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Why these ‘rowdy’ Dayton kids made a real ruckus in the Oregon District

Oregon District diners simply were not ready. 

A dozen or so rambunctious Dayton kids roamed up and down the district 

and in and out of its restaurants, bars and shops Thursday evening.

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The Stivers School for the Arts students swayed and stepped to the theme from the HBO show “Treme” that two classmates played on a trombone and a trumpet.   

The New Orleans-style second line of student artists was led by Eva Buttacavoli, the executive director of the Dayton Visual Arts Center.

>> Diverse cast of Dayton kids taking on Cinderella and her glass slipper this weekend

>> The region’s premiere arts event showcases the best Dayton has to offer

They carried some of the artwork included in DVAC’s 24th Annual Art Auction, which will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, April 27 at Ponitz Center, 741 W. Washington St., Dayton. 

Tickets for the event are $50 for DVAC members, $60 for nonmembers and $75 at the door. 

INFO & TICKETS: daytonvisualarts.org | 937-224-3822

We were with the students as they made a ruckus in the name of art in a handful of Fifth Street businesses that included  Bonnett’s Book Store; Blind Bob’s; Lucky’s Taproom, Goodwill, Lily’s Bistro and Corner Kitchen.

Buttacavoli gave away free tickets to surprised diners and shoppers along the way. 

Diverse cast of Dayton kids taking on Cinderella and her glass slipper this weekend

A glass slipper is going lead to a whole lot of magic near downtown this weekend. 

Stivers School for the Arts is taking on Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” during shows Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. 

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students.  

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“It is a great story, and it has great music,” said Paula Powell, the production’s manager. “Each actor brings (his or her) own personality (to the characters). We have a pretty diverse group of kids in the cast.”  

Many of the actresses and actors don’t reflect the classic story’s traditional typecasting.

Based on “The Wonderful World of Disney: Cinderella,” a 1997 movie starring Whitney Houston and Brandy Norwood, Stivers’ diverse show includes a black girl,  Kiama Wa-Tenza, as Cinderella and Fischer Barnett, a teen boy, as the stepmother. 

>> 50 things to do in Dayton in 2018

The diverse casting was no big deal at Stivers, said Powell, Stivers director of choirs, noting that the arts transcends.

“We are pretty easy-going here,” she said. “People auditioned and the characters just sorted themselves out.”

About 70 students from each of the  school’s magnet programs are represented in the production that includes music from a student orchestra. 

The show includes audio and visual elements and Puppets from Zoot Theatre Company.

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Beside Wa-Tenza and  Barnett,  key actors and actresses include  Trinity Hines Anthony as Fairy Godmother; David Lewis as the Prince; Isaac Bement  as  Lionel, the royal steward;  Clara Bement  as Joy, a step sister; Ana Smith as Grace, the other step sister; Logan Van Bibber as King; Erin Fultz as Queen;  Brandan Jeffries and Lamorris Render as Mice; Ryan Gibson as Charles the cat and Desmond Kingston as Dove. 

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JUST IN: New cake shop/bakery to open between Dayton Mall and Austin Landing

A new dessert option is coming this summer when the Dayton area’s first “Nothing Bundt Cake” shop opens between the Dayton Mall and Austin Landing in Miami Twp. 

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. 

>> TODAY: Brand new IHOP has everything but employees, customers and an unlocked front door. What’s the holdup?

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

>> Chicken chain opens first Southwest Ohio restaurant in Butler County

One thing led to another, and Hall this week signed a lease to open her own Nothing Bundt Cake franchise shop at 9632 Springboro Pike (Ohio 741) in the Shoppes at Exchange in Miami Twp. The 1,728-square-foot space previously housed Indian Rasoi restaurant, according to Danielle Kuehnle, commercial Realtor for Oberer Realty Services, who brokered the lease transaction on behalf of the retail center’s owner.

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Hall said the area between the Dayton Mall and Austin Landing is growing and has strong visibility. She will attend a month-long training program prior to the build-out of the new bakery, which is projected to open as early as August.

>> TODAY: Kitchen fire will close Brunch Club restaurant until weekend, owner says

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.

The brand new IHOP that didn’t open. What’s the holdup?

