Shopping online is the most direct way to support Dayton's locally owned businesses. Daytonians are encouraged to purchase gift cards and merchandise online from local retailers, such as Clash Dayton and Heart Mercantile. Downtown bars and restaurants, including Arepas & Co, Pedal Wagon, Tender Mercy, and Toxic Brew Company are offering discounted gift certificate deals.
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The Partnership has also gathered a menu of activities, experiences and opportunities to spice up your Friday night. Whether you're looking for family-friendly fun or ideas for an at-home date night, they've certainly got you covered. It's the perfect time to schedule a "virtual date" with friends or family to interact together, while apart.
It couldn't be simpler to take part in Friday's festivities. Simply visit the Partnership's event page for a full list of experiences to choose from. Hosting a virtual party with friends? Tune into Vinyl Night from Skeleton Dust, Rev. Cool's dance party on WYSO Public Radio, or Music Bingo from Liftoff Entertainment. For families, we are excited to explore the Wright Cycle Shop and The Boonshoft's digital programming.
Streaming an art house film from The Neon or past live performances by The Human Race Theatre Company are great date at-home night options. We're also looking forward to checking out Edward A. Dixon Gallery's Watch & Listen Live with artist Sabrina Terence.
Complete your evening with a delicious dinner, and perhaps some take-home beers from your favorite brewery. There are dozens of downtown restaurants committed to serving the Dayton community and keeping their employees paid during this difficult time. Most restaurants are operating on special delivery and takeout operations. Find the full list here.
The first ever Virtual First Friday occurs on April 3 from 5 p.m. to midnight. The Downtown Dayton Partnership will have the full list of activities all in one place and available on their Facebook event page here.
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