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UPDATE: Downtown restaurant closing for good 

Published: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 5:24 PM

A downtown Dayton restaurant is closing its doors. Jasmine Brown announced on her Facebook page that her restaurant, De'Lish Cafe, located at 139 N. Main St., will close for good on July 31.

A downtown Dayton restaurant is closing its doors. 

Jasmine Brown announced on her Facebook page that her restaurant, De'Lish Cafe, located at 139 N. Main St., will close for good on July 31.

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She wrote: 

“As I am sitting here writing this, I am tearing up. This message is to let everyone know that De’Lish will be closing July 31, 2018 for good. 

My family and I have given this city 8 long and hard years of our lives. We have had good times and we have had bad times. 

It is time for us to move on to try something different. I have prayed over this decision for the last few months. I must say that I have been happier and less stressed out while taking this time off. Originally we were going to open back up today, but instead we will be opening Sunday, July 1, 2018 to give everyone one last month of De’Lish. 

In the coming weeks I would love to hear what menu items my guests would like to see as we will have a limited menu…. 

We would like to say thank you to everyone that has spent one red cent at our establishment. You have made it possible for me to not only take care of my family, but for me to be able to give back to my community which is a true blessing. I will take with me every conversation, every piece of advice given, every piece of constructive criticism and use it to make myself a better person. When my husband came to me with the idea of wanting to open a restaurant I said “NO!” The best thing I could’ve ever done was to listen to him and be submissive to his wants. For that I am forever thankful, grateful and humbled. Running a business is no easy task, especially when your helpmate is gone. I have tried for the last two years. 

At the end of July we will have one BIG DE’LISH PARTY and party like we’ve never partied before! I invite you into our home for one last month, one last time, one last meal.. 

Thank you all for inviting us into your homes, lives and stomachs! 

We will forever be indebted…. 

 

Love Always, 

Jasmine, Evian & Willie III”

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Brown launched the restaurant in 2010, at the former site of Gregory’s Piano Bar.

It closed briefly early this year due to a tax issue. 

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A message was sent to Brown seeking further comment. 

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New Father’s Day Beer, Bourbon and Brunch event targets Dayton dads who like to eat AND drink

Published: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 @ 1:38 PM

Holiday Inn at 2800 Presidential Dr. in Fairborn  will host a brand new Father’s Day Beer, Bourbon and Brunch.
Holiday Inn
Holiday Inn at 2800 Presidential Dr. in Fairborn will host a brand new Father’s Day Beer, Bourbon and Brunch.(Holiday Inn)

How  does a little BBB sound to celebrate your padre?

Justin White, the executive chef of The Wright Place and the Holiday Inn at 2800 Presidential Drive in Fairborn, is hosting a brand new Father’s Day Beer, Bourbon and Brunch at the hotel Sunday, June 17. 

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There will be seatings at noon and 2 p.m. 

“We’re honoring dad with a special celebration highlighted by a few of his favorite things,” White said in a release. “Featuring bourbon-infused foods and drinks, local craft beer, live music and baseball, we have something for everyone in the family — but especially for dads.”

THE COST 

Holiday Inn at 2800 Presidential Dr. in Fairborn will host a brand new Father’s Day Beer, Bourbon and Brunch.(Holiday Inn)

The brunch is $31 per adult. The cost is $24 for seniors and military personnel and $13 for children. 

Children age 5 and younger will be admitted free of charge. 

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THE BOURBON AND BEER 

Holiday Inn at 2800 Presidential Dr. in Fairborn will host a brand new Father’s Day Beer, Bourbon and Brunch.(Holiday Inn)

Adults will receive a pint of Yuengling as part of the brunch. Brew from Warped Wing and Lock 27 will be available for purchase.

There will also be several hand-crafted cocktails using Stillwrights Bourbon, produced from the nearby Bath Twp. distillery Flat Rock Spirits. 

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THE  BRUNCH 

The meal includes bourbon-glazed ribs, mac and beer cheese, assorted smoked sausages and brats cooked in beer, Lemon Shandy-grilled bone-in chicken, bourbon baked beans, brisket sliders, salmon patties with cornbread stuffing and jalapenos, grilled corn on the cob with lime-Parmesan butter, and pecan bourbon pie.

