JUNE 13, 2018

Make it on Mass Ave

Mass Ave Arts District is home to scores of restaurants, unique boutiques, and entertainment venues. But the six-block hotspot isn't just for foodies. More and more, crafters and creators are findings ways to "make it on Mass Ave." From sewing classes to make-your-own-macarons, here are five ways to get creative.

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Crimson Tate

845 Massachusetts Ave., Suite A

Crimson TateNo sewing machine? No problem! Learn to sew at Crimson Tate, a contemporary fabrics, notions, and quilting store. The shop currently offers a "Six Weeks of Sewing 101" class, in which students learn how to make a pin cushion, pillowcase, zippered pouch, and tote bag. The $140 class fee includes a supply kit.  

Homespun: Modern Handmade

869 Massachusetts Ave.

Homespun is a boutique, gallery, and workshop devoted to modern handmade goods. While they sell work from more than 300 crafters, they also offer the occasional workshop, called a "Crafternoon." On July 14, make an air plant holders from polymer clay.

Macaron Bar

425 Massachusetts Ave.

Macaron BarThis much-anticipated sweet shop opens August 1. While geared toward carry-out, the shop will offer three-hour, intensive macaron classes! For $95, attendees will be able to take home all the French macarons they bake (usually around 24 per person). Seasonal flavors include toasted coconut, key lime pie, mimosa, and lemon lavender. Drool. 

Mimosa and a Masterpiece

614 Massachusetts Ave., Suite B

Mimosa and a MasterpieceBack in 2016, Indianapolis Monthly named this Mass Ave establishment as "Best Girls' Night Out." Today, Mimosa and a Masterpiece has more than 17,000 likes on Facebook and continues to guide you, stroke by stroke, through the painting process. So, grab your girlfriends and get those creative juices flowing! It's $35 per painter, with wine and mimosas running $5 a glass. 

Penn & Beech Candle Co.

747 North College Ave.

Create a custom fragrance unique to you! Experts will help you design a blend of premium oils from more than 100 in-store options. Create a candle for your mom, a body spray for your sister, or a reed diffuser for yourself. While walk-ins are welcome at any time, groups of five or more should call ahead. Products start at just $20. 


Dawn Olsen is a native Iowan, a Purdue graduate, and a defender of the Oxford comma. She moved to Indianapolis in 2012 and first lived in an 1860s Victorian in Herron-Morton. Dawn currently resides in historic Holy Rosary, in an apartment that is equidistant from both General American Donut Company and Rocket 88 Doughnuts. She works full-time as an editorial assistant for the Indiana General Assembly, and also works as a freelance writer. Dawn’s work can be found on Historic Indianapolis; Big City, little Indiana; and on her personal blog, where she shares creative non-fiction. When she’s not writing, Dawn is Instagramming, shopping at Homespun, or biking the Cultural Trail.
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