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PHOTOS: 12 wild and wonderful sights from the Yellow Springs Street Fair

Expect the unexpected at the Yellow Springs Street Fair. The twice annual festival happening Saturday, June 9, in Yellow Springs will include shopping, live music, roving entertainment, beer and more.

High-swinging Kettering gym named Dayton’s best is moving

A high swinging local studio is moving.

Femme Fatale Fitness is transiting to a larger space in Kettering, Cassandra Guard, the fitness center’s owner, said.  

At 4623 Gateway Circle, the center will have 5,000 square feet more than it had at its former location, 4049 Marshall Road in Kettering, she said. 

>> RELATED: Femme Fatale voted best gym in Dayton. Who else won? 

“We basically ran out of room where we were kicking each other,” Guard said.

Femme Fatale was voted best gym in’s 2017 Best of Dayton people’s choice contest. 

It specializes in pole, aerial hoops, dance, burlesque, aerial silks and other similar aerobic classes. 

Students and instructors routinely perform at local events and shows. 

>> Watch Femme Fatale Fitness heat up Dayton's new library

Guard is awaiting final inspections for the building and plans to invite the public to a grand opening in the near future.

Classrooms will be larger and able to accommodate more students at the new location. 

“New customers were starting to get frustrated,” she said.  “Now we can take them.” 

>> Bloody, bodacious burlesque show to bring out the ghoulish glamour  (Oct. 21, 2016)  

The new studio is located in a former industrial building. It  has a larger student lounge, more restrooms and updated equipment. 

The ceilings are 14 feet high. The old location’s ceilings were 9 or 10 feet tall. 

“Being in the aerial arts, height is a big part of it,” she said. “We can do more tricks. We can do more choreography.”

Founded by Jacqueline Allen, Femme Fatale opened to the public on May 27, 2009. 

Guard purchased Femme Fatale in 2011. 

>> RELATED: A bigtop-inspired workout (March 26, 2015) 

Dayton skyline, bank spotlighted in trailer for new film starring Robert Redford, Danny Glover, Casey Affleck, Sissy Spacek

If the trailer is any indication, you are going to look mighty fine on film, Dayton. 

Shots filmed in Dayton — including one showing Robert Redford and Danny Glover on top of the Talbott Tower —can be seen in the newly released trailer for the “Old Man and The Gun.” 

Lisa Powell, a photographer for this news organization, took a photo of the actors on the building last year (see image below). 

>> Downtown Dayton has been taken over by Danny Glover, Robert Redford movie (May 2, 2017)

Fox Searchlight is set to release the film also starring Casey Affleck and Sissy Spacek, on Oct. 5.

The movie based on bank robber and escape artist Forrest “Woody” Tucker’s real life was filmed here last spring. 

>> The ridiculous, real-life story of the bandit Robert Redford plays in the movie filmed in downtown Dayton

Redford plays Tucker in the film directed and written by David Lowery.

The former Liberty Savings Bank sections of Liberty Tower — an art deco high-rise at 120 W. Second St. — was also used for the film. 

>> PHOTOS: Scenes from the Robert Redford movie filming in downtown Dayton

Parts of downtown Hamilton were also used.  

A gas station and the Midway Theater in Bethel (southeast of Cincinnati) were also used in the movie.

The Dayton skyline and Liberty Tower are among the scenes seen in the trailer. 

The movie was filmed in Cincinnati and parts of Dayton and Hamilton last year.

The film is based on the 2003 New Yorker article “The Old Man and the Gun” by Dan Grann.


What Had Happened Was podcast: Radio pioneer and DCDC leader on burning crosses and fighting for herself

One of Ro Nita Hawes-Saunders’ earliest memories is watching her 4-foot 11-inch tall mother rise up to set a racist teacher straight.

Growing up as the daughter of local civil rights workers, Hawes-Saunders said she saw crosses burned in her family’s front yard and was told she wasn’t welcome in her neighborhood and that the KKK was going to get her.

Despite that and the challenges she faced afterwards  — including a 10-year battle to launch her former radio station —  Hawes-Saunders says she remains an optimist. 

What Had Happened Was podcast host Amelia Robinson walked down memory lane with the local radio pioneer for a lively episode of the podcast filled with laughter and the advice Hawes-Saunders — now the CEO of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company — said helped transform her from a naive girl into a strong woman. 

