Esther Price Candies manager Dixie White sells a box of chocolates to Arline Gayhart of Fairfield Twp. in the new store in West Chester Twp. Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. The new store is located at 8621 N. Pavillion Drive, near the intersection of Union Center Boulevard and State Route 747. The new retail store in West Chester will occupy a 3,500-square-foot space that use to be a bank. The store will also sell fine chocolates, gifts and cards. GREG LYNCH / STAFF
Photo: Greg Lynch
Photo: Greg Lynch

BEST OF DAYTON: Give Mom the gift of Dayton

Looking for the perfect gift that screams Dayton? 

Want to share something from the Gem City for that gem in your life? 

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These are the Dayton-centric gifts you picked in’s Best of 2018 contest that will definitely make someone feel special. If you’re still looking for the perfect gift for Mom ...

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🥇WINNER: Esther Price Chocolates 

Esther Prices Candies in Dayton sells over half a million boxes of assorted chocolates every year.
Photo: Hannah Poturalski/ STAFF

That gold candy box with its red bow is none other than Esther Price Candies. 

The company was started by Esther Price, who baked and sold the scrumptious delights out of her home until 1952, when she opened her first store on Wayne Avenue. 

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The same chocolate recipe that Price used in 1926 is the one owner Jim Day still uses today. The chocolate company, a piece of Dayton history, celebrated its 90th birthday in 2016. 

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🥈SECOND PLACE: Dorothy Lane Market Killer Brownies 

A DLM Killer Brownie. FILE PHOTO

Who wouldn’t love a gift tin of those amazing Dorothy Lane Market Killer Brownies? 

The Original Killer Brownie is a combination of chocolate brownie, caramel and chopped pecans that will delight anyone. In fact, DLM says they sell thousands every week. 

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There are other yummy flavors to choose from too including German Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Salted Caramel Killer Brownies to name a few. 

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🥉THIRD PLACE: Heart Mercantile T-shirts 

Heart Mercantile on 5th St. in the Oregon District is a great one-stop-shop for gifts. PHOTO / ALEXIS LARSEN

Heart Mercantile, 438 E. Fifth St., in Dayton’s Oregon District has got the perfect Dayton-centric gift you can wear.

Their quirky T-shirts are a perfect way to broadcast love for the city. 

With slogans like “Dayton Hustle,” Dayton ‘Til I Die,” and “1913 Swim Team Champions,” the T-shirts and hoodies can be a unique way to show how much you care.

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