New restaurant to open May 6 at Fairfield Commons mall

Published: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 @ 7:08 AM


            Fusian will open its 12th restaurant in Ohio on May 6 at the Mall at Fairfield Commons. Photo from Fusian Facebook page
Fusian will open its 12th restaurant in Ohio on May 6 at the Mall at Fairfield Commons. Photo from Fusian Facebook page

The latest in a surge of new-restaurant openings in and around the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek will open to the public on May 6 with a special fund-raiser event benefitting Five Rivers Metroparks.

Fusian — the budding sushi chain founded by three Oakwood natives —is poised to open its third Dayton-area location at 2733 Fairfield Commons Blvd., in a space that is connected to the Mall at Fairfield Commons and adjacent to BRAVO Cucina Italiana.

The grand opening scheduled for 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 will benefit the Five Rivers Metroparks Foundation. Fusian’s founders said that 100 percent of the profits that day will benefit the MetroParks Foundation, which supports the Five Rivers MetroParks and its mission to protect the region’s natural heritage and provide outdoor experiences that inspire a personal connection with nature. MetroParks currently protects nearly 16,000 acres of land, – 90 percent of it in its natural state.

And on May 5, the day before the grand opening, the new Beavercreek Fusian will host “Neighborhood Day” that will allow diners who register in advance, and their guest, to obtain a free meal. Those interested must register by May 1 at beavercreek.fusian.com.

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The Beavercreek opening will come less than two months after Fusian expanded its statewide footprint with the opening of its first Toledo-area restaurant.

As of May 6, Fusian will operate 12 restaurants in the Dayton, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Toledo areas, including a location on Brown Street near the University of Dayton and in Washington Twp. next to Whole Foods.

Fusian Sushi was launched in Cincinnati in 2010 by Zach and Josh Weprin and Stephan Harman, who attended Oakwood’s Harman Elementary School. The trio had talked as kids of going into business together, Stephan Harman told this news outlet in 2011.

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After a relatively deliberate approach to growing the chain in its first four years, the trio doubled the number of locations in recent years as it expand into new markets of Cleveland and Toledo.

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In Beavercreek, Fusian joins a dining scene in and around the Fairfield Commons mall that has been quite active in the last two-plus years. Melt Bar & Grilled is building a free-standing restaurant just outside the mall. Gyro King recently opened in the mall’s food court. And BRAVO Cucina Italiano, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse and Chuy’s Tex Mex all have opened on mall property, and Primanti Bros. and IHOP are among the restaurants that have opened along North Fairfield Road near the mall.

Along Colonel Glenn Highway just west of the mall, the Wandering Griffin brewpub, Chipotle and Rapid Fired Pizza restaurants have opened.

The area also has seen some restaurant closings that have included Logan’s Roadhouse, Don Pablo’s Mexican Restaurant, Designer Dogs and Dolce Mio.

Bearded man in red caught on camera stealing packages

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 8:19 AM

File image of package shipping facility.
Pixabay
File image of package shipping facility.(Pixabay)

A bearded man in a red hooded sweatshirt is stealing packages off of porches in Dayton. 

The man struck around 5:10 p.m. Dec. 14 in the 1600 block of Rosemont Boulevard. 

Minutes later around 5:24 p.m. he reportedly hit a second house around in the 3500 block of Cleveland Avenue. Both homes are within blocks of each other.

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In both cases the victims were alerted via phone applications to activity on their porches — backed up by video of the acts, according to police reports.

At the first house the caper got away with three packages — containing a pair of Giani Bernini boots, Christmas ornament and a Nike gym bag — valued at about $100.

The 27-year-old female victim in this incident on Rosemont told police she received a phone notification of activity on her front porch. She was able to review video that showed a male take three packages off her porch and get into the passenger side of a red convertible, according to the report.

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The suspect in both cases is described as a white male with a beard, wearing a gray zip jacket, red hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. He was riding in a red, two-door convertible.

At the second home, the suspect stole a package containing only batteries

The 29-year-old male victim said he uses the phone app Ring Door Bells.

The bigger the pecs: Women definitely prefer buff men, study shows

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 2:14 PM

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Well men, if you need more encouragement to hit the gym, here it is.

A new scientific study suggests that women definitely prefer stronger men.

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The research, published this week in Royal Society journal Proceedings B, had 160 women rate faceless images of male bodies. Unanimously, the women chose those that appeared physically stronger, with bigger pecs and larger arms.


"We weren't surprised that women found physically strong men attractive ... what did surprise us was just how powerful the effect was," Aaron Sell, a senior lecturer at Griffith University, Queensland, Australia, who led the study, told The Guardian.


"Our data couldn't find even a single woman that preferred weaker ... male bodies."

For the study, the researchers created a database of photos of shirtless or tank-top wearing men, with their faces obscured. All of the men were university students, but 60 were recruited from the gym while 130 were just normal psychology students. All the men were also given tests with weights, to quantify their physical strength.

Women and men were then asked to judge how strong they thought the men were, on a scale of 1 to 7, based on the images. Their guesses were strikingly accurate, correlating well with the strength tests. Furthermore, the women's ratings of the men's attractiveness correlated directly to their physical strength.

"No one will be surprised by the idea that strong men are more attractive," Aaron Lukaszewski, an evolutionary psychologist at California State University at Fullerton and an author of the study, told The Washington Post. "It's no secret that women like strong, muscular guys."

However, the researchers were less interested in ascertaining the obvious, and more interested in discovering.

"People are going to wonder why scientists needed to study it," Holly Dunsworth, an anthropologist at the University of Rhode Island who was not involved in the research, said. "The answer would be because they want to know how these preferences evolved."

