Since 1976, Keith and Betty Ketring have been combining their interests in woodworking and fine-art prints by preserving their clientele’s artworks and heirlooms with custom frames. Their inventory of framing materials includes a spectrum of moulding styles—from stark black to ornately carved and gilded—as well as conservation glass and a multitude of colorful mats.
In 1984, the Robinson family converted a cornfield in New Carlisle into a growing operation with three fully functioning greenhouses. Now more than 30 years later, Meadow View has established itself as Dayton's premier horticultural source with a thriving ecosystem of bedding plants, perennials, vegetables, herbs, and mums that flower in the fall.
The baristas at Dancing Goats Cafe whip up eye-opening espresso drinks using organic beans culled from local roasters. As patrons steep in the café’s artsy ambiance, staffers fuse together coffee and steamed milk to create cups of café au lait ($2–$3.35), easily customizable with more than 20 all-natural flavor options. A house-made chai ($3–$4) embellished by soy milk ($0.50) spurns espresso tampers, along with a mélange of other black and herbal teas ($1.50), including the Ancient Roots tea line, fresh from Athens, Ohio. To wake up from a nap about napping, customers can stick a straw into the café’s Steel Your Face drink, loaded with eight full shots of espresso and temporary confidence in one's ability to lift a sedan. They can then offset excessive caffeine with a vegan muffin in a flavor such as pineapple zucchini or pumpkin praline ($2.75).
Community Retail Partnership (CRP) was created in the midst of a tough economy as a way to help individuals, community organizations, and small businesses save money. The company partners with major corporations such as Office Depot, offering everyday people discounts on essential supplies and services.
Lifetime CRP memberships with Office Depot include custom invoicing and reporting for small-business convenience, as well as perks such as free next-business-day delivery of in-stock items on orders of $50 or more. Members also receive 40% off Office Depot finishing services such as binding, stapling, and sealing with family-crest-emblazoned wax. The discount card applies not only to select office supplies, but also to specific paper and printer ink, coffee, and break-room items.
Dayton Discount Furniture Warehouse's low-overhead business model of stocking truckloads of name-brand mattresses and furniture directly from manufacturers unites homes with top-quality sleeping surfaces without muss or fuss. Like mint-condition sets of Supreme Court action figures, each fully warranted item in the spacious 4,000-square-foot warehouse arrives fresh in its original packaging, proudly boasting labels from well-known furnishers such as Serta, Lane, and Simmons. Friendly mattress wranglers and chair curators tend to a menagerie of household wares, filling chambers with sturdy, comfortable furnishings and suitable surfaces for putting in eight-hour sleeping shifts.