Housed within a building that served as a neighborhood deli and general store since 1910, The Amber Rose chooses to embrace the history and the culinary culture of an area slightly farther away: Eastern Europe. Hearty soups, roasted meats, and vegetable stews fill the menu of eclectically inspired comfort foods. In addition to Polish sausages and Lithuanian-style cabbage rolls, the menu features beef stroganoff inspired by classic Russian recipes, as well as a signature turtle soup served by the bowl, cup, or crazy straw. This selection of rib-sticking comfort foods even includes a few gluten-free items.
The Amber Rose's cottage-style space evokes the ambiance of a casual European cafe. Dark wood trim and weathered floorboards lend a cozy and inviting bit of warmth to the dining room. The restaurant's most distinctive piece is the bar, which is made entirely of imported Turkish marble. Here, bartenders pour glasses of hard-to-find European wines and beer.
Evans Bakery has sweets for every season. Its pies, whose flavors range from pumpkin to peanut butter, are perfect for fall feasts. For winter, nosh on a plate of the bakery's cookies, available in regular rounds or seasonal shapes, such as snowflakes and bells. For spring's first picnic, take a fresh loaf of Evans Bakery's bread to the park. The bakers also whip up custom cakes, such as this summery one, shaped like a pair of flip-flops. And year-round, the bakery serves the Best Glazed Donut in the Miami Valley, an honor bestowed upon the bakery by the Dayton Municipal Court in 2013.
Named after a Sanskrit word meaning beauty, abundance, and sanctity, Sri Yoga Center helps students achieve physical health and inner peace inside the calming, 9,000-square-foot haven. Seasoned instructors draw from the Para, Sivananda, and Himalayan yoga traditions as they weave traditional poses and breathing exercises into sequences that cultivate enough strength and focus to beat yourself at chess.
Minds and chakras open during Heart-Centered Flow classes, in which students explore themes such as gratitude and compassion through movement and self-reflection. Ninety-degree temperatures draw out toxins during hot-yoga sessions, deepening stretches and boosting circulation as bodies balance and bend within the balmy airs. To foster wellness of mind, body, spirit, and shadow, visitors may also book massages, reiki relaxation therapy, and Ayurvedic healing sessions.
Driven by a mission to provide women from all walks of life a fun and challenging alternative to conventional fitness routines, instructors at Pole Vixens Xtreme lead seven pole fitness classes within a studio outfitted with professionally installed poles. They also host pole-centric parties for gals looking for a unique way to spend a night out on the town, as well as workshops and private lessons.
Photographer Christina Brown manages to cast everything in a flattering light. With a degree from The Ohio Institute of Photography informing her techniques, she snaps subjects against natural backdrops that lend each shot its distinct personality. An expecting mother stands against a field of growing ferns; a graduating senior launches into the air with a smile; a newborn rests soundly in his parents’ hands. In black and white or in highly saturated color, Christina’s images are precisely composed without feeling forced, an aesthetic that carries across her regular in-studio or on-location shoots, as well as wedding sessions that capture the big day better than embedding a hidden camera inside the cake.
Though unheard of by many Americans, in Colombia, arepas are an everyday treat. Arepas & Co brings these savory, slightly sweet cornmeal patties to the American masses via the restaurant's diverse and authentic menu. Step up to the Colombian-flag-colored front counter and choose your arepa's fillings from a selection of marinated, slow-roasted meats, cheese, or black beans and plantains, along with four house-made sauces, such as creamy garlic mayo. Another specialty is the Colombian street-food staple known as mazorca, sweet roasted corn the chefs top with meat, cheese, crushed potato chips, and a choice of sauces. Crisp corn empanadas enfold stuffings neatly, and Colombian platters highlight the gourmet flavors without the corn, unlike Iron Chef's laugh track.