The parking lot is striped, the brand-new chairs are neatly stacked atop the brand-new dining tables, the occupancy permit has been obtained. The only things missing are employees, customers, an unlocked front door — and a short stack of pancakes or two. 

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The IHOP restaurant that was built last fall and this winter at 3324 Benchwood Road near the Miller Lane/York Commons development in Vandalia is all revved up and ready to go, but it still has not opened. And no one is saying exactly why. 

>> Here’s a first look at the new Asian restaurant that opens Friday at The Greene

Messages were left with a spokeswoman for IHOP corporate, the CEO of the company that is acting as area developer for IHOP in the region and with a franchise owner-operator of the Dayton-area IHOP restaurants in Beavercreek, Huber Heights and Springfield. Those messages have not been returned. 

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

A spokeswoman for Las Cruces, New Mexico-based PDG/Prestige Development Group, the development company that has overseen development 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. Last week, on April 13, the same spokeswoman said, “I don’t yet have a date” for the restaurant’s opening.

>> ‘Too much competition’ forces Miamisburg restaurant to close

Rich Hopkins, a spokesman for the city of Vandalia, said there are no hangups from the city’s perspective, and city officials have not been notified of the reasons for the delay. In fact, the restaurant received its occupancy permit from the city — usually the final or nearly final bureaucratic step necessary before a retail establishment’s opening — on Feb. 2.

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Potential customers are getting curious and a bit impatient.

>>GUIDE: 6 must-try Dayton diners

“I get inquiries on it all the time by community members and business people,” said Will Roberts, president and CEO of the Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce. An employee of the Frisch’s restaurant across the street said she is asked about the dormant-but-brand-new restaurant by many of her customers. 

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

If or when the restaurant 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. An IHOP opened Sept. 5, 2017 at 7611 Old Troy Pike in Huber Heights.  

>>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 one 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 nearly three decades ago.

Driving Dayton dog trying to help its city crush Orlando, Aruba and Reno

What’s better than a dog to do a pig’s work? 

The Dayton Convention and Visitors Bureau is hoping that a pooch they’ve dubbed “Rocky the Wonder Dog” helps win a national Instagram video contest hosted by HelmsBriscoe, a company that connects meeting and conference planners with hotels and convention bureaus. 

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Bev Rose, Dayton Convention and Visitors Bureau director of marketing, said bragging rights and exposure are up for grabs in the contest. 

“Whichever destination gets the most likes (hearts) is the winner,” she said. 

Her team tried to use Penelope, a local pig, as part of its video submission. 

The pig was as adorable as a pig in a blanket,  but she didn’t deliver the bacon when it came to acting, Rose said.  

Rocket, who is owned by Pamela Murn of the Dayton Dog Training Club, came to the rescue. 

>> 50 things to do in Dayton in 2018 

In the short video, the golden retriever demonstrates how easy it is to get in and out of Dayton International Airport. 

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He gets behind the wheel of a red convertible and hits the Museum of the United States Air Force and the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park before settling into his hotel with a Dayton Flyers pillow to hold. 

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The contest ends noon on Friday, April 20.

Dayton is squaring up against more than 20 other visitors bureau including in Orlando, Chicago, Tempe, Arizona; Reno, Nevada, and the Island of Aruba. 

NEW DETAILS: Tudor’s Biscuit World to open 2nd Dayton-area restaurant, eyes further expansion

Plans are moving ahead for construction of the Dayton area’s second Tudor’s Biscuit World restaurant more than eight years after the first opened in Xenia — and the Tudor’s franchise owner says more are on the way. 

“It looks like we will break ground around the first part of May, with an opening sometime in the June/July time frame,” Tudor’s Biscuit World franchise owner Hank Roysden told this news outlet about his second restaurant coming to 124 N. Broad St. in Fairborn. 

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The 2,500-square-foot restaurant will seat 40 to 50 diners, Roysden has said. It will employ about 20.

>> Here’s a first look at the new Asian restaurant that opens Friday at The Greene

Roysden said late last year that he plans to expand the chain’s footprint across the Miami Valley. 

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“I’d like to open several restaurants within a 30- to 35-mile radius,” Roysden said. 

>> ‘Too much competition’ forces Miamisburg restaurant to close

Tudor’s Biscuit World is based in Charleston, West Virginia, and operates about 70 restaurants in that state, along with a handful in southeast Ohio and eastern Kentucky.

