The multi-faceted Beth Duke is one of Dayton’s shining gems! Beth is a developer, a designer, a filmmaker, a producer, an entrepreneur, and an artist! She partnered with David Williams in 1997. They dedicated their development vision to establishing a new neighborhood in the Webster Station District of downtown Dayton. They created 156 loft apartments with 40,000 square feet of retail space in six, turn- of-the-century, historic buildings. The Cannery Lofts, a $22 million project, was completed in 2002. It currently houses over 200 downtown residents and 7 businesses with over 100 employees. Another project, the 2nd Street Public Market, involved the restoration of the Outbound Freight House building at the corner of 2nd and Webster Streets. With this project, completed in 1999, Beth and Dave created a market that reflected the needs of the community while supporting the unique and authentic offerings of area entrepreneurs. The Market is a year-round operation currently managed by Five Rivers MetroParks and attracting over 100,000 visitors annually! Over 70 local vendors operate their businesses three days a week in this once abandoned building. Both of these projects utilized historic tax credits and historic preservation to create sustainable economic development in a once blighted warehouse district. Beth is also an artist! Her oil paintings are featured at Medowlark Restaurant. Get a sneak peek on Beth’s web site. This Dayton Original continues to pour her heart and soul into the Dayton community!