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Owner of Manayunk Calligraphy. You can find her work at Anthropologie.
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!
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).
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!
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!
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.
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. Pierogi Love Indy has the best pierogis I’ve ever had.
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?
Number 1: Irvington Halloween Festival. There is nothing like it. They have events all October leading up to the festival, and the actual festival is legit my favorite day of the year. Dig IN is also a must-attend event. So much delicious food and beer.
Ellenberger Park in Irvington is our go-to – they have a great farmers market in warmer weather. Of course, the Monon is great for a run or a bike ride. And if we have a whole afternoon to spare, we’ll head to the Indianapolis Zoo.
A. For cocktails Ball & Biscuit.
I think the whole neighborhood of Irvington! We get lots of attention around Halloween (and for good reason!), but it’s great all year round. Very walkable; new shops and restaurants opening every day. Plus, it’s the home of the best beer (Black Acre) and the best pizza (Jockamo’s) and ice cream (Wyliepalooza) in Indy. Am I biased? Maybe. But I don’t think so.
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. Walk on the Monon.