The Xenia Tudor’s Biscuit World opened eight years ago. 

“The first couple years we were open, it was a struggle,” Roysden said. “We are doing much better now.”

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The restaurant owner recently sold a handful of Dayton-area H&R Block franchise tax-preparation offices in order to focus his attention on expanding Tudor’s Biscuit World in the area, and he believes the time is right.

“The food is really good,” Roysden said. “The biscuits and gravy is our most popular dish, and we serve all-beef hot dogs and one-third-pound hamburgers. The sausage and bacon we get is top quality.”

He also likes the flexibility Tudor’s affords to its franchise owners as to menu items.

“On Fridays, we serve liver and onions, and we also have fried green tomatoes — those are things other Tudor’s don’t have,” Roysden said. 

>> Fairborn to buy, demolish Broad Street motel (November 2016)

Fairborn Assistant City Manager Mike Gebhart said last month that a Tudor’s Biscuit World will help solidify the rebirth of the Broad Street area on which the city has been focusing re-development efforts. And it will provide an attractive dining option for Fairborn residents and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base employees.

“This will help us continue the energy for those development efforts,” Gebhart said. “Plus, it’s great food.”

This former NFL player is tackling Dayton community problems head-on

While most of his peers were pondering parties and first jobs, then University of Cincinnati student LaVar Glover had his eyes set on an NFL career and registering his 15-year-old brother in high school. 

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Glover, a Jefferson High School graduate raised partly in Residence Park, said it was helping his younger brother James Phillips get back on track that helped gear him towards a life of service when his 10-year career in professional football ended. 

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“I felt all those young guys were like my younger brother,” Glover, who operated The Glover Youth Program from 2009 to 2013, said. “If I can motivate him (my brother), I can motivate others.” 

>> RELATED: Pro football player Glover aims to inspire youth (June 7, 2010)

Through the nonprofit, Glover provided boys in foster care and/or a juvenile courts system with residential placement, mentoring, life skills development and therapeutic treatment services. 

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“I felt like I had always been a humble kid, that come from humble beginnings. Growing up with lack of resources and growing up poor makes you appreciate what you've got,” Glover said. “I was always comfortable in my own skin because I didn’t have much.” 

>> RELATED: Call CAP — not the cops — during these local life emergencies

During his career in football, Glover, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers before being signed by the Cincinnati Bengals and the Detroit Lions. 

Following a three-year stint in the NFL, he played seven years in the Arena and Canadian Football Leagues. 

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Dayton called him home when his football days were done. 

“I wanted to be around my family,” he said. 

He said he was nurtured in the community he grew up in, recalling Little League and going to the Wesley Community Center.

“I was familiar with the community. I had a community network,” he said. “Dayton was good to me.” 

We caught up with LaVar Glover, this week’s Daytonian of the Week. 

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What do you do, and how did you get involved in Community Action Partnership? 

I am the Director of Self-Sufficiency and I facilitate and coordinate “Getting Ahead In a Just-Gettin’-By World” workshops in Montgomery, Greene, Preble and Darke counties. 

[The workshop] is about building resources for a better life for those living in poverty or unstable situations. In Getting Ahead, we study poverty and near poverty through the lens of economic class to better understand how our society and the economy work. In groups of 12-14 people, we investigate the impact that poverty and low wages have on our community and what it takes to move from a just getting-by world. The idea of “Getting Ahead” means action and movement- getting ahead of where we are now, toward a brighter future. 

 I first learned of CAP through my wife (Ivy), who previously worked for CAP in the Marketing Department. 

 Becoming the Director of Self-Sufficiency was a great fit for me. I genuinely care about helping others, I am a coach at heart, and I grew up in poverty. 

What superpower would you love to have? 

I would love to be able to fly like Superman. 

What do you love about life in Dayton? 

Dayton is small but impactful. 

What do you wish people knew about CAP? 

I wish people knew all of our services and the many counties we serve. CAP is an organization that helps people become more stable with a variety of programs. Our newest programs are the Legal Clinic, Transportation Services, and Getting Ahead. We also have free Tax Services and Computer Classes, to name a few. 

What is the most important thing you learned from your NFL career? 

Make every day count. 

What advice do you give to student athletes hoping to make sports a career? 

