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Using your wealth for good

How can you fulfil your philanthropic vision through meaningful investments? By: Family *Doing wWealth ell at doingPartners, good, 4Q14 UBS Financial Services Inc.

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ance in their overall wealth and well-being. Our team is dedicated to fulfilling part of that mission by spreading financial education to all. This month, the Advisors of Family Wealth Partners address how investors can fulfil their philanthropic vision through meaningful investments. It may be easy to list causes near and dear to your heart, but knowing the best ways to make the biggest positive impact can be a challenge. Whether you want to get involved with a favorite organization or be involved behind the scenes, you have a wide range of options to build a legacy and make a difference at the same time. Combining strategic advisory, a community of like-minded philanthropists and access to vetted opportunities makes the giving experience easier and more enjoyable. There is no single path to philanthropy. At Family Wealth Partners, we are ready to help you turn your vision into reality. Planning your philanthropic vision Everyone has unique issues they care about. Before you start doling out dollars to nonprofits or writing a big check for a favorite cause, it is important to pause for a moment and consider your full philanthropic vision. Your vision should outline the goals you are looking to achieve with philanthropic activities. Once you take into account your skills and resources—combined with your motivations and experiences—you can more confidently choose suitable places to invest.

implementation. Those include creating a vision, approach and then strategy to achieve the highest positive impact for every donation. To create your strategy, narrow down the list of philanthropic opportunities to the causes you care most about and where you believe your efforts will lead to the best results. If you need help, sit down with a spouse, a relative or trusted friend to help eliminate any organizations or causes that don’t meet your standards. To implement your strategy, you will want to go through a vetting process where you identify and assess the right causes, and take time to learn and evaluate. Only then can you add the final building blocks of your philanthropy: investing directly in these companies or choosing a vehicle to help ensure your efforts go to the right use. These can range from private foundations to donor advised funds. You may want to give cash, stock or other assets depending on your investment history and tax factors, among other considerations. Making the biggest difference with every philanthropic dollar

From vision to strategy

According to “UBS Investor Watch: Doing well at doing good”, 20% of high net worth individuals consider giving to be highly effective. With the right planning in place, however, confidence and satisfaction get a boost of nearly 50%*. Those who put in the effort for planning in advance see the best results both in terms of outcomes and personal satisfaction according to the survey.

Family Wealth Partners suggests three planning stages before moving on to

Checkbook philanthropy—when you give to a nonprofit with minimal person-

When building a philanthropic vision, many benefactors look to guiding religious or moral principles, social and environmental causes where they have a personal stake and other affiliations where they can leave a lasting legacy.

al involvement—may be a simple way to support a broad number of organizations. But making the biggest difference requires expertise. UBS Philanthropy Services includes a dedicated team with an exclusive focus on helping investors like you pursue your philanthropic vision. Create change where it matters most Wealthy business leaders like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett famously pledged to give away at least 50% of their wealth to philanthropic causes. While every individual should set their philanthropic goals within a range that feels comfortable to their own giving tolerance, the positive impacts their donations have had on the world can serve as great inspiration to carve a path of your own. Whether you prefer to give to religious institutions, the arts, disease prevention, children’s causes or anywhere else, Family Wealth Partners are here to help you work toward your philanthropic goals. Let’s have a conversation The best way to prepare for your future is to ensure that your goals align with your needs, wants, and wishes. Let’s discuss your portfolio options and together we can help grow your financial confidence. Tax strategies should always involve your CPA or tax preparer. If you’d like to find out how your investment strategy can align with your aspirations and values, please give us a call at (937) 226-3165 or email us at

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GUIDE 50 Find some new experiences and rediscover old favorites in our 2019 R e s t aur an t G uid e . P lu s listings. By the Editors



Tweets, posts and letters from our readers.


Donna Cox and a Christian ministry guide and assist women in strip clubs. By Tim Walker


Dayton Masonic Center is a gem in The Gem City. By Jim Bucher


Carillon Brewing Co. boasts the nation’s only fully operational brewery in a museum. By Leo DeLuca


Volunteer organization making a difference in the lives of young musicians. By Natasha Baker

23 Interior designers to showcase their talents

at the Leland Manor. By David Bukvic


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MIDWESTERN TRAVELER WEATHER 30 From sweet to savory, Kentucky offers culinary 66 Deadly tornado ripped through Xenia 45 years ago. trails for all tastes. By Corinne Minard

By Val Beerbower

39 Gatlinburg, Tennessee, celebrates the end of winter 68 TRANSPORTATION with a series of special events. By Corinne Minard 41 GROWTH

Dayton History’s new multipurpose center to open soon at Carillon Historical Park. By Kevin Michell


Troy officials seeking new businesses and workers to fill jobs. By Eric Spangler


Four stores in Oakwood that will help fill the spring shopping bags. By Natasha Baker

Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission connects people with transportation. By Tim Walker


71 Montgomery County organization provides mental health support for people.

By Jennifer Patterson Lorenzetti

76 Kettering Health Network on the cutting edge of neurological treatment. By Beth Langefels


Cutting-edge research driving cancer care at Dayton Physicians Network.


By Jennifer Patterson Lorenzetti


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Invite wildlife to your home’s backyard with colorful and fragrant plants. By Eric Spangler Rivertown Brewery celebrates its 10th anniversary with new food, classic brews and goats. By Kevin Michell



Husband’s Alzheimer’s Diagnosis Means a Sad Farewell to Magazine Duties I

t is w it h g reat reg ret and sadness that I am a n nou nci ng t he end of my tenure as editor of this wonderful magazine. Since the beginning and for the six fantastic years that followed, I have had t he joy and pleasure of bringing you articles about the wonderful people and organizations of Dayton that make this such a great place to live, work and raise a family. Just after the first of the year, my husband was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. At just 48 years old, this diagnosis was staggering to our family. As most of you know, we owned a small hobby farm in Waynesville and have enjoyed getting to know so many members of this great communit y through our efforts to feed our own and our customers’ families. We have shut down the farm and intend to move soon to a new home that will allow us to focus all of our efforts on enjoying every minute of the time we have left together. As a part of that effort, I need to relinquish my responsibilities here at the magazine in order to better take care of my husband and kids. I have loved hearing from readers

and subscribers about content I have created and shared. I enjoyed every single episode of Liv ing D a y t on I “starred in” with the fabulous folks there. It was always my goal to provide you with stories that touched your lives, broadened your horizons and gave you a retort to that all familiar quip, “There is nothing to do in Dayton!” I look forward to maintaining my subscription to the magazine because, like you, I don’t want to miss a minute of all that Dayton has to offer. I appreciate all of the wonderfully caring messages I have received from many of you already as we have made this news known. My hope is that the magazine continues to grow under new direction and will continue to be a fixture in your homes and offices.


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1 Dayton Comment: Shocking revelations expected to unfold in our fair city–maybe by Jim Bucher 2 Inside Dining: Wat da Pho by Ginny McCabe 3 A Shot at Fame by Natasha Baker 4 Best of Dayton by The Editors 5 Live Well Dayton: Cancer Care by Jennifer Patterson Lorenzetti

DAYTON ›› CONTRIBUTORS Natasha Baker has lived in the Miami Valley her entire life. Originally from Eaton, she and her husband and three kids currently own Bakers Acres Farms in Waynesville where they naturally raise beef cattle, hogs and chickens. A writer and public relations professional by trade, she also teaches writing and PR at the University of Dayton and is working on a memoir about her farm adventures.

Jim Bucher has covered every local business, nonprofit, higher education institution and family event across the Miami Valley on WDTN Channel 2 for more than 25 years. Honors include induction in the Dayton Area Broadcasters Hall of Fame and as a “Dayton Original” from the city of Dayton. In addition to his column here in Dayton Magazine ‘Buch’ handles marketing and PR with his business

Jennifer Patterson Lorenzetti is a writer, speaker and owner of Hilltop Communications. She is the author of four published books, including Fast, Cheap, and Good: Sustainability, One Choice at a Time. She and her husband, Dan, have lived in Dayton for more than 20 years and are active ballroom dancers.


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Leo DeLuca’s writing has been featured by Ohio Magazine, The A.V. Club, Aviation for Women, and more. He is currently working with American Heritage on its plans for a digital relaunch. The co-author of Dayton’s Spirit of Community Service and Leadership (Dayton History, 2016), DeLuca is a three-time All Ohio Excellence in Journalism award winner.

Timothy Walker is a 51-yearold writer who lives in Dayton with his wife, Elizabeth, their two children and a houseful of dogs. He was born and raised in West Virginia and he sold his first story in 1988. In his spare time he enjoys writing and reading weird fiction, offbeat films, jazz music and cooking chili. He is also an ordained minister.

Beth Langefels has been a freelance writer in the Dayton area for more than a decade, publishing in the Dayton Daily News, the Vandalia Drummer News and the Dayton B2B Magazine. She works for the Miami Valley Division of the American Heart Association as the communications and marketing director.

Val Hunt Beerbower lives in Dayton with her husband, Mike. A graduate of Ohio University, Beerbower’s career in print and digital media spans more than 12 years. The couple spends their time updating their centenarian home, cruising bike paths and rivers, and taking in the vibrant downtown Dayton scene.


The Real Deal

Donna Cox and a Christian ministry guide and assist women in strip clubs BY TIM WALKER


lashing lights illuminate a small stage where a scantily clad young lady dances, surrounded by fog and thumping music. There may be dollar bills here but there is no sense of compassion, and—with many young women trapped in what can turn into the ultimate “dead-end job”—there is little room for hope. Yet here, in this most unlikely of environments, Donna Cox and a Christian ministry spread a message of love and understanding to those who may need it the most. Every week Cox and OneHeart Dayton, a ministry whose home base is the Salem Church of God in Clayton, visit strip clubs in the Miami Valley and serve homecooked meals to the entertainers who work there and show them there is more to our community than condemnation and judgement. They work hard to earn the trust and build relationships with some of the most vulnerable women in our local area. “Many of these women don’t have strong family support,” says Cox, a licensed professional counselor who founded OneHeart Dayton in 2010. “Many of them lack educational opportunities, they may be addicted or they may be struggling to make ends meet,” she says. “They are women who are trying to support children, who may have criminal records and who are at high risk of being trafficked.” For nearly 10 years now Cox has been working hard and dedicating countless hours to empowering young women who usually

Donna Cox and a Christian ministry help women in the strip club industry by serving home-cooked meals and attending their court hearings, weddings, baby showers, graduations and funerals. expect only to be shunned or ridiculed. “At first,” Cox says, ”I was ‘The Church Lady,’ which I didn’t mind. Now, however, they call me ‘Momma Donna,’ or simply ‘Mom,’ which I love.” With OneHeart Dayton, Cox has made a commitment to fearlessly and relentlessly be there, to show up, with love and support. She shows up at court hearings, in hospital rooms, at weddings and baby showers, at graduations and—sadly—at funerals. OneHeart Dayton delivers gifts when they are least expected, provides furniture, school supplies, food and friendship to those who need it most. In addition to its other services, OneHeart Dayton also provides local entertainers with professional counseling services, triage and referrals to appropriate social services such as drug and alcohol rehabilitation,

scholarships for GED and a variety of educational opportunities. It strives to reach out and genuinely show love to every person that—as members of the ministry are fond of saying—God puts in their path. It may strike some as unusual for a devout, God-fearing professional woman like Cox to spend her free time reaching out to the women who work in Dayton’s strip clubs. And she admits that at first she was nervous and that she’s also met with some resistance at times. But as one local entertainer puts it, “Donna is this 5’0” dynamo that you don’t ever want to underestimate. This tiny little blonde lady will never give up on you. She will do everything in her power as long as she has breath to help you. I trust her... she is the real deal.” Amen to that. n DAYTON MAGAZINE . April/May 2019



Not So Secret Dayton Masonic Center is a gem in the Gem City



hat do John Glenn, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Bob Evans, (You know … down on the farm?) and Congressman Mike Turner all have in common? All are Masons. It was pre-determined for 10-year-old Turner. His father was a Mason. Mason’s have a long history in our country and in Dayton, too. Just notice the extremely large structure on the hill next to the Dayton Art Institute? That’s the Dayton Masonic Center, dating back almost a century. “The men who built this building were leaders in every facet of life 90 years ago.” says Randy Clark, COO of Dayton Masonic Center. “Today we have to tell our story and let people know we are still here and still matter,” he says. And what a story it is. Dayton Masonic Center was built by the Dayton Masonic Temple Association, consisting of 14 masonic groups. It took almost three years to complete at a cost of $2.5 million—an estimated $30 million in today’s dollars—and the doors opened April 3, 1928. Get this … the building is 265 feet long by 190 feet wide by 80 feet high and encloses 5 million cubic feet. It is constructed of steel, cement and stone, including 55,000 cubic feet of Bedford stone and 15,000 cubic feet of hard limestone and marble from Vermont, Alabama and Tennessee. And, you know I love local history, the location where the Dayton Masonic Center now stands at 525 W. Riverview Ave. north of the Great Miami River was referred to as the Stoddard property and was bought by the Dayton Consistory, and bequeathed to 14 then existing Masonic bodies. Ground-


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ABOVE: The Dayton Masonic Center has been an icon in the city’s Steele’s HillGrafton Hill Historic District since 1928. LEFT: U.S. Congressman Mike Turner on the grand portico of the Dayton Masonic Center in 1970. The Kettering Tower is under construction in the background.

breaking for the new building began July 20, 1925. The building is now a proud, contributing property in the Steele’s Hill-Grafton Hill Historic District, a historic district that was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. “It is amazing to walk into this building every day. Not only is it overwhelming to think about the generations who built and used this building … but to think about the thousands who drive by every day,” Clark says. Kinda’ cool and, as they say, “They don’t make ’em that way anymore.” But, though it was built to last, even this grand lady needs a little TLC. “We recent ly added $13 million of improvements. The building is now air-

conditioned, added an elevator where our main entrance is now located, renovated the entrance, remodeled the women’s restroom near the ballroom and added a women’s restroom on the auditorium level. We also did upgrades to the men’s rooms on all floors,” Clark says. Back in the day, my grandfather Tom Herman was in the Mason’s Scottish Rite and never really spoke of the inner temple goings on. I did know they are a fraternal organization that unites men of good character who through different religions, ethnic or social backgrounds share a belief in the fatherhood of God and brotherhood of mankind. For the most part though, I, along with many, were clueless, but times are a changin’. “We do have some secrets, but not many,” Clark says. “Our initiation ceremonies are private and we have signs and handshakes to identify ourselves to another member. But are proud to tell the world who we are and what we do. We are opening our build-

