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

Learn about the lavish styles of Kentucky Derby hats from Brim owner, Amelia O'Dowd.

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

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Moraine police shooting vigil: Jamarco McShann’s death ‘senseless’

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 7:45 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 9:10 PM

Vigil for Jamarco McShann ends with balloon release

Community members and family gathered tonight for a candlelight vigil to remember a man shot and killed Friday in a Moraine police shooting.

Local activist, the Rev. Jerome McCorry, spoke at the vigil and said he represents the family of 23-year-old Jamarco McShann.

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“This was senseless,” he told the crowd in the Pinnacle Park lot that marked the spot where McShann was shot and killed.

Moraine police said he pointed a gun at them, which family members dispute.

Jamarco McShann

A large photo of McShann was held up at the vigil, which ended with a balloon release and a vow from organizers to seek justice.

“It’s about a bunch of scared cops who use the excuse ‘I feared for my life,’ ” McCorry said. “In the name of Jamarco a federal lawsuit will be filed.”

Pumpkin glow highlight of ‘Saturday Nightmare’ in Germantown

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 9:49 PM

There were 1,000 Jack-o-Lanters Saturday night, Oct, 21, 2017, for Germantown's Saturday Nightmare event.
There were 1,000 Jack-o-Lanters Saturday night, Oct, 21, 2017, for Germantown's Saturday Nightmare event.(DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF)

There were 1,000 carved pumpkins alight during the “Saturday Nightmare” in historic downtown Germantown.

The second annual event began at 3 p.m. with activities for all ages, including a car show featuring 300 to 400 hot rods, carnival rides, games for children, Halloween costume contest, beauty pageant, food, beer truck and live entertainment.

“It’s nice for us to be able to give back to our community we love,” event co-organizer Dave Eshbaugh said.

There were 1,000 Jack-o-Lanters Saturday night, Oct, 21, 2017, for Germantown's Saturday Nightmare event.(DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF)

The highlight of the “Saturday Nightmare” is the pumpkin glow, which this year featured 1,000 jack-o’-lanterns.

The festivities mark the final of four Saturday Night Out events, held the third Saturday of the month in June, July, August and October. Local businesses, sponsors and the city helps make the events a success, Eshbaugh said.

The summer events draw 2,500 each. But in October, the crowd is easily 5,000, he said, after one car show organizer came up with a Halloween theme.

“It became our flagship event,” he said. “It’s phenomenal for our community.”

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Germantown Fire Chief Dan Alldred said he opens the firehouse to the community and serves popcorn. It’s also an opportunity to interact with kids and teach fire safety.

“We think it’s great to have an event like this,” he said.

3 candidates seeking to fill 2 Clearcreek Twp. trustee seats

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

Ed Wade is running for an 11th consecutive term on the Clearcreek Board of Trustees.
Ed Wade is running for an 11th consecutive term on the Clearcreek Board of Trustees.

The Nov. 7 election could change leadership of this important Warren County township after 40 years.

The 10th reelection of Clearcreek Twp. Trustee Ed Wade is being contested in a race with Trustee Steve Muterspaw - who received more votes than Wade four years ago - and Linda Oda, the township’s fiscal officer and the Warren County Recorder.

RELATED: Newcomer, three veterans run for two trustee seats

Two of three trustee seats are up for election.

Wade and the third trustee, Jason Gabbard, generally comprise the majority on split votes in the township also encompassing the city of Springboro.

All three candidates agree the trustees are in accord on about 95 percent of issues that come before them and that Muterspaw is typically in the minority on split votes.

Check Voters Guide for more on this and other races and issues

“That other five percent is big,” said Oda, who would have to resign as township fiscal officer if elected trustee.

Already a thriving residential community, Clearcreek Twp. borders Springboro, Montgomery County and the Austin Landing area, where commercial development is under way.

Steve Muterspaw is running for a second term on the Clearcreek Twp. Board of Trustees.(Staff Writer)

Also the historically rural township area of Red Lion, between Springboro and Mason, is under residential development, with a commercial downtown area in recently completed future plans for this area.

MORE: Development changing Warren County town

The trustees oversee township services, including fire protection, emergency rescue and ambulance response in Springboro and unincorporated areas of the township.

They serve four-year terms and are paid $22,796 annually.

Voters from the unincorporated township and within municipal limits vote on the trustee race, although township voters can’t cast ballots on city candidates or issues.

The trustee candidates also agree that the township is unlikely to need to pass levies for additional operating money in the near future.

Wade wants voters to pick him, based primarily on his experience gained in 40 years as a trustee.

“It is that experience along with my dedication and love of this community that makes me the best candidate to make effective and informed decisions for the future,” he said in a response for the Dayton Daily News Voters Guide.

Oda said she is running to be part of a new majority on contested issues, primarily involving expenses, with Muterspaw.

Muterspaw said he is ready for another four years, working with Gabbard and Wade or Oda.

“I’ve demonstrated I’m able to work with anyone,” he said. “We just need to fine tune and keep doing what we’re doing.”

Muterspaw said voters should reelect him to second term in recognition of changes in the township, including greater transparency and an end to ethical issues, since he took office.

Linda Oda, Warren County recorder and Clearcreek Twp. fiscal officer, is running for a seat on the township board of trustees.(Staff Writer)

RELATED: Wade won’t face criminal charges

Wade pointed out ethics questions related to his insurance business with the township raised in a 2008-2009 audit (after Oda pointed them out) found no violations of state law.

“It is just plain, old dirty politics to continue to throw dirt about a claim that has been found to be totally unfounded,” Wade said in a statement.

RELATED: Twp. ordered to pay $200,000 in open-meetings case

Turning to an open-meetings lawsuit that ended with the township ordered to pay almost $200,000 to lawyers representing the resident who claimed the violations, Wade said Oda was “sneaky and self-serving” to support the the lawsuit against the township she was elected to represent.

Oda pointed out the ethics question prompted an 18-month state investigation and was referred for prosecution, before being dismissed by a special prosecutor.

“He stopped his practice of selling insurance to the township,” Oda said, adding she had brought the open-meeting question to the attention of the township administrator and another trustee before supporting the lawsuit.

Oda said the total cost of the lawsuit to the township was closer to $300,000.

She urged voters to pick her to enable her to use her “thousands of hours righting the ship in the fiscal office and bringing Clearcreek Twp. into the 21st century” to help her make the right votes on key issues.

In retrospect, Wade said he “may very well have handled” differently a 2013 levy for additional fire department levy money for which Oda criticized him in a response to the Dayton Daily News Voters Guide. Voters rejected the new levy and the fire department has been able to continue answering calls in Springboro and the township.

Depending on the election result, all three candidates could remain in office.

“Let’s hope by Nov. 18 we can all move forward as friends,” Oda said referring to the final vote tally after which she would resign as fiscal officer, if elected trustee.

Homeless pets find families at SICSA’s free adoption event

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 8:26 PM

VIDEO: Dog is adopted during SICSA event

Free adoptions on Saturday helped give homeless pets find a furr-ever home.

The SICSA Pet Adoption Center in Kettering partnered with Wagner Subaru for the “Wagner Subaru Loves Pets” free adoption event.


Wagner Subaru and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals sponsored adoption fees of all animals.

The Society for the Improvement of Conditions for Stray Animals is the area’s first no-kill shelter that has served companion animals for more than 40 years.


More than 1,500 dogs and cats were adopted through SICSA in 2016, in addition to 3,400 low-cost spay and neuter surgeries, the agency reported.

The adoption center is open seven days a week at 2600 Wilmington Pike in Kettering