New construction is well underway at 303 Main Street. Plans are for a new two-story 5,393 sq. ft. mixed-use building with commercial tenants (tasting room and mercantile) on the first floor and two apartment residences above. Preservation architect Paul Falsetto and owner Bill Stoller are engaged in the project as part of a larger community revitalization strategy, including the restoration of some of downtown Dayton’s historic properties. The new structure is adjacent to the historic Dayton First Baptist Church building, which was extensively rehabilitated in 2014 and repurposed as a restaurant.
The Dayton Community Development Association conducted an online survey in March on people’s shopping and restaurant preferences. We advertised the survey via direct emails, our website, and Facebook. We asked, “what do you want to shop for or eat in downtown Dayton?”. The results are in! The insights gathered from this survey will be used by the Dayton Community Downtown Association, local businesses and potential new business owners to customize their offerings to best serve your needs. We found that:
- Area residents are interested in supporting new, local businesses in Dayton, including suggestions for a Grocery/Market, Casual Dining, and Local Art/Gift Shop.
- Several creative ideas were also proposed, such as a hardware store, bike shop or bridal salon.
- Due to the lack of options in Dayton, most people currently drive the 20 minutes to shop in McMinnville and spend their grocery dollars there
- Most area residents dine out at least once per week and spend between $25 and $50 on dinner for two (nearly a third spend over $50)
- Local Newspapers and Social Media are the top sources for local news and information, and should be considered key advertising channels for any new business in Dayton.
Read the full report here: DCDA Survey Results
What do you want to eat or shop for in downtown Dayton? We’re doing a survey of shopping & restaurant preferences. The Dayton Community Development Association values your opinion. You are invited to participate in our survey, which should take less than 5 minutes to complete.
Your survey responses will be strictly confidential and data from this research will only be reported in aggregate.
The insights gathered from this survey will be used by the Dayton Community Downtown Association, local businesses and potential new business owners to customize their offerings to best serve your needs.
Please enter your name and email address at the end of the survey if you wish to be entered into the drawing for a $25 Gift Certificate to The Block House in Dayton. Your information will not be linked to your survey responses.
Oregon Business magazine features Dayton in their September 2012 issue.
“Downtown Dayton’s Dawn”
–“Coming into Dayton off Highway 18, one of the first things you’ll see is the renovation of Dayton’s First Baptist Church that’s under way. It stands out as a visible sign of progress in a downtown marked by vacant storefronts and worn buildings.
The project is the signature of Bill Stoller, who was born and raised in Yamhill County….” Read more at Oregon Business website
The downtown cafe and its “Kickin Burger” received some positive press recently, getting a 4.5 star rating from the food reviewers of the Visitors Guide to Yamhill and Polk Counties. The reviewers commented:
“Like it hot? This burger really is kickin’ with pepperjack cheese, kickin’ sauce and grilled jalepenos piled on the hand-pressed local Turley Farms beef patty. Turn it down a notch by asking the friendly staff to leave off the peppers. The writing is on the wall about this place—literally. One of the giant 18-foot high walls is covered, well as high as customers can reach anyway, with signatures and messages from happy guests. The other wall is reserved for autographs from those who have performed on the stage at the front of the restaurant next to the picture windows that face the historic Blockhouse.”
Check out the Kickin Burger and the rest of the menu at the Block House Cafe, located at 302 Ferry Street.