Dayton-based salon to cater to men in new shop: “We wanted them to feel valued like everyone else” 

Published: Thursday, May 18, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

See how Dayton-based Square One Salon and Spa has grown over the years. Video by Amelia Robinson.

Guys deserve their own space, so says the co-owner of a beauty empire founded in downtown Dayton. 

Square One Salon and Day Spa will launch Square One Men at its Columbus salon at 6 p.m. Friday during a free grand opening party. 

If things go well, co-owner Doug Henderson says similar shops could be launched for the company’s other salons, including those in Dayton. 

“We are really testing it here because of the access,” Henderson said. He noted that 40 percent of the Columbus location’s clients are male. 

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The men’s shop will be located in an unused space in the main salon, located at 275 S. Fourth St. in downtown Columbus. 

While men do not mind using the regular salon space, Henderson said Square One wanted to kick it to another level with the new masculine space. 

Square One Salon and Day Spa will launch Square One Men at its Columbus location May 19, 2017.

“We are giving them their own space,” he said. “We did it because we wanted them to feel valued like everyone else.” 

The new men’s shop will have shoe shining stalls from the 1930s1940s barber chairs and whiskey lockers for regular clients.

“They can come in and pour themselves a glass,” Henderson said. 

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Clients will be able to use an app to check wait times and schedule appointments. The shop will offer haircuts, mini facials and neck and beard detail work. 

“We wanted to celebrate them and give them their own space,” Henderson said. 

Archived 2007 photo: Brent Johnson (left) and Doug Henderson (right), along with partner Josh Stucky have opened a second Square One Salon and Spa in Centerville. Staff photo by Lisa Powell(Lisa Powell/Lisa Powell/Dayton Daily News)

Customers will have access to salon services like manicures and pedicure from the main salon.

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The company has grown by leaps and bounds. Henderson, Josh Stucky and Brent Johnson opened the first Square One locations in 1999 in a renovated space at 506 E. Third St. in the Cannery building in downtown Dayton.

In addition to the Columbus and Cannery building locations, Square One also has shops at 5485 New Albany Rd. W in New Albany, at 1132 Brown St. near the University of Dayton, 1 N. Main Street in Centerville and at 1030 Miamisburg Centerville Road in  Washington Township. 

Archived 1999 photo: The Cannery has a new hair salon called the Square One Salon and Spa. Mindy Esmon has her hair cut by one of the owners, Doug Henderson while Brent Johnson (L) looks on. The shop has been open for about five weeks now.(BILL REINKE)

Square One Salon owners Josh Stucky, left, and Brent Johnson announced they are opening a sixth location.

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You've got to try this smoky, sweet campfire cocktail

Published: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 @ 1:10 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 4:00 PM

Smoked jalapeno-infused tequila is the secret to this spicy Mayan Campfire.
Connie Post
Smoked jalapeno-infused tequila is the secret to this spicy Mayan Campfire.(Connie Post)

Smoked jalapeno tequila, anyone?

 

Just as craft beer has taken off in the last decade, so has the craft cocktail. One of the most intriguing books I've come across in a long time is Matthew Biancaniello's "Eat Your Drink: Culinary Cocktails."

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The Mayan Campfire is a fun and unusual cocktail, sure to spark some conversation  just be extremely careful using a torch. And trust me, you don't want to drink that jalapeno-infused tequila straight.

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MAYAN CAMPFIRE
(adapted from "Eat Your Drink")

 
 

2 ounces tequila
3 tablespoons Hershey's chocolate syrup
1½ teaspoons smoked jalapeno tequila (recipe follows)
Enough large-size marshmallows to cover top of glass (4 to 6)

 
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In a cocktail shaker, combine the tequila, chocolate syrup and smoked jalapeno tequila with ice. Shake, then strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Place the marshmallows on top and slowly toast them with a small kitchen torch. Be very careful not to apply the flame for too long on any one area near the rim of the glass. The whole process should take less than 10 seconds.

 

SMOKED JALAPENO TEQUILA

 
 

10 smoked jalapenos
1 (750 ml) bottle 123 Organic Reposado (Dos) Tequila

 
 

Place the jalapenos in a quart-size jar and pour in the tequila. Cover and let sit in a cool, dark place to infuse for at least 2 weeks. Strain back into the bottle. This infusion becomes so strong with smoke and spice that it is intended to be a tincture and not consumed on its own. It will keep in a cool, dark place for at least a year.

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Thirsty for more? Check out other must-try cocktails from Biancaniello's book at MyDaytonDailyNews.com.

 

 

 

 

 
 

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This Dayton student just got a college diploma before graduating high school

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Ashli Garnett  is the first student at Paul Laurence Dunbar Early College High School to earn an Sinclair Community College associate's degree as part of a partnership between the high school and the college.
Ashli Garnett
Ashli Garnett is the first student at Paul Laurence Dunbar Early College High School to earn an Sinclair Community College associate's degree as part of a partnership between the high school and the college.(Ashli Garnett)

Ashli Garnett has had a busy week or so. 

The Dayton teenager earned a college diploma on May 6 from Sinclair Community College. 

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This Wednesday, the Dayton teen will walk across the stage to receive her diploma from Paul Laurence Dunbar Early College High School.

The 18-year-old is the first Dunbar student to earn an associate's degree at Sinclair Community College as part of a partnership between the Dayton Public Schools high school and the college designed to better prepare students for their post high school lives. 

Ashli, a track standout, will enter Southern University at New Orleans this fall as a junior. 

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She loved the challenge that came with her college studies. 

“The brain is a muscle and you have to work it out like every other muscle,” Ashli told this news organization. “The whole thing was amazing. It helped me reach this independence and maturity level.”

In 2014, Dunbar launched its partnership with Sinclair Community College.  

