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Get inspired at garden tour — and support local artists
 Across the region flowers are in bloom and gardens are showing off the very best they have to offer. On June 16 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. seven gardens featuring imaginative garden décor and beautiful plantings will be on view during the DeWeese Ridgecrest Civic Association Garden Tour.  This is the sixth such tour for the neighborhood...

Posted: 6 days ago

Across the region flowers are in bloom and gardens are showing off the very best they have to offer. On June 16 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. seven gardens featuring imaginative garden décor and beautiful plantings will be on view during the DeWeese Ridgecrest Civic Association Garden Tour.  This is the sixth such tour for the neighborhood...
6 of the best places to eat before a Fraze Pavilion show
 When it comes to grabbing a meal before a concert, time is of the essence. That’s why we put together this list of our six favorite Kettering destinations near the Fraze Pavilion for dinner before a show. Just be sure to watch your time and plan well!  This restaurant located toward the back of the Town and Country shopping center...

Posted: 20 days ago

When it comes to grabbing a meal before a concert, time is of the essence. That’s why we put together this list of our six favorite Kettering destinations near the Fraze Pavilion for dinner before a show. Just be sure to watch your time and plan well!  This restaurant located toward the back of the Town and Country shopping center...
More than 20 places to visit in Southwest Ohio this summer
 Thanks to several major tourist attractions, southwest Ohio is poised to entertain a plethora of visitors during the summer season. Kings Island in Mason, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, the Cincinnati Museum Center and the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden are among the highlights, sure, but there’s a lot more...

Posted: 22 days ago

Thanks to several major tourist attractions, southwest Ohio is poised to entertain a plethora of visitors during the summer season. Kings Island in Mason, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, the Cincinnati Museum Center and the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden are among the highlights, sure, but there’s a lot more...
Kings Island to open Soak City Waterpark this weekend
 MASON — This weekend nearly every pool across the region will come alive when they open for business Memorial Day weekend. None of them will offer the thrills that water can provide more than Kings Island’s Soak City. Admission to the popular amusement park includes admission to the water park, which features more than 50 water...

Posted: 25 days ago

MASON — This weekend nearly every pool across the region will come alive when they open for business Memorial Day weekend. None of them will offer the thrills that water can provide more than Kings Island’s Soak City. Admission to the popular amusement park includes admission to the water park, which features more than 50 water...
Thrills and chills await when The Beach Waterpark opens this weekend
 MASON — There’s only one waterpark in southwestern Ohio with 2,600 tons of white sand and more than 150 palm trees — and its name says it all. The Beach waterpark’s 2018 season starts this weekend and is sure to offer plenty of splashy thrills and relaxing trips along the lazy river. “The atmosphere that the...

Posted: 26 days ago

MASON — There’s only one waterpark in southwestern Ohio with 2,600 tons of white sand and more than 150 palm trees — and its name says it all. The Beach waterpark’s 2018 season starts this weekend and is sure to offer plenty of splashy thrills and relaxing trips along the lazy river. “The atmosphere that the...
RiverScape offers a lunch option that sounds pretty great this summer
 Now through the end of September, RiverScape MetroPark is offering a break from humdrum lunches with their Music @ Lunch program featuring live acoustic music and the option to buy from the new RiverScape Café, a local food truck or a pleasant spot to enjoy whatever you packed at home. “RiverScape MetroPark serves as a vibrant...

Posted: 29 days ago

Now through the end of September, RiverScape MetroPark is offering a break from humdrum lunches with their Music @ Lunch program featuring live acoustic music and the option to buy from the new RiverScape Café, a local food truck or a pleasant spot to enjoy whatever you packed at home. “RiverScape MetroPark serves as a vibrant...
Kings Island begins daily operations for the 2018 summer season
 There are plenty of signs that summer is on the way, but one of the most thrilling is the date that Kings Island begins daily operations. That day has come. Today, May 11, the popular amusement park that draws thousands of guests each day will be open seven days a week. Kings Island’s new hours will be 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Fridays...

