Get the inside scoop on what our locals love to help you plan your next trip.
Here in Butler County, you'll find the perfect balance of vibrant cities and peaceful countryside. We invite you to explore, taste, and discover an experience worthy of sharing. Trip inspiration can be found everywhere, but it always helps when you have an inside scoop... so we wanted to share six local perspectives on some top spots to visit for food, shopping, art and more. These profiles along with more trip inspiration can also be found in our 2021 Insider Guide for your roadmap to Butler County, Ohio!
Logan Walden | Local Artist
Logan Walden's ethereal style creates a sense of wonder, making his vibrant work hard to miss along the streets of Hamilton. Since returning to Downtown Hamilton, Logan has helped lead numerous public art projects in the community, including murals and live art performances. Radiating off the building at 802 Heaton St. are Logan's RoBros— two larger-than-life robot brothers amidst a vibrant pink sky, part of the StreetSpark mural program. Logan says he hopes the RoBros will remind people to have fun, relax and be playful. For Logan, this means grabbing a DORA beverage and walking around Marcum Park, taking a hike along the Great Miami River, indulging in a pastry from The Almond Sisters Bakery, or collaborating with other local artists to bring more lively art to Hamilton.
Dilli & Radikha Acharya | Namaste Curry House
Dilli and Radikha Acharya are the owners of Namaste Curry House in Fairfield.
Dilli and Radikha Acharya pour their hearts into Namaste Curry House, bringing the flavors of Nepal to Butler County. Made with love, their savory dishes explore traditional Indian flavors, made with similar spices but in a different style. They encourage customers to ask questions about the menu and are always happy to offer recommendations, like starting off with their Momo— a dish unique to Nepal. Located in the heart of Fairfield, the restaurant is surrounded by other unique and diverse flavors from around the world. Their neighbor, Panaderia La Mexicana, serve a variety of Mexican baked goods, and just down the street, Sawasdee Thai Cuisine serves authentic specialties. If you're looking for a taste of something new, Dilli and Radikha welcome you to explore Fairfield.
Stella Beerman | Miami University
Stella Beerman is a college junior and one of 30 student-scholars who are citizens of the Miami Tribe participating in Miami University's Myaamia Heritage Award Program. Establishes in 1991, this program builds on the relationship created in 1972 when the Chief of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma traveled to Oxford, establishing the first connection to Miami University since the Tribe's forced removal in 1846. Stella's participation with the Myaamia Center on campus has aided her in learning about her heritage and its connections to Oxford. She love the city's rich history and surrounding nature, including nearby scenic trails. Stella says she is thankful for all the experiences the program has given her, including the opportunity to explore Oxford while also being connected to the Miami Tribe and her ancestors. Her go-to Oxford spots are Bagel & Deli Shop for the crazy combinations, or soft-serve from Spring Street Treats.
Jade King | Mz. Jade's Soul Food
You can't find the homemade, Southern-style flavor at Mz. Jade's Soul Food Cafe just anywhere. Located inside the Pendleton Art Center (PAC) in Downtown Middletown, Jade King says it's the perfect place for her business because her cooking is also an art. Middletown is where she's meant to be; she loves being involved in the supportive community full of artistry. The city is overflowing with art of all mediums, like stained glass ay BeauVerre Riordan Studios, handcrafted candles from The Wicked Wick, several outdoor murals, and of course, delicious food. Known best for her Seafood Weekends and Strawberry-Banana Pudding, Jade credits her grandmother for teaching her everything she knows. Jade is always busy creating to keep her menu fresh. She recommends that everyone experience PAC on a First Friday event for local art, music, shopping, and her food specials.
Marianne Dunham | sMari Designs
Marianne Dunham is the owner of sMari Designs in Liberty Center.
If you think the perfect gift doesn't exist, then you haven't stepped foot into sMari Designs. Nestled in Liberty Center, this beautiful shop is the place to find items you're unlikely to find elsewhere. Marianne keeps her shop ever-evolving with products that incorporate her love for the special moments in life. She named her dream business sMari [sm-air-ee] after her high school nickname because her boutique embodies what she is most passionate about; beautiful design, family, and community. She is grateful to be a part of the community at Liberty Center amongst other passionate small business owners. On the weekends, Marianne and her husband like to support local restaurants around Liberty Township, enjoy dinner at Cooper's Hawk Winery, or grab a sweet treat from Molly's Cupcakes.
Charlotte Akoto | Divine Appetite Cafe
Charlotte Akoto is the owner and chef of Divine Appetite Cafe in West Chester.
Charlotte Akoto, known affectionately as Chef Charlotte, shares her stories through culinary creations served at Divine Appetite Cafe. Charlotte's story began in Ghana where she grew up cooking alongside her grandma. Her culinary career led her around the world before she moved to West Chester, where she combined her unique style and delicious flavors to open her dream cafe. Locals rave about her specialties like Waakye, Jollof Rice, and homemade pies. Every dish is a flavorful journey. While Charlotte is always building new recipes, she keeps her West African roots at the core of each creation. Her cafe is one of many incredible places to explore in West Chester. Other local favorites include EnterTRAINment Junction, Voice of America MetroPark, Jag's Steak & Seafood, and Karma in the Kitchen.