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How to score the famous Troy Strawberry Fest donuts in special sale this weekend only

Published: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 11:17 AM

Troy Music Booster volunteers make donuts for the Troy Strawberry Festival.

The news is true: you can get the famous Troy strawberry donuts this weekend. 

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The famous strawberry donuts at the Troy Strawberry Festival.(Amelia Robinson / Staff)

The Troy Music Boosters are hosting a donut flash sale on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Donuts will be $1 each. 

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Usually, the donuts are sold during the Troy Strawberry Festival, where people will wait for hours in line to get them. 

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Dayton grocery fire: Kroger, others offer help to neighborhood

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 11:12 AM

Kroger helping those affected by Food For Less fire

In response to the recent fire that destroyed the Food For Less on East Third Street in Dayton, another grocer is sponsoring five food distributions for families impacted through The Foodbank’s Mobile Food Pantry.

The first distribution will be Tuesday at The FoodBank, followed by four weekly distributions through Dec. 21 at Laborers’ Local 1410.

“Kroger is pleased to help ease the worries of residents who lost their grocery store in a fire last week with a few options to get much needed food and grocery items,” said Tim Brown, Kroger, Cincinnati/Dayton Division president. “The mobile pantry will be a lifeline to residents who depended on their community store.”

MORE: Dayton grocery fire: Neighbors scramble to find food, way to pay bills

Distributions are open to those impacted by the fire. Clients must meet household eligibility requirements and provide a photo ID and proof of residence.

Michelle L. Riley, CEO of The Foodbank, said partners like Kroger and Laborers’ Local 1410 will help ensure East Dayton residents have access to fresh food while they struggle with the loss of the store.

“Dayton is a town full of generous people who care about community,” she said. “Together, we will make life a little easier for our neighbors impacted by this tremendous loss.”

Because the building was a total loss, it could be some time before the cause of the fire is determined, said Dayton Fire Department spokesman Bryan Adams.

“A lot of damage makes it harder to investigate,” he said.

On Nov. 18, Grace Cares, a ministry of Grace Baptist Church in Kettering, in partnership with Kroger, will begin offering free shuttle transportation from the closed Food For Less store to Kroger at 1024 S. Smithville Road. The service will run on Mondays from 4-5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 12-3 p.m.

Lutfi Hussein, the owner of Food For Less, said the fire was “devastating.”

Hussein, who also owns the People’s Market on North Main Street, said he is determined to rebuild Food For Less, but future plans will be guided by the amount of any insurance settlement.

“It was never in our mind to put the clients or our customers in any hardship,” he said. “We are as much victims as they are and I hope one day we’ll put it back together — and soon — and be able to have them back again. I understand what they are going through and sympathize.”

Food distributions for families impacted by Food For Less fire

- Nov. 21

10-11 a.m.

The Foodbank

56 Armor Place, Dayton

Note: This is distribution is only open to 45403 zip code and the surrounding communities

- Nov. 29th; Dec. 4, 12, 21

11 a.m.-noon

Laborers’ Local 1410

2228 E. Third Street, Dayton

Note: These are open to anyone in need of food assistance

Weekend plans? Know how the weather will impact you

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 11:02 AM

Five Day Forecast

A complex storm system will move in to the Dayton area late Friday night, bringing with it a weather mix that will impact most of the Miami Valley this weekend, according to StormCenter 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

 >>Get WHIO’s free Weather App: Hour-by-hour forecast anytime, anywhere 

Here are a few things to keep in mind to stay prepared:

  • Heavy rain late Friday night, Saturday afternoon--ponding on the roads and reduced visibility will make driving challenging, and raise your risk of hydroplaning.
  • Winds will be gusting Saturday afternoon and evening. Isolated power outages are possible. Holiday decorations and lawn furniture could be blown around or damaged. 
  • Cold air will move in quickly, a 20-degree drop is expected by Sunday morning. Below freezing temperatures, light snow flurries are possible. Accumulation should not be an issue, but icy spots on roads Sunday morning are possible.

 >>Live Interactive Radar

 

This Dayton store is selling vagina ornaments for your Christmas tree

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Heart Mercantile in Dayton's Oregon District  sells a variety of
Heart Mercantile in Dayton's Oregon District sells a variety of "girl power" items with a twist. Items include vagina ornaments from Jacquelyn Marcella and Rebecca Mare Gonzalez.(Photo provided by Heart Mercantile)

There’s one place to go if all you want for Christmas is a vagina on your tree. 

Among the assortment of “girl power” merchandise sold at Heart Mercantile is a line of hang-able, handmade vagina ornaments by artists and Etsy merchants Jacquelyn Marcella and Rebecca Mare Gonzalez

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The Texans specialize in “making goods with a girl power twist,” Heart co-owner Brittany Smith explained via Facebook Messenger. “Lots of their goods are focused on the strength of women, embracing the beauty of our bodies, women supporting women, and ending rape culture.”