The Dayton Masonic Center is available to host almost any kind of event from weddings and receptions to corporate parties and meetings. ing so people can see this and experience this unique facility that we love,” he says. And did you know it has a restaurant open to the public? “That is correct, The Square and Compasses Cafe on our lower level is open weekdays for lunch,” Clark says. “We also offer lunchtime meeting space for civic groups like Rotary, Exchange Club, Optimists and avail-

able to host almost any kind of event—weddings and receptions, graduations, corporate parties and meetings, charity fundraisers, family events. We have rooms that will hold 50 people and up, a huge ballroom and an 1,700-seat auditorium,” Clark says. In recent years additional land adjacent to the Dayton Masonic Center was acquired, a portion of which has been converted into

a parking area that accommodates 250 vehicles. The balance of the surrounding area is beautifully landscaped, adding natural beauty to the entire complex. It is awesome. “I’d like think we would be far better known as a place to hold your signature event and as a place where every person in Dayton can say, ‘The Masonic Center? I’ve been there lots of times,’” Clark says. “I also hope it would be seen as a place where men in our area could have the best fraternal experience available anywhere,” he says. So, times are a changin’, but the misnomer that this place is for old men out of touch with modern times, Clark says that is “fake news.” “We try to be more visible and open, younger men seem to be rediscovering what the men before them knew—this is a place worth being and a group that will make you a better man, father, citizen and friend.” Bet 10-year-old Mike Turner would agree. n Cheers! Buch

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Ales of Yesteryear

Carillon Brewing Co. boasts the nation’s only fully operational brewery in a museum BY LEO DELUCA


opper gas lamps light the walkway outside Carillon Brewing Co. Beyond the towering white oak doors—sashsawn in 19th century fashion—the smell of charcoal, wood fire and timber fills the air. Wearing a billowing bishop-sleeved shirt on a 14-foot brick furnace above a bustling crowd, head brewer Kyle Spears draws water from a handmade copper kettle. “We are about to begin the processes of mashing and lautering,” says Spears. “We use replica equipment, 19th century techniques and traditional recipes, many pulled from archival Dayton material.” Nearby, malt is milled by hand; a man mends his trousers with thread and needle;


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and costumed servers present braunschwiger, Wiener schnitzel and more. The historical German, Irish and English offerings are in homage to Dayton’s early settlers. This is Carillon Brewing Co.—an 1850sstyle brewery, restaurant, and museum that opened at Carillon Historical Park nearly five years ago. “Carillon Brewing Co. is the nation’s only fully operational brewery in a museum,” says Spears. “It is truly one of a kind.” American oak barrels line the brewery floor, each capped by an artful panel detailing the history and science of brewing. In sourcing city directories, canal records, farmers’ reports and the like, Carillon Historical Park carefully analyzed the influences of breweries on the city’s evolution during the latter half of the 1800s. “Time, thought and care was put into every last detail,” says Dayton History President and CEO Brady Kress. “Colonial Williamsburg’s cooperage made our mash tun and oak buckets. The door hinges and handles were hand-forged by a Pennsylvania blacksmith. We tried to be as authentic as possible—right down to the cut nails in the sash-sawn timbers.” Carillon Brewing Co. re-creates 1850s Dayton life via brewing production, exhibits and a full-service restaurant. Theirs is a story of a developing Midwestern city in a growing nation. It’s a tale that spans

The Carillon Brewing Co. uses replica equipment and 19th century techniques to brew beer in an 1850s-style brewery, restaurant and museum. agriculture, industry, science, immigration, civilization, progress, culture and more. And all of it is told through food and drink. Plans for the brewing complex began in 2007 and Carillon Brewing Co. marked its grand opening in August 2014. “We wanted to be the first museum in the country to actually have a full-scale production brewery where everybody’s in costume,” says Kress. “It’s an educational experience. You see it from grinding the grain to filling your glass—a production brewery. People can taste it, people can buy it, people can take it home.” With every grain of hand-milled malt, with every batch of ale, not only is history replicated, but Carillon Brewing Co. tells Dayton’s story in a new, fun and fascinating way—a tale that its creators hope to expound upon in the future. “We have begun corking two varieties of wine, Carillon Concord and Carillon Catawba,” says Kress. “We are close to having the infrastructure to make distilled spirits as well, so that would bring us full circle. When we have a facility that is able to teach these historic processes of distilling, brewing and winemaking, the project will be complete.” n

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DAYTON ›› SCENE AleFeast Celebrates its 11th Anniversary

More than 800 people attended the 11th annual AleFeast Feb. 2 at the Dayton Convention Center. Over 60 local, national and international craft breweries presented more than 80 beers that were paired with 18 fine-food purveyors from the Miami Valley. Nick Mitchell performed live music. Craft beer met fine food at AleFeast.

Wines complementing the food were included at each craft beer table.

Beer, wine and food combined to make an enjoyable event.

More than 80 beers were available at AleFeast.

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come with professional sound systems, theatrical lighting, advanced audio/visual technology, flexible seating arrangement options, and more. Contact Kim Dellinger, Events Manager, at (937) 496-8519 or

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Zoot Theatre Company residency in the Opportunity Space at St. Clair 12

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are designed for nonprofits who want to host activities, demonstrate creativity in action and present educational displays and programs. Each Opportunity Space has its own entrance. Contact Jayne Klose, Community Engagement Manager, at (937) 496-8508 or email


Celebrating the African-American Community Fund

The African-American Community Fund, a component fund of The Dayton Foundation, hosted its inaugural breakfast meeting Feb. 12 at Sinclair Community College. More than 170 people were in attendance to learn more about the fund and its mission to promote philanthropy within the African-American community. The breakfast included an introduction to the board and its new president, Ronnie Redd of Ronnie Redd State Farm Insurance, and a presentation of the fund’s 2017-18 annual report with an overview of the fund’s milestones since its founding in 1992.

Shenise Turner-Sloss, Joshua Johnson, Debbie Carter, Ronnie Redd, D’Angelo Dean and Eric Walker-Mabry

Joshua Johnson, immediate-past president, African-American Community Fund

Amaha Sellassie, Gem City Market, AfricanAmerican Community Fund grant recipient

Eliza Straughter, African-American Community Fund scholarship recipient

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DAYTON ›› SCENE Troy Businesses Honored at Chamber Dinner

The Troy Chamber of Commerce hosted its Annual Dinner and Business Excellence Awards on Feb. 21. The event highlights the role of the chamber in the community, accomplishments from the previous year and recognizes local business through the Business Excellence Awards. The awards are given annually to businesses that excel at what they do and support the Troy community.

Business Excellence Award recipient – Small Size Business Category – KSM Metal Fabrication. Pictured are Jenni Buchert and President Kathy Kerber.

Past Chairman of the chamber board Jim Stubbs, Miami County treasurer; Joe Dickerson, president, Koverman, Staley, Dickerson Insurance; Greg Taylor, Arbogast Ford; Mark Henestofel, UBS; Jon Dankworth, Crown Equipment; and Larry Smith, owner of Smiths’ Boathouse.

Transportation challenges? can provide you with contacts and general information about ride options in the Miami Valley. Select the location, the type of ride you wish to use, and the purpose of your ride to view a list of transportation providers that may meet your needs.

We welcome you to visit our campus during one of our Welcome Wednesdays!




MARCH 13 • APRIL 10 • MAY 8 8:15-11:am



What to expect: • Guided school tour • Receive admissions information • Opportunity to schedule a follow-up Shadow Day • Ask questions, get answers!

Check out these additional opportunities to visit Spring Valley Academy! MARCH 13 • Open House 8:00am-3:00pm

MAY 8 • Step-Up Day 1:00pm-3:00pm

• For all new students in Grades K-11 • Those attending receive Admission Discount Coupon (value up to $100) • Meet the SVA administration, teachers and staff • Join us and see SVA in action!

• For students currently in Grades K-7 • All current and prospective students will “step up” to their next grade level for an orientation with their next year’s teacher

MARCH 13 • Kindergarten Round-up 2:00pm-3:30pm

MAY 8 • Academy Day 11:00am-9:30pm

• For all students ages 4-5 (rsvp requested) • Little Stallion kick-off begins in multi-purpose room with fun, kid-friendly activities • Parents will visit the classroom and be given an introduction to our Early Childhood Program at SVA • Ask questions, get answers!

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For SVA Grades 8 and all visiting students in Grade 8-11 Experience different classroom settings Academic scholarship testing Fun scavenger hunt after school Dayton Dragons game and dinner in luxury box 9:30 pm approximate return to SVA for parent pick-up

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Blake and Dave Arbogast, Business Excellence nominee in the Large Business category

Troy Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kathi Roetter with Business Excellence Award recipient – Medium Size Business Category – Buffalo Wild Wings Director of Operations Darcy Bruns and General Manager Jordan Schatz.

Kate Lins, owner of Upper Valley Hearing and Balance, a Business Excellence nominee, with staff.

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Sleeping Beauty: The Story of Briar Rose April 12-14 PHOTO BY SCOTT ROBBINS

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Come True The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s volunteer organization making a difference in the lives of young musicians By Natasha Baker 20

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t started in f ift h grade. W hen I brought home that shiny, new flute, I knew music would always be a part of my life. By middle school I was playing not only the flute but also the oboe and bassoon. I had a dream of being a band director and sharing my joy of performing with a new generation of band geeks. Fast forward to high school and I had the pleasure of going to my first performance of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. I can remember the excitement of taking the school bus on the hour-long trip into the ‘big city’ to hear and truly understand what a performance of this magnitude was like. They didn’t disappoint. After just the first few notes of the “1812 Overture” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky I was hooked. I could not understand how all of my friends were not as impressed and overwhelmed by all of the notes flying around Memorial Hall. Although misunderstood by the students

I was with, my experience was not unique. Students from schools all over the Miami Valley were there that day to share in this wonderful adventure. And all of us had the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association to thank.

Who is the DPVA

Created in 1952, The Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association has an ongoing mission of supporting the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra specifically with educational programs, event and performance promotions, fundraising and membership development. One of the largest education programs in the United States, Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association’s Young People’s Concert Previews like the one I attended are award winning. In addition to bringing students to the orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association sends

Proceeds from the 40th annual Designers’ Show House and Gardens May 3-19 will benefit music education, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association.

orchestra members into schools to provide encouragement to young musicians through the Q the Music Classroom and Orchestra & You programs. Violinists, flautists, trombonists, and even the occasional bassoonist would share their talents and love of music with students like me dying to learn more.

Providing opportunity

In addition to the educational programs the organization raises money to provide scholarships for college and summer music camps, cover the cost of youth orchestra participation fees and pay for musicians and entire music programs to attend competitions and awards events. The group also provides financial assistance to help area music programs with sectional coaches and in acquiring music. Every year, Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association sponsors the Concerto Competition, a competition designed to identify outstanding talented young musicians in the Dayton area. The goal is to not only encourage young musicians to pursue musical study but also to give them a sense of what music competition is like. Open to area high school sophomores

through seniors Concerto auditions are conducted for piano, strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. Distinguished area musicians judge the students. Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director Neal Gittleman judges the finals. The winner receives a $500 cash award and is the featured soloist with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra at a Young People’s Concert the following season. Probably the most well known faces of the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association are all those friendly ushers who guide and direct students to their seats and ensure that there is a modicum of good behavior happening throughout the educational concerts. In fact in my first experience there were a couple of older gentlemen located at the back of theatre behind my class. The performance began with a lovely version of the Star Spangled Banner after which two, rather drunk gentlemen yelled out, “Play Ball!” The speed at which the ushers had them out of their seats and out the doors was impressive to say the least!

Unique opportunities

As a musician, the most impactful role the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association played in my life was to provide used instruments to my school’s band programs. Its donation of oboes and bassoons to both the middle school and high school band programs insured that I had experience playing instruments my family could never have afforded on our own (even used, a

bassoon goes for upward of $4,000). Those instruments, along with some incredible instruction from my band directors, helped me secure a scholarship on bassoon for my first year at Bowling Green State University and put the dream of a college education in my grasp.

How you can help

In May, Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association will host the 40th annual Designers’ Show House and Gardens. The grand Tudor home is owned by David and Barbette Spitler. Known as The Leland Manor it is located at 1375 E. Siebenthaler Ave. and is adjacent to Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark. Designers, contractors, electricians, gardeners, plumbers and painters are currently all over the estate working to create an incredible design environment for visitors to tour. The Leland Manor gets its name from the Leland family that built the home and estate in 1926. A self-taught mathematician and engineer, George Leland moved his growing family to the area to work for Delco Products Division in 1918. Their incredible, 6700-square-foot home sits on 4.8 acres with tennis courts, gardens, six bedrooms and three-and-half baths. The Designers’ Show House and Gardens event will be May 3 through May 19. All proceeds benefit music education, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association. For more information or to get tickets visit n DAYTON MAGAZINE . April/May 2019


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A Proud Legacy Interior designers to showcase their skills at the Leland Manor to benefit Dayton Philharmonic group BY DAVID BUK VIC


n the first half of the 20th century, a midsized city in the heart of our nation was hard at work creating the new technologies that would put America on the map for innovation and manufacturing. In a very short time, Dayton, Ohio, had become the cradle of the industrial revolution, ushered in by giants such as the Wright Brothers and John Patterson along with many others who left their stamp on the new age as well. These were men of high ambition and rare genius. Enter George Leland, a man cast from the same mold. His talent was innate. Selftaught in mathematics and engineering, he was responsible for more than 100 patents over the course of his amazing career. He arrived in Dayton in 1918 with three little girls and a pregnant wife to take a job at the growing Delco Products Division where he designed a winding machine capable of mass production of coils for Charles “Boss” Kettering’s new aircraft generator. Of course, George Leland and Hazel Leland required a unique home to contain their burgeoning family and expanding interests. Raised on a farm, Leland wanted some green space around his home. So, he directed his attention north of Dayton. As their family grew from three little girls to a total of 6 children they began to plan for a house at 1375 E. Siebenthaler Ave. Between 1926 and 1932 the home was constructed and the family moved in. At 6,700 square feet the home was large enough to hold them all,

TOP: Just a few of the Leland Electric Co.’s 500 workers, seen here at their post in the assembly department in 1936. BOTTOM: Conductor Paul Katz and his new orchestra at the Dayton Art Institute auditorium at the first concert on June 1, 1933. including his various projects, yet gracious enough to be a warm, solid family home. The Leland Manor sits on four acres where tennis courts and gardens welcomed both family and guests. It overlooks the Wegerzyn Garden Center and boasts six bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, fireplaces, wood floors and exposed beams throughout. It is a wonderful example of the classic Tudor style which was the rage in American home design up through WWII. Leland was a man who needed to control his own destiny. By the mid-1930s he had departed Delco and was now running his own manufacturing facility at 1501 Webster St. The Leland Electric Co. employed 500 workers and sold a variety of electric motors of Leland’s design. The company was affectionately known as “The Leland” and helped carry many Dayton families through the Great Depression. At the same time, up the hill at the new

Dayton Art Institute, an enterprising young musician named Paul Katz was premiering a new orchestra. Known first as the Dayton Chamber Orchestra, and later as the Dayton Philharmonic, the new organization’s first concert was June 1, 1933. A 25-cent ticket would buy you a seat. Two decades later, the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association was born to support the education mission of the orchestra and its youth orchestra. And now, these two threads of history have come together as the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association presents a glimpse into our city’s legacy, re-envisioned through the skills of local interior designers. The 2019 Designer’s Show House and Gardens opens on May 3 featuring the Leland Manor. The proceeds will help support the Dayton Philharmonic’s many education programs. George and Hazel would be proud. n DAYTON MAGAZINE . April/May 2019


A&E Calendar of Events

APRIL Les Miserables

April 2-7 Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Miserables, direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. Tu-F 8 p.m., Sa 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Su 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $26. Schuster Center, 1 W. Second St., Dayton. 228-3630.

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2

April 6 Marvel at the talents of Nikita Mndoyants, the latest winner of the Cleveland International Piano Competition, as the Springfield Symphony Orchestra steadfastly champions young talents destined for greatness. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $27. Clark State Performing Arts Center, 300 S. Fountain Ave., Springfield. 328-3874,


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The Moth

April 11 The Moth Mainstage features five storytellers, working from a common theme, who develop and shape their stories with a director. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $28. Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton. 228-3630,

Martin Sexton

April 11 Martin Sexton returns with what Rolling Stone calls his “soul-marinated voice,” acoustic guitar and a suitcase full of heartfelt songs. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $38. PNC Arts Annex-Theatre, 46 W. Second St., Dayton. 228-3630,

Sleeping Beauty: The Story of Briar Rose

April 12-14 The Dayton Ballet presents the story of Sleeping Beauty with a few creative twists. Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty performed by the Dayton Philharmonic

Orchestra. Tickets start at $18. F-Sa 8 p.m., Su 3 p.m. Schuster Center, 1 W. Second St., Dayton. 228-3630.

Sensory Friendly–Sleeping Beauty: Florian Schulz: Into the Artic Kingdom

April 13 The Dayton Ballet presents the story of Sleeping Beauty with a few creative twists. Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty performed by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. This production is specifically designed for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing diagnoses and other special needs. $25. 2 p.m. Schuster Center, 1 W. Second St., Dayton. 228-3630.

The Story of Briar Rose

April 14-15 His multi-year quest to document the Arctic took photographer Florian Schulz to the ends of the Earth. He camped for weeks in jarring winter conditions, accompanied traditional

Inuit hunters and sailed the arctic waters, all to get an intimate look at life in the Arctic. Su 3 p.m., M 7 p.m. Tickets start at $29. Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton. 228-3630,

Mozart at the Museum: Stravinsky L’Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale)

April 18 Igor Stravinsky provides a musical setting of the legend of Faust, in which a returning WWI soldier sells his violin to the devil in return for the promise of fortune and wisdom. 7 p.m. $40. Springfield Museum of Art, 107 Cliff Park Road, Springfield. 328-3874,


April 25-May 12 Middle-aged Greg brings home a dog he found—or rather, one that found him—in the park. With no other identification other than “Sylvia” on her nametag, she’s a streetsmart mutt with a mind of her own and no shortage of opinions. Tu-W 7 p.m., Th-Sa 8 p.m., Su 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. Tickets start at $14. Loft Theatre, 126 N. Main St., Dayton. 2283630,

Sgt. Pepper’s Complete

April 27-28 Maestro Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra share the stage with the band Classical Mystery Tour for a full performance of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Sa 8 p.m. Tickets start at $32. Schuster Center, 1 W. Second St., Dayton. 228-3630.

The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System

April 27 When the planetarium is closed and the field trip is ruined Ms. Frizzle saves the day. The Magic School Bus blasts off into outer space to explore the solar system. 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. $16. Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton. 228-3630,

Sundays 9pm • April 14 — May 19

Sensory Friendly–The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System

April 28 When the planetarium is closed and the field trip is ruined Ms. Frizzle saves the day. The Magic School Bus blasts off into outer space to explore the solar system. This production is great for all families, especially for children with an autism spectrum disorder, sensory sensitivity and other special needs. 2 p.m. $16. Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton. 228-3630,

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Sgt. Pepper’s: The Classical Connections Edition

April 28 The unique Sundae Classics format features musical examples and explanation by Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra artistic director Neal Gittleman. Along with guest rock ensemble Classic Mystery Tour, Gittleman will take you on a very special tour through The Beatles’ classic album, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. A casual Q&A and ice cream social with a free scoop of Graeter’s follows the performance. 3 p.m. Tickets start at $9. Schuster Center, 1 W. Second St., Dayton. 228-3630.

MAY Annie

May 3-4 Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. F 8 p.m., Sa 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Tickets start at $22.50 Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton. 228-3630,


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The Sound of Music

May 3 The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony-, Grammy- and Academy Award-winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $38. Clark State Performing Arts Center, 300 S. Fountain Ave., Springfield. 328-3874,

DCDC Golden Anniversary Gala Concert

May 4 Join the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for a night of celebration of dance and community in the performing arts in Dayton. 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $28. Schuster Center, 1 W. Second St., Dayton. 228-3630.

Fallen Angels

May 6 Best friends Julia and Jane are both in stable—but sometimes boring—marriages.

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Their lives are turned upside down when a past lover of both ladies plans a visit. 7 p.m. $20. Loft Theatre, 126 N. Main St., Dayton. 228-3630,

Cat & Nat #MOMTRUTHS Live

May 9 Hilarious best friends Cat and Nat created a massive online community of moms by sharing their ultra-real and just a bit Rrated dispatches from the mom trenches. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton. 228-3630,

The Young King

May 9-12 A naïve boy raised by goatherds is discovered to be heir to the kingdom. The achingly beautiful and tender language of Oscar Wilde joins the intimate and magical world of Slingsby Theatre Co. from Australia. Th & F 7 p.m., Sa 11 a.m., Su 1 & 4 p.m. $16. PNC Arts Annex-Theatre, 46 W. Second St., Dayton. 228-3630,

Salome May 17 and 19 Thinker in the World. 5:45 p.m. Tickets start at $19. Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton. 228-3630,

Beethoven’s 9th-Ode to Joy

May 18 Local favorite Trudy Faber, harpsichordist, returns to the Springfield Symphony Orchestra stage and revisits one of the landmarks of music, the “Ode to Joy.” 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $27. Clark State Performing Arts Center, 300 S. Fountain Ave., Springfield. 328-3874,

“Moonlight Serenade,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” “String of Pearls” and “Tuxedo Junction” back to the stage. Even 80 years after founding his famous orchestra Glenn Miller’s music is alive and well. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $48. Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton. 228-3630,


Mauceri Meets Daurov

May 10-11 Guest conductor John Mauceri and guest cellist Adrian Daurov perform Prokofiev’s “Overture on Hebrew Themes,” Bernstein’s “Three Meditations from MASS,” Bruch’s “Kol nidrei” and Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 5” with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. F & Sa 8 p.m. Tickets start at $9. Schuster Center, 1 W. Second St., Dayton. 228-3630.

Marshall Goldsmith

May 14 What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Get Even Better. Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is the only two-time winner of the Thinkers 50 Award for No. 1 Leadership


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May 17 and 19 Adapted from a play by Oscar Wilde, Salome retells the biblical account of the death of John the Baptist, all because of the lust of a king, a salacious dance and a promise to fulfill. F 8 p.m., Su 3 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Schuster Center, 1 W. Second St., Dayton. 228-3630.

Dave Bennett

May 21 Michigan clarinet phenomenon Dave Bennett debuts his new show Rockin’ the 50s, featuring the music of Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and more. 7:30 p.m. Students $5, adults $30. Centerville Performing Arts Center, 500 E. Franklin St., Centerville. 853-8292,

The Glenn Miller Orchestra

May 29 The world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra brings timeless classics like “In the Mood,”

Hello Louis! A Tribute to Louis Armstrong

May 31-June 1 Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra welcome guest artist Byron Stripling for a concert featuring the works of Louis Armstrong. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $14. Schuster Center, 1 W. Second St., Dayton. 228-3630. Don’t see your event? Visit to add it to our online listings for free.


A Taste of the Bluegrass State From sweet to savory, Kentucky offers culinary trails for all tastes

Pivot Brewing is on the Brewgrass Trail



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PURE SMALL TOWN CHARM. – Family Activities – • International Kite & Cultural Fest - April • Horsey Hundred Bicycling Event - May

– Equine Activities – • Minutes from the Kentucky Horse Park

Kentucky Three-Day Event - April

• Old Friends Retired Thoroughbred Farm • Whispering Woods Riding Stables

– Picturesque Downtown – • Specialty Shops • Antiques • Scott County Arts and Cultural Center • Cafes and One-of-a-kind Restaurants • Georgetown and Scott County Museum

– Unbridled Fun – • Toyota Motor Manufacturing, KY, Inc. Tour • Country Boy Brewing • Bourbon 30 Spirits • Golf • Elkhorn Creek • Geocaching Trails • Yuko-en on the Elkhorn • Ward Hall • Close proximity to the Ark Encounter




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s the featured location of this year’s season of Top Chef (which has previously featured cities like New Orleans, Seattle and Miami and states like California) Kentucky is becoming a culinary destination for foodies throughout the country. For those who wish to taste the state’s cuisine there’s no better way to start than with a culinary trail. Kentucky is home to 11 unique trails that cover everything from craft beer to regional specialties like the Hot Brown.

HOT BROWN HOP The Hot Brown is one of those quintessential Kentucky dishes that you may have heard about but never tried. It’s an openfaced turkey sandwich served on toast with a Mornay sauce and bacon, and it was first created in Louisville in the 1920s. “It was actually created by a chef at the historic Brown Hotel, which is still in operation today,” says Stacey Yates, vice president of marketing communications for Louisville Tourism. At the time, locals would stay up late dancing at the hotel and

Try a delicious Hot Brown at one of about 40 restaurants on the Hot Brown Hop in Louisville.

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LEFT: Hot Brown Pizza at Troll Pub ABOVE: Hot Brown Tots at the Kentucky State Fair would grab something there to eat before they headed home. “Often it was ham and cheese or something left over from that night’s buffet. The chef at the time, … we think that he took the leftover turkey, he was tired of making hot ham and cheese and used turkey, … and he put it over toast, covered in a Mornay sauce, added cheese and bacon and broiled it, and people loved it so much that they started asking for the hot turkey sandwich from the Brown. Over


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The Ethereal Brewing Co. is on the Brewgrass Trail.

time it became the Hot Brown.” Today, about 40 restaurants—including the Brown Hotel—serve a version of the Hot Brown in Louisville. While many are known for their classic take on the dish, others offer unique variations you can’t find anywhere else. For example, the Napa River Grille offers a brunch version with an egg on it, the Come Back Inn makes an Italian version on Ciabatta and Winston’s Restaurant has the Not-so Brown, which has fish instead of turkey. “It’s not a passport, you’re not collecting stamps and checking them all off and winning anything necessarily,” says Yates. “It is meant to be a sort of self-guided tour if you will, or guidebook, to one of Louisville’s most original dishes.” However, diners can tweet about the trail or tag images with #hotbrownhop. Lexington Tourism has given away shirts, and even free trips, to those who use the hashtag.

BREWGRASS TRAIL While the state is most known for its

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LEFT: Country Boy Brewing’s taproom in Georgetown. ABOVE: Patio at the Distillery District, outside the Ethereal Brewing Co. COUNTRY BOY BREWING, COURTESY OF VISITLEX

Civil War Museum of the Western Theatre In Historic Bardstown, Kentucky Bourbon Capital of the World

The finest collection of Western Theatre Civil War artifacts in the United States! Plus! • Women’s Civil War Museum • General Hal Moore Military Museum • Historic Colonial Village 34

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Mirror Twin Brewing Co.’s Taproom

bourbon it has burgeoning craft beer scene as well. “We do say, ‘Respect bourbon but drink beer,’ when it comes to the Brewgrass Trail,” says Niki Heichelbech-Goldey, director of communications for VisitLEX in Lexington. “It’s kind of a nice alternative to folks that are out there doing the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.” At press time, 12 breweries with 14 locations were on the trail, though Heichelbech-Goldey says several more are being added this May. Participants can pick up a passport at any participating location and get started. To “conquer” the trail visitors need to visit all 12 breweries. You can then either mail the passport in or drop it off at the final brewery to claim a free T-shirt. Heichelbech-Goldey adds that the rules will change once the new breweries are added but are not finalized at this time. While bourbon may be on the brain of many visitors to Kentucky, HeichelbechGoldey says that the craft breweries in Lexington offer something you can’t find anywhere else.

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A culinary trail now celebrates beer cheese, which was first made in Clark County, Kentucky.


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LEFT: Check out the Beer Cheese Festival in downtown Winchester. ABOVE: Try the beer cheese at JK’s Forest Grove Grocery in Winchester.

“Our brewers here in the area have an added benefit in that they have personal relationships with the big distillers and are able to get some of those really fun used barrels, like Pappy (Van Winkle) barrels, and things that are harder to come by if you don’t have those relationships,” she says. “Country Boy and West Sixth both do really wonderful barrel programs. I think it just lends to a really great experience.” Also, Heichelbech-Goldey says, the trail has a lot of variety. For example, Blue Stallion specializes in German-style beers while Country Boy has a peanut butter stout and a jalapeno porter. Also on the trail is Pivot, the only cider brewer in the state that presses apples on site. “They started out making craft ciders—lots of different styles, it’s not just like your Woodchucks or things that people might know about on the mass production scale. There are some that taste to me kind of like a nice, dry champagne,” she says. DAYTON MAGAZINE . April/May 2019


DAYTON ›› MIDWESTERN TRAVELER BEER CHEESE TRAIL Beer cheese is another dish that was created in the Bluegrass state. The spread was first made in Clark County, which now has a culinary trail to celebrate it. “No two recipes are alike. That’s the thing about beer cheese—ever yone has their own spin,” says Nancy Turner, execut ive director of tourism for the Winchester-Clark County Tourism Commission. “The main ingredients of all beer cheeses are typically a sharp cheddar cheese, a beer and cayenne pepper. And from there people might use Worcestershire or they might put in mustard or they might put in onion powder. So from t he basic three ingredients people formulate their own recipes.” The t rail, located w it hin Winchester, has nine different permanent stops that feature a variety of beer cheeses served

in many ways. “When I was growing up it was t y pically just a dip but so many people are coupling it with burgers, sandwiches, in chili, people do different things with it. One new restaurant that joined the beer cheese trail is a restaurant downtown and they have their own homemade beer cheese vinaigrette,” says Turner. To participate diners can pick up a Beer Cheese Log at any restaurant on the trail. After visiting at least five stops they’re eligible for a free T-shirt. For those who truly love beer cheese, make sure to stop by downtown Winchester on the second Saturday of June for the Beer Cheese Festival. “That’s the only place in the world that you can pay $5 and eat as much beer cheese as you can possibly consume,” says Turner. n

Beer cheese complements a burger.


Sugar & Spice Trail: Northern Kentucky seems to have

Looking for more dining options? Kentucky offers eight more trails featuring a variety of food.

a sweet tooth with five candy shops for visitors to explore.

Bon Appetite Appalachia: While the full trail covers the

Fried Chicken Trail: No trip to Northern Kentucky is complete without fried chicken. Fourteen restaurants throughout the state show off the best Kentucky has to offer.

entirety of the Appalachia, Kentucky’s portion features more than 40 markets, restaurants, farm tours, festivals, vineyards, breweries and more that celebrate local traditions and flavors.

Western Kentucky BBQ Trail: More than 13 restaurants,

from Louisville to Paducah, showcase the region’s own version of barbecue, which typically features pulled or chopped pork cooked slowly over hickory coals.

