More than 40 new businesses came downtown last year, bringing new services, food and dining options and even some funk to center city Dayton.
There are new places to eat and drink, including Mudlick Tap House, Lock 27 Brewing and 416 Diner. Canal Street Arcade and Deli combines the fun of food and spirits with the joy of playing classic arcade games, like Ms. Pac-Man and Street Fighter.
Agnes & Orson, on the ground floor of the Cannery Lofts, is a destination for vintage goods and gifts. Puff Apothecary, which moved into a first-floor space in the St. Clair Lofts, gives downtown residents and visitors a place to buy natural beauty and hair products.
Taylor Communications moved hundreds of employees to an underutilized office tower at 111 W. First St. The Funk Music Hall of Fame and Exhibition Center, in the Fire Blocks District on East Third Street, officially opened for business in December.
New businesses have opened in previously vacant, abandoned and derelict buildings. New shops are occupying storefront spaces that have been dark for years.
All available first floor commercial space in the St. Clair Lofts is fully occupied and the owners are building out the last remaining retail space. The St. Clair Lofts opened in 2001, but this is the first time demand for commercial space has been great enough to build out the unfinished space, officials said.
In 2017, about 516,600 square feet of first-floor space was occupied in the downtown area, according to the Downtown Dayton Partnership. First-floor occupancy is now higher than 76 percent — up from 63 percent in 2010.
Here are all of the businesses that came downtown in 2017:
|Name||Building / Address|
|416 Diner||416 E. Fifth St.|
|Acadia Lead Management Services||130 W. Second St.|
|Addison Home Health Care||400 E. Fifth St.|
|Agnes and Orson Gifts & Goods||The Cannery|
|Awmous||104 Brown St.|
|Canal Street Arcade & Deli||308 E. First St.|
|Capitol Management Consulting||Talbott Tower|
|Catapult Staffing||444 E. Second St.|
|Club Evolution||130 N. Patterson Blvd.|
|CT Consultants, Inc.||Barclay Building|
|Dayton Offices||301 W. First St.|
|Dayton QuadracycALE (operates downtown)||26 Wyandot St.|
|Edward A. Dixon Gallery||12 S. Ludlow|
|FAR Marketing Inc.||Ludlow Place|
|Galois||444 E. Second St.|
|Glasz Bleu Oven||521 Wayne Ave.|
|Great Oak Funding||KeyBank Tower|
|Hair Rich Club||Liberty Tower|
|Hedges & Wolf||504 E. Fifth St.|
|Home Experts Realty||226 E. Sixth St.|
|Jack Lukey's Oyster Saloon & Caviar Bar||521 Wayne Ave.|
|Lennen Law||Liberty Tower|
|Liu Garden||210 N. Main|
|Lock 27 Brewing Company||Delco Lofts|
|Mudlick Taphouse||135 E. Second St.|
|NTI Show Shine & Dry Cleaners||Talbott Tower|
|Ohio Education Association||Talbott Tower|
|Pedal Wagon (operates downtown)||41 Madison St.|
|Pretty's by Brittanie||17 S. St. Clair|
|Project Warmth (Activated Spaces Pop-Up Shop)||133 E. Third St.|
|Puff Apothecary||37 S. St. Clair|
|Rebel Rebel Tattoo||452 E. Fifth St.|
|Rinse Cycle Dayton||124 E. Third St.|
|RSM (signed lease)||Canal North Building|
|Skeleton Dust Records||133 E. Third St.|
|Speakeasy Yoga (signed lease for second location)||Wheelhouse Lofts|
|STAN Engineers||300 W. Monument|
|Taylor Communications||111 W. First St.|
|The Entrepreneurs Center||444 E. Second St.|
|The Funk Music Hall of Fame and Exhibition Center (signed lease)||124 E. Third St.|
|Troll Pub Under the Bridge (signed lease)||Wheelhouse Lofts|
|USREEB Dayton||310 S. Jefferson St.|
|Wells & Co. Custom Tattoo||110 E. Third St.|
|WellSpace Dayton||116-118 N. Jefferson|
|Wright Brothers Institute / AFRL||444 E. Second St.|