BEST OF DAYTON WINNERS: Shopping and Services

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

Where should you take your car for service, find that unique local gift or a talented tattoo artist?

We asked you to let us know the best of the best and you voted. Here are the winners of Best of Dayton 2019-20 in the shopping and services categories.

BEST AUTO DEALER

The Gibson Family with Jay Schmitt picking up their new car at the Jeff Schmitt Auto Group in Fairborn Friday. The Car was a gift from Ellen DeGeneres and Chevrolet. Photo Marshall Gorby
The Gibson Family with Jay Schmitt picking up their new car at the Jeff Schmitt Auto Group in Fairborn Friday. The Car was a gift from Ellen DeGeneres and Chevrolet. Photo Marshall Gorby

🥇WINNER: Jeff Schmitt Auto Group 

Multiple Dayton-area locationsWebsiteFacebook 

SECOND PLACE: Voss Auto Network 

Multiple Dayton-area locationsWebsiteFacebook

THIRD PLACE: White Allen 

Multiple Dayton-area locationsWebsiteFacebook

BEST AUTO REPAIR

🥇WINNER: Grismer Tire & Auto Service

Multiple Dayton-area locationsWebsiteFacebook 

SECOND PLACE: Jeff Schmitt Body Shop

Multiple Dayton-area locationsWebsiteFacebook

THIRD PLACE: Kettering-Oakwood Automotive

1018 Shroyer Rd., Dayton | 937-299-2468 | WebsiteFacebook 

BEST BANK OR CREDIT UNION

Wright-Patt Credit Union headquarters at 3660 Pentagon Boulevard. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Wright-Patt Credit Union headquarters at 3660 Pentagon Boulevard. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

🥇WINNER: Wright-Patt Credit Union

Multiple Dayton-area locationsWebsiteFacebook

SECOND PLACE: Day Air Credit Union

Multiple Dayton-area locationsWebsiteFacebook 

THIRD PLACE: River Valley Credit Union 

Multiple Dayton-area locationsWebsiteFacebook 

BEST BARBERSHOP

🥇WINNER: JC's Barbershop

1282 Wapakoneta Ave., Sidney | 937-489-8067 | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: Centerville Barber — A Little Off The Top 

162 W. Franklin St., Centerville | 937-260-5103 | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: Vandalia Barber Shop 

124 E. National Rd. #2102, Vandalia | 937-898-6421 | WebsiteFacebook 

BEST BOOKSTORE

🥇WINNER: Barnes & Noble

2619 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd., Dayton | 937-433-0750

The Shoppes of, 2720 Towne Dr. # 200, Beavercreek | 937-429-1660

WebsiteFacebook

SECOND PLACE: Books & Co.

4453 Walnut Street, Beavercreek | 937-429-2169 | Website

THIRD PLACE: Half Price Books 

3310 Pentagon Blvd., Beavercreek | 937-431-1820 | WebsiteFacebook

BEST BOUTIQUE

Mother's Day gift finds at Heart Mercantile in Dayton's Oregon District. CONTRIBUTED
Mother's Day gift finds at Heart Mercantile in Dayton's Oregon District. CONTRIBUTED

🥇WINNER: Heart Mercantile 

438 E. Fifth St., Dayton | 937-250-6020 | WebsiteFacebook

SECOND PLACE: Clash Dayton

521 E. Fifth St., Dayton | 937-259-8986 | WebsiteFacebook

THIRD PLACE: Fox Gallery

18 N. Main St., Germantown | 937-855-0456 | WebsiteFacebook 

BEST BRIDAL SHOP

David's Bridal sells affordable wedding dresses.
David's Bridal sells affordable wedding dresses.

