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.
Boston's Bistro and Pub takes beer seriously—17 taps pour a rotating selection of global craft brews, and the beer list teems with more than 100 bottles. A beer garden gives its brews a place to roam outdoors, and an onsite brew school teaches beer enthusiasts the finer points of brewing while instilling etiquette and charm into rowdy porters and stouts. Owner David Boston balances this passion for beer with his family's Hungarian heritage, serving a bistro menu of traditional magyar kolbasz sausage, pork kraut, kosher soft pretzels from Rinaldo's Italian bakery, and Zwack slaw and incorporating European meats and cheeses into paninis, pizzas, and spinach salads.
David Boston and his pub trace their history back through the coal mines of West Virginia and the factories of Ohio, en route to West Dayton, where in 1927 David's ancestors set up their own business, the Ole Time Bar, on Fifth Street. Boston's Bistro and Pub is the family's latest culinary enterprise, now carrying the torch for fine, frothy brews and Magyar delicacies for more than 30 years.
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.
PPG Porter Paints' team has dedicated 90 years to sprucing up homes with its revered brand of vivid, low-odor paints, stains, and primers. Multiple lines and sheens of interior paint offer to protect walls from presidential portraits painted in mustard ($25.79+/gal.). Eco-conscious shoppers can snag gallons of Pure Performance color, designed to thwart mold and mildew without angering Mother Nature's overprotective rottweiler ($33.39+/gal.). Peruse exterior paints if looking to prevent al fresco fortifications from cracking and peeling during super-soaker season ($25.79+/gal.). Effective on most surfaces, Porter's acrylic, synthetic, and alkyd Seal Grip primers also help house-wide paint jobs to stay put ($40+/gal.). Amicable staff members roam each locale's voluminous aisles and are eager to provide product recommendations for any home, office, or abandoned grain silo.
Chaos Room's theater-sized gaming experience immerses players in video games without having to undergo painful pixilation procedures. Take a seat in the video game theater and spend two hours ($14) competing against friends or Internetnemies on one of the theater's 14 high-definition, 12' by 18' screens. Chaos Room's games selection is constantly changing to offer the latest and greatest in multimedia entertainment, with recent Wii, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3 titles including Halo 3, Rock Band 2, Madden 2010, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2011, and Wii Mario Kart. Feel the sensation known only to Brooklyn plumbers and sound barrier-shattering cerulean hedgehogs as you X+R2+joystick-swivel-to-the-left your way to gaming glory.
Beavercreek Florist has been catering to the romantic, congratulatory, sympathetic, apologetic, and seasonal-affective whims of the greater Dayton domain for 34 years. Whatever the occasion, be it birthday, business, or baby related, Beavercreek's passionate team of florists will speedily arrange the proper petals. In addition to classically vibrant floral arrangements such as the Festive Wishes ($39.95), Natural Wonders ($49.95–$59.95), and Basket of Cheer ($37.95) bouquets, Beavercreek offers balloons ($29.95–$59.95), fruity and fulfilling gift baskets ($7.95–$54.95), and a wide variety of house plants ($26.95–$75.95) that are specially bred to be better listeners than lettuce.