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Explore 36 booths representing countries from all over the world during A World A’fair. By Menna Elarman

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Sandy Mendelson, the unofficial mayor of Dayton, retiring after 55 years. By Jim Bucher


Charlotte Culp persevered to create a lasting, tasty legacy. By Leo DeLuca


Dayton photographer Andy Snow an icon in Dayton for four decades. By Karla Hollencamp

Glo Juice Bar + Café is the latest from Butter Café’s Amy Beaver. By Kevin Michell


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Miami Regional Planning Commission guides recovery efforts and improves the region’s future. By Kevin Michell


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xcitement was in the air at the fourth annual Dayton Business Hall of Fame. The class of inductees was impressive. Frank Perez, Anita Moore, Fred Ungerman and Jeff Schmitt have all contributed immensely to the growth of our community. Their contributions, both philanthropically and to the Miami Valley business economy, are too numerous to list. Four years ago we at Dayton Magazine approached the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce with the idea of creating a Business Hall of Fame. It occurred to us that Dayton has a rich history of fostering businesses that have not only sustained the economic growth of the city but also enhanced the quality of life of its residents through philanthropic endeavors. The chamber embraced the idea and a new tradition was born. The biggest challenge has been selecting only three or four inductees each year from the stellar array of candidates. You can read about this year’s honorees on page 50 and check out a video recap of the recently held Hall of Fame event on our Facebook page. And check out our other fascinating stories in this issue including ones on the Greater Dayton Rowing Association and the closing of Mendelson’s Outlet. We will soon begin the selection process for the 2021 Business Hall of Fame. Starting a new tradition is never easy, but I think this one’s a keeper. See you next year!

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DAYTON ›› CONTRIBUTORS 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 Buchtvguy.com. Laura Leavitt is a writer and editor living just north of Cincinnati in Hamilton. She specializes in writing about sustainable living, food/drink, nonprofits and small businesses.

Leo DeLuca’s writing has been featured by Ohio Magazine, Aviation for Women, Pitchfork and more. DeLuca is also a radio reporter for WYSO and WVXU. His work has won several awards.

Ginny McCabe is a best-selling author, an award-winning journalist, media professional, speaker and teacher. Her work may be seen in publications like Journal-News and Reuters. Her books have been published by Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins & Standard Publishing. She has spent decades covering topics like news, business, real estate and entertainment. She serves on the board of Greater Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists.

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.

Timothy Walker is 55, a husband and father, and enjoys cooking, writing, music, weird films, WYSO, reading offbeat literature, and traveling with his family.

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From Dayton to the World

36 booths representing countries from all over the world at the Dayton Convention Center By Menna El arman


light tickets too expensive? You can still get a glimpse of what it’s like to travel the world by attending the 47th A World A’fair international festival at the Dayton Convention Center. With booths from 36 organizations representing over 50 countries, the three-day international festival will take place May 15-17. “We are mostly about educating people about how people are more alike than different and how to enjoy other countries,” says Rosetta Schaffner, president and marketing chairman for Dayton International Festival Inc. “Our mission is to promote understanding and acceptance through cultures,” she says. With more than 40,000 people attending last year, the festival has become Dayton Convention Center’s largest event and is the largest international festival in the eastern half of the country. “We are a group for all ages,” says Schaffner. “We have a children’s passport, which is really interesting.” All children are given passports when they come in and they have to find answers to a theme-related question by each country for a chance to win a basket full of international toys and gifts.


The 47th A World A’fair international festival will be May 15-17 at the Dayton Convention Center. According to Schaffner, there is always something new at the festival and there is always something that will still be there to bring you back the next year. “We are famous for the different ethnic foods we have so somebody will come there and look for bulgogi from Korea or pancit from the Philippines or sauerkraut and sausages from Germany,” she says. “They know what their favorites are.” There is also always a different theme represented by the booths and this year it’s transportation. If you’ve never been to an international festival and don’t know what to expect Schaffner promises you’ll “be surrounded by music and sound and wonderful smells of food and just a lot of fun.” And if you’ve been away from home this can be a little cure for your homesickness. “A lot of exchange students coming from different countries

would come into the office and they’ll say, ‘I was just at the German booth and it was so nice it reminded me of home,’” she says. According to Schaffner, the festival will feature booths from all over the world, including Ethiopia, Egypt, Greece, Mexico and Panama. So whether you’re curious about a culture or you’re feeling homesick you’ll find what you’re looking for. “This year the Kenyan Safari Acrobats will be performing on our stage as well as a lot of local and outside groups,” says Schaffner. Tickets will be available starting April 10 at all Dayton area Kroger stores and Miami Valley AAA offices in advance. The cost is $5 for adults and senior citizens and $3 for youth (ages 6-18). Tickets at the door are also available for $8 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $5 for youth. Children ages 5 or under get free admission. n

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Questions with Chief Jeff Lykins

New Dayton Fire Department Director By Ginny McCabe


eff Lykins was promoted to chief and director of the Dayton Fire Department on Jan. 17, replacing former chief Jeff Payne who retired after 31 years with the department. Lykins started with the Dayton Fire Department in 1992 and was promoted to fire lieutenant in 2000, fire captain in 2008, assistant fire chief in 2015 and deputy chief in 2017. Can you tell us about yourself? I was born and raised in Ohio and have lived here all of my life. I have an amazing wife (Geri) and five incredibly talented children (Alexis, Abbey, Jett, Jax and Karyss). I have a bachelor of science degree from Anna Maria College and continue to work on a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Waldorf University. I am credentialed as an Ohio Fire Chief and have obtained Fire Officer I, II, III and IV certifications. In March, I will graduate from the National Fire Academy’s prestigious four-year Executive Fire Officer Program. What has kept you devoted to the Dayton Fire Department for so many years? Every fire chief will tell you that they have one of the very best departments in the country and they should absolutely feel that way. Every firefighter will also tell you that they want to fight fire and be where the action is. The DFD is a very busy department and we are blessed to have such an incredibly talented workforce that

LEFT: Jeff Lykins was recently promoted to chief and director of the Dayton Fire Department. ABOVE: Lykins with his wife, Geri

provides the highest level of EMS, rescue and fire suppression to more than 140,000 citizens that demand, and deserve, the very best service and care. I love this city and this department and have never considered working anywhere else. Former Chief Jeff Payne recently retired after 31 years with the department. Those are some pretty big shoes to fill. What are some of the biggest things you learned from Chief Payne? Chief Payne was a great chief and did a lot for this department. I learned so much from him, not only from my time at fire headquarters, but also during our time together in the district. Chief Payne always treated people fairly and was committed to doing his very best every day. I could not have wished for a better mentor, co-worker and friend than Jeff Payne. What do you feel are some of the greatest strengths you bring to the role? I am very passionate about this profes-

sion and feel that some of my greatest strengths are authenticity, empathy and my ability to relate to the men and women of this department. When you fight as many fires as Dayton does you get to forge some incredibly strong friendships with those that you are literally relying on to survive. I have been a part of some incredible rescues as well as many tragic events and because of that I believe the members know that they can trust me during the good times and the bad times. What’s one piece of advice would you give to young firefighters, or to someone who is just starting out in a community service role? I would tell them that it is both an honor and a privilege to serve others and to never take a single minute of it for granted. As a firefighter you will witness the very best and the very worst of humanity. Keep a journal and write down every high and low that you experience along the way. By the end of your career, that journal will mean more to you than you could ever imagine and provide perspective to a life and career well earned. n DAYTON MAGAZINE . April/May 2020

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End of an Era

Sandy Mendelson, the unofficial mayor of Dayton, retiring after 55 years BY JIM BUCHER The building that houses Mendelsons on First Street has been sold to a developer.


was hanging out recently at Mendelsons in downtown Dayton—you know, the “First place to look for every last thing” store—where owner Sandy Mendelson was tooling around his electronics surplus kingdom when a customer walked by with an electric motor. The gentleman said, “Th is is perfect, but wish it had a little more power.” Without pause, Mendelson throttled up his Hoveround and scooted down one of the dozens of aisles where on a bottom rack sat a motor with more juice. Among the millions of items the man knows where everything is, whereas this unaccompanied columnist would be forever lost in the cavernous confi nes unable to locate yours truly with a search warrant. Mendelson’s foray into the electronics business began in Detroit, Michigan, 76 years ago where he was born, soon moving to Dayton with brother, mom and dad. “My father, Harry, was a traveling salesman, pots and pans, that sort of stuff. He was a nice guy; my mother was a tough ‘guy.’ She was a staunch, Jewish woman who knew all the four-letter words in every language. She was tough, but you had to be to survive,” Mendelson says. That was 1955. Then in the early ’60s Harry went to work for a scrap business scoring a huge deal at the old Defense


Electronics Supply Center. Tons of military surplus came back from the Korean War that the company promptly bought and sold making enough to scrape by. “Then my father passed in 1963. My mother took over, but we were dead broke. The judge said we can’t go bankrupt because you don’t have enough money to do that. Had $68 in the bank and owed $10,000,” he says. A friend of the family decided to help out and gave Mendelson some surplus to sell and said he’d split it 50-50 to get them back on their feet. “Turned out the stuff was Cessna 180 Auto-Pilots, whole building full. Put an ad in a fl ight magazine and from that day on I never looked back,” he says. He was off and running … and bought up any and all surplus from companies in the region, proudly admitting he’s a “dumpster diver.” Mendelson says, “I’m at NCR and in their trash was all this cash register equipment because they were moving on to computers, selling it for scrap. I offered them a couple cents more and we had a deal. Had over 300,000 items.” Now, unfortunately for them and fortunately for Mendelson, NCR came back a year later with an issue. “They offered maintenance and lifetime service on their mechanical cash registers and had no parts because I did. So, sold it back to them for

a little profit and that relationship lasted 40 years,” Mendelson says. Mendelson’s business got so big that he moved a few times until Delco shut its doors in a goliath of a factory building on East First Street which dates back to 1915. He made an offer to GM in 1980 and in about the same time frame it took to find that customer’s motor he owned the building. “I thought, ‘Th is place is huge, I’ll never fi ll it up,’” he says. About this same time downtown, like many cities around the country, was not well. Businesses closed, retail shuddered and landowners couldn’t give it away. “Look, I’ll be honest with you. The distressed downtown was good for me. Property was cheap so bought it up. I’m a businessman looking for a profit, but I fell in love with the city and they’ve been good to me,” he says. Two decades later, with downtown still a bit weather-beaten, it was time to “play ball!” Mendelson says, “So, I’m coming back into town and on the radio is then city commissioner, now judge, Tony Capizzi during an interview saying, ‘I want to bring minor league ball to Dayton and put it on Mendelson’s lot.’” Mendelson was as shocked as everyone else and called the commissioner, “Tony, you mind talking to me fi rst? Let’s go to

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Sandy Mendelson, the owner of Mendelsons, is retiring after a long career. lunch, think we have something to discuss,” Mendelson says with a laugh. The Dayton Dragons didn’t cure all of city’s ills. It was many years later when downtown took off in warp drive. Loft

housing, condos, apartments, restaurants, bars, breweries and businesses moved to the Gem City. New construction and rehabbed older structures. Now, it’s Mendelson’s turn to “vacate the premises.” A developer bought his building with plans for condominiums and retail.

