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Sharpen your chef skills with DLM cooking classes
 Christmas is over, but there’s still time to hit a home run for the foodie in your life. The DLM Culinary Center has just released its full slate of classes through May of next year — 50 in all — and there are some doozies. Choosing one of these for a special date night or night out with friends is giving the gift of food...

2:17 PM Monday, Dec. 24, 2018

Christmas is over, but there’s still time to hit a home run for the foodie in your life. The DLM Culinary Center has just released its full slate of classes through May of next year — 50 in all — and there are some doozies. Choosing one of these for a special date night or night out with friends is giving the gift of food...
More than smokin’ chicken wings: Nick’s Restaurant is a roadside gem
 Just outside of downtown Xenia on Route 68 heading toward Yellow Springs is a causal roadside gem that has consistently been given accolades over the years.  Nick Malavazos opened Nick's Restaurant in 1949 and in 2009 Marc Perkins took it on, giving it new life.  It's a restaurant that makes you feel at home from the time you walk...

1:00 PM Monday, Dec. 24, 2018

Just outside of downtown Xenia on Route 68 heading toward Yellow Springs is a causal roadside gem that has consistently been given accolades over the years.  Nick Malavazos opened Nick's Restaurant in 1949 and in 2009 Marc Perkins took it on, giving it new life.  It's a restaurant that makes you feel at home from the time you walk...
A full day of dining awaits in Troy: 3 great places to grab a meal
 A full day of shopping in Troy demands a meal or two. In fact, an entire day can be made dining around Troy in between exploring the downtown.  Here's a plan of attack to enjoy a full three squares or one or two depending on the length of your stay.  BREAKFAST  117 E Main St., Troy  937-339-3902 or http://kshamburgershoptroy...

11:00 AM Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018

A full day of shopping in Troy demands a meal or two. In fact, an entire day can be made dining around Troy in between exploring the downtown.  Here's a plan of attack to enjoy a full three squares or one or two depending on the length of your stay.  BREAKFAST  117 E Main St., Troy  937-339-3902 or http://kshamburgershoptroy...
Xenia specialty stores that are worth a stop
 There are some specialty stores in Xenia worth visiting.  It may not be a shopping mecca, but when it comes to a few shopping categories, it may just have what you are looking for. Here are a few items they have that are worth planning a shopping visit for. When you are done, go grab a pint at the newly opened Devil Wind Brewery and...

4:00 PM Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018

There are some specialty stores in Xenia worth visiting.  It may not be a shopping mecca, but when it comes to a few shopping categories, it may just have what you are looking for. Here are a few items they have that are worth planning a shopping visit for. When you are done, go grab a pint at the newly opened Devil Wind Brewery and...
Tibet Bazaar in Yellow Springs has worldly gifts at great prices
 Tibet Bazaar is a sweet little boutique selling imported clothing, jewelry and accessories located in the Kings Yard courtyard in Yellow Springs. It has some of the best deals and unique gifts you can probably find for the holiday season.  Walking through the doors is a sensory overload with bright beautiful colors everywhere and beautiful...

11:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018

Tibet Bazaar is a sweet little boutique selling imported clothing, jewelry and accessories located in the Kings Yard courtyard in Yellow Springs. It has some of the best deals and unique gifts you can probably find for the holiday season.  Walking through the doors is a sensory overload with bright beautiful colors everywhere and beautiful...
A shopping adventure awaits at Waynesville’s antique stores
 Few small towns locally can boast about the number of attractions and events throughout the year that Waynesville can.  On the Sunday of Memorial and Labor Day weekends there is the Old Main Street Antique Show, which takes over downtown.  The Ohio Renaissance Festival from August to October is a spectacular spectacle, and then...

