Dayton-based salon to cater to men in new shop: “We wanted them to feel valued like everyone else” 

Published: Thursday, May 18, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

See how Dayton-based Square One Salon and Spa has grown over the years. Video by Amelia Robinson.

Guys deserve their own space, so says the co-owner of a beauty empire founded in downtown Dayton. 

Square One Salon and Day Spa will launch Square One Men at its Columbus salon at 6 p.m. Friday during a free grand opening party. 

If things go well, co-owner Doug Henderson says similar shops could be launched for the company’s other salons, including those in Dayton. 

“We are really testing it here because of the access,” Henderson said. He noted that 40 percent of the Columbus location’s clients are male. 

>> Square One Salon to open sixth location in Dayton

The men’s shop will be located in an unused space in the main salon, located at 275 S. Fourth St. in downtown Columbus. 

While men do not mind using the regular salon space, Henderson said Square One wanted to kick it to another level with the new masculine space. 

Square One Salon and Day Spa will launch Square One Men at its Columbus location May 19, 2017.

“We are giving them their own space,” he said. “We did it because we wanted them to feel valued like everyone else.” 

The new men’s shop will have shoe shining stalls from the 1930s1940s barber chairs and whiskey lockers for regular clients.

“They can come in and pour themselves a glass,” Henderson said. 

>> When Josh Stucky and Brent Johnson of Square One were Daytonians of the Week

Clients will be able to use an app to check wait times and schedule appointments. The shop will offer haircuts, mini facials and neck and beard detail work. 

“We wanted to celebrate them and give them their own space,” Henderson said. 

Archived 2007 photo: Brent Johnson (left) and Doug Henderson (right), along with partner Josh Stucky have opened a second Square One Salon and Spa in Centerville. Staff photo by Lisa Powell(Lisa Powell/Lisa Powell/Dayton Daily News)

Customers will have access to salon services like manicures and pedicure from the main salon.

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The company has grown by leaps and bounds. Henderson, Josh Stucky and Brent Johnson opened the first Square One locations in 1999 in a renovated space at 506 E. Third St. in the Cannery building in downtown Dayton.

In addition to the Columbus and Cannery building locations, Square One also has shops at 5485 New Albany Rd. W in New Albany, at 1132 Brown St. near the University of Dayton, 1 N. Main Street in Centerville and at 1030 Miamisburg Centerville Road in  Washington Township. 

Archived 1999 photo: The Cannery has a new hair salon called the Square One Salon and Spa. Mindy Esmon has her hair cut by one of the owners, Doug Henderson while Brent Johnson (L) looks on. The shop has been open for about five weeks now.(BILL REINKE)

Square One Salon owners Josh Stucky, left, and Brent Johnson announced they are opening a sixth location.

Website seeks Pilgrim descendants to post their stories

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 1:41 PM

PLYMOUTH, MA - NOVEMBER 20: A boy dressed as a pilgrim rides on a float during the annual Thanksgiving Parade November 20, 2004 in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
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PLYMOUTH, MA - NOVEMBER 20: A boy dressed as a pilgrim rides on a float during the annual Thanksgiving Parade November 20, 2004 in Plymouth, Massachusetts.(Michael Springer/Getty Images)

A genealogical organization in New England has announced the launch of the world's first online gallery of Mayflower passenger descendants.

The New England Historic Genealogical Society told The Associated Press that the goal is to document the approximately 30 million living descendants of Mayflower passengers and crew.

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The website identifies 108 passengers and crew members known to have left descendants, allowing participants to locate their Pilgrim relative. Those who are a known descendant of a Pilgrim can post their story on the website.

The new project will help mark the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower's passage, which takes place in 2020, The Associated Press reported.

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It’s not all about the turkey: 9 things you probably didn't know about Thanksgiving

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 10:54 AM
Updated: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 10:54 AM

Thanksgiving - By the Numbers

Each year, Thanksgiving comes around with with the giddy anticipation of devoruing comfort food and spending some QT with loved ones, which reminds you just what what you are thankful for the most.

The rich, deep history of this centuries-old tradition is woven into the United States' cultural fabric, yet, there are still many aspects of the holiday that most Americans don’t know.