Kentucky Bourbon Trail®: The state’s most famous culinary trail, it features 16 distillers throughout the state. Urban Bourbon Trail: For those looking to stay in one city Louisville is home to 44 bars and restaurants that feature bourbon.


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Country Ham Trail: Country ham—a salt-cured, hardwood

smoked and aged ham—is a state specialty. On this trail, you can visit seven stores and restaurants that feature ham from producers who have been making it more for than 100 years.

Kentucky State Parks Culinary Trail: Diners are invited to explore nature and the state’s culinary heritage on this trail. Each participating park offers a meal with recipes that are beloved locally.


Spring in the Mountains Gatlinburg, Tennessee, celebrates the end of winter with a series of special events BY CORINNE MINARD


hile Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is full of events all year long it’s particularly event-filled during the spring. “We’re known for the wildflowers that bloom in April and then also the mountains that turn that spring green,” says Marci Claude, public relations manager for the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Everything just comes alive and the baby bear cubs come out and the baby birds are everywhere and it’s just a wonderful time to be in the Smokies.” The spring festivities kick off April 12 with the Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Wine Weekend. This two-day event features the Gatlinburg Wine Tour on Friday April 12, and continues with the all-day Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Wine Fest on April 13 at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Twenty wineries will be at the event, and attendees will get to taste wines from them all while attending seminars and workshops. “New this year you can get a VIP ticket, which allows you to have access to a VIP room where you can go to take a respite from walking outside and there will be drinks there and snacks and things like that,” adds Claude.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: A Gatlinburg artist shows her marbling technique; the fountain at The Village; an artisan works on a piece of pottery; and a tour guide discusses the wildflowers.

Another event happening that weekend is Hands On Gatlinburg. April 12-14, artists and crafters with the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community—the largest collection of working artists and craftsmen in the United States—will offer classes to those who wish to learn their craft. “We have this beautiful community (of) second- and third-generation artists and crafters who wanted to provide opportunities for visitors to get hands on and make their own marbled scarf or journal or paint their own landscape or paint a gourd or create a piece of turned wood or create a piece of pottery that they could take home for themselves,” says Claude. No skill or experience is required. Claude advises those who are interested in participating to register ahead of time as classes do fill up. The last event of the spring in Gatlinburg celebrates spring itself. The Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, which is celebrating its 68th year, brings nature enthusiasts from around the world to view the region’s spectacular wildflowers. Held April 24-27, the event features more than 300 different

workshops and exhibitions on the flora and fauna of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Attendees can sign up for multiple days of the event or just one. Visit to learn more. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to get out in the Smokies and learn something that you didn’t know,” adds Claude. n

THE VILLAGE SHOPS The Village, an outdoor shopping location with a quant European village atmosphere, is celebrating 50 years in 2019. The Village is known for its many unique elements, such as handmade bricks, stained-glass windows and gas-lighting fixtures, that have been collected from across the South. It’s currently home to 27 shops and will be celebrating its anniversary in June with a special event. Visit to learn more. DAYTON MAGAZINE . April/May 2019



Modern History in the Making Dayton History’s new multipurpose center to open soon at Carillon Historical Park BY KEVIN MICHELL


ayton’s Carillon Historical Park has long been a valuable public space for the city and the surrounding region, but the impending completion of its new Heritage Center of Regional Leadership will add a magnificent multipurpose facility to the 65-acre open-air museum. Over its nearly 70 years of existence, Carillon Historical Park has provided a place for visitors that is chock full of historical exhibits and public amenities. In that span, the park and its parent organization Dayton History—founded in 2005 with the merger of Carillon Historical Park and the Montgomery County Historical Society—have kept adding to the appeal. This fall will bring the opening of one of the park’s biggest additions in a while. The 32,000-square-foot Heritage Center of Regional Leadership will connect the Carillon Brewing Co. with the nearby Kettering Family Education Center at the eastern end of the park. This new building will house historical exhibits such as a restored Barney & Smith railcar from 1904 and a gallery of regional leaders and their stories, as well as rentable spaces and rooms open to community use.

“Dayton History seeks to inspire generations by con nec t i ng t hem with the unique people, places and events that changed Day ton and the world,” says Lauryn Bayliff, director of community development for Dayton History. “With classrooms, meet ing spaces, a new exhibit gallery, an outdoor dining plaza, new restrooms and a banquet facility with seating for 700 guests the new Leadership Center will provide ample space to find such inspiration.” This new building joins many others in Carillon Historical Park that are equal parts public amenity and museum. The James F. Dicke Family Transportation Center, near the historic Morrison Bridge, continues to be one of the most popular destinations for outdoor weddings while also housing several restored 19th century vehicles. The handcarved Carousel of Dayton Innovation, featuring 29 figures of the city’s impact and legacy for children and families to ride, opened in 2011. Carillon Brewing Co., opened in 2014, is a brewery located within the park that functions both as museum and beer hall. There, brews and ciders are painstakingly created according to 19th century recipes. Construction of the Heritage Center of Regional Leadership began with a groundbreaking in July 2018. Now the slightly over yearlong project is on the verge of opening its doors to the public.

TOP: Rendering of the completed Heritage Center of Regional Leadership. ABOVE: Construction of Carillon Historical Park’s Heritage Center of Regional Leadership is almost completed. “We are delighted that several financial champions have stepped forward to help make this Leadership Center a reality,” says Dayton History President & CEO Brady Kress. The Heritage Center is yet another addition to one of the country’s fastest-growing historical centers, furthering Carillon Historical Park’s reputation as a unique and exemplary combination of public space, museum, educational and entertainment venue and event facility. In addition, it’s yet another helpful resource for aiding Dayton History’s mission of connecting visitors young and old with the figures and events which have shaped the city’s history. “We are hopeful Carillon Historical Park’s new Heritage Center of Regional Leadership will inspire a new generation of proud Daytonians that will someday make history all their own,” says Bayliff. n DAYTON MAGAZINE . April/May 2019



Open for Business Troy officials seeking new businesses and workers to fill jobs BY ERIC SPANGLER


hat is it about Troy that makes it a place where businesses want to locate? That’s easy, says Joseph A. Graves, the new president of the Troy


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Chamber of Commerce and CEO of the Troy Development Council. “It comes down to people,” says Graves. “The people here are genuine, hard-working people who actually love their community and have a tremendous amount of community pride.” That’s what convinced Graves to come to Troy and join the Chamber of Commerce and Troy Development Council, even though he had other opportunities in addition to Troy when he drove into the city for his interview. “As I drove in you could see the community pride on every street that you go down,” he says. “And the city has really put an emphasis on quality of life and community pride and it shows.” One business that is tapping into Troy’s emphasis on quality of life is the Kettering Health Network. A new, three-story, nearly 100,000-square-foot hospital is set to open later this year at 600 W. Main St, says Graves.

TOP: Chicago-based Conagra Brands plans to build a 62,800-square-foot expansion to its Troy plant that would create at least 50 new jobs. The Troy plant manufactures the Slim Jim brand of snack food in addition to The Max frozen pizzas and Duke’s meat snacks. ABOVE: Joseph A. Graves The new $60 million hospital will include inpatient beds, an emergency department, lab and imaging, surgery center and a medical office building for physician practices. The hospital is expected to employ

ABOVE: Troy Main Street provides flowers to local businesses in downtown Troy to beautify the area each summer. RIGHT: There is a push to create more residential housing in the downtown section of Troy. 120 people, he says. “It says a lot when a company wants to invest $60 million dollars in a downtown,” says Graves. “I think they see the vision of Troy.” Another company that continues to see the vision of Troy as a growing, prosperous community is Chicago-based Conagra Brands. The company recently received a tax abatement on new capital investments for 15 years for its plant at 801 Dye Mill Road. The plant manufactures the company’s Slim Jim brand of snack food in addition to The Max frozen pizzas and Duke’s meat snacks. T he ta x abatement w i l l a l low t he company to build a 62,800-square-foot expansion that includes $27 million in new construction and $42 million in new machinery and equipment. In addition to the current employment of nearly 750, the expansion would create at least 50 new jobs, says Graves. With new jobs comes the challenge of finding enough workers. Graves says the Troy Development Council’s No. 1 goal this year is workforce attraction. He says several businesses in Troy have told him they are unable to find qualified workers to fill jobs. He says the problem with finding qualified workers is “across the board,” including in fields such as maintenance, robotics and engineering. One of the biggest needs for workers is in the tool and die industry, says Graves. To combat that shortage of workers the Troy Development Council has a plan to begin social media marketing outside the

area, he says. The social media marketing push will target areas where business closures have been announced or where companies are downsizing. “When we see that a closure occurs and they have similar field sets that … our employers are looking for we’re going to be doing some focused marketing on those areas,” says Graves. “It’s very targeted,” he says. In addition to attracting workers to the area there’s also a need to create housing for new employees. Graves says he spoke with a local business that had recently hired 10 young professionals. None of them, he says, were able to find a place that suited their needs in Troy so they ended up living in Dayton. “I want them to live in Troy because I want them to shop here, I want them to eat here, I want them to go to the local restaurants and then eventually purchase a home and get a mortgage here and buy insurance here,” says Graves. “That’s the cycle when everybody wins.” Although developers have been building higher-end homes there’s a lack of apartments, condominiums and townhomes for new residents—especially those who are seeking to live in the downtown area of Troy, he says. The momentum for new housing in downtown Troy, however, is on the upswing. Nicole Loy, executive director of Troy Main Street, says building owners are starting to convert the upper floors of their downtown buildings into apartments. For example, Steve Smith, who owns

The Caroline restaurant and the building where it is located, is adding residential space to the third floor of the building, she says. “The carpet’s not laid yet but they have someone who has leased it and is waiting to be able to set foot and start using that space as their residence,” says Loy. “So people are wanting it faster than we can get it together, which is good news.” Troy developer Wade Westfall and his Four Sons Development company are also building new housing on Water Street in downtown Troy, she says. The company is constructing townhomes overlooking the Great Miami River. Troy Main Street officials are working hard to make sure that people have what they need when they think of living downtown, says Loy. One of the key businesses needed in a vibrant downtown is a grocery store. Connor Haren, who along with his wife, Hannah, owns Haren’s Market on Drury Lane and Garfield Avenue, is currently working to move the store to 2 E. Main St. on the public square. “So people will be able to do their grocery shopping right downtown,” says Loy. “We’re trying to be cognizant of what people need in this space and want to stay in that space and not have to go elsewhere for what their necessities are,” she says. Graves says Troy is always open to businesses wanting to relocate. “We have several large industrial tracts that are available and, of course, we have commercial opportunities as well and we would love to talk to anybody about locating in Troy, Ohio, USA,” says Graves. “We are open for business.” n DAYTON MAGAZINE . April/May 2019



Treasures of Oakwood Four stores that will help fill the spring shopping bags


pring is in the air and the shops of Oakwood offer you a pleasant shopping experience all within walking distance. Don’t miss these great stores and the many local bistros and cafes along the way.




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V i nt age s hop T he Toasty Barker Bout ique of fer s a f u l l range of antique items for your household. They even have a “vintage” closet of fun, classic pieces. Vintage paint-by-numbers set, $150 for all four pieces.

MARIA GOSSARD DESIGNS BLUE TURTLE TOYS For nearly 20 years Blue Turtle Toys has provided educational and fun toys for kids of all ages in the Oakwood area. Its new line of adorable plush animals are from Charlie Bears out of Cornwall, England. Prices range from $25-$90.


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Personalized stat ionar y makes any letter, thank-you note or invitation so much more. Artist Maria Gossard designs beautiful stationary for every occasion. She and her partner also provide full wedding-planning services from their shop in Oakwood. Prices vary.




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Connect with Nature Invite wildlife to your home’s backyard with colorful and fragrant plants BY ERIC SPANGLER


onnecting with nature can be as simple as stepping out into your own backyard, say landscaping experts. That’s because more and more people


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Many homeowners are choosing to incorporate water into their landscape.

Landscape designers can help homeowners choose the right plants for the right location. are choosing to install a landscape in their backyard that includes plants that attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, says Jerry Schelhorn, Grandma’s Gardens land-

scape designer and nursery manager. “ T h a t ’s t h e b i g trend,” he says. Clients no longer want a static landscape that looks like a “corporate” landscape with a bunch of evergreen shrubs that look the same all year, says Schelhorn. Clients these days are asking for plants with color and fragrance that attract insects and birds. One of the issues that may have caused more clients to seek plants that attract wildlife is the recent decline of pollinators such as honeybees and monarch butterflies, says Schelhorn. “I just had a customer—and I loved her phrase—she said, ‘I want life in my garden,’” he says. “People really enjoy seeing the birds

come to the garden and that’s the big trend. And being more organic,” says Schelhorn. “And I love it. I like nature and going organic.” Other trends for people installing landscaping include anything with fire and water, says Robert Siebenthaler, president of The Siebenthaler Co. “Firepits and fireplaces and water features to add a little feng shui to the Midwest is definitely popular,” he says. Another trend for backyard landscapes is installing an outdoor kitchen that includes a pizza oven, says Siebenthaler—although that may be a little more “trendy” than functional. “The number of times you have to cook a pizza to get your money back is not real good,” he says. Many people who come in to ask about landscaping services want to know whether it’s a good investment to put money into installing an indoor or outdoor living space, says Siebenthaler. That’s when Siebenthaler’s employees come in and act in an advisory capacity to suggest what kind of budget it would take to move the family outside to get more enjoyment out of the backyard, he says.

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Adding outdoor space is a great way to add functional and enjoyable living space to one’s home. “Outdoor living space is one of the cheapest ways to add really functional and enjoyable living space to your home and if it’s landscaped well it’s one of the only things that appreciates in value as trees and plants grow and provide shade

and that type of thing,” says Siebenthaler. Although it’s not always inexpensive, he says adding to a home’s outdoor living space is cheaper than adding indoor living space. “And when you think about it appreciating and the ability to utilize shade to reduce

energy costs and that type of thing the valuation makes sense,” says Siebenthaler. The most-asked question that Schelhorn gets from people inquiring about landscaping is whether a particular plant they like will work in the place they want to plant it. “They want to make sure and that’s why they’re coming to us, that what they like will work,” he says. For example, hydrangeas are very popular plants in the Dayton region, but recently a customer asked Schelhorn if hydrangeas would work in the front of her house. When Schelhorn found out the front of her house faced south he told her they would not grow well there because most hydrangeas do not flourish in the hot, baking sun. “And they’re like, ‘I’m so glad I came to you because I would have planted hydrangeas and I would have had a terrible time with them,’” he says. “So I make sure that what they want to do will work and we come up with something that they really love and enjoy.” Schelhorn says Grandma’s Gardens em-

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ployees enjoy educating customers. “We don’t just want to sell them a landscape package, we want them to be successful,” he says. “So we’re real big on education.” Grandma’s Gardens employees can visit a customer’s home and conduct an in-home consultation or customers can come in to the garden center with a picture or a leaf of a plant that is in distress and employees will try to determine what’s causing the problem, he says. Both Grandma’s Gardens and Siebenthaler’s offer complete landscape installation and design services. “We can come to your house and we can take measurements and pictures, draw up a landscape plan for you to look at and approve and then we can provide an estimate on the cost of installation,” says Schelhorn. Siebenthaler says his company’s services include installing hardscapes, patios, outdoor spaces and everything green. “We grow basically anything that is hardy in this area,” he says. For those who are looking to reduce the

Shady spots in the landscape require plants that thrive with little to no direct sunlight. costs of installing a new landscape Schelhorn says Grandma’s Gardens also offers a do-it-yourself option. “We can still do a (landscape) plan and then the customer can take the plan and install the landscape

on their own,” he says. “We can even pop out to their house and visit them during the process and give them advice onsite also,” says Schelhorn. “We try to make it as easy as possible.” n

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ith an ever-changing restaurant scene there are plenty of new places to try and old favorites to appreciate in the Greater Dayton area. We chose some of the Miami Valley’s many restaurant gems that range from hometown hangouts to fine dining, all offering their very best to you, their guest and customer. In this issue of Dayton Magazine we are delighted to share with you the 2019 Restaurant Guide.



