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Dayton gets ‘wild’ props after landing on National Geographic list

Dayton has a lot to brag about — especially when it comes to our green spaces. Now, National Geographic is giving us another reason to boast about our beauty.

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A recent article published by National Geographic listed Dayton at number 7 in a list of theTen U.S. Cities that Have the Most Green Spaces.” 

The qualifications that landed Dayton on the list were a city in the U.S. with a population of 600,000 or less, had the most parks to their name and that made for a great vacation spot. 

>> 4 breathtaking waterfalls near Dayton you must visit 

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“If you are traveling to a city, why not make sure it’s one that would make it easy to stroll through a park on your way to dinner, or pass by nature as you head to a matinee? ... These urban destinations have everything you’d expect in a city, plus some extra green space to stumble onto as you wander,” the article reads.

>> 12 top hiking trails in Dayton and nearby

Highlighted in Dayton’s listing was the West Milton Cascades tucked right under downtown West Milton. The falls, along with Dayton’s other green spaces, caught the magazine’s attention for its close proximity to urban attractions around the area.

Other cities that made the list included Madison, Wisconsin; Ventura, California; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Olympia, Washington. 

How to get a FREE frozen treat on Tax Day

The iconic Kona Ice company, selling bright, multi-colored icy treats from over 1,000 trucks across the U.S., wants to help Dayton keep its cool on taxation day. 

>> The Pub at The Greene to host blowout party on Wednesday to celebrate ‘Best Fish & Chips’ award 

A Kona Ice truck will be parked at the Arrow Wine and Spirits on Far Hills Ave. in Dayton to hand out FREE cups of tropical shaved ice to all who stop by. 

“The refreshing treat will ensure that there is no taxation without relaxation this tax season,” according to a Kona Ice press release.  

>> This meal-delivery service is FREE for 2 weeks in several Dayton communities

This is the fifth year that Kona Ice has been giving away free frozen ice treats in an effort to relieve taxpayer stress.

“National ‘Chill Out’ Day is one of the many ways Kona Ice is encouraging the nation to take a step back, relax and enjoy a Kona,” according to a press release. “National Chill Out Day is one small, yet powerful, way the brand hopes to put a smile on people’s faces.”

>> 6 of the best Dayton trails to hike in the spring

Want to go?

WHAT: Kona Ice Tax Day Giveaway

WHEN: 4 p.m.- 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 17

WHERE: Arrow Wine and Spirits, 2950 Far Hills Ave., Dayton


We bet you haven’t tried cotton candy flavors like THIS before (and you can get it at this local market)

This local market is putting a major spin on a childhood classic this spring. 

Sugar and Spun Gourmet Cotton Candy hit the shelves of Dorothy Lane Market, which has locations in Oakwood, Springboro and Washington Square, two weeks ago. 

Head of grocery manager Phil Issenmann said he’s personally already a fan.

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Flavors include pina colada, peanut butter and jelly, cinnamon bun, strawberry shortcake and a decadent salty peanut butter. Issenmann said the gourmet fluff has the same “dissolve-as-soon-as-you-pop-it-in-your-mouth” texture that classic cotton candy has. However, he’s excited for these new flavors to give customers an “off the wall” experience of the novelty snack.

>> Enjoy wine and cheese while doing yoga with goats at this Dayton event

“We came across Sugar and Spun at a fancy food show and really liked it ... for now, it’s just a special item we’re featuring for spring. But, if we get a lot of requests from customers, we could add it as a regular item,” Issenmann said. 

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For a limited time, the Sugar and Spun brand is available at every DLM location. It is currently priced at $6.99 a tub.

Why this woman wants part of East Dayton branded to reflect one of its biggest strengths

Jes McMillan is trying to connect the dots that make up the art community on Dayton’s east side, and she says it is about more than just art.

>> New locally-owned ice cream shop opening in Fairborn

The founder of the nonprofit Mosaic Institute of Greater Dayton as well as Jes McMillan Mosaics is the chef architect of a grassroots effort that would see a swath of Dayton bordered by E. Monument Avenue, N. Findlay St., Xenia Avenue, and Wayne Avenue and Webster Street officially deemed the East Dayton Arts District.

>> Art project aims to restore pride in Dayton neighborhood

“It is creating an umbrella of the art that is already there,” McMillan, an humanitarian artist,  said. “All of this (art) is happening in east Dayton.  How do we put the name out so we can get longer term support?” 

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McMillan owns and manages Crane Studio Market, a relatively new space that holds 14 independent galleries and shops at 221 Crane Street, also the home of Mike’s Bike Park. 


It was there at a show by Mikee Huber, an artist with a studio inside of Crane Market, that McMillan said it dawned on her how little people outside of Dayton’s art scene know about the rich collection of art experiences found in east Dayton. 

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Through her day job, Huber has connections to many people who work at or around Wright Patterson Air Force Base. 

McMillan said that most of the people at Huber’s show had no idea about the diversity of art in Dayton until attending the show. She said the east side is starting to boom and the word needs to get out about the art that can be found there. 

