This week, Kimberly Collett tells how she re-invented a landmark Dayton restaurant: The Wympee drive-in on East Third Street. It was a burger place, open since in 1938, and it was closed for only one year before Collett re-opened it as Olive: An Urban Dive in 2011.
Collett brought a wide range of skills and experience to her business. She had backpacked across Europe, she’d been a caterer, a set builder, and an event planner. But when she became a single mom, she focused her considerable energy…
This ReInvention Story was produced by Liz Cambron.
Last summer the ReInvention team met Karen Stephens while she was walking her dog in South Park, where she lives. Her reinvention story is about coming home.
This ReInvention Story was produced by Emily McCord, Steve Bognar, Julia Reichert, Kyle Wilkinson, and Sarah Buckingham.
Also visit ReInventionStories.org. You’ll find a super cool multi-media, interactive website that tells seven more reinvention stories in a longer format. And that’s where you can tell your story and include your own photographs.
Patrick Reed is a retired Dayton Fire Captain and owner of the family restaurant Angie’s. Angie’s first opened as a Hungarian restaurant in 1938. It was a Belmont institution, famous for its cabbage rolls, until it shut down in the 1990’s. Pat Reed re-opened the neighborhood icon in 2009, as Angie’s Firehouse Tavern.
This ReInvention Story was produced by Shawndra Jones, Liz Cambron Kyle Wilkinson, Julia Reichert and Sarah Buckingham.
Oronde "Ron" Clarke got into trouble as a young man in Troy, Ohio. After spending time in prison Clarke turned his life around, and with the help of Dayton social programs he started his own business, Clarke's Enterprise. ReInvention producers spoke with at his home in South Park.
This ReInvention Story was produced by Shawndra Jones, Steve Bognar and Sarah Buckingham.
This year WYSO presents ReInvention Stories, a multimedia storytelling project that asks the question, how does a city of inventors reinvent itself? One answer for Dayton is its immigrant population. The city developed a plan called Welcome Dayton to embrace new people and cultures as a way to rebuild the economy. Emily McCord introduces us to “Mona” and “R,” Iraqi Refugees living here in Dayton.