AUGUST 31ST, 2022
Last month, Glasshouse Realty Group kicked off our “Get to Know the Oregon District” series by visiting four of the bars local to the great city of Dayton, and in doing so, we discovered just a taste of what this community has to offer! This month, we chose to shift our focus to restaurants within the district. So come along and perhaps you’ll find your new go-to spot to grab a bite!
Our first stop is Jay’s Seafood Restaurant, which can be found at 225 East 6th Street. We were fortunate enough to get in contact with the owner, Amy Haverstick, who told us that Jay’s opened their doors on February 26th of 1976, and that it “was the first business to enter the Oregon District. My father Jay studied hospitality management at Michigan State, when Jay’s opened he had another restaurant in Centerville called the Yankee Tavern.”
Amy provided us with some of the history of Jay’s as well, saying that items such as the bar and the light fixtures are historical items from previous establishments. The bar, for example, was initially commissioned by James Jacob Ritty in 1882 and existed in Ritty’s Pony House Restaurant, which went through several name changes over the years before closing its doors in 1967 and being preserved by William H. Eicher of United Moving & Storage, Inc. of Dayton, and then reassembled in Jay’s. They also exist in what was formerly the Dayton Corn & Grist Mill, with the building having been constructed in the 1850’s, even having the original floors to this day.
When asked what the most popular item on the Jay’s Seafood menu was, Amy said, “Our number one seller is our Bourbon Salmon. It is a blackened salmon served over horseradish mashed potatoes and sweet potato purée, topped with our house made bourbon sauce.” She also mentioned that Jay’s tends to bring in seasonal fish, and currently they’re offering walleye and halibut. Jay’s offers a wide range of market available seafood, as well as a few items to appease those who may prefer chicken or red meat. Their menu can be found here. While a visit to Jay’s is highly recommended, you can also find them on Grubhub and Doordash!
Their current hours are as follows: closed on Monday-Tuesday, Wednesday-Thursday open from 5pm-9pm, Friday-Saturday open from 5pm-10pm, and Sunday open from 5pm-9pm.
Reservations are recommended, and you can visit this page to make your reservations, or you can call 937-222-2892 on Wednesday-Friday from 10am-9pm, Saturday from 11:30am-10pm, or Sunday from 3:15pm-9pm to make your reservations or to find our more information!
Next, we take a short walk to 400 East 5th Street where we’ll find Salar Restaurant and Lounge. Owner and Executive Chef Margot Blondet came to the US in 2005 from Peru and opened a restaurant that, “serves up a love-enhancing menu bursting with the rich flavors and passion of Peru, from a heady cocktail to a super-healthy vegetarian entree, and, of course, dessert.”
Their website lists French, Mediterranean, and Peruvian influences present in their menu. Salar offers brunch, dinner, and some delicious desserts as well as a large amount of cocktails, wines and beers to choose from! I tried their Faroe Island Salmon, which their menu describes as, “pan seared salmon filet served with roasted baby carrots, yuca cakes, and arugula tossed in a Champagne sauce.” It was fantastic and I highly recommend giving it a chance! But their menu is broad enough to have something that should appeal to anyone you may want to bring with you, from vegetarian options to lamb shanks and ribeye steaks! Their brunch menu also provides many choices to choose from, ranging from dishes like their Eggs Benedict (grilled Brioche bun with choice of grilled ham or filet mignon, poached eggs, and Hollandaise sauce, served with roasted potatoes), to Shrimp Étouffée (shrimp stewed with onion, celery, and peppers and served over creamy polenta), as well as traditional brunch drinks like mimosas and bloody marys!
It is a fantastic spot in the Oregon District that offers up a menu rich with options you won’t find many places around here!
Their kitchen opens at 4pm daily, and closes at 9pm everyday except Friday and Saturday, when it stays open until 9:30. They’re also open from 10am-2pm Saturday and Sunday for brunch!
Their website has a reservations section with a pop up to select the date and time, or you can call them at 937-203-3999 to reserve your table! For parties of 12 or more, they say to call 937-660-8999 to book a reservation. They also allow you to order delivery through Doordash as well, or you can call 937-321-4384 to order carryout!
