The experiences of downtown dining, shopping, art and entertainment available to you in the comfort of your own home.
The Downtown Dayton Partnership (DDP) will continue to offer First Friday as a primarily virtual event for the month of June, this Friday, June 5. During First Friday, sponsored by DP&L, participants can explore downtown Dayton dining, arts, culture, shopping and entertainment from their own homes, or choose to visit the downtown community which is working to responsibly reopen.
June’s First Friday is marking a celebration for many businesses, including the 5th anniversary in business for Twist Cupcakery, and the re-opening for several downtown locations that were temporarily closed due to state orders during the mandated coronavirus shutdown.
The health and safety of staff and patrons is a top priority for downtown businesses and organizations as they prepare to welcome people back into shops, restaurants, pubs, coffee shops, and our favorite spots in downtown Dayton. Physical distancing continues to remain a key in keeping our communities safe, but downtown Dayton remains OPEN* with some small businesses responsibly welcoming customers back into their physical locations under new guidelines, while others continue to creatively operate through delivery and takeout services, and online sales and events. The DDP is continually updating its OPEN* webpage to include information about businesses’ hours and operations.
Virtual First Friday again will include a “menu” of activities, experiences and opportunities that you can partake in from the comfort of your own home. We encourage our community to schedule a “virtual date” with friends or family to interact with the Virtual First Friday together, while apart.
Order a takeout or delivery meal from one of the dozens of downtown restaurants committed to serving our community and keeping employees paid during this time. Most restaurants are operating on special delivery and takeout operations. Find the full OPEN* list here.
Shop from a local retailer who might not be able to have you in their store, but has a full lineup of goods and gift cards for sale online. Find that list here.
Explore a local museum, art gallery or theater group through a virtual tour of their interactive online posts, current displays or past works. We’ve put together a downtown Dayton “Things to Do” list on our OPEN* page here.
The Downtown Dayton Partnership will have the full list of activities all in one place and available on its Facebook event page here.
You can support local by shopping at our small businesses. More than 200 listings are currently on the www.downtowndayton.org/open pages.
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