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Meet the woman who runs Dayton’s 2nd Street Market, ‘the warm and inviting kitchen for Dayton’

Lynda Suda manages one of the city’s favorite places to spend time — Five Rivers MetroPark’s 2nd Street Market.



a woman wearing a hat: Lynda Suda is manager of Five River's MetroParks 2nd Street Market. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO


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Lynda Suda is manager of Five River’s MetroParks 2nd Street Market. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The pandemic has altered normal operations, but the venue is holding outdoor-only markets each Saturday with plans to continue through October.

“The market is an inclusive place where people can be themselves, relax and get to know the people who grow, raise and prepare their food,” Suda said.

If you haven’t visited the market, our Daytonian of the Week will tell you why this downtown Dayton gem is special.



a person standing in front of a brick building: Lynda Suda is the manager of Five Rivers MetroPark's 2nd Street Market. CONTRIBUTED


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Lynda Suda is the manager of Five Rivers MetroPark’s 2nd Street Market. CONTRIBUTED

Tell us about your background. What has led you to this point in your career?

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I was born and raised in Spokane, Wash. After spending a few years in both Philadelphia, PA and Denver, CO, my husband Marc and I moved our family to Dayton 16 years ago this month. We enjoyed raising our two sons, Tyme and Zhen, and helping Marc’s ailing mother in the same neighborhood Marc grew up in, Five Oaks.

My work background has mostly been connected to small, family owned retail businesses. Prior to moving to Dayton, most of that experience was artisan jewelry related, but when I moved to Dayton, I was able to combine my retail experience with my interest in health and wellness. The first opportunity to do so, came when I started working at and eventually managing a local health food store. After being there ten years, as the owner put it, “it was time for a change”. I went back to school, finishing my liberal studies degree at Antioch Midwest University with