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BONUS

The hotel will raffle off Cincinnati Reds and Dragons baseball tickets during the day. Each adult will be entered to win. 

RESERVATIONS

Call (937) 431-4631.

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A new juicery is opening today in Dayton and its owners hope it will be first step in revitalizing neighborhood

Published: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Located at a once abandoned shop at 1912 N Main St. in Dayton, The Santa Clara Juicery will be the first brick and mortar juice bar to open in Dayton. It will offer cold pressed raw juice made from organic produce. Each sale will benefit the Santa Clara community.
Alex Perry
Located at a once abandoned shop at 1912 N Main St. in Dayton, The Santa Clara Juicery will be the first brick and mortar juice bar to open in Dayton. It will offer cold pressed raw juice made from organic produce. Each sale will benefit the Santa Clara community.(Alex Perry)

UPDATE: Santa Clara Juicery has pushed back its opening date by a week. The new opening date is June 16.

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Known for being trendy, healthy and tasty, raw juice bars have popped up all over the United States. 

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The fruit and vegetable juice market will be worth a sizable $257.17 billion by 2025, according to Grand View Research, Inc.

So it’s no surprise this trend has hit Dayton, but what may be surprising is the rest of the story behind Dayton’s newest raw juice bar, The Santa Clara Juicery.

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Owned and operated by husband and wife Elizabeth and Dave Furst, The Santa Clara Juicery is the first step to what the duo hopes to be a revitalization of the Santa Clara neighborhood. Elizabeth grew up in the neighborhood, often helping her parents with their business, Evans Electric, after school. 

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“Everyone pretty much pulled out except for my parents and an insurance broker at the end (of the street) who eventually had to pull out due to health issues.” said Elizabeth Furst. “This block is really only going to get redone by us.”

Santa Clara is one of Dayton’s 65 neighborhoods. Though the small district is No. 36 on a list of total population, the district ranks sixth for population density per square mile (listed at No. 6 on that list). The average annual income is approximately $21K per year, about half of the average annual income for Montgomery County at $43K.

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Located at a once abandoned shop at 1912 N Main St. in Dayton, The Santa Clara Juicery will be the first brick and mortar juice bar to open in Dayton. It will offer cold pressed raw juice made from organic produce. Each sale will benefit the Santa Clara community.(Alex Perry)

BIGGER GOALS

The neighborhood has faced its share of challenges from crime to low income. The business owners hope to see positive growth starting with service.

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The Fursts hosted a clean-up day this month, which shot some adrenaline to the heart of their mission.

“We had both housing associations from the area come together for a clean-up day, and both were very excited for what is happening here.”

This type of active and engaged service is exactly what the juicery hopes to bring to the area. 

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“We’d really like to become a health district. Some of the other things we’d like to see here are a gym, a bike shop, possibly a pop-up clinic or urgent care. We’ve talked about transforming a former dance studio back. People have asked us about that a lot because they have nothing like that in this area.”

The couple is also working with a grocery chain, bike engineer and others in hopes of bringing in mobile or pop-up style services to the area. A few other ideas on the wish list include a backyard patio, brewpub and creating an attraction to bring people to the area and create a new economy.

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“I’ll be meeting with the Director of Economic Development in Dayton to help determine how what we’re doing here can effect the economy in Dayton overall. In 5 to 10 years, we’re expecting to see the growth of Dayton trickle to the North — and we’re active in asking what can we do now so that when traffic starts pushing, there’s a reason to come  here.”

Located at a once abandoned shop at 1912 N Main St. in Dayton, The Santa Clara Juicery will be the first brick and mortar juice bar to open in Dayton. It will offer cold pressed raw juice made from organic produce. Each sale will benefit the Santa Clara community.(Alex Perry)

FOOD DESERT

Dayton ranked as one of the worst metropolitan areas in the U.S. for food hardship in 2015, according to the Food Research & Action Center. The city ranked 11th out of the 109 metropolitan statistical areas represented in Gallup data for “households who indicated they experienced food hardship.”