Through the program, students are given the option of earning an associate’s degree while pursuing high school diplomas.

Dunbar has about 590 students. About 110 are taking college courses in the high school or on Sinclair’s campus. 

Ashli Garnett is the first student at Paul Laurence Dunbar Early College High School to earn an Sinclair Community College associate's degree as part of a partnership between the high school and the college. Ashli is the daughter of Christopher Garnett  and Shanaun Simpson.(Ashli Garnett)

Funding comes from Ohio’s College Credit Plus, which helps student take college courses from community colleges and universities. 

Dunbar Assistant Principal Tiffany Ray-Bozeman said Dunbar students have earned thousands of college credit hours since the program launched, including the 386 earned by 39 of the high school graduating seniors this year. 

Bozeman said the partnership helps students and their parents financially. 

It also helps them in terms of preparedness, she said.

Bozeman said students are given skills to conquer the anxieties that often come with freshman year and navigating college life. 

“They get all those bumps and bruises done here with our support,” she said. 

Ashli Garnett is the first student at Paul Laurence Dunbar Early College High School to earn an Sinclair Community College associate's degree as part of a partnership between the high school and the college.(Ashli Garnett)

Bozeman said Ashli, the daughter of Christopher Garnett and Shanaun Simpson of Dayton, is a standout who remained active at Dunbar while studying at Sincair. 

She is Dunbar’s 2018 salutatorian, sings in the choir and is on Dayton Public Schools’ Student Senate. 

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Garnett, who plans to study communications in New Orleans, also has a job and volunteers at 5K races, many of them charitable.   

“I always try to stay busy,” said Garnett, who earned her associate’s degree in liberal arts.

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Ashli Garnett is the first student at Paul Laurence Dunbar Early College High School to earn an Sinclair Community College associate's degree as part of a partnership between the high school and the college.(Ashli Garnett)
Ashli Garnett is the first student at Paul Laurence Dunbar Early College High School to earn an Sinclair Community College associate's degree as part of a partnership between the high school and the college.(Ashli Garnett)
Ashli Garnett is the first student at Paul Laurence Dunbar Early College High School to earn an Sinclair Community College associate's degree as part of a partnership between the high school and the college.(Ashli Garnett)

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WATCH: Adoptive mom's heartwarming video shows older boys including shy son in basketball game

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 8:25 AM

WATCH: Adoptive Mom Shares Heartwarming Moment Between Her Kids, Local Boys

A video and message posted by a Green County, Oklahoma, mom is spreading quickly on social media.

>> Watch the news report here

Christy Rowden posted the video Monday afternoon after a heartwarming moment at a park.

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Rowden said she was at the park with her two children that afternoon when a bus of students from Oologah Upper Elementary pulled up and started playing on the basketball court.

Rowden’s 7-year-old son was adopted from Uganda. Rowden said he can be shy and, as a result, stood back as the older boys played basketball.

>> Watch the video here

https://www.facebook.com/christyleerowden/posts/10216587561621532

Posted by Christy Lee Rowden on Monday, May 21, 2018

Soon after, the fifth-grade boys reportedly came up to her son, Asher, introduced themselves and invited him to play.

The boys quickly welcomed him into their game, cheering him on and giving high-fives.

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Rowden said the moment brought a tear to her eye, especially since she is the mom of a black boy in a mostly white community.

Rowden shared the post to remind people that there is still good in the world and to thank the children who were so kind to her son.

>> See the Facebook post here

There is good in this world! I need reminders of it sometimes. I took Asher & Mercy to the park this morning and for...

Posted by Christy Lee Rowden on Monday, May 21, 2018

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These ‘Boss Chicks’ are on the rise in Dayton and hope to spread their ‘bossy’ ways around the nation 

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Shawon Brown Gullette launched Boss Chicks in April of 2017.
Shawon Brown-Gullette
Shawon Brown Gullette launched Boss Chicks in April of 2017.(Shawon Brown-Gullette)

Shawon Gullette has been on the receiving  end of advice from “boss chicks” her entire career. 

And she says that has been a very good thing.

“Women have always been my backbone,” the owner of Dayton Trichology Hair Loss Control Center and Infinitee Salon & Spa said. “I said, let me help other women who are in the same shoes I was in.” 

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At one point, Gullette was mentoring five women at once, offering advice and guidance. It was too much and she thought there had to be a better way. 

Boss Chicks Dayton was born from there.

The organization designed for black female entrepreneurs, managers and leaders had its soft launch on April 17, 2017 at Salar Restaurant and Lounge in Dayton’s Oregon District. 

Gullette says it has grown stronger since. 

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“As you help women grow, you help your community grow,” she said. 

Boss Chicks Dayton now has nearly 40 members in Dayton. 

Chapters in Atlanta, Indianapolis and Jackson, Fla. are being organized.

Gullette hopes to expand to even more states in 2019. She envisions a National Boss Chicks conference happening right here in Dayton. 

“As women, we are mothers, we are aunts, we are sisters, we are daughters. We are able to nurture each other and build off that experience,” Gullette said. “‘Boss’ is being better than you were before.”

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Besides building relationships between business women, Boss Chicks hold mixers and mingle social at various bars and restaurants in and around Dayton, quarterly meetings with featured speakers and bar takeovers for a list of causes that includes heart disease. 

Membership is $30 monthly on BossChicksofDayton.com. 

Gullette said Boss Chicks aims to expose women to new ideas and opportunities locally and globally. 

“As women, we need to support each other,” she said. “We need to have certain support for us because we are minority.”

Members range from Mary Kay Cosmetics saleswomen to nurses and doctors. 

“We are bosses in a lot of different way,” Gullette said. “You are boss at home. You are boss at work. You are boss of yourself.” 

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