If you’ve ever been to Ghostlight Coffee or its brand new mobile coffee house, these are two people you outta know.
Shane Anderson and Lezley Pisone are the brains behind your morning caffeine fix, and so much more.
Anderson opened his coffee shop on Nov. 14, 2011. Just this year, the pair launched a coffee mobile truck that serves coffee, tea, iced coffee and an assortment of cookies, muffins and other baked goods from Ghostlight’s bakery.
Meet our Daytonians of the Week:
What do you do and why?
We are local entrepreneurs. Shane owns Ghostlight Coffee, and together we recently launched the #GhostTruck, Ghostlight's mobile coffeehouse. Lezley is in the process of planning a new start-up to recruit talent and create opportunities for Ohio's medical marijuana industry. The couple also owns Little City Love, an online and wholesale greeting card and home goods company.
What is your hidden talent?
Shane: I will answer for my wife... she is an amazing Mom to our 12-year-old son. We got married four years ago, and I learn a little more each day how to be a parent just by watching her.
What would you do on a perfect date in Dayton?
Shane: We love some of the local restaurants, such as Corner Kitchen, Arepas & Co., Wheat Penny and Lucky's. We also enjoy local theater productions such as The Human Race Theatre or the Muse Machine production (for a great family date!).
Why a coffee shop in South Park?
Shane: I lived in the historic district when the building on Wayne Avenue was purchased by friends in the neighborhood. They approached me about starting the shop in the building after they brought it out of disrepair. What I thought would be the South Park neighborhood coffeehouse quickly turned a great gathering place for the whole city. I am so grateful to the people of this city for their continued support of our shop.
What should people know about Dayton?
Shane: There was an old slogan for the city... something like "Dayton, a city of neighbors." When I first arrived at Wright State, I didn't pay much attention to that slogan. As a small-town boy, I kind of even thought it was hokey for a 'big city' to say that, but what I have seen over the years is that this city truly is exactly that. People know each other and care about each other. In many ways, it is very much like a small town, but with all the great amenities of a larger city.
What’s your guilty Dayton pleasure?
Lezley: I try not to mix guilt in with pleasure, but, if I must say, shopping for mid-century furniture and treasures at Jimmy's Modern in the Oregon District is a favorite pastime.
Shane: When I opened the shop on Wayne, I also lived a few blocks away. Needless to say, as a bachelor at the time, I spent quite a bit of time at South Park Tavern. Six years later, I still frequently grab lunch at the tavern as it's my personal "Cheers."
What’s one word you think people would use to describe you?
Shane: Steadfast (or is that simply the Caffeine?)
What do you think Dayton will look like in 10-15 years?
Shane: There are exciting signs all around us with the surge in development happening downtown: the Levitt Pavilion, the new library, new housing options and the prospect of new retail opportunities in areas like the Arcade and the Fireblocks District. I think that within 5-10 years there will be an exciting energy that many people complain is missing in downtown Dayton. For years, there have often been these "pie in the sky" ideas for developments around Dayton ("Ballpark Village?"), but in the past couple years some realistic projects are really taking hold, and optimism is high.