“Dayton is an amazing city. We have so many artists here,” she said. “We need the suburbs to know what’s going on here.” 

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The East Dayton Arts District includes Color of Energy Gallery, Missing Peace Art Space, Stivers School for the Arts, High Street Gallery, Crane Studios Market, TL Brown Photography, LLC, city wide studios, Gem City Catfe, Yellow Cab Tavern, Hamilton Dixon’s studio, Dayton Society of Artists, Proto BuildBar, Marsha Pippenger’s gallery and the Front Street Building and the Davis-Linden Building, both of which include numerous art studios and creative spaces.

Organizers are working on the project with the city of Dayton officials. 

Last month, they were given the green light to paint a mural with the words “East Dayton Arts District” across the Keowee and First Street train overpass. 

Fundraising efforts are underway for the project expected to be complete in June. 


McMillan said she hopes that the designation helps build pride in east Dayton as it fights to rebound from financial downturns and against the the opioid crisis that has impacted many lives.

McMillan knows the neighborhood’s struggle intimately. 

Raised in Dayton and several local suburbs, her mother, CarolAnn McMillan, died of a drug overdose at age 34. 

CarolAnn McMillan gave birth to her daughter at age 14 and, in the ’90s developed a drug problem after breaking her leg. 

“I am coming from the streets that I am serving,” McMillan, who is now 35, said. “I am them, they are me.”

East Dayton Arts District is just one of her ideas for east Dayton. 

The graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh plans to present her idea for a opioid memorial at this year’s UpDayton Summit, set for 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 26 at the Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North.  

Winning ideas win support from the organization tasked with retaining young professionals in the Dayton area. 

The memorial could help  the Dayton area be the “capital of healing” instead of the “overdose capital of America,” as it was dubbed by NBC News and others, McMillan said. 

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Though her work including what she has done with Mosaic Institute — an organization located inside of Cranes Market that offers free mosaic instruction — McMillan has done mosaics with a people ranging from Miamisburg students to inmates to senior citizens to the differently-abled. 

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“It really showed me that art has the power to transcend the powers of division,” she said. “Everybody can sit down at the table for collaborative creativity.” 

The East Dayton Arts District is not exactly a new idea, but it is an idea for which time has come. 

“It will recognize both new artists and those long established,” she said. 

“There are so many of us that love this city. We are young and we are positive and we are progressive,” she said. “It also honors the groundwork laid.” 

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‘What Had Happened Was’ Podcast, Episode 7: Tusks, Fireball and belly shirts with the magical McKibben Brothers

A beer nerd and a cocktail wizard walk into a bar and leave the whole place shook.  

>> What you need to know about Brock and Landon McKibben

That hair-tastic duo, Brock and Landon McKibben, sat down for a chat with our Amelia Robinson for an episode of the "What Had Happened Was" podcast.

The conversation was filled with talk of rock, root vegetables, belly shirts and King Cobra malt liquor.

The Crystal Lakes natives are making their mark on Dayton, and have rocked France as members of the band Grand Mammoth.

>> Dayton tastemaker Brock McKibben on the best spots to get gifts

Born two years and four days apart (Brock is the oldest), the brothers are fixtures in Dayton's Oregon District and members of the music scene. 

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This new, locally-owned ice cream shop is NOW HIRING -- and gearing up to open

A new ice cream shop in the works in Fairborn, co-founded and operated by a recent graduate of Ohio State University, is now hiring and gearing up to open later this year. 

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Julie Domicone — who graduated from OSU’s Fisher College of Business last May with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, specializing in operations and logistics management — is the driving force behind Jubie’s Creamery in the works at 471 W. Dayton-Yellow Springs Road in Fairborn.

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“No official opening date has been decided, but we are very close,” Domicone told this news outlet today.

Jubie’s Creamery will be located in a building that has been vacant for several years. It previously housed Mekong Vietnamese restaurant, which closed about nine years ago, Fairborn city officials said.

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Julie Domicone was born and raised in Beavercreek; her father, Fred Domicone, grew up in Fairborn and has owned and operated Domicone Printing on Kauffman Avenue in Fairborn for about 30 years. Julie’s mother, Stacey Domicone, purchased the former restaurant building in 2011.

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“Together, we decided to turn it into an ice cream shop shortly after the purchase,” Julie Domicone said last August, when the project began in earnest. “Since then, we have attended conventions, visited with suppliers, researched the industry, (and) tested various flavors/types of frozen desserts.

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“We plan to serve both hand-dipped and soft-serve ice cream, all made in-house, one small batch at a time,” Domicone said. “While our menu is not finalized yet, we do plan on serving sundaes, shakes, concretes, create-your-own-cookie sandwiches, and a variety of cones along with other specialty items.”

Those interested in applying for positions at Jubie’s Creamery can go to its web site “employment” tab at

More information about the new ice cream shop in the making can be found at the Jubie’s Creamery Facebook page at

Downtown Dayton spa relocates, adds more high-end services

A downtown business is in a brand-new box. 

