More than 40 new businesses came downtown last year, bringing new services, food and dining options and even some funk to center city Dayton.
There are new places to eat and drink, including Mudlick Tap House, Lock 27 Brewing and 416 Diner. Canal Street Arcade and Deli combines the fun of food and spirits with the joy of playing classic arcade games, like Ms. Pac-Man and Street Fighter.
Agnes & Orson, on the ground floor of the Cannery Lofts, is a destination for vintage goods and gifts. Puff Apothecary, which moved into a first-floor space in the St. Clair Lofts, gives downtown residents and visitors a place to buy natural beauty and hair products.
Taylor Communications moved hundreds of employees to an underutilized office tower at 111 W. First St. The Funk Music Hall of Fame and Exhibition Center, in the Fire Blocks District on East Third Street, officially opened for business in December.
New businesses have opened in previously vacant, abandoned and derelict buildings. New shops are occupying storefront spaces that have been dark for years.
All available first floor commercial space in the St. Clair Lofts is fully occupied and the owners are building out the last remaining retail space. The St. Clair Lofts opened in 2001, but this is the first time demand for commercial space has been great enough to build out the unfinished space, officials said.
In 2017, about 516,600 square feet of first-floor space was occupied in the downtown area, according to the Downtown Dayton Partnership. First-floor occupancy is now higher than 76 percent — up from 63 percent in 2010.
Here are all of the businesses that came downtown in 2017: