5 coffee shops you may not know about but should

Published: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 @ 12:11 PM

We all need that quick pick-me-up from time-to-time. And some of us need it every day, multiple times a day.

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Whether we need a caffeine boost, a place to meet up with good friends, a place for a business meeting or a place to go to escape, Dayton has no shortage of options. But there are a few places that stand out because they are truly unique or special, perhaps a bit under-the-radar or have their own artistic, chic, cozy or modern ambiance. 

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Below are a handful of coffee shops that all offer something a little different that make them worth a visit.

 1. Lot No. 1

Lot No. 1 Coffee in Lebanon. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS

Rustic, chic and historic

9 E. Main St., Lebanon

Hours: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

As the oldest building in Lebanon, the 200-year-old building includes a chic retail shop, outdoor patio, along with an upstairs seating space inspired by wooden furniture and rustic décor. The coffee shop is owned by a mother and daughter pair.

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“I think we have a fun and inviting atmosphere; it’s relaxed,” said owner Kristen Ponchot, daughter of Dee Alexander, who both have renovated a block of businesses in Lebanon.

Lot No. 1 is faith-based and offers an organic bean by a local roaster.

What to try: The most popular drinks are the caramel macchiato and vanilla latte. Drinks range from $1.85 to $4.65. Their pastry pocket is similar to a Pop-Tart but has unique fillings such as a pineapple and rosemary. The most popular flavor is blackberry thyme.

2. Curious Styles and Coffee Shop

Stylish, peculiar and vintage

16 S. Main St., Miamisburg

Hours: Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More than just a coffee shop, Curious Styles and Coffee Shop also includes a wine collection and a boutique.

“I just wanted to do something a little different,” said Melanie Wild, business owner.

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Different is just that. With a variety of Wild’s favorite styles, Curious Styles and Coffee Shop sells clothing, jewelry, bags, tables and chairs and more. Her bag collection is U.S.-made and made from repurposed military canvas and tents.

What to try: One of their most popular drinks includes the Iceberg, a blended espresso with the customer’s choice of flavor. The Red Eye, includes a blend of coffee and two shots of espresso. Unique flavors include toasted marshmallow, gingerbread, butter rum and English toffee. The price of drinks range from $1 to $5. Beans are from a local roaster.

3. Dino’s Cappuccinos

Italian, colorful and music-inspired

225 Xenia Ave, Yellow Springs

Hours: Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Owned by a musician, Dino Pallotta, Dino’s Cappuccinos is rooted in Italian and music décor, an inviting environment with bright colors and black-and-white musician-inspired art.

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Dino’s has more than 30 coffee flavors to choose from for frozen, iced or hot coffee drinks.

“It’s a good place to make new friends and connect with new people,” said Kelsey Wallen, a barista at Dino’s who started as a regular customer describing the atmosphere of Dino’s.

“Everyone here knows your name, and if they don’t, they will,” said Paul DeLaVergne, a loyal customer of Dino’s Cappuccino’s for 17 years since its opening. DeLaVergne enjoys the coffee and music.

On a good day, rumor has it that customers may see actor Dave Chappelle stop in for a visit.

What to try: Popular coffees include their Caramel Snowstorm, mixed with caramel and white chocolate, and their Milky Way, an espresso with caramel and chocolate. Other drinks include the Buckeye mocha and Chocolate Buddha. Drink prices range from $1.75 to $6.50. The buttermilk donut is their most popular pastry.


4. Warehouse 4 Coffee

Artistic, bright and contemporary

335 S. Dixie Drive, Vandalia

Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

With bright white walls and shiny, silver kitchenware, Warehouse 4 Coffee captures a modern twist to the common “welcoming” feel of a coffee house.

Professional photos from local photographers of young and old are arranged throughout the walls. Warehouse 4 Coffee focuses on the community and supports local entrepreneurs. They also purchase their coffee beans and bread from local businesses.

Warehouse 4 Coffee was previously run as a candy shop. Now, the shop promotes using the best brands available for their food and drinks including transitioning to Boar’s Head for premium meat and cheese.

A glimpse at the offerings inside Warehouse 4, a coffee shop and community space at 335 S. Dixie Dr. in Vandalia. VIVIENNE MACHI / STAFF

What to try: Their most popular drinks include an iced coffee cold brew and their lattes. Their price of coffee ranges from $1 to $4.25.

“I think we have one of the best cold brews I’ve ever had,” said barista Travis Tarter. He recommends trying their buttermilk biscuits and the Counter-Cultural and Wood Burl coffee, the latter roasted in Dayton. 

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5. Grounds for Pleasure

Cozy, welcoming and expressive

115 E. Main St., Tipp City

Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday

Grounds for Pleasure is adorned with leather chairs and couches, Van Gogh paintings and cozy décor making it feel like a home away from home.

