New Dayton

Speakeasy Yoga | Tori Reynolds

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By Chip James
New Dayton shines a light on the Dayton region. We chat with small business owners and exciting people that choose to see the good in Dayton. Those that look at Dayton and see a city of opportunity. Let's hear those stories. Let's tell a story together. Let's share the story of New Dayton.
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Namesake Coffee | Michael and Jessica Beans
Never has there been a more perfect business naming scenario than is the case with Namesake Coffee Roastery, owned by Michael and Jessica Beans. It seems like a career in coffee was their fate from the start, but we quickly learned that their passion and talent as coffee roasters goes far beyond the name. Michael and Jessica welcomed us into their home roastery, where we sat in their kitchen with a fresh Chemex of their insanely good coffee and had one of the most fun conversations we’ve had. listen in on our chat, where we hear all about the origins and heart behind Namesake Coffee, how they met in Egypt of all places, their unique perspective on being a Dayton entrepreneur as Dayton transplants (their answer is so, so great I’m using it in all my interviews now), and why there is maybe no such thing as a pretentious coffee drinker. If you enjoyed the podcast, subscribe and leave a review, or share it with your friends on social media! You can connect with us and join the conversation on the website or on Instagram. 
36:04
August 22, 2019
Carrs & Co Photography House | Michael & Grace Carr
“Dayton is reclaiming its status as a hub for culture and creativity”- Michael Carr of Carrs & Co Photography House in Dayton, OH I couldn’t agree more, and there’s no doubt that Michael, his wife Grace, and their incredible team of photographers at Carrs & Co Photography House are at the forefront of Dayton’s creative, entrepreneurial culture. They are award winning photographers, visual storytellers, and Dayton-area natives that truly love and care for our town and our community. We sat down and had a chat with Michael and Grace Carr in their stunning downtown studio and got to hear about their passion for storytelling, the ups and downs of their own story to get to where they are today, how they’ve been able to use the gift of photography to give back to our community in some pretty sweet ways, and how they give out of towners a five-star Dayton experience If you’re a creative that’s stuck in the middle of working to make your art your full-time gig or you want to know why Dayton is the perfect place to share your talents, you’ll love this episode. If you enjoyed the podcast, subscribe and leave a review, or share it with your friends on social media! You can connect with us and join the conversation on the website or on Instagram. 
29:27
August 16, 2019
John Gower | Hope and Daytopia 5.0
This week on the podcast, we wanted to feature someone who brings positivity to Dayton, day in and day out. We need some positivity right now. John Gower is the Director of Urban Design for City Wide, a group focused on moving the city forward. He has spent 34 years of his professional life being a leading advocate for the growth of Downtown Dayton and the revitalization of the Dayton Arcade. This year he was inducted into the Dayton Walk of Fame. He has seen Dayton through its ups and downs and has always had hope that Dayton can rise stronger than before. We hope this podcast will infuse you with hope while you process our city’s pain and remind you of the growth and greatness of our town, now and moving forward.  If you enjoyed the podcast, subscribe and leave a review, or share it with your friends on social media! You can connect with us and join the conversation on the website or on Instagram. 
23:52
August 8, 2019
The Honorable Judge E. Gerald Parker Jr.
This past November, Judge Gerald Parker ran for and was elected to the Montgomery Common Pleas Court Bench, General Division. Montgomery County is the fifth largest county in Ohio, so it was quite a win for a man not yet forty years old, but especially impressive considering that Gerald is the first African-American male judge ever elected to the division.   Winning elections doesn’t make a man a superhero. But, having the courage to break new ground for a greater good does. Living an ethical life, a life that gives time and energy to the urban youth in the community over which you magistrate makes you a hero. Truly, Gerald Parker’s passion for finding better ways to rehabilitate and help those that are going through the toughest times in their lives is encouraging and inspiring. So excited for you to hear this interview with the Honorable E. Gerald Parker, one of your fellow Daytonians who is taking action each and every day to make our town and its people better than ever. And if you’ve ever wanted to know what the inside of a judge’s chambers looks like, we’re sharing all the behind the scenes details too. If you enjoyed the podcast, subscribe and leave a review, or share it with your friends on social media! You can connect with us and join the conversation on the website or on Instagram. 
34:29
August 1, 2019
Warped Wing | Nick Bowman
They're a household name, beer aficionado or not. Warped Wing Brewing Company is one of New Dayton's best: their incredible beer, stand-out branding, and jaw-dropping warehouse brewery that brings the full WW experience to anyone who walks in. I got to sit down with co-founder, Nick Bowman, and learn all about the origins of Warped Wing and how they became a Dayton household name so quickly, the story behind their aesthetically amazing branding and products (if you’ve seen them, you know), all about the community and camaraderie that they love about New Dayton, and a solid nod to the “expansion project” that was recently made public after our interview- a new location in Springboro! And we’re all psyched.  If you enjoyed the podcast, subscribe and leave a review, or share it with your friends on social media! You can connect with us and join the conversation on the website or on Instagram. 