Mendelson’s target date to clear out is Aug. 31. How do you move millions of surplus items by then? How else? A sale. “Right now everything is 50% off, soon to be 60%. We gotta’ go,” he says. Mendelson plans to donate a ginormous amount to Goodwill and other charities, which the store has done for years. “It’s painful to close this facility. Every deal in this building for 55 years I traveled the world with many family members and bought it myself. Now, it’s just me, my wife, Bonnie, kids Heather, Harlan and Fifi,” he says. Wait, Fifi? “She’s my 18-pound dog. Soon as we’re finished here I’m taking Fifi and my wife and go somewhere for a couple of weeks.” Mendelson is far from finished around here as owner of The Deli and Top of the Market banquet center on Webster Street where he dines almost every day for lunch. So, we haven’t seen the last of Sandy Mendelson. “You may, but not.” Happy retirement my friend. Cheers! Buch n

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Spirit of Charlotte Culp The widowed entrepreneur persevered to create a lasting, tasty legacy BY LEO DELUCA


he dawn of the 20th century was a remarkable time in Dayton. On Oct. 5, 1905, Wilbur Wright shattered the brothers’ previous flying records at Huffman Prairie Flying Field; Charles Kettering’s automobile starter motor debuted on the 1912 Cadillac; and National Cash Register founder John H. Patterson was solidifying his position as the Father of American Salesmanship. During this time of immense positive change Dayton resident Charlotte Culp was facing immense personal crisis. Culp had recently been widowed with six children to feed. A talented cook, she began preparing baked cakes, rolls and bread, then sending her kids to sell them door-to-door. The endeavor was a success, prompting her to fi rst sell goods via horse and wagon before opening a stand at the 34 South Main Street Market. In 1904, after the grand opening of the Third Street Arcade, Culp’s eldest son, Howard, expanded the business, selling poultry, eggs, cheese and dill pickles at three lunch counters under the glass-domed rotunda of the Flemish-style building. But when the Great 1913 Flood, Ohio’s worst natural disaster, drowned Dayton in some 20 feet of water the Arcade was hit hard, destroying the Culp family’s bakery equipment and a brand new NCR cash register. After the waters subsided Culp’s rose, re-opening as a bakery in the center of the



ABOVE: Waitresses and customers at the front counter of Culp’s Cafeteria on June 11, 1943. RIGHT: Culp’s once had several lunch counters inside of the Third Street Arcade. Arcade before the family opened a fullservice cafeteria in 1930. On the Fourth Street side of the Arcade, across from the Keith Theater, Culp’s sold renowned pies, pastries and home-cooked food. The following decade, with wartime production in full swing and a rush of military personnel reporting to Wright and Patterson Fields, Dayton’s population spiked. Culp’s reaped the benefits. By the 1940s it was serving as many as 5,000 customers a day. Not only was Culp’s Dayton’s fi rst restaurant to offer air conditioning, but it also featured the first electric Hammond organ in the area, the inaugural concert played by a visiting Chicago artist. Culp’s was sold in 1960 and the following year moved to a new Kettering location off Far Hills Avenue. From the 1970s through the 1990s the restaurant disappeared from the Dayton landscape before returning in 2001 at Carillon Historical Park. It was the fi rst time Carillon Park ventured into regular food service.

Now, the completely reimagined restaurant has reopened at the new Heritage Center of Regional Leadership. Inside are a period-inspired soda fountain and a beautifully restored 1903 Barney & Smith #602 interurban car. Once operating on the Dayton & Western Traction Co. line between Dayton and Eaton, the interurban car sits atop historic brick that covered Wayne Avenue alongside the Dayton & Xenia Streetcar tracks. Kids and adults alike can enjoy a traditional soda, coffee or phosphate at the marble-topped soda fountain or enjoy a meal inside the #602. Today, the spirit of Charlotte Culp and her family’s legendary Dayton restaurant lives on at Carillon Historical Park. ■

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DAYTON ›› SCENE WATER CAREER CONFERENCE CONDUCTED BY DAYTON WATER The city of Dayton, Department of Water, recently conducted a Water Career Conference for 400 area high school students focused on S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, administration and maintenance). Students had the opportunity to interact with water professionals, local colleges and universities, as well as professional organizations to gather resources to assist them with understanding the career opportunities in the water industry.

The High School Water Career Conference was conducted at the University of Dayton Arena.

Dawn Kirchner, right, vice president of education with the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Alex Goldinger and Emily Denlinger, water bacteriologists-chemists, talk to local high school students about careers in water.

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The Miami Valley’s Air Is Monitored Daily. If ground-level ozone or particle pollution levels are forecasted to rise, an “Air Pollution Advisory” will be issued for the Region. Learn how to reduce air pollution at MiamiValleyAir.org or call MVRPC at 937.223.6323.


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TOUCHDOWN FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES Lindner Center of HOPE’s 11th annual Touchdown for HOPE Super Bowl Sunday event at the Great American Ballpark Champions Club raised $195,000 for patient assistance. Approximately 250 people attended the event. Jim Breech, former Bengals kicker, and his wife, Denise, were honorary hosts. Proceeds from Touchdown for HOPE sponsorships and ticket sales will be used to fund a mental health services financial assistance program at Lindner Center of HOPE, benefitting the community’s first responders.

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DAYTON ›› SCENE CHAMINADE JULIENNE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL’S PRIORITY COURSE SELECTION DAY Already anticipating the newest members of the community, Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School welcomed the Class of 2024 on Priority Course Selection Day in February. This community event guides students in selecting courses for their freshman year and getting acquainted with the additional services and opportunities that await them as early as spring.

Eagle Ambassador Chris Rau ‘21 and the CJ Eagle welcome Hannah Machuca and her mother, Amy.

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ndy Snow is a photographer whose point of view is informed both by his love of math and his study of philosophy. “They are both about logic,” he says, when asked where the two intersect. That combination explains why his technical skills are so good and why his pictures reflect a poetic sensitivity to every subject, be it a jet engine or a ballet dancer. Snow’s commercial-photography career, starting in the 1980s, includes producing portraits of such luminaries as Jimmy Stewart, Ray Bradbury, Wendell Berry, Neil Armstrong, John Glenn, Walter Cronkite, Bonnie Raitt, Renée Fleming, Richard Holbrooke and Al Gore. His work has appeared in TIME, Newsweek, Forbes, National Geographic, Ohio Magazine, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. His images have been used in annual


reports, ad campaigns and other printed works internationally. As a 2020 recipient of the Ohio Arts Council Governor’s Award as an individual artist, Snow is having his more than four decades of work honored for its significant contribution to the community. The letters of support for his nomination come from a distinguished list of local leaders. From Michael Roediger, director and CEO of the Dayton Art Institute: “Andy’s work is the true essence of his subjects. From beautiful moments in the community’s landscape to moments of joy sorrow of real people Andy captures our stories and emotions.” From Matt Dunn, executive director of the Montgomery County Arts & Cultural District: “Andy is truly a local treasure. In addition to being an outstanding photographer he is superbly civic minded. His interest in the arts and in the vibrancy of Dayton’s artistic and cultural heritage is

Photographer Andy Snow recently received the Ohio Arts Council Governor’s Award. both genuine and beyond compare. “Whether it is commercial, commissioned, pro bono or even leisurely and recreational there is one word that for me describes Andy’s work: iconic. “Andy is also a prolific documentarian and archivist. His documentation of such things as the building of the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, the new Dayton Metro Library

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Photographer Andy Snow has been capturing the beauty and diversity of Dayton for four decades. main branch in Downtown Dayton and the Levitt Pavilion Dayton, as well as the renovation of downtown Dayton’s historic Arcade, are examples of a selfless labor of love.” From Ron Rollins, community impact editor of the Dayton Daily News/Cox Media Group Ohio: “The range of his work is staggering, covering everything from street photography to formal portraits, and from journalism to museum exhibits. His historic project, ‘Watershed, Then & Now,’ commemorating the great flood of 1913 in the Miami Valley of western Ohio, was honored as one of 20 Best of 2013 by the American Society of Media Photographers. The exhibition, in which Andy revisited scenes of 1913 devastation to show how they look today, was displayed at the Dayton Art Institute and turned into a book by the Miami Conservancy District, which initiated the centennial project.” From Brenda Gibson, public relations manager at the Miami Valley Conservancy district: “Andy was my fi rst choice for the Flood of Memories photo book project, but I never imagined we could afford him on our limited budget. So when I called him it was to ask if he could recommend another photographer. But when he learned what we were trying to create he was all in. Getting a photographer the caliber of Andy Snow to work on our Flood of Memories photo book project was crucial to its success. His passion for Dayton and history, combined with his incredible creative eye and technical skills, brought our book to life. He’s an extraordinary photographer

and now has become a good friend as well.” Snow was deeply affected by his work on the Flood of Memories book, which saw him taking 60 new images to correspond to 60 historic 1913 photos from the archives, “from Piqua to Hamilton, in conjunction with historical societies in each community including Troy, West Carrollton, Franklin and Middletown,” he says. “Call it ‘Sherlock Holmes meets Ansel Adams.’ A process of discovery and inspiration like no other. Creating an image to resonate with the old historic view led to inspirational moments of harmonicconvergence serendipity.” The Dayton Art Institute exhibition included photographic artifacts such as old view cameras and lantern slides so that the show became, as Snow put it, “a narrative of the impact of recovery and the history of photography.” Internationally known artist Willis Bing Davis says Snow is an “artist-humanitarian” and an “exceptionally gifted photographer whose sensitive eye is directly attached to his heart. He is fi lled with love and concern for humanity and the physical world we live in. “I have learned so much from the many long and short conversations I have had with Andy over the years and I have learned just as much from looking and listening to the stories his photographs tell as they hang on the walls or flow through documentaries on the screen. Andy Snow is a visual griot, a storyteller that not only helps us know how we are, but also our connection to each other and the physical space we share.”

Snow’s photography of Dayton’s performing arts organizations, especially the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, has made him an essential fi xture in the city’s famed fi ne-arts scene. “Dance photography is the most fascinating,” he says. “My favorite images are those that capture the apex of a leap with a hint of movement blur in the feet. Stillness, energy and motion in a single click. That’s when I hear the angels sing.” ■ DAYTON MAGAZINE . April/May 2020

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A&E Calendar of Events

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April Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

Through April 5 With a score featuring more than 20 of Donna Summer’s classic hits including “Love to Love You Baby,” “Bad Girls” and “Hot Stuff,” this electric experience is a moving tribute to the voice of a generation. W-Th 7:30 p.m., F 8 p.m., Sa 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Su 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $26. Schuster Center, 1 W. Second St., Dayton. 228-3630, victoriatheatre.com.

Waitress – National Broadway Tour

April 2 Inspired by the beloved film, Waitress tells the story of Jenna, an expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town. 7 p.m. $43-$69. Clark State Performing Arts Center, 300 S. Fountain Ave., Springfield. 328-3874, pac.clarkstate.edu.


America’s Sweethearts

April 8 These New York City-based ladies have performed across the USA getting crowds tapping their feet to hits like “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” as they celebrate history through their crystal-clear harmony and colorful costumes. 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. Tickets start at $30. PNC Arts Annex, 46 W. Second St., Dayton. 228-3630, victoriatheatre.com.


