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Past articles by Sarah:

DOWNTOWN SPOTLIGHT: Meet the general manager elevating Dayton’s wine game

The door into the world of wine is wide open in downtown Dayton at Sueño thanks to sommelier Lauren Gay. → Read More

Dayton ‘Dangerous Dames’ to be honored for impact on community

The League of Women Voters will pay tribute to them on Tuesday. → Read More

‘We’re changing things’: Dayton’s Soviet-style vodka bar speaks out as current events unfold

As the Russian attack on Ukraine unfolds, Red Star cocktail lounge in downtown Dayton says “we’re changing things.” → Read More

CHEF TO WATCH: Isiah Davis, ‘The Cookieologist’

Davis, nicknamed “The Cookieologist,” is preparing to open his second location inside the Chicken Head’s ghost kitchen in the former Arepas & Co Colombian Comfort Food at 1122 E. Dorothy Lane in Kettering, sometime between the end of Feb. or mid-March. → Read More

TODAY: Wayne Avenue’s long-awaited wine bar now open

Silver Slipper wine bar is holding is grand opening today, Feb. 18, from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. at 1105 Wayne Ave. in Dayton. In the works since founders Lorelei Fink and Simon Gifford came into ownership of the building in 2019, the bar has held some private events and pop-up markets while waiting for the approval of its liquor permit. → Read More

JUST IN: New bubble tea shop to open in downtown Troy

OH! boba is a new bubble tea, or boba tea, shop that’s preparing to open around the first week of May. In the meantime, it is open at Troy’s Popup at Main event on Thursdays and some Saturdays through April. Follow the pop-up event’s Facebook page to stay informed about the shop’s next appearance. → Read More

Non-alcoholic cocktail class planned at downtown coffee shop

Bottle Shop by Ghostlight is hosting a 90-minute, zero-proof class, led by bartender, sommelier and spirits professional, Evan Danielson, on Fri. Feb. 25 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The shop, located inside the Ghostlight coffee shop at 1201 Wayne Ave., is the first non-alcoholic bottle shop in Ohio, according owner Shane Anderson. → Read More

Now is a great time to explore ‘nature play’ in the Miami Valley

Of course, nature play can take place anywhere outside where imagination is allowed to roam free. However, Five Rivers MetroParks and other park districts in the Dayton area have designated areas that combine natural objects like boulders, logs and tree stumps, with more familiar playground equipment like slides, monkey bars and other manufactured surfaces. → Read More

Travel back in time to tap trees for maple syrup at this free event

Carriage Hill MetroPark's maple sugaring program is happening Saturday, Feb. 19 starting at 10 a.m. The event is free to attend and open to the public. → Read More

Girl Scout Cookie and wine pairing planned at local vineyard

Olde Schoolhouse Vineyard & Winery, located at 152 State Rt. 726 N Eaton, is hosting a Girl Scout Cookies & Wine Pairing event on Sat., Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. The event costs $20 per person and includes the pairing, plus a box of cookies to take home. → Read More

NATIONAL PIZZA DAY: Celebrate with the Best of Dayton winners

Feb. 9 is National Pizza Day, and what better way to celebrate than devouring the city’s best of the best. The 2021 Best of Dayton contest featured two pizza categories: “Best Pizza Restaurant” and “Best Square-Cut Pizza.” → Read More

ON THE MENU: Dayton chefs tell us what they’d serve at Bengals dinner party

Although we could fill up on chips and dip all day and be satisfied — that is, as long as the Bengals are winning — there’s just something about a well-planned dinner party that makes everyone feel a little extra special and puts people in the mood to celebrate. → Read More

Dayton foodie shops offering specialty Bengals treats ahead of Super Bowl

Here are the specialty shops and bakeries in Dayton that are offering Cincinnati Bengals-themed treats this week. → Read More

IT’S BACK: Dayton brewery’s annual Undie Run returns downtown

Lock 27 Brewing, located at 1035 South Main Street, is hosting the 2nd Annual Cupid’s Undie Run on Feb. 19 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The one-mile race is scheduled to kick-off at 2 p.m., and will start and end at the Brewpub. → Read More

BENGALS: ‘Who Dey-ton’ watch party planned in downtown Dayton

Dayton Sportcial, an adult sports organizer, is hosting an exclusive Super Bowl “Who Dey-ton! Watch Party” at downtown Dayton’s Top of the Market at 32 Webster St. The party, happening Sunday, Feb. 13 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., is limited to the first 200 fans to register. → Read More

New documentary explores Miami Valley’s history of redlining

The one-hour documentary will premiere Thursday, Feb. 24, at 9 p.m. on CET, ThinkTV16, the PBS Video App and YouTube. → Read More

Beloved Dark Star Books & Comics founder dies, daughter to carry on legacy

Mary Alice Wilson, 89, founder and longtime owner of Dark Star Books and Comics at 237 Xenia Ave. in Yellow Springs, died Monday, Jan. 31. Her death came suddenly after she fell ill on Jan. 1, then soon after was diagnosed with brain cancer. → Read More

HAPPENING NOW: Gem City Selfie Museum exhibit at Dayton Metro Library

The Gem City Selfie Museum is hosting the Black History Month PopUp Exhibit at the Dayton Metro Library, located at 215 E. 3rd St. in downtown Dayton. The program launched Feb. 1 and continues all month long with special events planned throughout February. → Read More

JUST IN: Chicken Head’s to open ghost kitchen ahead of grand reopening

Chicken Head’s, which closed its doors on W. Siebenthaler Ave. in Feb. 2021, will open a ghost kitchen inside the former Arepas & Co Colombian Comfort Food at 1122 E. Dorothy Lane in Kettering. → Read More

Glen Helen secures nearly $1 million for improvement projects

The nature preserve in Yellow Springs has been granted $988,119 from the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund thanks to a collaboration with the Tecumseh Land Trust. → Read More