The best places to get chocolate in Dayton

Published: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 @ 10:53 AM
Updated: Monday, February 05, 2018 @ 2:17 PM

Things to love about Esther Price Candies

What’s better than chocolate? 

Fresh, locally made chocolate!

Fortunately for us, Dayton has a few stops to satisfy every sweet tooth.

 

ESTHER PRICE CANDIES

Esther Price first learned to make these sweet delights in her seventh-grade home economics class. She perfected her old-fashioned recipe with locally produced milk and butter and these same quality ingredients are used today, nearly 90 years later. 

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Esther Price Candies can be found at local supermarkets, but if you’re craving chocolate along with an experience, you can find their corporate store at 1709 Wayne Ave. There are two other locations in the Dayton area: 194 Woodman Dr. and 1709 Wayne Ave. You can even browse and place an order on the website

Fudge centers for Esther Price Candies move down a conveyor before being coated with chocolate. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Ty Greenlees)

SWEET SENSATIONS CHOCOLATES AND CANDY

Sweet Sensations was opened in June 2012 by owners Tim Sizemore and Pam Clatterbuck of Fairborn. For them, this store brought to life a childhood dream. They offer custom orders, bulk orders, sugar-free options and over 300 of your favorite nostalgic candies.

They are located in the Dayton Mall next to Chick-fil-a, near Elder-Beerman. 

BELLBROOK CHOCOLATE SHOPPE

Bellbrook Chocolate Shoppe was founded by Betty Blose in 1984, and in 2000 she was joined by her son Marshall, his wife Laura, and daughter Emily. They take pride in their hand-crafted chocolates, utilizing high-quality ingredients that set them apart from mass-produced chocolate treats.

You can find these confectionery treats at their Crosse Pointe Shoppe, the 2nd Street Market, and their online store.

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Bellbrook Chocolate Shoppe in the Cross Pointe Shopping Center in Centerville was voted the winner of the Dayton.com Best of 2016 “Hidden Gem” award. MARK FISHER/STAFF(Staff Writer)

MADAME DELLUC 

Store owner Francoise Walusis and her husband brought an entire new world of flavor to the United States when they decided to bring Belgium artisan chocolates to Dayton. Here you can find almonds and hazelnuts enrobed in white chocolate or the European favorite, madame delluc. 

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This chocolate shop is located in the heart of Oakwood at 2510 Far Hills Ave. With employees that are excited to educate and allow you to taste test, this shop creates a chocolate experience you’ll never forget. 

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A box of Belgian chocolates from the Madame Delluc Artisan Chocolatier shop, which opened Monday at 2510 Far Hills Ave. in Oakwood. ALLEGRA CZERWINSKI/STAFF(ALLEGRA CZERWINSKI/STAFF/ALLEGRA CZERWINSKI/STAFF)

KILWIN’S AT THE GREENE

Kilwin’s has been crafting quality chocolates by hand since the 1940s. Their assorted chocolates are still hand-crafted in their kitchen in Petoskey, MI, using the same recipes developed by the company’s founder and original owner, Don Kilwin. They’re best known for their turtles, but also offer a number of goodies that’ll satifsy your sweet tooth.

You can find their Dayton-Beavercreek location at 4391 Holly Drive. 

After a tough first week of school, youu and your kids deserve a sweet treat from Kilwins in Atlantic Station.(Photo courtesy of Kilwins)

WINAN’S FINE CHOCOLATES & COFFEES 

In February 1929, a woman wrote that she and her husband talked about making candies for their bakery shop. Through generations of ownership we’ve found this decadent, tantalizing and delicious candy they created to send your taste buds on a frenzy. Not only is their chocolate to die for, but so is their coffee (Highlander Grogg is the most popular flavor). 

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Winans Chocolates & Coffees has several Dayton locations, including 6735 Miller Lane, 5839 Farhills Ave., 4425 Feedwire Rd., 45 Plum St., 2806 Miamsburg Centerville Road, and 3510 Pentagon Blvd.

Detail of the Winan's chocolates at the new location on Looney Rd. in Piqua. Established in the late 1800’s and in its 4th generation of family ownership, Winans Fine Chocolates and Coffees is one of the older, family owned and operated chocolate confectionaries in the country. JIM WITMER / STAFF(Jim Witmer)

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NEW DETAILS: Dayton restaurant up for sale

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 3:10 PM

Paradise Keys Cafe South  half a slab of ribs  dinner.
Paradise Keys Cafe
Paradise Keys Cafe South half a slab of ribs dinner.(Paradise Keys Cafe)

A Dayton restaurant that has closed may not be gone for good.

