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Local gamer bar Cardboard Crowns to shut down after 7 months

Gamer bar and cafe Cardboard Crowns, which opened last October near the Dayton Mall, will shut its doors after the close of business this Sunday, May 27.

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“This coming weekend will be our last weekend of operations. We are inviting everyone out for one last weekend of gaming,” founder Ben T. Adams said. “We will be running all of our beer/wine bottles and drafts for $2 (Thursday through Sunday) as a way to thank the community for their ongoing support.” 

>> Both Dayton-area Zoup! restaurants shut down abruptly

Adams said he is seeking a buyer for the business “or an interested party looking for a turn-key space to open a Bar/cafe-type business in our location with a liquor license that would convey with the space.” The 3,500-square-foot bar/cafe is located at 147 N. Springboro Pike (Ohio 741) in the Corners at the Mall retail center in Miamisburg.

>> ‘Goodbye sale’ set for iconic roller rink that opened more than 60 years ago

The lack of foot traffic and revenue for Cardboard Crowns’ business model led to the decision to close, Adams said.

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“Since I am not working the cafe directly, too much money is going to labor expenses,” he said. “The revenue is close to enough to cover rent/other fixed expenses, but realistically we would need either a pair or group of entrepreneurs willing to work without taking compensation until the business was built up to the point that it was self-sustaining.”

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“Additionally, with myself working two jobs usually in excess of 80 hours a week, there's just not enough time left over for me to devote enough to the business in a meaningful way to carry out all of the functions needed to ensure its success.”

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“We are very grateful to the Dayton board-game community for all of their support, and we look forward to continuing to do what we can to support the Dayton area's board gaming community.”

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Adams had expanded the food menu and made a few other changes in response to customer feedback two months ago in an attempt to boost business.

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The café’s concept is part of a national and local trend to combine gaming and drinks. Cardboard Crowns’ board-game selections ranges from lighter games to more involved, strategic games.

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What Had Happened Was podcast: Tom Archdeacon talks Miami vices, wedding rings and LeBron’s mom

He’s told thousands of amazing stories. It should come as no surprise that Tom Archdeacon has a hell of a story of his own.

For the 10th episode of the What Had Happened Was podcast, host Amelia Robinson sat down with Arch, an award-winning  Dayton Daily News sports writer and her mentor for exactly one day. 

Arch told Amelia about his Miami Vice days, how he happened into journalism, his passion for telling untold stories and that time he had a run-in with LeBron’s mom. 

Brace yourself! This episode shines like diamonds.  


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EPISODE 9: Cackle vs. Cancer — the world with Alexis Larsen and Kristen Wicker

EPISODE 8 : Dead in Dayton — a mayor trapped in a brothel, a former slave claps back, and a gypsy queen cliffhanger

EPISODE 7: Tusks, Fireball and belly shirts with the magical McKibben Brothers

EPISODE 6: Sweet sticky things with John “Turk” Logan

EPISODE 5:  Watch for 10,000 ‘leprechauns’

EPISODE 4: The Yellow Springs vagina tree’s knobby side

EPISODE 3: All funked up with Ohio Players’ Diamond Williams

EPISODE 2: Bourbon, Beards and Joe Head

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JOB OPENING: The Oregon District is looking for someone to help shape its future

Here’s your shot to help shape the future of one of Dayton’s most visited districts .

The Oregon District Business Association is looking for its first executive director. 

>>Retail store closes at the Dayton Mall after more than a decade

>> ‘Goodbye sale’ set for iconic roller rink that opened 60 years ago

Below is the job description from the OBDA’s website,

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The Oregon District Business Association (ODBA) is seeking an imaginative, creative, and outgoing person to fill the permanent part-time position of Executive Director of our non-profit neighborhood business organization. 

The ideal candidate will be a strong leader who has a commitment to growing the Oregon District business community. Candidate will have experience in event planning, project/budget management, community development, social media and marketing. The Executive Director will be the primary ambassador to the community and must be an independent, self-motivating individual, who is able to communicate and work effectively with the community, committees and board of directors.

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JUST IN: Retail store closes at the Dayton Mall after more than a decade

A retail store that has served customers chocolates, coffee and wine for more than a decade in front of the Dayton Mall shut down permanently this week, its franchise owner confirmed to this news outlet today.

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The final day for Winans Chocolates + Coffees — which sold chocolates, coffee and wine — was Monday, May 21, according to Ben Czajka, the franchisee who oversees the Dayton-area stores for the Piqua-based Winans. 

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Czajka said the move represents a consolidation.

>> Kettering business asked to leave shopping center after 25 years

“The lease at the Dayton Mall location — it was a 10 year lease — has been up for over a year now, and we recently, about a year ago, opened (a shop) on Feedwire Road, so that gave us three locations in the Centerville area,” Czajka  said. The third location is on Far Hills Avenue in Washington Twp. just north of Centerville.