April 2-5 Dayton Ballet closes its Season of Titans with a varied collection of beautiful dances, including a new work from internationally acclaimed choreographer Ma Cong, a vignette of A Streetcar Named Desire and much more in a program called Innovations. Th 7:30 p.m., F-Sa 8 p.m., Su 3 p.m. $22-$83. Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton. 228-3630, victoriatheatre.com.

educator shares how we can each draw from our individual heritages to create a vibrant, evolving global civilization embracing and celebrating our collective heritage. 7:30 a.m. $16. PNC Arts Annex, 46 W. Second St., Dayton. 228-3630, victoriatheatre.com.

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April 7 Kevin Locke, a world-famous visionary hoop dancer, preeminent player of the indigenous Northern Plains flute, traditional storyteller, cultural ambassador, recording artist and

April 9 Judy Moody and her brother Stink take audiences on a hilarious adventure. Judy Moody and Stink are the perfect pair for their imperfect capers that lead to fun, mystery, sibling rivalry and, in the end, true friendship. 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. $5. Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton. 228-3630, victoriatheatre.com.

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Gospel Unplugged

April 10 Celebrate African-American gospel music with the Dayton Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America. This show will feature singers from all over the Miami Valley sharing their talents through powerful and uplifting music. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25. PNC Arts Annex, 46 W. Second St., Dayton. 228-3630, victoriatheatre.com.

Havana Nights

April 17-18 The sizzling Latino beat entices people to at once embrace and defy tradition, to loosen up and get a little crazy. Singer Camille Zamora joins the Mambo Kings for a fusion of classical Spanish with Afro-Cuban rhythms that will whisk you out of your seat to wild Havana. F-Sa 8 p.m. $24-$82. Schuster Center, 1 W. Second St., Dayton. 228-3630, victoriatheatre.com.

Summer of Love – Woodstock Edition

April 18 Relive the memories, share the spirit, and celebrate the music that changed the world. Glen Burtnik (alumnus of Styx, touring bassist/vocalist with the current version of ELO, recording artist and hit song writer) returns to Springfield to celebrate the iconic rock music from the legendary 1969 Woodstock era. 8 p.m. $36$59. Clark State Performing Arts Center, 300 S. Fountain Ave., Springfield. 328-3874, pac.clarkstate.edu.

That Golden Girls Show! A Puppet Parody

April 18 Get set for an evening of cheesecake, laughter, Jazzercise, shoulder pads, sex and the elegant art of the quick-witted put down. The night will include everything from Sophia’s get-rich-quick schemes, to Rose’s tales from St. Olaf, Blanche’s insatiable hunt for men and the Fountain of Youth and Dorothy’s daily struggle to make sense of her life. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton. 228-3630, victoriatheatre.com.



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Ronan Donovan: Social by Nature

April 19-20 Join biologist-turned-photographer Ronan Donovan as he talks about his work in documenting chimpanzees, wolves and gorillas and what we, as fellow social mammals, can learn from them. Su 3 p.m., M 7 p.m. Tickets start at $29. Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton. 228-3630, victoriatheatre.com.

confection beyond his wildest dreams. Get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator and more at this everlasting showstopper. T-Th 7:30 p.m., F 8 p.m., Sa 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Su 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $26. Schuster Center, 1 W. Second St., Dayton. 228-3630, victoriatheatre.com.

Going for Baroque

April 24 & 26 Dayton Opera travels back to the beautiful beginnings of opera in a first-time endeavor into the Baroque period of music. The Schuster Center will swell with ornate arias from operas composed in the colorful musical style and masterful vocal technique that emerged from the Renaissance. F 8 p.m., Su 3 p.m. $30-$98. Schuster Center, 1 W. Second St., Dayton. 228-3630, victoriatheatre.com.

Michael Bolton: The Symphony Sessions

May 1 Spend an incredible evening with the legendary Michael Bolton as he performs with special guests, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. 8 p.m. Clark State Performing Arts Center, 300 S. Fountain Ave., Springfield. 328-3874, pac.clarkstate.edu.

The Charlie Daniels Band: Fire on the Mountain Tour

May 2 From his Dove Award-winning gospel albums to his genre-defining southern rock anthems and his CMA Award-winning country hits, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. 7 p.m. $38-$68. Rose Music Center at The Heights, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights. 610-0288, rosemusiccenter.com.

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

April 28-May 3 Willy Wonka is opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate factory… to a lucky few. That includes Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to burst with color and


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stories of the brothers Grimm to life with a contemporary urban spin as they and a few of their friends turn records and dance circles around some of the most beloved and well-known fairy tales collected by the famous German brothers of old. 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. Tickets start at $17. Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton. 228-3630, victoriatheatre.com.

ence, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) in our everyday lives. 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. $5. Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton. 228-3630, victoriatheatre.com.

Beethoven’s 1st and The Firebird

May 8-9 Beethoven’s youthful First Symphony brims with explosive energy, clattering accents and shifting key signatures, foreshadowing his impending greatness. Stravinsky’s ballet The Firebird was written for the legendary Ballets Russes and its famous fi nale has been featured in Fantasia 2000 and many other movies and sports programs. F-Sa 8 p.m. $12-$66. Schuster Center, 1 W. Second St., Dayton. 228-3630, victoriatheatre.com.

Concertmaster’s Choice

May 3 Dayton Philharmonic concertmaster Jessica Hung and a few of her good friends from the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra present an afternoon of gorgeous chamber music in the intimate setting of the Dayton Art Institute. 3 p.m. $14-$22. Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park, Dayton. 228-3630, victoriatheatre.com.

Full Steam Ahead with Mister C Vol. 2–The World in Motion

May 6 As the creator and host of Full STEAM Ahead, a show on PBS Kids’ member stations CET and ThinkTV in southwest Ohio, Mister C is no stranger to fi nding exciting and engaging ways to explore STEAM (Sci-


Kathleen Madigan: 8 O’clock Happy Hour Tour

May 7 For 29 years, comedian Kathleen Madigan has been touring 250 nights on the road and squeezing in hour-long filmed specials and performances on every late-night show ever

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The Rat Pack, Symphonic

May 15-16 Sinatra, Martin, Davis and their inimitable brand of woozy, boozy jazz step onto the stage in the forms of three entertainers you’ll swear are the real deal. When the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s big band sound starts and the three members of this

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Rat Pack begin to sing you might wonder if you’re in Dayton or Las Vegas. F-Sa 8 p.m. $24-$82. Schuster Center, 1 W. Second St., Dayton. 228-3630. victoriatheatre.com.

Super Diamond

May 23 Super Diamond, the tribute band endorsed by Neil Diamond himself, joins the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra to celebrate the megastar’s greatest hits. This tribute to the “Solitary Man” will have you shouting, “I’m a Believer,” by the band’s last note! 8 p.m. $24-$82. Schuster Center, 1 W. Second St., Dayton. 228-3630, victoriatheatre.com.



Carmina Burana

May 16 One of the most beloved works in the symphonic repertoire, Carmina Burana is a collection of medieval texts portraying spring and burgeoning love (not to mention a few bawdy drinking songs). 7:30 p.m. $34-$59, students $16. Clark State Performing Arts Center, 300 S. Fountain Ave., Springfield. 328-3874, pac.clarkstate.edu.

May 26-31 Audiences and critics alike are rediscovering this beloved musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater— “Memory.” Winner of seven Tony Awards including best musical, Cats tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. T-Th 7:30 p.m., F 8 p.m., Sa 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Su 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $26. Schuster Center, 1 W. Second St., Dayton. 228-3630, victoriatheatre.com.

Classic Albums Live: Led Zeppelin—Led Zeppelin II

May 29 Classic Albums Live re-creates classic rock albums in their entirety. Not a cover band, not an impersonation, these world-class musicians go to great lengths to faithfully re-create every sound on the original album in a concert setting. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton. 228-3630, victoriatheatre.com. Don’t see your event? Visit thedaytonmagazine.com to add it to our online listings for free.

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A Trip to the World’s Horse Capital

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here’s a reason Kentucky is known for horses. The state is packed with hundreds of horse farms; is home to Keeneland, the world’s largest thoroughbred auction house; and hosts the first leg of the American Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby, at Louisville’s Churchill Downs. With much of the state being connected to horses it’s no wonder that so many of its attractions are connected to them, too. Have a horse enthusiast in the family? A trip down to Kentucky can help them get closer to what they love while entertaining the rest of the family as well.

Kentucky Derby Museum The race known as “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports” is May 2 this year, but every day is Derby Day at the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville. “We celebrate Derby Day every day so if you come here you should be able to get a good taste of what the derby is like,” says Rachel Collier, director of communications for the museum. The museum itself offers two floors of

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LEFT: The Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville offers many different exhibits, artifacts and films for horse lovers. ABOVE: The Kentucky Derby Museum film, The Greatest Race, is shown in a 360-degree theater.

exhibits. Visitors can learn more about trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who has won four Kentucky Derbies, and Bill Shoemaker, who is considered the greatest jockey of all time; see memorabilia from famous Kentucky Derby winners like Secretariat

and American Pharoah; and view the museum’s newest exhibit, “Right to Ride,” which opens April 19 and tells the stories of the derby’s female jockeys. According to Collier, one of the museum’s must-see attractions is its 18-minute film,

The Greatest Race. The film is shown on an oval-shaped screen and envelopes the audience in the sights and sounds of the derby. “It tells the story of Derby Day, from how a foal gets to the derby, it starts out with that, and then it goes through the day of the derby, the sights, the sounds, the streets outside of Churchill Downs where you


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DAYTON ›› Midwestern Traveler have street cart vendors who are cooking barbecue and to inside the track where you’re seeing all the preparations that go into the big day—it’s really powerful,” she says. “A lot of people watch that movie and it makes them want to come to the derby if they haven’t been.” In addition to viewing the exhibits visitors can also tour the museum’s next-door neighbor Churchill Downs. “Our museum is the exclusive tour provider for Churchill Downs,” adds Collier. Included with admission to the museum is a 30-minute tour of the park, which includes the grandstands, track and famous twin spires. But for those looking to explore more of Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby Museum offers several other tours. The Behind the Scenes Walking Tour, for example, takes visitors into non-public areas such as the exclusive Millionaires Row, members-only Turf Club and the Jockey’s Quarters. The Barn and Backside Tour explores the village behind Churchill Downs that features 1,400 stalls, the dormitories and

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living quarters of those who care for the horses, the community’s church and more. And the museum’s newest tour, Bourbon and Bridles, looks at the history of bourbon and horse racing. At the end of the tour, visitors also get to enjoy a bourbon tasting and learn how to make their own Mint Julep. “We’ve found that when people come to Kentucky they want to learn about the Kentucky Derby, of course, but they also want to experience bourbon,” says Collier. “We wanted to have something to offer guests who kind of want both.” While the museum offers many different attractions for horse lovers visitors should also make sure to stop by one of the museum’s free diversions. “Even if you do come in the winter months… our stable always has a thoroughbred and pony,” says Collier. “You can walk in our museum anytime and say, ‘I just want to go look at your horse.’”