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Since opening four years ago, it draws many regular customers for its friendly staff and warm environment. Their most popular coffees are their raspberry truffle and Snickers latte. Other drinks include their banana cream pie and chocolate monkey house specialties. In addition to coffee, they sell smoothies, pastry and breakfast sandwiches.

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Woman buys $600 worth of Girl Scout cookies, has Scouts give them out free to strangers

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 1:56 AM

The History of Girl Scouts

A Seattle Girl Scout troop is ending the cookie season on a sweet note.

KIRO-TV's Siemny Kim shows us how their cookies inspired strangers to pay it forward.

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For this troop, it's also given them a lesson in kindness.

“At first, I was really surprised. I didn’t know what to do,” Girl Scout Norah Wall said. 

Norah Wall and Ruthie Bridgman had set up outside of a Grocery Outlet store in Seattle's Madrona neighborhood when a good Samaritan approached their booth.

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“I remember this lady coming up and she was like, ‘Hey, if I buy all these cookies, will you hand them out to everyone that comes out of the store?’” Ruthie said. “And we were like, ‘Yeah, I guess.’”

The woman spent more than $600.

Norah and Ruthie even had a hard time giving the cookies away.

“Some people just didn't believe that somebody would actually do that,” Norah said. 

Incredibly, that random act of kindness didn't end there.

It made its way inside the Grocery Outlet, where Cami Nearhoff is a cashier.

“We had a lady in my line – people in front, people in back – and she bought all of their groceries,” Nearhoff said.

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Nearhoff said people paid it forward all day.

“All day it just seemed like people were doing little things. So I think it kind of inspired people to give back to each other. Whether it was a dollar, someone was short 6 cents – all day long it was happening. It was just crazy. Really crazy day,” Nearhoff said.

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This troop is excited knowing their cookies could inspire such kindness. 

“I think it's really cool, and it made me so happy that I was able to be a part of this,” Ruthie said.

The troop is raising money to attend Girl Scout camp this year.

If you're still looking for the sweet treats, you'd better hurry. Sunday is the last day of cookie sales.

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Florida man going blind sees beach for last time

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 1:47 PM

A Florida man who is going blind got to see the beach for the last time.
A Florida man who is going blind got to see the beach for the last time.(ActionNewsJax.com)

Woody Parker and his wife, Genie, arrived at Fernandina Beach in style.

Woody has glaucoma, an eye disease that causes blindness, and he’s on the verge of losing the sight he has left.

Wish of a Lifetime and Brookdale Senior Living decided to help make Woody’s dream come true before he goes blind, ActionNewsJax reported.

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He wanted to see the beach with his wife one last time.

“I love it. I love the beach,” Woody said.

He and his wife made their way down closer to the water.

“There’s nothing like the sound of the beach with the waves crashing,” said Woody.

“Always special to be anywhere with him, especially here. We enjoy it,” Genie said.

Hand in hand, they relaxed on the beach.

“It’s just real cozy. There’s just something about it that’s just different,” Woody told ActionNewsJax.

Woody says even though he may lose his sight, it won’t stop him from coming to the beach if he has another chance.

“Of course, I won’t be able to see the changes, but I’ll be able to feel them,” he said.

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Couple married 72 years die 10 hours apart

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 3:28 PM

A stock image of wedding rings.
Rodrigo Valladares/Freeimages
A stock image of wedding rings.(Rodrigo Valladares/Freeimages)

Malcolm and Betty Clynch never did anything apart, their family said. That proved to be true even in death.

The Texas couple married in 1945 when they were teenagers, WFAA reported. But soon the newlyweds were separated for the only time in their lives, while Malcolm served in the Army. Love letters shared by the family illustrate the couple's deep love and devotion to one another. Malcolm signed each love letter with: "I'll always love only you."

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That love continued for the rest of their lives, as they raised a family and had long careers. After 72 years of marriage, Malcolm and Betty, both 90, were in failing health. Betty had Alzheimer's disease and Malcolm had heart issues, the family told WFAA.

The family believes that Malcolm felt like he had to die first, to show Betty the way. Malcolm did die first, at a Fort Worth assisted living facility. Betty followed him in death just 10 hours later, family told WFAA.

The family held a double funeral for the couple on Monday.

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Nurse your hangover with help from Dayton's bartenders

Published: Saturday, December 26, 2015 @ 12:00 PM
Updated: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 3:38 PM

5 Secret Hangover Cures

We’ve seen this movie before.

Here we are again, prostrate on the couch with a head pounding from excess alcohol and heavy dehydration. Somehow, we lost ourselves last night between a bottle of red wine, or one too many Fireball shots, or the random Long Island Iced Tea. 

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Though it feels like we’ll never revive, there are ways to beat back the hangover beast. Your local bartenders have many tricks up their sleeve – they are, after all, used to nursing their customers — and themselves – back to health. 

