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JUST IN: This Dayton institution has quietly raised $14 million under our noses 

Friday lunch at Dayton Art Institute’s Oktoberfest celebration not only came with lederhosen but with a big announcement. 

Michael R. Roediger, the museum’s director and CEO, kicked off its 47th annual event by announcing the museum’s Centennial Campaign at the festival’s Lederhosen Lunch.  

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“As The DAI prepares to celebrate the centennial of its founding in 2019, we are proud to announce a Centennial Campaign to raise funding for capital improvements and increased endowment funds,” Roediger said. “Our $27 million campaign,  Caring for Our Treasures, Connecting with Our Community, Securing Our Future, is now in its public phase, and we invite our friends, partners, and supporters to invest in the future of your Dayton Art Institute.”

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The museum has already quietly raised $14 million of the campaign’s 27 million goal. 

About $15 million will go to the museum’s endowment and $12 million is needed for capital improvements to its building located at 456 Belmonte Park N. in Dayton.

The DAI has paid off $16.5 million dollars in debt in the last five years.

>> Insider’s Guide to the Dayton Art Institute’s Oktoberfest 

The museum says the projects will be complete when:  

  • The restrooms off the Great Hall and in the lower court have been renovated and are ADA American Disabilities Act Compliant.
  • The museum exterior has been tuckpointed, cleaned and sealed.
  • All the windows in the upper galleries have been replaced providing better climate control, better security and in some galleries letting in natural light.
  • An ADA accessible pedestrian walkway on the museum grounds is completed and landscaped.
  • The newly named Mimi & Stuart Rose Auditorium has been completely restored to its original beauty.

>> RELATED: PHOTOS: Dayton Art Institute’s Oktoberfest 2017 


The museum says planned projects include:

  • All the collection galleries will either be refreshed or reinterpreted over the next two years.
  • The Balcony will be restored and reopened.
  • The front Historic Hillside will have a complete restoration of the Grand Staircases, fountains, lighting and landscaping

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Chili cook-off comes with a handsome cash prize — and a coveted spot on the menu

Archer's Tavern in Centerville will host a Chili Cook-Off Saturday that comes with a handsome cash prize for the winner and perhaps something more priceless: a spot on the menu for a full year.

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That’s right: the winner of the chili cook-off will be the chili served at Archer’s Centerville and its two sister pubs, Archer’s Tavern Kettering and the Stone House Tavern in Waynesville. So the overall winner’s chili “will be served approximately 10,000 times next year,” Archer’s co-founder Dan Apolito said. And the winner will also receive $250.

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The event will be held noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 under a tent in the parking lot of the Archer’s at 9496 Dayton-Lebanon Pike (Ohio 48) in Centerville. The pub will have beer and drink specials to accompany the chili.

>> Toxic Brew gets green light to build brewery and tasting room along Great Miami River

Customers can try every chili entered in the competition and cast a vote as “Fan Favorite” for $10. But the competition’s first round will be decided by a panel of guest judges, who will select five “finalist” chilis that will advance to Round 2.

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Round 2 will be judged by a team of industry experts and owners and managers from the Archer’s restaurant group. The winner of round 2 will then become the chili served at the two Archer’s locations and the Stone House Tavern until the next chili cook-off in 2019. 


JUST IN: Toxic Brew gets green light to build brewery and tasting room along Great Miami River

It’s been a long time coming, but Toxic Brew Company founder Shane Juhl believes it will be worth the wait.

More than two years after the project was first announced, Juhl and his brewery have overcome a potentially deal-killing regulatory obstacle and are now moving ahead with plans to build a production brewery and tap room along the Great Miami River north of downtown Dayton.

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The Dayton Environmental Advisory Board, which helps the city protect water quality of the Dayton’s rivers and reviews development proposals that could impact the city’s well fields, voted last week to approve Toxic Brew’s revised plans, according to both Juhl and Kathy Arnett, a member of the environmental advisory board.

The vote was unanimous, Arnett confirmed.

>> Insider’s Guide to the Dayton Art Institute’s Oktoberfest

While there are still other regulatory approvals Juhl must navigate before construction can begin, the environmental advisory board’s approval was a crucial step that will allow the brewery owner to move ahead with the project.

“We’ll start the process early next year, and hope to break ground next summer,” Juhl told this news outlet.

>> Daytonian of the Week: Shane Juhl, founder of Toxic Brew (December 2016)

The new production brewery will increase Toxic Brew’s brewing capacity fourfold. Its tap room will feature a view of the Great Miami River, and could host special events such as weddings and occasional festivals, Juhl said.

