New Dayton

The Dayton Arcade

An episode of New Dayton

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.
More places to listen

More places to listen

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. 
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. 
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! 
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! 
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. 
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. 
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. 
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.
June 12, 2019
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