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JUST IN: Toxic Brew gets green light to build brewery and tasting room along Great Miami river

It’s been a long time coming, but Toxic Brew Company founder Shane Juhl believes it will be worth the wait.

More than two years after the project was first announced, Juhl and his brewery have overcome a potentially deal-killing regulatory obstacle and are now moving ahead with plans to build a production brewery and tap room along the Great Miami River north of downtown Dayton.

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The Dayton Environmental Advisory Board, which helps the city protect water quality of the Dayton’s rivers and reviews development proposals that could impact the city’s well fields, voted last week to approve Toxic Brew’s revised plans, according to both Juhl and Kathy Arnett, a member of the environmental advisory board.

The vote was unanimous, Arnett confirmed.

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While there are still other regulatory approvals Juhl must navigate before construction can begin, the environmental advisory board’s approval was a crucial step that will allow the brewery owner to move ahead with the project.

“We’ll start the process early next year, and hope to break ground next summer,” Juhl told this news outlet.

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The new production brewery will increase Toxic Brew’s brewing capacity fourfold. Its tap room will feature a view of the Great Miami River, and could host special events such as weddings and occasional festivals, Juhl said.

The 4.3-acre tract that Juhl purchased in 2016 is located at the end of Janney Road north of Stanley Avenue and west of Troy Street on the east side of the Great Miami River. The view of the west riverbank includes a railroad trestle and the Great Miami River bike/recreation trail.

Toxic Brew’s current brewery and tap room at 431 E. Fifth St. in Dayton’s Oregon Historic District will remain open, and ultimately will shift its focus to brewing exclusively sour and farmhouse-style ales, Juhl said.

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Plans for the new brewery will include secondary containment measures to guard against spills that could affect the river or well fields and will incorporate other safety and handling measures, Juhl said.

The Toxic Brew project represents yet another example of a remarkable craft-brewing renaissance that has occurred throughout the Dayton area over the last seven years. More than a dozen breweries have opened in the Miami Valley, which had zero local craft breweries at the beginning of this decade.

>> PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Toxic Brew Company to build production brewery along Great Miami River (August 2016)

Despite naysayers who predicted at the time that the Miami Valley couldn’t support that many breweries, none of the first wave of local breweries has closed, and nearly all have expanded, most of them significantly.

Dayton Beer Company and Lock 27 are among those local breweries that have built much larger facilities than their original locations, and Eudora brewery in Kettering is in the process of doing the same. Yellow Springs Brewery and Warped Wing Brewing Co., among others, purchased or leased space to help accommodate canning, bottling and retail sales. 

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And the front end of a second wave of new breweries has followed those initial brewery openings, including Branch & Bone (Dayton), Heavier than Air (Washington Twp.), Devil Wind (Xenia), FigLeaf (Middletown) and Mother Stewart’s (Springfield) breweries. More are on the way, including Alematic Artisan Ales in Huber Heights and Moeller Brew Barn in Troy. 

Ribbon-cutting today for new cake shop/bakery near Austin Landing

A ribbon-cutting and grand opening for the Dayton area’s newest specialty bakery are scheduled for today, Sept. 19.

Representatives of the South Metro Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Miami Twp. Board of Trustees and Miami Twp. administrative staff will be on hand at 11 a.m. today for a ribbon-cutting and grand opening at “Nothing Bundt Cake” at 9632 Springboro Pike (Ohio 741) in the Shoppes at the Exchange retail center north of Austin Landing. The 1,728-square-foot space previously housed Indian Rasoi restaurant.

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The bakery sells tiered cakes, “bundtlet” towers, and more sizes and styles of bundt cakes. The franchise bakery is locally owned and operated by Jeff and Renee Hall.

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As part of the grand opening week, on Friday, Sept. 21, 20 percent of cake sales will be donated to BOGG (Because of God’s Grace) Ministries, a Miami Twp.-based charitable organization that provides food, clothing and other essentials to people in need. And on Saturday, Sept. 22, the new bakery will award “Free Bundtlets for a Year” (one per month for 12 months) to the first 50 guests starting at 9 a.m., and will host a Family Fun Event from noon to 2 p.m.

>> PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Nothing Bundt Cake to open between Dayton Mall and Austin Landing

Renee Hall told this news outlet that she became a fan of the Nothing Bundt Cakes concept — and its cakes — through frequent visits to a franchise-owned Nothing Bundt Cakes bakery on Mason-Montgomery Road in the Mason area. 

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“I fell in love with the product,” Hall said. “And I love their business model and their culture.” 

The bakery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Nothing Bundt Cakes was founded in 1997 and is now headquartered in Addison, Texas, near Dallas. The company operates more than 200 bakeries in 32 states, offering bundt cakes in a variety of sizes and flavors.

NEW DETAILS: Local coffee shop claims in lawsuit that ice cream shop sabotaged its business

A lawsuit involving the owners of two former Fairborn businesses is escalating.

The owner of the former Grind House Coffee & Tea Company shop has counter-sued the owners of the former Inside Scoop Ice Cream Shop, claiming they intentionally sabotaged his business.

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The counter-lawsuit was filed Friday as part of a Greene County Common Pleas Court civil lawsuit filed July 31. In that original suit, the owners of the former ice cream shop at 313 W. Main St. in Fairborn claimed that Grind House Coffee & Tea Company’s owner engaged in fraud and defamation to take over their shop's retail space in downtown Fairborn. 

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In the counter-lawsuit, Grind House Coffee owner William Miller denies those allegations and instead claims that Inside Scoop owners Robin Joseph and Clinton Allen misled him about various aspects of their business and deliberately cast him in a false light.

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“The false light created by (the ice cream shop’s owners) was not only highly offensive, but resulted in the complete collapse of (Miller’s) business operation in Fairborn,” and it resulted in Miller and the shop’s employees “receiving threats, boycotts, vandalism of their business front, and outright intimidation,” the lawsuit says.

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The counter-lawsuit seeks compensatory damages of at least $25,000, punitive damages of twice the amount of compensatory damages, and an injunction requiring the ice cream shop’s owners “to cease their invasion of privacy” against Miller and his business, the lawsuit says.

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Grind House Coffee’s owner acknowledged that the owners of The Inside Scoop reached out to him in early January 2018 about the possibility of Grind House setting up a coffee stand inside The Inside Scoop. But the owner denied the vast majority of The Inside Scoop’s lawsuit claims, including one that he indicated to the Greene County Public Health agency that he was the new owner of the business.

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Robin Joseph and Clinton Allen said in their lawsuit that Miller misled them and local government agencies in order to "take over The Inside Scoop's ice cream shop business.”

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They are seeking $25,000 in compensatory damages and unspecified punitive damages. The case has been assigned to Greene County Common Pleas Judge Michael Buckwalter. 

After opening their ice cream shop on Kaufman Avenue in 2011, The Inside Scoop relocated to 313 W. Main St. in Fairborn in July 2014. 

Grind House Coffee was started in 2015 as an online-only retailer. 

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On April 23, 2018, Grind House Coffee held its official grand opening as a stand-alone coffee shop, inside the former building of The Inside Scoop. Three months later, the coffee shop abruptly closed. 

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Miller then opened a new Grind House location inside the Huber Heights Meijer store. The shop’s grand opening was held on Aug. 1. 

Asian restaurant in Kettering closes after 10 years, will relocate

 An Asian restaurant that has operated in Kettering for nearly a decade has closed, but its owner, who helped introduce many in the Dayton area to Thai cuisine 14 years ago, says she intends to reopen a new restaurant two miles away in Dayton in early 2019.

Siam Pad Thai — which has offered a variety of Thai dishes as well as an extensive menu of sushi and sashimi since it opened in November 2008 at 3027 Wilmington Pike just south of East Dorothy Lane — shut down after the close of business on Saturday night, according to its founder and owner, Pakawan "Fon" Christman. 

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“I have to start all over again,” Christman said. The 30-seat restaurant was unable to reach an agreement on a new lease, she said.

Christman helped introduce Thai cuisine to the Yummy Burger, a downtown Dayton diner, in 2004, then became co-owner of what was then Ban Thai restaurant in the Beaver Valley Shopping Center in Beavercreek in 2005 before opening Siam Pad Thai three years later.

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 The location of her new restaurant is on Patterson Road near Shroyer Road in Dayton’s Patterson Park neighborhood, Christman said. Build-out will take an estimated six months, she said. 

