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Alexis Larsen

Alexis Larsen has worked for the Dayton Daily News since 1998. She graduated from Wright State University and lives in downtown Dayton, within walking distance of her favorite arts and entertainment venues.The Lounge Lizards blog Arts and Entertainment blog

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Thrills and chills await when The Beach Waterpark opens this weekend
 MASON — There’s only one waterpark in southwestern Ohio with 2,600 tons of white sand and more than 150 palm trees — and its name says it all. The Beach waterpark’s 2018 season starts this weekend and is sure to offer plenty of splashy thrills and relaxing trips along the lazy river. “The atmosphere that the...

Posted: an hour ago

MASON — There’s only one waterpark in southwestern Ohio with 2,600 tons of white sand and more than 150 palm trees — and its name says it all. The Beach waterpark’s 2018 season starts this weekend and is sure to offer plenty of splashy thrills and relaxing trips along the lazy river. “The atmosphere that the...
RiverScape offers a lunch option that sounds pretty great this summer
 Now through the end of September, RiverScape MetroPark is offering a break from humdrum lunches with their Music @ Lunch program featuring live acoustic music and the option to buy from the new RiverScape Café, a local food truck or a pleasant spot to enjoy whatever you packed at home. “RiverScape MetroPark serves as a vibrant...

Posted: 3 days ago

Now through the end of September, RiverScape MetroPark is offering a break from humdrum lunches with their Music @ Lunch program featuring live acoustic music and the option to buy from the new RiverScape Café, a local food truck or a pleasant spot to enjoy whatever you packed at home. “RiverScape MetroPark serves as a vibrant...
Kings Island begins daily operations for the 2018 summer season
 There are plenty of signs that summer is on the way, but one of the most thrilling is the date that Kings Island begins daily operations. That day has come. Today, May 11, the popular amusement park that draws thousands of guests each day will be open seven days a week. Kings Island’s new hours will be 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Fridays...

Posted: 12 days ago

There are plenty of signs that summer is on the way, but one of the most thrilling is the date that Kings Island begins daily operations. That day has come. Today, May 11, the popular amusement park that draws thousands of guests each day will be open seven days a week. Kings Island’s new hours will be 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Fridays...
Last-minute Mother’s Day finds — expected and unexpected — at Centerville shop
 Centerville’s Morning Sun Florist is one of the areas best-kept secrets. It was established in 1989 by owner Darla Hiser. After 12 years in Tipp City, the store had outgrown its location and moved to 11 S. Main Street, Centerville. This inspirational green space is the perfect spot to consider visiting to shop for gifts this Mother&rsquo...

Posted: 13 days ago

Centerville’s Morning Sun Florist is one of the areas best-kept secrets. It was established in 1989 by owner Darla Hiser. After 12 years in Tipp City, the store had outgrown its location and moved to 11 S. Main Street, Centerville. This inspirational green space is the perfect spot to consider visiting to shop for gifts this Mother&rsquo...
Take your cooking to the next level with lessons from some of the BEST chefs in Dayton 
 Did you know that you can learn to cook with one of Dayton’s favorite local grocery chains ? Dorothy Lane Market’s Culinary Center began in the Oakwood location in the late ’80s, it has continued to grow in popularity and size. It was moved to a stand-alone spot in the Washington Square DLM in the mid-1990s and has created...

Posted: 24 days ago

Did you know that you can learn to cook with one of Dayton’s favorite local grocery chains ? Dorothy Lane Market’s Culinary Center began in the Oakwood location in the late ’80s, it has continued to grow in popularity and size. It was moved to a stand-alone spot in the Washington Square DLM in the mid-1990s and has created...
This burger joint truly lives up to its name
 People love a good burger. It’s the cornerstone in the foundation of most popular fast food chain menus. Some burgers are so beloved they have almost a cult following. The South has Whataburger, the West Coast has In-N-Out, the Midwest has White Castle. But there are a few locally owned places that deserve the kind of devotion as these...

2:11 PM Friday, Apr. 20, 2018

People love a good burger. It’s the cornerstone in the foundation of most popular fast food chain menus. Some burgers are so beloved they have almost a cult following. The South has Whataburger, the West Coast has In-N-Out, the Midwest has White Castle. But there are a few locally owned places that deserve the kind of devotion as these...
Why this tavern just north of Dayton is a throwback favorite
 When The Barnsider closed after a 41-year run in 2016, I was verklempt. It was a destination that was an old-school part of the restaurant history of Dayton. It was a supper club that served up succulent prime rib, chilled shrimp cocktail with a sauce that came out kicking like karate and martinis that were as stiff as they come. It was a...

10:00 AM Monday, Apr. 16, 2018

When The Barnsider closed after a 41-year run in 2016, I was verklempt. It was a destination that was an old-school part of the restaurant history of Dayton. It was a supper club that served up succulent prime rib, chilled shrimp cocktail with a sauce that came out kicking like karate and martinis that were as stiff as they come. It was a...
KINGS ISLAND: What to know and what to check out this season
 The story of Kings Island can maybe best be told by the sheer number of guests the park plays host to each year. Last year a whopping 25 million rides and attractions were enjoyed by park guests. Five attractions gave more than one million rides: Banshee (1,636,279), Diamondback (1,557,021), Mystic Timbers (1,312,990), The Racer (1,254,127)...

10:00 AM Thursday, Apr. 12, 2018

The story of Kings Island can maybe best be told by the sheer number of guests the park plays host to each year. Last year a whopping 25 million rides and attractions were enjoyed by park guests. Five attractions gave more than one million rides: Banshee (1,636,279), Diamondback (1,557,021), Mystic Timbers (1,312,990), The Racer (1,254,127)...
Where you will discover some of the best (and most unexpected) Mexican food in town
 Chiapas is a southern Mexican state bordering Guatemala. It’s also one of the the best Mexican restaurants in Dayton. Since opening in Centerville at the end of 2015 in a space that was formerly home to the House of Kabab, it’s a modest restaurant with fewer than 50 seats inside split between three booths and a few tables. Be...

10:00 AM Thursday, Apr. 12, 2018

Chiapas is a southern Mexican state bordering Guatemala. It’s also one of the the best Mexican restaurants in Dayton. Since opening in Centerville at the end of 2015 in a space that was formerly home to the House of Kabab, it’s a modest restaurant with fewer than 50 seats inside split between three booths and a few tables. Be...