The owner of the recently closed Paradise Key Cafe location at 1060 Patterson Road in the Breitenstrater Plaza, is considering reopening it under a new concept or selling it, owner Larry Parr said. 

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The asking price for the business is $75,000. 

“It is an option to sell, but we are still open to a new theme,” he said. 

Jennifer Lynn Jones, the restaurant’s chief executive officer, announced Thursday that the restaurant opened in December 2016 would close due to under performance. 

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“It didn’t matter what we tried to do; we just could not get the kind of party we had at our original location,” Jones said.

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The Key West-themed restaurant employed 13.

Jones said they have been offered jobs at the original Paradise Keys Cafe located at 3243 Needmore Road. 

The company began transforming the Patterson Road location into Paradise Key Cafe South from Cold Beer and Cheeseburgers  in October 2016. 

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Parr said he hoped the location would be as successful as the Needmore restaurant, which is located near Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway

That business draws from nearby manufacturing companies. 

The Patterson Road restaurant never gained traction, said Parr, who is 71 and hopes to slow down.

“It wasn’t really performing up to our expectations,” he said. Our north store, across from the racino, it really cranks.”

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The former site of Cold Beer & Cheeseburgers, located at 1060 Patterson Road in Dayton, will soon become the Paradise Key Cafe South.(Contributed)

 

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Dayton restaurant closes after less than 2 years 

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 3:14 PM

ARCHIVED PHOTO from 2011:  Bartender Dawn Booher, left, talks with co-owners Larry Parr, middle, and Eddie Holbrook, right, inside of  the Paradise Key Cafe  on Needmore Road in Dayton.
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ARCHIVED PHOTO from 2011: Bartender Dawn Booher, left, talks with co-owners Larry Parr, middle, and Eddie Holbrook, right, inside of the Paradise Key Cafe on Needmore Road in Dayton.(Teesha Mcclam/Dayton Daily News)

UPDATED: We talked with the owner of Paradise Key Cafe and learned about his plans to try to sell or reopen the business under a new concept. 

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A Dayton restaurant celebrated for its chicken wings has closed one of its two Dayton locations. 

Paradise Key Cafe, 1060 Patterson Road in the Breitenstrater Plaza, has closed permanently. 

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A Facebook post from the restaurant’s chief executive officer Jennifer Lynn Jones reads as follows: 

“Public Announcement - With a heavy heart, I am sorry to announce that Paradise in Kettering has closed its doors due to under performance. When we took over, we had hoped to bring the party to this location, but we just couldn't quite get it to where it needed to be. I will miss every one of you deeply with all the laughs and good times and I hope that you will stop in, if not become a regular at our North Store which is still open. Who knows? Maybe we all can create better and more memories together there. Thank you to every one of you for being so loyal to us through all the troubles and I hope that you all will keep us in your hearts as I will surely keep you in mine.”

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The owners of the original Paradise Key Cafe located at 3243 Needmore Road in Dayton began transforming the Patterson Road location into Paradise Key Cafe South from Cold Beer and Cheeseburgers in late 2016. 

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A message was left for management at the Needmore Road location seeking comment. 

Paradise Key’s original location is a former winner of the Miami Valley Restaurant Association’s Kickin’ Chicken Wing Festival at the Fraze.

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Beloved deli owners have retired, business has a new owner

Published: Friday, March 30, 2018 @ 5:16 PM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 10:26 AM

Must try sandwiches

The owners of a popular Dayton sandwich shop have hung up their spatulas and soup ladles. 

Rodney “Rod” Vangas said he and his wife, Becky, retired and sold Charlie’s Deli and Catering to Chris Raney of Dayton and his mother, Pat Jones of Beavercreek. 

“I’ve been doing this for 42 years. I want to retire. I am 63 years old,” Rodney said. “I don’t want to work anymore. My wife and I work six days a week. We are just worn out.”

He said he is leaving the business his father — the restaurant’s namesake Charlie Vangas — started in 1964 in good hands. 

The sale of the restaurant located at 429 Troy St. in Dayton was finalized Monday, April 2. 

