If you would like to share your artwork with the community of Dayton, and support a vibrant downtown, we need you! Call 971-241-2076 for information.
Hearts of Dayton 2016 Campaign
Visit our downtown businesses from January 15 to February 14th and show your love for our community! Purchase a heart for $1 – $500 or more, and your donation will support Dayton Friday Nights, the annual summer celebration downtown on Friday Nights.
We will cap off this month long campaign with a very special downtown Chocolate Crawl on February 13th, 11am – 3:00 pm.
Dayton Chocolate Crawl
We will cap off the month long Hearts of Dayton campaign with a very special Chocolate Crawl on Saturday, February 13th from 11am – 3:00 pm. “Passports” can be purchased for $10 at participating businesses. Use these on the 13th to experience chocolate bliss with your Valentine. Your passport will get stamped at each business you visit, where you’ll get to indulge in different chocolate treats. When your passport is full, you’ll leave your passport at the last spot you visit, where it will be entered into a grand prize drawing. Again, proceeds may be tax deductible and will support Dayton Friday Nights. Spend $25 for a heart during the Hearts of Dayton campaign and receive a free passport!
Read all about historic rehabilitation awards, a downtown outdoor art gallery, infrastructure improvements and more! November 2015 Newsletter
November 27-29, 2015
Make a trip out to the Dayton area during Thanksgiving Weekend, an Oregon wine country tradition when more than 150 Willamette Valley winemakers throw open their doors to visitors and pour special vintages, conduct exclusive tastings and lead behind-the-scenes tours. It’s a great time to visit some of the smaller boutique wineries that are rarely open to the public, and to enjoy live music and specialty food pairings during tastings. Dayton is situated less than 5 miles away from 47 of the wineries and vineyards in the Dundee Hills AVA of the Yamhill Valley, including Seufert Winery in downtown Dayton, and Sokol-Blosser, Domaine Serene, Archery Summit, and Domaine Drouhin Oregon. The Willamette Valley Winery Association offers a listing of participating wineries.
The Block House Cafe received an Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award for “Best Adaptive Reuse” from Oregon Main Street on Oct. 7 during the Oregon Main Street Conference in The Dalles. This award is granted to the best adaptive reuse of a building that has outlived its former use. Paul Falsetto, architect on the project, was on hand to accept the award.
With a total renovation budget of close to $1.5 million, this project transformed a former church to a new use. The initial step was documenting the historic elements and condition of the building to inform construction, including the compatible new addition. The Block House Cafe, which started across Courthouse Square Park, has made the building their new home. This move has more than doubled their business, allowing hiring 4 new employees. The Block House is a draw for both local community members and visitors. Even more important is the boost in morale this project has given the community of Dayton. It is the first major construction project in years, adding to the good work in facade improvement and business remodeling already completed.
“This project has given a new life to one of Dayton’s beloved historic landmarks,” stated Kelly Haverkate, main street coordinator. “By utilizing this church structure in a new way we have allowed it to grow to meet the needs of its community. Instead of sitting vacant and deteriorating, new generations are able to truly enjoy the history and ambiance of this beautiful building.”
“The Block House Cafe Project exemplifies what we are looking for in this award category,” says Sheri Stuart, Oregon Main Street Coordinator. “It brought new life to an important building that had sat vacant for years while maintaining its historic character. It is fun to be there on a Sunday morning and see it bustling with locals and visitors enjoying brunch!”
The Awards Presentation was a highlight of the Oregon Main Street Conference, a popular semi-annual conference that brings together people with an interest in downtown revitalization.