4 places you should visit within driving distance of Dayton

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 6:35 AM

4 cities to visit within driving distance of Dayton

Summer is here and with it comes warm days, long nights and road trips. Explore these unique cities that are all within driving distance of Dayton (by driving distance).


Drive time: 1 hour to 90 minutes

Columbus’ Short North is perfect for either a day trip or a night on the town. With a multitude of eclectic shops and eating establishments running along High Street, there’s a little something for everyone. 

Large murals like this rendition of American Gothic grace the exterior walls of buildings in the Short North Arts District in Columbus. BAILEY LYTLE/SHORT NORTH ALLIANCE


Drive time: 2.5 hours
Home to both the Kentucky Derby and the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, Louisville is steeped in Southern charm and bourbon. The city is also home to the Louisville Mega Cavern, which is the world’s only fully underground zip lines, bike course and ropes course which spans 100 acres under the city. 



Drive time: 2.5 hours

Toledo, situated on Lake Erie and the Maumee River, is known as both the Glass City and the “Water Recreation Capital of the Midwest.” The city showcases its past and present at the internationally known Toledo Museum of Art and the National Museum of the Great Lakes. 

At the Toledo Museum of Art you can see Alexander Calder's piece "Stegosaurus," painted steel, 1973. CONTRIBUTED


Drive time: 4 hours

Pittsburgh, known as the City of Bridges, boasts of having the most bridges of any city in the world. The city has reinvented itself from a struggling steel town to a modern city that attracts those who love fine dining and the arts. 

The Duquesne Incline gives people an especially scenic view of the city. PITTSBURGH CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU

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Dayton bakery named ‘best cupcake in Ohio’ offering free samples with Santa

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Twist Cupcakery was named the maker of the best cupcakes in Ohio by Delish.com.
Source: Twisted Cupcakery
Twist Cupcakery was named the maker of the best cupcakes in Ohio by Delish.com.(Source: Twisted Cupcakery)

Who needs figgy pudding when you can visit Santa Claus AND sink your teeth into treats from the Dayton bakery behind what have been just named Ohio’s best cupcakes?

Twist Cupcakery, 25 S. Saint Clair St. in downtown Dayton, will present Cupcakes with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 16.

The family-friendly event is free. 

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“They can just come in from noon until 3 p.m. Saturday and parents can take the pics of their children with Santa and then each child will get a free mini cupcake,” Kate Rivers, the bakery’s owner, told this news organization. 

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The bakery’s regular cupcakes and drinks will be for sale, and you won’t want to miss a taste. 

Twist Cupcakery, one of four local best bakery finalists in Dayton.com’s Best of 2017 poll, was named Ohio’s best cupcake maker by Delish.com a few weeks ago. 

The website, a partnership between Hearst Magazines and MSN, is one of the top ten food-related sites on the Internet. 

Rivers said she was blown away by the recognition.

Twist Cupcakery was named the maker of the best cupcakes in Ohio by Delish.com.(Source: Twisted Cupcakery)

“It felt great,” she said. “I sometimes feel like we slip through the cracks in the city, especially with a lot of the other more-established bakeries in the area, so it felt great.”

Twist is battling it out with Ashley’s Pastry ShopCake, Hope & Love and ele Cake Co. in the race for Best of 2017.

This year’s Best of 2017 poll includes more than 100 categories in topics related to Outdoors, Active Lifestyle and Recreation, Food and Dining, Bars and Nightlife, Shopping, Services and Culture, Music and Entertainment.

Be sure to vote for your favorite finalists today -- voting ends at 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 22. 

>> VOTE: Dayton.com’s Best of 2017 

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Twist Cupcakery was named the maker of the best cupcakes in Ohio by Delish.com.(Source: Twisted Cupcakery)

Twist Cupcakery was named the maker of the best cupcakes in Ohio by Delish.com.(Source: Twisted Cupcakery)

7 bar and gaming arcades to visit in Dayton

Published: Saturday, June 03, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 2:18 PM

Drinking tasty beverages while enjoying video and board games is no longer relegated to your dining room or your mom's basement. Dayton's fully on the arcade bar scene, and we've got where you need to go. (Video by Tabatha Wharton)

While by now you’ve surely made the trip out to Scene 75 and had a mega(bit) of great time, maybe you’re looking for a more intimate gaming experience for your next outing.

Have no fear, our socially competitive friends, as we have a round up of the Dayton area’s gaming bars and arcades ready for you.

1.) D20: A Bar with Characters

The gamers’ paradise bar called “D20: A Bar with Characters” at 2144 E. Whipp Road in the Oak Creek Plaza will host a euchre tournament and beer event at 7 p.m. next Monday, Feb. 20. SUBMITTED(Staff Writer)

2144 E. Whipp Road, Dayton


If you’re looking for a distraction-free zone to get your hard core board gaming on, then you need to head over to Kettering. D20 is a bar that offers an extensive beer selection and over 300 board games that prides itself on not having a single television in the entire place. The bar is even family-friendly during the daytime hours, serving coffee and tea and “mocktails” for kids. Popular titles include Twilight Imperium, Pandemic, Joking Hazard, Apples to Apples, Cards Against Humanity, League of Legends, Settlers of Catan, Fluxx, and the more throwback favorites such as Monopoly, Chutes & Ladders and CandyLand.