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THE TROLL PUB AT THE WHEELHOUSE One of the newest restaurants in the Miami Valley is The Troll Pub at The Wheelhouse, housed on the first floor of the renovated Weustoff & Getz factory building that was built in 1868. Inside diners will find tabletops made from repurposed wood from the ceiling, hand-selected lighting from the early 1900s and custom chandeliers constructed out of old wagon wheels. The original Troll Pub restaurant opened in Louisville, Kentucky, in 2011 and the Dayton restaurant, which opened in March 2018, is its second location, says Chad Werra, gen-

eral manager. The pub-style food includes sandwiches, pasta, pizza, wings, burgers and steak, he says. Werra has a couple of suggestions for firsttimers to the restaurant. “Our beer cheeseburger and beer cheese and pretzel appetizer are a must have,” he says. The cheeseburger comes on a pretzel bun with deep-fried onions smothered in the beer cheese. Warra says the beer cheese is made in-house with Shiner Bock and Sierra Nevada beer. “We also have an Angry Alfredo that is made to order and has a little flavorful heat,” says Warra. The Angry Alfredo includes penne pasta, Alfredo sauce, tomato, spinach, grilled chicken and bacon. “A huge majority

of our food is made in-house so it is fresh and very tasty,” he says. As the name suggests, The Troll Pub at The Wheelhouse includes a full bar with 60 bottled and canned beers, 32 draft beers, eight different wines, over 100 types of bourbon and at least another 50 types of other spirits, says Warra. But just because alcohol is served doesn’t mean The Troll Pub at The Wheelhouse isn’t kid-friendly. “We have a separate kids menu and our dining room is away from the bar so it is welcoming to all,” Warra says. 216 WAYNE AVE., DAYTON. 723-7709, TROLLPUB.COM/DAYTON DAYTON MAGAZINE . April/May 2019


BELLA SORELLA PIZZA CO. When it comes to fresh ingredients Bella Sorella Pizza Co. may have the freshest in town. That’s because the business that is owned and operated by two sisters grows and harvests most of the toppings and ingredients for its pizzas on their family farm, including organic vegetables, herbs, eggs and pork. The two sisters who have a passion for good food—Elizabeth Corrado Weizman and Gail Corrado Okafor— operate Bella Sorella Pizza Co.’s two mobile pizza ovens, the only mobile pizza business in Day ton. Bella Sorella means “beautiful sister” in Italian and these sisters are starting their seventh season with the food trucks. Corrado Okafor spent 12 years in California’s Bay Area training to become a professional chef while

Corrado Weizman built her first outdoor brick oven eight years ago. Since then she has diligently practiced and refined her skills as a pizza maker. The majority of Bella Sorella Pizza Co.’s business is now private catering such as weddings, corporate lunches and graduation parties, but it is a regular at Yellow Springs Brewery and other select area festivals. A nd who wouldn’t want Bella Sorella Pizza Co. catering an event with tasty and unique fare like a buffet of hand-tossed pizzas that are baked over an 800-degree, wood-fired oven, sides such as fresh salads, appetizers and home-made cannoli? Bella Sorella Pizza Co. offers a huge variety of pizzas that change with the season so when something is very fresh and in abundance it gets put on a pizza. 503-3482, BELLASORELLAPIZZA.COM

VIEW 162

33 E. Fifth St. • Dayton, OH 45402 937-224-0800 • Looking for an experience rather than just a place to eat? Then you need to check out View 162, which is the rooftop restaurant at Crowne Plaza Dayton. View 162 is a restaurant with a casual atmosphere that offers a wide variety of American cuisine to please any palate as well as signature cocktails and local craft beers. Complimentary self-parking in the parking garage adjacent to View 162 is also available. We cannot wait to see you and give you a new perspective of downtown Dayton 162 feet off the ground!

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SEASONS BISTRO AND GRILLE Although many items have been on Seasons Bistro and Grille’s menu for years because of customer loyalty owners Doug McGregor and Margaret Mattox like to mix it up every so often. “We change our menu seasonally, which is how we keep things fresh and interesting for our community as well as for ourselves and our staff,” says Mattox. The brother and sister team, which opened the restaurant in Springfield in 2008, enjoy playing with dishes from around the world and love to put their personal spin on some classics as well, she says. Using many fresh, local ingredients in their food is also important, Mattox says. “There are so many great farms around us and we are grateful for the opportunity to partner with them to serve fresh and local products,” she says. One of those local farms from which the restaurant sources ingredients is Blue Jacket Dairy in Bellefontaine, which uses cow and goat milk to make fresh, artisan

cheese. “We also love Blue Jacket Dairy’s Gretna Grilling cheese, which we serve with grilled bread and different toppings seasonally,” says Mattox. Other popular items on Seasons Bistro and Grille’s menu include the bison burger, filet of beef, coffee-encrusted sirloin with Gorgonzola cream sauce and bibimbap, a Korean rice bowl, she says. “Our customers love those dishes so much that we can’t take them off the menu,” Mattox says. The restaurant has a pizza and pasta special every day for lunch that changes daily along with a catch special and a pasta special during dinner service that changes weekly, she says. “Our soups are also incredibly popular and we feature three soups daily,” says Mattox. In addition to food, the restaurant also features a new local artist every season and hosts an opening reception for the public to meet the featured artist, she says. 28 S. LIMESTONE ST., SPRINGFIELD. 521-1200,  SEASONSBISTROANDGRILLE.COM

HICKORY RIVER SMOKEHOUSE 135 S. Garber Drive • Tipp City, Ohio • 937-669-BBQ1 (2271) •

Many restaurants like to offer limited-time food items to attract new customers or appeal to existing customers. Over the past year, Hickory River Smokehouse in Tipp City has been experimenting with limited-time sandwich offerings and has had so much success a few of their new sandwiches are now part of their everyday menu. “We like to give our customers something new to try by introducing different flavors and food combinations,” says owner Dan Davis. “Last year we featured a Bacon Queso Pulled Pork sandwich and a Smoked Turkey BLT. So far this year we are offering a Jalapeno Jack Brisket sandwich and in April we are introducing a “Texas ’Cue-ban,” our take on a traditional Cuban sandwich.” The ’Cue-ban consists of smoked ham, pulled pork, sliced pickles, honey mustard and queso, served on warm Texas Toast.

pulled pork, two thick strips of peppered bacon, queso and Hickory River’s signature barbecue sauce. The Jalapeno Jack Brisket sandwich is served with hand-sliced brisket, pepper-jack cheese, pickled jalapenos and its barbecue sauce. Both of these limited-time sandwiches have become so popular they are now part of Hickory River’s everyday menu.

Hickory River offers each limited-time sandwich for a three-month period before moving on to the next featured sandwich. A fan favorite, the Bacon Queso Pulled Pork, highlights their Ohio State Fair Grand Champion

“Offering new menu items,” says Davis, “along with our ribs, pulled pork, chicken, ham, turkey and sausage gives our customers yet another reason to come to Hickory River Smokehouse and experience our barbecue.” RESTAURANT PROFILE DAYTON MAGAZINE . April/May 2019


SPINOZA’S PIZZA & SALADS Spinoza’s Pizza & Salads, located in the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year. The restaurant, owned and operated by Glen Brailey, serves gourmet, hearth-baked pizza and fresh, artisan salads along with craft beer and wine. “I have always believed in the idea of being ‘narrow in our focus, but deep in our knowledge,’” says Brailey. “This applies to our menu in that we focus on pizza and salads and a handful of related items, rather

than tr y ing to present too many items— such as pasta,” he says. The most popular item on the menu is the Spinoza Deluxe pizza, says Brailey. “A few years ago someone came out with a list of the ‘Top 10 food items to experience before you die,’” he says. “Our Spinozian Deluxe pizza made that list and the Deluxe remains our No. 1 seller.” But Brailey learned the hard way that customers also really like Spinoza’s Swirl Bread, an appetizer created with housemade pizza crust with garlic olive oil, fontina cheese and a blend of herbs that is baked and then cut in a swirl pattern to mimic Spinoza’s logo. “I made the mistake of taking it off the menu last year and was met with an uproar from our guests,” says Brailey. “So it

is back on!” Other popular items include Spinoza’s new hearth-baked rustic tacos, he says. These upscale-style tacos are built on authentic El Milagro corn tortillas and include ingredients such as Mexican chorizo sausage, Chihuahua cheese, hickory-smoked pulled pork, apple wood bacon and roasted corn and black bean salsa, says Bailey. One interesting item that people won’t find at most pizza restaurants is ice cream. Bailey says he makes the artisan ice cream in small batches and combines unique flavors and ingredients. “Our most popular ice creams are the Nutella Chocolate Chip and the Speculoos Ginger Snap,” he says. The restaurant has a full bar with draft beers from local and regional craft breweries along with wine from small family vineyards and a selection of specialty cocktails that feature house-made citrus juices, Brailey says. “Our commitment to quality, local sourcing of product and our live music program set us apart from other restaurants, especially the corporate chains,” he says. 2727 FAIRFIELD COMMONS BLVD., BEAVERCREEK. 426-7799, SPINOZAS.COM.


1000 Carillon Blvd. • Dayton, OH 45409 • 937-910-0722 •

Step into our 1850s brewery and explore each step of the historical brewing process. With oak barrels full of fermenting beer, bottles of handcrafted wine and house-made soda on tap there’s a taste of history for everyone.

truly unique drinking and dining experience. We invite you, your family and friends to join us at Carillon Brewing Co. to enjoy a pint with European-inspired fare as we brew a barrel of history.

We use authentic 1850s brewing methods and recipes using wood-fired copper kettles, historical tools sourced from Colonial Williamsburg, heirloom grain, hop and grape varieties, our grain is roasted in-house and all fermenting is done in oak barrels. Most of our beer, soda and food recipes are sourced from recipe books dating from the 1850s and earlier. The brewing hearth, timber framing and lanterns in the building were specially created to replicate local breweries from the mid-19th century. Take a seat at our hearthside bar in the building’s restaurant or sit under the trees in the Beer Garden for a RESTAURANT PROFILE


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MARION’S PIAZZA Despite the recent influx of out-oftown pizza chains that have opened or plan to open locations in the Miami Valley, Marion’s Piazza just keeps packing them into its restaurants. On a recent weekend, Roger Glass, president of Marion’s Piazza, says all nine of its restaurants’ dining rooms were pretty much full during dinner. The restaurants seat between 275 and 500 customers, he says. “There’s a few pizza houses out there that have a little bit of seating, but nobody has anywhere near what we have,” says Glass. “That’s kind of our niche. People, I think, enjoy going out. It takes pizza to another step. So people still keep jamming in.” Another reason they keep jamming in after 53 years in business is simple, says Glass. “People just love our pizza,” he says. “We sold over a million pizzas just in the Dayton area alone last year. And that’s a lot of pizza when you start countin’ them, you know?” People love Marion’s Piazza pizzas because it uses high-quality ingredients, says Glass. “We don’t try to cut corners,” he says. “One of our hallmarks is giving our customers their money’s worth, using top ingredients and loading those pizzas with those ingredients.” It’s a lesson that’s been honed since his father, Marion Glass, opened the first Marion’s Piazza on Patterson Road in 1965, says Glass. Marion selected the name Marion’s Piazza because he liked the idea of an outdoor cafe but realized that this concept would not be successful in Ohio’s climate. Marion, therefore, successfully brought the outdoors inside with an Italian piazza, or courtyard, and thus the name Marion’s Piazza was born. NINE LOCATIONS IN DAYTON, CENTERVILLE, BEAVERCREEK, ENGLEWOOD, TROY AND MASON. MARIONSPIAZZA.COM.

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CARVERS STEAKS & CHOPS Carvers Steaks & Chops, which opened in 1996, specializes in all types of handcut steaks, prime rib, New Zealand lamb chops, maple cider pork chops, fish and seafood, chicken, ribs and other fine cuisine, says Robert Talty, business development manager. “Carvers serves only the finest Midwestern, aged steaks hand-cut daily and broiled at 1,800 degrees to lock in all the special flavor and natural juices,” he says. “In addition to a variety of steaks, the prime rib is a favorite and the entire menu reflects a superior culinary approach with


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innovative appetizers, expertly prepared seafood, unique salads, daily fresh-baked bread and in-house specialty desserts.” Talty says the large- or small-cut filet mignon and New York strip are the most popular steaks in the restaurant. The mushroom and blue cheese stuffed filet and the Angus beef porterhouse and Kansas City strip are also popular selections, followed by the well-marbled ribeye and the six chop roasted rack of lamb, he says. The Carvers lounge is a great gathering place for friends and family serving fine wines, craft and traditional beer along with generous pour cocktails, says Talty.

