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Best Grocery Store News

Hold onto your gourmet takeaway containers: There’s some thrilling news afoot. You will no longer have to drive to Dayton to visit Dorothy Lane Market — the cult-favorite regional grocer has announced plans to open its first Greater Cincinnati store in Mason (so, yes, you still have to drive to Mason ...). The new store will be located in an 80,000-square-foot mixed-use development on 70 acres at the corner of Mason-Montgomery and Western Row roads. Dorothy Lane Market has three other stores in Oakwood, Washington Township and Springboro, all in the Dayton area. A family business in operation since 1948, the gourmet grocer is like Whole Foods-meets-Jungle-Jim’s-meets-Trader Joe’s (for those who haven’t been). It offers a vast selection of fresh fruits and veggies; excellent cheese; gourmet packaged items; a to-die-for bakery; a deli counter with meats, cheese and a variety of housemade salads; prepared foods; wine; beer; flowers; health items; the list goes on. There’s also a line of Killer Brownies, made by the family that owns the operation. And while fans await new development information about the local market, Dayton’s Warped Wing Brewing (which opened a taproom in Mason in February) recently released a special collaboration with Dorothy Lane called Killer Brownie brown ale. The brew features “aromas of deep, rich chocolate upfront” along with “sips of chocolate, caramel, vanilla and molasses,” mimicking the Killer Brownie’s blend of chocolate, caramel and pecans.