Our final stop this month is just on the other side of the street at 329 East 5th Street, which is where you’ll find Lily’s. In 2013, Lily’s originally opened as Lily’s Bistro, but in 2020 due to Covid, they changed some of their strategies and rebranded as Lily’s Dayton. They describe their menu as including “favorites like our local, free-range fried chicken, shrimp & grits, deviled eggs, and other American Southern dishes with eclectic Polynesian and tropical flavors like bao buns, pork belly or vegetarian ramen, and bahn mi/po boy sandwiches designed to pair with our tiki-inspired craft cocktail program.”
Their dinner menu, which can be found here, is just as varied as that description suggests! I tried their fried chicken with their loaded mashed potatoes and it was great! Their pork belly ramen is next on my list to try! They also offer brunch on the weekends, with options ranging from their Fried Chicken & Waffle sandwich to Buddha Bowls. They also have a large bar menu that includes cocktails, beer, wine, non-alcoholic drinks and brunch options as well!
Lily’s is a casual spot that offers up outdoor seating as well, but they still try to limit seating due to Covid. They do take reservations, and those can be made here. For more information, you can call the restaurant at 937-723-7637. Their current hours are as follows: closed Monday and Tuesday, open 4:30pm-9pm Wednesday-Thursday, 4:30pm-10pm Friday-Saturday, and 4:30pm-9pm on Sunday. They’re open 10am-2pm Friday-Sunday for brunch as well! You can also order contactless curbside carryout or delivery within 5 miles here!
I highly recommend visiting all three of the businesses covered in this month’s post, but there are plenty of other options we didn’t cover that are absolutely worth a visit! Some of those include Roost Modern Italian, The Oregon Express Pizza Tavern, Thai 9 and more!
Check out their websites or reach out by phone to find out more, and don’t forget the Out on 5th event, as several of these businesses participate in that as well.
Just be sure to visit with an open mind and an empty stomach, and you’ll surely find a new favorite dish!
Authored by Sean Frost
JULY 29TH, 2022
The Oregon District is a tight knit community of people and businesses who’ve shown their passion for the city of Dayton time and time again. Glasshouse Realty Group wants to take the time to recognize some of the great businesses that have had a hand in making the Oregon District what it is today. Kicking off our “Get to Know the Oregon District” series, we’ve decided to take a trip to discover what the local bars have to offer, while focusing specifically on a few of the options available to you, assuming you are 21 years or older of course!
We’ll begin our journey with The Trolley Stop, located at 530 East 5th Street. Originally built in 1839, it has the significance of being “the oldest continuously operating tavern in Dayton,” going through several names in the process of its storied history before taking on its current name in the 1970s. The Trolley Stop offers a large variety of beers on tap from IPAs to sour fruited beers as well as bottled and canned options, all hailing from breweries local to Ohio (such as Jackie O’s and Rhinegeist to name a few), and all the way to Belgium. I tried the Peach Cider from Jack’s Hard Cider out of Gettysburg, PA, and I’d highly recommend it if you’re a fan of something like Angry Orchard.
If beer isn’t your thing, you might take a look at their wine list offering up your choice of Prosecco to Malbec and plenty of options in between. And still they offer cocktails, with options like the Trolley Side Car, made with Jameson, Cointreau, and their house made sour, or shots like the Pink Starburst made with Stoli vanilla vodka, watermelon Schnapps, a splash of their house made sour mix, and topped with Sprite. Whatever your preference, they seem to have an option for you! And still we haven’t gotten to their food options!
They have plenty available for either the meat lovers or vegans in your life, and they offer brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 2pm. You can find their menu here. Don’t forget to keep up with their upcoming events on their Facebook page. There, you’ll find that on August 6th at 8:30pm, Indianapolis based musician Emma Peridot will be performing live at the Trolley Stop! Definitely stop in on your next trip to the Oregon District!
Our next stop is just a short walk, on the corner of Wayne Avenue and 5th Street, and goes by the name The Dublin Pub. Officially located at 300 Wayne Avenue (the former location of both a Shell Station, and the Dover building before that which had many uses over the years), the Dublin Pub opened its doors on May 15th of 1998, and since then has become a staple in the community.
Over the years, the Dublin Pub has been visited by celebrities like George Takei of Star Trek fame and director Quentin Tarantino, and hosted performances by artists ranging from Sheryl Crow to the Violent Femmes, and according to their site, they were named one of the “Top 10 Irish Establishments in the US” by the website TomHoran.com. The plans for an add-on featuring reclaimed materials kicked off in 2013, and have added both space and atmosphere to an already beautiful establishment.
