Founded by Mary Kay Ash in 1963, Mary Kay provides high-quality makeup and skincare products to the beauty-seeking masses. Transform frontispieces with one of Mary Kay's best sellers, such as the customizable Mary Kay compact ($18), or send a stern message to freeloading free radicals with the TimeWise age-fighting moisturizer ($22). Liquid lip color ($13) lends allure to the kisser in hues such as royal plum, raspberry ice, or chocoholic, and the TimeWise 3-in-1 cleanser ($18) urges skin to retain its youthful textures by hydrating, exfoliating, and applying raw steaks to bruises left by a slap from Father Time. Beach-goers and sand sleepers can likewise prepare for the before, during, and after of sun tanning with Mary Kay's sun-care collection of sunscreens, tanning lotion, and after-sun replenishing gel ($7.50–$16).
In 1939, James Clark bought Belmont Pharmacy, where he had worked as store pharmacist. His son, James Clark Jr., followed him into the business, and eventually the enthusiastic, dedicated family began opening additional branches. Today, a third-generation Clark, Tim, oversees the operation of the eight locations.
Each location mingles old-fashioned corner-store friendliness with modern health-care tools. Medical equipment, such as lift chairs and canes, ease home life, as do prescription medications that can be delivered by a friendly staff member. The Huber Heights location also has a compounding pharmacy, in which highly trained workers customize prescriptions to individual needs, combining multiple medications into a single dosage, adding kid-friendly flavors, or carving each pill into the shape of a white blood cell.
Close-combat guerilla paintball matches lob combatants into a woodland field or speedball course for fast-paced war games supervised by trained referees. In the woodsball field, soldiers slide behind some 130 bunkers, ducking under branches and leaping over fallen logs while dodging fire and infiltrating a two-story wooden fort. Referees oversee various forms of gameplay—from standard single or double elimination bouts—to more tactical scenarios such as capture the flag, medic, predator, or marines vs. aliens.
Cozy Melts intoxicates the mind with the subtle scents of candles and warmers. A line of WoodWick candles make sounds like a crackling fire, whereas 100% soy candles provide a steady burn with a limited environmental impact. For scent lovers with a DIY streak, the shop also runs candle-making classes and offers glass-painting, pottery-making, and paint-your-own pottery sessions that let their creativity shine.
The talented pigskin couriers of the Dayton Silverbacks deliver a hard-hitting mix of passing, running, and tackling to feed the fervor of local sports fans. Fielding a team that includes rushers and receivers among the Continental Indoor Football League's leaders (in yards per game), the Silverbacks look to antagonize CIFL rivals and enchant spectators without exposing them to the blizzards, hailstorms, and falcon attacks of outdoor sports. Enjoy a high-energy match with a friend, family member, or teenage football looking for career ideas, and cheer along with the crowd-pleasing Silverbabes as they applaud each exciting trip to the end zone.
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.