Carvers Steaks & Chops also has live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 8 to midnight, exciting monthly events throughout the year and a special happy hour menu every evening from 5-6:30, he says. Family events, special occasions and business functions are also popular at Carvers with the Board Room that seats around 60, the East Room that can seat around 25, multiple table seating for smaller groups and the entire restaurant can be rented for afternoon events, says Talty. 1535 MIAMISBURG CENTERVILLE ROAD, CENTERVILLE. 433-7099, CARVERSDAYTON.COM


TJ CHUMPS 7050 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights 937-610-3900

PEARL BAY THAI & ASIAN CUISINE 133 E. Dayton Yellow Springs Road, Fairborn 937-879-7880

RUDY’S SMOKEHOUSE 2222 S Limestone St., Springfield 937-324-0884

BENJAMIN’S THE BURGER MASTER 1000 North Main St., Dayton 937-223-8702

TREASURE ISLAND SUPPER CLUB 4250 Chief Woods Lane, Dayton 937-299-6161

SHEN’S SZECHUAN & SUSHI 7580 Poe Ave., Dayton 937-898-3860

SMOKIN’ BAR-B-QUE 200 E. Fifth St., Dayton 937-586-9790

BUTTER CAFÉ 1106 Brown St., Dayton 937-985-9917

TROLLEY STOP 530 E. Fifth St., Dayton 937-461-1101

SIMA RESTAURANT 1771 Woodman Drive, Kettering 937-258-7040


CHRISTOPHER’S RESTAURANT & CATERING 2318 E. Dorothy Lane, Kettering 937-299-0089

VILLAGE FAMILY RESTAURANT 144 S. Main St., Waynesville 513-897-8835

SONG’S SUSHI 5515 Airway Road, Riverside 937-254-8989

THE DAYTON CLUB 40 N. Main St., Dayton 937-224-4381

VOLTZY’S HAMBURGER & ROOT BEER STAND 4668 Springboro Pike, Moraine (Open Seasonally) 937-229-1440

BOOSALIS BAKING AND CAFÉ 175 E. Alex Bell Road, Centerville 937-424-0636

GEORGE’S FAMILY RESTAURANT 5216 N. Dixie Drive, Dayton 937-275-0705

WAREHOUSE 4 335 S. Dixie Dr., Vandalia 937-387-6640

BASIL’S ON MARKET 18 N. Market St., Troy 937-875-2068

K’S HAMBURGER SHOP 117 E. Main St, Troy 937-339-3902 WATERMARK 20 S. First St., Miamisburg 937-802-0891 SMITHS’ BOATHOUSE 439 N. Elm St., Troy 937-335-3837 THE STAND 2231 N. Verity Parkway, Middletown 513-649-8077 STATION HOUSE 8200 Provincial Way, Centerville 937-439-7154 STONE HOUSE TAVERN 258 S. Main St., Waynesville 513-855-4203 SUNRISE CAFE 259 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs 937-767-7211 TAYLOR’S TAVERN 5539 Dayton Springfield Road, Springfield 937-323-0174


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WELLINGTON GRILLE 2450 Dayton-Xenia Road, Beavercreek 937-426-4600 THE WINDS CAFÉ 215 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs 937-767-1144 YE OLDE TRAIL TAVERN 228 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs 937-767-7448


FUSIAN 1200 Brown St., Dayton 937-223-5173 GINGER AND SPICE 1105 Brown St., Dayton 937-716-1298 KABUKI 848 S. Main St., Centerville 937-435-9500 LINH’S 5532 Airway Road, Dayton 937-252-1857 OZU852 852 Union Blvd., Englewood 937-832-3000


EVANS BAKERY 700 Troy St., Dayton 937-228-4151 RAHN’S ARTISAN BREAD 215 Kiser St., Dayton 937-602-3422 SMALES PRETZEL BAKERY 210 Xenia Ave., Dayton 937-253-7482


COMBS BBQ CENTRAL 2223 Central Ave., Middletown 513-849-2110 CITY BARBEQUE 2330 N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek 937-320-0000 CROSSROADS BBQ AND MORE 1888 Colonel Glenn Highway, Fairborn 937-873-2103 HICKORY BAR-B-Q 1082 Brown St., Dayton 937-228-5252

NELLY’S 79 S. Main St., Centerville 937-859-5555

BREAKFAST/BRUNCH THE BLUE BERRY CAFÉ 72 Bellbrook Plaza, Bellbrook 937-848-5900 THE BRUNCH CLUB 601 S. Main St., Dayton 937-222-7411 CENTRAL PERC EUROPEAN CAFÉ 2315 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood 937-299-5282 EMPORIUM WINES & THE UNDERDOG CAFE 233 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs 937-767-7077 FIRST WATCH 2614-A Colonel Glen Highway, Fairborn 937-431-9150 GOLDEN NUGGET PANCAKE HOUSE 2932 S. Dixie Drive, Dayton 937-298-0138


TASTE CREATIVE CUISINE 2555 Shiloh Springs Road, Trotwood 937-854-7060


CHINA COTTAGE 6290 Far Hills Ave., Centerville 937-434-2622

HICKORY RIVER SMOKEHOUSE 135 S Garber Road, Tipp City 937-669-2271

IMPERIAL PALACE 790 Northwoods Blvd., Vandalia 937-898-6924

PA’S PORK Mobile food truck 937-508-1308

NORTH CHINA RESTAURANT 6090 Far Hills Ave., Centerville 937-433-6837

THE ORIGINAL RIB HOUSE 275 E. National Road, Vandalia 937-898-4601

TSAO’S CUISINE 3989 B Colonel Glenn Highway, Fairborn 937-429-5899

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DAYTON ›› DINING YEN CHING HOUSE 625 S. Main St., Englewood 937-836-8868


2 CUPS COFFEE & BAKERY 9985 Camp Trail, Miamisburg 937-830-7237 COMMUNITEA CAFE 100 Watervilet Ave., Dayton 937-554-5626 GHOSTLIGHT COFFEE 1201 Wayne Ave., Dayton 937-985-2633 THE OHIO COFFEE CO. 1 S. Main St., Dayton 937-228-5282 PRESS COFFEE BAR 257 Wayne Ave., Dayton 937-286-4585




BUTTERCREAM LANE BAKERY Delivery Only 937-974-8632

AREPAS & CO. 1122 E. Dorothy Lane, Kettering 937-503-5192 CANAL STREET ARCADE & DELI 308 E. First St., Dayton 937-220-9333 CARMEN’S DELI & BISTRO 40 N. Main St., Suite 60, Dayton 937-610-9999 FLYBOY’S DELI 2515 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood 937-723-6135 MAIN STREET DELI 465 N. Main St., Springboro 937-748-3800 MIKE & ROSY’S DELI 330 W. McCreight Ave., Springfield 937-390-3511

ASHLEY’S PASTRY SHOP 21 Park Ave., Dayton 937-293-1719

CAKE, HOPE & LOVE 1490 N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek 937-912-9253 CAKES BY LYNDA 327 Vista Ave., Vandalia 937-830-6107 THE CAKERY 140 Woodman Drive, Dayton 937-258-2320 THE CAKE SHOP 2231 N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek 937-426-2100

ELÉ CAKE COMPANY 1279 N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek 937-384-2253 MEHAFFIES PIES 3013 Linden Ave., Dayton 937-253-1163 MOO-MOO’S BAKERY 5225 Wood Creek Drive, Trotwood 937-270-0872 MOORE DESSERT PLEASE 1003 Shroyer Road, Dayton 937-297-0293 SIGNATURE CONFECTIONS 2495 Commons Blvd., Beavercreek 937-912-5140 SWEET BY KRISTY 29 E. Main St., Tipp City 937-506-0593

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THE WRIGHT CHEESECAKE 120 W. Second St., Dayton 937-344-7000


BILL’S DONUT SHOP 268 N. Main St., Centerville 937-433-0002 BEAR CREEK DONUTS 80 S. Main St., Miamisburg 937-247-5095 DANIEL’S DONUTS 1878 S. Maple Ave., Fairborn 937-878-0166 JIM’S DONUT SHOP 122 E. National Road, Vandalia 937-898-4222 THE DONUT HAUS BAKERY 305 W. Central Ave., Springboro 937-748-0380


THE AMBER ROSE RESTAURANT & CATERING 1400 Valley St., Dayton 937-228-2511 CURRENT CUISINE 237 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs 937-767-8291


GRECIAN DELIGHT 1300 Cincinnati Dayton Rd, Middletown 513-424-5411 GYRO PALACE 57 S. Springboro Pike, Miamisburg 937-436-2770


EL MESON 903 E. Dixie Drive, Dayton 937-859-8229

ICE CREAM/FROZEN YOGURT 3 DIPS ICE CREAM SHOPPE 33 S. Main St., Miamisburg 937-247-5914

JEET INDIA 2750 N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek 937-431-8881

GRAETER’S 2330-A N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek 937-427-4700

MAHARAJA 3464 Pentagon Blvd., Beavercreek 937-431-1414

SOYO 971 S. Main St., Centerville 937-496-5574


YOUNG’S JERSEY DAIRY 6880 Springfield Xenia Road, Yellow Springs 937-325-0629

FRANCO’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO 824 E. Fifth St., Dayton 937-222-0204


AAHAR INDIA 101 S. Walnut St., Yellow Springs 937-532-5667 AJANTA INDIAN RESTAURANT 3063 Woodman Drive, Kettering 937-296-9200

DEROMA ITALIAN RESTAURANT 6254 Chambersburg Road, Huber Heights 937-233-3604

JIMMY’S ITALIAN KITCHEN 3002 Woodman Drive, Kettering 937-293-9133 MAMMA DISALVO’S ITALIAN RISTORANTE 1375 E. Stroop Road, Kettering 937-299-5831


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DAYTON ›› DINING MIC’S RESTAURANT 2384 Mechanicsburg Road, Springfield 937-399-5074

OSAKA JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE 2476 Commons Blvd., Beavercreek 937-320-1188

PITA WRAP GRILL 3800 Colonel Glenn Highway, Fairborn 937-427-7482

EL CAZADOR MEXICAN RESTAURANT & CANTINA 555 W. National Road, Englewood 937-836-5004

PALERMO’S RESTAURANT 2667 S. Dixie Drive, Kettering 937-299-8888

SUSHI HANA 1501 Lyons Rd, Centerville 937-434-2070

YAFFA GRILL 2844 Colonel Glenn Highway, Fairborn 937-429-4959

EL RANCHO GRANDE 4139 Wilmington Pike, Kettering 937-390-1300

ROOST MODERN ITALIAN 524 E. Fifth St., Dayton 937-222-3100


ACAPULCO MEXICAN RESTAURANT 88 Xenia Towne Square, Xenia 937-374-0582

ELSA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT & CANTINA 6318 Far Hills Ave., Dayton 937-439-3897

STEFANO’S ITALIAN CAFE 2200 Central Ave., Middletown 513-422-9922


BURRITO KING 2307 Valley Pike, Dayton 937-815-0149

EL TORO 6770 Miller Lane, Dayton 937-415-0940

YUNG’S CAFE 1328 Kauffman Road, Fairborn 937-879-2880

TONY’S ITALIAN KITCHEN 615 S. Main St., Englewood 937-836-1145


ARIAKE SUSHI BAR 59 Fiesta Lane, Miamisburg 937-221-9739

THERAPY CAFÉ 452 E. Third St., Dayton 937-461-4000 THE WINE GALLERY 5 W. Monument Ave., Dayton 937-224-9463


OLIVE MEDITERRANEAN GRILL 6129 N. Dixie Drive, Dayton 937-264-1455

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CASA DEL SAZON 1200 Vester Ave., Springfield 937-342-9441 CHIAPAS MEXICAN GRILL 298 N. Main St., Centerville 937-949-3390 DONA MARGAROTA’S 1535 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs 937-767-0119

LA FIESTA MEXICAN RESTAURANT 836 W. Main St., Troy 937-335-6800 LAS MARGARITAS 5526 Airway Road, Dayton 937-252-2092

LAS PIRAMIDES MEXICAN RESTAURANT 101 W. Franklin St., Centerville 937-291-0900 LOS REYES MEXICAN RESTAURANT 2290 E. Dorothy Lane, Kettering 937-296-1111 SALSAS MEXICAN RESTAURANT 4904 Airway Road, Riverside 937-252-5131 TACO LOCO 5392 Burkhardt St,. Riverside 937-254-6645 TAQUERIA MIXTECA 1609 E. Third St., Dayton 937-258-2654 VERACRUZ 1240 Elliot Drive, Middletown 513-422-4271


CEDARLAND BAKERY AND RESTAURANT 4515 Linden Ave., Dayton 937-610-2888


SALAR 400 E. Fifth St., Dayton 937-203-3999


AL’S PIZZA 13 S. Weston Road, Troy 937-335-2100 BEAVERCREEK PIZZA DIVE 4021 Dayton Xenia Road, Dayton 937-431-8669 BENTINO’S PIZZA 107 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs 937-767-2500 BEPPO UNO PIZZERIA & TRATTORIA 414 W. Water St., Piqua 937-615-1100 CASSANO’S PIZZA 510 Central Ave., Carlisle 937-294-5464

CHRISTY’S FAMILY PIZZERIA 503 S. Dixie Drive, Vandalia 937-898-2222

JOE’S PIZZERIA 4313 Airway Road, Dayton 937-253-8154

DON’S PIZZA PALACE 139 E. Center St., Germantown 937-855-4160

MARION’S PIAZZA 711 Shroyer Road, Dayton 937-293-6991

DEWEY’S PIZZA 131 Jasper St., Dayton 937-223-0000

MIKEY’S PIZZA 406 W Harding Road, Springfield 937-398-1700

FIGLIO WOOD FIRED PIZZA 424 E. Stroop Road, Dayton 937-534-0494 THE FLYING PIZZA 223 N. Main St., Dayton 937-222-8031 HA HA PIZZA 108 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs 937-767-2131

THE OREGON EXPRESS BAR & TAVERN 336 E. Fifth St., Dayton 937-223-9205 PISANELLO’S PIZZA 355 S. Main St., Franklin 937-746-9252 PIZZA FACTORY 52 Plum St., Beavercreek 937-224-4477

THE HICKORY INN 652 N. Limestone St., Springfield 937-323-1779


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DAYTON ›› DINING RON’S PIZZA 1 S. Main St., Miamisburg 937-866-4321

HINDERS SPORTS BAR & GRILL 902 W. Main St., Tipp City 937-667-4433

SEA JAX TAVERN 5900 Bigger Road, Kettering 937-439-1664

SINFULLY GLUTEN FREE 9146 Dayton-Lebanon Pike, Centerville 937-433-1044

JELL’S SPORTS GRILL 117 E. Main St., Eaton 937-456-6555

SLYDER’S TAVERN 836 Watervliet Ave., Dayton 937-258-1222

SPINOZA’S PIZZA & SALADS 2727 Fairfield Commons Blvd., Beavercreek 937-426-7799 WHEAT PENNY OVEN & BAR 515 Wayne Ave., Dayton 937-496-5268


BUNKERS BAR & GRILL 893 E. National Road, Vandalia 937-890-8899 THE DUBLIN PUB 300 Wayne Ave., Dayton 937-224-7822

KINGS TABLE BAR & GRILL 2348 Grange Hall Road, Dayton 937-431-1700 LITTLE YORK TAVERN & PIZZA 4120 Little York Road, Vandalia 937-890-6700 LUCKY’S TAPROOM & EATERY 520 E. Fifth St., Dayton 937-222-6800 O’CONNERS IRISH PUB 2200 N Limestone, Springfield 937-717-6915

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SOUTH PARK TAVERN 1301 Wayne Ave., Dayton 937-586-9526 TANK’S BAR & GRILL 2033 Wayne Ave., Dayton 937-252-2249 TICKETS PUB & EATERY 7 W. Main St., Fairborn 937-878-9022 WINGS SPORTS BAR & GRILL 7902 N. Dixie Drive, Dayton 937-898-0280


GREENFIRE BISTRO 965 W. Main St., Tipp City 937-667-6664 JAY’S SEAFOOD 225 E. Sixth St., Dayton 937-222-2892 SWEENEY’S SEAFOOD 28 W. Franklin St., Centerville 937-291-3474


BUCKHORN TAVERN 8800 Meeker Rd, Dayton 937-890-3261 BULLWINKLE’S TOP HAT BISTRO 19 N. Main St., Miamisburg 937-859-7677 CARVERS 1535 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Dayton 937-433-7099

FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE & WINE BAR 4432 Walnut St., Dayton 937-320-9548

HAIRLESS HARE BREWERY 738 W. National Road, Vandalia 937-387-6476

YELLOW SPRINGS BREWERY 305 N. Walnut St., Yellow Springs 937-767-0222

THAI SILVER SPOON 249 W Central Ave., Springboro 937-550-9214

THE OAKWOOD CLUB 2414 Far Hills Ave., Dayton 937-293-6973

LOCK 27 BREWING 1035 S. Main St., Centerville 937-433-2739


TIK’S THAI GRILLE 4459 State Route 725, Bellbrook 937-310-1049

THE PARAGON SUPPER CLUB 797 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Centerville 937-433-1234

STAR CITY BREWING COMPANY 319 S. Second St., Miamisburg 937-701-7827

THE PINE CLUB 1926 Brown St., Dayton 937-228-7463


CARILLON BREWING COMPANY 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton 937-910-0722 EUDORA BREWING COMPANY 4716 Wilmington Pike, Dayton 937-723-6863

THE DAYTON BEER COMPANY 912 E Dorothy Lane, Dayton 937-640-3107 TOXIC BREW COMPANY 431 E. Fifth St., Dayton 937-985-3618 WARPED WING BREWING COMPANY 26 Wyandot St., Dayton 937-222-7003

IYARA THAI RESTAURANT 6118 Chambersburg Road, Huber Heights 937-237-7767 NIDA THAI CUISINE 853 E. Franklin St., Dayton 937-221-8600 SIAM PAD THAI 3027 Wilmington Pike, Kettering 937-293-9606 siampadthairestaurant THAI KITCHEN 8971 Kingsridge Drive, Dayton 937-436-5079

WHITE LOTUS 327 E. Third St., Dayton 937-222-7030


PASHA GRILL 72 Plum St., Beavercreek 937-429-9000



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Blast from the Past Rivertown Brewery celebrates its 10th anniversary with new food, classic brews and goats BY KEVIN MICHELL


en years ago Jason Roeper had a desire to make good beer locally and a budding reputation for crafting unique brews. The only problem was that the local landscape wasn’t quite ready for it. “When I started it was about fighting just to get people to notice,” Roeper says. Strange though it may seem, brewpubs weren’t nearly as ubiquitous in the Tristate 10 years ago. In fact, before 2012 Ohio laws made it cost-prohibitive to open a taproom or self-distribute. Roeper and his young company ran into a lot of difficulty in being granted commercial space but in 2009 he found a location in Lockland with the right combination of industrial capability for production, proximity to the highway to keep distribution overhead low and a consistent source of good, clean water with which to brew. Now, Rivertown Brewery is the secondlargest independent craft brewer in the city and its Monroe taproom and eatery is both a community fixture and a regional destination for quality food and drink. The local brewing operation started its 10th anniversary celebration a bit early as Rivertown began self-distributing its beer to Cincinnati bars, vendors and shops in October 2018. This new autonomy over distribution—in addition to owning the building in Monroe where their Barrel House is located—has been a welcome relief to Roeper and his wife and partner in running Rivertown, Lindsey.

Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House in Monroe is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2019. “It’s been really exciting to get that piece of our business back in our hands,” Lindsey Roeper says, “and to have control over the whole process from start to finish.” But 2019 will see many more celebratory events for Rivertown Brewery’s anniversary. First, May will bring the return of the wildly popular YoGoat event at the Barrel House. The combination of morning yoga and free-roaming baby goats in the taproom has quickly sold out its previous iterations in December 2018 and this past February. Rivertown aims to offer the event quarterly for the foreseeable future. Also part of the 10th anniversary festivities is the return of a few old favorites from Rivertown’s large stable of beers. Its pumpkin ale will be reappearing late in the summer of 2019, as well as a few classic brews from earlier in Rivertown’s history—the specifics of which others will be re-released this year are being kept under wraps for now. Visitors to the Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House on Hamilton Lebanon Road in Monroe will notice an updated food menu. The emphasis is on Roeper’s other love—barbecue. The recipes and rubs are his own creation, with the execution of the menu aided by head chef Zac Payton’s sense of flavor and ability to run a busy kitchen. It will surely be an eventful year for Rivertown’s 10th anniversary of operations, but what the Roepers may celebrate most is just

how far they’ve come in a decade. After overcoming uncertainty, Rivertown has found a lasting home in Monroe and a sustainable means of supplying its artful brews to the Cincinnati area. “There’s something really beautiful about it,” Lindsey Roeper says. “Last year was a bit difficult, but out of it has come a real sense of ‘OK, this is who we are’. We’re in a really good place now.” The Monroe facility and taproom is a place the Roepers are pouring their hearts and souls into. Their focus is on maintaining their ingenuity for creating unique libations and being present with the community, making sure to ask their visitors what they’d like to see brewed up next. “With the landscape changing I think you’ll see people going back to the basics,” Roeper says. But that doesn’t mean Rivertown will completely revert to keeping it simple. Its sour beers and hard mineral waters are an excellent gateway for those who aren’t as wild about beer as others. “We have a pretty good rate of converting people who don’t normally like beer,” Lindsey Roeper says. More than anything the Roepers want Rivertown and its taproom to be a landmark long into the future. “We’re excited to continue offering a welcoming place that is truly for everyone,” says Lindsey Roeper. n DAYTON MAGAZINE . April/May 2019


A deadly tornado ripped through Xenia on April 3, 1974.

Bent Not Broken Deadly tornado ripped through Xenia 45 years ago BY VAL BEERBOWER


here was a big, boiling, black cloud.” It was April 3, 1974, a day that will forever be emblazoned in the memories of those living in the Miami Valley—particularly Xenia and Greene County. “We looked up into the trees and it seemed like all the birds just went silent.” It was on that day a series of intense, violent tornadoes literally ripped the community apart. “My brother and I stared out the back window and we saw three funnel clouds


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that were becoming one, big tornado.” In their wake, the storms left thousands injured, inflicted roughly $250 million in damages and claimed the lives of 34 people. “The noise was so loud. You heard metal scraping, glass breaking. And then it just stopped.” This year marks the 45th anniversary since that massive storm devastated the region. But along with the tragic losses, hope sprang from the debris in the form of renewed focus in advancing meteorological sciences and the demonstration of one town’s grit and community spirit. The Xenia tornado was part of a larger storm system that swept through the Midwest and eastern portions of the country in 1974. According to the National Weather Service, this “Super Outbreak” produced 148 tornadoes in a 24-hour period and devastated more than 13 states, including Ohio, and caused more than $600 million in damages and the deaths of 335 people. No sirens or advanced warning systems existed that spring afternoon in 1974. But thanks to the efforts of quick-thinking community members more lives were likely spared. Richard “Dick” Strous, 86, then comanager of a downtown grocery store, says he had just a few minutes to herd as many customers as he could into the basement

from the time he spotted the funnel cloud. Stous didn’t make it to the basement; he barely took cover in the frozen foods section as “glass was hitting me in the back while I was running down the aisle,” he says. Kenneth Riggsby, 57, who is now the fire chief for Xenia but was just 12 years old when the ’74 tornado blew through town, remembers looking out of the window of his family’s home and pondering how so many birds could be flying through such an intense storm. “Then I realized it wasn’t birds; there was so much debris and it was all swirling around in the sky,” Riggsby says. “It was pretty astounding.” Catherine Wilson, Greene County Historical Society executive director, recalled having only a few moments to seek shelter in their family’s home, which didn’t have a basement. “We all climbed into the bathtub—me and my sister squeezed next to each other and my mother on top of us,” she says. Several meteorological events converged that April to produce such powerful storms. Jana Houser, assistant professor of meteorology at Ohio University, says a volatile low-pressure system pulling in warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico met a huge, vertical channel of cold, dry air that descended from Canada. Mix in strong changes in wind speed from the jet stream and “that’s really

The tornado picked up a school bus and tossed it into the high school. what fueled the outbreak of tornadoes on that particular event,” she says. It’s difficult to predict whether another “Super Outbreak” will happen again in the near future, but scientists say with increasingly troubling climate indicators, more severe storms are not just possible but likely. “People think (the tornadoes of ’74) are a once-in-a-lifetime thing, but we still tell people today that it can and will happen again,” says Kenneth Haydu, meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Wilmington. Haydu was a college student in 1974 when the storms broke out and he says many improvements in technology and communication were direct results of the storms. Just a few years prior to the Xenia storms Tetsuya Fujita developed his eponymous scale that rates tornado intensity. The tornado that struck Xenia in 1974 has the dubious distinction of being rated as an F5—the highest intensity on the Fujita scale—out of that particular system with wind speeds recorded as high as 318 mph. Data collected from Xenia and other towns where the tornadoes traveled contributed to Fujita’s work and provided important information to new research layering in the effects of climate change. A Florida State University study published in 2018 compared casualty producing tornadoes between 1994 and 2016. The study estimated a tornado’s destructive output using physical area, median wind speeds and the Fujita scale. “I think the study itself is pretty unique,” says Tyler

Fricker, lead researcher for the study in FSU’s Department of Geography. “The use of energy dissipation is novel.” Calculating the area of a tornado’s path against its average wind speed put each of those severe weather events on a relatable scale, which allowed the researchers to observe other influences on tornadoes, like climate change. “There is a clear upward trend in tornado power over the past few decades that amounts to 5.5 percent per year,” Fricker says. “Part of the trend can be attributed to long-term changes in convective storm environments involving dynamic and t hermody namic variables and t heir interactions,” Fricker says. Translation: Climate change introduces more energy into the atmosphere. More energy means an increased potential for violent storms. Ot her adva nces i nclude Nat iona l Weather Service equipment. Haydu described radar systems used in the 1970s as “hand-me-downs” from the U.S. military. Following the ’74 tragedy additional funds were pumped into the National Weather Service and supportive networks, boosting capabilities at tracking and predicting storm systems. In addition to evolved technology, the National Weather Service has recruited thousands of extra eyes to watch the sky. “We work with local emergency management services and amateur radio partners, hosting free Weather Spotter classes in the areas we serve,” says Brandon Peloquin, warning coordination meteorologist at National Weather Service Wilmington. “Weather Spotters are an important resource to help us get the word out about severe weather.”

Downtown Xenia was hit hard by the tornado in 1974. Knowing severe weather will strike again is impetus enough for pretty much any meteorological scientist to emphasize the importance of awareness and practice during a tornado. Sirens are now incorporated into Xenia’s public safety infrastructure, which helped keep people safe in 2000 when the town was hit by yet another severe tornado. While the addition of sirens and tornado shelters are beneficial Riggsby says education is still an important tool. “Sirens are mostly to warn people outdoors, to let them know they need to take shelter immediately,” Riggsby says. “The important thing to remember is when a tornado warning is issued you need to take shelter in place right away,” Riggsby says. Houser says practicing an emergency plan is the second step in an ideal preparation strategy. “It doesn’t matter how much advanced planning you have done you still need to practice,” she says. “You might have to make a decision in high-emotional moment and you want to fall back on that rehearsed habit.” In addition to all the advances in science and technology, Xenia residents can rely on the safety net of their close-knit community. The lone neighbor on the block with a basement that sheltered Riggsby’s family and others; the casual work acquaintance that helped Wilson’s family rebuild their house; and people like Strous who spring to action in times of distress are all part of the communal fabric that stretches and bends, but doesn’t break. n DAYTON MAGAZINE . April/May 2019



Keeping Residents Mobile

Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission connects people with transportation BY TIM WALKER


or many of us in the Dayton area transportation is not an issue. Beyond the occasional visit to the gas station or a mechanic’s garage our ability to drive and travel around the area—to visit family and friends, shop, pay bills,and find access to health care or other service providers—is unimpeded. For the elderly, the disabled or those with low incomes, however, transportation can be a frightening, confusing and often difficult subject to tackle. Which is exactly why the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission decided to lend us all a helping hand when it developed its Human Services Transportation programs 11 years ago. In 2008, the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, in collaboration with the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority, Greene County Transit Board and Miami County Transit, developed its very first Coordinated Public Transit–Human Services Transportation Plan. The planning commission led that effort to develop an areawide regional action plan with the goal of improving transportation for people with disabilities, the elderly and people with low incomes. The plan facilitates more efficient transportation for these populations and also serves to better


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coordinate the efforts of public and private transportation providers in the counties of Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Warren. “This is probably the most important service that we provide,” says Brian O. Martin, the executive director of the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission. “We link up and coordinate all of the various human services agencies across the region together so that they’re partnering on transportation issues with the RTA, Greene CATS and other transit companies. As we are graying and as we are aging as a region, well, it just becomes pretty important to make sure that everybody has a ride. “And a key component of all of this are the various social and human service agencies across the region.” That’s true, says Kim Lahman, director of sustainable planning for the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission. “The various agencies are very passionate and dedicated about their work. They’re spread throughout three counties plus northern Warren county. Most of them are private and nonprofit and they’re providing transporta-

The Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission has created a plan to better coordinate the efforts of public and private transportation providers to make sure everybody has a ride. tion for medical, grocery errands. Keeping people engaged in their communities.” The Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission has served the planning needs of the Miami Valley in Southwest Ohio for more than 50 years now, ever since 1964. The planning commission is a forum and a local resource where the board of directors identifies priorities, develops public policy and collaborative strategies to improve quality of life for the population throughout the entire Miami Valley Region. The Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission also serves as the metropolitan planning organization for Montgomery, Miami and Greene counties, plus a portion of northern Warren County. The planning commission provides regional and environmental planning support for its members in seven different Ohio counties. If you are someone you know is in need of transportation services, visit for more information. n

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Help is Here

Montgomery County organization provides mental health support for people BY JENNIFER PAT TERSON LORENZET TI DAYTON MAGAZINE . April/May 2019




he Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, often referred to as the bible for diagnosis, defines a mental disorder, in part, as “a syndrome characterized by clinically significant disturbance in an individual’s cognition, emotion regulation, or behavior that reflects a dysfunction in the psychological, biological, or developmental processes underlying mental functioning.” By this definition one in five people will experience a mental health condition at some point in their lives. Each of us lives, loves, works with or knows someone with a mental health condition, whether we are aware of it or not. Even with the prevalence of mental health conditions there is still a stigma attached that is hard to overcome. Initiatives like Project Semicolon seek to remove the stigma attached to experiencing a period of mental illness, but many people still look at these conditions as shameful and permanently debilitating. This causes those dealing with mental health conditions to

maintain their silence, contributing to people’s perceptions that these conditions are uncommon and unmanageable. According to Linda Stagles, executive director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness Montgomery County, great strides have been made in addressing the stigma, but there is much more to be done. “We want people to understand that treatment works and recovery is possible,” says Stagles, emphasizing that this is particularly true even of serious conditions like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Successful management of these conditions can include exercise, diet, medication and use of support programs and resources. The brain is a complex organ and we understand more and more about it every

year. Mental illnesses, then, are “biologically based brain diseases,” says Stagles. She likens these conditions to other physical conditions that are well accepted in society. For example, Linda Stagles, someone whose executive director pancreas has trouble for the National producing insulin has Alliance on diabetes and requires Mental Illness medication; someone Montgomery County with a malfunctioning heart may need a pacemaker. Likewise, chemical balances, electrical signals, and physical health in and of the

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The National Alliance of Mental Illness Montgomery County participates in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness fundraiser and walk and other mental health outreach events.

brain all contribute to one’s mental health status. For example, being involved in an auto accident can create a brain bruise in the front temporal lobe, temporarily or permanently altering the brain’s physiology. At the same time, Stagles emphasizes that not everything that looks like a mental illness actually is. An underactive thyroid can create symptoms that mimic depression or anxiety while an overactive thyroid can mimic dementia. “Get checked out physically before mentally,” Stagles says.

