402
Dayton has quite a few heroes…Charles Kettering, The Wright Brothers, Erma Bombeck, Jane Reece…and of course, The RubiGirls! The ever-present, charity driven drag troupe have finally emerged in this time of quarantine to help us all laugh, love and raise some funds for our friends! This time the GIRLS, led by a quarter of qualified Queens, Fonda Peters, India Summer, Minnie Skirt and Dana Sintell, set their sights on people on the front line in this health crisis, and the folks making those amazing carry-out dinners in the area.
‘I received an email, ‘ says India Summer.”Where are the RubiGirls? There have been plenty of other queens posting all kinds of fun and frolic on Facebook, but NO RUBI???” That’s when we knew, it was time for us to make ourselves heard again. To spread the word that we are here to help.’
‘A show was what we needed to do, but social distancing presented a real problem.’ says the 7-foot tall Minnie Skirt. ‘How do we make this work?’
Enter the talents and touches of Tender Mercy. Chris Dimmick, Lauren Gay, Dave Kittredge and Branden Fugate had an idea. ‘Let’s do an actual production…a show…a virtual drag show that people can see online!’ Said Dimmick, The GIRLS were unsure as they are used to the idea of live, full theater, with a responsive audience. BUT, Dimmick held his position….’We can do this!’
‘I was curious!’ said the quintessential Fonda Peters. ‘ Like a real TV show? Really….I asked them to explain!’ And explain they did.
Dimmick and Gay dug in and told the RubiGirls, ‘Start making videos, pre-produced, spliced and diced….until you have a show we can run! We will help with some video and sound of our own. We can do this!’
But Sintell balked…as she often does. ‘No, no, no…I initially squirmed. We need our fans three feet in front of us. They are our lifeblood. And besides, many of the live and virtual drag shows have been hideous and boring. The online shows have been greatly panned. I wasn’t convinced….UNTIL….’
India Summer opened the eyes of all when she interjected. ‘What about all of the Girls make their own movie but we host the show live. A bit of both. only a few girls, 6 feet apart, telling the RubiGirls story, but raising money for our friend in Dayton.’
Dimmick, Gay, Kittredge and Fugate smiled and said…’We got this Girls! We can do this! And it will be FABULOUS!’
And it definitely will. This Friday, April 24th starting at 7pm, the Girls have an unbelievable collection of old and new Rubi productions to share. The 75 minute show will feature Sintell and Peters as the Hostesses, with Skirt and Summer to assist. There will be virtual bar tours, spectacular RubiGirl numbers, and cocktail recipes, including the popular RubiSlipper. ‘The RubiSlipper has been a huge hit.’ says Dimmick. ‘The RubiGirls agreed to a 50% share of all the RubiSlippers we sold to go to charity. You won’t believe the amount of money we raised in just 3 days open (before the stay-at-home order). People love the drink, but even mores0, the RubiGirls!’ The Tender Mercy team will be on hand to tell their story to subscribers as well.
Minnie Skirt added, ‘We have seen the videos. WOW, WOW, WOW! Tara Misu and Magestik nailed their videos! And the opening is just amazing! Actually, everything you see is top notch!’
Fonda Peters chimed in, ‘I think this is the start of a new version of the RubiGirls. This show is really over-the-top entertaining. You will get to see the Girls all over Dayton celebrating the city and showing that life goes on! We are quarantined, but we are still able to take care of each other. That’s an important message right now.’
‘I’m impressed.’ Says Lauren Gay.’These RubiGirls are hard-workers. They really are bringing our community together this Friday! Something we can all share in!
Fugate interjected, ‘They like to drink, too.”
Dana Sintell wrapped up the conversation for us with ‘In this day and age, anyone can make a short film. Tik-Tok, IMovie, IPhone Films…etc. But again, the Girls take it to a new level. It’s about something bigger than the film. It’s about people. It’s about Dayton! We try to always keep Rubi on a level of MORE….More LOVE, More GIVING and More ENTERTAINING!.’
They have again achieved it.
For tickets, go to Tendermercy.com. Next click Mercy Mart. Then, Click on RubiGirl packages. Pick one! Look for your code which will be sent Friday for the BIG SHOW! Sit back and ENJOY!
So what do you do when your brand new night club is open for just three days before the Governor’s Order shuts you down? You pivot and become a pop-up bodega, for your booze and necessities for your neighbors. And that’s how Tender Mercy turned in to Mercy Mart. Selling beer, wine, loaves of bread, eggs, potatoes, rice toilet paper, vinyl gloves, Tender Mercy merchandise and more. They’ve added cheese from St Anne’s, Focaccia by Grist and soon they’ll be adding more goodies from some of the 2nd Street Market.
But that wasn’t enough for Lauren Gay, their Sommelier. This Dayton native left town to explore the world in 2010, did a stint in the Peace Core, spent some time in LA and Vegas and then she and her boyfriend, Brandon Fugate (now the Beverage Manager at Tender Mercy) came back to Dayton to work with The Idea Collective and open Tender Mercy. She wants to use her wine knowledge, industry connections and help the Miami Valley use this Pandemic required slow down to explore new wines and become more educated about the industry. So yesterday they launched:
L A U R E N T I N E // episode one.
put your newfound free time (and penchant for day-drinking) to good use and learn a thing or two from our sommelier lauren. in this episode we discuss the most effective way of getting wine from bottle to mouth (hint: it’s not the weird contraption you got as wedding gift) and then discuss a favorite bottle from our list, on sale now at tendermercy.com for contact-free curbside pickup through MERCY MART.
In what Tender Mercy hopes to become a weekly feature Lauren will host a weekly video featuring tasting tips, explores wine varietals and pairing recommendations. You can actually see the video on their Instagram site. She’s hoping you’ll submit questions she can answer in future episodes and wants to help you enhance your wine experiences. Lauren is available to consult with you on wine purchases, finding out what you like, what you’d tried and make suggestions on things she thinks you should try. You can purchase from the Tender Mercy menu, do a special order of at least 6 bottles, and if you buy a case you’ll enjoy a 10% discount. Need help choosing or looking for something special? send an email to [email protected] to get matched up with the perfect wine.
607 E. 3rd Street Lower Level
Dayton, OH 45402
Upcoming Tender Mercy Events:
April 17th 8-9:30pm Vine to Online: A Virtual Wine Tasting to benefit the YWCA
A Zoom video chat where Lauren will expertly walk us through three specially-curated wine tastings from woman-led wineries. Following each tasting, you will be transitioned to a private chat with just your friends to enjoy your vino and catch up with socially-distanced friends.
April 24th 7-9pm Rubi Girls : A Remote Retrospective
Order your special event food/drink packages NOW for pickup at MERCY MART Friday 4/24 from noon – 6pm! A ZOOM live stream event link will be emailed to you following your purchase.