HORSE FARM AND OTHER TOURS Those looking to get closer to the horses themselves may want to look into taking a

Visitors who take the Bourbon and Bridles tour at the Kentucky Derby Museum end their tour with a bourbon tasting. tour of a horse farm or other facility. Horse Country, a nonprofit membership organization, assists local farms by handling, booking, marketing and coordinating all touring experiences at its member farms. With prestigious farms like Claiborne

Farm (where Secretariat is buried), Horse Country helps visitors fi nd the tours that best match their interests. With 40 members, Horse Country has access to about any experience a horse lover could ask for. Visitors can book tours with

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Horse Country helps visitors find and book tours with 40 horse farms, adoptions centers and more. stud farms, nursery farms, a sport horse farm, two equine clinics, a training track, three accredited after-care facilities (which serve as adoption agencies for horses looking for new homes after the racetrack) and a feed mill. “So really at any point in the life cycle of the horse, literally from what they eat at the feed mill, to foaling at the nurseries, training at the tracks, stud career after they race, to after care, … you’re seeing really behind the scenes of the

most premier facilities that you can,” says Stephanie Arnold, marketing and members services director for Horse Country. Because so many tours are available Arnold suggests narrowing your options by date and location first. “If you know there is a particular horse that you want to see that’s obviously a leading kind of criteria, but if you are just looking for a great horse experience, honestly, I would point people toward their itinerary and what fits into it,” she says. If you plan on taking multiple tours, Arnold suggests picking up a free Horse Country passport. They can be found at any touring Horse Country member location, the Lexington Visitor Center and several other sites. If you complete one of the two experience categories, you can earn a commemorative gift. “(People) may not know just how interconnected it all is. So hopefully the passport rings some bells for people and they can see that it’s all connected,” adds Arnold.

KENTUCKY HORSE PARK There are many more horse attractions beyond the Kentucky Derby Museum and farm

tours, though. The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington is itself home to many attractions. The International Museum of the Horse, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is considered to be the largest horse museum in the world with more than 60,000 square feet of exhibits. Featured exhibits include “All the Queen’s Horses: The Role of the Horse in British History” and “A Gift from the Desert: the Art, Culture and History of the Arabian Horse.” Its new permanent exhibit, “Black Horsemen of the Kentucky Turf,” features reproductions by artist Edward Troye and looks at the legacy of legendary jockeys like Oliver Lewis and Isaac Murphy. Other museums at the park include the American Saddlebred Museum, the Al-Marah Arabian Horse Galleries and Wheeler Museum. After viewing the museums, visitors can also take a tour of the Big Barn, which houses the park’s draft horses, or Mounted Police Barn; view park memorials for several famous horses, including Man o’War; meet famous horses in the Hall of Champions; take a horseback or pony ride; and more. ■

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Tours with Coolmore America, a stud farm that currently hosts 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, can be booked through Horse Country.

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DAYTON ›› STYLE SIEBENTHALER GARDEN CENTER Visit Siebenthaler in Beavercreek and Centerville to try on one of its Foxgloves C3 hats: Comfortable Cotton Crochet. They come in many cute colors, but the best part is that they are breathable while still offering SPF50+ protection for your face and neck. Hat, $29.99

A Gardener’s World

Spring offers attire, décor for those with a green thumb BY L AUR A LE AVIT T


ith the arrival of spring, it’s a gardener’s world here in Dayton. Many local shops and garden centers cater to practical needs while also offering stylish options for the local horticulturalist. Here are just a few must-have items from around the Miami Valley.

THE 3 WEIRD SISTERS STUDIO Living in small quarters or prefer to make your gardening dreams come true indoors? 3 Weird Sisters in Troy has everything you need, from Terrarium how-to books to the plants themselves. Pick up a premade, beautiful glass terrarium; each one is unique. Terrarium, $45.

TOWNE VALLEY GIFTS GRANDMA’S GARDENS Cute, comfortable, and always waterproof, the designs on the Slogger Boots at Grandma’s Gardens in Waynesville are cheery while also keeping your feet mudfree. They also have options in a sturdy garden clog style. Boots, $59.99


Valley Towne Gifts in Troy has a variety of garden art, from watering cans to garden flags. Th is cute wheelbarrow can display a small potted plant or add a dash of color to your landscape. Wheelbarrow, $29.95

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here are very few places to dine that are better than what the Miami Valley offers. New restaurants continue to open and old favorites are ready to be rediscovered. This annual guide offers a small sample of the region’s excellent cuisine, from seafood and steak to pizza and hot dogs. Make tonight a night out and try one of the fabulous dining establishments that call the Miami Valley home. Do you know of a restaurant we should include next year? Fill out a Letter to the Editor form at thedaytonmagazine.com or tweet using #Daytondining to tell us what we missed.

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ZOMBIE DOGZ 1200 Brown St., Suite 150, Dayton zombiedogzdayton.com, 937-951-2942 Restaurant Type: Fast casual Price Range: $3-$10 Year Opened: Restaurant opened in 2017. Food truck opened in 2013 Most-Popular Menu Item: Calling in Dead, an all-beef Nathan’s hot dog topped with white truffle mac ‘n’ cheese and Parmesan garlic cracker crumbs Atmosphere: Very eclectic, filled with horror-themed art from all local artists. Why You Should Go: A fun, family-friendly locally based business. The owners were born and raised in Dayton and do a lot to give back to local charities.

COOPER’S HAWK WINERY & RESTAURANTS 5220 Cornerstone North Blvd., Centerville chwinery.com, 937-900-9463 Restaurant Type: American Price Range: $13-$35 Year Opened: 2019 (The first restaurant opened in 2005 in Illinois) Atmosphere: Modern casual

MAMMA DISALVO’S RESTAURANT 1375 E. Stroop Road, Kettering mammadisalvo.com, 937-299-5831 Restaurant Type: Italian Price Range: $15-$35 Year Opened: Family owned and operated since 1979 Why You Should Go: The restaurant was again voted Dayton’s best Italian restaurant. Great, authentic Italian food served by a staff that treats customers like family.


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JOE’S PIZZERIA 4313 Airway Road, Dayton joes-pizzadayton.com, 937-253-8154 Restaurant Type: Pizza and subs Price Range: $6-$20 Year Opened: 1959 Most-Popular Menu Item: Pizza Atmosphere: Casual Why You Should Go: Joe’s has just celebrated 60 years in business. Family owned by owners who take pride in making their own products.

THE PINE CLUB 1926 Brown St., Dayton thepineclub.com, 937-228-5371 Restaurant Type: Steakhouse Price Range: $10-$50 Year Opened: 1947 Most-Popular Menu Item: Bone-in ribeye Atmosphere: Classic steakhouse from the 1940s with wood-paneled walls, red leather booths and old-fashioned barstools surrounding a large center bar. Why You Should Go: The New York Times lists The Pine Club as, “One of the world’s 10 greatest traditional dining institutions;” USA Today, “Our favorite steak in the country;” The Food Channel, “One of the top two steakhouses in the U.S.” Always the destination for visitors and a tradition in Dayton since 1947.

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CARMICHAEL’S PUB 3011 Wayne Ave., Dayton facebook.com/carmichaelspub 937-258-6058 Restaurant Type: American pub Price Range: $5-$10 Most-Popular Menu Item: Hamburgers and chicken wings Atmosphere: Casual Why You Should Go: To enjoy the best burgers and wings Dayton has to offer.

SALAR 400 E. Fifth St., Dayton salarrestaurant.com, 937-203-3999 Restauran Type: Peruvian, French and Mediterranean Price Range: $21-$39 Year Opened: 2013 Most-Popular Menu Items: Empanadas, Machu Picchu pork chop, lamb shank and beef saltado Atmosphere: Upscale, yet casual. Why You Should Go: Peruvian cuisine reflects not only the traditional dishes native to the area but also, through centuries of immigration, influences from Spain, China, Italy, West Africa and Japan. This rich history coupled with chef Margot’s classical French techniques creates a menu consisting of a fusion of influences that result in dishes that are both comfortable and unique.

GIOVANNI’S PIZZERIA É RISTORANTE ITALIANO 215 W. Main St., Fairborn giovannisfairborn.com, 937-878-1611

Restaurant Type: Italian Price Range: $5.25-$19.50 Year Opened: 1953 Most-Popular Menu Item: Spaghetti marinara, pizzas and Pasta Giovanni A t m o s p h e r e : A c omfor table,


family-oriented restaurant with long tables and private areas for large groups as well as seating for smaller parties. Why You Should Go: The food at Giovanni’s—a Fairborn institution that is family owned and operated— is authentic and delicious.

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CLUB OCEANO SEAFOOD & BAR 4429 Cedar Park Drive, Beavercreek cluboceanoseafood.com, 937-988-0909 Restaurant Type: Seafood and bar Price Range: $15-$46 Year Opened: 2019 Most-Popular Menu Item: Surf & Turf Atmosphere: Modern/Romantic Why You Should Go: Modern, exciting and an always evolving menu in a comfortable atmosphere with fresh seafood and handcrafted cocktails.

MARION’S PIAZZA Nine locations in Dayton, Centerville, Beavercreek, Englewood, Troy and Mason marionspiazza.com Restaurant Type: Italian Price Range: $5-$20 Year Opened: 1965 Most-Popular Menu Item: Marion’s deluxe pizza with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onions and green peppers Atmosphere: Casual Why You Should Go: “People love Marion’s Piazza pizzas because we use high quality ingredients,” says Roger Glass, President of Marion’s Piazza. “One of our hallmarks is giving our customers their money’s worth by using top ingredients and loading the pizzas with those ingredients,” added Glass. DAYTON MAGAZINE . April/May 2020

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DAYTON ›› Best Catch

Starting From Scratch

Sweeney’s Seafood uses fresh ingredients to create flavorful features By Eric Spangler


sing fresh ingredients is the key to great food in the restaurant business, says Lisa Long, general manager and one of the owners of Sweeney’s Seafood Bar & Grill at 28 W. Franklin St. in Centerville. “Fresh ingredients are the only way to go,” she says. It’s one of the reasons Sweeney’s Seafood has consistently earned high praise from reviewers and customers alike, says Long, including being voted Best Catch by attendees of Dayton Magazine’s Best of Dayton event in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. “That’s what makes us different from the (restaurants) that just open cans or packages,” she says. “Anybody can open a can.” Sweeney’s Seafood, which recently celebrated its 25th year in business in September, makes almost every item on the menu from scratch, says Long. Starting from scratch with fresh ingredients is not the most efficient way to cook a meal, she admits. “It takes a lot longer and it’s a lot more energy, but the food quality is superb compared to the others,” Long says. Those fresh ingredients start with the fish and seafood, which is delivered several times throughout the week, she says. The


restaurant works with a select group of fish and seafood providers in the region to get the freshest fish and seafood flown into the Midwest before it’s delivered directly to Sweeney’s Seafood, says Long. That connection to fresh fish and seafood is used to develop the restaurant’s popular weekly specials. Those specials—which vary from week to week and season to season, she says—use high-quality fish and seafood such as Alaskan halibut, Chilean sea bass, Canadian walleye, Atlantic swordfish and shark, Pacific cobia and corvine, Florida soft-shell crab, Atlantic grouper and red snapper, Chesapeake Bay oysters and clams, and wild salmon from the Faroe Islands. In addition to those weekly specials featuring in-season fish and seafood, some of Sweeney’s most popular menu items include crab cakes, organic bourbon salmon, calamari, scallops, New England clam chowder and desserts, says Long. “We’re known for our house-made desserts.” She says customers are able to have just about anything on the menu cooked and prepared they way they like it. For example, if a menu item says it is fried but the customer would like it broiled or baked

