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A visit to Leaf & Vine

The humidor at the Leaf & Vine.

Bar and cigar room a classy throwback in time By Matt Bayman To truly enjoy a cigar, it takes patrons at the Leaf & Vine in Troy about an hour. “Smoking a cigar is all about taking time to sit back and relax for a while,” said Patty Rose, co-owner of the pub, adding that […]

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The return of Hobart Arena

The Casting Crows at Hobart in 2009. Photo courtesy of Anthony Weber.

Troy complex hosting top country, Christian and classic rock bands By Matt Bayman Since 2010, Hobart Arena in Troy has hosted three of the five artists that were nominated for the 2011 Country Music Award’s “New Artist of the Year,” including its winner, The Band Perry. Along with other country artists, such as Luke Bryan, […]

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Do as the minimalists do

Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus are Dayton minimalists.

Two Daytonians get out of the clutter and pen an inspiring book on minimalism in our maximized world By Annie Bowers “I have nothing to wear,” I thought to myself as I stood staring at the racks of clothes hanging in my closet. We’ve all been there — surrounded by so much clutter that it […]

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Bachelor’s Pad

Jason Webber and Hugh Grant in

Jason, Actually Bumbling and stumbling in my first year in Dayton By Jason Webber So there I am sitting on the sofa in the traditional post-Thanksgiving food coma with my ex-girlfriend’s new husband when it occurs to me — my life is rather odd — and not just because I’m good buddies with my ex’s […]

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Be a lean, mean, green machine in 2012

A Greener You at the PNC 2nd Street Market.

Make a new start in the New Year and get a little greener By Valerie Beerbower You know the drill: Turn off the faucet while you brush your teeth. Don’t let your car’s engine sit idling. Switch off lights if you’re not in the room. Recycle. If nothing in a children’s television show montage about […]

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Shop small. Buy big. Give unique.

Shop in Yellow Springs.

Get all of your holiday shopping done locally in Yellow Springs By Lara Donnelly Forget Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Maroon Wednesday, or whatever colorful offers of bargains you’ve seen cropping up in “big box” stores and online retailers. This holiday season, Dayton-area residents and visitors have the chance to give gifts from that really stand […]

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Made in Dayton

A Handmade Dayton booth set up for Steph’s Jewels at a craft/handmade show

Local craftinistas take over popular website Etsy By Sara McKinniss Etsy. For some, it might sound like a trendy celebrity baby name, but it’s quite the opposite. Etsy.com is an e-commerce website where independent artists and creatives buy and sell handmade goods all across the world. The site launched over six years ago, but is […]

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Beauty in St. Anne’s Hill

A Victorian Renaissance in downtown Dayton by Mark Luedtke Most Daytonians know the story of the reclamation of the Oregon District, but St. Anne’s Hill is a lesser-known, historic Victorian neighborhood being restored by motivated residents. Just a mile east of the Oregon District, St. Anne’s Hill is bounded by Keowee and Dutoit Streets on […]

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What a character

Some recent work by Dayton comic artist Jay King, better known as “Rusty Shackles”

Digital artist combines pop culture savvy, comic art skill and music fandom for business By Tim Anderl When self-taught digital comic artist Jay King fell in love with food blogger Brandy Voiles (now Brandy King), their whirlwind courtship landed King in the land of square-shaped pizza – Dayton. Operating under the moniker Rusty Shackles, King […]

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Occupy Black Friday

DCP writer Benjamin Dale at the Occupy Dayton Camp on November 25. Photo courtesy of Tyler Lukacs.

A DCP writer spends the day at the Occupy Dayton camp By Benjamin Dale Belief is a funny thing, and it can often make people behave in noble, albeit misunderstood ways.  Some say the true measure of belief is how much one is willing to suffer for it.  And as the grey shadow of winter […]

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News of the weird: 05/19

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Donating for dollars Already, healthy people can donate blood, sperm and eggs, but now […]

Advice Goddess: 5/19

By Amy Alkon All the single m’ladies I read your manners book and loved it. I just feel that for […]

Chew on this: 05/19

What to believe about coconut oil claims By Jayne Powers Coconuts are on a roll as a wonder food. I […]

The Docket: 05/19

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove D’oh! The owner of a Dayton bar contacted […]

News of the weird: 05/12

By Chuck Shepherd Marital enhancement Saudi Arabia’s very first sex accessory shop (in the holy city of Mecca) should be […]

Chew on this: 05/12

Weight loss for pudgy pets By Jayne Powers Pets, like people, get pudgy – even obese. According to the Association […]