Tower Records founder Russ Solomon dies drinking whiskey, complaining about Oscars

Published: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 9:59 AM

Tower Records founder Russ Solomon pictured in 2008. Solomon died March 4, 2018, of a heart attack.
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Tower Records founder Russ Solomon pictured in 2008. Solomon died March 4, 2018, of a heart attack.(David Livingston/Getty Images)

Russ Solomon, the founder of Tower Records, died Sunday at age 92. 

According to his son, Michael Solomon, the music store entrepreneur died while watching the Oscars and drinking whiskey.

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The Sacramento Bee reported that Russ Solomon died of a heart attack.

“Ironically, he was giving his opinion of what someone was wearing that he thought was ugly, then asked (his wife) Patti to refill his whiskey,” Michael Solomon, former chief executive of Tower, said.

He died by the time his wife came back with his drink.

CNN reported that Russ Solomon began his empire by selling records at his father’s pharmacy in the 1950s. He opened the first Tower Records in 1960 in Sacramento, California. During the height of the demand for physical music, the business thrived across the world.

But by the late 1990s, music sharing sites like Napster drove business away from stores like Tower. By 2004, the company filed for bankruptcy and in 2006, it was liquidated.

The music community mourned Solomon’s loss on Twitter.

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Destiny’s Child star Michelle Williams checks in to mental health facility, reports say

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 7:13 PM

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Destiny’s Child star Michelle Williams has reportedly checked herself into a mental health facility, TMZ reports.

Williams posted a letter to her fans on her Instagram page on Tuesday.

“I recently listened to the same advice I have given thousands around the world and sought help from a great team of professionals,” Williams posted.

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Sources told TMZ that Williams is receiving treatment at a facility near Los Angeles.

Williams has been open about her struggles with depression, revealing her story in an interview on “The Talk” last year.

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Williams recently reunited with Destiny’s Child members Beyonce and Kelly Rowland at Coachella in April.

It was the first time the group has performed together in several years.

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Star of TV series, ‘The Verdict with Judge Hatchett,’ coming to Dayton to inspire many 

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 10:39 AM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 11:50 AM

Judge Glenda Hatchett, star of the syndicated television series, The Verdict, will speak at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, July 22nd.
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Judge Glenda Hatchett, star of the syndicated television series, The Verdict, will speak at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, July 22nd.(@ 2013 Del Glass All Rights Reserved)

Her two-time Emmy-nominated show, “The Verdict”, may have been a platform for life lessons learned the hard way. However, Judge Glenda  Hatchett isn’t coming to Dayton to serve justice. She’s coming to inspire. 

A TV personality, legal scholar and author, Hatchett is coming to St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church at  10:45 a.m. on Sunday, July 22, as the guest speaker at the church’s Women’s Day Service. The celebrity visit, which has been in the works for almost a year, is open to the public “to hear her powerful message,” according to a press release.

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In 2012, during a service at Third Baptist Church in San Francisco where St. Luke’s pastor, the Rev. Renard D. Allen Jr., was then working, Judge Hatchett left a lasting impact. As soon as he began work at St. Luke, he knew he wanted her to leave the same impact on his new congregation.

“She really can’t be put in a box,” the Rev. Allen said. “It’s her presence — she’s dignified, yet down to earth. She’s classy, but comfortable. She’s highly intelligent and yet, very personable ... That’s what I remembered. She just inspired.”

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Like in many churches, the Rev. Allen said, women, while usually making up the majority of the membership, have not always been allowed space to have their voices heard in a significant way, particularly in the area of worship.

“So this is also intended to be a liberating experience for women (who are) a part of traditional congregations that should have their presence, their gifts and their value affirmed, acknowledged, and celebrated,” the Rev. Allen said. “Deeply rooted in the Christian faith, Judge Hatchett is an elegant and electrifying speaker with an ability to reach people across racial, gender, political and even religious lines.” 

WANT TO GO?

WHAT: Judge Glenda Hatchett to speak at St. Luke Baptist Church

WHEN: 10:45 a.m. Sunday, July 22

WHERE: St. Luke’s, 2262 N. Gettysburg Ave., Dayton

INFO: stlukedayton.org

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Did you know one hidden gem still makes Dayton’s famous Rike’s Sloppy Joe sandwiches?

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

One of Rike's Department Store's longest-running holiday traditions began with the creation of an animated Christmas window display.  Submitted photo.
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One of Rike's Department Store's longest-running holiday traditions began with the creation of an animated Christmas window display. Submitted photo.(HANDOUT)

For some people in Dayton, hearing “Rike’s” might not stir any reaction at all. For others, however, Rike’s Department Store is a treasure trove of childhood memories from long ago. 

Formerly located where the Schuster Center stands today, the downtown Rike’s may be gone physically, but still remains a source of many people’s fond memories. One of those memories may be preserved best in the taste buds of an older generation. 

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Rike’s had dining areas on the fifth floor and on the mezzanine of the store. One of the Rike’s menu staples was the Sloppy Joe -- a long gone and missed recipe.

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However, at least one place in Dayton has kept the sloppy tradition alive. 

Visitors take in the windows of Rike's department store in 1952. Frederik Rike, owner of the Rike-Kumler Co., moved the Christmas window displays from New York City to downtown Dayton in 1945. DAYTON DAILY NEWS FILE(Contributed photo)

The Dayton Woman’s Club Dining Room is still serving up the beloved sandwiches, made-to-order, thanks to a passed-down recipe from one of the club’s former members. It’s believed the member was a former Rike’s employee.

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An elegant setting, the Woman’s Club Dining Room is open for lunch to the public on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A 24-hour advanced reservation is encouraged and business casual attire is suggested.

So whether you’ve lived long enough to taste the famous Sloppy Joe for yourself, or word-of-mouth lore about the sandwiches has become too much to handle, there’s still an opportunity to try one decades later.

Dayton Woman’s Club- 225 N. Ludlow St., Dayton

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Fairborn coffee shop abruptly closes, announces new location in Huber Heights

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 3:30 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 10:21 AM

Grind House Coffee to open its first shop inside Meijer store

Grind House Coffee and Tea Company in Fairborn had a ribbon cutting at its grand opening in late April, but now, only three months later, the coffee shop has suddenly closed.

After days of being “temporarily closed,” Grind House posted to Facebook Monday afternoon that the Fairborn location will be closing for good, while a new Huber Heights location is in the works. 

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Tuesday morning, Grind House’s president and CEO, Bill Miller Jr. made an official announcement on the reasoning behind the sudden closure.

We will be reporting on details of the newest Grind House Coffee location opening in Huber Heights as soon as we get them. 

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Grind House Coffee began as an online retailer only. The brand’s first physical retail shop opened this spring at 313 W. Main St. in Fairborn. 

"As far as I can remember, everyone in my family has had a passion for coffee, From my Great Grandfather to my Daughter, the passion for coffee has spanned over 100 years,” according to the Grind House website

Miller, who grew up in Dayton and who now lives in Franklin, founded Grind House Coffee & Tea in November 2015. The company’s roasting and packing facility is located in Fairfield.

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