SNEAK PEEK: Take a look inside the newest coffee shop in Dayton before it opens

A pivotal piece of the swiftly emerging Wayne Avenue Corridor is coming together nicely, and a second will fall in place over the following months in the shadow of downtown Dayton.

And both are coffee shops.

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The owners of Wholly Grounds at 825 Wayne Ave. are refining the shop’s opening food and coffee menu, waiting on some city permits that are necessary to complete construction, and preparing to start the hiring process, co-founder Amy Williams said this week.

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Williams said she is shooting for an October opening for Wholly Grounds, which will offer baked goods such as coffee cakes and muffins when it opens, and will add lunch menu items such as soups and wraps shortly thereafter. A sound system has been installed, and live jazz music are also part of the  plans for Wholly Grounds, Williams and co-founder (and husband) Robert Boyd have said. 

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Wholly Grounds at 825 Wayne Ave. MARK FISHER/STAFF

And just down the street at 438 Wayne Ave., Reza’s Roast, a Fairborn coffee roastery which specializes in wholesale sales of coffees and beans, is in the construction phase to open its first retail coffee shop, “Reza’s Downtown.” Founder Audria Maki said she is projecting a potential December opening, depending on progress of the build-out.

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Both of the planned coffee shops are in between two existing Wayne Avenue coffee shops: Ghostlight Coffee at 1201 Wayne Ave. and Press Coffee Bar at Wayne Avenue and East Fifth Street. Completion of the two new businesses will create a coffee shop corridor of sorts, with four destinations within a six-tenths-of-a-mile stretch.

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 Reza Roast’s Maki told this news outlet earlier this year that she is confident each shop, including hers, can find and keep its niche. 

“Wayne Avenue is right in the heart of Dayton’s growing food scene and centrally located geographically, so this is perfect for what we were looking for,” Maki said of her future coffee shop’s location. “We are the fourth coffee shop opening (on Wayne Avenue) … but each is so different in terms of vibe, menu and customer base that it is not really a concern.”

Wholly Grounds is gearing up to open in this space at 825 Wayne Ave. MARK FISHER/STAFF

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Maki said progress on Reza’s  Roast is being documented on Instagram @RezasDowntown, and its coffee is now available for purchase at all three Dorothy Lane Market locations.

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The Wholly Grounds space previously housed Lindy & Company Gourmet Pet Treats, which moved its operations to South Patterson Boulevard about two years ago. And it is next door to Dayton’s newest brewery, Branch & Bone Artisan Ales.

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