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NEW FLIGHT: United to add nonstop flight to Houston from Dayton

Published: Monday, January 08, 2018 @ 8:34 AM
Updated: Monday, January 08, 2018 @ 9:59 AM

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United Airlines will add a new nonstop flight from the Dayton International Airport to Houston.

Dayton was one of eight cities chosen by United for the nonstop routes, according to the city. The new flights will begin June 7.

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The addition of Houston will be the 17th nonstop destination from Dayton airport. Dayton airport is currently served by Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Allegiant Air and United Airlines.

"For more than 30 years, United Airlines has helped connect Dayton to the world," said Michael Quiello, United's vice president of Corporate Safety. "We are excited to announce another new choice for our customers traveling to Houston and connecting to key destinations."

It’s been a year of changes for the Dayton International Airport — from fluctuating passenger traffic to new, discount flight destinations and a mix-up in air carriers.

In June 2016, Southwest Airlines halted service at the Dayton airport in favor of adding flights at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. The move impacted the Dayton airport’s traffic numbers and average fare prices.

Allegiant, after its first full year of service in Dayton, continues its growth with new flights down south to Florida and Myrtle Beach.

Allegiant officials told this news organization that the low-cost carrier has seen continued success in the Dayton market since its first flight in April 2016.

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Regional airport adds new Starbucks, other new dining options

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 7:57 AM

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John Glenn Columbus International Airport is adding another Starbucks location and several other new dining options for travelers.

The airport added its fifth Starbucks location near baggage claim, operated by global restaurateur HMSHost. Other new dining options will open in Concourse C in the second quarter of 2018, the airport announced. Donatos, with a full-service menu and bar, will replace Johnny Rockets. PGA Tour Grill, with a full-service menu and bar, will replace Buckeye Hall of Fame Cafe.

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While the restaurants are under construction, a food and beverage kiosk will be available for customers along with American Craft Tavern, a Samuel-Adams themed bar and restaurant that opened in July. More than 7.5 million passengers traveled through the airport last year.

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It’s back. Graeter’s partners with brewery again for ice cream beer

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 6:48 AM

The Cincinnati ice cream maker Grater's started in 1868 and is now run by the fourth generation.

Graeter’s Ice Cream and Kentucky-based Braxton Brewing Co. have partnered up again to bring back the highly popular Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk Stout beer.

The Cincinnati-based ice cream company will re-launch its Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip flavor beer with Braxton with a few changes to the original recipe. The new batch will have more pure black raspberry puree in the beer. Also, for the first time, the brew will be available in Columbus and Nashville.

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The unique milk stout will once again be available starting in early February at Cincinnati, Dayton, Lexington, Louisville, Nashville and Columbus-area Kroger markets for a limited time. It will be introduced at a Tapping Party on Feb. 3at Braxton Brewing Co.’s Covington, Kentucky Taproom.

Based on feedback from customers last year, the brewery has infused even more of Graeter’s proprietary pure Black Raspberry purée.

“We hand-crafted a new recipe to ensure that we released a beer we know craft food and beer lovers will appreciate, and the new Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk Stout recipe does just that,” said Jake Rouse, Braxton’s co-founder and CEO.

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Popular clothing retailer launches gender-neutral collection for kids

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 6:35 AM


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Abercrombie & Fitch has launched its first gender-neutral clothing collection for children.

The New Albany, Ohio-based clothing retailer has launched the abercrombie kids Everybody Collection, which is available in stores and online. The first collection features 25 styles, including tops, bottoms and accessories.

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“The team gained insight that many customers, when shopping across genders, do not necessarily want to be restricted to certain styles and colors. The Everybody Collection has built on this insight, incorporating popular trends across genders, and with a single size system across the whole assortment,” the company said in statement.

The Everybody Collection will be available in all abercrombie kids stores and at abercrombie.com. In stores, the collection will be merchandised in the center of the space and online, the product will live on both the boys’ and girls’ product pages.

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Last year, the company eliminated 150 positions at the corporate level. The retailer also closed 60 stores in the U.S. last year. There is one store location at the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek, and another location at Kenwood Towne Center in Cincinnati. A location at the Dayton Mall also closed several years ago.

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Port Authority: We can help with Good Samaritan redevelopment

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 2:30 PM

Premier Health last week said that Good Samaritan Hospital will close by the end of the year. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Premier Health last week said that Good Samaritan Hospital will close by the end of the year. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

The Dayton-Montgomery County Port Authority has tools to help redevelop the Good Samaritan Hospital site, trustees of the authority said Monday.

Last week, Premier Health announced that it was closing the hospital in Northwest Dayton, saying the site would be shuttered within a year, with 1,600 employees being transitioned to other Premier locations in the area.

Rick Poole, a trustee of the Port Authority, said that even before last week’s announcement, however, fellow trustees had discussed how to do more for the west side of the city and the community in a planning meeting last month.

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“I think there is even more opportunity to focus on the west side of the city,” Poole, owner of Natural Foods Plus in Dayton, said at a trustees meeting Monday.

Jerry Brunswick, the Port Authority’s president and executive director, agreed.

“The importance for all of that stuff has now accelerated,” Brunswick told Poole and his fellow trustees. “There’s going to be a shovel ready site.”

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Leaders of Premier said they hope to work with Dayton city government and local stakeholders on positioning the Good Sam site for the future.

Later, Brunswick said the Port Authority has several tools at its disposal, including a $14 million bond fund shared with the Greater Cincinnati Redevelopment Authority. From that fund, both organizations can issue bonds that can help finance development in their respective service areas.

Port Authorities can also offer sales tax exemptions on construction projects and get construction started quickly in “no bid” projects, he added.

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The Port Authority is also involved in redevelopment of the former Montgomery County Fairgrounds, today owned by Premier and the University of Dayton.

“We’ve got unused capacity as it stands,” Brunswick said.

He said neither Premier nor city government have yet approached the Port Authority for help.

“I think Premier and CityWide (Development Corp., the city’s private development arm) know about our capabilities,” Brunswick said.

After the meeting, Poole said addressing needs in that part of the community is more important than ever.

“We have started to take the initiative even before that devastating announcement,” said Poole, whose business is located at 2901 Philadelphia Drive, about two miles from Good Samaritan.

The Columbus firm planning NEXT will be involved in redevelopment of the hospital site on Philadelphia.

No date for demolition of the hospital has been set, since it will be operating until the end of the year.

Premier will also work with CityWide Development to help re-purpose the site. CityWide and the Port Authority have worked together on many projects in the past.