Archives for August 2013

Capital Improvement Board in Negotiations with Pacers for New Deal

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 […]

Feast of Lanterns

Full of life, color, and a bit of quirkiness, the Feast of Lanterns at Spades Park is a festival that shouldn’t be missed. The celebration started with a parade down East 10th Street complete with fire trucks and a marching band. Neighbors marched side by side past front porches decorated with brightly colored lanterns. Ending […]

Smokey Robinson Brings Motown Glory Days to the Palladium in Carmel

For many, the sound of Smokey Robinson singing calls to mind fond memories of the Motown era, a time in the early sixties when music was changing, and hits like “My Girl”, “Operator” and “The One Who Really Loves You” played over transistor radios and jukeboxes across the nation. The one thing all these songs, […]

2013 Cost-Versus-Value Report for Sellers: Minimum Improvements for Max. Return

Think curb appeal. For Indianapolis sellers trying to maximize final sales price with a minimum out-of-pocket, that is the message of the “2013 Cost vs. Value Report” (, which bases its conclusions on data gathered from nearly 3,900 Realtors®, appraisers and agents, together with cost estimates by RemodelMax, a publisher of estimating tools for remodelers. […]

2013 Indy Greek Fest: Get You To The Greek!

Did you miss out on trying the delicious gyros and delectable baklava at Indy Greek Fest? No worries. Here are some pictures to fill you in on what happened at this year’s celebration. There were so many fresh Greek pastries to choose from in the pastry tent. It was difficult to choose! A cooking demonstration […]

Eddie Merlot’s: A Northside Steakhouse in Review

I don’t know how many times I drove past Eddie Merlot’s thinking, “I have got to try that place someday.” Last Friday, I finally got around to it. There are several reasons for why I’d recommend Eddie Merlot’s, but the most important one has got to be the steak. I ordered the 16 oz. Bone-in […]

WARMfest: A Labor Day Weekend Music & Culture Festival

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 […]

Colts Dominate Browns, Defense Shows Improvement in 3rd Preseason Game

For the second week in a row, Jim Irsay has to be in a better Twitter mood. That’s because the Colts looked sharp in a 27-6 victory at Lucas Oil Stadium over the visiting Cleveland Browns. A Productive Offense In a quarterback-driven league, it all starts with the guy behind center. And the Colts have […]

Swag Truck: A Mobile Brand Experience

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

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 […]

Storytelling on Wednesdays at the Glendale Public Library

“Everybody has a story to tell,” says Ken Oguss, a storytelling facilitator for the As I Recall Storytellers Guild. Care to share yours? Long before human knowledge was formalized in printed form there were stories—happy stories, fictional stories, educational stories, and just about any other kind you can imagine. In fact, for a very long […]

Hubbard & Cravens: A Local Coffee Shop

It feels good to support local businesses, to branch out from widespread corporations and search for smaller establishments in the Indianapolis area. These days, my go-to coffee house is Hubbard & Cravens, an Indianapolis based coffee company established in 1991 by Rick Hubbard and Jerry Cravens. H&C has since grown to seven retail locations, each […]

Devour Downtown Summerfest: A Break from the Routine

Eating out on Fridays can become an all-too familiar routine. If you’re like most people you have a list of personal favorites, places you go to because you know they’re good. Maybe you even order the same thing every time. But life is about variety and new experiences too. Problem is, there are so many […]

Colts Put "Crap Performance" Behind Them, Beat Giants 20-12

If Sunday’s performance was any indicator, Jim Irsay’s “commanders” got the memo about his dissatisfaction with the team’s “crap performance” in the preseason opener against Buffalo. The Indianapolis Colts handed the Giants a 20-12 exhibition loss in New York on Sunday. Granted, it is only preseason, which means these games are about talent evaluation and […]

Zombies Walk the Streets as Gen Com Comes to Town

There have been zombie sightings in downtown Indianapolis. No, it is not Halloween, and no, it is not a zombie apocalypse. That’s because these are not your typical zombies. Rather, they are the rare, warm-blooded kind who prefer the taste of pizza, hot dogs and pretzels to human flesh. And they, along with tens of […]

Coming Soon! – TEDx Indianapolis: Mix It Up

Scientists? Artists? Educators? Developers? Anyone craving some innovation and inspiration? TEDx is coming to Downtown Indianapolis for its 2nd year on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at the Hilbert Circle Theatre. The day will include a mix of local and national speakers and performers, recorded TED talks, and interactive experiences. This year’s theme is Mix It […]

3 Days in Paris Review: A Taste of France

Nestled in the bustling City Market in Downtown Indianapolis sits a quaint Parisian food stand that is a diamond in the rough. 3 Days in Paris exceeded my expectations and has been added to my favorite places to dine in Indy. Stepping up to the counter, I ask for their most popular crepe and am […]

Fun at the 2013 Saint Thomas Aquinas Sausagefest

Sausage is among those mouth-watering foods that are just too hard to resist. Sausage lovers got their fill at the 9th annual Saint Thomas Aquinas Sausagefest, which took place Friday and Saturday, August 16-17 at 46th Street & Illinois Street. The annual tradition brings together several local establishments for this 2-day celebration, which features a […]

Butler-Tarkington Homes, History, Facts & Photos

The Butler-Tarkington area of Indianapolis is one of the more sought-after places in which to own a home, with its historic architectural styles, strong home prices and rich community life. It is also one of the more historic neighborhoods in the city, with a history dating back to the mid-to-late 19th century. Map of Butler […]

T.Y. Hilton Provides Bright Spot in Colts’ Pre-Season Loss

The sun wasn’t the only thing shining on the field as the Colts hosted the Buffalo Bills on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium with the retractable roof open. Second-year receiver T.Y. Hilton lined up on the outside of a two-receiver set and then beat Bills cornerback Ron Brooks on a 45-yard Matt Hasselbeck pass. The […]