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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)

WHAT TO DO

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.

>> PHOTOS: 2016 Ohio Sauerkraut Festival

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. 

WHERE TO EAT

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

WHERE TO SHOP

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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WORTH MENTIONING
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.

FOOD DEALS: Here’s how to get free pizza and milkshakes today

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Old Scratch Pizza gears up to expand

Today is a day to indulge -- and here’s your chance to get free pizza AND a free milkshake in Dayton.

1.) Get your FREE pizza from Old Scratch 

Old Scratch Pizza, 812 S. Patterson Blvd. near downtown Dayton, will celebrate its first anniversary Oct. 18. 

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Get your free pizza by texting “OSP” to 797979. Customers can redeem the text deal for a free pizza on Oct. 18 only.

Old Scratch Pizza is offering free pizzas to guest who text "OSP" to 797979 on its first anniversary, Oct. 18, 2017(Amelia Robinson)

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2.) Get your FREE milkshake from MOD Pizza 

MOD Pizza, located at 5225 Cornerstone N. Blvd., Centerville, is giving away FREE vanilla milkshakes on Wednesday, Oct. 18, according to a Facebook event. To get the deal, simply follow MOD Pizza on social media. 

MOD Pizza is hosting a pretty tasty giveaway on Oct. 18, 2017. PHOTO / MOD Pizza Facebook

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3.) Enjoy your food coma.

(You’re welcome.)

FOOD DEAL: How to get a free milkshake on Oct. 18 in Dayton

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 10:15 AM

MOD Pizza is hosting a pretty tasty giveaway on Oct. 18, 2017. PHOTO / MOD Pizza Facebook
MOD Pizza is hosting a pretty tasty giveaway on Oct. 18, 2017. PHOTO / MOD Pizza Facebook

If you’re a milkshake fan, you’re in luck.

MOD Pizza, located at 5225 Cornerstone N. Blvd., Centerville, is giving away FREE vanilla milkshakes on Wednesday, Oct. 18, according to a Facebook event.

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No purchase is necessary, but you must follow MOD Pizza on social media to receive the deal. You can follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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And while you’re there, may we suggest you check out their pizza? (Just take a look below.) 

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Any time is a good time for pizza! #Repost @mkharta.eats #pizza #MODpizza

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Know of any other sweet food deals? Share them with us! Email contact@dayton.com.

Piada launches new menu with healthy (and tasty) options

Published: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 @ 11:05 AM

Piada's new Mediterranean Power Bowl, vegetarian and vegan friendly, offers a bold composition of flavors, and is topped with Piada’s special harissa and Greek yogurt drizzle.
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Piada's new Mediterranean Power Bowl, vegetarian and vegan friendly, offers a bold composition of flavors, and is topped with Piada’s special harissa and Greek yogurt drizzle.(Contributed Photo)

Experience flavors like you’ve never tasted before at Piada with their new fall and winter menu.

Their culinary team has been working hard to elevate their menu, offering items that are completely different than anything you’ve ever seen at Piada before. 

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Piada hosted its first-ever Taste Tour to launch the new menu last week. We dropped in to the Dayton stop at Speakeasy Yoga on 510 E 3rd St. in downtown Dayton to sample some of the new dishes. 

To launch the new menu, Piada hosted its first ever Taste Tour, giving Piada’s biggest fans around the nation the opportunity to taste the new fall and winter menu before anyone else. We tried the new Harvest Grain & Apple Salad, Mediterranean Power Bowl, Porchetta Sandwich and Blood Orange Pomegranate Tea at the Dayton Taste Tour stop at Speakeasy Yoga.(Allegra Czerwinski)

We couldn’t stop eating the Mediterranean power bowl -- it’s a great option for the health conscious (without sacrificing flavor). We also fell in love with Piada’s first ever SANDWICH

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Here’s your first look at what’s on the new menu: 

Mediterranean Power Bowl

To launch the new menu, Piada hosted its first ever Taste Tour, giving Piada’s biggest fans around the nation the opportunity to taste the new fall and winter menu before anyone else. We tried the new Harvest Grain & Apple Salad, Mediterranean Power Bowl, Porchetta Sandwich and Blood Orange Pomegranate Tea at the Dayton Taste Tour stop at Speakeasy Yoga.(Allegra Czerwinski)

Roasted vegetables including broccoli, cauliflower and sweet potatoes, glazed chickpeas and pickled red onions on a bed of red quinoa with harissa & Greek yogurt drizzle.

