Dayton’s first indoor bike park to host grand opening bash

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 2:40 PM
Updated: Friday, July 14, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

A look at Dayton's new indoor bike park.

Though Mike’s Bike Park, located at 1300 E. First St., has already been open since June 30, the first Dayton facility of its kind will host a grand opening celebration on July 22.

The park announced the party, which will feature live music, bike demonstrations from the Dayton Police Department and food from the S & S  Meat House food truck on its Facebook site. The event begins at noon and lasts until 11 p.m.

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The park started as a labor of love last fall for owner and operator Mike Bisig. He was able to repurpose an abandoned, run-down building with the help of investors and an army of volunteers both in and outside the cycling community. 

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“We have the best volunteers,” Bisig said. “It has been a long time coming, but absolutely worth the wait!”

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The facility features two full floors for riders of various styles, including mountain, street and BMX. It also comes equipped with its own pro shop for repairs or to assist bikers in upgrading their equipment. Those not riding can take advantage of the lounge area while they wait for cyclists.

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Bisig believes the year-round biking option will eventually generate more positivity in the Dayton area.

"Mike’s Bike Park will help bring the community together as a whole," he said.

Here’s a look at the Facebook Live we did at Mike’s Bike Park:


What: Mike’s Bike Park Grand Opening

Where: 1300 E. First St., Dayton

When: Saturday, July 22, 12 p.m.-11 p.m.

Cost: Riders are $20 (13 and older), $10 (12 and younger). Non-riders are free.

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This Dayton-famous hoagie is a classic -- have you tried it?

Published: Friday, December 22, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

The Famous Hoagie at Hoagie's Pizza House.
Photo: Amelia Robinson
The Famous Hoagie at Hoagie's Pizza House.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

Sometimes you pass a Dayton gem all the time and never recognize its shine. 

For me, that was the case with Hoagie’s Pizza House, a family-owned business in the mostly green-and-yellow building located at 6128 N. Dixie Drive in Harrison Twp., Montgomery County. 

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To say I’ve been meaning to stop into the independent eatery is an understatement. I’ve heard of the place for years, which is no wonder. 

Ralph Hoagland opened Hoagie’s in 1969.

It sticks out on the corner of Gipsy Avenue and N. Dixie Drive near Dixie Twin Drive-In and the delicious Olive Mediterranean Grill. 

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Hoagland’s daughter, Theresa “Micki” Collins, now owns the store. She closed the Troy location about two years ago. 

Hoagie's Pizza House in Harrison Twp.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

I’ve seen the restaurant’s iconic sign featuring a moustached chef in tails carrying a pizza and reading “How About A Pizza?” more times than I can count. 

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The Leadbelly Boys, Dayton Daily News’ former food crew, tried to take down an 18-inch Hoagie’s square-cut pizza back in 2004 and nearly didn’t live to tell about it. 

Alas, even we mighty and steel-gutted Leadbelly Boys sometimes meet our match. Not often, mind you, but sometimes. In this case, we strode haughtily into the unassuming-looking Hoagie’s, thinking there was no pizza in town that could get the best of us. But we will admit when we’re beaten. And so we admit that the 18-inch whopper that the chuckling waitress brought to our table was more than we could handle. Thin crust but still a thick pizza, with a killer dose of cheese and a humdingin’ sauce. Carrying our leftovers with us, we left with our tails between our Leadbelly legs.

I walked into the restaurant not knowing what to expect, and was greeted by a friendly cashier who answered all my questions with ease. 

The beer and candy selections are displayed on the wall behind the counter. 

After placing my order -- the Famous Hoagie recommended by a friend -- I headed to the dining room and found two rooms of booths and tables. 

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Christmas decorations filled shelves below the main room’s TV. A Mickey and Minnie Mouse cutout was propped up against an old-school CD jukebox in the second dining room. 

Besides pizza and hoagies, the restaurant offers a variety of Italian-inspired sandwiches and pasta dishes. On its menu, Hoagie’s brags about its homemade dough.

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The freshness was apparent when my fully loaded hoagie came out. 

The toasted white sub-style bun held an ample amount of ham, salami, pepperoni, provolone and mayo and a mess of veggies: shredded lettuce, tomato, sliced onion,  chopped bell pepper, sliced banana peppers and surprising green onions. 

The Famous Hoagie at Hoagie's Pizza House.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

I ordered a large sub, about 12 inches, for $10.35. Cut in four, the delicious sandwich came out in a metal basket and could have fed two people easily. I took home leftovers.   

You can get a half-sized Famous Hoagie for $5.20. 

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Hoagie’s fans rave about its pizza and the Spider “Pizza Sandwich,” which has ham, salami, provolone, pizza sauce, banana peppers, pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms and green peppers on a submarine bun. 

I’m looking forward to trying it, and Hoagie’s take on Dayton-style square-cut pizza, on my next visit. 

Let’s see if those Leadbelly Boys had it right. 

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The Famous Hoagie at Hoagie's Pizza House.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

The interior of Hoagie's Pizza House in Harrison Twp. The restaurant was decorated for Christmas 2017.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

The interior of Hoagie's Pizza House in Harrison Twp.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

The front counter at Hoagie's Pizza House.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

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3 reasons why this ancient site near Dayton is seriously worth visiting

Published: Friday, January 26, 2018 @ 10:09 AM

Fort Ancient, the Hopewell Earthworks site and National Historic Landmark could soon be a World Heritage Site.

