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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...

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“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: 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 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: 10 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: 11 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: 14 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: 16 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: 23 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 —...

Posted: 25 days ago

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...

Posted: 25 days ago

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 &...

Posted: 26 days ago

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...

Posted: 26 days ago

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...
Luna Gifts & Botanicals has plenty to love when it comes to gift giving
 The sister store to Heart Mercantile, Luna Gifts & Botanicals opened just over a year ago with savvy owners at the helm who had a vision.  This one-part plant store and one-part gift shop, and filled to the brim with beautiful plants that set the tone as soon as you step inside.  Filled with lovely things, this is a great stop for...

Posted: 27 days ago

The sister store to Heart Mercantile, Luna Gifts & Botanicals opened just over a year ago with savvy owners at the helm who had a vision.  This one-part plant store and one-part gift shop, and filled to the brim with beautiful plants that set the tone as soon as you step inside.  Filled with lovely things, this is a great stop for...
THE GIFT OF SPIRITS: A dozen boozy bottles for the days before and after Christmas
 When it comes to shopping in mid-to-late December, time is of the essence. Holiday parties and obligations are stacking up and only a small windows remains to procure the remainder of what you need to finish out the month with the proper amount of holiday cheer. One of the quickest, most reliable gifts out there that can be quickly procured...

Posted: 28 days ago

When it comes to shopping in mid-to-late December, time is of the essence. Holiday parties and obligations are stacking up and only a small windows remains to procure the remainder of what you need to finish out the month with the proper amount of holiday cheer. One of the quickest, most reliable gifts out there that can be quickly procured...
Decadent gift ideas from one of the best places for chocolate in the world
 In 2016, Conde Nast hailed it as one of the “Best Chocolates in the World.” Earlier this year, CNN named the company one of the “15 Happiest Places in the World.” Gwyneth Paltrow’s goop listed it as one of the things “Women Really Want for Valentine’s Day” in 2016. There’s a lot of buzz...

11:00 AM Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

In 2016, Conde Nast hailed it as one of the “Best Chocolates in the World.” Earlier this year, CNN named the company one of the “15 Happiest Places in the World.” Gwyneth Paltrow’s goop listed it as one of the things “Women Really Want for Valentine’s Day” in 2016. There’s a lot of buzz...
The perfect recipe for dinner and a show in Springfield
 Kuss Auditorium has a full list of events and concerts coming up well into 2018. For ticket-holders, it means coordinating the meal before and possibly a drink and dessert afterwards. To take the stress of planning out of it, here’s what we recommend when you’re taking in a show or an event in downtown Springfield. THIRSTY, BY...

5:00 AM Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

Kuss Auditorium has a full list of events and concerts coming up well into 2018. For ticket-holders, it means coordinating the meal before and possibly a drink and dessert afterwards. To take the stress of planning out of it, here’s what we recommend when you’re taking in a show or an event in downtown Springfield. THIRSTY, BY...
Why this old-school restaurant is one of the area’s best-kept dining secrets
 Tucked half-way between Springfield and Dayton in tiny Medway is a Clark County restaurant gem that residents from both cities should get to know. Here are just a few reasons you should plan a visit as soon as possible … The vibe: Get ready for a time warp. The walls and cabinets full of old toys and kitschy antiques will transport...

11:00 AM Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

Tucked half-way between Springfield and Dayton in tiny Medway is a Clark County restaurant gem that residents from both cities should get to know. Here are just a few reasons you should plan a visit as soon as possible … The vibe: Get ready for a time warp. The walls and cabinets full of old toys and kitschy antiques will transport...
Four more great craft beer spots to ring in the holidays
 Last week I shared part one of my list of brewpubs featuring both food and drink good enough to show off to your out-of-town guests. Or maybe, you’ll want to consider heading to these after your out-of-town guests leave. My list last Sunday featured Carillon Brewing Co., Crooked Handle Brewing Co. and Fifth Street Brewpub. This week&rsquo...

5:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 02, 2017

Last week I shared part one of my list of brewpubs featuring both food and drink good enough to show off to your out-of-town guests. Or maybe, you’ll want to consider heading to these after your out-of-town guests leave. My list last Sunday featured Carillon Brewing Co., Crooked Handle Brewing Co. and Fifth Street Brewpub. This week&rsquo...
Don’t miss this amazing event at popular Springfield brewery
 Since opening last summer, Mother Stewart’s Brewing has continued to up its game day by day, event by event and beer by beer. For the holidays, it's going all out.   On Saturday, Dec. 2, it will play host to an event called Aberration: Immure Pomp.  The event, modeled after one Mother Stewart's hosted in April that saw...

4:14 PM Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017

Since opening last summer, Mother Stewart’s Brewing has continued to up its game day by day, event by event and beer by beer. For the holidays, it's going all out.   On Saturday, Dec. 2, it will play host to an event called Aberration: Immure Pomp.  The event, modeled after one Mother Stewart's hosted in April that saw...
Take your out-of-town guests to these 3 cool Dayton brewpubs
 The biggest food holiday of the year has come and gone, ushering in the biggest holiday season of the year. With December taking center stage in just a few days, it often can mean meeting and hosting family and friends over the course of the month. But what to do and where to go? Some of the best options can be destinations that feel...

11:00 AM Friday, Nov. 24, 2017

The biggest food holiday of the year has come and gone, ushering in the biggest holiday season of the year. With December taking center stage in just a few days, it often can mean meeting and hosting family and friends over the course of the month. But what to do and where to go? Some of the best options can be destinations that feel...
This Springfield restaurant has your last-minute Thanksgiving solved
 Most folks have their Thanksgiving Day plans on lockdown, but for those looking for a last-minute reservation, a menu recently caught our eye.  Mela Urban Bistro inside of the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in downtown Springfield has a drool-worthy menu planned for Thanksgiving.  Seatings are at noon and 2 p.m. by reservation only...

3:06 PM Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017

Most folks have their Thanksgiving Day plans on lockdown, but for those looking for a last-minute reservation, a menu recently caught our eye.  Mela Urban Bistro inside of the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in downtown Springfield has a drool-worthy menu planned for Thanksgiving.  Seatings are at noon and 2 p.m. by reservation only...
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