Indy Like a Local: Frank Mickens

Who is Frank Mickens?

Anchor on CBS4 This Morning

Q. Coming from North Carolina, you must have had some notions of what Indianapolis would be like. What have you learned so far about the city and its residents?

A. The first thing I’ve learned is people who live in Indianapolis are authentic and genuine in every sense of the word. They’re caring. They’re loving. But the Hoosier hospitality is something they wear on their sleeves. I’ve had free cupcakes given to my wife. I’ve had almost everyone I bump into invite me to their church! I’ve had so many people providing advice about where to take my kids to play, where to get my hair cut, etc.

Q. I understand that you enjoy volunteer work, namely helping children. Do you plan to continue that work here in Indy, and if so, are there organizations you’re interested in working with?

A. I’m taking my time with that. I’m very much engaged with helping people understand they are loved and they are important. That goes back to my faith. I’m very serious about sharing my testimony about how Jesus Christ has saved me. And I love to share that with others. I like to combine that with just helping people where they are. At this time, I’m spending a lot more of my energy helping our family settle in. But in the near future, I will certainly be plugging in to an organization that is making a major difference in the lives of families.

Q. What great restaurants have you discovered in Indy?

A. Number one is St. Elmo Steak House! I also really enjoy Yats. I never knew being served on Styrofoam plates could be so good! I had a great fried chicken meal with some phenomenal mac ‘n’ cheese at The Eagle on Mass Ave. And La Margarita in Fountain Square gave me one of the best Mexican seafood experiences I’ve had in my life. That was the best lunch I’ve had since I’ve been here!

Q. What events are on your calendar to check out for the first time?

A. All of the festivals!  The Big 10 football championship when it comes to town. The NFL Combine. And the NCAA tournament.

Q. You’re a big sports fan, so what teams and/or events are you looking forward to seeing here in Indy?

A. The Indy 500! Grand Prix! I’ve already been to a Pacers game. And I want to go to many, many, many more. I’ve always looked forward seeing the Indy Fuel play. And I’ve got every major basketball team in our area on my to-do list. I want to see IU play in Assembly Hall. I’ve got to go to Hinkle Fieldhouse to see Butler. I’m a big sports fan. I’ll be making a trip up to West Lafayette to catch Purdue on their home court. But of course, I’ll be seeing our Colts play on several Sundays. And the Indy Eleven will be getting a visit from me as well. I spent most of my young life playing soccer across the country. So I really can’t wait to see those guys do their thing.

Q. If you’re in need of some fresh air, what outdoor places do you like to visit?

A. We live in Carmel, so I spent a good amount of time in the parks in that area. We go to Cool Creek Park at least twice a week.

Q. What spots do your children (and your family as a whole) enjoy?

A. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis! We’re there like every Saturday! It’s the best children’s museum I’ve ever seen. We love the Rhythm Discovery Center downtown with all the drums. Our kids love to make noise! So I guess they’re no different than other kids. We’re looking forward to going to the zoo soon as well. We spent a lot of time at the libraries. The Central Library downtown is incredible. We also like the Westfield Washington library. There are so many activities.

Q. Pretend you have one day to spend however you¹d like in Indy. What do you do, eat, and see?

A. I’d like to catch a Colts game and watch them beat the New England Patriots 40-0. Catch lunch at Harry and Izzy’s. See the Pacers beat the Cavaliers at night. And will cap it off with dinner on Mass Ave

Q. Finally, you have to wake up quite early in the morning. What’s your favorite coffee shop?

A. I don’t drink coffee! But The Garden Table on Mass Avenue is one of the coolest places. The atmosphere is so bright but it’s quiet. And their juices they make in-house are delicious and quite healthy. I love how there’s so much natural light. And the folks there are genuinely fun.

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