Prior to moving here, I knew that Indianapolis was a fairly easy city to navigate. I do love a location with a grid system of some sort, though. I also knew that Indy was really big into sports, maybe even more so than Chicago.
I’m definitely looking forward to attending some sporting events, hitting up a few museums, and visiting the zoo. I also plan to bundle up and get out on the Cultural Trail, which fortunately enough, runs parallel to the City Market at one point.
Hoosier hospitality is a real thing! In Chicago, you can go a long time in the span of a day without being acknowledged, but here in Indy, people are super-friendly and go out of their way to see how you’re doing.
The spirits of resilience and grit demonstrated by the merchants had a huge part to play in why I wanted to be here. To work alongside people who are all in, leaving it all on the table, means that they are ready to try something new, or try something again, in order to forge ahead into the future.
Traders Point Creamery has appeared in the date-night rotation for my husband and me. Of course, as I’m making my way eating at all of the City Market merchants, each one I try becomes my new favorite! So far, Cath Coffee and Tea House is my go-to for my morning joe; Gomez Barbecue for some excellent brisket and local, homemade soda; Mauricio’s Pizzeria, which has an excellent chicken alfredo slice; Prox Salads, which has salads as big as my head so they are entirely filling; and for a sweet treat, the chocolate chip cookies from Just Cookies. All delish! And, of course, I wouldn’t be a good Hoosier in the making if I didn’t make my way to Long’s Bakery.
The City Market has had many “traditional” ways of doing business over the years. I think that whatever iteration it takes will be a callback to what it has done in the past. And as places such as The Garage at Bottleworks and the AMP at 16 Tech emerge, they look similar to us in function, so we must be doing something right and may not have to stray too far from where we are now.
Being a small operation is what gives City Market its many different flavors. Prospective merchants seek us out precisely because we are small and operational costs are more attainable. Merchants also get to know not only each other, but administration as well. There is more of a personal touch that not every grouping of businesses is able to offer.
Executive Director of Indianapolis City Market
Illustrator & Digital Artist
Co-Founder of Be Nimble Foundation
Restaurant Owner and Chef
Blogger, Tales & Turbans
Writer and Journalist
Influencer and Entrepreneur
Designer and Owner of Union Western Clothing
Deputy Mayor, City of Indianapolis
Owner of THE TRAP
HGVT's "Good Bones" and Two Chicks District Co.
Handpoke Tattoo Artist
Chapati and Shani's Secret Chicken
Local artist and gallery owner
Kennedy King Memorial Initiative
Artist and Designer
Hotel Broad Ripple
Growing Places Indy
Pediatrician and Entrepreneur
Owner of James Dant
Local Historian and Author
Phoenix Theatre Dance Company
Saxophonist and Restaurant Manager
Salumist and Owner of Turchetti's Salumeria
Barber Shop Owner and Barista
Realtor and Fashion Expert
Music Club Owner and Promoter
Vinyl Record Collage Artist
Food and Drink Purveyors
Ice Cream Innovators
Illustrator and Educator
Painter and Biking Enthusiast
Manager, RUCKUS Makerspace, and Executive Director, Latinas Welding Guild
Food Bloggers and Authors
Artist and Illustrator
Magician and Illusionist
Public School Principal
DJ and Founder, Rad Summer
Zoo Membership Director
T-Shirt Shop Owners
Owner, The Smoking Goose and Goose the Market
Co-Founder, Sun King Brewing
Writer and Exhibit Designer
IndyCar Driver and Team Owner
Owner, Indy Eleven soccer club
Former Colt Linebacker and Owner, Brackett Restaurant Group
Blogger, Seersucker + Saddles
Fine Artist and Musician
News Anchor, WTHR
Executive Director, Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library
Co-Founder of GangGang Culture
Executive Director, Pattern
Former WNBA Star, Indiana Fever
IndyCar Racer, Contestant on Dancing with the Stars
Chalk Artist and T-Shirt Shop Owner
Owner, The Gallery Pastry Shop
Founder of Felege Hiywot Center
Owner, Manayunk Calligraphy
Owner, Like the Lettuce: Fitness + Health Coach