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Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 10:48 AM
— Two new urgent care centers will open later this month south of Dayton.
Premier Health, which operates a network of hospitals and doctors offices, is planning to open the 752 N. Main St., Springboro, and 8 Prestige Plaza, Miamisburg, urgent cares on Feb. 26.
The centers are part of a series of urgent cares that Premier will open in 2018.
The Miamisburg center will have an open house 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and the Springboro center next to Dorothy Lane Market will have an open house 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 8:04 AM
Kroger’s Fred Meyer stores will stop selling guns and ammunition altogether.
The Cincinnati-based company announced the move as a gun control debate heats up again after the Parkland, Florida high school mass shooting. Earlier this month, Fred Meyer said it would raise the age limit for guns and ammunition purchases from 18 to 21. Kroger also announced it would stop selling magazines that feature assault rifles.
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Kroger sold firearms at 43 Fred Meyer stores in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
Other retailers have also taken a stance on gun control. Dick’s Sporting Goods, which owns Field & Stream, announced it would no longer sell assault-style rifles, also referred to as modern sporting rifles. Company officials said they already removed them from all Dick’s stores after the Sandy Hook massacre, but they will now remove them from all 35 Field & Stream stores.
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Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 7:28 AM
— YWCA Dayton is kicking off its $17.1 million building renovation.
The local nonprofit, which operates the only domestic violence shelters in Montgomery and Preble counties, will celebrate its renovation project with a wall-breaking ceremony on Tuesday at 4 p.m. YWCA is located at 141 W. Third St. in Dayton.
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The renovation project, funded by $17 million in grants and donations, will feature 65 updated permanent supportive housing apartments along with a fully-renovated domestic violence shelter with 45 beds.
The first floor of the YWCA Dayton will be transformed into the KeyBank Economic Empowerment Center to provide services that help women and families at the YWCA. The services include job readiness training, financial literacy classes and educational courses.
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Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 7:02 AM
The immensely popular Fixer Upper show hosted by Chip and Joanna Gaines has inspired a vintage, industrial, handmade and repurposed decorating trend.
Owner Marcie Brow of Springboro picked up on this phenomenon and has begun Monarch Market & The Rusted Marquee. The business, located in downtown Springboro, is a division of Another Adventure LLC. She organizes pop-up sales at various locales. The first one was held at the Dayton Mall this past February 17-18.
“The Dayton Mall (location) was a success! We had happy shoppers,” said business partner/creative director Ashley Smith, also of Springboro. “Our goal is to bring together the best… local small business owners to showcase their boutiques and businesses.”
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The Spring Migration “Sip, Shop & Stroll” at the Warren County Fairgrounds this weekend will include live music by American Idol finalist Alexis Gomez. There will also be food trucks, and a beer/wine tasting by Hanover Winery.
More than 100 vendors will offer curated items like vintage/antique pieces, boutique fashion/accessories, repurposed/handcrafted, up-cycled and gourmet goods for sale. The first fifty shoppers to arrive on Friday and Saturday will receive a free ‘swag’ bag. Early arrivers will also get pre-sale perks like boutique gifts and coupons.
“Many items are handmade, one-of-a-kind, or even repurposed. These vendors put a lot of time and effort into their products, and the prices often reflect this,” said Smith.
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Brow’s entrepreneurship began in 2013 when she opened a small furniture and decor consignment boutique in Texas. Smith owned a children’s consignment shop in Arkansas.
“During my time as a shop owner, I participated in several local shopping markets and home shows where I sold my painted furniture, boutique items and vintage finds of my own,” said Brow. “Though these events were successful, they were nothing like the vision I have for Monarch Market.”
Brow indicated that her best friend Smith has an excellent eye for style, so Brow brought her on board as a creative director. As a military wife she moved often, so when they got orders to move to Ohio, she brainstormed the concept of a business that could move with her.
The concept works well, because many businesses are willing to showcase their goods, and Brow can run her events without any overhead. Future Monarch Market Affairs are scheduled for May 11 in Washington, May 18 at Tipton County Fairgrounds in Indiana, and October 13 in Elkhart, Indiana.
“Showcasing local businesses is a passion of ours; we both come from owning small boutiques in other states,” said Brow. “We know that local business if the heart of a community. We love that Monarch Market can give so many small businesses a chance to touch so many people in one weekend.”
How to Go:
What: Monarch Market
Sip, Shop, Stroll &
Royal Preview Party
Where: Warren County Fairgrounds
665 N. Broadway, Lebanon
When: Preview 5 to 9 p.m. Fri., Mar. 23
Mkt. Day 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., Mar. 24
Cost: $8 advance, $10 at door Friday
$5/all day Saturday
Free for 12 and under
More Info: 937-660-0072 or www.monarchmarketaffair.com
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Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 5:37 PM
A group of West Dayton pastors urged residents not to attend forums Thursday about the closing of Good Samaritan Hospital, saying there’s not been indication that their feedback will be meaningfully considered.
The Rev. Rockney Carter, speaking Wednesday from Zion Baptist Church in Dayton, said it’s deceptive that Premier Health leaders have said they had to shut down Good Samaritan when at the same time the health system is investing in a suburban expansion.
“I think what they’ll continue to do tomorrow (Thursday) is continue to misrepresent the facts, continue to distort to our community and continue to mislead our people,” Carter said.
Dayton-based Premier, which operates four local hospitals, announced in January that it would close down Good Samaritan sometime this year and offer jobs at other locations to the 1,600 main campus employees.
The hospital will be razed into a shovel-ready site and Premier is holding two forums about the future of the site Thursday.
Premier said in a statement that it has had multiple meetings with community leaders to get input and the input from the forums today will be carefully considered. The health system stated it will continue to work with the city and CityWide Development to invest in the neighborhoods.
“Together the partners (Premier Health, City of Dayton, CityWide) have invested nearly $25 million, leveraged $45 million in additional private investment, and plan to continue to invest in these neighborhoods,” the Premier stated.
Carter said the group of pastors are not against having a discussion with Premier and have had conversations, like a public forum held in February, but the economic reasons Premier gave at those meetings were not convincing.
“We don’t believe it’s economic and or financial because at the same time they are closing operations here on the west side of Dayton — a predominately African American section of our community — they are building up medical services that are similar on other sides of town,” Carter said.
The decision to close one of the last anchor institutions on the city’s west side has prompted shock and outrage from residents and city leaders. The push back has included criticism that the closing will disproportionately affect black residents’ access to jobs and health services, who already have higher unemployment rates and worse average health outcomes on key measures like infant mortality.
Good Samaritan forums
• 1 p.m. March 22 at Fairview United Methodist Church.
• 6 p.m. March 22 at Fairview Pre-K-6th School.