Get to Know Us

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  • Norman Mayne, CEO of Dorothy Lane Market, is the father of six children, the oldest being Calvin Mayne, President of Dorothy Lane Market. Norman and Calvin both grew up working in the grocery business with their fathers, stacking apples, sweeping the floor, and so on. Over the years, they have developed a love for good food, having been exposed to foods from all over, including Europe and Asia. Their favorite part of the job is finding and selling (as well as eating!) the exceptional foods you find at Dorothy Lane Market.

Our Story

Dorothy Lane Market, like many American food stores, began as a fruit stand. In 1948, Frank Sakada and Calvin Mayne began selling quality fruits and vegetables in the south Dayton, Ohio, area at the corner of Far Hills Avenue and Dorothy Lane (hence the name of the market, or DLM for short). Calvin and Frank cheerfully greeted their customers and shared their love for good food.

For most of the company’s history, the major stockholder was Calvin’s wife, Vera. She strengthened the company’s values of integrity and service to the community. She often said "Always do the right thing." It was her idea to establish DLM’s formalized plan of giving that is now known as the Good Neighbor Program. By means of this program, the company has given over a million dollars to charity over the years.

Today, Dorothy Lane Market is a company of three well-known gourmet supermarkets, and continues to be locally owned and operated by Calvin and Vera’s descendants. The stores offer all the staples with an emphasis on healthy and specialty foods. The company has been recognized for great food and service in national publications as well, including The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and Gourmet Retailer.

You can be sure that a great food experience awaits you every time you visit DLM in person or online at At Dorothy Lane Market we love good food, and we want to share the experience with you–come and see us soon!