When it comes to their alcohol offerings, they have a selection of both Irish Whiskeys and Scotch that is broad enough to appeal to those familiar with Whiskey and Scotch, and those who are maybe looking to find their drink of choice. Their full offerings including a beer and wine menu can be found here. There, you’ll find options like Guinness Irish Nitro Stout, and Outerbelt’s Cranberry Ginger Berliner Weisse, as well as wine options like Whitehaven’s Sauvignon Blanc, or a Louis M. Martini Cabernet.
If you happen to be looking for some food, they have a wide range of options available to you, from their Shepherd’s Pie to their Pub Burger, there are enough options to please most everyone! Personally, I would recommend entering with a big appetite, as their Poutine Fries are delicious!
And coming up in the month of August, every Tuesday they’re hosting trivia from 7-9pm as well as $4 shots of Jameson and Tullamore Dew. Every Thursday at 8pm, you’ll find live music as well as $4 Guinness; they also host Saturday and Sunday brunch from 10am-2pm. Check out their events page here for more information! With everything they have to offer, you’re bound to have a great time!
Our third and final stop is just a little further down the road on Brown Street. Officially located at 1082 Brown Street, you’ll find Hickory Bar-B-Q. This location opened in 1962 as The Old Hickory Bar-B-Q when Joseph and Irene Kiss went into ownership with Irene’s brother Steve Kolb and his wife Sylvia. In 1989, Joseph and Irene bought out Steve and Sylvia, and then changed the name to Joe Kiss’s Hickory Bar-B-Q. You can find this and more information on their history page!
It has remained a family owned and operated business all this time. When it comes to their alcohol selection, they have a large choice of imports, microbrews and domestic beers to choose from! On tap, they always offer Bud Light and 5 taps that vary. You can also find a large selection of wines if you visit their drink menu! There you’ll find they offer their own Chardonnay and Cabernet, as well as options from Kendall Jackson and Mt. Veeder. Absolutely stop in with an empty stomach though, as their food selections from broiled steaks to their delicious barbecue chicken and ribs! Currently they aren’t offering lunch, but their dinner menu can be found here.
Stop in if you’re looking for a delicious meal, or if you just want to grab a drink and you just may find your new favorite restaurant in Dayton!
If you’re up for checking several out in one day, I’d highly recommend during the Out on 5th weekends, which are every Friday from 5-10pm, Saturday from Noon-10pm, and Sunday from Noon-10pm. Stop in and check them out, make some friends, and have a great time visiting the historic Oregon District in the great city of Dayton!
Authored by Sean Frost
DAYTON PRIDE 2022
JUNE 30H, 2022
It takes more than tolerance to hold a community together. It might be a necessary component, but tolerance itself is only a kind of concession, an acceptance of difference, an acknowledgment of difference. It’s the logic of separate by equal. As history has taught us, this logic does not make for a sustainable community. Something more is needed. Difference breathes life and vibrance into a community. It might as well be the lungs of community. So, taking pride in one’s community must mean more than acknowledging difference. It must mean taking pride in that difference. If it’s to thrive, a community must celebrate that difference in itself.
The Dayton Pride March on June 4th was just that: a celebration of difference. And, what a gay day it was. The march saw to it that the streets of downtown were painted by a palette swimming in color. It was a kind of prism, concentrating the light of humanity and revealing it to be composed of so many related and complementary rays. Flag twirlers and color guards, DJs and belly dancers, Allies and those who all too often find themselves in desperate need of not merely acceptance but advocacy, everyone (and I do mean everyone), from onlooker to marcher, took to the streets in celebration. Pride in Dayton is becoming, if it has not already arrived as such, a real force for togetherness, solidarity, and change.
The march began beside the library and ended by the courthouse downtown. It was moving to see everyone on the sidelines pour into the streets to send the parade home in solidarity. There had to have been a thousand people following that parade. Everyone then gathered by the courthouse where there was food, drink, community, and love. Real genuine love and compassion; words which too often merely signify and never really arc that gap to significance. But at Pride, those words arced with an electric energy.
