10 can’t-miss spots to eat, shop and explore in Waynesville

Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Sawdust & Stitches in downtown Waynesville, Ohio. PHOTO / Stephanie Coates
Sawdust & Stitches in downtown Waynesville, Ohio. PHOTO / Stephanie Coates

Did you know that just south of downtown is the Antiques Capital of the Midwest? 

The Village of Waynesville is home to a rich history spanning from its founding in the late 1700’s to its place on the Underground Railroad and into the merchant destination that it is today. 

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A traditional layout, the squares offer a variety of antique stores, home-style restaurants, specialty shops, and even a record store. It’s hard not to fall in love with the country feel and eclectic character. If you’re looking for a Main Street to peruse, Waynesville will not disappoint. 

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Sauerkraut is served on everything, including pizza, at the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival in Waynesville. The operators say they are ready to cancel this year’s festival unless the village sets aside new rules.(Staff Writer)


The Sauerkraut Festival: drawing one of the largest festival crowds in the Dayton area, this event kicks off fall and has become a tradition for local families to attend. The food draws thousands annually to delight in the wonderful world of sauerkraut. But, if that doesn’t entice you, the hundreds of other craft and food vendors will. Held Oct. 14-15, 2017, at 10b N. Main St., Waynesville.

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The Hammel House Inn, 121 South Main Street: any village touting a vibrant past also comes with a haunted story to tell. If you dare, a stay at this B&B is a must. The restaurant is worth a visit as well. 


Holly B's Sweets, 33 South Main Street: a playground for anyone with a sweet tooth. Watch as they batch up fudge, hand dip caramel apples, and cover pretty much everything in chocolate! 

The Village Family Restaurant, 144 South Main Street: the epitome of homestyle dining. This restaurant, in the center of the village, has been serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner for over 30 years. Regulars recommend the hot shot, but check their website for specials including Polish sausage with house made ‘kraut.

Bentino's Pizza, 140 South Main Street: don’t let the size fool ya, this place packs a serious punch. Stop by for pizza and a beer or pasta and a bottle of wine. They bake hometown pride into every bite. 

Stonetown Coffee, 195 South Main Street: it doesn’t get much better than this quaint roastery and cafe on the edge of town. The passion for quality and freshness are equal to the creativity of this Waynesville favorite. Ice cream and milkshakes share a menu with a full range of coffee drinks. Try out the Iced Mocha Toddy! 

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Sawdust & Stitches in downtown Waynesville. PHOTO / Stephanie Coates


Lilly's Corner Mall, 105 South Main Street: in what was the Miami Theater building and Kirkpatrick Garage, this place is a dream for antique hunters and curious shoppers alike. Just don’t get lost among the 7,000 sq. feet of treasures! 

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The Dame & Dandy, 30 South Main Street: charm and style are overflowing in this vintage clothing and home decor shop. Check out the whimsical and quirky artwork. Try on a fun outfit. Chat up the lovely owner, Val. 

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Katherine's Web, 174 South Main Street: not just a stop for artisans, weavers, and knitting fanatics. This store carries beautifully crafted supplies and yarn, sells equipment and supplies, and offers lessons to anyone interested in learning how to use the spinning wheel. (Other class options available, too.)

Waynesville Music in downtown Waynesville. PHOTO / Stephanie Coates

Waynesville Music, 56 North Main Street: every magical small town has a record store -- this is a fact! Browse and play until your musical heart is content. 

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Pioneer Village at Caesar's Creek, 3999 Pioneer Village Rd.: transport yourself to the 1800’s and wander through cabins, shop the General Store, and walk to the covered bridge.

Chapel in the Woods at The Secret Garden in Waynesville. PHOTO / Stephanie Coates

The Secret Garden, 4107 E. St. Rt. 73: after adoring their fun lawn decor or checking out the gift shop, you can walk through their beautiful gardens and follow the pathways to the Chapel in the Woods. 

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Know of any great spots in Waynesville that we missed? Tell us about it! Email contact@dayton.com.

8 ways to shop local for the holidays

Published: Friday, December 11, 2015 @ 10:21 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 @ 12:07 PM

There are plenty of gifts to be found all around Agnes and Orson Gifts and Goods, a brand new local gift store at 1132 Brown St.
Vivienne Machi / Staff
There are plenty of gifts to be found all around Agnes and Orson Gifts and Goods, a brand new local gift store at 1132 Brown St.(Vivienne Machi / Staff)

Shopping local for the holidays isn't as tough as you might think.


Part of that is because we've done the legwork for you, talking to several boutique owners in the Dayton area and getting their top picks for gifts at their shop. Take a look at some of their best recommendations and top sellers, and pay them a visit.