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Fall Steak Avocado Piada

When our Steak Avocado Piada gives you more butterflies than your bae 😬

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Hand-rolled Piada filled with pancetta, avocado, arugula, spicy balsamic aioli, mozzarella, pepitas and roasted sweet potato.

The Porchetta Sandwich

To launch the new menu, Piada hosted its first ever Taste Tour, giving Piada’s biggest fans around the nation the opportunity to taste the new fall and winter menu before anyone else. We tried the new Harvest Grain & Apple Salad, Mediterranean Power Bowl, Porchetta Sandwich and Blood Orange Pomegranate Tea at the Dayton Taste Tour stop at Speakeasy Yoga.(Allegra Czerwinski)

Slow roasted Porchetta, a cut of premium pork with Tuscan spices – porcini, rosemary, garlic and pepper. Layered on a rustic Italian roll with basil aioli, pickled red onion & fennel. Served with Rosemary Parmesan Kettle Chips.

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Harvest Grain & Apple Salad

To launch the new menu, Piada hosted its first ever Taste Tour, giving Piada’s biggest fans around the nation the opportunity to taste the new fall and winter menu before anyone else. We tried the new Harvest Grain & Apple Salad, Mediterranean Power Bowl, Porchetta Sandwich and Blood Orange Pomegranate Tea at the Dayton Taste Tour stop at Speakeasy Yoga.(Contributed)

Field greens, feta, Granny Smith apples, pepitas, farro, fennel, cranberries, pecans, sweet potatoes, lemon-basil dressing

Quinoa + Beet: Red quinoa, beets and za’atar spice.

Super Greens Salad: Shaved Brussel sprouts, red cabbage, carrots & kale with glazed chickpeas, bruschetta tomatoes, almonds, parmesan, harissa vinaigrette.

This fall and winter, guests can also select Porchetta as a grill item to accompany their piada, pasta or chopped salad. 

To launch the new menu, Piada hosted its first ever Taste Tour, giving Piada’s biggest fans around the nation the opportunity to taste the new fall and winter menu before anyone else. We tried the new Harvest Grain & Apple Salad, Mediterranean Power Bowl, Porchetta Sandwich and Blood Orange Pomegranate Tea at the Dayton Taste Tour stop at Speakeasy Yoga.(Allegra Czerwinski)

Your guide to pumpkin picking in Dayton

Published: Friday, September 25, 2015 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, September 30, 2016 @ 3:40 PM


            Fulton's Farm offer a huge selection of pumpkins, so you shouldn’t have trouble finding the right one for you. (Source: Facebook)
Fulton's Farm offer a huge selection of pumpkins, so you shouldn’t have trouble finding the right one for you. (Source: Facebook)

There’s nothing more quintessential in the fall than a pumpkin. They can be used for decorations like jack-o-lanterns, they can be made into delicious pies or rolls, and on occasion, they’ve been known to magically transform into horse-drawn carriages. 

Why not experience some of the magic yourself? Sure, you can buy a pumpkin at the grocery this time of year. But why not make an experience of it. Go out to the pumpkin patch to pick your very own at any of these Dayton area farms:

You can buy your pumpkins pre-picked on weekdays at Iron's Fruit Farm, or you can pick your own on weekends.  (Source: Facebook)

Irons Fruit Farm
Location:
1640 Stubbs Mill Road, Lebanon.
Hours:
They offer pre-picked pumpkins daily, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Pick your own is available on weekends: Saturday 10 a.m. to 6p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost
: $.48 per pound
Best time to go:
From now until the end of October.
Insider tip: Wear boots if it’s muddy and gloves if you don’t want to touch the prickly stems.
Tasty treats:
Starting in October, the farm will offer pumpkin donuts and pumpkin-shaped sugar cookies. Sometimes they’ll bake pumpkin bread as well. You can always count on them to have homemade apple cider, apple cider donuts and caramel apples. 
Other activities:
Every year, Irons has a corn maze from the end of September through October.  You can go on a hayride, even if you’re not interested in picking your own pumpkins. There’s usually music out front and plenty of picnic tables in the front.  They also have animals to visit out in the corral. 
More info:
Website | 513-932-2853
Social media info:
Facebook