33:11
July 25, 2019
Old Scratch Pizza | Eric Soller
It's no secret that Dayton is a pizza town, with pizza giants and pizza joints around every corner. But you won't find a pizza place spoken of more highly than Old Scratch Pizza. Known for its signature Neapolitan-style pizza with a modern twist, diverse drink selection, amazing sides (have you tried the whole roasted cauliflower with romesco sauce?), and picnic table seating that makes you feel right at home, Old Scratch is undoubtedly one of New Dayton's best. In this interview with owner Eric Soller, we chat about the origins of Old Scratch and the void that it filled in Dayton that made it such a quick hit, why exactly Neapolitan-style pizza is so, so good, how they give back to the community through Cones for a Cause, and all about their new location opening fall 2019 in Washington Township. This one will make your mouth water.  If you enjoyed the podcast, subscribe and leave a review, or share it with your friends on social media! You can connect with us and join the conversation on the website or on Instagram. 
31:54
July 18, 2019
Century Bar | Joe Head
Top 50 Bourbon Bar in the US. #1 Bourbon Bar in Ohio. In our very own Downtown Dayton. The Century Bar opened in 1942 and has been around to experience Dayton's decline and, more importantly, its rise,  like few other businesses in Dayton can claim. In this interview with co-owner Joe Head, we talk about what they did in 2011 that quickly took the Century from struggling to the highest in its class, all about the new location opening up next door, and, as always, about the "New Dayton" and the large part they've played in creating a city where small businesses and individuals can thrive.  If you enjoyed the podcast, subscribe and leave a review, or share it with your friends on social media! You can connect with us and join the conversation on the website or on Instagram. 
17:54
July 11, 2019
Scott Murphy | Downtown Dayton Partnership
When I ask my guests to "prove it", that Dayton is coming back and thriving again, no one can prove it quite like the Vice President of Economic Development for the Downtown Dayton Partnership, Scott Murphy. He's seen our city rise from simply managing decline, to coming back to life, full of people that are proud to be Daytonians. In this interview, we talk about what has changed in the Dayton psyche and why our city is primed for the revitalization that is already happening, what we can do on a personal and professional level to get involved in the revitalization, and why we should have a metric for "number of Dayton t-shirts".  If you enjoy the podcast, subscribe and leave a review! Connect with me on the website or on Instagram! 
26:18
July 9, 2019
Speakeasy Yoga | Tori Reynolds
In this interview with Tori Reynolds, the founder of Speakeasy Yoga, you'll hear the story behind Speakeasy and why Tori decided to open such a hip and niche yoga studio in downtown Dayton, the story behind her and her fiance, Ben's, Go with the Flow yoga classes, why I was so nervous to interview her, and a little bit of therapy mixed in, in true yogic fashion.  To connect with me, visit our website or find me on Instagram! 
42:29
July 2, 2019
Press Coffee Bar | Brett Barker
We got the chance to sit down with the pioneer of the specialty coffee scene in Dayton, Brett Barker of Press Coffee Bar, and hear the story of Press. Coffee lover or not, we know you'll find the story behind the Dayton go-to engaging and inspiring. 
34:44
June 27, 2019
The Dayton Arcade
"It's the coolest place in downtown. Always has been, and soon will be." - David Williams on The Dayton Arcade We got the chance to sit down with Cross Street Partners' David Williams and Frances Kern Mennone, two of the key members behind the revitalization of the historic and iconic Dayton Arcade. On this podcast, you'll hear the story behind the initiative to bring the 9-building complex back to life, what will be there, when it's coming, and so much more.  To stay up to date with the project and learn more, visit their website. 
23:21
June 12, 2019
Dayton Tornado Relief
The tornado that struck the Dayton area the night of Memorial Day 2019 devastated numerous homes and businesses in our city. In its wake, we have seen the resiliency of Daytonians like never before. On today's podcast, we talk with Levi Crowley, the Worship Arts Director at SouthBrook Church in Miami Township, about how him and his family got involved to help those affected by the tornado, and how we can do the same. To volunteer with Samaritan's purse, visit this page.  To donate food or to volunteer to #feeddayton, connect with Bogg.  You can donate monetarily to relief efforts through American Red Cross.  For more ways to volunteer, donate, and stay in the loop, visit this link. 
20:17
June 12, 2019
Season 1 Trailer
Welcome to the New Dayton podcast! Season 1 is all about the urban core, downtown Dayton. We’ll hear from your favorite business owners and leaders that are taking an active role in creating a “New Dayton”, where small businesses and individuals can thrive.
06:18
June 12, 2019
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