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The Feedwire location across from the Cornerstone of Centerville development “is seen as a better location in a growing area with better parking and visibility,” Czajka said. “So we are still growing, just repositioning. All of the employees are still with us;  they either transferred to Far Hills or Feedwire.”

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Laurie Winans Reiser, co-owner of Winans, said the closure was “based on the changing retail climate around the 725/741 corridor.”

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Reiser said Winans “just completed a very successful new store opening in Wapakoneta, our 18th store. And we are excited about our newest store in downtown Columbus and its growth.”

>> 3 restaurants have closed at this high-traffic location

The chain traces its roots to the late 1800s, and is now under the fourth generation of family ownership of Joe Reiser and Laurie Winans Reiser.  

‘Goodbye sale’ set for iconic roller rink that opened more than 60 years ago

The last artifacts inside an iconic roller rink opened in 1956 will be sold off during a massive garage sale-style goodbye event.  

>> Dayton-area Zoup! restaurants shut down abruptly

Thousands and thousands of people took spins around Skyborn Skateland in Fairborn before it closed for good in 2015. 

>> Skateland owner negotiating sale (2015)

The rink’s building and land have been sold to nearby Barrett Paving Materials, but its contents will be sold off from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 27 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, May 28. 

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 >> Local gamer bar shuts down after 7 months 

“Everything that is inside of the building is going to be for the sale: skates, the lockers, the table, the sound system,” said Joyce Brinkley, an assistant to Skateland’s owner David Ripp. 

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Sections of the rink’s floor, equipment in its snack area and the skate ramp are also among items up for grab. 


— All items MUST be paid for in CASH during the Sale Hours 

— Please do not request an earlier or later viewing or pick-up time. These times are non-negotiable. 

— Items not picked-up or paid for, during sale hours will be resold within 24 hours after the sale closing time. 

Many items for sale not listed anywhere. 

Please show up to see what is available. 

All Rental Skates per pair $10, most are ok, but a bit musty from sitting.

Police Beacons - 3, as is (might work) one shell, $10 each

Popcorn Machine $100 

Soft Pretzels Storage and display unit $25

Gehl's Nacho and cheese dispenser $20 

San Jamar cup dispenser $10 

Picnic table $50 

First come 1st served on all sales listed her. You must take item with you by end of the day you buy it. 

Small misc item will be priced the day of the sale.

Almost everything can go. 

COSI announces plans for EPIC new science festival

Now this is going to be big. 

COSI announced today plans for one of the “largest science events in Ohio history.”The COSI Science Festival is set for May 1-4 2019.

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The four-day festival will showcase science around central Ohio and will conclude with a hands-on, day-long carnival-style celebration on the Scioto Peninsula outside COSI, according to a news release.

 “The COSI Science Festival will showcase how exciting, interesting, fun and accessible science is to all of us and how relevant it is to our daily lives. In addition, it will shine a light on the fantastic science, technology, and industry innovation in our great central Ohio region,” COSI President and CEO Frederic Bertley said in the release.

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 Battelle, a Columbus based technology company, has  pledged $850,000 over three years to the project. 

 Additional funds are being sought. 

 “This celebration will foster appreciation for innovation and technology in our community, share our enthusiasm for what our employees do every day and spark interest in the next generation of budding scientists, researchers and engineers,”  Battelle President and CEO Lou Von Thaer said. 

According to a Columbus Dispatch article, COSI’s festival will be structured like the Philadelphia Science Festival created by Bertley and others. 

The newspaper reports that it will include about 150 community partners and 60 events, many of which will be free. 

The events will be held in Columbus and surrounding communities.

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BREAKING: Both Dayton-area Zoup! restaurants shut down abruptly

Both Dayton-area Zoup! restaurants have shut down permanently, its franchise co-owner told this news outlet today, Tuesday May 22.

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Zoup franchise owners opened their first Dayton-area restaurant adjacent to Whole Foods on Ohio 725 in Washington Twp.,  and opened its second location at 5235 Cornerstone North Boulevard in the Cornerstone of Centerville development in Centerville just four months ago. Initial plans called for the franchise owners, Kevin Forrer and Brian Wood, to open two more Dayton-area locations.

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But Forrer said Tuesday that poor sales at both locations were the primary factor in the decision to close.

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“Unfortunately, it just didn’t work out,” he said.

>> 3 restaurants have closed at this high-traffic location

The first Zoup! restaurant opened in Southfield, Mi., in suburban Detroit in 1998. The chain operates more than 80 locations across the northern half of the U.S.

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This Dayton student just got a college diploma before graduating high school

Ashli Garnett has had a busy week or so. 

The Dayton teenager earned a college diploma on May 6 from Sinclair Community College. 

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This Wednesday, the Dayton teen will walk across the stage to receive her diploma from Paul Laurence Dunbar Early College High School.

The 18-year-old is the first Dunbar student to earn an associate's degree at Sinclair Community College as part of a partnership between the Dayton Public Schools high school and the college designed to better prepare students for their post high school lives. 

Ashli, a track standout, will enter Southern University at New Orleans this fall as a junior. 