Be humble. Be coach-able and work beyond your limits in the classroom and on the field. Prepare for adversity and fall in love with the process of being the best person you can be. 

What is the last book you read? 

“The Magic of Thinking Big” by David J. Schwartz. 

Where do you go for a great time? 

Great times for me are spent with my family at our golf courses and bowling alleys. 

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What would you change about Dayton? 

I would like to rehab all of the abandoned buildings (downtown) and homes throughout the community. Also, I would like to change the negative stigma Dayton sometimes carry throughout the community. I’m ready for Dayton Public Schools to be recognized as a great school district again. 

What should people know about Dayton? 

Dayton is on the move with re-developing the downtown areas. Dayton has beautiful real estate and is prime for business opportunities. Dayton has many resources for people in need. 

The owners of The Greene’s newest restaurant are quite familiar with the place. Here’s why. 

The owners of the new Pan-Asian restaurant called Ace Asian Cafe that is scheduled to open today, April 20 at The Greene Town Center are no strangers to the space: they owned and operated a restaurant at that very spot for more than two years.

>> The brand new IHOP that didn’t open. What’s the holdup?

Charles and Michelle Yang oversaw an Asian restaurant at 4394 Juniper Way from December 2014 through March 2017, a spokesman for Ace Asian Cafe told this news outlet. Subsequent owners of Choe’s Asian Gourmet were evicted by The Greene’s management for non-payment of rent and fees in late 2017, and the restaurant has been closed while undergoing remodeling by the new, but also former, owners.

 >> RELATED: New snack shop coming to The Greene, but it’s no stranger to Dayton area

Also returning to the restaurant is the original sushi chef, known as Mr. Kim. In addition to sushi, the restaurant will offer Korean barbecue dishes along with a variety of Thai and Chinese options. Patio seating, a sushi bar, and a full cocktail, wine and beer list are also available.

>> 6 of the BEST places for Chinese food in Dayton

After today’s 11:30 a.m. opening, Ace Asian Cafe will be open seven days a week for lunch, afternoons and dinner.

>> ‘Too much competition’ forces Miamisburg restaurant to close

The Greene’s ownership filed a “forcible entry” lawsuit in Greene County Common Pleas Court in November 2017 against the late-2017 owners of Choe’s Asian Gourmet over missed rent and fee payments. Greene County Common Pleas Judge Michael Buckwalter ruled in December that the most recent owners of Choe’s Asian Gourmet restaurant had violated their lease agreement with The Greene and awarded the retail center full access to the property.

>> Raising Cane’s seeks to open restaurant across from The Greene

The action was taken after the restaurant’s operators failed to respond in a timely manner to the lawsuit, according to court documents. But after missing initial deadlines to respond to the lawsuit, the most recent owners of Choe’s in recent weeks have mounted a more robust defense. An attorney for the former owners is seeking to effectively reopen portions of the lawsuit, and challenging The Greene’s assertion that the owners owe nearly $400,000.

>> RELATED: Locally owned retailers helping attract shoppers to The Greene

The former manager of Choe’s Asian Gourmet told this news outlet in early 2018 that business had been slow late last year in part because foot traffic was down in the restaurant’s section of The Greene. She said she attempted to re-negotiate the terms of her lease but instead was ordered to vacate. She said some of the restaurant’s problems stemmed from a disgruntled former employee.

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Tax day freebies and deals: When is tax day 2018, and what can I get for free?

Of all the days of the year, Tax Day is probably the one in which you could most use a break. And while taxes generally are not that fun, there is some good news amid the tax return blues. 

>> How to get a free frozen treat on Tax Day

Some nationwide chains are offering Tax Day “freebies,” deals and discounts to take the sting out of preparing those returns.

Below is an explanation of why tax day is April 17 this year, and a list of freebies and deals for the day and beyond.

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When is tax day 2018?

April 15 is Tax Day most years, but since April 15 was on Sunday and Monday is Emancipation Day in Washington D.C. so federal employees are off, Tax Day falls on Tuesday.

>> ‘Too much competition’ forces Miamisburg restaurant to close

Emancipation Day marks the day the Compensated Emancipation Act was signed by President Abraham Lincoln. The act signaled the end of slavery in the city of Washington.

