Dayton shop’s derby hats make you feel like you are the party

Published: Thursday, May 02, 2013 @ 1:29 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 02, 2013 @ 1:29 PM

            Dayton shop’s derby hats make you feel like you are the party

You’ll need a hat Saturday if you are heading to the Kentucky Derby or a local bash celebrating the annual horse race tradition.

Amelia O’Dowd may just have your winning lid.

O’Dowd and her husband Brian Eastman have amassed a collection of 2,000 hats since opening Brim, a colorful boutique located at 64 E. Fifth St. in the Oregon District. The shop celebrated its grand opening in October with 500 hats for sale.

Brim has drawn derby party shoppers in search of tailored looks as well as looks featuring “a lot of stuff, some flowers, a couple of feathers,” O’Dowd said.

Her specialty shop features works from a dozen hat companies, three local milliners, and two dozen Fair Trade or small American accessory companies.

When it comes to the derby, O’Dowd said rules are meant to be bent and broken.

“You want to wear a cocktail hat? God love you, go ahead and do it,” she said. “It is really about having something fun on your head so that when you are walking around in Dayton you feel like you are the party instead of you are going to the party.”

The New Jersey native said many customers gravitate towards looks that express their personal style and that are not too cumbersome.

“The girls are going for a lot of fascinators and a lot of light airy, sinamay hats,” she said.

The shop has a good selection of bow ties and men’s hats as well.

O’Dowd said fedora and boater style hats featuring striped or/and brightly colored ribbon are popular.

“Pastels are generally what men are going for which is hard to find,” she added.

Hat sale

Friday might be the ideal time to buy a hat — even if you are not going to the derby or a derby party.

Buy an in-stock Kangol brand hat at Brim after 5 p.m. Friday and get a free Kangol hat while supplies last.

Why hats?

O’Dowd and her husband, a minister at Beaver United Church of Christ, met in Boston and became spoiled by a nearby hat store.

They could not find an equal hat shop within driving distance of Dayton so they decided to open their own when the opportunity to purchase the building that houses Brim presented itself.

Before Brim, the builing housed an menacing-looking adult book store.

Now you can’t miss the building. It is bright yellow.

O’Dowd said she simply loves hats.

“They are this expression of your personality. Accessories in general are kind of a lost art,” the graduate of Antioch University Midwest with a background in fiber arts said.

She wears a scarf nearly everyday and favors fedoras, pork pies or fascinators.

“All winter I basically live in little fascinators cocktail party (hats),” she said. “I look like I am going out for drinks at 3 0’clock in the afternoon.”



464 E. Fifth St., Dayton

Tuesdays to Fridays 1 pm to 8 p.m.

Saturdays noon to 8 p.m.

(937) 222-4287

The shop is open Tuesday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. For more information, call (937) 222-4287 or go to or

Flurries ending this evening

Published: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 4:07 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 5:00 PM


  • Flurries coming to an end this evening
  • Cold tonight with wind chills in the teens
  • Rain chances return next week

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Flurries will come to an end this evening and clouds will break some more overnight tonight, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. With the clouds breaking some, it will be getting cold. Temperatures will fall into the lower 20s, but with winds still high, wind chills will be in the teens.

Sunday: More sunshine is expected, with a few passing clouds from time to time. Highs will be in the lower to middle 40s.

Monday: More clouds return and a few light showers also are possible. Highs will be in the upper 40s.


Tuesday: Mostly cloudy skies are expected with the chance for rain. Highs will be near 60 degrees.

Wednesday: Rain showers are on tap with highs in the upper 50s. With a cold front moving through, there also is the chance to see a few thunderstorms.

Thursday: Behind the cold front, temperatures will be falling. Highs will be in the middle 40s shortly after midnight. Afternoon temperatures will be in the 30s. There is the chance to see a few passing flurries.


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Shooting victims reportedly show up at emergency room

Published: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 3:12 PM

Shooting victims reportedly show up at emergency room

Police in Dayton responded to Good Samaritan Hospital after reports of one or more shooting victims arriving at the emergency room.

Police were notified around 2:15 p.m. 

The initial reports indicate there were two victims from two separate shooting incidents. 

Police were working to determine where the shootings actually happened. 

We'll update this story as more information becomes available. 

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Cause of fire at vacant apartment building under investigation

Published: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

UPDATE @ noon

The cause of a fire that started on the second floor of a vacant apartment building in Dayton is under investigation.

No one was injured in the fire on Mumma Avenue near Riverside Drive.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke coming from the second floor.

Dayton Power and Light was called to ensure power was off to the building.


Crews in Dayton encountered heavy smoke at an apartment fire at Riverside Drive and East Helena Street.

Smoke was pouring from the second floor of the apparently vacant structure at 10:20 a.m.

We’re on scene working to learn more and will update this story as more information becomes available.

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Power restored to most in Miami Valley following Friday storms

Published: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 8:06 PM
Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 11:45 PM

UPDATE @ 5:15 a.m. (Feb. 25)

Power has been restored to the majority of Miami Valley homes that experienced outages due to last night’s severe weather.

High winds and hail were responsible for thousands of power outages first reported Friday evening.

According to the Dayton Power and Light online outage map, a smattering of homes in Montgomery, Preble and Miami counties are still without power.   


Power outages are being reported as a result of the storms crossing through the region tonight. 

According to the Dayton Power & Light online outage page: 

At 11:30 p.m., there are 123 outages in Miami, 90 in Auglaize, 74 in Logan, 52 in Greene, 33 in Preble, 26 in Montgomery and scattered elsewhere (4 each in Clinton and Union, 2 in Darke and 1 each in Mercer and Champaign)