Oregon District shop-and-stamp card could win you $1K and other prizes

Published: Monday, December 04, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Staff Writer

The Oregon District knows how to shop.

While the historic streets were once only a place to party the night away, now there’s so much more to offer from the businesses up and down 5th Street. The district is teeming with great restaurants, great shopping, and the owners of the Oregon District businesses want to reward you for your local business spending habits. 

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Now through the holidays, when you shop at participating Oregon District establishments, you can stamp away to win some major prizes. Simply pick up an Oregon District Holiday Stamp card and shop your way down the street. Each place you visit will get you another stamp. Once you collect 6 stamps, you’re entered to win. 

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There are five weekly drawings to win goodie baskets overflowing with gift cards and merchandise from Oregon District Businesses. Each basket is valued at $200. But that’s not where it ends. 

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On New Year’s Eve, one lucky winner’s shopping can truly begin. You could win a $1,000 gift card to go on a spree on the Oregon District. Spend your newly earned $1,000 as you like, at one shop or any of the participating locations. How would you spend $1,000 in the Oregon District? I can think of a few ways. 

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Participating locations include:

  • Trolley Stop
  • Omega Music
  • Toxic
  • Lily’s
  • Lucky’s 
  • Brim
  • Blind Bob’s
  • Heart Mercantile
  • Luna Gifts & Botanical
  • Hedges & Wolf
  • Bonnette’s Books
  • Urban Krag
  • 416 Diner
  • Corner Kitchen
  • Sterling Studio
  • Spice Paradise
  • Feather’s
  • Clash
  • Press
So go ahead, get your spend on, and do your holiday shopping in the Oregon District this year. Surely you can stop by 6 of the amazing shops and restaurants to fill up those stamps. More details can be found on the Oregon District website. 

See this small but mighty restaurant a short drive away TONIGHT on ‘Diners, Drive-ins and Dives’

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 7:00 PM

When husband and wife Pramod Lama and Phuntso D Phin received an email last year from the producers of the hit Food Network series, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, they were certain it was a prank. A last-minute decision to respond would launch the culinary couple’s television debut.

Momo Ghar, the popular Nepalese restaurant located in Columbus, will be featured tonight on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.” Unlike many of the other established eateries that make it on the show, Lama and Phin’s restaurant has only been up and running since May 28, 2016— a testament to their quick success. 

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Momo Ghar chef and owner, Phuntso Phin is on set of the hit Food Network series, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.(Momo Ghar's Facebook)

“We make everything from scratch,” Lama said. “I think people can taste it in the food. I mean I think that other people make the same dumpling— but they skip a bunch of steps... they don’t make their own dough, they buy wrappers (instead), or they don’t mince their own meat ... One small factor at a time effects the quality.”

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Lama, who takes care of the more technical bits of production, said his wife is the genius behind the food, making all of the most essential components of Momo Ghar’s dishes by herself with the secret recipes kept very much a secret. The restaurant’s sauce — which is what “brings everything together” — is made by Phin with no outside help to ensure it’s up to her standards each and every time.

“I have always said it will be Phuntso who will make Momo famous,” Lama said in a Facebook comment.

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(Momo Ghar)

Phin will be the star of tonight’s segment, while Lama said he’ll be getting his 10 seconds of fame “doing dishes and then taking out the trash.”

Prepping a meal for a guy like Fieri — who has a palette that’s been around the world — can be intimidating. Lama said, however, that Fieri made filming very enjoyable and that the couple’s personalities clicked well with the Food Network star’s.

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“My wife has a great personality and I’m very humble... I think I’m funny as hell,” Lama said. 

You’ll be able to see it all go down tonight at 9 p.m. EST on the Food Network. Phuntso and Lama will be hanging out at Callahan’s Bar in Columbus from 8:45 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. to watch the show air if you happen to be in Columbus.

Want to visit Momo Ghar?

WHERE: 1265 Morse Road, Columbus, inside Saraga International Market

MORE INFO: Website | (614) 749-2901

Check out these ADORABLE tea stops in the Dayton area

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Communitea Facebook page
(Communitea Facebook page)

It’s fitting that National Tea Month would fall in January-- the month for finding new hobbies, starting healthier habits, and giving yourself some extra self-care.

According to eatright.orgtea has a number of possible health benefits including improved heart health, potentially helping to prevent certain cancers, decreased odds of losing teeth, assisting weight loss and more. 

Of course everyone knows cafes like Starbucks or Panera Bread are reliable destinations when on-the-go. But the Dayton area has quite a few unique tea stops that you may not know about. 

