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Ninjas to take over Dayton area for annual festival

Published: Saturday, October 07, 2017 @ 10:13 AM


Ninjas from all over the world will take over Fairborn this weekend.

The 37th Annual Ninja Festival will bring martial arts enthusiasts from all over the world to the Holiday Inn Dayton Fairborn this weekend. The public martial arts showcase goes from Friday until Sunday, and registrants can expect to attend multiple sessions taught by To-Shin Do experts as well as study under An-shu Stephen and Rumiko Hayes, the founders of To-Shin Do.

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The event covers all styles of martial art practitioners, and costs $349 for Saturday and Sunday (includes lunch on both Saturday and Sunday), and $39 for the adult all class levels on Friday night.



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Cheesemakers seek liquor license for new downtown Lebanon location

Published: Saturday, July 14, 2018 @ 2:26 PM

            Cecelia Garmendia and Ryan Tassef plan to open Lamp Post Cheese in September on the north end of the area envisioned for an occasional entertainment district area on East Mulberry Street in Lebanon. LAWRENCE BUDD / STAFF
Cecelia Garmendia and Ryan Tassef plan to open Lamp Post Cheese in September on the north end of the area envisioned for an occasional entertainment district area on East Mulberry Street in Lebanon. LAWRENCE BUDD / STAFF

A couple of Lebanon cheese-makers could have a full liquor license just in time for the opening of their creamery and wine bar in Lebanon’s proposed entertainment district.

Cecelia Garmendia and Ryan Tassef plan to open Lamp Post Cheese this fall on the north end of the area envisioned as an occasional entertainment district on East Mulberry Street in Lebanon.

“We make cheese from locally sourced milk from Swallow Hill Jersey Dairy in Bowersville,” Tassef said. “We know it as Farmer Todd’s.”

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The couple had been making the cheese in a small rented space in Sharonville and selling it at the the Lebanon Farmers Market and Findlay Market in Cincinnati and to other customers, including Oakley Wines in Cincinnati and Bouquet Restaurant and Wine Bar, across the Ohio River in Covington, Ky.

“Our goal is to provide the urban community with the end-to-end experience that surrounds cheese. Starting with locally sourced milk from farms, to crafting small artisanal batches. We are bringing this process into the urban community to provide both visual and hands-on opportunities,” Tassef and Garmendia tell visitors to their web site.

“In addition, we seek to work with the local food community, to help organize tastings, pairings, events and novel collaborations that allow us to enjoy and learn about cheese and other local foods together. Ultimately, we strive to maintain olde world traditions in cheese crafting.”

In September, the couple plans to open at 107 E. Mulberry St. in Lebanon, down the street from the main stage area for city festivals and within the proposed entertainment district.

“We will now be able to serve all the cheese enthusiasts from Dayton to Cincinnati,” they advised visitors to the web site.

Meanwhile, they are working with contractors to build an aging room, bar, tasting and cheesemaking areas. The cheesemaking is to be happen next to a window on Mulberry.

“Right in the window, right here,” Tassef said, standing in the unfinished 2,450-square-foot space leased for five years from Keith Alexander, the local property owner whose family has developed a string of businesses on Main Street.

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Last week, Lindsey Leberth from the Ohio Department of Liquor Control said the Lamp Post application was for a D5 license for liquor sales on-premises only and beer, wine and mixed beverages on or off-premises until 2:30 a.m.

“It has completed the first inspection,” Leberth said in an email. “General issuance is normally within 10 to 12 weeks from the application date.”

Tassef said they didn’t really plan to operate a full bar, but found these licenses more readily available than lesser ones.

Lamp Post had one of two pending D5s in Lebanon. Reids Sports Bar and Grill, 549 E. Main St., is the other, Leberth said. Two are available, she added.

Meanwhile demand for Lamp Post Cheese seems to be building.

“We’re out of stock at this point,” Tassef said.

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Rejected for a state capital funding request, the city plans to use $400,000 in state racetrack redevelopment funds to set up the area on East Mulberry Street to be designated for open-container drinking during special events.

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Last month, Lebanon City Manager Scott Brunka said the city was working with the state to use the last of the city’s racetrack redevelopment funds to pay for entertainment district development.

