13 places to eat, shop and explore in Tipp City

Published: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Tipp City has a charming downtown with plenty of places to eat, shop and explore. PHOTO / Stephanie Coates
Tipp City has a charming downtown with plenty of places to eat, shop and explore. PHOTO / Stephanie Coates

A short, twenty minute drive from Dayton is the canal town of Tipp City. Founded in 1840, it is also nicknamed Tippecanoe, the city was a hub for railway, aviation, and water travel. 

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These days, it boasts a variety of buildings on the National Register of Historical Places, plenty of locally owned shops and galleries, and some unique dining options. You can see Ohio’s oldest opera house or take the perfect photo at the mural on the Gem City Ice Cream Co. Building, which used to be the site of the Wright Brothers first cycle shop. Tipp City, with its flower-lined streets and brightly colored storefronts, is all about preserving the rich history of our area. 

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Tipp City's downtown is worth visiting. PHOTO / Stephanie Coates

So, if you’re looking for local charm, this Main Street has everything you need for an afternoon stroll. 

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  • Mum Festival, on Third St.: Complete with a parade down Main and an antique car show, this festival honors the chrysanthemum and crowns a queen every year. Held Sept. 22-24, 2017. 
  • Tipp Roller Mill, 225 E. Main St.: Catch live music every Thursday in this historic grist mill. May through December only.

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Iron Dog Salvage & Antiques in downtown Tipp City. PHOTO / Stephanie Coates
  • Iron Dog Salvage and Antiques, 14 E. Main St.: Explore two floors of hardware, handmade decor, and antique treasures. 
  • The Golden Leaf Tea & Herb, 128 E. Main St.: Sip a cup of delicious tea with your friends, or buy in bulk. 
  • Browse Awhile Books, 118 E. Main St.: Check out their selection of books, and be sure to ask about the building’s haunted history. 
  • Cairns Toys, 31 E. Main St.: Indulge your inner child at one of area’s last specialty toy shops. 
  • Bodega Wine & Specialty Foods, 128 E. Main St.: Because wine and cheese, of course.

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Grounds for Pleasure Coffeehouse in downtown Tipp City. PHOTO / Stephanie Coates
  • Coldwater Cafe, 19 E. Main St.: A finer dining spot with European flair -- try the lobster crabcakes! 
  • Sam & Ethel’s, 120 E. Main St.: Friendly, retro diner vibes and more burger specialties than you could dream of. 
  • Grounds for Pleasure Coffeehouse, 115 E. Main St.: A full-service coffee shop with plenty of seating for a mid-adventure break. 
  • Sweet by Kristy, 29 E. Main St.: Follow the smells of chocolate, pastries, and hand-dipped ice cream. Try the Fluffernutter cupcake and take blueberry muffin top ice cream to go!

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Charleston Falls Preserve in Tipp City has 169 acres of walking trails along the falls and through caves, prairies and groves. PHOTO / Stephanie Coates
  • The Clothesline, 22 N. Second St.: One of the best resale thrift shops that gives back to many local charities 
  • Charleston Falls, 2535 Ross Rd.: 169 acres of walking trails along the falls and through caves, prairies, and groves. 

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

3 haunted houses you may not know about — but should

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 10:10 AM

Dayton Daily News staffers Amelia Robinson and Michelle Fong brave (sort of) four of six attractions at Land of Illusion near Middletown.

It’s no secret that Southwest Ohio is full of haunted house enthusiasts, and many haunted attractions have sprung up to cater to them. But what do you do if you’ve already been through King’s Island and Land of Illusion several times, and there are still two weeks until Oct. 31? See below for a quick list of haunted attractions that are either brand new or outside of your immediate area but worth the drive.

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Zombie paintball is the newest feature at the Highway 50 Fright Field. Hopefully, you’ll do a better job at keeping the undead out of the bunker. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)


Located west of Cincinnati, this attraction involves a haunted trail (which is expanded every year), a night-time corn maze (better hope for a full moon) and zombie paintball, where you sit in a bunker and shoot zombies (both live and robotic) with mounted guns.