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She loved the challenge that came with her college studies. 

“The brain is a muscle and you have to work it out like every other muscle,” Ashli told this news organization. “The whole thing was amazing. It helped me reach this independence and maturity level.”

In 2014, Dunbar launched its partnership with Sinclair Community College.  

Through the program, students are given the option of earning an associate’s degree while pursuing high school diplomas.

Dunbar has about 590 students. About 110 are taking college courses in the high school or on Sinclair’s campus. 

Funding comes from Ohio’s College Credit Plus, which helps student take college courses from community colleges and universities. 

Dunbar Assistant Principal Tiffany Ray-Bozeman said Dunbar students have earned thousands of college credit hours since the program launched, including the 386 earned by 39 of the high school graduating seniors this year. 

Bozeman said the partnership helps students and their parents financially. 

It also helps them in terms of preparedness, she said.

Bozeman said students are given skills to conquer the anxieties that often come with freshman year and navigating college life. 

“They get all those bumps and bruises done here with our support,” she said. 

Bozeman said Ashli, the daughter of Christopher Garnett and Shanaun Simpson of Dayton, is a standout who remained active at Dunbar while studying at Sincair. 

She is Dunbar’s 2018 salutatorian, sings in the choir and is on Dayton Public Schools’ Student Senate. 

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Garnett, who plans to study communications in New Orleans, also has a job and volunteers at 5K races, many of them charitable.   

“I always try to stay busy,” said Garnett, who earned her associate’s degree in liberal arts.

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These ‘Boss Chicks’ are on the rise in Dayton and hope to spread their ‘bossy’ ways around the nation 

Shawon Gullette has been on the receiving  end of advice from “boss chicks” her entire career. 

And she says that has been a very good thing.

“Women have always been my backbone,” the owner of Dayton Trichology Hair Loss Control Center and Infinitee Salon & Spa said. “I said, let me help other women who are in the same shoes I was in.” 

>> Two local breweries snag 3 golds EACH at international beer competition

At one point, Gullette was mentoring five women at once, offering advice and guidance. It was too much and she thought there had to be a better way. 

Boss Chicks Dayton was born from there.

The organization designed for black female entrepreneurs, managers and leaders had its soft launch on April 17, 2017 at Salar Restaurant and Lounge in Dayton’s Oregon District. 

Gullette says it has grown stronger since. 

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“As you help women grow, you help your community grow,” she said. 

Boss Chicks Dayton now has nearly 40 members in Dayton. 

Chapters in Atlanta, Indianapolis and Jackson, Fla. are being organized.

Gullette hopes to expand to even more states in 2019. She envisions a National Boss Chicks conference happening right here in Dayton. 

“As women, we are mothers, we are aunts, we are sisters, we are daughters. We are able to nurture each other and build off that experience,” Gullette said. “‘Boss’ is being better than you were before.”

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Besides building relationships between business women, Boss Chicks hold mixers and mingle social at various bars and restaurants in and around Dayton, quarterly meetings with featured speakers and bar takeovers for a list of causes that includes heart disease. 

Membership is $30 monthly on 

Gullette said Boss Chicks aims to expose women to new ideas and opportunities locally and globally. 

“As women, we need to support each other,” she said. “We need to have certain support for us because we are minority.”

Members range from Mary Kay Cosmetics saleswomen to nurses and doctors. 

“We are bosses in a lot of different way,” Gullette said. “You are boss at home. You are boss at work. You are boss of yourself.” 

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JUST IN: Two local breweries snag 3 golds EACH at international beer competition

Two Dayton-area breweries scored a nice little trifecta of gold medals at a just-completed international competition held each year in Lexington, Ky.

The 2018 Commonwealth Cup beer competition put on by Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. awarded gold medals to Dayton Beer Company’s Beast of Tadmor Village, Upright Smoked Lager, and Midnight Dream, and another three gold medals to Hairless Hare Brewery’s Imperial CRV, Barrel Aged Barley Wine and Barrel Aged Cold War. 

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“It’s a testament to the quality of our brewers and beer,” Peter Hilgeman, founder of Dayton Beer Company, told this news outlet this morning. “Two of those three beers have already won golds this year in another competition, and it really reinforces to our brewers that the beer we make is technically and skillfully well done.”

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Hairless Hare co-founder Matt Harris said this morning, “It’s great to be part of all the medals coming back to Dayton this weekend and to show off what Dayton has to offer the craft beer world.”

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Hairless Hare, located in Vandalia, collected four silver medals as well, and Dayton Beer Company’s Lost Tunnel label collected a silver for Deep Sea Diving. 

Crooked Handle Brewing in Springboro collected two silvers and a bronze, Lock 27 Brewing in Dayton and Centerville earned four bronze medals, and Devil Wind Brewing in Xenia snagged two bronze medals. 

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The overall “best of show” award went to Braxton Brewing Co. in Covington, Ky. for its Barrel Aged Dark Charge Mole Stout.

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