A. I have a background in art, but I didn’t learn calligraphy until I was getting ready for my own wedding. Once the wedding was over, I wasn’t done with calligraphy – I loved it!
A. I’m a coffee shop junkie. I get some of my best ideas sipping cold brew while being surrounded by creative discussions and conversations. I live in Irvington, and my favorite place to work is 10 Johnson Ave. The coffee is amazing, the people are phenomenal, they have rotating art exhibits by local artists, and they have a chalkboard where folks can share their drawings and ideas. Plus, I have dreams about their pistachio muffins. I also love the Monon Coffee Company (the Lavender White Zombie is my jam) and Thirsty Scholar.
A. The murals I do are mostly in private homes, but you can find some large-scale versions of my artwork at Pure Barre downtown. It was a super fun project, and you won’t have any trouble seeing it when you walk in!
A. I am a big fan of fitness classes (yoga, spinning, barre, Pilates, etc.), and fitness studios tend to have big blank walls. Every time I am in a new class, all I can think of is all the cool stuff we could do with those walls. Encouraging messages, inspirational quotes, mottos, etc. Pure Barre is a great example of this in action!
A. We moved here from Philadelphia two years ago, and we love when our East Coast friends come to visit! My favorite spot is downtown. Mass Ave, the Monon, the Cultural Trail – there’s so much to see and do! If our visitors have kids,The Children’s Museum is at the top of our list. Honestly, I have just as much (if not more) fun going through all the exhibits as the kids.
A. I love Jockamo’s in Irvington. Best. Pizza. Ever. Thai Chicken is one of my faves! I am also a huge fan of the food truck scene in Indy. BEAST Food Truck has super creative burgers. Pierogi Love Indy has the best pierogis I’ve ever had.
A. Homespun on Mass Ave is one of my faves! Most everything is made by local artists, and you can find lots of things in there that you can’t find anywhere else. Oliver’s Twist in Carmel has the best selection of stationery and gifts. Another super cool store that is unique to Indy is Agrarian. It’s a homestead supply and general store. I’m not a homesteader, but I love their local food items, farmhouse-style gifts, plant starts, and gardening supplies, and they teach great workshops. And if you are a homesteader, they have everything you need to start beekeeping or raising chickens. Pretty cool, huh?
A. It would definitely start with coffee and a pistachio muffin from 10 Johnson Ave. We’d then take a trip to the zoo in the morning when the animals are up and at ‘em. Take a stroll and do a little shopping on Mass Ave with cocktails at Louie’s Wine Dive. Walk off the booze on the Monon. Finish it up in the Irv with a burger from the BEAST food truck and beers from Black Acre.
President, Athenaeum Foundation
Owner, The Smoking Goose and Goose the Market
Co-Founder, Sun King Brewing
Writer and Exhibit Designer
Former Colt Linebacker and Owner, Brackett Restaurant Group
Blogger, Seersucker + Saddles
Executive Director, Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library
Founder, Mosaic City
IndyCar Racer, Contestant on Dancing with the Stars