Sweeney’s Seafood, 28 W. Franklin St. in Centerville, works with a select group of fish and seafood providers in the region to get the freshest fish and seafood flown into the Midwest. Sweeney’s Seafood can accommodate that. For those who like to request a beer with a meal the restaurant has its own craft India pale ale beer—Sweeney’s Reel It In, brewed by Hi-Wire Brewing in North Carolina—in addition to the 12 rotating craft beer selections on its beer menu, Long says. Sweeney’s Seafood also has rooms available for private parties and Long will design a menu just for that party. The restaurant is a popular location for rehearsal dinners and birthday parties and can accommodate groups as large as 45 people, she says. n

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DAYTON ›› Health Food

All-Natural Eats and Treats Glo Juice Bar + Café is the latest from Butter Café’s Amy Beaver By Kevin Michell


t 1120 Brown St., just a stone’s throw away from the heart of the University of Dayton’s main campus, Amy Beaver is leading a health-food revolution amidst the row of chain restaurants and fast-food eateries. Beaver opened Glo Juice Bar + Café on Oct. 1, 2019, just across the parking lot from Butter Café, the breakfast joint she founded with Sarah Dudley almost a decade prior. Whereas Butter Café offers a mix of hearty and healthy morning-meal options, Glo focuses on cold-pressed juices made in-house, made-to-order smoothies and smoothie bowls with no added sugar or artificial ingredients, protein-rich salads, superfood lattes, vegan treats and more. Though both represent a side of Beaver’s personality, she says Glo’s concept hews closer to her own lifestyle. “We have indulgent items over there (at Butter Café) but they’re very clean products,” she says, “but over here is who I am, with the juicing and eating cleaner foods.” Though everything offered in the store is vegan, gluten-free and plant-based, Glo’s meals, beverages and treats don’t skimp on flavor one bit. One of its signature offerings is a strawberry chocolate chip smoothie, made with whole strawberries, unsweetened vegan yogurt, organic vanilla protein and 70% cacao chips—which are bits of cocoa bean used before any sweetening is added. The protein-rich hot chocolate was a hit over the winter, sweetened with just a bit of coconut sugar. Glo Juice Bar + Café also offers organic honey and agave as natural, healthier sweeteners.

LEFT: Glo Juice Bar + Café makes and bottles its own healthy, all-natural juices featuring plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. RIGHT: Glo Juice Bar + Café offers vegan drinks, smoothies, treats and meals on Brown Street near the University of Dayton. Both of these represent the familiar and tasty options on the menu that help visitors enjoy eating better and living healthier. The smoothies and superfood lattes each pack plenty of nutrients and flavor. “You’re basically getting a meal in a cup from us here,” says Beaver. Beaver also works with local vegan food makers and bakers—like Good Stuff Kitchen, which supplies vegan doughnuts, and Taste-T Love, which produces organic baby food—to carry rotating offerings. The appeal of Glo’s delicious vegan food and smoothies has reached beyond the just-off-campus crowd, bringing visitors from downtown, Kettering and everywhere in between. Beaver can often be found behind the counter at the juice bar as it enters the back half of its first year in business, or just a couple hundred feet away at Butter Café. “There’s just a parking lot that separates the two buildings, so I’m usually running between (them),” she says with a laugh.

But in these early days of Glo Juice Bar + Café, Beaver has been pleased with the community response to her healthminded eatery. “We’re still really new obviously,” she says, “but we have a really good local following and I think that’s really important. I like to interact with everybody because they can tell us what they want to see more of.” And there’s room for growth in the months and years ahead. Beaver is considering bottling and packaging some of the products made in-house at Glo to sell through partnering vendors and local markets. More immediately, Beaver plans on extending Glo’s hours—currently 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays—come summertime to offer vegan ice cream and other hard-to-find healthy treats to more folks once the days get warmer and longer. n DAYTON MAGAZINE . April/May 2020

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The Bistro Off Broadway 117 E. Fifth St., Greenville 937-316-5000 thebistrooffbroadway.com

1200 Brown St., Dayton 937-223-5173 fusian.com

Butter Café 1106 Brown St., Dayton 937-985-9917 buttercafedayton.com

Sima Restaurant 1771 Woodman Drive, Kettering 937-258-7040 simarestaurant.com

Christopher’s Restaurant & Catering 2318 E. Dorothy Lane, Kettering 937-299-0089 christophers.biz


the Dayton Club 40 N. Main St., Dayton 937-224-4381 clubcorp.com/clubs/dayton-racquet-club


George’s Family Restaurant 5216 N. Dixie Drive, Dayton 937-275-0705 georgesdayton.com watermark 20 S. First St., Miamisburg 937-802-0891 eatdrinkwatermark.com View 162 Crowne Plaza Dayton 33 E. Fifth St., Dayton 937-224-0800 cpdayton.com

The Brunch Club 601 S. Main St., Dayton 937-222-7411


First Watch 2614-A Colonel Glen Highway, Fairborn 937-431-9150 firstwatch.com


City Barbeque 2330 N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek 937-320-0000 citybbq.com

Hickory River Smokehouse 135 S Garber Road, Tipp City 937-669-2271 hickoryriver.com

Ghostlight Coffee 1201 Wayne Ave., Dayton 937-985-2633 ghostlightcoffee.com

The Blue Berry Café 72 Bellbrook Plaza, Bellbrook 937-848-5900

Smales Pretzel Bakery 210 Xenia Ave., Dayton 937-253-7482

Crossroads BBQ and More 1156 Kauffman Ave., Fairborn 937-873-2103 crossroadsbarbeque..com


Taste Creative Cuisine 2555 Shiloh Springs Road, Trotwood 937-854-7060 daytontaste.com


China Cottage 6290 Far Hills Ave., Centerville 937-434-2622 chinacottagerestaurant.com Yen Ching House 625 S. Main St., Englewood 937-836-8868

Coffeehouse/Tea communitea cafe 100 Watervilet Ave., Dayton 937-554-5626 teamakesmehappy.com

Arepas & Co. 1122 E. Dorothy Lane, Kettering 937-503-5192 arepasandco.weebly.com


FlyBoy’s Deli 2515 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood 937-723-6135 flyboysdeli.com Main Street Deli 465 N. Main St., Springboro 937-748-3800 springborodeli.com Mike & Rosy’s Deli 330 W. McCreight Ave., Springfield 937-390-3511 mikeandrosysdeli.com


Ashley’s Pastry Shop 21 Park Ave., Dayton 937-293-1719 ashleyspastries.com

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ELÉ CAKE COMPANY 1279 N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek 937-384-2253 elecakeco.com MEHAFFIES PIES 3013 Linden Ave., Dayton 937-253-1163 mehaffiespies.com


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




AJANTA INDIAN RESTAURANT 3063 Woodman Drive, Kettering 937-296-9200

THE AMBER ROSE RESTAURANT & CATERING 1400 Valley St., Dayton 937-228-2511 theamberrose.com GRECIAN DELIGHT 1300 Cincinnati Dayton Rd, Middletown 513-424-5411 greciandelightmiddletown.com GYRO PALACE 57 S. Springboro Pike, Miamisburg 937-436-2770 thegyropalace.com


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


GRAETER’S 2330-A N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek 937-427-4700 graeters.com YOUNG’S JERSEY DAIRY 6880 Springfield Xenia Road, Yellow Springs 937-325-0629 youngsdairy.com

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

AAHAR INDIA 101 S. Walnut St., Yellow Springs 937-532-5667 aaharindia.net


AKASHI SUSHI BAR 2020 Harshman Road, Dayton 937-233-8005 akashidayton.com

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

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

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

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


GIOVANNI’S PIZZERIA & RISTORANTE ITALIANO 215 W. Main St., Fairborn 937-878-1611 giovannisfairborn.com

SAKAI JAPANESE BISTRO 2303 W. Main St., Troy 937-440-1302 sakai.tacti.info

MAMMA DISALVO’S ITALIAN RISTORANTE 1375 E. Stroop Road, Kettering 937-299-5831 mammadisalvo.com

SUSHI HANA 1501 Lyons Rd, Centerville 937-434-2070 sushihanadayton.com


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


MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT & CAFE 53 E. Main St., Wilmington 937-382-6300 OLIVE MEDITERRANEAN GRILL 44 W. Third St., Dayton 937-221-8399 olivedayton.com YAFFA GRILL 2844 Colonel Glenn Highway, Fairborn 937-429-4959


ACAPULCO MEXICAN RESTAURANT 88 Xenia Towne Square, Xenia 937-374-0582 acapulcomexres.com BURRITO KING 2307 Valley Pike, Dayton 937-235-9970

CASA DEL SAZON 1200 Vester Ave., Springfield 937-342-9441 CHIAPAS MEXICAN GRILL 298 N. Main St., Centerville 937-949-3390 chiapasmexicangrill.com CHUY’S 2717 Fairfield Commons Blvd., Beavercreek 937-320-4419 chuys.com DONA MARGAROTA’S 1535 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs 937-767-0119 EL CAZADOR MEXICAN RESTAURANT & CANTINA 555 W. National Road, Englewood 937-836-5004 EL RANCHO GRANDE 4139 Wilmington Pike, Kettering 937-938-7465 elranchogrande.info ELSA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT & CANTINA 6318 Far Hills Ave., Dayton 937-439-3897 elsas.net EL SOMBRERO 1700 N. County Road, Troy 937-339-2100 elsombrerotroy.com

EL TORO 6770 Miller Lane, Dayton 937-415-0940 eltorobarandgrill.com

TAQUERIA MIXTECA 1609 E. Third St., Dayton 937-258-2654 taqueriamixteca.com

LA FIESTA MEXICAN RESTAURANT 836 W. Main St., Troy 937-335-6800 lafiestatroyoh.com

TAQUERIA SEÑOR PIQUIN 337 W. Columbia St., Springfield 937-323-8480 VERACRUZ 1240 Elliot Drive, Middletown 513-422-4271

LAS MARGARITAS 5526 Airway Road, Dayton 937-252-2092 LAS PIRAMIDES MEXICAN RESTAURANT 101 W. Franklin St., Centerville 937-291-0900 laspiramidesdayton.com LOS MARIACHIS MEXICAN RESTAURANT 1815 E. Main St., Springfield 937-324-2066 mymariachis.com LOS REYES MEXICAN RESTAURANT 2290 E. Dorothy Lane, Kettering 937-296-1111 losreyes-mexicanrestaurant.com SALSAS MEXICAN RESTAURANT 4904 Airway Road, Riverside 937-252-5131 salsasdayton.com TACO LOCO 5392 Burkhardt St,. Riverside 937-254-6645


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


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


AL’S PIZZA 13 S. Weston Road, Troy 937-335-2100 alspizza.biz BEAVERCREEK PIZZA DIVE 4021 Dayton Xenia Road, Dayton 937-431-8669 beavercreekpizza.com


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Bentino’s Pizza 107 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs 937-767-2500 bentinos.com

Dewey’s Pizza 131 Jasper St., Dayton 937-223-0000 deweyspizza.com

The Oregon Express Bar & Tavern 336 E. Fifth St., Dayton 937-223-9205 oregonexpressdayton.com