3:25 PM Friday, May. 11, 2018

There are plenty of signs that summer is on the way, but one of the most thrilling is the date that Kings Island begins daily operations. That day has come. Today, May 11, the popular amusement park that draws thousands of guests each day will be open seven days a week. Kings Island’s new hours will be 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Fridays...
Last-minute Mother’s Day finds — expected and unexpected — at Centerville shop
 Centerville’s Morning Sun Florist is one of the areas best-kept secrets. It was established in 1989 by owner Darla Hiser. After 12 years in Tipp City, the store had outgrown its location and moved to 11 S. Main Street, Centerville. This inspirational green space is the perfect spot to consider visiting to shop for gifts this Mother&rsquo...

10:00 AM Friday, May. 11, 2018

Centerville’s Morning Sun Florist is one of the areas best-kept secrets. It was established in 1989 by owner Darla Hiser. After 12 years in Tipp City, the store had outgrown its location and moved to 11 S. Main Street, Centerville. This inspirational green space is the perfect spot to consider visiting to shop for gifts this Mother&rsquo...
BIG dinner offers overstuffed pasta dish that weighs a ton (really) — and that’s just 1 course
 One of my favorite nights dining out last year was in celebration of the 1996 Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub film, “Big Night.” The Italian feast was and is the brainchild of Watermark Chef and owner Maria Walusis. The good news is she’s bringing it back due to popular demand, so you, too, can have your world rocked like...

10:00 AM Monday, May. 07, 2018

One of my favorite nights dining out last year was in celebration of the 1996 Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub film, “Big Night.” The Italian feast was and is the brainchild of Watermark Chef and owner Maria Walusis. The good news is she’s bringing it back due to popular demand, so you, too, can have your world rocked like...
Take your cooking to the next level with lessons from some of the BEST chefs in Dayton 
 Did you know that you can learn to cook with one of Dayton’s favorite local grocery chains ? Dorothy Lane Market’s Culinary Center began in the Oakwood location in the late ’80s, it has continued to grow in popularity and size. It was moved to a stand-alone spot in the Washington Square DLM in the mid-1990s and has created...

10:00 AM Monday, Apr. 30, 2018

Did you know that you can learn to cook with one of Dayton’s favorite local grocery chains ? Dorothy Lane Market’s Culinary Center began in the Oakwood location in the late ’80s, it has continued to grow in popularity and size. It was moved to a stand-alone spot in the Washington Square DLM in the mid-1990s and has created...
This burger joint truly lives up to its name
 People love a good burger. It’s the cornerstone in the foundation of most popular fast food chain menus. Some burgers are so beloved they have almost a cult following. The South has Whataburger, the West Coast has In-N-Out, the Midwest has White Castle. But there are a few locally owned places that deserve the kind of devotion as these...

2:11 PM Friday, Apr. 20, 2018

People love a good burger. It’s the cornerstone in the foundation of most popular fast food chain menus. Some burgers are so beloved they have almost a cult following. The South has Whataburger, the West Coast has In-N-Out, the Midwest has White Castle. But there are a few locally owned places that deserve the kind of devotion as these...
Why this tavern just north of Dayton is a throwback favorite
 When The Barnsider closed after a 41-year run in 2016, I was verklempt. It was a destination that was an old-school part of the restaurant history of Dayton. It was a supper club that served up succulent prime rib, chilled shrimp cocktail with a sauce that came out kicking like karate and martinis that were as stiff as they come. It was a...

10:00 AM Monday, Apr. 16, 2018

When The Barnsider closed after a 41-year run in 2016, I was verklempt. It was a destination that was an old-school part of the restaurant history of Dayton. It was a supper club that served up succulent prime rib, chilled shrimp cocktail with a sauce that came out kicking like karate and martinis that were as stiff as they come. It was a...
Where you will discover some of the best (and most unexpected) Mexican food in town
 Chiapas is a southern Mexican state bordering Guatemala. It’s also one of the the best Mexican restaurants in Dayton. Since opening in Centerville at the end of 2015 in a space that was formerly home to the House of Kabab, it’s a modest restaurant with fewer than 50 seats inside split between three booths and a few tables. Be...