The Reuben sandwich from Charlie’s Deli and Catering made with corned beef, swiss cheese, 1000 island dressing, Woeber horseradish mustard and sauerkraut, toasted and melted on rye bread. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY ALEXIS LARSEN

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Rod’s official retirement day was March 30, but he said he intends to consult Raney on Charlie’s.

“My wife and I are going to give these people our hard-earned recipes,” he said.

Those recipes include Rod’s sandwich creations, Becky’s soups and the 100-year-old cabbage roll recipe passed from Rod’s grandmother to his mother and down to Becky. 

Charlie’s Deli and Catering on Troy Street in Dayton. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY ALEXIS LARSEN

Raney, the former proprietor of Chris Cafe at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, said he is excited to continue and add to Charlie’s legacy in North Dayton.  

“These are big shoes to fill and I plan on filling them,” he said. “The people love to come to Charlie’s because they love Charlie’s.  I want them to continue to come.”

Raney, a 1992 Stebbins High School graduate, said he plans to keep Charlie’s menu and add a few sandwiches of his own creation. 

Four people, including the Vangases, currently work at Charlie’s.

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Raney expects that number to remain the same.  

Eventually he said he hopes to add a full-service, sit-down breakfast. 

Married 36 years, the Vangases have barely taken any vacations due to their dedication to running Charlie’s.

Rodney said that is about to change.

“We’ve always worried about our kid and then we’ve always worried about our customers. Now it’s time to worry about us,” he said. 

Trips to visit their youngest son Craig in Atlanta are in the cards as are trips to visit Wichita, Kansas, to see Rodney’s brother and to St. Louis to visit Becky’s sister. 

The couple will be taking their grandkids to Monacan State Park and visiting a niece in Denver and a nephew in Raleigh, N.C. 

Rodney, a food lover, is particularly excited to visit a niece in Manhattan. He’s never had a chance to go. 

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“We’ve never been able to travel and visit anyone. They have always come here,” he said. “I can’t wait.” 

Rodney, the youngest of five siblings, bought Charlie’s from his father in 1982. 

He left behind his studies at Ohio State University 42 years ago when his dad became ill and said he needed help running the store. 

“I just stayed here,” he said. “I liked it.”

He and Becky started transforming Charlie’s into a deli and catering businesses in the early 1980s. 

Over the years, Charlie’s has won praise by the local media — the “Dayton Daily News” and Dayton.com included — and its loyal customers. 

Charlie’s won third place for Best Deli in the 2017 Best of Dayton people’s choice contest.

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“It is incredibly satisfying when people say ‘that was the best sandwich I have ever had’,” Rodney said. “Things like that just keep your passion going.” 

He recalled the day a customer cried after hearing a rumor that the deli was closing. 

Charlie's Deli take on a Cuban sandwich(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

 Rodney said running a “mom and pop”  has required him and his wife to come in when they have been sick and “work hardest during holidays when everyone else is having fun.” 

He said he never wanted his sons to work in the deli. Instead, Rodney said he encouraged them to complete college and have professional careers. 

Chris Vangas, a Columbus resident, is a teacher and coach at Saint Mary School in German Village. 

Craig Vangas is a trade analyst in Atlanta, his father said. 

Rodney said he will miss Charlie’s. 

“It is kind of bittersweet that we are leaving, but we want to do things we’ve never done before like taking a vacation,” Rodney said. 

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Celebrated Cincinnati chef opening new restaurant in Warren County

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Local chef and restaurateur Jean-Robert de Cavel’s new fine, fast-casual dining concept, Frenchie Fresh, puts a French twist on American-inspired classics.
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Local chef and restaurateur Jean-Robert de Cavel’s new fine, fast-casual dining concept, Frenchie Fresh, puts a French twist on American-inspired classics.(CONTRIBUTED)

The second Frenchie Fresh restaurant in the region will open at Deerfield Towne Center this summer.

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Local chef and restaurateur Jean-Robert de Cavel’s new fine, fast-casual dining concept, Frenchie Fresh, puts a French twist on American-inspired classics.

Think mac ‘n’ cheese or build your own burger.

The French-inspired food aims to offer fresh ideas, fresh ingredients and a fresh approach to high-quality dining.

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Frenchie Fresh will be located in the shopping center’s newly developed, central gathering place area called The Grove.

For more information, visit www.frenchiefresh.com.

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