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To resolve that general lack of Thanksgiving knowledge, we’ve gathered nine interesting and unusual facts about Thanksgiving facts you might not have known.

When did Thanksgiving begin?

The holiday is believed to have begun in Massachusetts at the Plymouth Colony in 1621. The famous harvest feast was celebrated by the Pokanoket tribe and the colonists. The Plymouth Colony was composed of pilgrims, who were a part of the English Separatist Church. They traveled from England to the "New World" aboard a boat called the Mayflower in search of a place where they could practice their religion freely.

What foods were served?

Just as expected, turkey could have been served during the first Thanksgiving. Edward Winslow, the Pilgrim chronicler, wrote that before the dinner men went on a "fowling" mission to catch some bird meat. Fall produce that would have just been harvested was also on the menu, including grapes, plums and that Thanksgiving staple, cranberries. Unlike present-day Thanksgiving meals, seafood, such as lobster, bass and oysters, were also featured prominently during the early days of the holiday.

When did it become a national holiday?

It wasn't until nearly 200 years later that President Abraham Lincoln announced that every last Thursday of November would be a national day of thanksgiving. In 1941, the feast became an official national holiday by an act of Congress.

Guess which Thanksgiving-related fowl Benjamin Franklin wanted to represent the U.S.A.?

If you guessed the good ole turkey, then you are right. Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers, had much love for the bird and deemed it "much more respectable" than our current national bird, the eagle.

Load your plate with protein and stay away from starchy vegetables. (I'm looking at you, mashed potatoes.) These are among the tips for avoiding that stuffed feeling on Thanksgiving. Photo: The Food Network(HANDOUT)

The turkey's name was born out of confusion.

When Christopher Columbus landed on America, he thought he was in India. So he named turkeys after the "tuka," which is an Indian word for the peacock. Maybe it was their similar feather pattern that contributed to the mix-up.

Not just Americans celebrate it.

Canadians observe Thanksgiving, too. It's called l'Action de grâce and has been celebrated since 1578. The holiday was founded on the same principles as the United States' Thanksgiving, which is the grateful breaking of bread with each other during harvest time. The weekend before the holiday, which is on the second Monday in October, is when citizens feast on staples, such as turkey, corn and mashed potatoes.

Other countries with holidays similar to Thanksgiving include Germany's Erntedankfest and Japan's Niinamesai. Grenada, Liberia, the Netherlands and Norfolk Island also recognize their own Thanksgivings.

Thank the holiday for TV dinners.

Due to a 26-ton surplus of Swanson turkeys back in 1953, the company decided to try and sell the extra birds. They sliced the frozen meat and repackaged it, which gave way to the modern-day TV dinner.

Turkey has inspired the names of several American cities.

Yes, there are towns named after the turkey. There's Turkey, North Carolina, Turkey Creek, Louisiana, and Turkey, Texas. As you can imagine, there are plenty of wild turkeys in Turkey, North Carolina that like to hang out in the wetlands.

Thanksgiving has become the unofficial favorite holiday for NFL games. 

The Detriot Lions and the Dallas Cowboys have a reputation for playing on the holiday. The Detroit Lions started the tradition in 1934 because the team's owner George A. Richards wanted to drum up excitement for the then-new team. The Dallas Cowboys have played on Thanksgiving since 1966, because their general manager, Tex Schramm, saw it as a way to get national attention.

6 easy side dishes anyone can make for Thanksgiving Day

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 3:18 PM
Updated: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 3:18 PM

Here are 6 easy side dishes anyone can make for Thanksgiving Day Homemade Cranberry Sauce French Green Beans with Garlicky Almond Breadcrumbs Martha's Mini Cornbread Puddings Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans Giada's Roasted Potatoes, Carrots, Parsnips and Brussels Sprouts Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Although the turkey will surely take center stage at your Thanksgiving table, a few unforgettable side dishes can't hurt.

These simple Thanksgiving sides won't take very much time or effort to pull together, but look (and taste) like a million bucks.

RELATED: The ultimate guide to a budget-friendly Thanksgiving dinner

This Thanksgiving Day, give your family a feast they won't forget by including a few of these easy-to-make dishes to accompany the big star.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Delish dishes up an easy-to-make cranberry sauce that turns out right every time.

