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The Stuart & Mimi Rose Music Center at The Heights

6800 Executive Blvd, Huber Heights, OH 45424

https://www.rosemusiccenter.com

The Dayton area is no stranger to outdoor concert venues. Since 1991 there has been the Fraze Pavilion. Last year Levitt Pavilion in downtown opened for free concerts. The largest by far is the The Stuart & Mimi Rose Music Center at The Heights.

The Rose Music Center is located north of town in the city of Hube Heights. The venue opened in 2015 and is the first in a group of building being developed in the area. It is right of the highway and very easy to spot standing by itself in a field. It also is one of the largest buildings in the area, which doesn’t hurt.

The Center has plenty of parking and is well suited for the crowds that it attracts. The interior is just a row of concession stands restrooms and the performance area. The concessions are standard concert venue far with hot dogs, sandwiches, and plenty to drink. Offerings are the same across the entire pavilion. No need to walk far distances for something special. The area around the center is also full of many options for a bite before the show, with more being built in the future. The restrooms are large and right next to the entrance of the seating area. They handle a lot of people and tend to back up very little at busy times.

The actual performance area is the main draw of the center. Unlike the Fraze all seats are covered. This roof covers the seats but is high enough not to block any views and to allow for ventilation on the hot summer nights. Containing 4,200 seat, it is one of  larger venues in the county. The seating area is wide and deep angling toward the decently sized stage. Some of the back seats can be a little far from the stage, but are not too far to be able to enjoy the show. The back section is angled steep enough that views are not blocked too much. There are video screens and a good sound system to help make sure everyone has a good time, not just the people in front. The seats are comfortable without being anything to special. The Rose Center is located along a major highway (I-70). This makes for easy access to and from an event. This also means that during busy times some of the noise from the road will bleed into the venue. Any performance will usually drown this out.

The selection of acts are very similar to the ones at the Fraze. From well known new acts to older bands, The Rose has a little bit of something for everyone. While the Greater Dayton area seem too small to support two large venues, the differences between the more intimate feeling Fraze and the grand scale of the Rose set them apart enough for both venues to be supported and loved.

As the weather heats up so do the summer tours and The Stuart & Mimi Rose Music Center at The Heights is a great place to see a loved band or find a new favorite.

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Jungle Jim’s

5440 Dixie Highway
Fairfield, OH 45014
http://www.junglejims.com/

Quick Review: Food from here, food from there, food from everywhere!

An awesome array of food awaits at Jungle Jim’s. The mega grocery experience (it’s more than a store) is the type that one goes to not just to buy groceries but to get what is not available at other locations. From a walk in humidor to a hot sauce aisle large than most other stores regular isles this place has it all.

The first time one goes into the place it can be a little overwhelming but don’t fret. Grab a map. Yes, a map. What other grocery store needs a map? It will help you decided where to go and how to get there. We recommend just going up and down the aisles looking at what is available. Deciding on what looks good, and buying it. Don’t put too much thought into it or one might spend all day looking for good mustard (we spent an hour because we kept finding new ones in new locations.)

Unlike other places, which organize items by product type, Jungle Jim’s is organized by country. America, as a quick shop when you first enter, then by each region/country in the back (the “Back” is bigger than most stores….yeah for the last time it is huge). This works and it doesn’t. Great if you are looking for items to make an ethnic dish. Bad if you just want to buy a product but want to see what they have.

Besides the food Jungle Jim’s has a wide variety of “Attractions” or odd things hanging from the ceiling and other locations. A band of cereal mascots, a fish hatchery themed like a Russian nuclear plant, and the Nation Best Bathrooms are just a few of the things you can find.

Overall it is worth the drive to experience a one of a kind shopping extravaganza.