7:14 PM Friday, Dec. 21, 2018

Few small towns locally can boast about the number of attractions and events throughout the year that Waynesville can.  On the Sunday of Memorial and Labor Day weekends there is the Old Main Street Antique Show, which takes over downtown.  The Ohio Renaissance Festival from August to October is a spectacular spectacle, and then...
6 holiday cocktails to get you in the spirit of the season
 Dayton restaurants are stepping up to create memorable holiday flavors for the season. Several cocktails inspired by the late fall and winter season have really captured our attention. Here are six places that serve holiday cocktails that are sure to get you in the spirit of the season. Santa’s Little Helper, $9 135 E. Second St., Dayton...

3:29 PM Friday, Dec. 21, 2018

Dayton restaurants are stepping up to create memorable holiday flavors for the season. Several cocktails inspired by the late fall and winter season have really captured our attention. Here are six places that serve holiday cocktails that are sure to get you in the spirit of the season. Santa’s Little Helper, $9 135 E. Second St., Dayton...
Grandpa Joe’s Candy Store is an old-school experience
 Miamisburg, Middletown and Troy have a very special store that offers more than 250 varieties of candy bars and over 100 varieties in bulk candies. In fact, these stores have more than 15,000 pounds of candy patiently waiting to be purchased.  Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop is an old-school experience with an unmatched candy selection...

11:00 AM Friday, Dec. 21, 2018

Miamisburg, Middletown and Troy have a very special store that offers more than 250 varieties of candy bars and over 100 varieties in bulk candies. In fact, these stores have more than 15,000 pounds of candy patiently waiting to be purchased.  Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop is an old-school experience with an unmatched candy selection...
Small town shopping: Yellow Springs’ Pangaea Trading Co. has a lot to look at
 Pangaea Trading Co. in Yellow Springs has a wide variety of jewelry, gifts, trinkets, sunglasses, children’s items, home goods and more.  Store inventory ranges from cheeky socks from Blue Q to adorable onesies to beautiful handmade pottery to amazing candles from Paddywax. It's a small store with a lot to look at and there's a...

11:00 AM Friday, Dec. 21, 2018

Pangaea Trading Co. in Yellow Springs has a wide variety of jewelry, gifts, trinkets, sunglasses, children’s items, home goods and more.  Store inventory ranges from cheeky socks from Blue Q to adorable onesies to beautiful handmade pottery to amazing candles from Paddywax. It's a small store with a lot to look at and there's a...
A dozen (plus one) boozy bottles to help ring in the holidays
 During the holidays we all have the best of intentions, but there’s only so much time and there never seems to be enough of it.  If the window is closing on your opportunity to secure a gift, it may be time to make a run to the local liquor store. One of the quickest, most reliable gifts likely to bring a smile to the face of your...

2:00 PM Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018

During the holidays we all have the best of intentions, but there’s only so much time and there never seems to be enough of it.  If the window is closing on your opportunity to secure a gift, it may be time to make a run to the local liquor store. One of the quickest, most reliable gifts likely to bring a smile to the face of your...
The secrets to a perfect pie from Dayton’s newest pie bakery
 Partial to Pie Bakery officially opened for business on July 31 this year. The focus of the business is all in the name. “We are a bakery with a strong focus on pies and quiche,” said owner Marie Clark, who jokes she’s also the cashier, baker and janitor. “We make our baked goods fresh every day with quality ingredients...

2:00 PM Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018

Partial to Pie Bakery officially opened for business on July 31 this year. The focus of the business is all in the name. “We are a bakery with a strong focus on pies and quiche,” said owner Marie Clark, who jokes she’s also the cashier, baker and janitor. “We make our baked goods fresh every day with quality ingredients...
Cobblestone Cafe is the best of food and shopping
 When you least expect it, you will come across a true treasure.  In the world of dining, it's a restaurant that has a terrific menu and fantastic food, with good service at the right price.  So when you find that restaurant and it is part of a larger business that boasts fabulous shopping, an espresso and gelato bar and a wine bar...