Communitea Cafe

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The perfect place to meet a friend you’ve been meaning to catch up with, Communitea in Belmont has a cozy tearoom, a dress-up room complete with hats, feather boas and props, bridal shower opportunities and a menu including high tea. Other food fares on the menu include sandwiches, salads and soups.

(Communitea Facebook page)


WHAT: Communitea Cafe

WHERE: 1000 Watervliet Ave., Dayton

INFO: Facebook

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Edith Mae’s Tea Room and Gift Shop

Most likely unlike any other tea rooms you’ve visited, Edith Mae’s is reportedly a haunted Civil War mansion. The gift shop is open Tuesday through Sunday; however, the Tea Room is by reservation only. For more information, visit the Edith Mae’s Team Room Facebook page.

(Edith Mae's Facebook page)


WHAT: Edith Mae’s Tea Room and Gift Shop

WHERE: 235 E. 2nd St, Xenia 

INFO: Facebook

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D’s Victorian Teas 

D’s Victorian Teas is a sure way to host a tea day that your friends -- or mother -- will never forget. Set in a Victorian-style home, this tea stop is by reservation only. 

(D's Victorian Teas Facebook page)


WHAT: D’s Victorian Teas

WHERE: 1894 Shore Dr., Bellbrook 

MORE INFO: Facebook

Remember When Tea Room

“Remember When Tea Room will transport you to days gone by!” Just a short drive outside of Dayton, we think once you set foot in this Victorian-style Waynesville home, you’ll be glad you made the trip. The tea room offers brunch, multiple sandwich options and is able to take reservations. 

(Remember When Tea Room Facebook page)


WHAT: Remember When Tea Room

WHERE: 370 Old Stage Rd., Waynesville  

MORE INFO: Facebook

(Remember When Tea Room Facebook page)

3 local spots to get your popcorn fix on National Popcorn Day

Published: Thursday, January 19, 2017 @ 10:58 AM
Updated: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Celebrate National Popcorn Day in Dayton
Celebrate National Popcorn Day in Dayton

If there was one day out of the year that binge watching movies and eating popcorn are okay, this is it: it’s National Popcorn Day!

Since it’s such a special day, an ordinary bag from the microwave probably won’t suffice. To celebrate, grab your floss and visit one of these Dayton popcorn shops:

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🍿 Kilwins

WHERE: The Greene, 4391 Holly Drive, Beavercreek

Celebrate National Popcorn Day in Dayton

Hand-crafted and made fresh daily, Kilwins signature corns take popcorn to a new level. Nutcracker Sweets contains whole almonds and mammoth pecans in a homemade copper-kettle caramel, making it an easy first choice for everyone. Spanish peanuts and caramel combined with freshly-popped corn is a good choice as well, or maybe the simplest caramel corn. Tins of each flavor are also available for sale. 

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🍿 What's Poppin'

WHERE: Town & Country Shopping Center, 240 E Stroop Road, Kettering

(What's Poppin' Facebook page)

SO MANY FLAVORS! Coming into this store and choosing a flavorful corn to try may be harder than we think with flavors like White Chocolate Crunch, Turtle, Buckeye Blast, Triple Chocolate and this month’s Flavor of the Month, Snickerdoodle

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🍿 Popcorn Pizzazz

WHERE: 2727 Fairfield Commons Drive, Beavercreek

Celebrate National Popcorn Day in Dayton

When you walk inside the Fairfield Commons Mall you may get a whiff of popcorn that is freshly made and leads you upstairs to the food court next to Starbucks. With colorful corns to caramel corns, this shop is the perfect place to get a quick snack to eat while you shop.

FOOD DEAL: Here’s how you can get a FREE bowl from Piada this weekend

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Piada's seasonal Mediterranean Power Bowl includes roasted vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and sweet potatoes, glazed chickpeas and pickled red onions on a bed of red quinoa with harissa & Greek yogurt drizzle.

Your poorly-planned New Year’s resolutions just got a little easier.

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Piada Italian Street Food is spotlighting one of its favorite seasonal entrées this weekend: the Mediterranean Power Bowl.

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You can try a bowl for FREE when you purchase any entrée during the weekends highlighted below:

- Friday-Sunday, Jan. 19-21, while supplies last.

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)

This delicious bowl is loaded with 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.

All you need to do is show this blog post to the cashier.  

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So put that cookie down. Or don’t. Either way, Piada’s got your back with this bowl that’s healthy enough to help you keep your resolutions (and delicious enough you won’t feel like you’re missing out). 

Piada's seasonal Mediterranean Power Bowl includes roasted vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and sweet potatoes, glazed chickpeas and pickled red onions on a bed of red quinoa with harissa & Greek yogurt drizzle. CONTRIBUTED