Beaute Box Lashes has made the move from its original location, 116 W. Fifth St., to 20 W. Monument Ave., the former site of D Thirteen Salon. 

“I still wanted to keep the intimate boutique atmosphere where (clients) are actually able to talk to their technicians,” Lisa Scott, the spa’s owner, said.

The business moved to the new location on March 1, but celebrated its grand opening at the larger location on Friday, April 6 as part of First Friday in downtown Dayton. 

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Scott opened her business in 2011 as part of the Activated Spaces Pop-Up Program, which was designed to fill downtown storefronts. 

 With the recent death of her mother, Beverly A. Scott, Lisa Scott said it was time for a change. 

“I had more stuff I wanted to do for her and to do for me,” she said. 

Scott said the new location will make for a better experience for customers and offer more services. 

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“I think it was a good opportunity to dub myself a medi-spa,” she said.

The spa has a space for plastic surgeon Dr. Raymond Wolf who will offer Botox, chemical peels, Juvederm and other procedures at the spa twice a month.

The spa will continue to offer eyelash and eyebrow services, pedicures and manicures and similar high-end services. 

Only Virgin Hair, a business that offers extensions, wigs and fillers made from all-natural hair, is currently using Beaute Box’s second-floor pop-up space. 

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This Dayton-made movie is making its world premiere this weekend 

The long wait is nearly over for a movie filmed all around the Dayton area. 

Boy Band,” directed by Yellow Springs resident Joel Moss Levinson, is set to make its world premiere at the Cleveland International Film Festival 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14 and  3 p.m. Sunday, April 15. 

Dayton natives Levinson and his older  brother Stephen Levinson filmed "Boy Band: The (Heart)throb Story” in Dayton, Kettering and Yellow Springs in October of 2016.

>>  Behind the scenes on the set of locally-filmed movie 'Boy Band'

The film is expected to premiere in Dayton later this summer.

Co-written by the brothers, the film -- which is the brothers' first full-length feature --  took about $125,000 to make during a two-week period.

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Nearly $20,000 was raised by a Kickstarter campaign. 

The film starts Steve AgeeSeth HerzogDave Hill and Jordan Carlos as a boy band that got old and fat. 

Other actors include QuestloveEsther KuJulie GoldmanDave Gruber Allen and Jerry O'Connell.

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Rockstar Pro Wrestling in Dayton is gaining international attention -- here’s how you can see a live show

Rockstar Pro Wrestling, the six-year-old pro wrestling training and TV production venue in Dayton, is gaining international attention according to visiting star Roni “Big Bang” Nicole, who wrestled in Japan for four years. 

>> PHOTOS: Pro Wrestling right here in Dayton

“I came to Dayton because this is one of the stateside meccas of wrestling,” Nicole said before her performance here during a weekly Wednesday night show. “I came to Ohio for Rockstar to put my hat in for consideration for the wrestling legacy here.”

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Rockstar Pro Arena is located in an old parts warehouse at 1106 E. Third St. in Dayton. The venue is a training facility for aspiring pro wrestlers, a concert hall and the Rockstar Pro Wrestling TV production studio, according to owner Chadwick Parker

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“Rockstar is a professional product that can get wrestlers ready for TV,” Parker said.

“We’re running just under 100 shows a year, so we’re really able to go in depth with our story line and take our time with a character,” he said. “Dave Crist is our trainer. His brother Jake Crist books and writes the shows.” 

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In addition to their own online network,, Parker also revealed that Rockstar Pro will soon be offered on Amazon Prime. 

“I feel the future is apps, other than a cable provider. Going onto Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, those big boys, that’s where they’re going to allow small companies like us. I never wanted Rockstar to be Coke or Pepsi. I want Rockstar to be the Jones Soda of wrestling. When you look for independents, we are the independent.”

“I feel Rockstar is a living entity. It is its own thing. Nobody can really contain it,” Parker said.

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Wednesday nights are the weekly shows, and on the first Friday of each month Rockstar hosts a live pay-per-view show. The Friday night April show has been moved to April 13. 

For most shows, doors open at 7 p.m. and the action starts at 7:30 p.m. For ticket prices and more information, visit

By the numbers: Spring snowfall

Most of the Miami Valley woke up to snow on the grass Monday morning. The most recent year that had snowfall that accumulated around this time was 2016. 


>> RELATED: Mild day today; snow showers possible tonight, Sunday evening

Totals ranged from a dusting to about an inch the morning of April 9. 

Union 1.2"


Troy .8"

Miamisburg .6"

Bradford .6"

Cedarville .5"

Eaton .5"


Spring snowfall by the numbers:

April average: .2" 

Snowiest April on record: 4.9", set in 1974 

Latest Dayton got more than 1" of snow: 2.2" on April 18, 1953

Latest Dayton got any measurable snow: .5", May 9, 1923

To break into Top 10 snowiest on record we'd need 3" of snow before the end of the month!

>> Live Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Another chance for snow arrives this weekend. Road temperatures should stay warm enough that impacts will be limited.

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