🥇WINNER: David's Bridal 

7-15 Prestige Plaza Dr., Miamisburg | 937-434-8501 | WebsiteFacebook

SECOND PLACE: Lillian's Bridal 

5763 Far Hills Ave., Dayton | 937-433-4494  | WebsiteFacebook 

THIRD PLACE: Modern on Market

12 S. Market St., Troy | 937-552-7288 | WebsiteFacebook 

BEST CONSIGNMENT/RESALE STORE

🥇WINNER: Valley Thrift 

1717 Woodman Drive, Kettering | (513) 657-4887 | Website | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: Home 2 Home

THIRD PLACE: Clothes That Work

If you want to eat healthier, the 2nd Street Market is a good place to find fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as some meat and dairy products. CONTRIBUTED
If you want to eat healthier, the 2nd Street Market is a good place to find fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as some meat and dairy products. CONTRIBUTED

BEST FARMERS MARKET

🥇WINNER: 2nd Street Market 

600 E. Second St., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook

SECOND PLACE: Yellow Springs Farmers' Market 

228 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs | Facebook

THIRD PLACE: Yankee Street Market

8487 Yankee St., Dayton

BEST FLORIST

The staff at Oberer's Flowers, 1448 Troy St., Dayton, stay busy on Friday, Feb. 12, preparing and delivering Valentine's Day arrangements. The company is fulfilling about 1,000 orders a day leading up to the romantic day on Sunday, according to general manager Craig Casey. Casey said when all's done the Dayton location will have turned out some 7,500 arrangements for the holiday.
The staff at Oberer's Flowers, 1448 Troy St., Dayton, stay busy on Friday, Feb. 12, preparing and delivering Valentine's Day arrangements. The company is fulfilling about 1,000 orders a day leading up to the romantic day on Sunday, according to general manager Craig Casey. Casey said when all's done the Dayton location will have turned out some 7,500 arrangements for the holiday.

Credit: Chris Stewart

Credit: Chris Stewart

🥇WINNER: Oberer's Flowers

1448 Troy St., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook 

SECOND PLACE: Furst The Florist 

1306 Troy St., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook

THIRD PLACE: The Flowerman 

70A Westpark Road, Dayton | WebsiteFacebook 

BEST GARDEN CENTER

Spring is still three weeks away but at the Knollwood Garden Center production green house in Beavercreek Township, flowering plants are already in bloom. Some plants, like pansies and geraniums were planted in the first week of Dec. of last year to be ready for the first signs of a Spring thaw. Pictured is a Lobularia hybrid called "Snow Princess."
Spring is still three weeks away but at the Knollwood Garden Center production green house in Beavercreek Township, flowering plants are already in bloom. Some plants, like pansies and geraniums were planted in the first week of Dec. of last year to be ready for the first signs of a Spring thaw. Pictured is a Lobularia hybrid called "Snow Princess."

Credit: Lisa Powell

Credit: Lisa Powell

🥇WINNER: Knollwood Garden Center 

3766 Dayton Xenia Road, Beavercreek | Website

SECOND PLACE: Meadow View Growers 

755 N. Dayton-Lakeview Road SR235, New Carlisle | Website

THIRD PLACE: Stockslagers Greenhouse and Garden Center 

14037 Dayton Eaton Pike, New Lebanon | Website

BEST HAIR SALON

🥇WINNER: Square One Salon & Spa 

Multiple Dayton-area locations | WebsiteFacebook

SECOND PLACE: The Red Salon 

5847 Far Hills Ave., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook 

THIRD PLACE: Queen Bee Salon and Spa 

82 B Seaman Drive, Jamestown | Website 

BEST HARDWARE STORE

🥇WINNER: Ace Hardware

Multiple Dayton-area locationsWebsite

SECOND PLACE: Greive Hardware

1219 E. Stroop Road, Kettering | 3089 Far Hills Ave., Kettering | Website

THIRD PLACE: Barney’s True Value

3375 Dayton Xenia Road, Beavercreek | Website

BEST JEWELRY STORE

🥇WINNER: James Free Jewelers 

3100 Far Hills Ave., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook

SECOND PLACE: Ohio Silver Co.