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A 2016 report named Dayton-area ninth in the nation for food hardship. 

In Santa Clara, nearly 60 percent of its residents are single mothers and 584 of the neighborhood’s 1,632 residents are 18 years old or younger.

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“This area is in a food desert. In this particular neighborhood, one-third of the families don’t have vehicles and more than one-third can’t afford to put a meal on the table more than once a day,” said Dave Furst. “In order to get food, the only way they can get food is to hitch a ride, or settle for something they can find at Dollar General. There’s nowhere to go; you can’t walk to get food.”

“The other day, a family walked behind the shop, and we’re grilling hot dogs. The family had a 2-year old and a 4-year old. We asked if they wanted something to eat. Come to find out, they’re on their way to CSL plasma to sell enough to get a bus fare so they can go sell their kid’s clothes so they can get a meal for the night. And that’s all over here. You should’ve seen these kids’ faces light up when I brought them groceries. They didn’t even know how to react to bananas.”

For residents in this neighborhood, The People’s Market sells food, but more convenience-style options and rarely stocks fresh produce. There’s also a Family Dollar nearby, offering similar edible options.

A short drive away, a new market is in the works. The Gem City Market will be built on the 300 and 400 block of Salem Ave., bringing a full-service grocery store to one of the largest food deserts in the state. It will be Dayton’s first worker and community-owned co-operative grocery store. The goal is to open by the end of 2019.

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Located at a once abandoned shop at 1912 N Main St. in Dayton, The Santa Clara Juicery will be the first brick and mortar juice bar to open in Dayton. It will offer cold pressed raw juice made from organic produce. Each sale will benefit the Santa Clara community.(Alex Perry)

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP

The Fursts aren’t the first to work to take action in the neighborhood.

“We know of a non-profit that’s also looking to bring a job placement/residency building at the corner of North Main and Santa Clara to help people that are emancipated from the foster care system so that they can have a job right away and a place to live.”

Children and teens aren’t the only ones suffering from lack of opportunity or resources in the area.

“We want to use this and other businesses to employ people in this area. A lot of people have criminal backgrounds and can’t get jobs. So want to be able to help give them a job.”

“We have a lot of friends who live in this area who are nurses. Now that Good Sam has shut down, Grandview has scooped up a lot of local nurses. We’ve been working with Grandview to do some cross promotion. This is a food desert, so we’re the only healthy option. We’re going to cross-promote health screenings, educational community nights. The nurses are excited, because their only coffee options are Brown St. and Wayne Ave., so we’ll be way more convenient for them,” said Elizabeth Furst.

In effort to provide more healthy options to the community, the Fursts are also working on becoming a location for food banks and harvest box pickups. The idea is to combine education, options and resources for this community, which so desperately needs it. 

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“We’ve talked to the city, planners and developers, and we all agree — things can only go up.”

Currently, the Fursts are working to complete the construction and development of the interior of the shop. Elizabeth is actively working to source as many local organic fruits and vegetables as possible to use in the juice recipes. Some of the produce will be imported from the south and California. 

You can follow their Facebook page for additional details. A portion of profits from juice sales will be returned to the Santa Clara district through investment, community action and programs. 

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WHAT: The Santa Clara Juicery

WHERE: 1912 N. Main St., Dayton

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New bakery and candy shop to host grand opening in the Oakwood area this weekend

Published: Monday, April 30, 2018 @ 8:00 AM
Updated: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 10:33 AM

La Puf Sweets Bakery & Candy to open in Moore Dessert Please space on Dayton-Oakwood border.

A candy shop owner who launched her first storefront in a Kettering neighborhood and  later moved to The Greene Town Center is poised to take over an existing bakery and dessert shop on the Dayton-Oakwood border.

Both Karalee Parlin, owner of La Puf Sweets, and Justin Livingston, owner of Moore Dessert Please, announced on their respective businesses’ Facebook pages that Parlin will take over the dessert shop at 1003 Shroyer Road just inside Dayton’s southern border with Oakwood.

