BROCK: I am one of two guitarists, lyricist and one of three back-up vocalists in the band Grand Mammoth. I tend bar at Wheat Penny. I also tend bar at Cloverdale. I write short stories, nonsense, poetry and prose. I draw, paint and read. I enjoy making health tonics, too.
LANDON: I bartend at Toxic Brew Co. as well as sing in a local band "Grand Mammoth."
What is your hidden talent?
BROCK: I can eat an entire package of cheese and not be constipated.
LANDON: I can party so cool.
What superpower would you love to have?
BROCK: I would love to read, write and speak every language.
LANDON: It may sound cliché, but I would LOVE to be able to fly. That would be so tight!
Daytonians of the Week: Brock and Landon McKibben. Photo: Submitted
What do you love about life in Dayton?
BROCK: I love how community oriented the city is. We're a small city but Dayton has so much heart and talent. It's really cool to see all of the new places popping up what seems to be daily.
LANDON: My favorite part of Dayton is the people. I have been blessed by the most beautiful group of friends I could ever ask for. The talent and love I have experienced through this city just blows my mind. #soblessed
Dayton brothers Landon and Brock McKibben bartend at Toxic Brew and Wheat Penny respectably. Photo submitted.
What do you do in Dayton to relax?
BROCK: Woodland Cemetery is my sanctuary. It never feels like I'm in a city when I'm there. It's so beautiful. Creating music is about as therapeutic as it gets (half of the time). Reading and writing always helps and of course drinking!
We are one of the biggest drinking and one of the happiest cities in the U.S. for a reason. We know how to put them down. From shots of well whiskey to classic cocktails. We have plenty of joints to enjoy yourself. We all take care of one another, especially in the service industry.
LANDON: I'm not really a relaxing dude to be honest. I love going non-stop. But if I did choose to sit and chill by myself, I'd find myself by the river. I could people watch for days.
Where do you go for a great time?
BROCK: As a joke I asked Wiley and Liz (chef owner and executive chef of Wheat Penny) if i could get half of my check direct deposited to Blind Bob's. That's my favorite bar hands down. It may as well be the only place I like to play in Dayton. Their entire staff is funny as hell, and it's always a good time. I enjoy just about every establishment down here - from Century Bar to Roost. From Hole in the Wall to Trolley. From White Lotus to the deli. So many great places to eat and drink.
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LANDON: The Oregon District is where I go to have a blast and let loose. There is always something to do from dank food, great drinks and awesome people. If you don't find me behind the bar at work, you could easily find me at Blind Bob's.
What would you change about Dayton?
BROCK: More bike lanes on the street. I know you're not supposed to ride your bike on the sidewalk but sometimes I do at night. The city fights against itself sometime. Like the beautiful art piece on the side of the wall of Toxic - (artists) Tiffany (Clark) and Etch (Christopher Weyrich) did a fantastic job, and it's ridiculous that we all had to sign a petition keep it up.
LANDON: I wish we had more parking down in the (Oregon) District. That would make people happier. But it truly isn't too big of a deal. I just hear it a lot at work.
What should people know about Dayton?
BROCK: We get a lot of people traveling in and out of the city all of the time and from being a bartender, I hear just about every single one of my guests say "I heard I was going to Dayton and was thinking 'What the hell is there to do there?' Then I got here and this is the nicest city that I've been to in a while." Sooo... know that we ARE nice.
There is crime everywhere but people that live in suburbia are still afraid to come downtown. That's ridiculous. Come check it out.
Childhood photo of Brock and Landon McKibben. Submitted
Come explore. But don't mess up down here. Especially with bartenders.
LANDON: Dayton is raw. Dayton is full of talent and people with a lot of heart and muscle. The people make it the "Gem" that it is. If you are new to the area, give people a little bit of time to get to know you. We are a small city with a big ass heart.
What do you think Dayton will look like in 10-15 years?
BROCK: Hopefully it looks like it does right now. Hopeful and growing. We should all be proud of all of us.
LANDON: Dayton is going nowhere but up in this world. Truly making a name for itself. Hopefully more industry will be here in 10-15 years but I know with all of these new developments that the DYT will be alive and well. More attractions. More food. More booze.
The Gem will be on everyone’s map as a destination to stop, shop and party in.