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Recently my husband and I got a group together to visit Kramer’s – one of the coolest bars in all of Dayton (I dare anyone to challenge me on this).

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There is just a perfect, chill vibe at Kramer’s – I don’t know if it’s the pizza, peanuts, or the fact that they sell beer in 40s, but this place is seriously magic.

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It’s a sad fact that UD is trying to purchase Kramer’s in order to tear it down and build more student housing.  One informant told me that UD all but “pulls up a dump truck full of money to the door every day,” waiting for the owner to have a moment of weakness and sell.  I, for one, sincerely hope they give up because Kramer’s is an institution.  It’s been here for such a large part of Dayton’s history, it would be such a shame for it to go.  I mean, it’s Dayton…we’ve got houses.  If the kids need places to live, let’s fix up another neighborhood for them like the area around Flanagan’s.

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If you want to experience a night at Kramer’s, you should definitely pursue that feeling.  And bring cash – they don’t accept credit card.

Kramer’s
1018 Irving Ave
Dayton, OH 45419
(937) 294-9141
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communitea 1Living close to Belmont, I passed this building frequently and loved the windows. I always hoped it would become some sort of business that I could visit – maybe a shop, salon, or tea room.

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Thank goodness that I kept my eye on it because now it is the cutest tea room ever!  My husband and I went for a visit to Communitea one day and I finally got to sit by the window in this cute space.

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First of all, the food really didn’t need to be good because I would have loved this place anyway – but it ended up be absolutely amazing!  I tried the tomato soup and cucumber sandwich.  The soup tasted hearty and flavorful and the sandwich was delicious with herbed cream cheese and organic bread.

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For dessert, I had the strawberry scone with jam and clotted cream.  In case the photo doesn’t tell you everything you need to know about it – it was heaven.

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Probably my favorite thing about Communitea is that when you order a pot of tea, they let you pick which tea pot you want to use!  I picked the most floral one ever.

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The tea is wonderful, I recommend the Paris blend because it’s not like anything I’ve ever tried before.  It had a creamy vanilla flavor mixed with berries and flowers – basically exactly like drinking Paris in the spring (if that were possible).

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Everything about the experience was magical and I can’t wait to go back again and again!

Communitea
100 Watervliet Ave
Dayton, OH  45420
(937) 554-5626
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Night Market, A Unique Farmers Market, Coming to Dayton this Weekend

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With spring in full swing, local farmers have been working overtime harvesting delicious spring vegetables, and The Yellow Cab building in Downtown Dayton is ready to put them all on display in their own unique style at “Night Market” on April 25. Night Market is one of the newer offerings from this up and coming event space, and organizers describe it as “a mix between your favorite farmers market and a craft brewery.”

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There are many farmers markets popping up around the Miami Valley, but Night Market organizers note the unique nature of their event. “We are working hard to create the type of market that not only promotes some of the best local farmers and food producers but also serves as a gathering place for families and friends. By having local craft beer on tap and food trucks on site ,we are creating an environment for people to come together and socialize,” Brian Johnson, organizer, said. The market will have the Drunken Smoker, a new waffle based food truck, and other food trucks on site as well as craft beer from Yellow Springs Brewery, Warped Wing and Toxic Brew Co.

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Still, the focus of Night Market is on farmers and local food. “It’s such a great experience working with these local farmers” LeeAnne House, organizer and local sriracha producer, said. “I get to travel to these farms and taste what they are producing and I have to tell you, what they are bringing is some of the freshest, best tasting produce I have ever tried.” Organizers say that in addition to farmers they will also have a wide variety of offerings from beef jerky, to baked goods, and to local cheese makers, with more than 25 vendors in attendance.

Night Market will be taking place this Saturday, April 25 at the Yellow Cab building in Downtown Dayton from 5 to 9 pm. More information can be found on their Facebook page.

Night Market
Saturday, April 25th
5-9pm
The Yellow Cab
700 E. 4th St. Dayton, OH

[I was recently contacted by Rossonian to share their tour info – they’ll be at Blind Bob’s on May 5th!]

