We are Carli & Hamilton Dixon, local business owners and artists who have chosen to live, work and play in downtown Dayton, OH for nearly 2 decades. The Brightside Event & Music Venue, at 905 E. Third Street in downtown Dayton, is our passion project.
We bought the 905 building along with two other buildings in the same parcel in 2009 with a general goal of taking action to improve our city. We slowly took steps to breathe life backinto portions of the buildings, financing the project at huge personal risk using our credit cards and sweat equity. We had no guarantee of tenants or future rental revenue, but we took the risk because our gut told us it was the right thing to do (most people we know and love had guts that told them otherwise;) See before/after photos HERE. After several years of our efforts, along with amazing contributions from family and friends, we succeeded in gaining occupancy for two of the buildings.
While we renovated much of the 905 building to become the home to our family business, the remainder of the space in the building was occupied for 5 years by tenants hoping to open a multi-purpose venue. The tenants completed 70% of the improvements, but ended their contractwith us because of the costliness of the remaining required renovations. Since the space is not finished, the venue room cannot be rented or used as is.
So, we are faced with a difficult decision; do we leave the space empty and use it for storage, or do we rally support from the community and our network of family and friends to give our hometown what we believe it desperately needs; a large multi-purpose music & event venue?
After a lot of soul searching and conversations with a wide range of people in the community we have determined that the need is great for a space like thisin our downtown, and the 905 building is ideally suited to fill that need. Many of the time-consuming and challenging details for a project like this are already completed, and now we have a short list of (costly) final renovations, listed HERE. From our work renovating the rest of the building, we have a track record of success and the experience necessary to serve as our own general contractors, keeping the fundraising needs focused on the required contractor work only. The bar room is complete and has an occupancy permit, and we are already hosting more intimate music and gathering events, so we already have the ball rolling!
We hope, after reading our story, you feel as excited and inspired by this opportunity as we do. We look forward to partnering with YOU, our talented and supportive Dayton community (and those outside the area who are inspired to support us) to raise the remaining funds by the end of 2017, in order to complete the renovations and gain occupancy by Summer 2018. We thank you so much for your consideration in supporting this effort! To see a list of Rewards for donation levels, click HERE.