Good morning!  Grab a cup of coffee (or a mimosa) and catch up on some great Dayton reading:
A Glimpse Back in Time Inspires Dayton’s Tipping Point by Alex D. Smith – A great article about how Warped Wing really made an impact on the way we view and experience downtown Dayton.
Dispatches from the Rock Room by Rob Rinehart – My husband is becoming quite the vinyl collector so he started this blog to document his travels in rock.  His rock room is our basement, which he has set up as a shrine to his favorite bands (including Guided by Voices and lots of other locals) and the UD Flyers!
Dog Walk Blog by Rufus – This blog is actually more about financial and political topics but with an abundance of fantastic dog photos, too – and written in Dayton!
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I’m so lucky that my friends come back into town from time to time.  Recently, my friends Morgan and Michael came back to Dayton to visit with their families and luckily had some time to spend with me at Ghostlight Coffee.

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Morgan ordered a chai and Michael ordered a gorgeous cappuccino.  I had an awesome pour-over.

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I loved getting a chance to catch up and unwind with them a little after the holidays.  Ghostlight is the perfect place to enjoy spending time with friends because it’s the coziest place ever.  You can’t help but to feel at home there!

Ghostlight Coffee
1201 Wayne Avenue
Dayton, OH  45410
(937) 985-2633
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El Meson Valentines Week

Valentine’s Day can be a very hectic and stressful holiday. Between family, kids, work and all the other day to day issues modern couples face the holiday meant to showcase love between two people can become a backseat, last minute event. “This is why we decided to make Valentine’s Week! Couples and groups can choose any day during the week leading up to the 14th to celebrate the holiday at their leisure at El Meson.” Bill Castro, owner, said.

Valentine’s Day falls on Saturday, Feb 14th this year. Saturday, as in the busiest day for restaurants. Anyone who has ever tried to make reservations for Valentine’s Day knows that you need to make it early. “With the holiday falling on a Saturday this year, we have already received many calls and reservations for the 14th. It was pretty apparent to us that we needed to open it up to multiple days so that everyone who wanted to celebrate with us would have the chance.” Bill continued. “We’ll be featuring a three course prix fix menu every day during Valentine’s Week (Feb 9th – Feb 14th). Diners will receive a choice of two entrees which will include salad, side dishes, & dessert to share” Castro said. He went on to mention that dinner will be less expensive earlier in the week, Mon – Tues – $20 per person, Wed – Thurs – $25 per person and move up to Fri – Sat – $35 per person. “On Friday and Saturday we’ll also have a roaming Mariachi to make the dining experience even more memorable” Bill finished.

For diners interested in experiencing Valentine’s Week at El Meson, we encourage you to make your reservation early. You can make a reservation by calling them at (937) 859-8229.

Valentine’s Week At El Meson
Feb 9th – Feb 14th
903 East Dixie Drive, Dayton, OH 45449
(937) 859-8229
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Winter weather can be unpredictable (and, let’s face it – completely terrible at times) so on a not-so-bitterly-cold day, my husband, dog, and I went for a walk to Walnut Hills park.


Since there were no kids using the playground equipment at the time, we had to use the swings.


It feels like the kind of park that has been around for a long time and will be there for many more years to come.


Also, it’s great that in the winter you have such a great view of the city without all the leaves on the trees getting in the way.

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Doppelganger Laboratories, located at the Dayton Mall, is the first company to bring the Artec Shapify 3D Scanning Booth to North America, and do 3 person simultaneous scans. Artec has been a leader in both 3D scanning and facial recognition for years, but this is the first use of the technology for a commercial unique product, a realistic doppelganger figurine of YOU!  With Valentine’s Day just a few weeks away, lovers are coming into Doppelganger Labs to get a unique love memento and custom wedding cake toppers.  A doppelganger figurine captures the “She Said Yes”, and “I do” moment for a lifetime.


The process takes only a few minutes.  The booth scans you in 12 seconds using a purely photographic system. The images are processed within 5 minutes, and a 3D preview is ready for approval before it is sent off to the printers.  The 3D images generated by the scanning booth are of very high quality with a minimum of 16 megapixel resolution which can then be used in video games, animation, and other movie industry applications.  The 3D model itself is composed of colored ceramic composite material which is printed layer by layer to capture every nuance, from the veins in the hands to the folds of the fabric.

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Doppelgangers have also seen enormous popularity with parents wanting a memento of their child’s achievement, a unique sports figurine of their child, or to just capture that special smile before they grow and change.  We can only hold our children for so long.  With a doppelganger keepsake figurine, you can hold onto them for a lifetime.


Doppelgangers have also become wildly popular with gamers looking to create their avatars, and cosplayers looking to capture their portrayal of their favorite character.  With the many gaming conventions, anime conventions, and horror conventions that are set to occur in Ohio in 2015, getting a doppelganger in advance of an event is a great way to express creativity, memorialize a moment, or use to get the ultimate selfie posed in any setting the imagination can conceive.

Now until Valentine’s Day, Doppelganger Labs is offering a his and hers special where couples can purchase one doppelganger, and get a second copy at half price.  This is a perfect opportunity to get doppelgangers made for both homes, both offices, or both families.  Brides can have a custom wedding cake topper made along with a keepsake doppelganger to remember their special day.

For more information about Doppelganger Labs, please visit http://doppelgangerlaboratories.com/ or call (937) 907 – 1019.