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Hey guys, it’s Rossonian here and “Aloha” from beautiful and sunswept Denver, CO!  We are currently working on our tans (peeling) and breathing in the cool ocean breeze (hot-cow-shit air) as we prepare for the release of the first single from our next EP.  It is called “Late Kids” and we are celebrating its playful exuberance by rolling around on the beach (dirt) and trying not to get too much sand (cowshit) in our suits!

Soon we will be leaving this paradise we call home to tour in support of the new record. Here is where you can catch “The Ross” in a town near you!

4/26-Denver, CO – The Emerson House (TOUR KICKOFF!)

4/29-Lawrence, KS – Jackpot Music Hall

4/30-Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room

5/1-Columbia,MO – Café Berlin

5/2-St Louis, MO – 2720

5/3-Nashville,TN – The Basement

5/4-Louisville, KY – Kaiju Bar

5/5-Dayton, OH – Blind Bob’s

5/6-Detroit,MI – Majestic Café

5/7-Milwaukee,WI – Jazz Estate

5/8-Chicago,IL – Debonaire Social Club

5/9-Milwaukee,WI – House Concert

5/11-Madison, WI – Frequency

5/12-La Crosse,WI – The Root Note

5/13-Eau Claire,WI – House Concert (The Lake House)

5/14-St. Paul, MN – House Concert (Soul’s Rest)

5/15-Victoria, MN – Floyd’s

5/16-Minneapolis, MN – Hexagon

5/17-Lincoln, NE – Duffy’s

If you aren’t familiar with us, we play electro-sensual rock ‘n’ roll —  it sounds like if a pack of wolves invited over a pride of lions to do a bunch of ecstasy, play Halo 2 and braid each others hair (fur). Basically we are a bunch of white kids named after a famous black jazz club who don’t play jazz.

Last year saw the band championing tours throughout all the seven kingdoms of Westeros and beyond The Wall. Winning audiences along the way, we also headlined this year’s especially exciting Reaping, (being a Quarter Quell and all) titillating and terrifying audiences from District 13 all the way to the Capital!

But seriously…we’ve played with the likes of Lord Huron, Generationals, Ages and Ages, The Weeks,  Har Mar Superstar, the kid from Home Alone and many more. Our hot-pop, garage-soul sound has been slowly infiltrating fans throughout the Rocky Mountains and into the rolling Midwest plains for a couple years now and we fully intend to continue the spreading of our seed. If we happen to be coming to your city we hope that you can come say, “Hi.” and check out our live show.

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Hey everyone!  Today I’m heading to the Nutter Center for the Ladies Day Out event where I’ll be selling my hair ties and accessories from 1:00-4:00pm, maybe I’ll see you there? In the meantime, here’s some great Sunday reading.

Getting the Most Out of Your Public Library by Amanda Newsome (Dayton Local) – This is such a great article about all of the resources that you may not know about at the library.  I’m married to an employee and didn’t know about the Book Club Bags – such a great idea!

America’s Forgotten Forerunner to Silicon Valley by Krissy Clark (BBC) – While I don’t exactly like the idea of the word “forgotten” in the title, I understand where it’s coming from considering the BBC is an international publication.  I like the article but it takes a random turn in the middle through the end where they just talk about a specific 22 year old who can’t find a job in Dayton right now.  Also, while they show a photo of the Wright Brothers, they don’t mention them at all.

Big Jerks Rank Dayton as One of the ‘Most Miserable’ Cities in America by Amelia Robinson (Dayton.com) – I think Amelia hit the nail on the head with this one.  This weird, unknown website interpreted data from a well-known national wellness survey and it paints Dayton in a very negative light.  It sort of made it sound like we were all in the cast of Oliver or something – sad, hungry, covered in filth.  Ugh.

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My sister and I decided to visit the Packard Museum one Saturday afternoon and had a great time!  Take a look at the article I wrote about it on Dayton.com:

Bucket List:  Check out the Packard Museum

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I’ll be selling my hair ties and accessories at Ladies Day Out – Spring Edition on Sunday, April 19!  There will be tons of direct selling vendors (Scentsy, Origami Owl, etc.) and a hand full of handmade vendors like me.  There are tons of prizes available for the raffle and they are raising money and donations for Good Neighbor House.  Click here for a list of donation items – each donation will get you one door prize ticket!  This event is free and open to the public.