Fun Fact #1: The Fright Field is situated on a farm built in 1830 (the original family lived there until 2000) on a Native American campground and burial site. The created legend behind the haunt is that the tribe was experiencing a drought, and were forced to use black magic to survive. The more blood that’s shed, the better the crops grow.

Fun Fact #2: Because the black magic attracts “all kinds of evil,” you can expect monsters from every myth and movie, from Leatherface to the “It” clown to “The Creeper” from “Jeepers Creepers.” There are also scenes that cater to phobias, including an outhouse scene where, according to co-owner Shannon Vinson, “there is literally (poop) everywhere.”

Fun Fact #3: The site also features a museum and shop called the Buckeye Trading Post. It contains movie props, shrunken heads, edible bug candies and other goodies.

How to Go

Where: 11294 U.S. 50, North Bend, OH

When: Oct. 20-21, Oct. 27-28, 8 p.m.-midnight

Cost: $8-$15 (adults), $10-$12 (kids)

More Info: 513-353-0284 or www.highway50frightfield.com

The “Smoking Room” is one of several scenes you’ll walk through the former coffin facility that is now the Fear Factory Haunted House in Batesville, Indiana. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)


Located just across the border in Batesville, Indiana, the Fear Factory Haunted House regularly gets visitors from Indianapolis and Cincinnati. The Fear Factory is run by Cierra’s Club, an organization that was formed after the tragic death of a local teen due to a drug overdose.

Fun Fact #1: The Fear Factory takes place inside a 30,000 square-foot building that was once a furniture factory and a coffin manufacturing facility. As such, the layout is what you would experience inside a company. There’s a showroom, HR room, day care, cafeteria, saw room, etc. You’ll see your share of factory zombies but also other random creatures, including the witch who sews the coffin interiors.

Fun Fact #2: The Fear Factory also features two separate “escape rooms,” where a party of 5-7 people has seven minutes to solve a puzzle if they want to escape. Last year, according to Cierra’s Club Board President Mary Ellen Rippe, only four groups survived, er, solved the puzzle. In other words, the escape rooms are recommended for those with excellent teamwork skills and whose common sense can prevail over their mounting terror.

Fun Fact #3: For Cierra’s Club, the Fear Factory serves a dual purpose. It raises money for substance abuse awareness and programs, and it shows kids that they can have plenty of fun without drugs and alcohol.

How to Go

Where: 7 South Eastern Ave., Batesville, IN

When: Oct. 20-21, Oct.27-28, 7-10 p.m.

Cost: $10 (haunted tour), $5 (escape rooms)

More Info: www.fearfactorybatesville.com

Characters such as this are a common sight at the Brimstone Haunt (formerly the Springboro Haunted Hayride and Black Bog) in Wilmington. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)


The Danishek family ran the Springboro Haunted Hayride on their Bull Run Farm for 14 years before deciding to retire from the haunted house biz. The Renaissance Festival and Celtic Fest Ohio eagerly purchased it, moving it to a nearby location in Wilmington.

Fun Fact #1: There is still a hayride, but it runs through flatter terrain. There are 20 “time travel” scenes, starting with the Renaissance era and moving through the present day.

Fun Fact #2: In 2004, the Danisheks added the Black Bog to the Springboro Hayride. That has been replaced by the Forgotten Forest. This one-mile walk-through will take you through 17 interactive scenes, ranging in theme from “voodoo” to “biohazard.”

Fun Fact #3: The new grounds came with two cemeteries of unmarked graves. One of the scenes during the hayride incorporates them.

How to Go

Where: 472 Brimstone Road, Wilmington

When: Oct. 20-21, Oct. 27-28, 7 p.m.-midnight

Cost: $10-$20

More Info: www.brimstonehaunt.com

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8 classic local restaurants that we miss

Published: Saturday, May 14, 2016 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 10:48 AM

Cocktails on The Barnsider’s menu include a traditional Manhattan as well as the Creme Brulee Martini, featuring vanilla vodka, Irish cream, Kahlua and Cream and garnished with caramel and nutmeg. Contributed photo by Alexis Larsen
Cocktails on The Barnsider’s menu include a traditional Manhattan as well as the Creme Brulee Martini, featuring vanilla vodka, Irish cream, Kahlua and Cream and garnished with caramel and nutmeg. Contributed photo by Alexis Larsen

It’s always a shock to find out when a local restaurant that’s been around for generations has shut its doors.