In the Dayton area, you don’t need a DeLorean to experience what our region looked like thousands of years ago.

From 1000-1750 CE, according to, Native Americans believed to be descendants of the Hopewell culture lived and flourished in villages settled along the Ohio River. One of the most well-preserved sites remaining is Fort Ancient Earthworks & Nature Preserve, a National Historic Landmark near Lebanon. 

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Here are three reasons this site is a must-visit if you’re in the area.

1. It’s pure history -- and there’s MUCH more than meets the eye

Visitors Matt Berger, left, and Kristen Wickert observe a mound at Fort Ancient that is astronomically aligned with the Winter Solstice. Fort Ancient Earthworks outside Lebanon are one stop on the Ancient Ohio Trail, a system of Native American heritage sites a retired UC professor is turning into a global tourist attraction.John Hancock, a retired architecture professor at UC, is also helping put together the application for Fort Ancient, managed by the Dayton Society of Natural History, and other Ohio sites to be designated as a World Heritage Site. But the Ancient Ohio Trail is a separate initiative designed to draw tourists to Ohio. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Ty Greenlees)

Ceremonial platform mounds built by the Hopewell Native Americans scatter the trails of Fort Ancient, showcasing the natural and archaeological features of Southern Ohio.

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Earthen walls stand strong on either side of the road as visitors enter the preserve, remembering a time when this region was home to a civilization vastly different than our own.

2. It could soon be a World Heritage Site (and one of the few in the U.S.)

Three-fourths of the calories consumed by the ancient Fort Ancient people who lived along the Great Miami River 800 years ago came from corn. CONNIE POST / STAFF(Connie Post)

The significance Fort Ancient has to this region is so great, that the site could soon become a World Heritage Site — joining the likes of only 23 other World Heritage Sites in the U.S., including Yosemite National Park.

3. Events are held year-round

The prehistoric site not only has a museum you’ll want to get lost in as you see firsthand, what our predecessors created so long ago, but year-long events are scheduled— bringing some of the most forward-thinking scholars and natural history educators to Southern Ohio. 

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Just a few of the events planned for 2018 include guided wild flower hikes, observing the summer solstice as the ancient people did 2,000 years ago, maple syrup tutorials and many others. 

Example of dugout canoe used by Fort Ancient Indians. Make sure you wear your life jacket on this boat. CONTRIBUTED(HANDOUT)

Want to go?  

WHAT: Fort Ancient Earthworks & Nature Preserve 

WHERE: 6123 State Route 350, Oregonia 

MORE INFO: | Facebook

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FOOD DEAL: How to get a free burger from Wendy’s this month

Published: Tuesday, December 05, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

The newly remodeled Wendy’s restaurant at 4003 Wilmington Pike at East Stroop Road. MARK FISHER/STAFF
Staff Writer
The newly remodeled Wendy’s restaurant at 4003 Wilmington Pike at East Stroop Road. MARK FISHER/STAFF(Staff Writer)

Free food? Don’t mind if we do.

You can get a free burger or chicken sandwich from Wendy’s through the rest of February, thanks to a promotion on the newly updated Wendy’s app.  

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Wendy's restaurants are offering a special promotion in their app, which includes a free Dave's Single burger. PHOTO /

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How to get your deal:

First, download the app and sign up. Then, go to your Account page, and click “Offers.” There, the app will pull up all three deals.

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Wendy's has a signature dessert called the Frosty. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for Wendy's)(John Shearer)

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Two of the available offers are for buy-one, get-one spicy chicken sandwiches and buy-one, get-one Dave’s Single burgers.

If you’re going more green this year, there’s also an offer for $2 off any full-sized salad.

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6 of the BEST places for Chinese food in Dayton

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Chinese Restaurants in Dayton

Craving Chinese food? Try one of these top spots in Dayton. 

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1.) Ozu852 

Voted #1 in the 2017 Best of Dayton poll, this spot is known for high-quality customer service and fresh, delicious dishes. Specializes in sushi.

Where: 852 Union Blvd., Clayton

Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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2.) CJ Chan 

Offering both Japanese and Chinese cuisine, this spot features a create-your-own-dish option to appease nearly any palette and flavor profile.  

Locations: 2747 W. Alex Bell Rd., Moraine and 536 Wilmington Ave., Dayton

Hours: Mon-Thurs 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri-Sat 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sun 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Mai Fun from CJ Chan. Photo via Facebook

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3.) Ginger and Spice 

Handcrafted cuisine in a fast, casual setting. Also offers local craft beers.

Location: 1105 Brown Street, Dayton

Hours: Mon-Sat 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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4.) Shen’s Szechuan & Sushi 

Contemporary restaurant serving Chinese fare and sushi, plus unique cocktails and craft beer.

Location: 7580 Poe Ave., Dayton 

Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sat 12 to 10:30 p.m., Sun 12 to 9 p.m.

Grand Marnier Chicken. Photo via Facebook

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5.) China Cottage 

A warm, festive atmosphere with a live exhibition kitchen.

Locations: 6290 Far Hills Ave., Dayton; 3718 Wilmington Pike, Dayton; 1983 Shiloh Springs Rd., Trotwood; and 784 N. Main St., Springboro.

Hours: Sun-Thurs 

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6.) Asia Gourmet 

Friendly, casual restaurant specializing in Chinese and Thai cuisine.  

Location: 5518 Burkhardt Ave., Dayton

Hours: Tues-Thurs 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun 12 to 9:30 p.m.

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