245 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs | Facebook 

THIRD PLACE: Elizabeth Diamond Company 

7245 Far Hills Ave., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook

BEST LOCAL DJ (WEDDINGS/EVENTS)

🥇WINNER: No Limit Premier

SECOND PLACE: Darren Sawmiller "Now Everybody Dance" Entertainment

THIRD PLACE: Dayton Mobile DJ

BEST LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER

WINNER: From Above Aerial

SECOND PLACE: Misty Carr Photography

THIRD PLACE: Penny Collins Photography

BEST NAIL SALON

WINNER: Lounge Nail Spa

SECOND PLACE: Platinum Nails

THIRD PLACE: The Salon on Rahn & Day Spa

BEST PET GROOMING

🥇WINNER: Oregon Tails 

502 Wayne Ave., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook

SECOND PLACE: Urban Dog Day Spa 

40 N. Main St. Suite 101, Miamisburg | WebsiteFacebook 

THIRD PLACE: GroomingDales Pet Salon & Day Spa 

3821 Dayton Xenia Road, Beavercreek | Website

BEST PET PRODUCTS STORE

WINNER: PetSmart

SECOND PLACE: Pet Supplies Plus

THIRD PLACE: Pet Valu

BEST PLACE FOR UNIQUE GIFTS

Six months after a 24-year-old Bellbrook man killed nine people in the Oregon District during the worst mass shooting in Ohio history, literal signs of strength, appreciation, resilience and the determination to “do something” about gun violence can be found throughout the historic neighborhood. Heart Mercantile displays a "Thank you Dayton Police" sign.  AMELIA ROBINSON/STAFF
Six months after a 24-year-old Bellbrook man killed nine people in the Oregon District during the worst mass shooting in Ohio history, literal signs of strength, appreciation, resilience and the determination to “do something” about gun violence can be found throughout the historic neighborhood. Heart Mercantile displays a "Thank you Dayton Police" sign. AMELIA ROBINSON/STAFF

Credit: Amelia Robinson

Credit: Amelia Robinson

WINNER: Heart Mercantile

SECOND PLACE: 2nd Street Market

THIRD PLACE: This Old Couch

HONORABLE MENTION: The Little Exchange

BEST PLACE TO BUY DAYTON GIFTS

More than 5,000 pounds of candy are produced each day during the 30-week production season at Esther Price Fine Chocolates. LISA POWELL / STAFF
More than 5,000 pounds of candy are produced each day during the 30-week production season at Esther Price Fine Chocolates. LISA POWELL / STAFF

WINNER: Esther Price chocolates

SECOND PLACE: Heart Mercantile

THIRD PLACE: Carillon Historical Park gift shop

BEST SPA

WINNER: Square One Salon & Spa

SECOND PLACE: Woodhouse Day Spa

THIRD PLACE: 252 West Salon & MedSpa

BEST TATTOO SHOP

Rebel Rebel Tattoo, which recently opened in the former location of Glenn Scott Tattoo in Dayton's Oregon District, held its grand opening party on Friday, March 3, 2017. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM
Rebel Rebel Tattoo, which recently opened in the former location of Glenn Scott Tattoo in Dayton's Oregon District, held its grand opening party on Friday, March 3, 2017. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

WINNER: Rebel Rebel Tattoo

SECOND PLACE: Monkey Bones Tattoo

THIRD PLACE: White Anvil Tattoo

BEST THRIFT STORE

WINNER: Valley Thrift

SECOND PLACE: Oregon District Goodwill

THIRD PLACE: TheZe Dealz

BEST TOY STORE

Yellow Springs Toy Company offers toys, games, puzzles, figures, books, stuffed animals, pretend play sets and more. Source: Facebook
Yellow Springs Toy Company offers toys, games, puzzles, figures, books, stuffed animals, pretend play sets and more. Source: Facebook

🥇WINNER: Yellow Springs Toy Company 

252 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: Learning Express 

101 E. Alex-Bell Road, Centerville | WebsiteFacebook

THIRD PLACE: Blue Turtle Toys 

2314 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood | WebsiteFacebook

BEST VET

WINNER: Bigger Road Veterinary Clinic

SECOND PLACE: Suburban Veterinary Clinic

THIRD PLACE: MedVet Dayton

BEST WEDDING VENUE

The Dayton Art Institute has earned "The Knot Best of Weddings" award for being one of the highest and most-rated wedding professionals in the country.
The Dayton Art Institute has earned "The Knot Best of Weddings" award for being one of the highest and most-rated wedding professionals in the country.

🥇WINNER: Dayton Art Institute 

456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton | WebsiteFacebook

SECOND PLACE: The Steam Plant 

617 E. Third St., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook

THIRD PLACE: The Grande Hall

120 W. 2nd St., Dayton | WebsiteFacebook

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