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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

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

Person reportedly drowns in Mercer County lake

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 8:05 AM

Steve Baker/Staff

A person has reportedly drowned at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park in Mercer County, according to officials. 

Authorities tell WHIO's Steve Baker a person drowned in the lake near Montezuma around 2:30 a.m. 

Initial reports indicate a man went overboard while on a boat in the lake. 

A spokesperson with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources could not be reached for comment. 

Our crew will be attending a news conference in Mercer County scheduled for 9:30 a.m. 

We will continue to monitor and update this developing story.

Power restored to nearly 5,500 after car crashes into high voltage power lines 

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 12:40 AM

Courtesy DP&L Outage Center

UPDATE @ 6:08 a.m.

Power has been restored to all but 68 homes in Green County after a car crashed into a power pole holding high voltage power lines, according to DP&L spokesperson Kelly Millhouse.

Troopers said no one was injured in the one-car crash that occurred just after 1 a.m. Saturday morning on Jasper Road in New Jasper Twp.

Millhouse said DP&L crews remain on the scene to replace the pole and address low hanging power lines in the area.

Power has been restored to those affected by the outage after DP&L crews switched customers to alternate circuits, according to Millhouse. Nearly 5,500 homes were affected by the outage.  

Millhouse said the pole should be replaced sometime Saturday afternoon.

UPDATE @ 2:45 a.m.

Power has been restored to a majority of DP&L customers in multiple area counties, according to a DP&L. 

349 homes remain without power in Greene County while a smattering of outages persist in other areas. 

Greene County dispatchers said power was out for over 4,600 Saturday morning as a result of storm damage and a crash on Jasper Road in New Jasper Twp. 

Dispatchers said only one car was involved in the crash and it is unknown if anyone was injured.

UPDATE @ 1:38 a.m.

Thousands of DP&L customers are without power following a strong storm system that moved through the area Friday night. 

Over 4,600 homes in Greene County are without power, while nearly 2,000 are in the dark in Montgomery County. 

Nearly 1,200 are without power in Clark County, according to a DP&L outage map. 

Greene County dispatchers said a single-car crashed into a high tension power pole on Jasper Road in New Jasper Twp. 

Jasper Road has been closed between Long Road and Paintersville New Jasper Road, according to dispatchers. 

Dispatchers said a DP&L crew is arriving at the scene and power is expected to be out for some time. 

A spokesperson for the utility provider was not immediately available for comment. 

We are will continue to monitor regional outages as we work to learn when power will be restored.


Nearly 2,000 DP&L customers in Montgomery County are without power, according to a DP&L outage map. 

A handful of additional outages have been reported in Greene, Darke, and Miami Counties. 

RELATED: Strong storms move through region Friday night

We are working to learn what caused the outages and when power is expected to return.

Kettering OVI checkpoints lead to one arrest, multiple citations 

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 8:05 AM
Updated: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 11:40 PM

Sobriety checkpoints are tonight and Saturday night during Memorial Day Weekend in Kettering. The purpose is to deter and to intercept drivers operating a vehicle while intoxicated. TODD JACKSON / STAFF

UPDATE @ 3:47 a.m.

Kettering police made one OVI arrest and issued multiple citations in a moving OVI checkpoint Friday night and Saturday morning. 

Over 350 cars passed through the checkpoints that took place in the 3100 block of Woodman Drive and the 2800 block of East Dorothy Lane. 

According to a release from Kettering police, two citations were issued for seat belt violations, one for expired registration. 

Police also said the checkpoints resulted in one summons for open container of alcohol and another for possession of drugs. 

Kettering police and the Montgomery County Combined Agency OVI Task Force teamed up for the checkpoints.


Police are cracking down on drinking and driving this Memorial Day Weekend.

Kettering police officers on Friday held two OVI checkpoints and will return Saturday night for sobriety checkpoints to deter and intercept those operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

The moving checkpoint is scheduled from 9 to 11 p.m. in the north lanes in front of 3018 Woodman Drive and 11:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. in the west lanes in front of 2841 E. Dorothy Lane. These locations are where the highest number of OVI crashes happen in the city, police said.

“We’ll be bringing them into the checkpoint and checking for signs of impairment. Anything from slurred speech to the way their eyes are operating,” Kettering police Lt. Lee Sanders said.

Kettering police want drivers to know they’re watching, and will be out in full force this weekend.

“We want to make sure we’re encouraging people not to drink and drive, make sure they make good decisions,” Sanders said.

Woodman Drive had the most OVI crashes in 2016 in the city.

“If you’re feeling the effects of alcohol you’re likely too intoxicated to be driving,” Sanders said.

Memorial Day Weekend is the busiest road travel weekends in the country.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will nearly double its patrols.

“We want everyone to get from point A to point B safely,” Sgt. Matt Schmenk of the patrol’s Xenia Post said.

Extra patrols, and the patrol’s Click it or Ticket campaign to boost seat belt usage, are part of its effort to prevent deadly crashes.

“That’s the main mission for us,” Schmenk said.

The OVI checkpoints are funded by federal, state and local grants. Police agencies are required by state law to publicize the checkpoints ahead of time.

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UD Arena removes tartan floor as part of $72M upgrade

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 6:17 PM

After more than a decade of service, the old tartan floor from the UD Arena is getting prepped to be dismantled.

This comes as the University of Dayton is planning several upgrades to the arena over the next few years that will total $72 million to the venue at 1801 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd. in Dayton.

One last unofficial game took place today on the court, as alumni paid their last respects before work began on the floor. 

The court was done seeing action in the 1980s. Removal will start over the next couple of weeks. Unfortunately, fans will not be able to own pieces of the old floor because there is still mercury in it, which means the floor poses a risk and will have to be disposed of properly and safely. 

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