There were some 80 different booths occupied by local businesses who showed up in support. A stage beside the courthouse, big enough for an arena, lifted up singers and dancers. The courthouse square glowed. It might seem an exaggeration to anyone not in attendance, but it isn’t. Everyone had donned some slice of ROYGBIV; some boldly wore the whole spectrum; some boldly wore almost nothing at all.
The march and subsequent carnival, that great pageant of difference, were hosted by The Greater Dayton LGBT Center, and a more devoted band you will not meet. Volunteers arrived at 8am sharp. They helped ferry and set up tables and chairs, raise tents, chill drinks, and prepare the stage. Everyone was stoked to help, which was important given the scale of the thing. They needed not only to set up the square but also organize the marchers, coordinate the floats and a complete troupe of color guards and belly dancers as was mentioned. It was an undertaking, and those people deserve all the praise in the world.
The center sits on top of MJ’s on Jefferson Street. They were founded in 1976. Their purpose, according to their website, is to “offer comprehensive, community-based services to the gender and sexual minorities of the Dayton and Miami Valley area.” Hosting Pride is just one of the ways they give back. They also host AA meetings for the LGBTQIA+ community, support groups in general like their “Pozitive Attidudes” meeting, movie nights, and more! Their website has a nice calendar listing all the events they host and partner with.
Perhaps a word should be said about the progress Dayton has made in fostering safe spaces for LGBTQIA+ identities. It’s been a marvel to witness the seeds of compassion and love and concern and care grow into a veritable meadow, replete with violets and tulips, with sunflowers and wildflowers, with green hope and color. It reminds me of a line from Whitman. A gay man himself, singing of himself as a kind of formless self, an empty self, opening itself to whatever form of life it might take, be it a longshoreman, an orphan, a child, a lover, a mother. In his “Song of Myself,” he becomes an unformed soul dreaming of democratic possibility. When prompted by the innocent questioning of a child who asked, “What is the grass?” Whitman replies, “I guess it must be the flag of my disposition, out of hopeful green stuff woven.”
SPRING FLING 2022
JUNE 9TH, 2022
Glasshouse Realty Group played host to Jefferson Street’s block party at Newcom Founder’s Park in Dayton’s Downtown Oregon Historic District on Saturday May 14th. If you haven’t been to the park, you need to go! It’s a quiet green shaded by old elms and oaks. A tall gazebo sits off center. Historic, but often newly renovated, houses hem the park in on all sides, sewing it into the fabric of a century’s old red-bricktopia
Block parties are a frequent occasion for the community. This party in particular saw the Oregon Historic District Society (OHDS) take the gazebo stage to present awards to the denizens of the district. This is something they do annually to recognize the homeowners. One award was the home decorating version of best dressed, an award called the Golden Hammer given out to homeowners for home beautification projects which dress-up the district while maintaining its historic integrity. The society also recognized a few individuals for maintaining and cleaning the parks.
The OHDS has been around since 1973 when twelve residents of the district (and a few prospective residents and interested parties) held the first meeting of a group called the Organization for the Burns-Jackson Area. A few weeks later the group decided to rename themselves to the Oregon Historic District Society and thus the Oregon Historic District was born. The district became an officially recognized historic district in 1974. Nowadays, the district’s primary purposes are to represent the residents to governing bodies and foster a sense of community within the district. The City of Dayton Landmarks Commission is one such governing body that gives oversight to the various modifications to the buildings in the district.
Glasshouse Realty Group also happens to call the Oregon district home. Their office lives just off Sixth Street. They saw the opportunity to partner with OHDS as a chance to return in kind the welcome they’ve received in droves from the district. So, they carted in coolers of drinks with koozies for anyone in need, dug out that corn hole set from last summer, brought out bocce ball, introduced the world to a game called spike ball, threw in their collection of frisbees, and invited everyone to come out. Attendees totaled over two hundred. Clients, family members, district dwellers, and anyone out for a sunny Saturday stroll sauntered into the green to relish in good conversation and a lively sense of community. Special invitees included, of course, a few of Dayton’s renowned food trucks: El Diablo, G Cue BBQ, and Cruisin’ Cuisine.
Glasshouse Realty Group wanted it to feel like a family reunion, and it did.
It felt like an exhale. Like, finally, hopefully, maybe we can all get back to being together and enjoying each other’s company more often. Hosting events is Glasshouse Realty Group’s bread and butter. They love gatherings, occasions, soirees of all sorts. They are brimming with excitement for the rest of the summer and more opportunities to play host and give back to a Dayton that has always been home.