Fulton Farms
Location:
2393 State Route 202, Troy.
Hours:
Pumpkin picking on October weekends between 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Fulton’s Farm market is open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
Cost
: Hayrides are offered by appointment only for groups of 10 or more people Monday through Friday at $6 a person between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. This includes the hayride, choice of pumpkin, an apple and access to the activity area. Hayrides on the weekends are offered at $7 a person and have the same benefits but does not include an apple.
Best time to go:
Pumpkin picking begins on Oct. 1 and goes until Oct. 30.
Insider tip:
They offer a huge selection of pumpkins, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding one.
Tasty treats:
Fulton’s Farm includes an ice cream shop that serves apple cider slushies. They also sell pre-picked apples, caramel apples, all kinds of different popcorns, and sometimes they’ll even have hot apple dumplings.
Other activities:
Kids have plenty to do at Fulton Farms. They have a giant slide that lets off into a big pile of straw, in addition to a kid-friendly corn maze, and farm animals including pigs, chickens, goats and sheep.
More info:
Website | 937-335-6983
Social media info:
Facebook

Young’s Jersey Dairy
Location: 
6880 Springfield Xenia Road, Yellow Springs.
Hours:
Open 11 a.m. -6 p.m. daily.
Cost
: $8 per pumpkin, including a wagon ride to the patch
Best time to go: 
Now! Pumpkin picking ends on Oct. 23.
Insider tip: 
Find the pumpkin that’s right for you. They have thousands of pre-picked pumpkins, as well, in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Tasty treats: 
Young’s is famous for its ice cream and right now the best-selling seasonal flavor is pumpkin and cinnamon. If it’s too cold for you to enjoy ice cream then try some cinnamon sugar pumpkin donut holes, homemade pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread. They also have an assortment of homemade cheeses from baby swiss to pepperjack. Their most popular item is the cheddar cheese curds that you can even order deep fried at either of the two restaurants. Recently they’ve offered buffalo and sweet chili renditions of these fried delights.
Other activities: 
You could easily spend all day at Young’s. Meet some friendly farm animals at their petting zoo, get lost in their corn maze, play miniature golf or test your strength at the driving range.  They have not one but two full-service restaurants, so you could theoretically enjoy lunch and dinner. You don’t have to be interested in pick-your-own pumpkins to enjoy a wagon ride around the farm.
More info: 
Website | 937-325-0629
Social media info: Facebook

Young's Jersey Dairy is famous for their ice cream.  Right now, their most popular seasonal flavor is pumpkin and cinnamon. (Source: Facebook)

Brumbaugh Fruit and Fun Farm
Location:
6420 Arcanum-Hollansburg Road, Arcanum.
Hours:
Saturday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 7 p.m.
Cost
: $8 admission to the entire farm
Best time to go:
Now! The Fun Farm ends on Oct. 30.
Other activities:
Brumbaugh Fruit and Fun Farm has over 24 different activities for you and your family. Ride high above the forest on their zipline, or learn about farm animals at their enchanted goat fort. The Willy Worm Wagon Ride and Human Hamster Ball are unconventional ways to experience the farm.  Check out the Family Fun Map and don’t miss out on a thing.
More info:
Website | 937-692-8084
Social media info:
Facebook

Peifer Orchards
Location:
4590 U.S. 68 North, Yellow Springs.
Hours:
Monday – Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturdays (in October) 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost
: They offer pick your own and pre-picked pumpkins for $.39 per pound
Best time to go:
Pumpkin picking starts Oct. 1 and has no expected end date.
Insider tip:
Make sure you’re dressed appropriately. Wear boots if it’s muddy.
Tasty treats:
Fill up on delicious pumpkin cookies and pumpkin bars before heading out to the patch. They also have pumpkin butter, pre-picked apples and homemade apple cider. 
Other activities:
Check out their extensive market after picking your own pumpkin.
More info:
Website | 937-767-2208
Social media info:
Facebook

Tüken’s Farm
Location:
15725 Eaton Pike, West Alexandria
Hours:
Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: $. 40 per pound
Best time to go:
Pumpkin picking is available until at least Halloween, but sometimes even into November.
Insider tip:
Tüken’s pumpkin patch is 20 acres and they specialize in pumpkins that have thick stems. Usually once the vine is dry, it gets brittle, and so it’s easy to snap the stem right off. Mary Tuken, co-owner of Tukens Farm, said, “Be careful not to snap the stem off from the pumpkin because that’s part of its character.” They have pumpkins in the field from 1 lb. to 50 lbs., so there’s something for everyone. If you do happen to choose a large pumpkin, they have wagons available to help you carry it back from the field.
Tasty treats: They sell homemade rice cereal treats in the shape of pumpkins and apples. They also have homemade pumpkin cookies, pumpkin sweet bread and pumpkin fudge. That’s not to mention all their apple related treats, some of which are caramel apple pie bars and apple pie fudge.
Other activities:
Tüken’s has a petting zoo complete with pigs, llamas, sheep and goats.You can also pick your own apples while you’re there.  20acres
More info:
Website | (937) 687-3848
Social media info:
Facebook