Dayton’s 2nd Street Market: 3 in 4 vendors will open to test Sundays

Published: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 6:51 AM
Updated: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 2:46 PM

Five Rivers MetroParks announced this week it will test expanded hours at the 2nd Street Market, Dayton’s popular downtown public market.

The calendar will say Sunday, but it will feel a lot like Saturday at the 2nd Street Market this summer when the market tests out expanded hours.

Three out of four market vendors have committed to opening on Sundays during a 13-week pilot program that starts at the beginning of June, said Jimmy Harless, manager of the 2nd Street Market.

Most of the market’s major vendors will be open for business, and every type of seller will be represented on Sundays, including three outside farmer vendors, Harless said.

Pavilion vendors, who sell crafts, art, jewelry and other creations, also will have a strong representation, and musicians will be present, playing for tips, Harless said.

“We’re going to offer pretty much everything we offer on Saturday,” he said. “It’ll have more of a Saturday feel with the outside market, with music for entertainment.”

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Some vendors who plan on being open on Sundays include Caffeine Carl, the Flowerman, KJB Farm, the Olive Tree, the Chef Case, Crepe Bohème, Spice Rack & Bulk Foods, Cheeky Meat Pies, Tim’s Gifts N More, New World Alpaca Textiles, Dayton Urban Green, Animal Snackers Bakery, Arepas & Co. Express and Azra’s Mediterranean Cuisine.

“We are so excited and so ready for this,” said Azra Kaurin, owner of Azra’s Mediterranean Cuisine.

Five Rivers MetroParks’ pilot program, if successful, could lead the market to not only bring back Sunday hours in 2018 but also possibly expand its hours of operation further, officials said.

Success will be measured by attendance, feedback and vendor participation.

For this year, pulling Friday attendance figures on a Sunday would be an achievement, said Amy Forsthoefel, Five Rivers MetroParks’ research and analysis manager.

That equates to about 1,000 to 1,200 people every Sunday.

It’s unclear if the market will be able to reach that benchmark, but officials expect Sundays to feel a lot more like Saturdays than either Thursdays or Fridays.

Saturdays draw about 5,000 visitors during the peak parts of summer.

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For years, the buzz around the market was that vendors would love the opportunity to open on Sundays.

Now that they have that chance, vendors have lined up to participate in the pilot program, which runs June 4 to Aug. 27.

Customers also have expressed lots of interest in Sunday hours. The market will soon learn if customers’ enthusiasm matches the vendors.

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Can you ID theft suspects from a Beavercreek AT&T store?

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 5:18 PM

Beavercreek police took to social media to help identify two theft suspects who make off with more than $4,000 in merchandise from an AT&T store.

The two men entered the store at approximately 6:15 p.m. March 21 and stole iPhones and notepads, according to a Facebook post.

Both suspects are described as men in their early 20s wearing black hooded sweatshirts. One was wearing black jeans as well, and the second man had a hoodie with the letters “LB” on the back who also was wearing red Jordan shoes and khakis, police said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact detective John Bondy at 937-427-5520.

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Chinese food delivery man fights off robbers, police say

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 6:47 PM

File photo.  (Photo Illustration by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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File photo. (Photo Illustration by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A Chinese food delivery man fought off a gun-wielding attacker who tried to rob him on Monday in an apartment building’s stairway landing, according to police. 

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Police are still searching for the suspects who placed a fake $31.85 order from Peking Kitchen to lure the deliverer to the building, according to the New York Daily News

“I was about to go downstairs and he pointed the gun at me, and he said, ‘Give us the money. I’m going to shoot you,’” deliveryman Saikou Tambajang, 56, told the Daily News. “He pointed the gun at my head. I threw a forearm into him so he wouldn’t shoot me.”

Tambajang, who makes deliveries to send money home to his family in Gambia, fought off the attackers, who fled without food or money. 

“I didn’t know what to do,” Tambajang told the Daily News. “It was the only way I could defend myself. Sometimes if you give them the money they shoot you anyway.”

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Faith leaders learn proactive steps on keeping churches safer

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 6:23 PM

More than 100 faith leaders gathered March 24, 2018, at the Normandy United Methodist Church in Centerville for a safety and security seminar.
More than 100 faith leaders gathered March 24, 2018, at the Normandy United Methodist Church in Centerville for a safety and security seminar.(JEFFERY BROWN / STAFF)

More than 100 faith leaders gathered Saturday at the Normandy United Methodist Church for a safety and security seminar.

The Ohio Crime Prevention Association led the program focusing on the proactive steps houses of worship can take for their protection. 

“It’s kind of an all hazards program, to give them a view of things we can consider, what can we improve upon. Then we give them the knowledge and resources for these plans to be better secure and make it safer,” said John Davis, a Centerville police officer who also serves as vice president of the Ohio Crime Prevention Association. 

More than 100 faith leaders gathered March 24, 2018, at the Normandy United Methodist Church in Centerville to discuss safety and security during a seminar presented by the Ohio Crime Prevention Association.(JEFFERY BROWN / STAFF)

The seminar focused on all kinds of crimes, from an active-shooter situation to burglaries and break-ins. 

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Snow southwest ends this evening; sunshine returns Sunday

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 5:37 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 4:05 PM

Snow southwest of the Dayton metro ends this evening, with sunshine returning Sunday.

A Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 11 p.m. in Butler County.


  • Snow southwest of Dayton ends this evening
  • Sunshine returns Sunday
  • Warmer weather, spring showers next week

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Tonight: Snow will continue to fall southwest of the Dayton area this evening. Butler County, especially, could see heavy snowfall, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. A couple of inches of snow accumulation will be possible by the time all is said and done this evening. Overnight clouds will begin to break as temperatures drop into the middle 20s.

>>5-Day Forecast

Sunday: Mostly sunny skies return to finish the weekend. It’ll be a nicer day but still a little cool with highs in the middle, maybe upper 40s.

Monday: We get back into the lower to middle 50s with a few more clouds expected.

Tuesday: The chance for rain returns under cloudy skies. Highs will be in the middle to upper 50s.

Wednesday: A few more showers are possible with highs near 60 degrees.

Thursday: Partly cloudy skies are on tap with highs in the upper 50s. There is a slight chance for rain, but those chances get better heading into Friday.

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