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A Dillar, a Dollar, a Visit to The Thirsty Scholar

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When The Thirsty Scholar first opened at the corner of 16th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, I assumed it was a bar. I was only partly correct. It’s actually a coffee, beer and wine bar. Tuesday through Friday, The Thirsty Scholar opens at 8:00 a.m. It’s a little too late for the typical rush hour crowd, […]

Long’s Bakery Donut Buying Rules

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Long’s Bakery and its oh-so-right-but-oh-so-wrong-for-you array of donuts is one of those things that is ingrained as a sense memory for me. I can, on command, recall the sweet smell, the soft and sugary texture, even the taste of a Long’s donut. The fact that I came to know Long’s through Sunday morning donuts at church […]

Homespun Has a New Home on Mass Ave

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The north end of Mass Ave in downtown Indianapolis welcomed a new neighbor recently when Homespun: Modern Handmade opened the doors of its new digs. Homespun isn’t new to Indianapolis; its previous location was in Indy’s historic Irvington neighborhood. The move to Mass Ave gives the boutique a larger space for more product and for […]

Local Food Company "Relishes" National Exposure on Parks and Recreation

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Companies usually pay big bucks for TV product placements, but not Cara Dafforn. Her local food company, U-Relish, which makes healthy, just-add-water meals for the crock pot, was recently featured on the hit TV show Parks and Recreation. When the show’s producers decided to stage an indoor farmer’s market scene, Dafforn saw an opportunity. By […]

Indianapolis Int’l Airport Debuts Expedited TSA Screening Program

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Air travel just got a little quicker and easier at the Indianapolis International Airport. That’s because a new, expedited TSA screening program, which allows travelers to bypass the usual screening requirements, is making its U.S. debut at the Indianapolis International Airport. Under the new program, called TSA Pre Check™, you will be allowed to keep […]

Improvement Seen in Greater Indy Housing Market

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The housing market affects each and every one of us, whether directly or indirectly, since it is such a huge part of the economy. If the economy is like a patient in recovery, then the housing market is like a vital sign, and a very vital one at that. That’s why we like to keep […]

Welcome Back! Yats Back in Business w/ New Mass Ave Address

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Massachusetts Avenue just wasn’t the same when Yats left the location it had occupied for 11 years in spring of 2013. The announcement that Yats would be closing its doors at 659 Massachusetts Ave. came as a shock to just about everyone in the Mass Ave cultural district. But there was no other choice when […]

Flix Brewhouse Coming to Merchants Square in Carmel

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A major improvement is coming to Carmel’s Merchants Square shopping center. Texas-based Flix Brewhouse plans to inject new life into what is now mostly empty space by opening a combination movie theater-microbrewery in the 40,000 square-foot space that was formerly occupied by the Hobby Lobby store. Merchants Square’s landlord, Michigan-based Ramco-Gershenson Inc., recently applied for […]

Canal Pointe Project One Step Closer to Becoming a Reality

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The Broad Ripple village is not exactly known for its high-end rental market. On the single-family residential side, there are smaller rental homes, most of which are short on space and lacking in modern upgrades, even though they don’t come cheap. On the multifamily side there are moderately-priced apartments, none of which would qualify as […]

Indianapolis Survives Elimination: Will Bid to Host 2018 Super Bowl

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The city of Indianapolis will try to make history next May when it asks the NFL’s league of 32 owners to do something it has never done before: Award hosting rights to the Super Bowl to a cold-weather city twice in just a six-year span. But considering the level of competition the city had to […]

Pacers Sign Rising Star Paul George to $90 Million Contract Extension

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The Indiana Pacers made it official on Wednesday when they announced a multi-year contract extension for veteran guard/forward Paul George. The contract will reportedly pay him between 80 million and $90 million, and contains an escalator clause which could earn him even more. The move follows a new contract for David West that will pay […]

Capital Improvement Board in Negotiations with Pacers for New Deal

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Though their lease doesn’t expire until 2019, the Capital Improvement Board of Marion County is already in negotiations with Pacers Sports and Entertainment to keep the Indiana Pacers for the long-run, according to CIB President Ann Lathrop The IBJ recently reported that the Board has $11 million set aside, which it is prepared to give […]

Swag Truck: A Mobile Brand Experience

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With the exponential growth of food trucks and pop-up shops, now more than ever, we are witnessing companies taking their business to the streets. It’s all about bringing your product to the customer which makes it easy and convenient for them and also makes your business stand out amongst competitors. Kelly Elsner, the founder of […]

Ironworks at Keystone is Coming Spring 2014

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Driving down north Keystone Avenue, it’s hard to miss the towering lattice booms of the cranes that operate daily as construction progresses on what is expected to be a beautiful $30 million mixed-use development called Ironworks at Keystone. It started in April, as Mayor Greg Ballard, together with executives from Hendricks Commercial Properties and representatives […]

Graeter’s Ice Cream to Open First Indiana Location in Butler-Tarkington Area

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Residents of the Butler-Tarkington area will soon have new food establishment to frequent. The historic Cincinnati-based ice cream shop, Graeter’s, plans to seek a zoning variance to take over the space located at 5560 N. Illinois St., formerly occupied by Curley’s Cleaners. It will be the company’s first store in Indianapolis, let alone Indiana, and […]

Amazon.com Plans to Bring Hundreds of New Jobs to Indy Area

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Hundreds of residents in the Indianapolis area will soon benefit from Amazon.com’s plan to beef up its Indianapolis and Jeffersonville distribution centers. In fact, Indiana is just one of 12 other states that will benefit from the online retailer’s plan to add as many as 7,000 jobs to its warehouses and customer service centers nationwide. […]

Expect New 28-Story Tower in Downtown Indianapolis by 2015

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A sleek, 28-story tower will add its own distinctive flare to the downtown Indianapolis skyline on part of the land formerly occupied by Market Square Arena. Flaherty & Collins Properties, a local Indianapolis developer responsible for 3 other finished projects in the Indianapolis area, will build the $81 million complex which was designed by the […]

Warren Buffett Attends Ceremony for New Geico Center in Carmel Indiana

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A opening ceremony for the new Geico customer service center in Carmel, Indiana was attended by Billionaire investor Warren Buffett. The ceremony took place at the facility that Geico plans to expand sometime within the next couple of years. As many as 1,200 workers will staff the service center when the expansion is complete. So […]

IndyStar in Negotiations to Lease Space Formerly Occupied by Nordstrom

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The Indianapolis Star is reportedly in negotiations with Simon Property Group to lease approximately half of the 210,000 square feet that has remained vacant since Nordstrom left the Circle Center Mall 2 years ago. There is no doubt the move would represent an improvement over the current situation, even if it is not the improvement […]

Groundbreaking Ceremony to be Held for Nash Project in Carmel on Thursday

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A groundbreaking ceremony for the soon-to-be-commenced Nash project will be held in Carmel starting at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 11, 2013. Carmel-based general contractor, Pedcor Companies, which has developed over 10,000 apartment units throughout 12 states, along with Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard, the Carmel Redevelopment Commission, and Carmel City Council will participate. When it […]

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