Smales Pretzel Bakery with German-born Rudie Schaaf opening Gem City Pretzel on Warren Street in 1906, not long after he arrived in Dayton as a boy in 1895. The shop??????€????™s current location at 210 Xenia Ave. dates back to 1926, when his daughter, Emma, moved it there and renamed it.

Where to get a free pretzel on National Pretzel Day

What better way to celebrate National Pretzel Day than with a free soft pretzel? 

Two local bakeries are dishing out the sweet and salty treats for no cost on National Pretzel Day on Friday, April 26.

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Smales Pretzel Bakery, located at 210 Xenia Ave. in Dayton, announced that it would be adding cheese as a dip option for its pretzels. It will cost 50 cents for a 2 ounce container.

Smales Pretzel Bakery, at 210 Xenia Ave. in Dayton, is giving away one free pretzel per customer. There is no purchase necessary. 

Smales said they recommend calling ahead if you plan on buying more than a few pretzel on Pretzel Day. 

>> Meet Emma Smales, fifth-generation owner of Smales Pretzel Bakery in Dayton

Smales Pretzels Bakery is a fifth-generation family owned bakery. The business was founded by owner Emma Smales’ German-born great-great grandfather Rudie Schaaf in 1895, and was later refined by his daughter (for whom she is named).

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Emma Smales, the fifth generation owner of Smales Pretzel Bakery, credits her great grandmother - Emma "Pretzel Queen" Smales - with modernizing the pretzel shop. Branch & Bones Ale and Smales have collaborated on a new beer, Pretzel Queen.
Photo: Emma Smales
Ed and Julie Horan have opened Philly Preztel Factory, the first location in Ohio. KARA DRISCOLL/STAFF

Philly Pretzel Factory, located at 1063 S. Main St. in Centerville, is also giving out piping hot pretzels at no cost in Centerville for Free Pretzel Day.

Auntie Anne's pretzel shop’s buttery, delicious pretzels. SUBMITTED

While their pretzels are not free, Auntie Anne’s pretzel shop is offering a special deal for National Pretzel Day.

Buy any pretzel item and get an Original or Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel for free Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28. 

The offer will be available for anyone to access on the company’s website and will be added to Pretzel Perks app user accounts. Sign up for the rewards program at

If you want to make your office happy, here is a group deal. Get $25 off $100 online catering orders with promo code NPD25 now until 4/26 in celebration of National Pretzel Day.

Auntie Anne's is donating 100% of its sales to Dayton Children's Hospital on April 26, 2018 for National Pretzel Day. CONTRIBUTED

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