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Ladies Who Lunch: Cafe Patachou is a Slice of Yum

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Last week I was able to catch up with several friends who were also taking some time off of work due to spring break. After days and days of experiencing kid friendly fun, we were all ready for a an adult respite. Enter Cafe Patachou. With several locations around the city, chances are there’s one […]

Downtown Indy Stay-cation with Tweens & Teens

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If there is one thing kids love (at least my kids), it’s Spring Break. If there is one thing kids hate, it’s staying home for Spring Break. While Central Indiana doesn’t have much to offer in the way of sand and surf, there are several things for the tween and teen set that make a […]

Indianapolis Ranked #1 for Downtown Living

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Livability.com recently ranked Indianapolis as the #1 city to live in when in comes to downtown dwelling. The criteria used by the website included: Good entertainment options Well-planned design Unique architecture Green spaces Walkability Moving from suburbia to downtown has been a dream of mine (and my husband’s) for several years, especially since our daughter […]

3 Great Places to Watch March Madness

Although Indiana's favorite teams aren't in the tourney this year, you can still count on March Madness to run high among the state's basketball fans.

“Everywhere else, it’s just basketball…but this is Indiana!” I’m not sure who was the first to say that, but if you’ve been in Indiana during the month of March, you understand. In the great Hoosier state, basketball is practically a religion and the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, affectionately know as “March Madness,” is the greatest […]

New Day Offers Crafty Recipe for Stress Relief

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You know the feeling. Get the kids to 3 different places at the same time. Finish up that big report for the boss. Spin your wheels figuring out what’s for dinner and trying to remember if you turned the iron off before you left the house. Soon, the stress builds up so that you can […]

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 […]

Indianapolis: Not Just a Transition City, but a Place to Live

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Shout-out to a fellow Hoosier filmmaker and his video about the rebirth of Circle City. Have you watched it yet? Indianapolis: Circle City Rebirth from Dusty Frey on Vimeo. Local filmmaker, Dusty Frey, did an excellent job capturing the essence of Indianapolis and portraying why this city should not just be seen as an inbetween […]

Local Dining Treasures: 10 Must-Order Menu Items

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There is no shortage of amazing restaurants in Indianapolis. Over the years, I’ve cultivated a few favorite menu items from each local restaurant. I know there is so much out there, I should really be exploring new food and restaurants instead of constantly ordering the same thing. But our favorites are just so good and […]

Get your Mardi Gras on at B’s Po Boy

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After what seems like the longest February in the history of the modern world, March is upon us. And it brings with it the Christian season of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras — Fat Tuesday — is the day of gluttonous celebration before Lent begins. If you’re in Indianapolis and you want […]

Spring Broadway Season in Indianapolis Begins in March

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The 2013-2014 Broadway season in Indianapolis resumes next month, when Ghost the Musical opens in Indianapolis on Tuesday, March 4th. There has been a long break in this Broadway season, with no shows since Wicked in November. Wicked was beautifully done, and I had an amazing evening with my mom, sisters, and my teen daughter. […]

Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library 3rd Anniversary Celebration

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On Saturday, January 25th join the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library in their 3rd Anniversary Celebration. The afternoon will start with a welcome by Indianapolis Deputy Mayor Olgen Williams at 12:15 pm. Something to Cheer About, a film chronicling the 1955 Crispus Attucks Tigers state basketball championship will be shown shortly after. Dan Wakefield, the Hoosier […]

Serenade Jazz Orchestra’s Big Band Holiday Show at the Jazz Kitchen

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The Jazz Kitchen is the place to be Wednesday, as The Serenade Jazz Orchestra’s Big Band Holiday Show offers a unique, Big Band interpretation of classic holiday melodies. The performance starts around 7 p.m. and tickets are $10, so it you might want to arrive in time to still get a good seat. It’s a […]

Can’t Wait ’til Black Friday? Mass Ave Midnight Shopper Starts Nov 22

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For some people, Christmas can never come soon enough. For anyone who falls into this category, Mass Ave in downtown Indianapolis is THE place to be on November 22. This year marks the 12th anniversary of Mass Ave Midnight Shopper, an annual event in which stores along Mass Ave keep their doors open until midnight […]

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 […]

IndyJazzFest Still in Full-Swing, Block Party

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IndyJazzFest will be in full “swing” for 3 more days. This annual festival has already seen some outstanding performances. The Blues Side, a sextet consisting of Cynthia Layne, Tad Robinson, Gordon Bonham, Rob Dixon, Kevin Anker and Frank Smith performed on Tuesday at the Jazz Kitchen. Ravi Coltrane, son of the legendary jazz saxophonist John […]

Art Squared – Fountain Square

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Make Art. Be Art. Buy Art. In Fountain Square this Saturday, September 21 you’ll get three amazing art events for free. Pedal and park will be available at 1015 Virginia Avenue. Make Art: Participate alongside artists, students, and neighbors to create your own work of art with Masterpiece in a Day. It is a free […]

WARMfest: A Labor Day Weekend Music & Culture Festival

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Though temps may be hot this coming Labor Day weekend, there’s an even hotter line-up coming to Broad Ripple Park for a three day music festival. WARMfest’s mission is to encourage the use of the White River as a recreational hangout space for the community by bringing together several local cultural entities and dozens of […]

Thoughts on "Avec Moi," a Broad Ripple Restaurant

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“Avec Moi” is an independently owned Indianapolis restaurant in the heart of Broad Ripple. I had high hopes for this place, and wanted nothing more than to add it to my list of personal favorites. What I found was somewhat disappointing I’m sad to say, even though there were some things done very nicely. And, […]

Bill Lancton and the Red Hot Whiskey Sippers Bring N’Orleans Flare to Jazz Kitchen

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Bill Lancton and the Red Hot Whiskey Sippers will perform Tuesday night from 6-9pm at the Jazz Kitchen in Broad Ripple as part of the “New Orleans Nights on the JK Patio” weekly concert series. In case you’re unfamiliar with him, Lancton is one of the most accomplished and prolific guitarists in the Midwest. Born […]

The Vintage Indiana Wine & Food Festival at Military Park

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While Central Indiana is no Napa Valley, there nevertheless exists a thriving wine culture, one that appreciates the paring of great wine and food. For anyone who falls into this category, the Vintage Indiana Wine & Food Festival is the place to be. Now in its 14th year, the Vintage Indiana Wine & Food Festival […]

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