Wheat Penny Oven & Bar 515 Wayne Ave., Dayton 937-496-5268 wheatpennydayton.com

3 joes pizza & Trattoria 414 W. Water St., Piqua 937-615-1100 beppouno.com

Figlio Wood Fired Pizza 424 E. Stroop Road, Dayton 937-534-0494 figliopizza.com

Pies & Pints 52 Plum St., Beavercreek 937-429-7437 piesandpints.net

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Carmela’s Pizzeria 2015 S. Dayton Lakeview Road, New Carlisle 937-849-1112 carmelasohio.com

The Flying Pizza 223 N. Main St., Dayton 937-222-8031 originalflyingpizza.com

Pisanello’s Pizza 355 S. Main St., Franklin 937-746-9252 pisanellosoffranklin.com

Cassano’s Pizza 510 Central Ave., Carlisle 888-294-5464 cassanos.com

Ha Ha Pizza 108 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs 937-767-2131

Pizza Factory 1101 Wayne Ave., Dayton 937-224-4477 pizzafactory.biz

Christy’s Family Pizzeria 503 S. Dixie Drive, Vandalia 937-898-2222 christysdelivers.com Colonial Pizza 98 N. Main St., Cedarville 937-766-5779 colonialpizzacedarville.com Don’s Pizza Palace 139 E. Center St., Germantown 937-855-4160 dppgermantown.com

The Hickory Inn 652 N. Limestone St., Springfield 937-323-1779 Joe’s Pizzeria 4313 Airway Road, Dayton 937-253-8154 joespizzadayton.com Marion’s Piazza 711 Shroyer Road, Dayton 937-293-6991 marionspiazza.com

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DAYTON ›› Dining Caddy’s Tap House 2760 Towne Drive, Beavercreek 937-431-0240 caddystaphouse.com

Gameday Grille and Patio 7576 OH 48, Waynesville 937-886-3572 gamedaygrilleandpatio.com

Sea Jax Tavern 5900 Bigger Road, Kettering 937-439-1664 seajaxtavern.com

Jay’s Seafood 225 E. Sixth St., Dayton 937-222-2892 jays.com

Carmichael’s pub 3011 Wayne Ave., Dayton 937-258-6058 facebook.com/carmichaelspub

Hinders Sports Bar & Grill 902 W. Main St., Tipp City 937-667-4433 hinderssportsbar.com

Slyder’s Tavern 836 Watervliet Ave., Dayton 937-258-1222 slyderstavern.com

Sweeney’s Seafood 28 W. Franklin St., Centerville 937-291-3474 sweeneysseafood.com

Chappys Social House 7880 Washington Village Drive, Washington Township 937-439-9200 chappyssocialhouse.com

Kings Table Bar & Grill 2348 Grange Hall Road, Dayton 937-431-1700 kingstable.co

South Park Tavern 1301 Wayne Ave., Dayton 937-813-7491 southparktavern.com


Little York Tavern & Pizza 4120 Little York Road, Vandalia 937-890-6700 littleyorktavern.net

Tank’s Bar & Grill 2033 Wayne Ave., Dayton 937-252-2249 tanksbarandgrill.com

Lucky’s Taproom & Eatery 520 E. Fifth St., Dayton 937-222-6800 luckystaproom.com

Tickets Pub & Eatery 7 W. Main St., Fairborn 937-878-9022 ticketspub.com

Mojos Bar & Grille 109 E. Main St., Troy 937-552-9172 troymojos.com

Wings Sports Bar & grill 7902 N. Dixie Drive, Dayton 937-898-0280 wingssportsbar.com

O’Conners Irish pub 2200 N Limestone, Springfield 937-717-6915 oconnersirishpub.com


The Dublin Pub 300 Wayne Ave., Dayton 937-224-7822 dubpub.com Fifth Street brewpub 1600 E. Fifth St., Dayton 937-433-0919 fifthstreetbrewpub.coop Flanagan’s Pub 101 E. Stewart St., Dayton 937-228-5776 sites.google.com/site/ flanaganspubdayton Fox and Hound Pub & Grille 2661 Fairfield Commons Blvd., Beavercreek 937-426-4145 foxandhound.com

Greenfire Bistro 965 W. Main St., Tipp City 937-667-6664 greenfirebistro.com

Buckhorn Tavern 8800 Meeker Rd, Dayton 937-890-3261 buckhorntavern.biz Bullwinkle’s Top Hat Bistro 19 N. Main St., Miamisburg 937-859-7677 bullwinklestophatbistro.com Carvers 1535 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Dayton 937-433-7099 carversdayton.com Cecil and Lime Cafe 227 E. Cecil St., Springfield 937-322-7950 The Chop House 7727 Washington Village Drive, Dayton 937-291-1661 thechophouse.com

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Firebirds Wood Fired Grill 3500 Rigby Road, Miamisburg 937-865-9355 miamisburg.firebirdsrestaurants.com

Hairless Hare Brewery 738 W. National Road, Vandalia 937-387-6476 hairlessharebrewery.com

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar 4432 Walnut St., Dayton 937-320-9548 flemingssteakhouse.com

Lock 27 Brewing 1035 S. Main St., Centerville 937-433-2739 lock27brewing.com

The Oakwood Club 2414 Far Hills Ave., Dayton 937-293-6973 theoakwoodclub.com

Star City Brewing Company 319 S. Second St., Miamisburg 937-701-7827 starcitybrewing.com

The Paragon Supper Club 797 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Centerville 937-433-1234 theparagonsupperclub.com

The Dayton Beer Company 41 Madison St., Dayton 937-228-2337 thedaytonbeerco.com

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hen the cold winter winds blow the last thing most Daytonians think about is rowing. But with easy access to five rivers the Miami Valley is actually perfect for the sport. Jim Wall knows this well. He picked up the sport of rowing in 1992 when he was 60 years old. A business trip took him to Harvard where he saw college students


competing against other rowers from Princeton. He was intrigued. “I thought it was pretty neat,” Wall says. “I just started rowing after that.” In fact, on that same business trip he went to Vermont and ordered a rowing “shell” or boat to bring home to Dayton. Wall met another rower, Charlie Doyle, on the river shortly after he put that fi rst boat in the water and the two of them joined with two others and decided to form a club just for local rowers. Wall and Doyle, along with Dr. Todd So-

bol and Steve Herbert, founded the Greater Dayton Rowing Association and today the group has more than 100 adult members and about 100 youth (mostly high-school aged) members. “In 1994 we started our junior program to interest young people in rowing,” Wall says. “We did a lot of school visits to tell the kids about the programs.” Wall ended up competing for nearly a decade and it took him all across the country. And though he stopped competing in 1998 he continues to enjoy the sport on the rivers of his hometown. Also in 1994 the city of Dayton constructed a building especially for the rowing association. It was a basic structure that didn’t have heat or air-conditioning but the group

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Concept art of the new rowing facility proposed for construction next to the existing boathouse. The new facility will be heated and will be designed to house indoor rowing equipment for year-round use.

Jim Wall rowing on the Great Miami River with his granddaughter, Katie Grove. Wall didn’t start rowing until he was 60 years old but quickly grew to love the sport and continues rowing today in his mid-80s. used it as a boathouse during the warmer months. During the cold weather, however, members had to find another place to keep up their fitness and rowing skills. “There is an old saying that ‘winter workouts make the boats go faster in the spring,’” Wall says. “We run programming year-round and it’s important to keep rowing even when you aren’t on the water.” This programming includes race training, recreational rows, annual regattas, adult sweep teams, socials and get-togethers and, of course, the year-round fitness and technique training. Known as “erging,” which is

short for “ergometers” or rowing machines, this exercise is one of the most complete cardiovascular workouts available. The machines can be used year-round and cover all ranges of intensity. And even though it appears to be just another “sitting” exercise it is a full body workout and utilizes all the muscle groups. “We are now mostly using the YMCA for our winter workouts,” Wall says. “Some of our members have moved around to other locations over the years, too.” For the past decade the Greater Dayton Rowing Association has been working on a plan to address the need for a building to house indoor fitness equipment that can be used year round. A new 2,500-square-foot building is in the works near the site of the current building at Island MetroPark. The new building will be constructed next to the existing building and is expected to cost a total of $1 million. So far $150,000 has been raised, but the hope is that construction will still begin sometime this year. “A lot of our members put in money and we are also writing grants and hoping to find more people who appreciate the sport,” Wall says. “We do have a grant writer to help us.” The process has been a lengthy one mostly because of the work required with the current partners, including the city of Dayton, Montgomery County, The Miami Valley Conservancy District and Five Rivers MetroParks. Past projects of this group of partners include the Helena and Keowee Street bridge improvement, which will help keep the waterways clear for rowers. “We are lucky to have the dam system we have here,” Wall says. “It helps keep the water level up.” Wall says that studies, including a flood hazard evaluation and a surface and subsurface evaluation of conditions at Island

Park where the new building will be constructed, have taken time. Once validations have been received the next stage of the building plan can move forward. Another way to educate people about rowing and the proposed new facility is to bring back the annual regatta, which the Greater Dayton Rowing Association has been unable to host for the past few years due to bridge construction. The rowing association hosted its first regatta in 1995 and it was called the Five Rivers Fall Regatta. Founding member Charlie Doyle died in 2007 and that year it was renamed in honor of Doyle—the Charlie Doyle Memorial Regatta. “The regattas are 2,000-meter races on the Great Miami River between (Interstate) 75 and Helena Street,” Wall says. “Regattas attract people from all over, so we are looking forward to bringing it back this October. Wall says that there is a renewed interest in rowing among young people, especially girls who are looking for ways to earn scholarships for college. Colleges like Clemson, Ohio State, Michigan and Rutgers come to Dayton to recruit rowers. “Title 9 has really opened up the sport to everyone,” Wall says. “Parents have told me that college would have been unattainable without rowing.” In fact, more than half of all the girls who take up rowing end up being offered scholarships. About 25 of the boys are also offered money for college, in many cases, full-ride scholarships. And the sport seems to stick with people, even into old age. Wall continues to row regularly four days per week year-round. “It’s hard work, but it grows on you,” Wall says. “Age isn’t really a factor.” For more information about the club offerings and the new rowing facility, visit daytonrowing.org. ■ DAYTON MAGAZINE . April/May 2020

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In celebration of Dayton’s heritage of business accomplishments, Dayton Magazine, in partnership with the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, created the Dayton Business Hall of Fame to recognize the rich tradition of success and civic involvement of the region’s business community. The Dayton Business Hall of Fame honors men and women who have made a lasting contribution to the community in economic, cultural and civic endeavors. Inductees were recently honored at the fourth annual Dayton Business Hall of Fame event March 5 at Crowne Plaza Dayton, 33 E. Fifth St. The event was sponsored by Coldwell Banker Commercial Heritage, Superior Dental Care, Spring Valley Academy, Taft Law and Kettering Health Network. The event’s nonprofit beneficiary was the Therapeutic Riding Institute.