>> RELATED: Fan literally gets a “Sparkle” for 100th birthday 


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EPISODE 10: Tom Archdeacon talks Miami vices, wedding rings and LeBron’s mom 

EPISODE 9: Cackle vs. Cancer — the world with Alexis Larsen and Kristen Wicker

EPISODE 8 : Dead in Dayton — a mayor trapped in a brothel, a former slave claps back, and a gypsy queen cliffhanger

EPISODE 7: Tusks, Fireball and belly shirts with the magical McKibben Brothers

EPISODE 6: Sweet sticky things with John “Turk” Logan

EPISODE 5:  Watch for 10,000 ‘leprechauns’

EPISODE 4: The Yellow Springs vagina tree’s knobby side

EPISODE 3: All funked up with Ohio Players’ Diamond Williams

EPISODE 2: Bourbon, Beards and Joe Head

EPISODE 1: The Rubi Girls explain

Oscar winner praises Pine Club as one of ‘America’s favorite neighborhood restaurants’ in Bon Appetit 

One of Dayton’s favorite restaurants got a rather big shout-out from one of its favorite daughters as part of a respected  food magazine’s favorite eateries list. 

Oscar-winning actress Allison Janney, the star of CBS’ “Mom” on WHIO-TV,  praises the Pine Club in a newly published story on Bon Appetit magazine’s website about America’s favorite neighborhood restaurants. 

>> RELATED: What you need to know about Pine Club owner David Hulme

“The ambience of The Pine Club hasn't changed a bit over the years; it’s dark and comfortable. Large red booths and a great big wraparound bar create an old-school cool vibe. When I go home to Dayton, I go directly to the Pine Club for a delicious burger and a great salad. The salad dressing has always been my favorite, and sometimes my mother ships me out with a bottle of it so I can bring a little bit of home back with me.”

Raised in Oakwood, Janney won an Academy Award early this year for her role in “I, Tonya.”

> MORE: Allison Janney: “Dayton spawns great people” 

She loves her Dayton grub. She also has given love to Flying Pizza and Ashley’s Pastry Shop’s sand tarts.  

>> These cookies from a local bakery are SO good that Allison Janney gets them specially delivered to set

For its neighborhood restaurants article, Bon Appetit asked 80 people, among them writers, actors, athletes and chefs, to share thoughts about the spots they love the most. 

A magazine spokeswoman said the article is intended to acknowledge the places that keep on keeping on year after year.

RELATED: Dayton’s Pine Club named one of nation’s best steakhouses(February 2017)

Founded in 1947 at 1926 Brown Street, the Pine Club has certainly done that. 

The Dayton classic has been praised here, there and everywhere for its 20-ounce bone-in ribeye served with onion rings.

It has made more than a few best steak restaurant lists in its time. 

>> Pine Club makes Food Network’s ‘Top 5 Steakhouses in U.S.’ list

Last year, The Pine Club was ranked as one of the best steakhouses in the United States in’s “United Steaks of America.”

The piece said:  "Serving the best steaks in town since 1947, The Pine Club... has remained virtually unchanged in its 70 years in business, and that's why we love it." 

In 2015, the Pine Club was included in an episode of the Food Network’s “Top 5 Restaurants.”

In December 2013, it made a list of “10 of the World’s Greatest Old Dining Institutions” by a writer for T Magazine, the New York Times Style Magazine, joining restaurants in Paris, London and New York City.

>> Top 10 picks for amazing steak in the Dayton area

Owners of 30-year-old Kettering restaurant vow to come back following destructive fire

The owners of a Kettering restaurant that has been open for 30 years say they will be back following a fire that caused significant damage. 

Bao Thoi and Thauh  Do “T.D.” Tran say they hope to reopen Little Saigon Restaurant, 1718 Woodman Drive in Kettering, by July 25. 

The uncle and niece say the Vietnamese restaurant has been closed since a kitchen fire damaged the stove, hood,  gas system and other equipment between Thursday, May  24 and Friday, May 25. 

>> New BBQ restaurant coming to the Mall at Fairfield Commons

Tran, who runs the business for her mother Nga Tran, said she appreciates Little Saigon’s loyal customers. 

“The customers keep coming back and coming back,” she said “We love that place.” 

Tran runs the family restaurant for her mother, Nga Tran. Her husband also works there. 

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Thoi said the restaurant is very important to him. He has been an owner seven years.   

“This is almost like home,” Thoi said. “I work from 8 a.m. to 9 at night. I eat here. The only thing we don’t do is sleep here.” 

Thoi and T.D. Tran suspect the fire started on the stove between closing on that Thursday and when Thoi arrived that Friday morning. 

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It was extinguished by the restaurant’s fire suppression system.

 “When I came, the fire was gone,” Thoi said. “There still was a little bit smoking, but the fire died.”

Thoi, the restaurant’s main chef,  said he has had to throw out thousands of dollars of supplies. 

He is disappointed the restaurant is closed, but said he was taking it as part of life. 

“We don’t want it, but it happened,” he said. “In life, sometimes it happens.”  

>> Luke Bryan concert planned for area farm dropped 

Beloved food truck to host grand opening of new restaurant, beer garden at local mall this weekend

The Dayton Mall’s newest restaurant is serving up a menu featuring Dayton beer, apple cranberry chicken wraps and a killer meat and cheese board with truffle goat cheese. 