Tax Day means it’s the last day to file your 2017 taxes unless you file for an extension. 

>> New Asian restaurant to open at The Greene this week

What kind of freebies and deals are available for Tax Day?

Here’s a list of freebies and deals available Tuesday. 

Note: Some of the deals below will not be offered at every location, not every franchise honors the deals. Call ahead to your local restaurant to make sure they are honoring the offer.

Applebee's: It’s “Dollarita” time at Applebee’s. Get $1 margaritas through April 30. 

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse: You can celebrate making it through Tax Day by getting a free Pizookie with a minimum purchase of $9.95 on Wednesday.

Captain D's: Get the $10.40 deal on Monday and Tuesday. The deal includes six pieces of its signature batter-dipped fish, one family side and six pups.

Chili’s: Get a $5 Cuervo Blue Margarita at participating locations on Tuesday.

Chuck E. Cheese’s: Buy a large cheese pizza Tuesday through Thursday, get one large cheese pizza free.

CicisWith a coupon get an adult buffet for $4.17 Tuesday.

Great American Cookies: Get a free Cookies & Cream Cookie Tuesday at participating locations. No purchase is necessary. 

Firehouse SubsUse this coupon for a free medium sub with purchase of a full-price medium or large sub, chips and a drink Tuesday through Thursday.

Hardee’s: Get a free sausage biscuits from 7 to 10 a.m. Tuesday at participating locations. Say “made from scratch,” when ordering.

Hooters: Through Tuesday, kids 12 and younger get a free kids meal with an adult purchase of $10 or more.

Kona Ice: It’s Kona Ice’s “Chill Out” Day. Look for the Kona truck during certain hours on Tuesday to get a free cup of tropical shaved ice. Click here to find participating locations and hours. 

Office Depot: Get up to five pounds of documents shredded free through April 28 at Office Max and Office Depot. Use this coupon.

P.F. Chang's: Get 15 percent off takeout orders Monday and Tuesday. Use the promo code TAXDAY for online orders and phone orders.

Piada Italian Street Food: Piada is offering free blackberry lemonades at all locations Tuesday.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop: The first 75,000 people to sign up for the Potbelly Perks loyalty program will get a free sandwich. If you are already a member, you can get a buy-one-get-one-free sandwich offer loaded to your account Tuesday. 

Quiznos: New and existing Toasty Points loyalty members get 10.40 percent off any purchase Tuesday. 

Schlotzsky’s: Tuesday get a free small original sandwich with the purchase of chips and a medium drink.

Sonic Drive-In: Get up to five half-price cheeseburgers Tuesday at participating locations. 

Staples: Get a pound of documents shredded for free at Staples through April 21. Use this coupon

White Castle: Through Tuesday, get 15 percent off any in-restaurant White Castle purchase.

More on taxes and Tax Day:

7 celebrities who have ran into tax trouble 

Are you a victim of tax-related ID theft? Here’s what to do.

7 tips for procrastinating taxpayers before the deadline

6 tax mistakes procrastinators make and how to avoid them

The ultimate beginner’s guide for filing your taxes 

11 ways to reduce next year’s tax bill 

JUST IN: New snack shop coming to The Greene, but it’s no stranger to Dayton area

A new snack shop that is no stranger to the Dayton area is coming to The Greene Town Center in Beavercreek, perhaps as early as this summer, a spokeswoman for The Greene said this afternoon.

>> TODAY: ‘Too much competition’ forces Miamisburg restaurant to close

Auntie Anne’s, an international pretzel-shop chain that operates a location in the Dayton Mall, has signed a lease and will move into the former Teavana space at 4450 Glengarry Drive on the development’s town square, the spokeswoman said. 

>> White Castle wedding: Kettering couple wins contest, gets married

The Dayton Mall Auntie Anne’s location opened in 2005, and plans to remain open, a manager of the store said today, April 16. 

>> PREVIOUS COVERAGE: New tenant found to replace store that closed at The Greene

Starbucks, which owns and operates the Teavana brand, is in the process of closing all 379 locations across the U.S., and shut down its store at The Greene about six weeks ago. 

>> Doordash responds after local restaurant owner slams the meal-delivery service

Auntie Anne’s was founded in Pennsylvania in 1988 and now operates more than 1,700 locations in 48 states and more than 25 countries.

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