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If you’re a fan of Ohio, you will love Modest Box!

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Modest Box is a brand new box subscription service that delivers an assortment of the best Ohio made products each month.

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Subscribers can purchase one box or a subscription for 3, 6, or 12 months. There is a small assortment, a box that includes 2 new Ohio made t-shirts each month, and there is a large assortment box. When someone chooses the large assortment the box becomes gender specific so the items that the box contains will be either for men or women.

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No one knows what they will receive in their Modest Box until it arrives and that is part of the fun. The boxes will include a hand selected mix of the most unique, high quality, Ohio made food products, paper goods, art, body care products, and accessories. Modest Boxes make great gifts for anyone who misses Ohio, they make great housewarming gifts, client gifts, and of course they are a lot of fun to buy for yourself!

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Toxic Brew Co. bringing local, handmade Mckibben Bros. Soda to tap

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Every city has food and beverages they are know for; Columbus is to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and Cincinnati to Sky Line Chili. Dayton is coming into their own in this right. Toxic Brew Co., in Downtown Dayton, has released three handmade sodas from the up and coming Mckibben Bros. Soda Co. “This is a project we have been working on for over a year, with experiments in the carbonation process and small private tasting of their “ink and hammer ginger ale” in the summer of 2014, we are very excited to finally have their sodas on tap permanently” Shane Juhl, Toxic owner, said.

Having added 10 more taps to their draft system, Toxic Brew Co. will be the first in Dayton to have the Bros. soda on tap and their initial offerings will include: Indians & Cowboys made with sarsaparilla root and bilberry, Mammaw Burton with cucumber, lavender and rose and finally The Hippie Hipster with elderberry, sage and grapefruit. “While we plan to always have their sodas available, the offerings will change. We have already seen a huge demand for their product just in the first few days it been on tap.” Shane continued.

This is not the first time Toxic has collaborated with start up food vendors in their tap room. Housemade Sriracha, another Dayton favorite, has made appearances in a number of their beers over the past few years. “Lee Anne(Housemade) has always been great to work with. We showcased her sriracha in our Porn or Pawn pepper ale. In addition to having the Mckibben’s not alcoholic soda on tap, we plan to included it in some of our brews as well. Next Tuesday(Jan 20th) we’ll have a special release craft beer on tap infused with their syrups.” Shane said.

If you would like to sample the Mckibben Bros. Soda Co. offerings you can find them at Toxic Brew Co., 431 E 5th St. Dayton, Ohio.

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More Dayton reading for a lazy Sunday morning, whether you’re recovering from Saturday night, or just otherwise taking it easy:

Dayton Under Construction by Aaron Wolpert – I found this article a while back when searching my blog name because he mentions my blog in this essay.  This is an interesting read by the WSU professor all my friends had crushes on. :)

Articles – Dayton History Books Online – It’s a lot of fun perusing the articles from the early days of the Dayton Daily News.

GLAM Polish Limited Edition Mid-Winters Dream Collection Swatches and Review by Work Play Polish – If you’ve had your fill of Dayton essays and history, take a look at the gorgeous swatches in this collection.  Work Play Polish is probably the most successful blog written right here in Dayton!

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Lily’s Bistro in the Oregon District adds winter favorites

Lily’s Bistro, a seasonally-focused independent restaurant in the Oregon District, debuts their new winter dinner and cocktail menu this coming week.

General Manager Emily Mendenhall says that rather than a full menu revamp, they have tweaked their previous menu to add some new dishes and drinks for cold weather.  “Being a seasonal restaurant, we see the most drastic changes of available produce and local items in summer and fall.  But we still wanted to make sure we were getting some stand out wintertime dishes on the new menu, as well as some new winter cocktails and beers.”

Executive Chef Mariah Gahagan found inspiration in the New Year’s Eve menu the restaurant served.  “We served a lobster-stuffed fresh ravioli with saffron cream on New Year’s Eve.  Guests were coming back to the kitchen to talk about it and ordering carryout for their friends.  We decided to make that an entrée by adding sautéed scallops and chive oil to the lobster ravioli and saffron cream.  I joke that in the winter we’re all dreaming of the beach, so instead of a traditional ‘surf and turf,’ we’re serving a seafood focused ‘surf and surf.’”

Lily’s Bistro serves lunch from 11:30-3pm Tuesday-Friday, dinner Tuesday-Saturday including a 3-course prix fixe option on Friday and Saturday nights, and a weekend brunch from 11am-3pm Saturday and Sunday.  They also offer weekly specials like ½ price bottles of wine on Tuesday and Happy Hour drinks and appetizers Wednesday and Thursday.  On Sunday night only, they serve a family-style fried chicken dinner featuring local, free-range fried chicken and assorted sides and snacks.  Reservations can be made by calling 937-723-7637, and the new winter dinner menu can be found online.

Lily’s Bistro is an independent, family-run Eclectic American restaurant offering seasonal food and drinks in a casual-upscale atmosphere.

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Recently I was in need of some cards for a friend and had an absolute blast shopping for them at Confetti.

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Confetti is full of funny, pretty, and thoughtful cards as well as fantastic stationary and gift wrap.

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I love shopping here and just about always find way more than what I came for originally.

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If you’re looking for the perfect card or gift, definitely check out Confetti!

42 West 5th Street
Dayton, OH  45402
(937) 387-7022
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