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An old-school restaurant is like a pair of well-worn house slippers, enveloping you in pure comfort.

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As the Dayton restaurant scene develops, we can’t help but be reminded of these 8 restaurants that were once Dayton staples, but are no longer around today.

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🍽️ 1. King Cole Restaurant

The dining room of the King Cole restaurant in Dayton, circa 1974.(Dayton Daily News archives/Dayton Daily News archives)

Once located in the Kettering Tower in downtown Dayton, King Cole was known for steaks, seafood and stately paintings on the walls. The server would run a crumb cleaner across the tablecloth between courses.

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🍽️ 2. Charley’s Crab

Charley's Crab Sept. 1980(Walt Kleine)

In the upstairs of the Arcade in downtown Dayton, Charley’s served to-die-for rolls, slathered with butter – those rolls went well with any of the seafood dishes.

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🍽️ 3. Neil’s Heritage House

Diners enjoy their dinner in the newly renovated at Neil's Heritage House in Kettering. Dayton-area economic development and restaurant industry officials are hailing a 2011 surge of reborn restaurants across the Miami Valley as a strong sign of the regions economic recovery.(Teesha Mcclam/Dayton Daily News)

Located at the corner of South Patterson Boulevard and West Schantz Avenue, Neil’s Heritage House was a popular supper club for about 50 years, and a highly sought-after venue for wedding receptions, reunions and other private parties. In 2015, the non-profit organization Dayton History purchased the iconic property for about $700,000. It’s within walking distance of Carillon Historical Park.

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🍽️ 4. L’Auberge

L'Auberge’s outdoor patio dining area was called Far Hills Cafe. PHOTO BY JAN UNDERWOOD(Jan Underwood/Jan Underwood)

Once the most highly credentialed restaurant in all of Dayton, l’Auberge on Far Hills Drive near the Town & Country Shopping Center in Kettering was founded in 1979 by Josef Reif and the late Dieter Krug. For 19  years, it held a four-star rating from the Mobil Travel Guide.

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🍽️ 5. Dominic’s

3/2/07 -- ddn030807z7dominics -- Dominics restaurant at 1066 S. Main St. is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. PHOTO BY JAN UNDERWOOD(JAN UNDERWOOD)

Located on South Main Street across from the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Dominic’s served some of the best manicotti in Southwest Ohio. Ordering the House Salad Dressing was almost mandatory. After a meal at Dominic’s, your skin pores exuded garlic for days.

🍽️ 6. Anticoli’s Giuliano Tavern

Anticoli's Giuliano Tavern is scheduled to shut its doors for good on June 7, and its owner, 80-year-old Leo Anticoli, will retire. MARK FISHER/STAFF(MARK FISHER/STAFF/MARK FISHER/STAFF)

Located on South Main Street in Miamisburg, Anticoli’s closed in 2015 after Leo Anticoli, it’s 80-year-old owner, announced his retirement. The restaurant served traditional Italian cuisine, including spaghetti and meatballs as well as ravioli.

🍽️ 7. The Stockyards Inn

The Stockyards Inn will be up for auction on August 15, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Ty Greenlees/Ty Greenlees)

Operating at least since 1900, the Stockyards at 1065 Springfield St. called it quits in 2013. It used to be one of the places to go for a good steak and bottle of wine.

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🍽️ 8. Peasant Stock

The Peasant Stock restaurant operated in the Town & Country Shopping Center in Kettering.(Dayton Daily News archives/Dayton Daily News archives)

Once a fixture in the Town & Country shopping mall in Kettering, Peasant Stock was the place to go and was famous for its Peasant Salad, a chopped salad featuring green peas, hardboiled eggs, cheddar cheese and fried bacon crisps. It was served on chilled pewter plates.


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