PUBLIC POLICY IMPLICATIONS One of the biggest problems in the quest to support those with mental illnesses is the lack of public policy support. “We really don’t have long-term housing for people in recovery and we’re not diverting money (to it),” she says. Often, this means people struggling with mental illness wind up in prison or homeless, neither of which are the best environments for recovery. However, the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Ohio is making progress in the state of Ohio in addressing this problem. Last year, the Adam-Amanda Mental Health Rehabilitation Center opened its doors in Athens providing 16 beds for the continuing recovery of those discharged from psychiatric hospitals. Often these


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patients are discharged relatively quickly, with 72 hours being the standard length of a psychiatric hold at a hospital. Since psychiatric medications often take up to six weeks to reach full efficacy this leaves patients with a gap during which they may not yet be able to function independently. With the new center patients can stay until they are ready to transition. Stagles notes that this first site cost $1.2 million to build and there will ultimately be six such sites in Ohio. Dayton is on the list so this is an exciting opportunity for increased support for individuals with mental health conditions. “This is an important piece because more and more people are needing housing,” Stagles says.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW It can be difficult to help a friend or family member with a mental illness, especially because the person is likely to not be able to identify their own difficulty. “It’s hard to say, ‘You need help,’” Stagles says. She cautions against fast online searches trying to solve the problem: “Everybody is quick to be an expert in 15 minutes.” However, she does encourage people to educate themselves and to seek support. There are several ways to do this. First, the National Alliance on Mental

Illness-Montgomer y Count y offers a number of ongoing support groups and one-time classes aimed at helping those with a mental illness and their family members to navigate this difficult time. One of the most notable is called Home Front, aimed at supporting our country’s veterans who may return from service with a mental illness. More information on all the groups may be found at Second, the National Alliance on Mental Illness has partnered with Montgomery County Department of Health & Human Services and Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services to release an app called GetHelpNow. This app includes a directory of services and a 24/7 urgent services portal to help someone in crisis. Finally, Samaritan Crisis Care operates a mobile crisis unit that can be reached by calling 937-224-4646. For those who prefer to seek help via text, a nationwide crisis help line can be reached by texting to 741741. Most importantly, however, readers should realize that mental illnesses are common and treatable and they affect many people every year. “We can all be affected at any point in time,” Stagles says. Luckily, help is available when those affected and their families need it most. You and your family are not alone, and help is here. n


Many people feel pressure to “do it all”— maintain a healthy lifestyle, do their best at work and get a full night of sleep. But trying to keep up with all of life’s demands can be tiring. What can you do to ease stress?

ing. Sometimes stress can even present as flu-like muscle aches. Manuel says, “Sometimes we mistake symptoms for a cold or flu when actually we’re overly stressed and just need a break.”

What does stress look like?

One of the biggest keys to preventing chronic stress, says Manuel, is practicing regular self-care by finding what activities help you to relax.

“Stress can manifest in many different forms,” says Julie Manuel, a psychotherapist at Kettering Behavioral Medicine Center. “One of the biggest signs of stress is irritability, like being short with family members.” Low energy and somatic symptoms like nausea and tension headaches can all be signs of chronic stress. “For me,” says Manuel, “I will feel very fatigued and unable to put the usual energy into normal activities. That is always a sign that my body is telling me I’m too stressed out.” Being overly stressed can be a huge factor in physical illnesses, like chronic migraine headaches, and can develop into nausea, ulcers or constant overeat-

But how do you take a break?

“Self-care could be reading a book, going out to dinner with friends, exercising,” says Manuel. “The No. 1 best selfcare practice for you is simply the one you are going to do.” Stop the avalanche: preventing chronic stress Manuel says that one of the keys to preventing burnout is learning to set healthy boundaries. “Often, we want to be our best and exceed expectations,” she says. “But we need to be able to set firm limits so we don’t overwork ourselves.”

It’s important to point out that saying no now doesn’t mean saying no forever. “You can do it all, but not all at once, and maybe not right now,” says Manuel. Setting healthy limits is about making your mental health a priority so that you can approach life with realistic expectations. When to seek help If you feel like your symptoms of stress are unmanageable Manuel advises seeking help. “Doctors and therapists can help you navigate your stress,” says Manuel. “Arm yourself with the right tools. It’s OK to ask for help.” For more resources on managing your stress and mental health, visit


Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Kettering Health Network on the cutting edge of neurological treatment BY BETH L ANGEFELS


ayton has long been on the cutting edge of innovation. From the Wright Brothers’ first flight to the invention of the cash register the Miami Valley can brag of many “firsts.” Kettering Health Network has been on the forefront of brain and spine treatments for decades. And now its doctors are using artificial intelligence to help reverse disability in stroke patients. Bruce Chan, the executive director of the


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Network’s Brain and Spine Service Line says the RAPID™ imaging platform from iSchemaView is a new class of automated brain imaging software that allows doctors to quickly visualize reductions in the blood flow to the brain and target treatment. “If a patient is a candidate for a thrombectomy (blood clot removal) we can use the software to target the clot,” Chan says. “About 80 percent of all stroke patients have ischemic or clot-related strokes.” Chan also says the new software, which was first put into use at Kettering Health Network in October, extends the window

On a weekly basis a group of neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, nuclear medicine physicians, nurses and advanced practice providers gather together to discuss Kettering Health Network’s current brain tumor cases and collaboratively recommend the best treatment options for each individual case. of treatment up to 24 hours after the onset of stroke symptoms. Previously most “clotbusting” medications were given within 4-5 hours of the last known symptom. “The software takes an image of the brain and calculates the parts of the brain that have been injured versus the parts that have not,” Chan says. “It uses artificial intelligence to allow the physician to gain instant access to the patient’s brain and determine appropriate treatment.” The RAPID systems and software are cutting edge, and have been featured in national publications, including the Wall Street Journal. Chan says it’s important to Kettering Health Network to offer the best care available to patients. “We have already had a few patients who have benefited from this,” Chan says. “It

Kettering Health Network is using the RAPID imaging platform. a new class of automated brain imaging software that allows doctors to quickly visualize reductions in blood flow to the brain and early signs of brain injury.

does help reverse the effects of stroke in more patients and they are fully recovering. It’s amazing to see.” Chan has been in his position with the brain and spine service line since September and says it is growing rapidly. In addition to stroke, it offers treatment and care for brain tumors, functional movement patients (Parkinson’s Disease and Epilepsy, for example) and all aspects of spine-related issues, including pain, numbness and fractures. “About 70 percent of our cases are spine related,” Chan says. “There are many people suffering from pinched nerve and discs as well as spine compressions. Our goal is to fix these and allow patients to live pain free.” Also on the cutting edge with spine procedures, Kettering Health Network surgeons focus on minimally invasive treatment that allows patients to return to their normal lives as quickly as possible. “We offer complex spine surgeries for patients who have had previous failures,” Chan says. “But mostly we focus on nonsurgical spine treatment.” Chan says additional spine surgeons as well as a physical medicine rehabilitation physician will be added to the team. Currently spine procedures are performed at Grandview, Sycamore, Fort Hamilton and Soin medical centers using MRI and computer imaging to help surgeons achieve high levels of precision. Brain tumors are abnormal cells in the brain that can either be malignant (cancer-

ous) or benign (noncancerous). Kettering Brain and Spine offers Gamma Knife procedures, which allow surgeons to customize treatments for individual patients and treat only the damaged part of the brain while preserving healthy tissue. “It’s very exciting,” Chan says. “The Gamma Knife is not really a knife at all. Instead it’s radiation using gamma rays and no incision.” Gamma Knife surgery is also an option for patients who are poor candidates for conventional surgery due to age, health conditions or who cannot tolerate general anesthesia. And Kettering Health Network’s Neuroscience Institute also offers the Gamma Knife Perfexion, a result of more than four decades of research. Currently Kettering Health Network is the only medical facility in Southwest Ohio using this procedure and is among only a few worldwide. “These procedures allow the neurosurgeon to use MRI guidance to pinpoint the brain tumor and vaporize it,” Chan says. “This saves on recovery time and it’s much, much quicker.” Epilepsy and seizure disorders affect between 80,000 to 150,000 people in Ohio. Almost all of these are taking some form of anti-seizure medication. “The effectiveness of these medications is hit or miss,” Chan says. “Sometimes the best treatment is surgical, though it is also the most invasive.” Kettering Health Network surgeons have

access to state-of-the-art equipment in the operating rooms that allow them to map a patient’s brain and precisely pinpoint the areas of treatment. “There is a long process before surgery to identify the locations of the brain that are causing the seizures,” Chan says. “We are really ramping up this program as more patients learn that there is a local option and they don’t have to travel to other cities.” In addition, Kettering Health Network offers deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s patients that helps dramatically reduce the “tremors,” and other symptoms of the disease. In April Kettering Health Network will be opening a new office that will unite brain and spine surgeons and professionals under one roof. Located on the main campus of Kettering Medical Center, it will include the physician’s offices that will care for spine, brain tumor, stroke, epilepsy and movement disorders. “We want everyone to be aware that they do not have to go out of our local area to receive cutting-edge treatment,” Chan says. “We offer the same procedures as they do at Cleveland Clinic, at Ohio State and in Cincinnati as well as other high-end medical centers.” Chan says that going to a community hospital has great benefits as well, including a new team of physicians who have devoted themselves to Kettering Health Network and have been selected to ensure longevity. “We will be here to serve the community for a long time to come,” Chan says. n DAYTON MAGAZINE . April/May 2019



A National Leader

Cutting-edge research driving cancer care at Dayton Physicians Network BY JENNIFER PAT TERSON LORENZET TI


hen facing a battle against cancer you want to be sure that you have the most effective and latest treatment options on your side. Many assume that this means traveling to well-known facilities and incurring multiple expensive and inconvenient overnight stays to take advantage of treatments based on new research or to participate in clinical trials, but this is not the case for those in the Dayton area.


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“We offer patients innovative, cuttingedge research that many assume is only available at academic institutions,” says Josh Cox, director of pharmacy for Dayton Physicians Network. Dayton Physicians Network describes itself as “a multispecialty network that provides comprehensive cancer care and urologic care services” with specialties in medical oncology, radiation oncology, imaging and urology. The network was founded in 2006, and, by combining three separate practices, aimed to provide “comprehensive centers, coordinated care and efficient operations,

Josh Cox, director of pharmacy for Dayton Physicians Network they could provide a valuable health care company unlike any other in the region,” says Robert E. Baird Jr., CEO, in a statement. What was missing, however, was the research arm that drives the treatments available. “We have six comprehensive cancer cen-

Corie Tofstad, Sue Nortman, Dr. Shamim Jilani, Josh Cox and Lisa Willey of the Dayton Physicians Network. ters and have been involved in cooperative trials but we were missing the cutting-edge research,” Cox says. “We’ve had a lot of success building our (research) program from the ground up.” The research taking place is gaining worldwide attention. “We have several (clinical) trials open,” says Sue Nortman, clinical research coordinator. One of the most interesting is a first-line hepatocellular treatment trial that is testing an investigational immunotherapy product to be used against liver cancer. Because it involves immunotherapy instead of chemotherapy it potentially avoids the toxicity of traditional chemotherapy. Immunotherapy harnesses the power of the patient’s own immune system to battle cancer, either by boosting the immune response or suppressing it in a targeted way. Dayton Physicians Network is the first in

the world to open the hepatocellular trial, perhaps a surprising fact for some. “Many would not assume Dayton is the first in the world,” Cox says. Nortman agrees, and she points to a variety of other trials, including treatment trials, observational trials and a variety of efforts to target breast, gastric, liver and prostate cancers, with future studies targeting lung cancer. “We also have a biomarker study (underway),” says Nortman, adding that one prostate cancer study is “very promising” in its use of nuclear medicine. “This is where all the new treatments come from,” Nortman says. She acknowledges that the road to bringing a new treatment to market can be a long one, averaging 12 to 15 years to make a new treatment available. However, she relishes the satisfaction of being a part of this process. Nortman recollects working in a research position before she came to Dayton Physicians Network and seeing a number of treatments begin the process; years later, some of those treatments had become the standard of care. This focus on research brings hope to many cancer patients who dread the side effects that can come from treatments as they may be familiar with them. “Today, cancer treatments are not nearly as toxic,” she says. Cancer treatments have become much more targeted, hitting the cancer cells and doing a better job of leaving healthy tissue alone. This lessens side effects and makes the treatments much more manageable than ever before. For example, Dayton Physicians Network now offers a treatment for prostate cancer that helps protect sensitive tissue and organs during radiation treatment for prostate cancer. Called SpaceOAR®, the treatment introduces a temporary gel spacer between the prostate and the rectum, pushing the rectum away from the beam of radiation, reducing the chances for damage and lessening the chances of rectal, urinary and sexual side effects. The benefits of a strong research program are many. The first is obvious: “folks don’t have to travel so far (to participate in a trial)” Nortman says. This convenience means that more people in the Dayton area may have the ability to participate in these investigational trials, giving them a shot at trying a new treatment before it comes to market and/ or hopefully helping to increase the body of knowledge of cancer care for all. However, it is the proactive, forward-look-

COULD YOU PARTICIPATE IN A CLINICAL TRIAL? Participating in a clinical trial is a way for patients to contribute to the body of medical research while potentially sharing their own experiences or trying new therapies. All clinical trials carry risks and benefits, which will be carefully explained before the patient can be considered for the trial. The patient will also be screened for certain factors that could prevent them from participating or that would make them part of the target population for the study. As of this writing, Dayton Physicians Network is recruiting for clinical trials in: • Advanced liver cancer • Advanced triple negative breast cancer • Advanced prostate cancer • Advanced urothelial cancer • Advanced renal cell cancer • Advanced HER2 positive breast cancer • Advanced gastric/gastro-esophageal junction cancer • Prostate cancer with cardiovascular disease • Breast cancer – current or historical • Biomarker study More information can be found at ing approach of research that permeates the culture at Dayton Physicians Network. “Research shows how our philosophy is applied to all of our practice,” Cox says. This includes doing patient advocacy work in the nation’s capital. Additionally, Dayton Physicians Network anticipates the needs of its patients, offering same-day acute care services that help with sudden problems that arise during treatment, keeping patients out of the emergency room and working with their own health care team. At Dayton Physicians Network the focus is always on improving life for the patient. By looking forward to future treatments and ways to improve access and convenience, DPN is becoming a national leader in cancer care and research, close to home. n DAYTON MAGAZINE . April/May 2019



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