Blog

Here at the Miami County Visitors Bureau, we have been blogging about our area for years. And, more importantly, we continue to ask our residents and visitors to blog about their experiences throughout our historic towns as well. For example… did you know that we are part of the longest paved trail system in the country?
  • James Smith became interested in photography after watching wedding photographers and the still-life photography of his father-in-law. Today, he works in both modern digital photography and tintype, one of the older types of photography. Through the tintype process, James works with his hands and makes one of a kind, incredibly detailed photos. Besides his commercial photography business, he also teaches photography workshops in Miami County. He and his wife Carolyn live in Troy’s historic downtown.

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  • Ethan Smith is a Troy native and fly fishing enthusiast. He started his company, SmithFly, in 2010 to create customizable vest packs and bags for fly fishing. Today, SmithFly offers fishing lessons, design services and a variety of fishing gear. The shop sits on 210 East Water Street, just a short walk from the Great Miami River. 

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  • Amanda Brown is a Miami County native and a Piqua High School graduate. After working for the Miami County Mental Health Association and the Tri-County Board of Mental Health & Recovery, she pursued a career in teaching yoga. In April 2013, she opened balanceYoga by Amanda on Wayne Street in Piqua. The yoga studio has received a lot of community support and has offered many free and public classes. In August, balanceYoga by Amanda hosted an outdoor yoga class with Piqua Mayor, Kazy Hinds. In October the studio will graduate nine yoga teachers from their first National Yoga Alliance Yoga

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  • Piqua native and local author, Scott Trostel, has written 53 books. Scott is especially interested in trains and has penned many books on the subject. He has also been involved in historical projects to educate the community about our past. Scott is currently working on historical markers for the path of Lincoln’s Funeral Train.

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  • Haren’s Market wants to bring the farm to market experience to Troy. The market is owned by Connor and Hannah Haren who are both Miami County natives. Connor purchased the Troy Meat Market in 2011, two years after he graduated from high school. The Troy Meat Market officially became Haren’s Market on May 7, 2016. Besides offering a wide variety of fresh cut meat, the market also sells local produce, eggs, and dairy. Connor and Hannah married in the fall of 2014 and are expecting their first child this December.

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  • The Miami County Barn Quilt Project began in 2007 when residents were asked to host quilt paintings on their barns. Debbie Robbins, who owns Robinhood Farms with her husband, Mike, is one of our local barn quilt owners. Their quilt, “Woodbox,” is ten years old and still looks great on their barn in Fletcher. The Miami County Barn Quilts are part of the Ohio quilt trail. The Adams County Quilt Sampler started the trend in 2001. Miami County has 67 barn quilts, all painted by hand by Mexican folk artist, Rafael Santoyo.

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  • Joe Reiser is the co-owner of Winans Chocolates + Coffees. He moved to Miami County when he and his wife, Laurie Winans Reiser, bought her father’s candy company in Piqua, Ohio. The company was started in 1961 by Max and Dick Winans and was called Winans Carriage House Candies. Today, Winans Chocolates + Coffees has 18 stores, 5 of which are in Miami County. The company still makes chocolates the traditional way Max Winans did over 50 years ago. Joe started roasting his own coffee in 2003 in Piqua. In 2015 Winans moved to the former Piqua Daily Call building

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  • Dayton natives Bob and Patty Wagner have been involved with aviation for the past fifty years. They were instrumental in establishing the WACO Historical Society and museum in Troy. For decades, Bob and Patty performed in air shows; Bob flew and Patty walked on the wing of the plane. Earlier this summer they donated their plane to the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum. Their Stearman Biplane was used in their Girl on the Wing act for many years.

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  • Roger Bowersock, a resident of Greenville, Ohio, likes to spend time in Miami County. He and his family visit the county for recreation, shopping, and dining. Roger’s not for profit group, Rocketship Sports Management brought the popular donut and biking event, Tour de Donut, to Ohio in 2005. Besides Tour de Donut, Rocketship also organizes the Shawshank Hustle in Mansfield and helps other organizations plan events. In 2012 Roger was named one of the Nation’s Top Sports Event Managers by Sports Events Magazine. This year will be the first year that Tour de Donut is in Troy.

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  • Ohio native, Terry Purke, has spent more than half of his life involved in sharing local history. He got his start in DC with interpretative living history. Today he is the curator at the Miami Valley Veterans Museum. He is also involved with the Overfield Tavern and performs historical re-enactments. Terry shows visitors around the oldest building in the City of Troy, the Overfield Tavern. During tours of the tavern, he introduces guests to the owner Benjamin Overfield and illustrates what life was like in Miami County during the early 1800s.

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