About Lisa Grigsby

Lisa Grigsby is a Special Events Director with over twenty five years experience in promotions, event coordination and public relations.

Owning Jokers Comedy Cafe for 20 years taught Lisa to maintain a sense of humor under pressure. She credits Leadership Dayton for exposing her to the amazing assets of the region and Clothes That Work for being her reason she stayed in Dayton. Her proudest accomplishment as a past president of the Miami Valley Restaurant Association was creating Restaurant Week, a twice a year tradition that continues to grow and benefit local charities as well. As a foodie, it's only natural that she continues to promote local restaurateurs with DaytonDining.

As a Dayton Catalyst, her desire to have ONE community calendar and advocate for the amazing assets of the region helped create the vision for the relaunch of DaytonMostMetro.

Oberon Ale- A Sign of Spring!


March 23 marks the annual seasonal release of Oberon Ale, a wheat ale that has become synonymous with warmer temperatures, the start of spring and the beginning of the Major League Baseball season. Bell's Brewery in Kalamazoo, Michigan brewery starts spring with the annual release of kegs of Oberon Ale.

Fronana Dessert Treat Kickstarter Launchs Today


An all natural dairy free alternative to ice cream that is made out of bananas! There's no added sugar or artificial ingredients, made with wholesome and healthy fruit without any fillers like other ice creams. It's totally gluten free, totally vegan, totally paleo, and according to local reviews, totally delicious Fronana!

Lady Chefs of Dayton Plating Up A Night of Hope


Five of the top female chefs in Dayton are teaming up for a night of small plates and wine pairings on Thursday, March 19th. These women are teaming up for this tasty fundraiser to support Team HOPE, which is Martha Shaker's team for the for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) Woman of the Year campaign.

Tickets on Sale Saturday For Dayton’s Premier Wine & Gourmet Food Event!


The original “Party in the Park” was the brain child of two friends, Vail Miller Sr. of Heidelberg and Mike Frank of Arrow Wine. With a mission of bringing wine out of just the wine cellars and to the general public, the idea of a wine festival was born. Now 24 years later, Fleurs et Vin is the most anticipated, talked about and attend wine event in the Miami Valley

Best Selling Sriracha Stout Beer Is Hot Stuff


Surprisingly, the fire of Sriracha doesn’t overpower this beer. Since it’s made by Rogue, the beer itself is center stage. The stout is malty, smooth and full of coffee, chocolate flavor. At the end is when the heat of Sriracha appears with a slight, perfectly complimentary garlic and spiced after taste. But don't take our word for it, you can pick up a bottle of this hot stuff for about $14 at Belmont Party Supply or taste it at Arrow Wine Far Hills location this Sat from 11am - 4pm during their Saturday tastings.

Welcoming Dayton’s New Director of Economic Development


As we looked for a leader in economic development, Weber stood out because of his record of retaining, growing and attracting businesses," said City Manager Warren Price. "Ford will be an asset to our city as we look for new ways to work with businesses, add jobs and grow Dayton for the next generation.

They’re Back….Shamrock Shakes!


Devoted fans often look forward to the return of this seasonal drink, which stays on menus until a week after St. Patrick's Day. The shake — low-fat vanilla ice cream and mint flavoring — leaves more of a legacy than just a green tongue. It was first introduced in 1970 as the "St. Patrick's Day Green Milkshake."

Check out Brunch at Chappy’s


Exciting news from our friends at Chappys Tap Room and Grille, starting tomorrow they will be serving brunch from 11am -2pm on Saturday and Sunday. You can start your day with one of their many beers on tap or try their brand new Bloody Mary made with Belle of Dayton Vodka, our new housemade mix and garnished with Pickled Okra, Celery, Olives and a strip of our new Praline Bacon.

Meet AJ Ferguson, UpDayton’s New Executive Director

AJ Ferguson

AJ grew up in the Dayton area and has a strong background of involvement and leadership in the region. He graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering (2012) and a Master’s in Renewable and Clean Energy (2013). His passion for improving the region stems from his experiences in the University of Dayton’s Rivers Institute and Fitz Center for Leadership in Community.

Have An Idea For A Pop Up Shop?


Activated Spaces, an initiative to fill downtown storefronts, is accepting applications for temporary retail, service, and office businesses to open downtown this spring as part of the eighth phase of its Pop-up Project. The project matches business owners and entrepreneurs with downtown property owners who have first-floor storefront space available for occupancy.