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2.) Bar 145/Reset

Bar 145/Reset Bar is poised to open fully to the public on Tuesday, Nov. 22 in the Austin Landing development on Ohio 741 in Miami Twp. Its hours will be 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. The bar will feature live music as well as vintage arcade games and electronic board games. Photos by MARK FISHER/STAFF

10259 Penny Lane, Miamisburg 



At the tail end of last year, Bar 145 opened at Austin Landing offering a nice-sized menu. The restaurant is attached to Reset — a bar within a bar boasting a full slate of vintage arcade games including The Simpsons, Street Fighter, Frogger and Off Road and many others. It bills itself as gastropub specializing in “Burgers, Bands, and Bourbon.” For the most part, the food is just OK, but the sides are a lot of fun if you head there for happy hour and some gaming with friends. Fried cheese curds ($7.99), tempura green beans ($6.99), buffalo chicken dip ($8.99), white truffle french fries ($6.99) and bar nachos ($6.99, with shredded pork, spicy chicken or beef added for $3 more) are good options to split and share. For families, Bar 145 has some nice built-in entertainment options for restless kids who will enjoy the novelty of these old-school hits.

>> New Austin Landing pub to focus on vintage arcade games

3.) Hole In The Wall

423 E. Fifth St, Dayton  



This Oregon District bar bills itself as Dayton’s “first barcade.”  

Hole in the Wall is the kind of dive bar where adults can go to find their inner child and a stiff drink that’s priced right. 

Fans of the Mario Brothers game will love the bar and the lighting. It’s a fun stop before or after dinner in the district if you are looking for something that’s colorful and different. If it’s packed with people (and you’re a little claustrophobic), steer clear. But if it’s early and it’s open, it’s a fun spot to schedule a stop.

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4.) Canal Street Arcade and Deli

Rob Strong stands in the former Canal Street Tavern space in November 2016.Strong will open Canal Street Arcade & Deli in the space in early 2017. MARK FISHER/STAFF(Staff Writer)

308 E. First St, Dayton 



The building that formerly housed Canal Street Tavern found new life over the summer when Canal Street Arcade and Deli opened.  

When owner Rob Strong closed his Fifth Street Wine and Deli early this year, I was sad to see his deli sandwiches go, but with the opening of Canal Street Arcade and Deli they are back and better than ever.  

Deli sandwiches served up hot come in three sizes — a small half-sandwich ($6.25), a medium full-sized sandwich ($8.25) and a large sandwich ($9.25). Wraps, subs, salads and pizzas, as well as build-your-own breakfast or grilled cheese sandwiches, are also available. This spot has quickly turned into a favorite destination to pick up a sandwich and hang-out on unprogrammed weekends. In addition to the games, this has one of the best jukeboxes in town.

>> 5 amazing sandwiches at Canal Street Arcade and Deli

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5.) DK Effect

We take a look at some of the video games to be featured in DK Effect in Dayton's Huffman neighborhood.(Photo by Amelia Robinson)

1600 E. Third St, Dayton  



This Huffman Historic District hot spot that opened over the summer features 40 beers on tap, a full bar and a slew of classic arcade hits. 

Sit at the bar and play or grab a drink and make your way to the vintage gaming titles around the room.  

This venue does not have a kitchen, but pizza delivers there and it’s right across the street from the inexpensive and very tasty Taqueria Mixteca (1609 E. Third St., Dayton). 

A margarita and tacos from Taqueria Mixteca on a recent visit to DK effect in Huffman Historic District. Contributed photo by Alexis Larsen

Grab a large burrito for $6.49 and some of the best guacamole in town ($2.99) and head across the street for your margarita and some gaming. DK Effect has been doing some Tacos and Tequila events where you can purchase Taqueria tacos there and order one of seven specialty margaritas.  

Owner Tony Clark has plans to open a spot next door that will serve food, but with that happening some time away, some Taqueria Mixteca will hit the spot for now.

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6.) Proto BuildBar

This LED blinking heart is a project you can easily make on a first date at Proto Build Bar in Dayton. (TABATHA WHARTON/STAFF)

While not your typical arcade, Proto is the world’s first BuildBar, a creative experience center featuring hands-on technology experimentation with 3D printing, electronics kits, and micro-computing in a full service café environment. With a stocked bar for when you need something a little stronger than coffee, Proto houses the World’s Largest Claw game and their homemade Edison vs Tesla arcade-style game with a shocking twist. If you’re looking for a more laid-back vibe, Proto is definitely your place.

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7.) Cardboard Crowns

Dayton board game cafe Cardboard Crowns, wants to be the go-to spot for family and friends to gather around the table for some holiday gaming. Contributed photo

147 N. Springboro Pike, Dayton | Facebook 

The café’s concept is part of a national and local trend to combine gaming and drinks. 

The café will offer eight craft beers on tap and a selection of 30 to 40 bottled or canned craft beers, along with wines and a limited cocktail list, Adams has said. The food menu features sandwiches, snacks and lighter fare.

