From Fruit Stand to Supermarket

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Dorothy Lane Market is a locally famous market that's just down the road from our apartments in Centerville.

Like many food markets, Dorothy Lane Market grew from humble beginnings. Frank Sakada and Calvin Mayne launched a fruit stand in 1948 called Dorothy Lane Market, at the corner of Far Hills Avenue and Dorothy Lane. Flash forward to today, and Dorothy Lane Market has grown to three well-known gourmet supermarkets in Dayton.

Since those early days, Dorothy Lane Market has operated as a community-based market. Calvin’s wife, Vera Mayne, set the foundation and launched the Good Neighbor Program, which has given more than one million dollars to charity over the years. Vera also coined the mantra for the market, “Always do the right thing.”

Dorothy Lane Market has sustained its family-owned founding and continues to be locally owned and operated by Calvin and Vera Mayne’s descendants.

With stores in Washington Square, Oakwood, and Springboro, residents in those areas have the distinct pleasure of stepping foot into a Dorothy Lane Market. Making DLM a regular supermarket for you is one of the many pleasures of renting one of our apartments in Centerville, right down the street from the Springboro location.

Take a peek at the Dorothy Lane Departments

Spending a long afternoon at a Dorothy Lane Market is a treat. Our Centerville apartment residents rave about it all the time. Begin with sipping on a hot, delicious specialty coffee in the coffee bar, maybe take a cooking class, and then shop for the freshest and finest ingredients for your home-cooked meals. Here’s a look at all that DLM offers.

Bakery: The bakery is home to DLM’s famous, mouthwatering Killer Brownie, offered in a variety of flavors. The bakery also features Artisan Breads, The DLM Patisserie, Laura’s Cookies, and Ghyslain Cookies. The Cloud 9 bites are amazing. Be sure to try some!

Beer & Wine: DLM has a vast selection of beers and wines from around the world and the best-of-the-best from local breweries and wineries. Find your new favorite wine by attending one of their weekly wine tastings! The tastings are designed to get you out of your comfort zone and introduce you to the best the world has to offer.

The Cheese Shop: Navigating the large variety of cheese at DLM could be daunting, but DLM provides expert cheesemongers and a highly-trained staff to help you find that perfect cheese. DLM’s Cheese Shop has only the best gourmet cheeses from around the world and right here in the United States.

Deli & Kitchen: The DLM team LOVES making food. Go ahead and grab a taste at the Deli, where everything is made fresh upon order and is sold with pride and passion. You can also learn how to make your favorite dishes by viewing the Recipes section of the DLM website.

DLM Coffee Bar: All three market locations feature the DLM coffee bar, featuring your favorite coffee and tea drinks. They’ve also perfected the cold brew coffee technique, so you can get a single serving or fill your growler to take home with you and enjoy all week.

DLM Culinary Center: Visiting a Dorothy Lane Market is just the beginning of the food journey. DLM offers a variety of cooking classes, from beginner to expert, and satisfies every tasting palate. Learn how to make the food you love!

Floral: DLM offers a floral center that the residents in our Centerville apartments love to visit to decorate their home. Visitors can complement the perfect gift of food with a stunning floral arrangement. Or you can take home lovely bouquets to compliment a dinner table full of favorite dishes. If nothing else, you should at least stop in and smell the roses.

Grocery: The DLM grocery features private label products and local products. A favorite of the DLM family is the olive oil named in honor of Vera Jane Mayne. Originating in Tuscany, Italy, Vera Jane’s olive oil delivers the flavor and balance you expect from a Tuscan oil.

Healthy Living: The younger descendants of Frank and Calvin have introduced a ‘healthy living’ mission to the market. The Healthy Living department focuses on mind, body and general wellness, and the department offers top quality supplements with naturally and organically sourced ingredients, gluten-free foods, and much more.

Love Cakes by DLM: DLM makes specialty designed cakes from only the finest ingredients. For you, this means adding the perfect cake to lifelong memories of any special occasion.

Meat: Meat is often the main attraction of a meal, and the DLM meat department offers only the best chicken, turkey, beef, pork, lamb, heavenly ham, and so much more. All DLM meats are antibiotic and hormone free and fed a 100% vegetarian diet. They do this because, as Vera said, “It’s the right thing to do.”

Produce: The Produce department offers only certified organic foods, which means DLM has gone through a lengthy process to find only the very best. They offer more than 250 items that are certified organic and non-GMO.

Seafood: The DLM seafood department boasts “fresh catch”, and they mean it. Their seafood spends the least amount of time out of the water, which means only the freshest seafood for patrons. DLM only buys the best, straight from the fishing co-ops.

Sushi: If you enjoy Sushi, look no further than DLM’s sushi department. Yes, they have an actual sushi department! Expert sushi masters prepare extraordinary dishes, and DLM has achieved a level of sushi you won’t find anywhere else.

Join the Club

It’s easy to fall in love with the Dorothy Lane Market, and you’re not alone. There is a DLM Club of fans just like you! The DLM Club rewards points for every dollar you spend, so you can save on future purchases. DLM also offers a Kids Club for kids ages 10 and under. The Kids Club features perks like a free cookie every visit, kid-friendly special events, and a newsletter to stay current with games and fun. If you live in one our Centerville apartments, The DLM Club is a great way to save on groceries and local goods.

Don’t miss the unique, upcoming Events at Dorothy Lane Market. Events include holiday-themed wreath making and chestnut roasting, a local brewery tap-takeover, and a champagne soirée. Everyone has to shop for groceries, so why not visit a Dorothy Lane Market and have a little – or a lot – of fun while you’re there. Check out the Events page on the DLM website.

Wish you could live near a Dorothy Lane Market?

Why not rent a slice of luxury located just a short 6-minute drive from Dorothy Lane Market in Dayton? The award-winning Hunters Chase Apartments are also conveniently close to entertainment and restaurants, as well as major highways. Schedule a tour to see why Hunters Chase is the ideal choice for apartments in Centerville, Ohio.

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