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 Dayton.com Best of 2018 in the people and places categories.

Best Barista

WINNER: David Warrick, Ghostlight Coffee

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

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SECOND PLACE: Nhiraje

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THIRD PLACE: Tina Hightower

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

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

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SECOND PLACE: St. Anne's Hill Historic District

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THIRD PLACE: South Park

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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

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

SECOND PLACE: Jeff Zaret

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

SECOND PLACE: Studio 22

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THIRD PLACE: Sarah Babcock Studio

22 S. Main St., Bellbrook  WebsiteFacebook

Best Local Podcast

WINNER: The Gem City Podcast

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SECOND PLACE: Hall Around Town

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THIRD PLACE: What Had Happened Was…

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Credit: Amelia Robinson

Credit: Amelia Robinson

Best Local Rising Star

WINNER: Alexis Gomez

SECOND PLACE: Reyna Spears

THIRD PLACE: Tiffany Clark

Best Mascot

WINNER: Dayton Dragon's Heater

SECOND PLACE: UD's Rudy Flyer

THIRD PLACE: Wright State's Rowdy Raider

Credit: Michael Loccisano

Credit: Michael Loccisano

Best Nationally Known Celebrity

WINNER: Dave Chappelle

SECOND PLACE: John Legend

THIRD PLACE: Allison Janney

Best Place to Meet Singles

WINNER: The Barrel House

417 E. Third St., Dayton  WebsiteFacebook

SECOND PLACE: Dayton Sportcial

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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

Credit: DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF

Credit: 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

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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SECOND PLACE: Oakwood

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THIRD PLACE: Tipp City

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