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U-Haul aims to buy downtown Dayton property

Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 1:11 PM


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A downtown Dayton building will be likely be converted into self-storage by U-Haul, pending its sale.

U-Haul signs were placed on the building at 360 S. Main St. advertising storage spaces.

Self-storage is in high demand across the country and U-Haul has been converting vacant buildings across the country into storage, including in the Dayton area.

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Self-storage has proven a reliable way to turn a vacant property into a revenue earning business, though the industry is limited in its ability to bring back jobs that were once in these spaces.

The 83,000-square-foot property is near U.S. 35, adjacent to McDonald’s and across the street from Community Tissue Services.

The property is now owned by McDay Ltd., which has a Cincinnati address listed, and it is represented by Charlie Hewitt with Crest Commercial Realty.

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No further details were available. A spokeswoman with U-Haul said the sale is pending with an approximate closing date of Dec. 12.

In June 2016, U-Haul announced a new 138-unit self-storage center at 3936 Salem Ave in Harrison Twp. The year before that, it bought a Riverside building and to convert it to storage.

Also in 2015, U-Haul bought a Miamisburg shopping center and turned part of it into self-storage.

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It joins other storage projects in the area like The 804 Building developers adding urban indoor storage at the Monument Avenue building in downtown Dayton.

Trotwood also cut the ribbon in October on Storage of America, which opened in a former Target at 2800 Shiloh Springs Road.

Federal building to be named after Judge Rice

Published: Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 10:49 AM

Judge Walter Rice speaks in a July 2015 photo. Trotwood Mayor Mary McDonald said on Facebook Friday that the downtown federal building will be named after Rice. FILE
Judge Walter Rice speaks in a July 2015 photo. Trotwood Mayor Mary McDonald said on Facebook Friday that the downtown federal building will be named after Rice. FILE

The federal building and courthouse in downtown Dayton will be named after federal Judge Walter H. Rice, according to members of a panel assembled last year to choose a name for the site. 

“I was honored to serve on Congressman Mike Turner’s Citizens Commemoration Panel,” Trotwood Mayor Mayor McDonald wrote on Facebook Friday. “It was great to hear all the wonderful suggestions from citizens about who to name the Federal Building & Courthouse after.”

“After considering all suggestions, we chose The Honorable Walter H. Rice,” McDonald added. “Judge Rice has a long career in the justice system and is an amazing change agent. Join me in congratulating Judge Walter H. Rice!”

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In October 2016, Turner, R-Dayton, introduced legislation to name the courthouse and building, based on what would be the panel’s recommendation.

“The courthouse has served the federal government and the Miami Valley for over 40 years and providing it with a formal designation is long past due,” Turner said last year.

The panel was chaired by Dayton attorney Merle F. Wilberding and included Amanda Wright Lane, a great-grand-niece of the Wright Brothers, Dayton History Chief Executive Brady Kress and eight other members.

Rice is one of the most familiar and respected figures across the Dayton area.

In June 1980, he was sworn in as judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, in Dayton, having been appointed to that position by President Jimmy Carter.

Rice served as chief judge of the court from October 13, 1996 to October 12, 2003.

He assumed “senior status” on the court in 2004. And in 2014, he received the Thomas J. Moyer award for judicial excellence.

Wilberding said Sunday the panel “unanimously concluded that our recommendation to Congressman Mike Turner was that the federal building in Dayton be named” after Rice.

 “We were all honored to serve on this committee and strongly believe it is an honor well deserved for Judge Rice,” Wilberding said in an email. 

A message seeking comment was left with a spokeswoman for Turner Sunday morning.

Local pet-meal delivery service launches

Published: Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 10:10 AM

Jennifer Jenkins shows her Labrador mix some love. HANDOUT
Jennifer Jenkins shows her Labrador mix some love. HANDOUT

A new, locally based meal delivery service for pets?

It’s real.

Vandalia-based Ahler’s Catering and Nutritional Services — part of Demetrius of Forty Churches LLC — has announced that it will offer a pet meals program for clients in the Dayton and Springfield areas.

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Ahler’s Catering has been delivering meal kits for Ohio residents, delivering more than 500,000 meals yearly for clients of Buckeye, Catholic Social Services, Comcare, Molina, Passport and Waiver, the business said in an announcement.

