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.

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.

10?’s with Chef Don Warfe


Chef Don Warfe has been featured on Gordon Ramsey's" Kitchen Nightmares" and for the last year has taken on the challenge of turning Trolley Stop's menu into one that showcases fresh, locally sourced meals.

El Meson’s Valentine Meals Start Monday


Anyone who has ever tried to make reservations for Valentine’s Day knows that you need to make it early. “With the holiday falling on a Saturday this year, we have already received many calls and reservations for the 14th. It was pretty apparent to us that we needed to open it up to multiple days so that everyone who wanted to celebrate with us would have the chance.” Bill continued. “We’ll be featuring a three course prix fix menu every day during Valentine’s Week (Feb 9th - Feb 14th)

Amber Rose Announces Craft Beer Dinner


Make plans now to head out to Old North Dayton for a four course craft beer dinner, which kicks off a year long celebration of Amber Rose's 25th anniversary. Originally built in 1910 by Sigmund Ksiezopolski, it ran as a general store and deli named Sig’s up until the 1980′s. The family ran the general store downstairs and resided upstairs as their family quarters. The National Guard stayed with the family during the Great Flood of 1913.

Coco’s Does Sunday Brunch In February To Benefit Stivers


Savor Your Sunday series of musical brunches benefiting Stivers School for the Arts sponsored by the seedling Foundation. Each Sunday in February a different group of Stivers artists will entertain you as you enjoy Coco’s February-only brunch menu.

Hannah’s Treasure Chest Executive Director Receives National Nonprofit Award


The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance recently presented Sarah Williams, CNP, executive director at Hannah’s Treasure Chest , with the prestigious Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) of the Year Award. The award presentation took place at the annual Alliance Management Institute—an educational conference geared toward students planning a career in the nonprofit sector.