11:00 AM Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018

When you least expect it, you will come across a true treasure.  In the world of dining, it's a restaurant that has a terrific menu and fantastic food, with good service at the right price.  So when you find that restaurant and it is part of a larger business that boasts fabulous shopping, an espresso and gelato bar and a wine bar...
The best handmade gifts we discovered at Urban Handmade
 Urban Handmade in Yellow Springs carries work from more than 70 artists and makers specializing in jewelry, accessories, home decor, clothing, handbags, paper goods, bath and body, original art and more.  Their slogan is "power to the artists" and based on the contents of their shop they believe it.  The downtown Yellow...

8:08 PM Monday, Dec. 17, 2018

Urban Handmade in Yellow Springs carries work from more than 70 artists and makers specializing in jewelry, accessories, home decor, clothing, handbags, paper goods, bath and body, original art and more.  Their slogan is "power to the artists" and based on the contents of their shop they believe it.  The downtown Yellow...
Only a few days left to enjoy lunch at Jay's Seafood
 One of our favorite parts of the holiday season is when Jay's Seafood (225 E. Sixth St., Dayton) opens for lunch in December ... It really is the little things in life.  The restaurant has been packed in the afternoons since Dec. 5 when the mid-day lunches began from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. They run through Dec. 21.  Here are a few reasons...

3:09 PM Monday, Dec. 17, 2018

One of our favorite parts of the holiday season is when Jay's Seafood (225 E. Sixth St., Dayton) opens for lunch in December ... It really is the little things in life.  The restaurant has been packed in the afternoons since Dec. 5 when the mid-day lunches began from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. They run through Dec. 21.  Here are a few reasons...
7 treasures we found on a trip to Tipp City antique shop
 When the holidays come around, local antique stores don’t often pick up on the decor component the way mainstream stores do. Midwest Memories Antiques in Tipp City takes the holidays very seriously. Never have we seen an antique store so fully embrace the spirit of Christmas. Nearly every vendor in the store had holiday merchandise...

2:38 AM Monday, Dec. 17, 2018

When the holidays come around, local antique stores don’t often pick up on the decor component the way mainstream stores do. Midwest Memories Antiques in Tipp City takes the holidays very seriously. Never have we seen an antique store so fully embrace the spirit of Christmas. Nearly every vendor in the store had holiday merchandise...
3 Dayton dining treasures to discover in charming Tipp City
 During the holiday season, a visit to Tipp City should involve two missions — shopping and dining. Neither will disappoint. Downtown dining highlights in walking distance from shopping include Harrison’s, Coldwater Cafe, Sam and Ethel’s and the Grounds for Pleasure Coffeehouse. Uptown and a short car ride away, dinner can...

2:00 PM Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018

During the holiday season, a visit to Tipp City should involve two missions — shopping and dining. Neither will disappoint. Downtown dining highlights in walking distance from shopping include Harrison’s, Coldwater Cafe, Sam and Ethel’s and the Grounds for Pleasure Coffeehouse. Uptown and a short car ride away, dinner can...
Foo Fighters to headline new three-day music and arts festival
 Looking for something to get the rock lover in your life for the holidays? A new art and music festival set to happen in mid-May at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus featuring a first-rate slate of headliners may be just the ticket. The Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival featuring Foo Fighters, System of a Down, Disturbed, Bring Me the Horizon, the...

12:00 AM Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018

Looking for something to get the rock lover in your life for the holidays? A new art and music festival set to happen in mid-May at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus featuring a first-rate slate of headliners may be just the ticket. The Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival featuring Foo Fighters, System of a Down, Disturbed, Bring Me the Horizon, the...
Spend a day FILLED with holiday shopping and local dining
 With just days left until the Christmas holiday, it’s time to check over your list as many times as it takes to make sure you will have everything you need in place. Santa checks twice, but it’s a good idea to give it at least a few more glances after you think you’re really done. If you’re anything like me, there&rsquo...

5:31 PM Friday, Dec. 07, 2018

With just days left until the Christmas holiday, it’s time to check over your list as many times as it takes to make sure you will have everything you need in place. Santa checks twice, but it’s a good idea to give it at least a few more glances after you think you’re really done. If you’re anything like me, there&rsquo...
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