The “Ahler’s Angel Pet Meals” program began enrolling client pets in October and made its first deliveries of dry dog food, in 35-pound packages, and dry cat food, in 18-pound packages, in mid-November, the business said.

Deliveries are planned on 60-day intervals, the company said.

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“We offer our clients an enormous variety of dietitian-approved meals with full choice each time they order,” proprietor Jim Harvey said in his announcement. “The goal of variety and choice is to be sure that our clients are receiving food that they want to eat.”

Studies show that sometimes seniors with pets may sacrifice their own food to feed those pets, Harvey said.

Harvey acknowledges that the idea is not new.

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In general, meal kit delivery services as an overall industry has grown to $5 billion in sales, as reported in a July 2017 report, Meal Kits Delivery Services in the U.S., 2nd Edition.

The list of players in the industry include Campbell Soup, Kroger, Martha Stewart, Peapod, Publix, Tyson — and of course, Amazon.

Last year, a Cincinnati pet foods business announced it would branch out into the Dayton area.

Pet Wants Dayton, an extension of Pet Wants Co., said last year it would start delivering Ohio-produced pet food to Dayton-area homes.

“We feel if we can help even in a small way to provide a high quality pet food to nourish our customers’ best friends, then they may be blessed to have them in their lives longer, living a healthy life through proper pet nutrition,” Harvey said.

To contact Ahler’s, call (937) 506-8487 or write ahlers@ahlerscatering.com.

J. Crew apologizes after photo of black model with messy hair sparks controversy

Published: Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 1:13 AM

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 12:  A  J. Crew store stands in lower Manhattan on May 12, 2017 in New York City. Comparable sales for the apparel retailer fell 6.7% in its most recent fiscal year on top of an 8.2% drop the year before. J. Crew announced on Tuesday that it was getting rid of 150 full-time and 100 open positions.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 12: A J. Crew store stands in lower Manhattan on May 12, 2017 in New York City. Comparable sales for the apparel retailer fell 6.7% in its most recent fiscal year on top of an 8.2% drop the year before. J. Crew announced on Tuesday that it was getting rid of 150 full-time and 100 open positions. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)(Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

J. Crew is facing criticism after a photo of one of its models and her seemingly unkempt hair surfaced online.

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One Twitter user took to the platform to express her disapproval. She uploaded the picture of the model with the caption, “J. Crew..... girl.... y’all wrong.”

Many seemed to agree with her sentiment, because the post soon went viral, racking up more than 11,000 retweets and 20,000 likes. 

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Several chimed in, accusing the fashion brand of prepping the model for the shoot without using the proper practices needed to style African-American hair. 

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Others, including the model, Marihenny Pasible, thought the look was in line with J. Crew’s relaxed and natural campaign.

Some challenged the critics, asking them to embrace the care-free look for all cultures.

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After the barrage of comments, J. Crew released a statement on Twitter.

“J.Crew strives to represent every race, gender, and background. We sincerely apologize for the styling of this model and the offense that was caused,” the company wrote. 

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Butler County Donut Trail wants you to design its new T-shirt

Published: Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 10:00 AM


            The Butler County Visitors Bureau is accepting design submissions for the 2018 Butler County Donut Trail T-shirt. The final design winner will receive $200 and a feature on the Donut Trail website. CONTRIBUTED
The Butler County Visitors Bureau is accepting design submissions for the 2018 Butler County Donut Trail T-shirt. The final design winner will receive $200 and a feature on the Donut Trail website. CONTRIBUTED

The Butler County Visitors Bureau is accepting design submissions for its 2018 Butler County Donut Trail T-shirt.

The final design winner will receive $200 and a feature on the Donut Trail website.

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Design concepts are specifically for the back of the 2018 T-shirt and must be designed in one color.

Interested designers are asked to submit design concepts to ktrucco@gettothebc.com by Dec. 1.

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After two successful years and nearly 9,000 completions from visitors around the world, the Butler County Donut Trail continues to gain popularity. The third annual T-shirt design will be released in January.

“We are thrilled to open the 2018 Donut Trail t-shirt design process to the public,” said Tracy Kocher, Director of Marketing for the Butler County Visitors Bureau. “Visitors look forward to collecting the new shirt each year. We’re sure the 2018 design will not disappoint.”