Jeff Schmitt

Former owner of Jeff Schmitt Auto Group Jay Schmitt, president of Jeff Schmitt Auto Group, has one word to describe his late father. “If I had to use just one word to describe my father it would be ‘mentor’. He came from nothing, he did it the hard way and he worked from bell to bell while still making time to eat dinner with his family. He was an iteration of the American Dream.” Jeff Schmitt, who died in 2018 at the age of 64, obviously had an influence on those around him—his family and friends, his employees and the Dayton business community—that still looms large. When he died he left behind his wife of 43 years, Laura, his daughter, Stephanie, and his son, Jay, but he also left behind a legacy of hard work, determination and a commitment to outstanding customer service, which placed his auto dealership head and shoulders above the rest. Schmitt, a graduate of Fairborn Park Hills High School, began his career as a successful car salesman with a local Lang’s dealership back in the 1970s and he would later become a partner in a Jack Huelsman dealership. That business became Schmitt-Huelsman and from that foundation he would eventually build his Fairborn-based Jeff Schmitt Auto Group into the largest new and used automobile sales group in the Dayton area. Currently the Jeff Schmitt Auto Group maintains eight locations in Fairborn, Beavercreek and Miamisburg, with over 450 total employees, and consistently sells over 8,000 vehicles each year. – Timothy Walker


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Business Hall of Fame

Fred A. Ungerman

Partner at Taft, Stettinius, and Hollister LLP Attorney Fred A. Ungerman says he never expected to settle in Dayton, the city he has now called home for over 40 years. “I grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia,” says Ungerman, partner-in-charge at the law firm of Taft, Stettinius and Hollister LLP. “And when I took the job here I really thought I’d come here for a few years and then go back to the East Coast. I come from a relatively big family with three sisters and I thought I’d be in a different place for awhile.” Before moving to Ohio Ungerman received his undergraduate degree, graduating magna cum laude, from Grove City College and his law degree from Duke University School of Law. Once employed here, however, he quickly became involved in a community he found to be refreshingly open and friendly. “It’s hard to communicate this—the community is just so welcoming,” he says. “Within a year I became involved with the YMCA finance committee, with Chaminade-Julienne, with the Victoria Theatre and Far Hills Presbyterian Church. Very quickly I found myself so involved in the community that I really believe I would have lost something if I’d left.” Continuing with that spirit, Ungerman now also serves as a member of the executive board of the American Heart Association and a member of the Miami Valley development committee of Goodwill Easter Seals. Professionally, Ungerman has spent his 40-year career as an attorney concentrating his practice on representing public and private sector employers in labor and on handling construction and employment disputes including Ohio and federal prevailing wage claims. He also specializes in union representation and unfair labor practice claims, collective bargaining, labor arbitration, employment discrimination, wage and hour issues and employee leave-of-absence matters. – Timothy Walker

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Anita Moore

OWNER OF A. MOORE CONSULTING AND BOARD CHAIR OF PREMIER HEALTH Even though the majority of her 20 years and counting as a Dayton-area resident occurred after she retired from The Berry Company in 2008 Anita Moore has become a visible and committed community leader. Balancing her time so that she can enjoy her retirement and contribute during it is something in which Moore strongly believes. “I really think it is intended that we would be useful all the days of our lives,” she says, “and that we would be able to engage in meaningful ways and to contribute in meaningful ways.” Moore’s experience as a human resources professional has shone through the ways she has connected organizations and the Dayton community. Right before she left The Berry Company Moore was

approached to join the board of the Miami Valley Hospital, which would lead to her being elected to chair Premier Health’s board of trustees in 2016. In those roles she has been an important liaison between hospital leadership and the residents it serves. Beyond the corporate world, Moore’s passion for supporting Dayton’s future has been exemplified through her involvement with The Dayton Foundation and her role as chair of the Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board, which she will hold through June of this year. Moore continues to work and mentor others in service of supporting Dayton’s future, even 12 years into her retirement. All of this serves another mantra that guides Moore through her work and days—that people should “plant trees in whose shade they know they will never sit.”  KEVIN MICHELL

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Business Hall of Fame

Frank Perez

Former CEO of Kettering Health Network Frank Perez arrived in the United States in 1962, coming from Cuba to join his mother and sisters who had arrived stateside a year earlier. As the head of his household at just 18 years old he worked hard to support his family while carving out a career path in his new home country. He’s maintained that ethos ever since— notably leading the Kettering Health Network for 17 years from 1994 to 2011— and into retirement. Perez has used his time to channel the passion he got from his mother into meaningful projects that make a difference in the lives of others. He chairs the board of Spring Valley Academy—a role he’s held for just over a decade— and serves as executive director of Good Neighbor House, a nonprofit that supports the underserved of the Dayton community through accessible food, clothing and medical care. “Dayton’s strong, Dayton’s resilient and we care for one another here,” says Perez. “And that resonates with me.” As he continues to give back to his adopted home of Dayton, Perez maintains a gratitude for the country that took him in and provided opportunities to make a difference, as well as the figures who have shaped his journey along the way. He mentions how lucky he feels to have built a relationship with Virginia Kettering. Her love, passion and commitment to the community rubbed off on him, instilling in him his own devotion to Dayton. Looking back on both what Dayton has given him and what he’s been able to give to the community, Perez feels a real sense of fulfillment. “It’s a real satisfaction,” he says, “to be part of something that is bigger than yourself. I’m a happy person.” – Kevin Michell


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Growing the Economy Troy Chamber of Commerce celebrates the businesses that enhance quality of life BY K ARL A HOLLENCAMP


he Troy Chamber of Commerce is doing its best to remain relevant. And with the number of businesses that have joined as members increasing to 442, an 11 increase since 2014, that strategy appears to be working. “We are on a high right now,” says chamber Executive Director Kathi Roetter. “We had 22 ribbon cuttings for new businesses openings with our Ambassador Team.” But the chamber isn’t resting on its laurels. That’s because the chamber is working to make sure that the recent success continues. “Our focus in 2020 will be the numbers,” says Roetter. “We are conducting a survey to identify what services they need from us. We want to remain relevant.” One of those ways to remain relevant includes the implementation of an annual speakers series. “An annual speakers series is as a new way to connect with the community,” she says. “We’re going to bring in top-notch, nationally known people with a motivational message,” says Roetter. The series starts off with a bang. “Our fi rst guest will be Urban Meyer on Oct. 15


TOP: Troy’s economy is boosted by the numerous stores in the downtown area. ABOVE: Troy’s iconic fountain water is dyed red for the Troy Strawberry Festival. RIGHT: This year’s Troy Strawberry Festival logo. at Hobart Arena,” she says. Retired Ohio State Buckeyes football coach Meyer is now a highly sought after speaker who travels the country inspiring audiences with his many stories of winning seasons achieved by building teams. His book, Above the Line, contains such wisdom as: “I’ve come to learn that leadership is not automatically granted to you because of your position or your salary or the size of your office.” Although the speakers series is a new part of the Troy Chamber of Commerce, one of its longest and most successful

events continues to evolve. The Troy Strawberry Festival, now in its 44th year, has grown to attract between 150,000 and 175,000 visitors each year. “Finding volunteers to help with this wonderful event is harder to do,” Roetter says. “One way we are solving this is to partner our nonprofits with commercial vendors. Th is is a growth opportunity.” Since the beginning in 1977 the Troy

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TOP: Troy’s iconic roundabout in the middle of its historic downtown. RIGHT: Troy’s location on the Great Miami River creates breathtaking scenery. ABOVE: Many eclectic and family owned shops can only be found in Troy’s historic downtown. Strawberry Festival has been a fundraising opportunity for the nonprofits and civic groups serving Miami County. In carrying on with that tradition, food vendors must be a nonprofit serving Miami County or a commercial vendor may partner with a nonprofit serving Miami County. Commercial vendors are asked to provide 50% of net profits with their respective organization. The theme of the 2020 festival, to be conducted June 6-7, is Peace, Love and Berries, a ’60s and ’70s tribute. There will be nonstop entertainment on three stages. “We hope to see lots of tie-dye,” she laughs. “We’re also bringing back the car show,” she says. The return of the car show is in response to people telling the event organizers that it is something they have missed, says Roetter. The Troy Chamber of Commerce rarely misses an opportunity to honor successful business members with its annual Business of the Year awards, she says. Each year the chamber recognizes a small, medium and a large business. Recently the Troy Chamber of Com-

merce honored El Sombrero restaurant for its 25 years of providing free Thanksgiving dinners to the community; Culver’s restaurant for hosting story hour at the two local libraries; and ConAgra for its continued investment in Troy’s nonprofits as it goes through its facilities expansion. Businesses are nominated for a contribution to the overall good of the community through employment, capital investment, philanthropy/community involvement, aesthetic improvement, delivery of unique or specialized products or services, or recognition through significant business achievement. For purposes of the award the number of employees divides the categories. • Large Business of the Year nominees must have 75 or more full-time employees. • Medium Business of the Year nominees must have 25-75 full-time employees. • Small Business of the Year nominees must have fewer than 25 employees or full-time equivalents. “These businesses are examples of those who use best practices,” says Roetter. “They

are assets both as employers and as good corporate citizens. The quality of our lives here is directly impacted by their engagement with the community.” Troy is the county seat of Miami County. Residents named the town after the ancient city of Troy. Established in 1808 Troy became the Miami County seat that same year, replacing Staunton. Troy grew quickly, primarily due to its location on the Great Miami River, on the Miami and Erie Canal and also on several important turnpikes. In 1840, Troy’s population was 1,351 people. The town’s population nearly doubled over the next six years, as more and more people moved to the region to take advantage of its transportation infrastructure. In 1846, the town contained six churches, two newspaper offices, a branch of Ohio’s state bank, one private academy, a Masonic hall, at least six warehouses, three flour mills, five sawmills, one iron foundry, one machine shop, one shingle factory and one plow factory. Over the next several decades Troy continued to grow, having a population of 3,803 people in 1880 and 4,590 inhabitants by 1890. The town remained a center of agricultural trade with farmers utilizing the Miami and Erie Canal and railroads to ship their crops to market. In 1886, numerous manufacturing businesses existed in the town, with the Troy Buggy Works being the community’s largest employer with 146 workers. That same year four newspaper offices, 10 churches and two banks serviced the community. During the 20th century Troy and its residents continued to prosper. With a population of 25,865 people Troy was Miami County’s largest community in 2000. Many residents find employment in the nearby cities of Dayton and Springfield, including at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Numerous manufacturing businesses operate in Troy and in surrounding communities. n DAYTON MAGAZINE . April/May 2020

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DAYTON ›› Planning

A Better Dayton

Commission heads up multiple efforts to guide recovery efforts and improve the region’s future By Kevin Michell ABOVE: Town hall meetings and other gatherings bring a wide array of communities into the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission’s decision-making process. LEFT: Brian O. Martin (far left), Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission executive director, leads a meeting at The Dayton Foundation about the area’s long-term tornado recovery efforts.


