Call me old fashioned… OK, I’m old fashioned, but I still enjoy Christmas and holiday shopping the way it used to be. You know fighting the crowds, searching for an elusive parking spot, and a sale or two. Yes, I do my fair share of cyber shopping on-line, but for the most part I’m partaking in a ritual dating back generations. Heading to the mall or shopping center with my ‘gift list.’ And boy do we have a ton of options here in Dayton and Montgomery County to do just that.

First, the Dayton Mall. Anchored by Elder-Beerman, JCPenney, Macy's and Sears, the Mall also features DSW, Hollister, Express, Forever 21, Old Navy, Gap, Foot Locker and more retail favorites! 

Austin Landing. This is Dayton and Montgomery Counties newest shopping destination offering, Field & Stream, Home Goods, Jack’s Pets, Dodd Camera, Karaman Jewelers, Kohl’s, Kroger, The Booksellers, TJ Maxx and more to come.

Oregon District and downtown. Dayton offers a wide variety of eclectic shops and one-of-a-kind boutiques for every taste and price range including Feathers, Sew Dayton or Twist Cupcakery.  And don’t forget the wonderful art galleries, like the Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC), Gallery 510 Fine Art, K12 Gallery, Powers Photography, Fine Art & Custom Framing, Color of Energy with my buddy Mike Elsass and my good friend Willis ‘Bing’ Davis’ EbonNia Gallery in the Wright/Dunbar Village just across the 3rd Street Bridge from downtown.

Other great places for shopping year round, Cross Pointe Centre, Corners at the Mall, Centerville Place, Fountain Square Shopping, Northpark Center in Huber Heights, Shops of Oakwood, South Towne Centre, Town & Country Shopping Center, and of course York Commons. Man, are my feet sore.

And … our fantastic museum stores here in town like the Aullwood Nature Store, Carillon Historical Park Museum Store, Discovery Gift Shop at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, the Museum Store at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, The SunWatch Store at SunWatch Indian Village and the Dayton Art Institute Museum Store. The list goes on and on and  …..

Of course this isn’t a complete list--if it were I’d take up the entire website. But it gives you a few starting ideas!

Then for you former Daytonians you know you crave that Dayton taste. It’s like an addiction … the good kind. So, pick up those ‘Pure Dayton’ gifts like Esther Price Candies or Mike-sells Potato Chips for stocking stuffers. Or gift certificates from Marion’s Piazza, Cassano’s Pizza packs, and even a gift box from The Pine Club. Plus, all those wonderful ‘Dayton Made’ goodies which await you at the 2nd Street Public Market. My mouth is watering. Heck every year I send my LA brother Pine Club and Cassano’s goodies. Guess you can take the boy out of Dayton, but not Dayton out of the boy.

As you can see, we have what the big cities do. Plus more. Take that New York and Los Angeles!

So, from my family to yours wishing you the best Christmas ever and Happy Holidays too.

Oh and happy shopping. Now I need to get new soles on my shoes. WAIT! We have that too!!