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Christman said she has not decided whether to keep the “Siam Pad Thai” name when the new restaurant opens.

The restaurant owner invited customers to follow the restaurant on its Facebook page,, for updates on the new restaurant.

>> BRAND NEW, STILL EMPTY: The ‘ghost’ IHOP in Vandalia sits vacant 8 months after it was built


UPS hiring 100,000 workers for holiday shipping season

UPS said it is hiring about 100,000 temporary workers for the holiday shipping season.

The jobs are to help handle the huge volume of packages shipped starting in November through January 2019.

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The full-time and part-time seasonal jobs are for package handlers, drivers and driver-helpers, and can be an entry point for a full-time job at the shipping giant.

Many UPS executives, including CEO David Abney, started out as part-time workers, and the company says about 35 percent of the people hired as seasonal package handlers get permanent positions after the holidays.

Those interested can apply at

BRAND NEW, STILL EMPTY: The ‘ghost’ IHOP in Vandalia sits vacant 8 months after it was built

A sign inside the new IHOP restaurant that was built last winter on Benchwood Road in Vandalia advises diners to “Please Wait to Be Seated.”

They have been waiting, all right. For about eight months now, in fact. 

While three other Dayton-area IHOPs are bustling with activity, the Dayton area’s fourth new IHOP sits empty. From every indication, the restaurant is ready to make its debut. Tables are all in place, chairs are stacked neatly atop the tables, the parking lot is smooth and striped.

The brand-new-but-still-lifeless restaurant has puzzled Vandalia city officials and local business leaders and frustrated potential diners. 

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“We do receive inquiries about it every week,” said Will Roberts, president and CEO of the Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce. “The community wants an opportunity to dine there. People are anxious. They’d like to see it open.”

A spokeswoman for IHOP corporate told this news outlet Friday, Sept. 14 that she had no new information regarding the store’s opening. The store was to be franchisee-owned-and-operated.

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Teo Regalado — the franchisee for the three other relatively new Dayton-area IHOP restaurants in Huber Heights, Beavercreek and Springfield — said in an email that he is not the franchise owner-operator for the Benchwood/Vandalia location.

>> RELATED: IHOP restaurants returning to Dayton area (October 2014)

A spokeswoman for Las Cruces, New Mexico-based PDG/Prestige Development Group, the company that has acted as area developer and has overseen construction of the other three Dayton-Springfield IHOPs, told this news outlet in January that the restaurant was scheduled to open in early February. In late January, the spokeswoman revised the opening date to mid-March. In mid-April, the same spokeswoman said, “I don’t yet have a date” for the restaurant’s opening.

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Vandalia officials have said they have not been notified of the reasons for the delay.

>>RELATED: IHOP moves ahead with Dayton-area expansion plans (January 2016)

“We do get the occasional inquiry as to why the restaurant has not opened yet, but at this point the only thing we can tell them is that from our perspective, they are good to go, and internally, they’re working through whatever issues they have to be able to open,” Rich Hopkins, a spokesman for the city of Vandalia, told this news outlet last week.

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When the restaurant at 3324 Benchwood Road near the Miller Lane/York Commons development does open, IHOP will have doubled its Miami Valley footprint since last summer as part of the chain’s re-entry into the Dayton-area market. The Huber Heights IHOP opened in September 2017 at 7611 Old Troy Pike.  

>>RELATED: New Dayton-area IHOP now open, another location on the way

IHOP opened the first of what had been projected to be as many as seven IHOP locations in the region in October 2015 on North Fairfield Road in Beavercreek, and the second restaurant followed in October 2016 on Bechtle Avenue in Springfield.

>>RELATED: IHOP opening two more Dayton-area locations (December 2016)

The region had multiple IHOP locations in the 1970s and 1980s, including one near Ohio 725 and Ohio 741 near the Dayton Mall and one on Shiloh Springs Road near the former Salem Mall, but those restaurants closed three decades ago.

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$14.7M Georgia 'safe house' with bat cave, waterfall headed to auction block

It took six years to build, but the Rice House Atlanta, a luxury home in North Fulton County, Georgia, was more than 60 years in the making. 

The $14.7 million36,000-square-foot compound in the Country Club of the South was created by a self-made, octogenarian entrepreneur who wanted to build a home that embodied all of his boyhood dreams. 