The 4.3-acre tract that Juhl purchased in 2016 is located at the end of Janney Road north of Stanley Avenue and west of Troy Street on the east side of the Great Miami River. The view of the west riverbank includes a railroad trestle and the Great Miami River bike/recreation trail.

Toxic Brew’s current brewery and tap room at 431 E. Fifth St. in Dayton’s Oregon Historic District will remain open, and ultimately will shift its focus to brewing exclusively sour and farmhouse-style ales, Juhl said.

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Plans for the new brewery will include secondary containment measures to guard against spills that could affect the river or well fields and will incorporate other safety and handling measures, Juhl said.

The Toxic Brew project represents yet another example of a remarkable craft-brewing renaissance that has occurred throughout the Dayton area over the last seven years. More than a dozen breweries have opened in the Miami Valley, which had zero local craft breweries at the beginning of this decade.

>> PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Toxic Brew Company to build production brewery along Great Miami River (August 2016)


Despite naysayers who predicted at the time that the Miami Valley couldn’t support that many breweries, none of the first wave of local breweries has closed, and nearly all have expanded, most of them significantly. 

Dayton Beer Company and Lock 27 are among those local breweries that have built much larger facilities than their original locations, and Eudora brewery in Kettering is in the process of doing the same. Yellow Springs Brewery and Warped Wing Brewing Co., among others, purchased or leased space to help accommodate canning, bottling and retail sales. 

>> Dayton's craft beer walking trail is growing

And the front end of a second wave of new breweries has followed those initial brewery openings, including Branch & Bone (Dayton), Heavier than Air (Washington Twp.), Devil Wind (Xenia), FigLeaf (Middletown) and Mother Stewart’s (Springfield) breweries. More are on the way, including Alematic Artisan Ales in Huber Heights and Moeller Brew Barn in Troy. 

More alcohol options, entertainment districts could be coming to Hamilton

City officials are planning to create two new entertainment districts in connection with the proposed Spooky Nook at Champion Mill gigantic indoor sports complex.

The goal of the districts — one on the West Side along Main Street; the other east of the Great Miami River, taking in downtown and the German Village neighborhood — is to allow for more liquor licenses for businesses expected to open in those areas.

Creation of the two districts not only will allow businesses in those areas to have liquor licenses, but also will make it easier for businesses in other areas of the city, such as Lindenwald, to obtain other licenses. Hamilton has nearly reached its state limit for such licenses, and the new district may avail the city to about 15 more per district.

The city’s Ordinance Review Commission on Wednesday gave its approval to legislation creating the districts, and moving it forward to Hamilton City Council. Under state law, such districts can be created when a development has more than $50 million of investment and the district is at least 20 acres.

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Because the Spooky Nook project is worth about $150 million, the city plans to create two districts: The first is Spooky Nook’s Mill II, the Champion building between North B Street and the river, plus downtown areas east of the river. The other is Spooky Nook’s Mill I encompassing the Main Street area.

Doug Campbell, owner of CODA Enterprises LLC (Fleurish Home) at 135 and 137 Main St., applied for the Main Street-based district. Requesting the district that’s mostly east of the river was Dave Jursik, acting manager on behalf of 312 N. Second LLC, 241 High LLC, Historic Developers LLC, Historic Journal News LLC and Historic Robinson Schwenn LLC.

Mallory Greenham, the city’s small business development specialist, told the commission Hamilton has only one available D5 license, which allows the sale of liquor for consumption on the premises, or sale of beer, wine and mixed beverages in sealed containers for consumption on or off the property.

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“In most communities, they are actually out of liquor licenses,” Greenham said.

Licenses are used not only by bars and restaurants, but also by stores and small carry-out locations.

Rather than normal D5 licenses, the ones created through the two districts will be D5-J, which are allowed within community entertainment districts.

DLM Bakery just unveiled a brand new brownie that has everything going for it, literally

Dorothy Lane Market is at it again.

The ooey gooey, moist and rich brownies that just cannot be turned down have a new member of their family. DLM just announced their newest brownie variation, Kitchen Sink Brownie Bites. 

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They’re dangerously snackable, with “colorful sprinkles, M&M's and mini chocolate chips, all mixed into layers of a traditional brownie and a blonde brownie”-- then baked to perfection.

“When dreaming up a name, we just kept coming back to Kitchen Sink Brownie Bites because this brownie truly has everything but the kitchen sink in the best of ways,” said a Dorothy Lane Market spokesperson. 

Kitchen Sink Brownie Bites are now available at all DLM Bakery locations. Visit Dorothy Lane Market’s website to find your nearest DLM.