>> EARLIER: Beer and wine garden gears up to open inside the Dayton Mall

Andrew Payne, the owner of Hunger Paynes food truck, launched the Hunger Paynes Beer and Wine Garden Tuesday in the lower level of the mall near Macy’s. 

“We are trying to elevate the mall’s food, so to speak,” Payne said. 

The new restaurant will celebrate its grand opening from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 9, he said. 

There will be corn hole and other games, giveaways collectively valued at $10,000 and live music. 

>> 3 fabulous destinations for tasting wine in Dayton

The eatery employs four and will initially be open noon until 9 weekdays and until 10 p.m. on Saturday. 

It will serve about two or three varieties of Hunger Paynes’ signature croquettes daily and have a dozen Dayton area beers on tap daily as a tribute to local breweries.

“(It is to) get people to know about all the great beer in Dayton,” Payne said.   

There will be a selection of domestic beers and about a dozen wines available, half produced locally. 

The menu will include an assortment of gourmet pretzels bites, wraps and salads and other health food options.

Payne launched his food truck in  2013. Before that, he worked in several bricks-and-mortar restaurants and country club kitchens prior to launching his mobile unit.

Payne also owns the  American Croquette Company. 

>> RELATED:  These Dayton restaurants were voted the Best of Dayton

BREAKING NEWS: Luke Bryan concert planned for area farm dropped 

The  Luke Bryan concert that had been planned for a farm in our neck of the woods is being moved. 

Shannon Boerger of  Springfork Farms in Irwin , a community near Springfield and Urbana, confirmed that the Sept. 27 stop of Bryan’s farm tour will not happen at her family’s farm after all. 

>> EARLIER REPORT:  Luke Bryan to play concert at area farm  

The website for the tour now indicates that an Ohio concert is still planned for Sept. 27, but now at a location still to be announced in the Columbus area. It says more information will be available soon.

A message has been sent to tour organizers seeking comment.

>> Live music events in and around Dayton in 2018


The tour includes five other farms as well: 

🤠 Sept 28 at Atkins Farm in Pesotum, Ill.

🤠 Sept. 29 at Ziel Farm in Boone, Iowa

🤠 Oct. 4 at Whitehurst Cattle Company in Archer, Fla. 

🤠 Oct. 5 at Misty Morning Farms in North Augusta, S.C.

🤠 Oct. 6 at Doug Yates Farms in Ringgold, Ga.

>> RELATED:  Luke Bryan’s Cincy concert tickets are on sale. Here’s how to get yours

Tickets for the tour will go on sale at 10 a.m. June 6 at

Tickets will be $51 in advance and $60 at the gate if still available. Parking will be $5 in advance and $20 day of. Once the show sells out, no tickets will be sold at the gate. Parking will begin at 2 p.m., and doors will open at 5 p.m. with the show beginning at 6 p.m.

   Bryan — a judge on “American Idol” — awards college scholarships to students from farming families attending local colleges or universities near the tour stops.  

More than 50 scholarships have been given out. 

Bryan is a two-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, a five-time host of the ACM Awards and a NSAI Artist/Songwriter of the Year. 

He was named a CMT Artist of the Year six consecutive years. 

His hits include “Country Girl;” “Do I;” “Most people are good;” Drink Beer; “Drunk on you;” “Strip it down” and “Huntin, Fishin & Lovin’.”

Dayton Mall’s Rusty Bucket restaurant to host 3-day hiring fair

The Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern in front of the Dayton Mall will host a hiring fair from Tuesday, June 5  through Thursday, June 7 at 2812 Miamisburg-Centerville Road. 

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 Available positions include line cooks, servers, bartenders and host or hostess. 

Interested candidates are invited to visit the restaurant from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. for open interviews.

 >> NEW TODAY: PHOTOS: Did we spot you having a BERRY good time at the Troy Strawberry Festival?

Headquartered in Columbus, Rusty Bucket operates 23 locations in Ohio, Michigan, Florida, Indiana, North Carolina and Colorado. All Rusty Bucket restaurant locations are open for lunch and dinner daily, as well as for weekend brunch. 

>> WHERE TO EAT THIS WEEK: Hidden in plain sight Beavercreek restaurant pumping out big flavors

Earlier this year, Rusty Bucket launched online ordering at all its restaurants, providing customers the option to place their orders and pay ahead of time online for pick-up in the restaurant. In addition, the restaurant chain also has introduced the Rusty Bucket mobile app, which allows guests to place orders directly from their smartphones.

>> NEW TODAY: Festival planned to reopen former outdoor drama Blue Jacket site

For more information, please visit or call the Dayton-area restaurant at 937.436.2426.

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