s the planning organization for Montgomery County and several neighboring ones, the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission is one of the parties responsible for aiding development through a wide swath of southwest Ohio. That responsibility takes on many forms, ranging from transportation and infrastructure oversight to managing environmental and economic concerns. The planning commission is largely focused now on the long-term recovery efforts following last Memorial Day’s tornadoes. The organization recently received a $900,000 grant, which will be used in part to hire an experienced disaster recovery manager to oversee ongoing efforts in many communities. “We’re expecting this to last a good 10 years in terms of the recovery,” says Brian O. Martin, executive director of the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, adding that the organization hopes to have the position filled by mid-April. “Having a skilled recovery manager here will help us be more in tune with the federal processes, from the best practices from other disasters that (have occurred) around the country as well as how to redevelop.” The commission was tapped shortly after the Memorial Day disaster to coordinate recovery throughout the Miami Valley region and Montgomery County’s board of commissioners shouldered much of the


funding for the organization’s administrative costs before grants were awarded. The use of other organizations and the residents of the region to guide action is at the heart of everything the group does. Serving a diverse array of communities sprinkled throughout the Miami Valley the commission actively seeks feedback to supplement its staff’s own expertise in urban and rural planning. Part of that is meeting residents of these communities where they are, in school gymnasiums before a basketball game or through town hall meetings at local landmarks. That approach proved effective when the commission worked with Jefferson Township three years ago to confront a lack of growth and create a roadmap to a better future. The planning commission’s efforts, aided by the residents’ hopes for what Jefferson Township would become in 10 years, resulted in the Montgomery County Fairgrounds being moved there and recognition from the American Planning Association. While the organization works to foster

growth and development in many rural communities it is just as suited for addressing quality of life needs in the region’s urban centers like Dayton. The commission’s partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation resulted in the 2017 launch of the Miami Valley Equity Initiative, an effort to increase awareness and to combat racial and economic inequality in the area based on the findings of July 2017’s Miami Valley Equity Regional Profile. Martin describes the initiative as an effort to create equal access to opportunity throughout the region, no matter where residents live—both rural and urban—or who they are. That will entail applying the 2017 regional study to focal points such as access to health care, career opportunities and reliable food and transportation. “Making sure everyone has equal access and equal opportunity to the American dream,” Martin says of the equity initiative’s overarching aims. “To be able to buy a house, to be able to have a great job, to be able to put your kids through college that’s the goal.” n

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DAYTON ›› Education

Soaring Through the Summer

Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School’s summer camps provide diverse activities and experiences By Kevin Michell


nother school year is winding down, leading parents and students alike to look forward to summer and the many camps that come with it. Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School is gearing up for another round of sports and educational camps in June and July for area children in kindergarten through eighth grade. The school offers sports camps for tennis, lacrosse, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, football, soccer and baseball and coed nonsports camps that focus on musical theater, creative writing and the STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) fields. As Brandon Meyer, Chaminade Julienne’s director of admissions, explains, the summer camps both provide younger students a chance to learn about life at Chaminade Julienne and give current Chaminade Julienne students leadership-development opportunities by helping run elements of each camp. Many Chaminade Julienne student athletes help their coaches work with camp participants in their respective sports. “It’s a great way for them to connect with kids and really, from a teaching standpoint, teach something they’re passionate about,” Meyer says. “They love the sport and there’s that incentive for them to try and pass that on and make it exciting for the next generation of players.” There’s a real buzz about the new baseball camp in particular, as the Chaminade Julienne team is coming off back-to-back Division II state championships.

TOP: Chaminade Julienne’s musical theater summer camp, led by Caitlin Bennett, includes workshops on dance, voice and acting, leading up to a final show on the last day. ABOVE LEFT: The summer sports camps are a big hit at Chaminade Julienne because of the strength of the school’s athletic programs and facilities. ABOVE RIGHT: Chaminade Julienne’s STEMM summer camp teaches students in incoming grades 7-9 about interesting applications of knowledge in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine. Young athletes get the chance to use Chaminade Julienne’s impressive facilities, including the beautiful Roger Glass stadium and a strength and conditioning center that was renovated in 2010. “The same thing goes for our academic camps,” adds Meyer. “They get to work in a STEMM program center in our large auditorium, which a lot of grade schoolers don’t have at their schools.” The five-day STEMM camp has been running for just under a decade and each summer focuses on a different application of the relevant fields. Camp will include projects, activities, labs, and hands-on design and build team challenges that teach the “human relevance” of science, technology, engineering and math. Camp content will focus on how STEMM furthers progress to overcome challenges such as access to clean water, hunger, alternative energy sources, effective medical treatment and affordable safe shelter. A growing hit among Chaminade Juli-

enne’s summer camp offerings is its musical theater for boys and girls in incoming grades 5-8. Caitlin Bennett, who teaches drama and choir at the school, is camp director. The four-day intensive focuses on dance, voice and acting training. “For any kid, learning how to put your best self forward in front of someone is a great skill to have, whether you’re auditioning or in a job interview or giving a presentation,” says Bennett. The goal at the end of every musical theater camp is to put on a show for the parents. And while that’s a tall task to pull off in just four days Bennett credits the quick learning of the young attendees and enthusiasm of the current Chaminade Julienne students who help run the camp and the final show’s production. “I am always so inspired by what they can do in that short amount of time,” she says. To register for Chaminade Julienne’s June and July summer camps visit the school’s website at cjeagles.org n DAYTON MAGAZINE . April/May 2020

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Anita Moore

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Overcoming Barriers to Treatment Dayton-area caregivers work to reduce the stigma of seeking help for all types of mentalhealth issues BY KEVIN MICHELL

Live Well Dayton brings you balanced, health-related editorial content to help you discover wellness in multiple aspects of life.

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eeking help for mental health issues has long been a difficult proposition. A range of factors—from a lack of access to care providers to societal stigma surrounding mental illness to personal denial of the need for treatment—have kept many people suffering from anxiety, depression, stress disorders, substance abuse or more intense afflictions from receiving care. “I would say that mental health has, as we know, historically had such a negative stigma to it,” says Julie Manuel, clinical program manager at the Kettering Behavioral Medicine Center. Often, this results in people resorting to suffering in silence to avoid the taboo of having a mental health issue. Manuel says that while mental health awareness isn’t where it needs to be yet, she has seen improvement over the last several years. “I would say that most of that is because people are starting to share their stories,” she explains, “and be a little bit more open to understanding that mental illness is just like heart disease or having diabetes—you

have to take care of the symptoms in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.” And mental health conditions don’t just stay in the realm of psychology and neurology if left untreated. Anxiety and depression can snowball into consequential physical issues when it causes a person to resort to a sedentary, isolated lifestyle, leading to weight gain and lack of healthy activity—which can, in turn, lead to traditional health issues that come with either—or even self-harm. Dr. Jonathan Lazzara, who works at the Atrium Medical Center in Middletown, a part of Premier Health’s network, has seen a lot of this fi rsthand between his work as a psychiatrist and his experience in the Marines. He’s witnessed the effect this reticence has had on men and women in the military. “A lot of the problems that we have with our veterans’ (mental health) were not problems developed necessarily in combat or the military,” Lazzara says, “but the communities that they grew up in that brought the stigma of going in and getting therapy

Julie Manuel is the clinical program manager at Kettering Behavioral Medicine Center. or utilizing mental health treatment.” While the societal conversation about suffering from and treating adult depres-

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Dr. Jonathan Lazzara is a psychiatry specialist and former Marine sniper who serves patients at Atrium Medical Center, part of the Premier Health network.

sion, anxiety, stress disorders and other mental health conditions has indeed improved, the same destigmatization is lacking for a vulnerable population: teenagers and young adults. Lazzara points out the gap in regular medical coverage and observation between childhood—where annual or more frequent visits to the doctor are required for immunizations, going back to school or playing sports—and adult coverage leaves this group particularly vulnerable. “So you turn 18 and you go into college or you go get a job and you don’t have to see a doctor,” he explains, adding how, at that age, most young men and women don’t have much motivation to get health checkups or seek treatment, whether that’s a lack of insurance, resistance to going or just the youthful feeling of invincibility at that age. “And those are the moments where you have these first breaks or manic episodes or your depression or anxiety starts to kick in and you can learn appropriate coping skills or you can get medication on board early at a very low dose to keep

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it sustained appropriately. And these are the exact times that you fall out of medical coverage and fall out of some form of observation and stabilization.” This is all the more troubling when looking at how suicide rates have increased among young people. An October 2019 study from the Department of Health and Human Services observed that from 2007 to 2017 suicide rates among people ages 10 to 24 rose from just under seven in 100,000 to a fraction over one in 10,000. Even more shocking is that the biggest jump occurred among children ages 10 to 14, where the rate almost tripled in that same 10-year span. This underscores the vital importance of families talking about mental health at an early age with their young children, especially as they become more exposed to societal stressors and are developing their own identities. As Lazzara points out it’s a tough enough time on young folks as they deal with a host of stressful factors, especially for those coming to understand their sexual orientation or gender identity. He says it is imperative

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for pre-teens, teenagers and young adults to receive healthy support during these ages and that the simplest positive reinforcement can be the biggest difference maker to a young person who may be struggling. In the same manner, a lack of family support for a child’s mental health can compound their later resistance to seeking treatment, or worse add to those grim youth suicide statistics. “You would not believe how many times I have gone in a room on a suicide attempt and had a parent tell me, ‘She’s just going through a phase,’ or ‘He’s just going through a phase,’ or ‘I went through this too, (they’ll) work through it, (they) don’t need medication,’” Lazzara says. Manuel, who leads the Adult Intensive Outpatient Program at Kettering Behavioral Medicine Center, has noticed a lot of participants in that program realize in retrospect that something they had experienced in their youth and dismissed as nerves, a phase or a personal burden they had to deal with on their own was, in fact, a persistent mental health problem

for which they could be treated. The outpatient program at the Moraine facility focuses on creating supportive relationships and interactions for adult sufferers of psychiatric conditions or mood or anxiety disorders who are able to function independently. The three-day-per-week program intends to fit around their work or school schedules, with each group session lasting three hours from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. “A lot of times we have people that come

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into the program and they feel really alone,” Manuel explains. “Like, ‘I’m the only one that’s experiencing this.’ Again, there’s this stigma surrounding it and I think by the time they leave they see that they are not alone, that some of that stigma has gone away, some of that shame has gone away and they’ve developed a really good support system.” Manuel says one of the telltale signs that someone is struggling with anxiety,

Sunrise is a voluntary and comprehensive outpatient treatment program for substance use disorders (i.e. alcohol and other drugs). The majority of the care provided to patients at Sunrise is on a nonintensive level with a focus on individual counseling. For those needing or wanting additional support on their road to recovery Sunrise does provide an intensive outpatient level of care that adds extended group sessions to the individual counseling experience. Current CEO Dr. Jeff Bill founded Sunrise in 2007. Sunrise was the first buprenorphine-only treatment program in Ohio and has continued to innovate within its field. It has won the Energage Top Workplaces Award and the Best Workplaces Award from Cincy Magazine in recognition of its commitment to its employees. Sunrise currently has locations in Cincinnati, Forest Park, Middletown, Dayton and Milford. The Piqua office will open in the spring of 2020 and the Over-the-Rhine office in downtown Cincinnati will open in the fall of this year.


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depression or other mental health conditions is difficulty functioning at the same level they used to. But seeing that change— which can often be subtle or unnoticeable

to those who aren’t intimately close with someone—and starting on the path to getting treatment relies heavily on close friends and family.

“I’ve been talking a lot about posttraumatic stress disorder recently,” says Manuel, “and one of the things that I talk a lot about is that sometimes we don’t recognize it within our own selves and it’s often our spouses or our close friends or our significant others that really recognizes the symptoms because our behaviors start to change.” Lazzara adds that this necessitates a holistic approach to mental health treatment from start to finish. From recognizing the warning signs to supporting someone receiving regular therapy or medication, it’s vital that physicians, nurses, social workers and a mental health patient’s personal support system all be a part of a treatment plan centered on the individual’s specific care needs. “Those medical models are where you will see the true success,” he says. “You’ll see faster discharges, a lower rate of recidivism back into the hospital system, you’ll see healthier lives, better diets, better care of themselves, simple hygiene goes up.” n

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