Event Details:
Ladies Day Out – Spring Edition
Sunday, April 19
1:00 – 5:00 pm
Nutter Center 
3640 Colonel Glenn Highway
Dayton, OH 45435

I was looking through my photos and realized I never wrote about the best day of the year – Galentine’s Day!  (Galentine’s Day is typically on February 13 with your gal pals – ladies celebrating ladies – because we actually care that you dressed up and did your hair – you look great, btw!)

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My friends, Jeanine, Anna, and I started our night at the Barrel House.  I absolutely loved this place and can’t wait to go back for a longer visit.

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Next, we had a yummy dinner at Olive, an Urban Dive.  I had the vegetarian wellington and it was so fancy!

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We exchanged our presents!  (Galentine’s Day usually involves thoughtful, fun gifts.)

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After dinner, we headed to Blush Boudoir for their open house and collaboration with Bloom for some wine, cheese, and shopping.  We had a blast!

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We rounded out the night at Angie’s Firehouse Tavern and it really capped off a perfect Galentine’s Day!

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Food Truck April Viral

It seems like every time you turn around there is another food truck popping up in the Miami Valley. The Yellow Cab Building, in Downtown Dayton, has taken notice and opted to double the food trucks vending at their next food truck rally. “It was an obvious choice to increase the number of trucks at our rallies.” Brian Johnson, organizer said, “It gives us the ability to increase the diversity of menus available as well as keeping lines shorter for the attendees” he continued.

Speaking to diversity, the announced line-up of trucks for their April 17th rally includes everything from snacks, dinner, dessert, retail and beverage options. “We are really excited to be expanding our offerings for this one. We’ll have ton’s of options for dinner such as American, Asian, South American, Vegan and Gluten free but we are also excited to have multiple, local dessert and beverage providers. Not to mention the fact that we’ll have two retail trucks on site, Local Love, A Roaming Boutique and Joey Eric Fashion Truck. I think it is so cool that retail outlets are starting to take advantage of the mobile entrepreneurs movement!” Johnson said. In total, there will be 8 dinner trucks, 4 dessert vendors and 1 local juice producer in addition to 4 retail vendors, a kids technology vendors, 4 local craft beers and live entertainment.

“We really try to make our rallies about the whole festival experience. We want people to support these small, budding businesses but we also hope they’ll stick around to see everything we have to offer.” Brian said.

For those interested in attending The Yellow Cab Food Truck Rally, it runs from 5-10pm on April 17th at The Yellow Cab Building, 700 E. 4th St. Dayton, OH. More information can be found on their facebook page: www.facebook.com/yellowcabfoodtrucks.

The Yellow Cab Food Truck Rally
April 17th and every Third Friday
5-10pm
The Yellow Cab
700 E. 4th St.
Dayton OH

get dressed charity event

Get Dressed! Boutique will celebrate iconic designer Eileen Fisher with an in-store event, “Shop Local” on April 16 through 18, and, at the same time, donate to Clothes That Work.

Get Dressed! Boutique owner Tracey Schumann says the “Shop Local” event will recognize Eileen Fisher and the support she has shown independent fashion boutiques such as Get Dressed! Boutique.

“I’m grateful that boutique owners like Tracey Schumann took a chance on my vision when I got my start in 1984,” says Fisher. “Personally, I love seeing the collection in a boutique setting mixed with other brands. That’s when things really get creative.”

As part of the Shop Local event, Schumann said customers will received $25 off their purchase of Eileen Fisher this weekend. In addition, if customers bring in gently worn women’s apparel (five pieces maximum) to donate to Clothes That Work, they will receive an additional 10 percent off their purchase. Clothes That Work has provided professional clothing, image counseling and training for job seekers in Montgomery County since 1998.

For more information about Get Dressed! Boutique’s “Shop Local” event, call 937.299.9109 or email info@getdressedboutique.com. The store is located at 2501 Far Hills Ave. in the Shops of Oakwood.

WHO:            Get Dressed! Boutique
WHAT:          “Shop Local” event
WHEN:          Thursday, April 16 – Saturday, April 18
WHERE:        2501 Far Hills Ave. Dayton Ohio 45419​