Time required: 25 minutes

Serves 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 (12-ounce) package fresh cranberries
  • 2 teaspoon orange zest
  • Pinch of salt

Directions:

     
  1. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan, and place over low heat until sugar dissolves.
  2. Pour in cranberries, and cook around 10 minutes until berries burst.
  3. Add in orange zest and a pinch of salt.
  4. Remove from heat, and allow mixture to cool completely.
  5. Refrigerate before serving.

French Green Beans with Garlicky Almond Breadcrumbs

Just because a dish looks fancy, doesn't mean it's complicated to make. Country Living raised the bar with this elegant and easy French green bean side.

Time required: 30 minutes

Serves 8-10

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sourdough breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup almonds, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup chives, chopped
  • 1 1/2 pound haricots verts (French green beans)
  • 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil

Directions:

     
  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over low to medium heat.
  2. Add in sourdough breadcrumbs and sliced almonds, stirring for 5 minutes.
  3. Add in minced garlic, and stir for 2 more minutes.
  4. Remove saucepan from heat, and stir in chopped chives, salt and pepper.
  5. Steam French green beans, then toss in butter or olive oil, adding salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Move green beans to a serving dish, then cover with seasoned, garlicky breadcrumbs.

Martha's Mini Cornbread Puddings

Martha always knows how to add flavor and simplicity to any Thanksgiving feast. Her Mini Cornbread Puddings will steal the show at this year's event.

Time required: 40 minutes

Serves 24

Ingredients:

  • Butter for greasing 
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen corn kernels, thawed

Directions:

     
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit, and butter muffin tin cups.
  2. Combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a mixing bowl.
  3. Make a well in the center of the mixture, and whisk egg, sour cream and corn together inside the well.
  4. Continue mixing until just combined.
  5. Spoon mixture evenly into muffin tin cups, and bake for 10 to 15 minutes until browned and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Allow puddings to stand for 5 minutes in tin before removing them.

Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans

This nutty, buttery sweet potato casserole recipe from Taste of Home truly symbolizes a Southern Christmas dinner.

Time required: 1 hour 10 minutes

Serves 12

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans (40 ounces each) sweet potatoes, drained
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • For the topping:
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cold butter

Directions:

     
       
    1. Mash canned sweet potatoes in a mixing bowl, then add in eggs, sugar, flour, vanilla and salt. Combine completely.
    2. Grease a 13-by-9-inch glass baking dish, and pour in sweet potato mixture.
    3. Combine brown sugar, flour and pecans in a separate mixing bowl, and cut in butter with a pastry cutter until crumbs form.
    4. Sprinkle sugar mixture over sweet potato mixture, and bake for 60 to 70 minutes until an inserted knife comes out clean.

Giada's Roasted Potatoes, Carrots, Parsnips and Brussels Sprouts

Giada De Laurentiis with Food Network created this delicious and hearty root vegetable recipe that will satisfy even the pickiest palate.

Time required: 1 hour

Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 medium carrots, sliced into 1 1/2-inch thick pieces
  • 1/2 pound Brussels sprouts, halved
  • 1 pound red potatoes, sliced into 1 1/2-inch thick pieces
  • 3 medium parsnips, sliced into 1 1/2-inch thick pieces
  • 1 pound sweet potatoes, sliced into 1 1/2-inch thick pieces
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions:

     
       
    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and grease an 11-by-17 glass baking dish with olive oil.
    2. Place sliced and chopped vegetables into the dish, along with herbs, salt and pepper.
    3. Toss until evenly coated, drizzling with additional olive oil if needed. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Not only are these tasty wraps from Damn Delicious damn good, they're super easy to make and take only 15 minutes to prepare.

Time required: 15 minutes

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 6 ounces prosciutto, sliced and halved horizontally
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions:

     
       
         
      1. Wrap a slice of prosciutto at an angle around an asparagus spear. Repeat to wrap all asparagus spears with prosciutto.
      2. Pour olive oil into a large skillet, and cook wrapped asparagus over medium high heat until asparagus is tender and prosciutto appears crispy.
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Beavercreek ‘shampoo baby’ covered in cake at first birthday party  

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 10:04 AM

Amira Yvonne Glenn captured hearts when a video of the then-newborn getting a first shampoo from a Miami Valley Hospital nurse went viral in November of 2016. She turn a year old on Nov. 19, 2017. Video by Amelia Robinson

A year after a video of her first shampoo made million viewers coo, a Beavercreek child sings like a Disney princess and loves on all she meets. 