10:00 AM Thursday, Apr. 12, 2018

Chiapas is a southern Mexican state bordering Guatemala. It’s also one of the the best Mexican restaurants in Dayton. Since opening in Centerville at the end of 2015 in a space that was formerly home to the House of Kabab, it’s a modest restaurant with fewer than 50 seats inside split between three booths and a few tables. Be...
KINGS ISLAND: What to know and what to check out this season
 The story of Kings Island can maybe best be told by the sheer number of guests the park plays host to each year. Last year a whopping 25 million rides and attractions were enjoyed by park guests. Five attractions gave more than one million rides: Banshee (1,636,279), Diamondback (1,557,021), Mystic Timbers (1,312,990), The Racer (1,254,127)...

10:00 AM Thursday, Apr. 12, 2018

The story of Kings Island can maybe best be told by the sheer number of guests the park plays host to each year. Last year a whopping 25 million rides and attractions were enjoyed by park guests. Five attractions gave more than one million rides: Banshee (1,636,279), Diamondback (1,557,021), Mystic Timbers (1,312,990), The Racer (1,254,127)...
10 great ethnic restaurants to try in West Chester
 If you like flavors and spice and everything nice, West Chester Twp. has a great selection of ethnic restaurants concentrated in a relatively small radius. Recently, I had an enjoyable lunch at Thai Koon Kitchen followed by a delightful dinner at Haveli Indian Grill. Both restaurants offered their spin on traditional dishes as well as a few...

8:27 AM Monday, Apr. 09, 2018

If you like flavors and spice and everything nice, West Chester Twp. has a great selection of ethnic restaurants concentrated in a relatively small radius. Recently, I had an enjoyable lunch at Thai Koon Kitchen followed by a delightful dinner at Haveli Indian Grill. Both restaurants offered their spin on traditional dishes as well as a few...
5 downtown Dayton dining spots you should visit this week
 Event season is kicking off, with tons of things happening downtown this weekend. While you’re downtown or close by, here are 5 places you should check out. >> 12 of the best restaurants in Dayton With the very sad news last week that Franco Germano, the owner of Franco’s Ristorante Italiano in the Oregon District...

10:00 AM Wednesday, Apr. 04, 2018

Event season is kicking off, with tons of things happening downtown this weekend. While you’re downtown or close by, here are 5 places you should check out. >> 12 of the best restaurants in Dayton With the very sad news last week that Franco Germano, the owner of Franco’s Ristorante Italiano in the Oregon District...
A few restaurants worth a detour on your next big shopping trip south
 In the last five years, West Chester has grown by leaps and bounds with population growth that has fueled commercial growth and vice versa in a cycle. Each journey south on I-75 to a booming hub that links Cincinnati and Dayton is eye-opening. There is so much to see and eat. Since the beginning of the year, several recent visits there for...

10:00 AM Monday, Mar. 26, 2018

In the last five years, West Chester has grown by leaps and bounds with population growth that has fueled commercial growth and vice versa in a cycle. Each journey south on I-75 to a booming hub that links Cincinnati and Dayton is eye-opening. There is so much to see and eat. Since the beginning of the year, several recent visits there for...
8 ways to eat, drink and adventure on the riverway this year
 Recently I was speaking with Elizabeth Connor, Great Miami Riverway Coordinator, and asked her to share her favorite things to do along the river. I thought the list she rattled off without skipping a beat was really interesting. It was comprehensive, incorporating everything you’d want to hit on during a day out — dining, drink...

10:00 AM Monday, Mar. 12, 2018

Recently I was speaking with Elizabeth Connor, Great Miami Riverway Coordinator, and asked her to share her favorite things to do along the river. I thought the list she rattled off without skipping a beat was really interesting. It was comprehensive, incorporating everything you’d want to hit on during a day out — dining, drink...
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