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The candy shop will formally transition to La Puf Sweets Bakery & Candy by the end of May, according to Livingston, who earlier this month opened Scratch Bakery by Justin Tyler (“Tyler” is Livingston’s middle name) in Livingston’s hometown of Tipp City. Parlin said the new La Puf bakery will open in June.

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Here’s what Livingston said about the sale of the bakery that he purchased nearly three years ago and which was founded in May 2012 by Brittany Moore and her mother Tina.

“When I made the decision to purchase the bakery at the young age of 21, I knew I had big plans for the shop. I wanted to be known for more than just cupcakes. Within my first year, so many people came to love everything that I had created and brought to MDP.” 

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“I had to pinch myself to make sure it wasn’t all a dream. It wasn’t. I’ve had the time of my life creating so much sweetness for you guys. Along the way, I’ve made so many wonderful friendships that I’ll cherish for a lifetime. It always felt as if my customers were friends and even family, now that’s a real blessing and I’m forever grateful.”

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“I’m so excited to pass off my labor of love, Moore Dessert Please, to Karalee, owner of La Puf Sweets Bakery & Candy. Not only is she a dear friend and someone that I consider family, I’m confident that I will be leaving each of you in good hands. She and her family will continue to provide sweetness for many years to come.”

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Parlin told this news outlet that she will expand her offerings beyond candy to include bakery items. She posted on her La Puf Sweets Facebook page that the new bakery is “literally like a dream come true for us.”

“Justin and I have been on one crazy journey together. He went from being an acquaintance, to my friend, to my mentor and now he's turned into family. It's crazy where life takes you and what people it brings into your life. It's been a roller-coaster of emotions for us, and I'm thankful for every moment.” 

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 “So what does this mean... we will still be bringing you all the deliciousness that Justin at MDP has brought to you over the years, but with our unique and whimsical spin. We will bringing you delicious cupcakes, gourmet marshmallows, candy apples, petite desserts, dessert cakes and so much more! 

“We of course will still be doing our cotton candy and catering. This means the candy buffets just got even more sweet! Along with candy you'll be able to add a large assortment of petite desserts. ...”

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“The Greene was such an amazing experience and I wouldn't change it for the world! I met so many amazing people and learned a lot in the short amount of time we were there. We have finally found our forever home back in Dayton and can't wait to see you all again.”

 

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NEW RESTAURANT: ‘I can’t wait to start giving back to this town that my family and I have grown to love’

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 10:56 AM
Updated: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 10:18 AM

Former Red Wagon Cafe food truck owner to open Canal House Eatery

A chef and former owner of a Miamisburg-based food truck has opened her own restaurant in the same city. 

Tanya Straight, who operated The Red Wagon Cafe food truck with her family, has opened The Canal House Eatery at 103 S. Second St. in Miamisburg.

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“I chose to open at this location because of my love for this town, its residents and business owners,” Straight told this news outlet. “It is truly a wonderful community to live in, and I have been looking for a location here for quite some time.

“We are very excited to become part of the wonderful downtown businesses here in Miamisburg, and I can’t wait to start giving back to this town that my family and I have grown to love.”

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A ribbon-cutting and grand opening was held in May. Straight will operate the restaurant with the help of her family and between two and five employees, the restaurant owner said. 

Canal House Eatery’s menu will include Specialty Wraps, Paninis, Sandwiches, Soups, Salads, Side Dishes, Desserts and fresh bakery items, Straight said. 

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The leased space previously housed Palmitas Taco Shop, which shut its doors in December 2017 and is working on transitioning to a food truck, according to its Facebook page.

The new Canal House Eatery at 103 S. Second St. in Miamisburg. SUBMITTED

 

Straight, who has lived in Miamisburg for 12 years and has three children in the Miamisburg school district, operated The Red Wagon Cafe for six years before selling it last year to pursue other interests.

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“The opportunity to open The Canal House unexpectedly presented itself” via family members who told her about the former Palmitas space, Straight said. “ The option seemed too good to pass up, so my family and I decided to give it a shot.” 

Plans call for Canal House Eatery to be open Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.. and for Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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