The researchers point to "ancestral cues," an evolutionary relic of ancient human mating rituals. Ancient women would instinctually have chosen men who were better able to provide for and protect them and their families. It's only natural to assume bigger and stronger men would do this more adequately.

But when it comes to male attractiveness, a popular theory says that there's a "sweet spot" for brawn. Beyond a certain point, too much muscle and strength becomes unattractive. This new study seems to prove the opposite.

"The theory is that, yes, there would have been benefits ancestrally, in terms of the ability to acquire resources, protecting offspring, hunting and so on. But at a certain point, mating with highly dominant men, they can exert all this aggressive coercive control and there might be costs," Lukaszewski explained, pointing out that his study shows that women prefer brawnier guys, regardless of the potential downsides.

Even if strength is the key factor that attracts women to men, the research also suggest it's not all about perfect physique and chiseled muscles.

"Our results suggest that even if you're a bit overweight, looking strong can buffer that. Basically, being a strong, fat guy is OK, which I think would bring comfort to many," Lukaszewski said.

RELATED: Study finds bald men are perceived as more attractive, confident and dominant

Despite the findings, less muscular men shouldn't feel too disheartened.

As The Independent points out, several other scientific studies have noted a variety of factors that women apparently find more attractive. Among other things, previous research has shown that women find bald and short men more attractive than their counterparts.

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Kettering murder case: 3 to testify about Fairmont teen’s killing

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 6:44 AM

Friends gathered in Oak Park Monday night.

Three people believed to be in the car driven by a Fairmont High School student last year when he was fatally shot are being ordered to testify against the 17-year-old facing murder charges in adult court.

Subpoenas have been issued for one teenage male and two teen females who court witnesses have said were in Ronnie Bowers’ car when the 16-year-old was shot while fleeing a confrontation on Willowdale Avenue Sept. 4, 2016, shortly after AlterFest.

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Kylen Gregory of Kettering faces murder charges in the holiday weekend shooting of Bowers, whose death two days later from a gunshot wound to the head was ruled a homicide, Montgomery County Coroner’s Office staff have testified.

Kettering’s first gun-related homicide since 2007 resulted in Gregory being indicted in August on two counts of murder, four counts of felonious assault with a deadly weapon and two related charges, court records show.

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The next court date is set for Dec. 28, when the subpoenaed Kettering teens who were with Bowers are scheduled to testify, court records show.

Gregory is being held in Montgomery County juvenile detention on a $1 million bond.

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What it’s like decorating a Tournament of Roses Parade float

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 8:08 AM

Florist K. Mike Whittle helped create this rolling botanical wonderland.
Photo: Courtesy of Rain Bird Corp.
Florist K. Mike Whittle helped create this rolling botanical wonderland.(Photo: Courtesy of Rain Bird Corp.)

Sports fans watching the 2018 Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 will be eager to see if No. 3 Georgia can get past No. 2 Oklahoma when the teams meet at the College Football Playoff semifinal in Pasadena, Calif.

One local florist will be watching the preceding Tournament of Roses Parade with a trained and appreciative eye.

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“It was one of the most fantastic things I’ve ever done,” said K. Mike Whittle, who helped decorate a parade float years ago. “You learn so much.”

As operator of K. Mike Whittle Unique Floral Designs just off the Marietta Square, he doesn’t have a lot of free time at any point in the year. Certainly not during the holiday season. But with the University of Georgia heading to the Rose Bowl for just the second time ever, he let us tag along the other day while he set up for a party at the the Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center so we could press him for intel.

The main takeway: you just cannot believe how many flowers go into all those floats.

(Photo: Jennifer Brett)

“We used 35,000 roses,” he said, his voice still full of awe at the memory. “I was a kid in a candy store with all those flowers. They didn’t know me from Adam’s house cat but they turned me loose.”

A Marietta native who got his start as an entrepreneurial kid who would dig cattails from a ditch and sell them to an area flower shop, Whittle was working in Carrollton when he got the call to go west.

“It really steamed up my career,” he said. He didn’t love getting up on scaffolding to attend to the top of the float, but otherwise enjoyed learning floral problem-solving skills on that big a stage. “We worked 29 hours straight. It just showed me yeah, it can be done.”

The annual parade, older than the football contest, dates back to Jan. 1, 1890. That first year, horse-drawn buggies festooned with blooms were meant to echo a festival of roses in Nice, France. Two years later, winter weather threatened the supply of roses and nearly turned the event into the “Orange Tournament,” but the fledgling tradition held.

Automobiles showed up in 1901 and were shoved to the back of the parade, so they wouldn’t spook the horses. The following year saw the first merger of flora and football, when the University of Michigan rolled over Stanford University, 49-0. One year, 1913, organizers thought a camel vs. elephant road race would be fun. The elephant won, and the species’ record remains unbroken as there have been no similar matchups since.

Famed zookeeper Jack Hanna rode on the float Whittle worked on in 2002, accompanied by giant botanical tigers, monkeys and exotic birds. If your Rose Bowl party plans call for slightly less elaborate floral decor, Whittle likes roses (of course) as well as red ginger and anthurium.

“Carnations are not bad, either. It’s a sturdy football kind of rose,” said Whittle, who has created displays incorporating football helmets.

Proper hydration is key – he’ll give newly arrived blooms a couple of days to drink up before placing them in arrangements – and he uses a sharp knife, not scissors, to ensure a clean, angled cut.

Then again, he mused, there’s one major flub people make when setting out to arrange flowers.

“That is the mistake,” he said with a twinkle, “doing it yourself.”

The float Mike Whittle helped create in 2002 was an award-winning beauty.(Photo: Courtesy of Rain Bird Corp.)