DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Business in downtown Dayton has been booming for some time now, but a first for the Oregon District is in the works.
A Miami Valley family is transforming an abandoned building into a bakery, Be Niice Ltd. The latest announcement is at 424 E. Fifth Street, the historic Balsley Building.
An English couple, living in Springboro, Geeta and Clive Wilson plan on turning the three-story building into several businesses. Plans Include a bakery, restaurant and an upstairs venue.
The Wilson’s bought the 15,000-square-foot building for $200,000 dollars and say they have already put double that into renovations.
The name Be Niice comes from a concept the pair plan on developing, which hopes to promote generosity throughout the community.
“We feel Dayton is in a resurgence period. its a fantastic place, we raised our family neaby in Springboro. It’s a cool place, its a cool urban experience and we just want to be a part of it,” said Clive Wilson, Be Niice co-founder.
The building has been vacant for years and at one point was a Morris Home Furniture, a jewelry store and the third floor still contains hardware from a roller rink that was installed in 1876.
Wilson who has a culinary background plans on operating the bakery himself with the help of his wife and four sons.
If the bakery and the restaurant take off, the couple hopes to turn the second floor into more retail space for a gift boutique and to convert the third floor into a venue for weddings, fundraisers and other gatherings.
The business is still waiting on several permits with a meeting scheduled for next week. Be Niice hope to be open for business by Spring of 2016.