June 28th, 2013

Tight-knit community puts “home” in Cottage Home

by Jonathan Allinson

I’m a serial mover. Once-sometimes-twice-a-year for the past seven years I have been unable to stay put. So when my partner Kristin and I decided to move downtown last year, we had high hopes of finding a neighborhood where we could put down our roots. As renters, we yearned for a place where we would […]

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June 21st, 2013

Mrs. Shabazz’s Candy Store

by Emily Vanest

Next to a few prolific fruit trees in a neighborhood orchard on Central Avenue sits a small, white gem of a house on the edge of old Herron-Morton Place which has become my new favorite “best-kept city secret” . . . Mrs. Shabazz’s combination health food and candy store.  Next to rows of vitamins, herbs, […]

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June 19th, 2013

Many advantages to settling in St. Clair Place

by Emily Hinkel

  When Joel and Darby Chodakowski first visited St. Clair Place and saw their house, there was a huge hole in the ceiling—not something that most young couples look for in their ideal kitchen.  Fortunately, they were both able to look past that and see a vision of the home that it could one day […]

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June 13th, 2013

Singing the city’s stories

by Paul Smallman

Having just graduated with a degree in music, receiving the offer from the Harrison Center for the Arts to write music for the summer with almost complete artistic freedom seemed too good to be true. Soon after, the realization that I would be writing exclusively about one neighborhood in Indianapolis set in. I thought, “I […]

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June 12th, 2013

What the Harrison Center Does

by Emily Vanest

“I want to live in a place where I can have an open door.  I walk down Bellefontaine and find what I’ve been looking for.” from Good Health by Paul Smallman On Saturday evening, I sat in the City Gallery watching shoppers making their last impulse buys from the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange.  I saw quirky […]

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June 2nd, 2013

Kyle Ragsdale’s new exhibit, Dream Boats, takes to the Indy skies

by Emily Vanest

Moonlight Over Sears/O’Malia’s Two years ago, I was delivering my neighborhood newsletter on a new street.  As I walked up to an unfamiliar door, I caught a glimpse through the screen of the dreamy couture figures of a Kyle Ragsdale painting — an instant connection.  Kyle Ragsdale’s work is ubiquitous in Indianapolis, seen everywhere from […]

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