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We asked a few of our neighborhood bartenders their most effective techniques. May they serve you well.

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Ginger, miso, tofu, spinach, green onion are piled in a bowl, then doused with broth. Soup, instantly. (Food styling by Joan Moravek) (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune/TNS)(Bill Hogan)

Vitamin Water, miso soup, Chinese buffet, booze

Amber Brady serves up delicious (and dangerous) cocktails at Lily’s Bistro, and offered up her step-by-step process for recovery:

“For me, hangover remedies are an intricate ritual of as many 'cures' as I can possibly ingest,” Brady said. Try one, some or all of the following with her recommendations:

"Revive" Vitamin Water. "This is a must. This purple potion is packed full of B vitamins, potassium and electrolytes. All things your body is begging for. If the store is out, shed a single tear and get another flavor; however, Revive is where it's at."

Coconut water. "Tons of electrolytes and hydration goodness. Just pound one. Sure way to get some moisture back into your poor dehydrated body."

Miso soup. "I know the sodium is a throw off here, but it actually helps you retain water. Lots of good vitamins and minerals here too, plus it's just a feel good soup."

Tons of water. "You should be drinking water throughout your boozy adventures, but let's be real, that rarely happens. So at the very least, chug as much as you can before bed. Then chug one more glass. When you wake up, drink it all day. Force yourself. After your Revive and coconut water, of course."

Food. "Once you can eat, feed the beast. When the battle of the hangover comes to the point where I can eat, I eat tons of food. Preferably Chinese buffet, or if I'm not capable of removing myself from my cave of shame, get Chinese delivery. Go all out. You’re going to need to eat it like three times that day."

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Lily's Bistro Bar Manager Amber Brady shares her top hangover cures. Provided photo.(HANDOUT)

The classic hair of the dog. "This isn't always possible, especially if you are also nursing a 'shameover' and you've done or said things that will not allow you to be seen in public for a few days. However, if you can, my go-to hangover booze is a shot of whiskey, a beermosa, or at Lily’s, we offer the fine cocktail ‘Corpse Reviver #2,’ (made with Citadelle gin, Lillet blanc, lemon juice, orange liqueur, Pernod rinse, and Luxardo cherry garnish). However, it comes with the warning that too many will just put you back where you started. It's delicious and one or two of these really does help ease the pain!"

The bubbles settle your stomach; the booze clears your head just enough to start functioning. Plus you feel fancy again. File photo

A little bubbly could do the trick

Corner Kitchen bartender Callie Young admits that she is “terrible at being hungover.”

“I usually just lay in bed all day,” she wrote. “If I do drink, it is champagne with grapefruit juice and then some Taco Bell.”

Food and lifestyle blogger Tess Vella-Collette, also a contributor to Dayton.com, gave a rundown of her hangover cure routine.

  • "First of all, a shower is essential. It sounds terrible, but once you get in there, let the steam hit you, and reflect on your bad decisions from the night before; you can wash it all away and start again.
  • Second, champagne. I don’t like to muddy something already perfect with fruit juice, so no mimosas for me.
  • Third, a runny egg – in ramen doesn’t hurt.
  • Fourth: I must spend the rest of the day horizontal. Hulu is my friend."

Whatever crazy method you use to relieve a hangover, please don't try this one. Black coffee alone can make your hangover worse, according to researchers. But combine black coffee with Tylenol and the effects could be deadly, suggest scientists. Caffeine triples the amount of a toxic by-product created when Tylenol is broken down. It's the same substance responsible for liver damage when alcohol and Tylenol react together. Just don't do it.(Business Wire photo/William Berry/ AJC Special)

Amateur hour: Dayton.com's personal cures

Lastly, we may not be bartenders in our day jobs, but several of us served plenty of time in the restaurant business to pick up a few tricks to getting the job done while feeling less than amazing. Plus, college. The following is a sampling of our staff recommendations.

  • "Smart Water. Lots of it. If you have pickles in the fridge, sip that pickle juice. Fill your belly with Stouffer’s Macaroni and Cheese. But the all-time winner when you need to revive in a hurry is a glass of ginger ale with a few dashes of Angostura bitters, any flavor. At almost 45 percent alcohol, even just a touch of these bitters will bring you back to life."
  • "Two huge glasses of water and Tylenol before bed. Also, Gatorade the next day, especially if you were too drunk to remember to drink water and have Tylenol before bed."
  • "Bagels and Bloody Marys. Plus, heavy lounging and Netflix."
  • "Dry Life cereal and Gatorade. If you can afford it, upgrade to Pedialyte: world of difference. They even make Pedialyte popsicles and suckers."
From the Dayton.com staff to all of you: Good luck, and wishing you a speedy recovery.

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