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The best ice cream in Ohio is just a short drive from Dayton 

Published: Friday, December 08, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Here's seven places you can beat the heat with a delicious frozen sweet treat. (Video by Tabatha Wharton)

A Dayton-area favorite is getting some well-deserved recognition. 

Young’s Jersey Dairy was deemed Ohio’s Best Ice Cream according to the 2018 Best in Ohio listing released by Ohio Magazine.

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Readers and visitors to the publication’s website were invited to vote on the places they thought were the best places to visit in the state.

Dan Young, owner of Young’s Dairy, serves up some sorbetto and ice cream in February 2013. File photo by LISA POWELL / STAFF

Seeing Young’s on the list may not come as a surprise, especially considering the local favorite recently won another award from the Best in Springfield competition

The spot, located at 6880 Springfield-Xenia Rd. in Yellow Springs, offers a lot more than just great ice cream, though. A fully functioning dairy farm, batting cages and even a year-round restaurant also operate on the property, making it a go-to destination for locals and visitors alike.

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Not only will the goats and cows greet you at this “udderly” fun family farm, but more than 50 flavors of homemade-on-location ice cream. Prepare to be overwhelmed by choices.  

Patrons rang in the unofficial start of summer at one of Dayton's most popular destinations, Young's Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs. (TOM GILLIAM)(Tom Gilliam)

Seasonal flavors include Key Lime Crunch, Chocolate Chunk Black Cherry, Cotton Candy and more. Best-sellers Cow Patty and Chocolate P-Nut Butter are always available. All of the ice cream is made on the farm with a 15-percent butterfat mix, which basically means it’s delicious. 

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Whether you keep cool by shopping the Dairy Store, take a walk through the barn to visit with goats, sheep and pigs, or play a full 18 holes of mini golf, Young’s is a fun place to get outdoors and enjoy some of the best ice cream in the region.

2 restaurants that closed last month that we’re REALLY going to miss 

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

El Rancho Grande shut down its restaurant in Vandalia to relocate to Huber Heights.

November saw a number of announcements of new eateries coming to the area.

Luckily, our list of restaurant openings this past month far exceeds our closings. 

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Nevertheless, we’re paying homage to the restaurants we’ve lost.

Here are 2 restaurants that closed in November that we’ll miss:

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El Rancho Grande Mexican Grill & Cantina 

The building that houses El Rancho Grande on Poe Avenue in Vandalia is being sold through an online auction. Photo from Ohio Real Estate Auctions Facebook page(Staff Writer)

So, there’s some good news and bad news with this announcement. We’ll give you the bad news first:

After a 12-year run for the El Rancho Grande Mexican Grill & Cantina at 7500 Poe Avenue in Vandalia has closed. 

Considering its location and iconic exterior, the restaurant was considered high profile. 

The good news is that there is a new El Rancho Grande location about a mile-and-a-half away in Huber Heights. 

It’s situated just off I-75 on the other side of the interstate from the Miller Lane restaurant row, at 7375 Old Troy Pike (Ohio 202) in Huber Heights.

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The Flight Line Coffee Company

Flight Line coffee shop has shut down in Riverside. Photo from Flight Line Coffee Company Inc. Facebook page(Staff Writer)

A locally owned, independent coffee shop that opened just over a year ago has shut its doors for good. 

The Flight Line Coffee Company opened Oct. 31, 2016 at 5604 Airway Road in the Page Manor Shopping Center in Riverside. But its owners announced on the coffee shop’s Facebook page that it was forced to shut down last week, on Nov. 19.

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New Hedges & Wolf shop in Oregon District hosts grand opening this week

Published: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 @ 9:49 AM

The owners of Heart Mercantile are opening Hedges & Wolf. The name honors the Wolf Brothers and Lib Hedges, the queen of Dayton's long-gone Red Light District.  Photo: Amelia Robinson
Photo: Amelia Robinson
The owners of Heart Mercantile are opening Hedges & Wolf. The name honors the Wolf Brothers and Lib Hedges, the queen of Dayton's long-gone Red Light District. Photo: Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

Hedges & Wolf, the Oregon District’s newest shop, is hosting a grand opening event from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8. 

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T-minus four days. We can’t wait to open our doors, Dayton! 🙌🏻

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The new clothing shop at 504 E. 5th St. in Dayton will carry clothing and accessories for men and women. 

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Brittany Smith and Amanda Hensler, co-owners of Hedges & Wolf, are also owners of Heart Mercantile. They say their new clothing shop Hedges & Wolf was name partly to honor Elizabeth “Lib” Hedges (Elizabeth Richter).

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The owners of Heart Mercantile are opening Hedges & Wolf. The name honors the Wolf Brothers and Lib Hedges, the queen of Dayton's long-gone Red Light District. Photo: Amelia Robinson(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

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Hensler said Hedges, an immigrant from the German kingdom of Prussia, was known for her strength and smarts and was a fierce protector of the women who worked in her house. 

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