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“This project will include the construction of brick street pavers, the installation of a removable bollard system to safely close down the street during events, area signage and other amenities. The proposed plan calls for East Mulberry Street to remain a functional roadway, with only temporary closures for the events,” Brunka said in an email.

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Recall roundup: PJs for kids, pill packages, and more 

Published: Friday, July 13, 2018 @ 12:18 PM

Sleepwear for children and medication packets are on this week’s list of recalls from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. 

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Children’s onesies with hoods and fleece pajama pants by Allura are being recalled because they don’t meet flammability standards and pose a risk of burns, but no injuries have been reported. 

The onesies were sold under the brand name “Delia’s Girl” and the fleece pants have the brand name “Sweet N Sassy” on the waist label.

They were sold in a variety of colors and prints

Don’t let your child wear the pajamas and contact Allura at 866-254-3103 to receive a full refund.

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Prescription drug blister packages by Sandoz and Novartis are being recalled because they aren’t child resistant. 

There is one report of a child ingesting a haloperidol after opening a blister pack.  

Multiple prescription pills and packages are part of this recall.  The full list can be found here

Consumers should continue to take the medication but keep the packages away from children and contact Novartis or Sandoz at 888-669-6682 for further instructions. 

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Snowboard boots by Burton are under recall after seven reports of them releasing from the binding without warning, which could cause a fall. 

No one has been hurt but don’t use the recalled models and colors of Step On snowboard boots and contact Burton at 800-881-3138 to receive a free heal cleat. 

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Avalanche transceivers by ORTOVOX are being recalled because they may fail to transmit a survivor’s signal after an avalanche. 

No one has been hurt but do not use the transceivers with the model numbers 1137000006, 1137000001 and 1137000002, which were manufactured from 2010 through 2018. 

Contact ORTOVOX at 877-384-9252 for information on how to return the product for a free repair. 

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Babysitting while you shop: Here’s the newest business coming to Liberty Center

Published: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 4:00 PM

Shoppers visit the children’s area in the Foundry at Liberty Center. A new event space coming to Liberty Center will offer babysitting services when it’s not hosting parties.
Shoppers visit the children’s area in the Foundry at Liberty Center. A new event space coming to Liberty Center will offer babysitting services when it’s not hosting parties.(GREG LYNCH/STAFF)

A new event space coming to Liberty Center will offer babysitting services when it’s not hosting parties.

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Sugar & Spice Spa/Event Center, which will be located inside The Foundry near Old Navy, offers planning, production, design and decor for all occasions and celebrations from weddings to birthday parties.

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When it’s not used as an event center, it will be a children’s drop-and-shop activity center, where parents can drop their children off with certified babysitters for up to four hours for a fee while they shop.

The business is expected to open later this year.

Liberty Center also offers a children’s play area inside The Foundry.

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Build-A-Bear Pay Your Age: How to get a voucher if you didn’t get a bear

Published: Friday, July 13, 2018 @ 10:26 AM

SCENES: Fairfield Commons Build-A-Bear promotion draws crowd

Build-A-Bear is offering a $15 voucher for customers who didn’t make it through the line during Thursday’s Pay Your Age promotional event.

The event caused chaos at stores after lines wrapped around malls across the U.S. and Canada. Build-A-Bear shut down lines after an overwhelming response. Parents stood in line up to to get a stuffed toy for the cost of their child’s age. Customers who were turned away in line or missed the sale completely can get a $15 voucher in both countries.

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Here’s how to claim your voucher:

  • Log onto your Build-a-Bear Bonus Club account by midnight July 15
  • Click to print or screenshot the voucher
  • Limit one coupon per Bonus Club account
  • Valid for in-story purchases only
  • The voucher is good through Aug. 31, 2018

Security officials at the Mall at Fairfield Commons said there is a line wrapped around the mall for the Build-A-Bear Pay Your Age event. Officials said the store is no longer allowing new customers to join the line by the early afternoon. Mall security said the decision was made by Build-A-Bear.

The deal was only available for members of Build-A-Bear’s Bonus Club.


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