Now, it’s going to be sold at auction

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According to a Concierge Auctions news release, bidding will begin Tuesday and close Thursday. The starting bid is $3.9 million. So, what do you get for that price?

A bat cave? Yes. Waterfall? Sure. Secret entrances and exits? You bet. Upper and lower motor courts? Um-hum. And the art museum, infinity pool, bowling alley, gun range, game room, solarium, spa, theater and play area that resembles something from Disneyland. 

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“He is an intellectual thinker and he is a super fun guy,” listing broker Paul Wegener, of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, said about the homeowner. “He dreamed as a child of building something like this. All these things you think about when you are a kid,” Wegener said. 

The homeowner had planned to fill the eight bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, six partial bathrooms and three kitchens with family and friends. He had hoped the home would become a gathering place and a legacy for his family to pass from one generation to the next. 

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He was holding onto the home but ultimately, other priorities won out. His son wasn’t much interested in living there, and with much of his family on the West Coast, the homeowner decided to sell his $30 million project. 

In building a home that would last forever and survive any foreseeable catastrophe, he sought out and worked with a team of the best architects, landscapers and security experts in the country. 

The process began with a full-scale model, and as construction continued, the homeowner added different features that seemed cool. “He would say, ‘We’ve got more room. I want to add a gun range and a bowling alley.’ The scope of the project continued to grow,” Wegener said. 

Atlanta architect Charles Heydt brought to life the homeowner’s vision of the Greek acropolis. Whatever standards were set by building code, the home was made to meet at least triple those requirements. The foundation was dug to the rock bed, anchored with rebar and poured with concrete that can withstand 5,000 pounds of load per square inch. The exterior walls have the same level of strength. 

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Al Corbi, a renowned security expert, came in to make sure the security features of the home were part of the construction process. Reinforced walls, bulletproof windows and doors, concealed entrances and exits and an underground bunker are just a few of the features that make Rice House one of the safest homes in the country. 

The home is also self-contained, and projections indicate that inhabitants could survive for three years on the property without outside assistance, Wegener said. 

There are three water sources : municipal, three 1,000-foot-deep artesian wells and a reserve tank of purified water that would normally be used for irrigation on the property and for topping off the pool and fountain. 

Wegener was initially skeptical about the need for a house with such high-level security features, but then he thought about events such as 9/11. 

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“You almost don’t like to say survival, but suddenly it doesn’t become that far-fetched. He was forward-thinking,” Wegener said. 

It takes about 2 1/2 hours for Wegener to walk prospective buyers through the property. And yes, there have been prospective buyers. 

But who, other than an owner with a vision, would want a property such as this one? Maybe it could be a safe house for board members or executives of a major international corporation or a family haven for another successful entrepreneur in a high-risk industry. 

So far, inquiries have been coming from outside and within the country. The security of the home has proved to be the biggest draw, along with the level of detail that went into designing the home, Wegener said. 

There have also been some curiosity seekers who are clearly not serious buyers. 

“The serious interest comes from the same crowd,” Wegener said. “This particular project is the cream of the crop for the amount of money spent and the degree of security.” 

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While the home is complete, the finishing touches have been left to the whims of the new owner. Wegener says it is the most unique home he has ever dealt with and it is important to him to find just the right buyer. 

“There are homes (in Atlanta) that are beautiful but were never constructed to this level of complexity,” Wegener said. “It was not just meant to be a massive compound. It was important to him to construct this property that would be enjoyable. It was ultimately for family and these other things were layered in. I am trying to find someone that will appreciate all of that.”

For more information on the property ahead of the auction, visit

Familiar face at the 2nd Street Market to retire at end of the year

The man who has overseen the Five Rivers MetroParks 2nd Street Market for the last 16 years is proud of the sense of community that he sees every week in the market’s corridors, farmers market stands and other vendor spaces.

“This market really reflects Dayton and the Midwest and our values,” Jimmy Harless said of the public market at East Second and Webster streets in downtown Dayton. “When you come here, people are going to smile at you. People are rooted here.”

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“The market attracts people from all parts of town. Vendors know their customers by name. Everyone is welcome, and I think everybody feels that.”

Harless, 68, announced Wednesday that he will retire at the end of the year.