The board games list is extensive. The selections ranges from lighter games to more involved, strategic games.

Know of a spot we missed? Send us a note at contact@dayton.com!

FOOD DEAL: Here’s how to get a FREE order of McNuggets today

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

McDonalds Fast (Food) Facts

Whether you’re at work, home, or your hanging out at a friend’s place, you can enjoy an order of McNuggets by having it delivered right to you through Uber Eats.

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Today, on Dec. 13, McDonald’s restaurants in the Miami Valley that participate in McDelivery are offering customers the opportunity to dive into an order of 10-piece Chicken McNuggets when they place an order using the Uber Eats app. 

While there is no charge for the order of McNuggets, the booking fee applies.

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McDelivery on Uber Eats is available at eight (8) participating McDonald’s restaurants around the Miami Valley. 

  • 2450 Needmore Road 
  • 3411 York Commons Boulevard 
  • 160 Woodman Drive 
  • 410 S. Main Street 
  • 1070 S. Smithville Road 
  • 4770 N. Main Street 
  • 3918 Free Pike 
  • 4501 Linden Avenue

Select McDonald's in the Dayton-area are offering a deal on 10-piece McNuggets on Dec. 13, 2017 when you order through Uber Eats CONTRIBUTED

The deal is redeemable by new and existing customers, and includes one order of 10-piece Chicken McNuggets with two dipping sauces of their choice for just the cost of the booking fee on the Uber Eats app between 11 a.m. – 10 p.m while supplies last. No other purchase is necessary, only the $4.99 booking fee still applies. 

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 “We are thrilled to close out the year with a Chicken McNuggets treat on Uber Eats just in time for the holidays,” said Uber Eats Ohio General Manager Berry Kennedy. 

Select McDonald's in the Dayton-area are offering a deal on 10-piece McNuggets on Dec. 13, 2017 when you order through Uber Eats CONTRIBUTED

“With Uber Eats, McDonald’s fans have been enjoying some of their favorites all around the Miami Valley – whether it is at home, at work or on campus – and we can’t wait to see where they take us next.” 

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Select McDonald's in the Dayton-area are offering a deal on 10-piece McNuggets on Dec. 13, 2017 when you order through Uber Eats CONTRIBUTED

The perfect recipe for dinner and a show in Springfield

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

            The gingerbread trifle ($6) combining gingerbread cake, sweetened cream cheese and bourbon cherries and a Manhattan at Mela Urban Bistro in the Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Springfield.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY ALEXIS LARSEN
The gingerbread trifle ($6) combining gingerbread cake, sweetened cream cheese and bourbon cherries and a Manhattan at Mela Urban Bistro in the Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Springfield.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY ALEXIS LARSEN

Kuss Auditorium has a full list of events and concerts coming up well into 2018.

For ticket-holders, it means coordinating the meal before and possibly a drink and dessert afterwards.

To take the stress of planning out of it, here’s what we recommend when you’re taking in a show or an event in downtown Springfield.

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Get a reservation at Seasons Bistro and Grille.

Why: This downtown Springfield restaurant has a locally sourced menu that changes with the seasons.

“We do a complete menu change every season, which is a lot of work, but allows us to keep things fresh and exciting for our customers, and for our staff as well. Also, we use local products as much as possible — we love featuring Ohio produce, cheese, meats, milk, yogurt, ice cream, honey, beer and whatever else we can get our hands on,” said Doug McGregor, co-owner who operates Seasons with his sister Margaret Mattox.

They do impressive food, and it’s a great way to start the evening out.

Address: 28 S. Limestone St., Springfield

Phone: 937-521-1200 | seasonsbistroandgrille.com

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Head to Mela Urban Bistro inside of the Courtyard by Marriott hotel.

Why: In 2006 Mela (Italian for apple) opened inside of the Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Springfield. Its hip decor still feels fresh more than 10 years later and the bar area, which is open later in the evening, is the perfect spot to grab a post-show drink and dessert.

Options during a recent visit included tiramisu ($6), a chocolate mousse cake ($6), house made gelato ($5) and a gingerbread trifle ($6) combining gingerbread cake, sweetened cream cheese and bourbon cherries. It’s a great spot to discuss the show with your companions and have a moment to reflect with some sugar and good conversation.

Address: 100 S.Fountain Ave., Springfield

Phone: 937-322-3600 | www.melaurbanbistro.com


Clark State Performing Arts Center

300 S. Fountain Ave., Springfield

http://pac.clarkstate.edu, 937-328-3874

Upcoming shows: The Nutcracker, Dec. 15-16; Cabaret, Jan. 10; The Shimasaki Sisters, Jan. 20; Cristina Pato, Jan. 27; Central State University Choir, Feb. 2; Diavolo, Feb. 9; The Music of Waylon, Willie, Cash, Feb. 10; Pascal and Ami Rogé, Feb. 17; Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Feb. 23; The Celtic Tenors, March 16; Misha Dichter, March 24; Springfield Symphony Orchestra, April 14; Celtic Woman, April 21; Glen Burtnik’s Summer of Love, April 28.