Best of Dayton 2018: People & Places winners

Where’s the best patio to visit with your dog? The best place to take a date? And which barista makes coffee just right?

These are the winners of the Best of 2018 in the people and places categories.

David Warrick of Ghostlight Coffee  has won the best barista contest in the Best of Dayton 2018 contest.  Photo: submitted

Best Barista

WINNER: David Warrick, Ghostlight Coffee 

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1201 Wayne Ave., Dayton  Website  ⁄ Facebook

SECOND PLACE: Spencer Boden, Dorothy Lane Market

2710 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood WebsiteFacebook 

THIRD PLACETyler Yoxtheimer, Starbucks

2424 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood   WebsiteFacebook 

Best Bartender

WINNER: Chad McKanna, Buffalo Wild Wings

262 E. Stroop Road, Kettering  WebsiteFacebook

SECOND PLACE: Randi Hamblin, Kingspoint Pub

4660 Wilmington Pike, Dayton  Facebook

THIRD PLACE: Ashley Brown, Sparky’s Lounge

822 Watertower Lane, West Carrollton  Facebook 

Best Dayton Drag Queen

WINNER: Amaya Sexton




THIRD PLACE: Tina Hightower

World War II era aircraft including three B-17 bombers and 5 P-51 Mustangs flew over the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. TY GREENLEES / STAFF (Ty Greenlees)

Best Dayton landmark

WINNER: National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

1100 Spaatz St., Wright-Patterson Air Force Base  WebsiteFacebook

SECOND PLACE: Dayton Art Institute

456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton  WebsiteFacebook

THIRD PLACE: Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum

118 Woodland Ave., Dayton  WebsiteFacebook 

Best Do-Gooder

WINNER: Rev. Cool Carter

SECOND PLACE: Doug Sorrell

THIRD PLACE: Allison Cox

LIke to hang out with your dog? Voters in the 2018 Best of Dayton contest say the best dog-friendly patio in town is at Dayton Beer Company.  Getty Image

Best Dog-friendly Patio

WINNER: Dayton Beer Company

41 Madison St., Dayton  WebsiteFacebook

SECOND PLACE: Fifth Street Brewpub

1600 E. Fifth St., Dayton   WebsiteFacebook

THIRD PLACE: Lily’s Bistro

329 E 5th St., Dayton  WebsiteFacebook 

Best High School Fans

WINNER: Kettering Fairmont High School

3301 Shroyer Road, Kettering  WebsiteFacebook 

SECOND PLACE: Centerville High School

500 E. Franklin St., Centerville  WebsiteFacebook 

THIRD PLACE: Beavercreek High School

2660 Dayton-Xenia Road, Beavercreek  WebsiteFacebook 

Best Historical Neighborhood

WINNER: Oregon District


SECOND PLACE: St. Anne’s Hill Historic District




The Mariot University of Dayton is the winner of best hotel in the 2018 Best of Dayton contest. (Staff Writer)

Best Hotel

WINNER: Marriott University of Dayton

1414 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton  WebsiteFacebook 

SECOND PLACE: Crowne Plaza Dayton

33 E. Fifth St., Dayton  WebsiteFacebook 

THIRD PLACE: Mills Park Hotel

321 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs  WebsiteFacebook 

Best Local Athlete

WINNER: Josh Cunningham, University of Dayton

SECOND PLACE: Abby Nugent, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy

THIRD PLACE: Taylor Ewert, Beavercreek High School

Best Local Celebrity

WINNER: Rev. Cool Carter

SECOND PLACE: Alexis Gomez

THIRD PLACE: Ashley Martin

Elizabeth Wiley in the kitchens at Meadowlark. Submitted photo

Best Local Chef

WINNER: Elizabeth Wiley of Meadowlark

5531 Far Hills Ave., Dayton  Website / Facebook 

SECOND PLACE: Art Chin of Greenfire Bistro

965 W. Main St., Tipp City  WebsiteFacebook 

THIRD PLACE: Jack Skilliter of Corner Kitchen

613 E. Fifth St., Dayton  WebsiteFacebook 

Best Local Comedian (not Dave Chappelle)

WINNER: Scotty Mays


THIRD PLACE: Jessica Graue

Best Local DJ (nightclub)

WINNER: Dayton Mobile DJ

8 N. Elm St., West Carrolton  WebsiteFacebook 

SECOND PLACE: All the Right Tunes

19 E. Central Ave., Miamisburg  WebsiteFacebook 

THIRD PLACE: Liftoff Entertainment

21 N. Beckel St., Dayton  WebsiteFacebook 

Best Local Photographer

WINNER: Chelsea Hall Photography

204 S. Ludlow St., Dayton  WebsiteFacebook 



THIRD PLACE: Sarah Babcock Studio

22 S. Main St., Bellbrook  WebsiteFacebook 

Best Local Podcast

WINNER: The Gem City Podcast


SECOND PLACE: Hall Around Town

Website  / Facebook

THIRD PLACE: What Had Happened Was…

About the podcast

Alexis Gomez (Contributed) (Amelia Robinson/Seen and Overheard)

Best Local Rising Star

WINNER: Alexis Gomez

SECOND PLACE: Reyna Spears

THIRD PLACE: Tiffany Clark

Best Mascot

WINNER: Dayton Dragon’s Heater


THIRD PLACE: Wright State’s Rowdy Raider

Dave Chappelle is the best nationally known celebrity in the 2018 contest. (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Best Nationally Known Celebrity

WINNER: Dave Chappelle


THIRD PLACE: Allison Janney

Best Place to Meet Singles

WINNER: The Barrel House

417 E. Third St., Dayton  WebsiteFacebook 

SECOND PLACE: Dayton Sportcial


THIRD PLACE: Fifth Street Brewpub

1600 E. Fifth St., Dayton  WebsiteFacebook 

Best Place to Take a Date

WINNER: The Oregon District

SECOND PLACE: The Greene Towne Center

4452 Buckeye Lane, Beavercreek  WebsiteFacebook 

THIRD PLACE: Carillon Historical Park

1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton  WebsiteFacebook 

Two people are shown climbing the tree tower at Cox Arboretum MetroPark. The park is a wonderful spot to take Instagram photos.  (DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF)

Best Spot to Take a Photo for Instagram

WINNER: Cox Arboretum

6733 Springboro Pike, Dayton  WebsiteFacebook 

SECOND PLACE: Carillon Park

1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton  WebsiteFacebook 

THIRD PLACE: Dayton Inspires Mural

Alongside Brim on East Fifth Street in Oregon District

Best View of Dayton

WINNER: Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum

118 Woodland Ave., Dayton  WebsiteFacebook 

SECOND PLACE: Dayton Art Institute

456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton  WebsiteFacebook 

THIRD PLACE: The Dayton Club

40 N. Main St., Dayton  WebsiteFacebook 

The marriage of Katie Stratton and Matt Clemmer  at the Dayton Art Institute was featured by Martha Stewart Weddings' website. The DAI was named the best wedding venue in the 2018 Best of Dayton contest.  PHOTOGRAPHY : JENNY HAAS

Best Wedding Venue

WINNER: Dayton Art Institute

456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton  WebsiteFacebook  

SECOND PLACE: Top of the Market

32 Webster St., Dayton  WebsiteFacebook 

THIRD PLACE: Canopy Creek Farm

600 Benner Road, Miamisburg  WebsiteFacebook 

Most Charming Suburb

WINNER: Yellow Springs









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