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Dawn Olsen

Book it to these 8 independent bookstores in Indianapolis

The good news: There are more bookstores in the United States than last year. The great news: Eight of those bookstores are here in Indianapolis. In addition to Indy Reads, Irvington Vinyl & Books, and Kid’s Ink, there are four—soon to be five—new independent bookstores in the city. Read on to learn…

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5 Neighborhoods to Shop on Small Business Saturday

Get those shopping lists ready — Small Business Saturday is fast approaching. This year, the quintessential American “holiday” takes place Nov. 25. Created by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday encourages shoppers to skip the big boxes in favor of local shops. Here in Indianapolis…

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Hidden Gems: Five Speakeasies to Visit in Indianapolis

We’re going to let you in on a little secret. Well, five secrets, anyway. Here are five modern speakeasies that embrace the cocktails, ambiance, and mystery of the ‘20s and ‘30s. Bootleggers Bootleggers is on point . (That’s a hint.) This brick-walled bunker is gritty in all the right places, with…

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Go Bananas at Go Ape Zipline & Adventure Park

Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle. For the second year in a row, Go Ape Zipline & Adventure Park has been named one of North America’s top aerial adventure parks. Initially, the outdoor treetop experience was one of 20 nominees for USA Today’s “10 Best Aerial Adventure Parks.” After USA Today readers…

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James Beard Award Semifinalists Include Vida Executive Chef

Thomas Melvin remembers the first time he diced an onion perfectly. Or thought he did, anyway. When Thomas offered up his onion for inspection, his chef tossed it and said, “Do it again.” Now, Thomas is the executive chef at Vida and a first-time James Beard Award semifinalist. At first, Chef…

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Indy Architecture Through the Ages

It’s not every day you turn 200. This year, Indianapolis celebrated its bicentennial by recognizing twenty decades of innovation, expansion, and civic pride. Part of the city’s history, though, lies in its architecture. Through these iconic buildings, you can explore Indy’s architectural styles—and…

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New IMS Museum Exhibit Celebrates Rocket Rick Mears

In final laps of the 1991 Indianapolis 500, “Rocket” Rick Mears and Michael Andretti dualled for the win, trading the lead back and forth. Longtime Indy 500 fans remember the drivers’ dramatic outside passes, but it was Mears who ultimately pulled ahead, winning his fourth Indy 500. With that…

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A New Exhibit Opens at Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site

For residents of Indianapolis, June 25, 1888 was a day (and night) of celebration. In an unexpected turn of events, one of the city’s most respected citizens, Benjamin Harrison, had won his party’s nomination for President. The news flashed across the city, excited voices swelled, and a spontaneous…

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