Ribbon-cutting today for new cake shop/bakery near Austin Landing

A ribbon-cutting and grand opening for the Dayton area’s newest specialty bakery are scheduled for today, Sept. 19.

Representatives of the South Metro Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Miami Twp. Board of Trustees and Miami Twp. administrative staff will be on hand at 11 a.m. today for a ribbon-cutting and grand opening at “Nothing Bundt Cake” at 9632 Springboro Pike (Ohio 741) in the Shoppes at the Exchange retail center north of Austin Landing. The 1,728-square-foot space previously housed Indian Rasoi restaurant.

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The bakery sells tiered cakes, “bundtlet” towers, and more sizes and styles of bundt cakes. The franchise bakery is locally owned and operated by Jeff and Renee Hall.

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As part of the grand opening week, on Friday, Sept. 21, 20 percent of cake sales will be donated to BOGG (Because of God’s Grace) Ministries, a Miami Twp.-based charitable organization that provides food, clothing and other essentials to people in need. And on Saturday, Sept. 22, the new bakery will award “Free Bundtlets for a Year” (one per month for 12 months) to the first 50 guests starting at 9 a.m., and will host a Family Fun Event from noon to 2 p.m.

>> PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Nothing Bundt Cake to open between Dayton Mall and Austin Landing

Renee Hall told this news outlet that she became a fan of the Nothing Bundt Cakes concept — and its cakes — through frequent visits to a franchise-owned Nothing Bundt Cakes bakery on Mason-Montgomery Road in the Mason area. 

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“I fell in love with the product,” Hall said. “And I love their business model and their culture.” 

The bakery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Nothing Bundt Cakes was founded in 1997 and is now headquartered in Addison, Texas, near Dallas. The company operates more than 200 bakeries in 32 states, offering bundt cakes in a variety of sizes and flavors.

Dayton-raised comedian making headlines with Emmy win, feud and reported gun incident

It’s been an eventful few days for Dayton-raised comedian Katt Williams.

Williams won his first Emmy Sept. 8 at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards for being a guest actor on Donald Glover's acclaimed show “Atlanta.”

He also told police he had a gun drawn on him and apparently made up with one of the nation’s hottest comedians.   

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Williams was on hand at Monday night’s primetime Emmy Awards ceremony and apparently dropped his beef with fellow comedian Tiffany Haddish after criticizing her on a radio station Friday.

He kneeled at Haddish’s feet in photos she posted to social media. 

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In the photo, Haddish carries the Emmy she won at the Creative Arts Emmy Award ceremony. 

The comedian on Saturday told Gwinnett County Georgia  police that V-103’s Wanda Smith’s husband pointed a gun at him outside the Atlanta Comedy Theater in Norcross, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. 

Smith’s husband LaMorris Sellers told police his gun had merely fallen out, the newspaper reports. 

The incident was reportedly related to a fierce back and forth between Smith and Williams on V-103 radio station. 

During the interview, Williams also slammed Haddish in support of more established black female comedians, referred to being from Ohio and talked about the hard work he has put into the industry. 

A video of the radio interview has been seen by more than two million people.

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 Williams was born in Cincinnati and raised in Dayton. 

NEW DETAILS: Local coffee shop claims in lawsuit that ice cream shop sabotaged its business

A lawsuit involving the owners of two former Fairborn businesses is escalating.

The owner of the former Grind House Coffee & Tea Company shop has counter-sued the owners of the former Inside Scoop Ice Cream Shop, claiming they intentionally sabotaged his business.

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The counter-lawsuit was filed Friday as part of a Greene County Common Pleas Court civil lawsuit filed July 31. In that original suit, the owners of the former ice cream shop at 313 W. Main St. in Fairborn claimed that Grind House Coffee & Tea Company’s owner engaged in fraud and defamation to take over their shop's retail space in downtown Fairborn. 

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In the counter-lawsuit, Grind House Coffee owner William Miller denies those allegations and instead claims that Inside Scoop owners Robin Joseph and Clinton Allen misled him about various aspects of their business and deliberately cast him in a false light.

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“The false light created by (the ice cream shop’s owners) was not only highly offensive, but resulted in the complete collapse of (Miller’s) business operation in Fairborn,” and it resulted in Miller and the shop’s employees “receiving threats, boycotts, vandalism of their business front, and outright intimidation,” the lawsuit says.

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The counter-lawsuit seeks compensatory damages of at least $25,000, punitive damages of twice the amount of compensatory damages, and an injunction requiring the ice cream shop’s owners “to cease their invasion of privacy” against Miller and his business, the lawsuit says.