Authored by Mike Fallen
Photography by Jordan Freshour
Initiating the Good Guy Initiative
APRIL 29, 2022
Here’s a line you’ve probably all heard before: good deeds often go unrecognized. In fact, you’ve probably heard that line a lot. It’s almost like it’s a prereq for the Good Guy job title. No one gets thanked for saving kittens from trees anymore. Yet these thankless jobs make the world go round. Where would we be without the boys in blue? It’s really no small tragedy that firefighters, nuns, moms, civil servants of all forms often go completely unrecognized. But, it does leave one to wonder, does it have to be that way. The Good Guy Group thinks it doesn’t.
Who’s the Good Guy Group you ask? Well, they’re a small collective of community-driven real estate agents, working under Glasshouse Realty Group. They are looking to challenge the age-old truism that good deeds must go unrecognized. They’re plan to do this will strike a balance between giving back to Dayton’s superheroes by helping them find a home while also rewarding and recognizing them for all their do-goodery. Their process works like this: they ask their clients to nominate people who, diligently without recognition, have served their community. The group then, after partnering with local Dayton area businesses, provides said good guys with some kind of reward for their good deeds. Pretty simple right? The rewards range from donations to preferred non-profits to free oil changes for life, maybe a new roof, or Christmas presents for kids who would otherwise go without. Last year their gifts totaled over $20,000 and they are looking to do more in 2022.
The members of the team themselves also all fit the good-guy bill. They are headed up by Zac Banks, local police officer by day, real estate agent by night. This little super league not only features a police officer, but also a firefighter and EMT, a nurse, and a detective. All have taken up real estate as another source of income, and, being generally great people, can’t help themselves from trying to help others. All in all, the crew members are Zac Banks (aforementioned super cop), Cassie Gutt, Julie Harris, Jose Perez, Monica Evans, Sarah Treon, Tom Sneeringer, Ellie Dials, Michael Art, and Andrew Lang.
The first Good Guy Initiative winner was a mom of five named Toby. She went above and beyond the motherly call to action in 2005 when she uprooted her family and moved them down to Haiti to run an orphanage for young girls. The orphanage was called The Hope Center for Orphan girls. The goal she had in mind when she went down there was simple. She wanted to raise the girls in a family and not an institution. She wanted to model for the kids the kind of healthy home life the kids deserved. For example, in an institutional setting, although the children are cared for and have their needs provided for, they won’t receive, as an example of what Toby had in mind, a model of a healthy marriage. They will feel a sisterly kindship with the other orphans, but Toby wanted those kids to feel like they were loved just as much as her own two kids. She tried to be a model for them of a real sense of love and togetherness. She never wanted the girls to feel like they were being taken care of out of obligation. She instead wanted them always to feel like they were included, like they were a part of the family and loved.
She instead wanted them always to feel like they were included, like they were a part of the family and loved.
Toby did this in Haiti from 2005 to 2013. In 2013, her family had to make a tough decision to leave Haiti for reasons outside of their control. She remained in contact with the girls in the interim, and in 2021, she decided to start a non-profit called Raising Hope Ministries to provide for their education. She hopes also to expand the scope of the organization to make real the educational dreams of more orphaned kids in Haiti. Making those dreams a reality includes more than paying for schooling however, she also plans to provide for their housing, food, and their basic needs while they make their way through school.
Toby was the perfect first candidate. 1) she’s a good mom (there should be a Nobel prize for that alone) 2) she wasn’t content with only mothering her own kin but was compelled by a truly superhuman compassion to be a mother for kids who, without her, may have never known what it meant to have a mom (and thereby not having a model of good motherhood themselves) and 3) she’s going to provide for the education of underprivileged girls so that they can help make Haiti a better place. And, that’s just the short list. She’s set the bar pretty high.
The Good Guy Group honored her by giving her a platform to tell her story on their Facebook page and by donating to her new nonprofit, Raising Hope Ministries. The group’s plan is to do this sort of thing once a month. They have gathered a list of candidates, just like Toby, whose stories need to be told and whose compassion might otherwise be overlooked and they are going to release little biopics on them all one by one each month. But! They are always looking for more nominees and will always lend an ear to hear you tell their story.
Authored by Mike Fallen