Miss Maha and the City

Great ways to enjoy Dayton in December

By Maha Kashani

With the holidays upon us and everyone being pulled in every which direction, I’ve decided to put a new spin on the year-end edition of my column. Welcome to the inaugural “list” edition of Miss Maha and the City.

2013 is almost here! Before that ball drops, make sure you check out some of these fun options to explore “the City”.


Miss Maha’s “Best Bets” to…..

Enjoy Brunch:

One of the most anticipated activities of my weekend! Here are some fantastic options for you to enjoy this perfect tango between two of the day’s best meals:

Olive, an Urban Dive – Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  If you’ve never had brunch at Olive, I can’t even begin to explain what you’re missing. From their locally-sourced daily strata to breakfast scramble to specials like pumpkin french toast casserole, Olive is a foodie’s dream come true! This is a BYOB establishment, so grab your favorite bottle of bubbly or bring some “zing” for a relaxing way to start your Saturday. olivedive.com

Lucky’s Taproom – Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Love omelets and Bloody Marys? Then Lucky’s is your spot! With a “build your own omelet” menu featuring over 30 toppings to choose from and a “build your own Bloody Mary” bar full of fixins, it feels like I’m in heaven every time I’m there! Not into omelets? Check out the delicious breakfast tacos or the daily special featuring options like butter rum pancakes. Yum! luckystaproom.com

Butter Cafe – Saturdays & Sundays from 7 a.m.- 3 p.m. For you early birds, Butter Cafe is ready and waiting to serve up mouthwatering options such as jelly donut pancakes or chai tea french toast at the crack of dawn! Using only the freshest organic and free-range ingredients, Butter is a choice you’ll never regret. Make sure to save room for one of their house-made desserts that change daily! buttercafe.com

Burn off Calories:

Go ahead! Treat yourself to seconds, or thirds … then pencil in one of these activities to help burn off those extra calories:

Ice Skating at Riverscape MetroPark – Every year, the ice rink at Riverscape sets the perfect winter wonderland scene in downtown Dayton for all to enjoy. No charge for ice time on weekdays, and only $7 (including skate rentals) on weekends. Checkout the calendar of activities such as lessons, themed skate nights, curling classes and more at metroparks.org.

Urban Krag Climbing Center – “The Krag,” located in the Oregon District, is one of the coolest places in the city. This former church features over 8,000 square feet of textured and sculpted vertical terrain with heights up to 56 ft., as well as an inclined bouldering wall. It’s the perfect venue to live fit and have fun whether you are a beginner or advanced climber. urbankrag.com

Practice Yoga on 5th – Have you heard of the “hot yoga” craze? In addition to traditional yoga classes, Practice on 5th turns up the heat (literally) for intense, yet accessible, yoga sessions such as Power Vinyasa and Slow Flow/Deep Release. These classes are suitable for all levels and guaranteed to make you sweat. practiceyogadayton.com

Drake’s Downtown Gym – This old school boxing gym located at 4th & Jefferson is quite the experience. At first I was intimidated, but quickly fell in love with Drake’s fun and inviting environment of circuit training, cardio and boxing for all skill levels. Gloves and wraps are available, but I recommend purchasing your own. jabcityboxing.biz

Buy Local:

Almost 70 cents of every dollar spent at a local business stays in the community, compared with only 43 cents when you shop at national/big box stores. Shop local to help support our economy and invest in our community:

American Pi – Located at the Shops at St. Clair Lofts, American π is a unique boutique specializing in gifts and accessories all made in America. Featuring products like handbags, greeting cards, candles, personal care and food items, this the perfect stop to find quality, distinct gifts this holiday season. americanpidayton.com

Sew Dayton – Downtown’s newest addition offers fun and high quality custom purses, clutches, dresses and skirts with vintage and retro flair. These handmade items make the perfect gift. Plus, being located inside Mike Elsass’ Color of Energy gallery with Amore Designer Consignment Boutique is a special treat for all visitors. sewdayton.com

Beaute Box – This eclectic, Paris chic, pampering boutique located on Fifth Street is the perfect escape from all the holiday madness. Whether you need a shellac manicure, relaxing massage or rejuvenating facial, Beaute Box has got you covered. beautebox.wix.com/beautebox

Peace on Fifth – This remarkable gift shop has a deep purpose: end human trafficking. Specializing in free trade products that use no slave labor, Peace on Fifth’s passion to bring modern-day slavery to an end is inspirational. You’ll find unique items that you can feel great about purchasing. peaceonfifth.com

Miss Maha’s “Can’t Miss It” pick of the month:

2012 Santa Pub Crawl, Saturday Dec. 8 in the Oregon District

December is stressful, so take advantage of this opportunity to meet new friends and blow off some much needed steam. This spirited tour of the Oregon District kicks off at Dublin Pub from 5:30-7 p.m., followed by Trolley Stop 7-8 p.m., Tumbleweed 8-9 p.m, Blind Bobs 9-10 p.m., Oregon Express 10-11 p.m., Ned Peppers 11p.m.-midnight, before arriving at the final destination – Pulse NiteClub. Bonus: No cover charge if you dress up as your favorite holiday character! I promise this will be an amazing night to remember. Cost: Bring a $10 unwrapped gift for Toys for Tots.

So much to do! What to learn more? “Like” me on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MMATC) and “Follow” me on Twitter (@MissMaha). Warmest wishes for a fabulous holiday season. Cheers!

Reach DCP freelance writer Maha Kashani at MissMaha@daytoncitypaper.com

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