Alexis Larsen

Alexis Larsen has worked for the Dayton Daily News since 1998. She graduated from Wright State University and lives in downtown Dayton, within walking distance of her favorite arts and entertainment venues.The Lounge Lizards blog Arts and Entertainment blog

Latest from Alexis Larsen

Here’s who the Bloody Mary Showdown crowned the winner of Best Bloody Mary 
  “VUE Year’s Eve” was the bittersweet final hoorah for the popular Centerville bar and nightclub as they shut their doors for good. However, they were not going out without first defending their 2017 Bloody Mary Showdown title.  Last January, Vue Ultra Lounge’s Scott Conrad and Mack’s Tavern&rsquo...

Posted: 7 days ago

“VUE Year’s Eve” was the bittersweet final hoorah for the popular Centerville bar and nightclub as they shut their doors for good. However, they were not going out without first defending their 2017 Bloody Mary Showdown title.  Last January, Vue Ultra Lounge’s Scott Conrad and Mack’s Tavern&rsquo...
Bloody Mary Showdown will decide who’s got the best bloody in Dayton
 “VUE Year’s Eve” was the bittersweet final hoorah for the popular Centerville bar and nightclub as they shut their doors for good last weekend. However, they’re not going out without first defending their 2017 Bloody Mary Showdown title.  Last January, Vue Ultra Lounge’s Scott Conrad and Mack’s Tavern&rsquo...

Posted: 14 days ago

“VUE Year’s Eve” was the bittersweet final hoorah for the popular Centerville bar and nightclub as they shut their doors for good last weekend. However, they’re not going out without first defending their 2017 Bloody Mary Showdown title.  Last January, Vue Ultra Lounge’s Scott Conrad and Mack’s Tavern&rsquo...
Eat your way through January at 12 mouthwatering food events
 This year came in smoking hot when it comes to food events, with a bevy to consider. Here is my list of January food events happening this month that look pretty tasty.  Lily’s Bistro will be throwing its first annual Oyster Fest featuring a special menu of $2 fresh oysters, oyster shooters and other special preparations of oysters...

Posted: 17 days ago

This year came in smoking hot when it comes to food events, with a bevy to consider. Here is my list of January food events happening this month that look pretty tasty.  Lily’s Bistro will be throwing its first annual Oyster Fest featuring a special menu of $2 fresh oysters, oyster shooters and other special preparations of oysters...
Get ready to party in 2018 with these boozy events
 You have toasted the New Year and now it's time to toast in the New Year.  These 10 events are coming out early in the year to tempt you with specialty brews, wines and spirits.  So mark your calendars and get ready to keep the party going with these 10 big boozy events.  Jungle Jim’s Barrel Aged Beer Bash celebrates...

Posted: 18 days ago

You have toasted the New Year and now it's time to toast in the New Year.  These 10 events are coming out early in the year to tempt you with specialty brews, wines and spirits.  So mark your calendars and get ready to keep the party going with these 10 big boozy events.  Jungle Jim’s Barrel Aged Beer Bash celebrates...
A champagne tasting you’ll want on your radar
 Dorothy Lane Market's Champagne Soirée has been a staple of December celebrating for many years now. What originally started as part of DLM's weekly wine tasting program became so popular that it grew into a major event, and the only one that takes place at the original store.  Although the store is open for business as usual...

Posted: 21 days ago

Dorothy Lane Market's Champagne Soirée has been a staple of December celebrating for many years now. What originally started as part of DLM's weekly wine tasting program became so popular that it grew into a major event, and the only one that takes place at the original store.  Although the store is open for business as usual...
DAYTON EATS: Not sure? It’s pronounced, ‘proh-SHOO-toh’

Posted: 23 days ago

The New Year comes with a flurry of resolutions and fresh commitments, potential and possibilities. When it comes to the world of eating, many resolutions this year will begin and end with food. Eat healthier, cook more at home, stop eating sugar, drink more water, stop snacking, snack healthier, eat more vegetables, cut down on the carbs...
DAYTON EATS: Giving thanks for great dining experiences this holiday
 Tomorrow is arguably the biggest holiday of the year, in spending, celebrating, card giving, merriment and feasting — and I sincerely hope anyone reading this knows I wish them all of the blessings and joy that the season and new year have to offer. It’s a season that should be filled with gratitude, and in the world of Dayton...

Posted: 30 days ago

Tomorrow is arguably the biggest holiday of the year, in spending, celebrating, card giving, merriment and feasting — and I sincerely hope anyone reading this knows I wish them all of the blessings and joy that the season and new year have to offer. It’s a season that should be filled with gratitude, and in the world of Dayton...
This local flower shop offers a lot more than just pretty plants
 Back in the day, flower shops offered exactly what they were billed to offer — plants and flowers. But today’s flower shops have taken it to the next level, and there’s no better example than The Flower Shoppe that relocated from Brown Street to the Shops of Oakwood. Owner Mark Brueninghaus has an incredible eye —...

11:00 AM Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

Back in the day, flower shops offered exactly what they were billed to offer — plants and flowers. But today’s flower shops have taken it to the next level, and there’s no better example than The Flower Shoppe that relocated from Brown Street to the Shops of Oakwood. Owner Mark Brueninghaus has an incredible eye —...
Great places to shop for gifts in Town & Country Shopping Center
 When it comes to the December holiday season, a one-stop shop with gift-giving options that are off the beaten path can make holiday shopping significantly less stressful. Kettering’s Town & Country Shopping Center boasts more than 35 specialty stores and has something for just about everyone. Here are a half dozen stops that offer...

11:00 AM Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

When it comes to the December holiday season, a one-stop shop with gift-giving options that are off the beaten path can make holiday shopping significantly less stressful. Kettering’s Town & Country Shopping Center boasts more than 35 specialty stores and has something for just about everyone. Here are a half dozen stops that offer...
Agnes & Orson has gift ideas galore for the holiday season
 Agnes & Orson has been open just two years, and it’s already emerged on the downtown Dayton shopping scene as a taste maker and dependable spot to find the things that you need — and the things that you didn’t know that you needed.  This season, regardless of the person(s) on your list, take comfort knowing Agnes &...

11:00 AM Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

Agnes & Orson has been open just two years, and it’s already emerged on the downtown Dayton shopping scene as a taste maker and dependable spot to find the things that you need — and the things that you didn’t know that you needed.  This season, regardless of the person(s) on your list, take comfort knowing Agnes &...
If you want to make holiday shopping fun, this is the place to go
 A recent chalk sign advertising that Heart Mercantile was open for business read: “All I want for Christmas is you. Just kidding. I want wine.” It’s that kind of tongue-in-cheek humor, kitchy merchandising, quality gifts and love for its city that has continued to propel Heart Mercantile two years later into a larger storefront...

11:00 AM Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

A recent chalk sign advertising that Heart Mercantile was open for business read: “All I want for Christmas is you. Just kidding. I want wine.” It’s that kind of tongue-in-cheek humor, kitchy merchandising, quality gifts and love for its city that has continued to propel Heart Mercantile two years later into a larger storefront...