“It’s time,” he said.

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Harless has been a constant presence at the market for 16 years, chatting with customers and vendors and helping to trouble-shoot any facility or logistical problems that arise. Prior to the market’s manager, he worked extended stints in the construction industry and overseeing a flea market — developing a skill set that would come in handy.

He praised Five Rivers MetroParks, which has always owned the facility that houses the 2nd Street Market and took a more direct role in operating it a decade ago. “They had the vision to open the market, and followed up with support,” Harless said.

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Bill Tschirhart, chief of administration for Five Rivers MetroParks, said in announcing the retirement, “Through Jimmy’s leadership, the market has expanded hours, increased attendance and vendors, and provided spaces for community outreach.” Among other accomplishments, Harless organized a tree-seedling giveaway that is now in its 15th year, and it has distributed more than 25,000 trees. 

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Harless said he’s looking forward to spending more time with his family. His colleague Lynda Suda, coordinator of the 2nd Street Market, wrote in a notice to vendors that, “Although the market will not be same without it’s ‘Mayor,’ I hope you will join me in wishing him well in his new life adventure. “

RESTAURANT CLOSING: Star City BBQ shuts its doors after 3 years

The Dayton area has one fewer barbecue restaurant — but the eatery’s building and contents are for sale or lease.

Star City BBQ at 1015 S. Main St. in south Miamisburg closed its doors permanently on Tuesday, owner Ray Isaac confirmed to this news outlet Tuesday night.

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“It’s been three years, and I’ve enjoyed it. I’m going to miss it,” Isaac said.

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The building and furnishings are now for sale or lease, the restaurant owner said. “It’s all set up, if someone want to own a restaurant,” he said.

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Isaac also runs a construction company, and said he was finding it difficult to operate both businesses. But he also said the difficulty in finding and hiring dependable help played a role in his decision to shut down Star City BBQ. He and his manager mutually agreed to close the restaurant, Isaac said. 

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Scam alert: Fake Amazon job offer asks for $200 payment

A new scam targeting job seekers invites you to apply for a job at Amazon then purchase an "enrollment kit." Don't fall for it.

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The Better Business Bureau says the job offer appears to come from Amazon, either by email or voicemail, offering anywhere from $20 per hour to $6,000 a month – and you can work from home. You're then asked to submit $200 before you can start working for an "enrollment kit." The job offer is bogus, and the scammers then make off with your money and vanish.

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The BBB says the best way to protect yourself is to do your research, and if the offer seems too good to be true, it probably is. Amazon will never ask for money during an employment offer.

The BBB offers these tips on how to spot a job scam:

  • Be cautious of any job that asks you to share personal information or hand over money. Scammers will often use the guise of running a credit check, setting up direct deposit, or paying for training.
  • Check the business's website. Scammers frequently post jobs using the names of real companies such as Amazon to lend legitimacy to their cons. Check on the business's website for the position and/or call to confirm.
  • Work at home at your own pace. Always be wary of work from home opportunities that are riddled with testimonials. Often the suggestion of real success is misleading. Suggesting that few hours and limited work will make one successful is a red flag.
  • Some positions are more likely to be scams. Always be wary of work-from-home or secret shopper positions, or any job with a generic title such as caregiver, administrative assistant, or customer service rep. Positions that don't require special training or licensing appeal to a wide range of applicants. Scammers know this and use these otherwise legitimate titles in their fake ads. 
  • Different procedures should raise your suspicion. Watch out for on-the-spot job offers. You may be an excellent candidate for the job but beware of offers made without an interview. A real company will want to talk to a candidate before hiring. Don't fall for an overpayment scam. No legitimate job would ever overpay an employee and ask for money to be wired elsewhere. This is a common trick used by scammers. Be careful if a company promises you great opportunities or big income as long as you pay for coaching, training, certifications or directories. 
  • Government agencies post all jobs publicly and freely. The federal government and the U.S. Postal Service never charge for information about jobs or applications for jobs. Be wary of any offer to give you special access or guarantee you a job for a fee – if you are paying for the promise of a job, it’s probably a scam.
  • Get all details and contracts in writing. A legitimate recruiter will provide you with a complete contract for their services with cost, what you get, who pays (you or the employer), and what happens if you do not find a job. 
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