Sydney and I had the most amazing opportunity to get a personal tour of Dorothy Lane Market in Oakwood, OH. The store director, Jerry Post, gave us the most wonderful tour. Jerry was so knowledgeable of both Dorothy Lane Market and the grocery industry. I don’t know how he did it, but he made grocery shopping fun and exciting! He has such passion and pride for this store. It is something you see too little of today.
We were at the Oakwood location for our tour, 2710 Far Hills Ave, Dayton, OH 45419. This is the original store. It opened in 1948 at St Rt 48 & Dorothy Lane. As they out grew this location the Oakwood store opened at their current location in 1953. Dorothy Lane Market has expanded to two other locations. The Washington Square location is at 6177 Far Hills Ave, Dayton, OH 45459. The Springboro location is at 740 N Main St, Springboro, OH 45066.
Dorothy Lane Market fully embraces “Love Local and Shop Local.” They buy from local farmers for the very freshest ingredients.
The tour started at the Coffee Bar. How fitting was this considering my love for all things coffee! They feature Boston Stoker coffee. Jerry explained that their water has a reverse osmosis system, which gives the most pure water. This leaves the taste of the coffee completely free of everything except for the glorious taste of coffee! Which is the only thing a coffee drinker wants to taste! They have both hot and cold beverages available. At the Coffee Bar you can purchase The Big Cookie. The Big Cookie is an all butter cookie with chocolate chips and walnuts. So yummy!
The Bakery at Dorothy Lane Market is heaven on earth! I am being serious here, I never joke about the important things! It alone, is worth the trip! The cakes, the breads, the pastries, oh my.
Some of the bread they bake begins with a starter dough. The oldest of their starter dough is 26 years old! The newest starter dough is 4 years old. The bread is baked in a German hearth oven. This oven makes the most amazing crust. A few of the bread bakers that we talked with said there is about 10 breads that are the most popular among the customers. Jerry’s personal favorite is the Farmhouse Bread.
Katherine Dean heads up the cake department of the bakery. She placed 2nd in the IDDBA cake decorating contest. The cakes are absolutely exquisite!
The bakery also has a pastry department. The pastry department is best known for its Killer Brownies. Oh My Gosh, these melt in your mouth. Literally, they are the best things ever! While the Killer Brownies are the #1 seller in the pastry department, the #2 best seller is Laura’s Cookies. These also are a must try!
Any of these baked goods can be shipped to you. Jerry was explaining that they have top-notch shipping. So what are you waiting for, have some sent to you today! 🙂
The next part of our tour was the Sushi Department. There are 8 chefs that make sushi for all 3 locations. They start from scratch every morning. Three to four times a day they make new batches of sushi. At the end of the day, any remaining sushi is removed from the case. If you are interested, Dorothy Lane Market will make you a party tray for your next party or event.
The Deli was truly an amazing sight to behold. They serve 5 hot soups daily. So perfect in this cold weather. The deli salads are a huge hit with the Dorothy Lane Market customers. They have about 350 deli salads in total that they make. They serve 45 of these on any given day. The lady we spoke with at the salad area of the deli said their #1 seller is the Pine Club Salad and their #2 seller is the Potato Salad. Their mantra is “Flavor First” and they are very careful where they source their ingredients! Dorothy Lane Market has their own brand of deli meat that they offer along with Boars Head.
The Meat Department was awesome! It so made me want to get the grill out and start grilling! All of their meat from birth is steroid, hormone, and antibiotic free. All their beef is domestic and the pork is Canadian. They make their own homemade sausage links. In the Meat Department you will find Jack’s Grill. The meat specialists will grill you up any of their choice cuts of meat. You should have smelled the grilled goodness!!
I think my very favorite thing about the Seafood Department was that there was no smell. And I mean, no smell at all! Every night the seafood case is completely emptied, washed, and rinsed. Every morning brand new, fresh ice is added. Jerry explained this is how they keep the store from smelling “fishy.” They get fresh seafood from Alaska, Hawaii, and the East Coast.
If rabbit is your thing, they even have a local farmer who raises them for Dorothy Lane Market.
The produce department was so vibrant and colorful. Everything is produced locally and is amazingly fresh! I have never wanted a salad as bad as I did when we were looking at their beautiful salad bar!
I am not a fan of mushrooms, but this selection almost makes we wish that I was! Look at these!
On Friday evenings from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Saturday afternoons from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm Dorothy Lane Market offers wine tasting in their upstairs balcony area. It is so neat up there. It is very open and looks down upon the grocery store. You can bring your lunch or dinner from the deli or Jack’s Grill up there to enjoy. It is also a really nice place to enjoy a cup of coffee and a Killer Brownie.
The Centerville location offers a cooking school. Sydney and I decided that the Dorothy Lane Market Cooking School would be a must try! How fun!
The end of our tour was in the basement. This is where the Deli Department makes their food fresh daily. We loved seeing all the food prepping going on! We also got to ride an old elevator back up to the main level. It uses a pulley system and has the gated front on it. So cool!
As we were leaving the store through the check out area, Jerry shared another couple of things with us. At Dorothy Lane Market they despise “self checkouts!” They believe someone personable with a smile should always be what you leave with. They also have grocery bag service, where someone will take your groceries to your car and load them for you. I love this old-fashioned touch!
Sydney and I had never dreamed what was in store for us when we visited Dorothy Lane Market in Oakwood. A huge thank you to Jerry Post, the store director, for the incredible tour. His enthusiasm and love of the store was contagious!
Thank you Dorothy Lane Market! We had a great time and learned so much!
If you have never been to Dorothy Lane Market you are truly missing out. Plan a trip there today. And if you go to the Oakwood location, tell Jerry that Stephanie and Sydney say “hi”! 🙂 He is an awesome guy!
Have a great day!