After hanging up her service cap from serving eight years in the U.S. Air Force, Della Hedrington decided to pursue her love for baking by opening her own shop, a service-disabled veteran-owned small business named S&E Cakes. In her private dessert haven, Hedrington decorates moist cakes with nearly 20 icings and fillings, meeting one-on-one with brides, birthday girls, and blue monsters to tailor a dessert experience that fits each client's occasion. Whether loading pound cakes with caramel or swirling cheesecakes with pumpkin, Hedrington attends to the flavor and design of the finished product. Innovative cupcake prototypes such as margarita or lemonade stand out among standard options, not only due to their flavors but also their distinctly summery mouthfeel. Because S&E Cakes is not a walk-in bakery, Hedrington requires all customers to make appointments and place orders at least five days in advance.
More than 700 frames await clientele at Optical Fashions, a local institution whose licensed optometrists have been correcting the vision of area eyes for more than 50 years. Still headquartered in Beavercreek, the company now operates outposts throughout the Miami Valley with the same focus on long-term patient satisfaction that helped them succeed in the first place. At six convenient locations, doctors diagnose potential eyesight issues and help patients choose the most suitable lenses, which the staff processes on-site in their technology-packed optical lab. These lenses fit snugly into frames from the shops' expansive selections, which include brands ranging from Juicy Couture and Project Runway to Gant and Ernest Hemingway.
RiverScape MetroPark is one of 25 outstanding facilities operated by your Five Rivers MetroParks system. Founded in 1963 to serve the greater Dayton area, MetroParks protects over 15,000 acres of open space and provides year-round recreation, education and conservation opportunities. Today, Five Rivers oversees biking and hiking trails, campgrounds, and scenic locales for things like ice skating and cross-country skiing.
Since 1976, the instructors of TAMA Martial Arts Center have taught eight distinct disciplines—kung fu, muay thai kickboxing, and Brazilian jujitsu, to name a few. Some students work to master one discipline and others cross-train, learning a range of self-defense techniques. The classes are geared to specific age groups; kids aged 7–12 build self-esteem and motor skills in children's classes, and adults can enroll in more intensive courses and workshops on topics such as knife-defense techniques.
Like a pep rally full of mannequins, Flyer Spirit sports an everlasting display of school pride, drenched in University of Dayton red and blue. The school?s colors, insignia, and name bedeck apparel that ranges from Under Armour workout wear and hoodies by Gear to ties for alumni get-togethers and especially fancy football games. In addition to wearable UD spirit, visitors find their fill of accessories, such as pot holders and ceramic dog dishes, as well as Greek merchandise and progenitor-pleasing parent-oriented items.
Tri College Bookstore maintains an online stock of textbooks for students at Wright State University, Sinclair Community College, and the University of Dayton. Students from a variety of majors can find the appropriate books for their classes, whether they're studying environmental policy, graphic design, or the art of the keg stand. When the semester ends, Tri College also allows students to sell their books whether they sell them back to store (Tri College will even pay for shipping) or on the communal marketplace. Those that don't want to commit to the hassle of buying and selling their books can confidently rent them with Tri College's guarantee of good quality.