>> BRAND NEW, STILL EMPTY: The ‘ghost’ IHOP in Vandalia sits vacant 8 months after it was built

Grind House Coffee’s owner acknowledged that the owners of The Inside Scoop reached out to him in early January 2018 about the possibility of Grind House setting up a coffee stand inside The Inside Scoop. But the owner denied the vast majority of The Inside Scoop’s lawsuit claims, including one that he indicated to the Greene County Public Health agency that he was the new owner of the business.

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Robin Joseph and Clinton Allen said in their lawsuit that Miller misled them and local government agencies in order to "take over The Inside Scoop's ice cream shop business.”

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They are seeking $25,000 in compensatory damages and unspecified punitive damages. The case has been assigned to Greene County Common Pleas Judge Michael Buckwalter. 

After opening their ice cream shop on Kaufman Avenue in 2011, The Inside Scoop relocated to 313 W. Main St. in Fairborn in July 2014. 

Grind House Coffee was started in 2015 as an online-only retailer. 

PREVIOUS COVERAGE: >> New business brewing in downtown Fairborn starting TODAY

On April 23, 2018, Grind House Coffee held its official grand opening as a stand-alone coffee shop, inside the former building of The Inside Scoop. Three months later, the coffee shop abruptly closed. 

PREVIOUS COVERAGE: >> Fairborn coffee shop abruptly closes, announces new location in Huber Heights

Miller then opened a new Grind House location inside the Huber Heights Meijer store. The shop’s grand opening was held on Aug. 1. 

Asian restaurant in Kettering closes after 10 years, will relocate

 An Asian restaurant that has operated in Kettering for nearly a decade has closed, but its owner, who helped introduce many in the Dayton area to Thai cuisine 14 years ago, says she intends to reopen a new restaurant two miles away in Dayton in early 2019.

Siam Pad Thai — which has offered a variety of Thai dishes as well as an extensive menu of sushi and sashimi since it opened in November 2008 at 3027 Wilmington Pike just south of East Dorothy Lane — shut down after the close of business on Saturday night, according to its founder and owner, Pakawan "Fon" Christman. 

>> READ: Mark Fisher’s 2009 restaurant review of Siam Pad Thai

“I have to start all over again,” Christman said. The 30-seat restaurant was unable to reach an agreement on a new lease, she said.

Christman helped introduce Thai cuisine to the Yummy Burger, a downtown Dayton diner, in 2004, then became co-owner of what was then Ban Thai restaurant in the Beaver Valley Shopping Center in Beavercreek in 2005 before opening Siam Pad Thai three years later.

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 The location of her new restaurant is on Patterson Road near Shroyer Road in Dayton’s Patterson Park neighborhood, Christman said. Build-out will take an estimated six months, she said. 

>> Photos: 2018 Emmys red carpet

Christman said she has not decided whether to keep the “Siam Pad Thai” name when the new restaurant opens.

The restaurant owner invited customers to follow the restaurant on its Facebook page,, for updates on the new restaurant.

>> BRAND NEW, STILL EMPTY: The ‘ghost’ IHOP in Vandalia sits vacant 8 months after it was built


Ducks knocked down, but community rallies after art vandalism

You cannot keep a good duck down. 

That’s one lesson that can be drawn from the way the community members rallied to help right a line of duck sculptures vandalized this weekend in front of K12 Gallery and TEJAS, 341 S. Jefferson in downtown Dayton. 

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Installed ahead of the Downtown Dayton Partnership’s Art in the City night, the four duck-shaped flower planters were created by local artist Lisa Dineen, a K12 volunteer. 

They were knocked over sometime Saturday after 2:15 a.m., Jennifer Taylor, a project manager at the art center, said. 

The “Ducks In a Row” sculpture series was funded with a  city beautification grant awarded to Jerri Stanard, K12 founder.

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Stanard discovered the damage early Saturday morning. 

“It was unfortunate,” Taylor said. “It was very disturbing and upsetting for her.”

Community members, local artists included, arrived to help K12 staffers restore the ducks shortly after photos of the vandalism were posted on social media. 

Taylor said the incident was particularly troubling due to K12’s mission. 

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“We are dedicated to cultivating the creative interest of the children of the Miami Valley,” she said.

The gallery is gearing up for its annual Art Off fundraiser  set for 6 p.m .to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4.

It includes an art exhibit, speed painting, love music, refreshments, and a silent auction.

Tickets are $50 per person or $75 per couple. 

They can be purchased in advance at the gallery or online at

They will also be sold at the door the night of the event.

>> RELATED: Start your Oktoberfest celebration early with Warped Wing special beer release

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