The vaginas (which are vulvas, technically) retail for $30 each.  

>> Beloved Oregon District business Heart Mercantile is expanding, moving (Oct. 4, 2017)

Heart recently moved part of its operations into a larger location in the Oregon District as part of an expansion. 

Gifts and decor is being sold at 438 E. Fifth St., the former home of ReCreate Music. 

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Heart Mercantile in Dayton's Oregon District sells a variety of "girl power" items with a twist. Items include vagina ornaments from Jacquelyn Marcella and Rebecca Mare Gonzalez.(Photo provided by Heart Mercantile)

Smith and fellow owners Carly BarrettAmanda Hensler and Kait Gilcher will keep the space at 438 E. Fifth St.  Clothing, jewelry, bags and accessories will be sold from the original space.

The company marked its second anniversary on Oct. 2. 

Heart Mercantile in Dayton's Oregon District sells a variety of "girl power" items with a twist. Items include vagina ornaments from Jacquelyn Marcella and Rebecca Mare Gonzalez.(Photo provided by Heart Mercantile)

Several of the goods Heart sells have a pro-woman twist, Smith said. 

Below are a few. (Content warning: some might find language or images offensive.)

Heart Mercantile in Dayton's Oregon District sells a variety of "girl power" items with a twist.(Photo provided by Heart Mercantile)

Heart Mercantile in Dayton's Oregon District sells a variety of "girl power" items with a twist.(Photo provided by Heart Mercantile)

Heart Mercantile in Dayton's Oregon District sells a variety of "girl power" items with a twist.(Photo provided by Heart Mercantile)

Heart Mercantile in Dayton's Oregon District sells a variety of "girl power" items with a twist. Items include vagina ornaments from Jacquelyn Marcella and Rebecca Mare Gonzalez. The women also make breast ornaments.(Photo provided by Heart Mercantile)
Heart Mercantile in Dayton's Oregon District sells a variety of "girl power" items with a twist.(Photo provided by Heart Mercantile)

Heart Mercantile in Dayton's Oregon District sells a variety of "girl power" items with a twist.(Photo provided by Heart Mercantile)

Heart Mercantile in Dayton's Oregon District sells a variety of "girl power" items with a twist.(Photo provided by Heart Mercantile)

Heart Mercantile in Dayton's Oregon District sells a variety of "girl power" items with a twist.(Photos provided by Heart Mercantile)

Heart Mercantile in Dayton's Oregon District sells a variety of "girl power" items with a twist.(Photos provided by Heart Mercantile)

Heart Mercantile in Dayton's Oregon District sells a variety of "girl power" items with a twist.(Photos provided by Heart Mercantile)

Selling your home? 4 reasons why now is the time to schedule pictures

Published: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

If you are planning to put your house on the market any time in the next six months, make sure you schedule the pictures for your listing as soon as possible. Winter pictures don’t make for the best photos on real estate listings, and warm, welcoming pictures show your house at its best. Here are the top four reasons why now is the time to take pictures for the winter (and spring) housing market. 

1. Green grass

Your home is always going to look better with a green lawn. Brown or dead grass can make a home look like it doesn’t receive proper care and attention. During the winter months, your lawn will look brown, no matter how much you try to keep it looking its best. Take advantage of the last few weeks of green grass, colorful plants and landscaping. 

2. Lighting

Winter months mean a lower angle of the sun and much less bright light to make your house’s colors pop. Thankfully, the beautiful autumn light can really show off the best parts of your home, both inside and out. Any photographer will tell you that taking pictures in the fall is like cheating, because the light levels and diverse colors make for the absolute best pictures. It’s hard to take a bad fall photo, so make sure you don’t let the perfect moment pass you by. 

3. Autumn’s outdoor perks

Fall’s harvest and holiday themes create a welcoming environment, and autumn is the time of the most seasonal decorations. Pumpkins and gourds by the front door, combined with friendly and welcoming wreaths, not only make your guests feel welcome, they make for very inviting real estate pictures, too. And don’t forget that taking advantage of the beautiful autumn foliage is a great way to frame your photos with vibrant colors and a comforting atmosphere. 

4. Warm and cozy interiors

The fall weather also gives you the perfect opportunity to showcase those cozy and warm colors indoors, as well. People who are shopping for homes during the winter can’t help but imagine themselves warming up by a fire or with some cozy blankets as they look through real estate listings. You’ll want to remove any fall clutter than can accumulate, of course; but the warm light coming in through the windows and the welcoming fall décor is sure to create some serious interest for those house hunting in the greyest and coldest months. 

Make sure you take advantage of the season and allow your house to beam with welcoming colors and decorations. House hunters will take notice, which is definitely what you want in the less frenetic winter market. If you are thinking about listing your home this winter, make sure to reach out to your local Coldwell Banker Heritage realtors for other great tips and strategies for making the best of the winter and early spring markets.