“Every time we go someplace she interacts with people,” Taveon Glenn says of his daughter, Amira Yvonne Glenn. “She be singing and dancing.”

>> Video shows newborn baby enjoying her first shampoo

A video Glenn posted of the then-newborn getting her hair washed by a hospital nurse received 37 million views on Facebook alone. 

Seems Amira is taking her fame in stride. 

>> PHOTOS: "Shampoo baby” Amira Yvonne Glenn at 2 months old

Dressed in a pink hair bow, pink polka-dot tutu and a mermaid-themed shirt reading “Amira’s 1st birthday,”  the little girl born Nov. 19, 2016 partied a day early this year on Saturday, Nov. 18. 

Cake icing covers her face in photos posted to her dad’s Facebook page. 

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Now a support manager, Glenn said Amira has changed his life and time has flown by. 

>> MORE: The 5 most heartwarming Dayton stories of 2016

“She’s grown very quickly,” the West Carrollton grad said. “I didn’t know a kid could develop so fast.” 

Glenn is engaged to marry Amira’s mom, Sierra Still.

Amira found herself in the limelight after her proud papa posted a  video of her getting her hair washed for the first time on his Facebook page for his mom, Tiffiney Birdsong.

The first to write the story about her father’s viral video, we last caught up with Amira when she was just 2 months old. 

Amira Yvonne Glenn turned 1 on November 19. A video the of the Beavercreek baby getting her first shampoo from a Miami Valley Hospital nurse went viral last year. Amira is the daughter of Taveon Glenn and Sierra Still.(Photo: Taveon Glenn)

Her chill image has been used to promote the relaxing power of spa treatments, and she has been the subject of at least one poem that gave her pop the feels. 

Strangers have asked to meet her, and she has admirers in London, Brazil, and as far away as China.

With the help of his fiancee’ photographer sister, Glenn is making a portfolio for Amira with the hopes starting a modeling career for her.  

>> RELATED: Baby who got hair washed in viral video still super adorable

Glenn says his baby has personality and entertained crew and guests on a recent family cruise to Mexico.  

“She was the life of the party,” he said of the Amira. 

He says the baby does like to be underwater for too long, but loves bathes with her doll from the Disney animate film “Moana.”

She often belt out “How Far I'll go” from the movie. 

A video of a Miami Valley Hospital nurse giving newborn Amira Yvonne Glenn her first bath went viral. Her is the backstory. Video by Taveon Glenn edited by Amelia Robinson.
Amira Yvonne Glenn turned 1 on November 19. A video the of the Beavercreek baby getting her first shampoo from a Miami Valley Hospital nurse went viral last year. Amira is the daughter of Taveon Glenn and Sierra Still.(Photo: Taveon Glenn)

Amira Yvonne Glenn turned 1 on November 19. A video the of the Beavercreek baby getting her first shampoo from a Miami Valley Hospital nurse went viral last year. Amira is the daughter of Taveon Glenn and Sierra Still.(Photo: Taveon Glenn)

Amira Yvonne Glenn turned 1 on November 19. A video the of the Beavercreek baby getting her first shampoo from a Miami Valley Hospital nurse went viral last year. Amira is the daughter of Taveon Glenn and Sierra Still.(Photo: Taveon Glenn)

Amira Yvonne Glenn turned 1 on November 19. A video the of the Beavercreek baby getting her first shampoo from a Miami Valley Hospital nurse went viral last year. Amira is the daughter of Taveon Glenn and Sierra Still.(Photo: Taveon Glenn)

Amira Yvonne Glenn turned 1 on November 19. A video the of the Beavercreek baby getting her first shampoo from a Miami Valley Hospital nurse went viral last year. Amira is the daughter of Taveon Glenn and Sierra Still.(Photo: Taveon Glenn)