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No matter what you and your family's jam is, this list has it all! Check out the hottest, hippest, healthiest, funkiest, most haunted fall fun you can find in this month's issue.


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and there's no better time to focus on education and prevention of this and other cancers.


Celebrate 30 years of elegance and old-world charm with Charles Mayer & Co.'s Claudia Ryan.


We're celebrating National Women's Small Business Month by highlighting the area's top entrepreneurs in a range of industries. Read on to meet this year's extraordinary women in business.


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October 7, 2022 – February 2023

Front Page at Long-Sharp Gallery

Conrad Indianapolis longsharpgallery.com

In its first show devoted exclusively to the paper medium, Long-Sharp Gallery at Conrad Indianapolis presents Front Page, featuring14 artists from four continents, including Indianapolisbased visual artist Constance Edwards Scopelitis. Meet the artists and view work that ranges from prints and paintings to collage and sculpture at the opening night reception October 7th from 6:30-9pm.




October 13

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox: Life In The Past Lane

The Center for the Performing Arts thecenterpresents.org

Step into the pop music time machine and see the viral phenomenon, Postmodern Jukebox, live at The Palladium. Arranger-pianist Scott Bradlee and his all-star ensemble takes the audience back in time where Gen Z meets old soul and today’s top hits are performed in the musical traditions of yesteryear.

OctoberOctober 14 – 23

The Haunted States of America

Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site bhpsite.org

Experience the Candlelight Theatre at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site in a haunting interactive theatrical event. Guests travel throughout the magnificent home of President Benjamin Harrison, a National Historic Landmark in downtown Indianapolis, perhaps meeting one of the many ghosts from across the country here for a visit this Halloween.


October 15

Locally Made – Indy Fall Fest

Indianapolis Art Center indyartcenter.org

Bring the family for an afternoon of fun at ARTSPARK on the grounds of the Indianapolis Art Center in Broad Ripple. Enjoy art activities for all ages and an artist market featuring artwork, wares and artisanal goods from local and regional artists, along with food trucks, local beer and a variety of wine.

October 21 – 22

Hilly Hundred Ellettsville, Indiana hillyhundred.org

Cycle through the rolling hills of Southern Indiana as the fall colors peak in one of the state’s most popular and longest running bicycle tours. The two-day, 100-mile route takes over 5,500 cyclists from across the globe through Monroe County and beyond for a beautiful (and sometimes brutal) autumn ride.

October 27

DECEPTION: An Evening of Magic and Lies Feinstein’s at Hotel Carmichael feinsteinshc.com

Join magician David Ranalli for an intimate evening of mystery, magic and mind reading. Surprises lurk around every corner in the swanky cabaret—modeled after the legendary 54 Below in New York City. Feinstein’s at Hotel Carmichael is full of wonder and curiosity with this unconventional and interactive show.

October 16

Indiana Bridal & Wedding Expo

Indiana State Fairgrounds

If you are in the whirlwind of wedding planning, make arrangements to visit this one-of-a-kind event to meet some of the city’s premier wedding vendors. From florists and fashion to bands and bakeries, you won’t want to miss this party to help set the stage for your dream wedding.

October 22

“Venetian Nights—a Masquerade Gala” Opera Ball Eiteljorg Museum indyopera.org

Celebrate the Indianapolis Opera at the 20th anniversary of their annual Opera Ball. Come dressed to impress at this year’s masquerade gala, held in the Eiteljorg Museum’s new ballroom, and enjoy casino games, food and drinks, dancing, and live entertainment that includes operatic performances and the Cool City Band.

November 5

Monumental Marathon Downtown Indianapolis monumentalmarathon.com

Experience big race energy with local charm at the 15th annual Monumental Marathon. Racers will begin and end near the Indiana State House, with a fast and flat 26.2 miles winding through downtown city streets, in historic neighborhoods and cultural hubs, across the Indiana State Fairgrounds and along the White River.


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Franciscan Health is a community leader in cancer care, focusing on education, early detection, prevention, treatment and survivorship. This vast healthcare system includes 14 hospitals and multiple medical centers throughout the state, including expanded, specialized services in Carmel, Indiana.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and while breast cancer is one of the most common cancers to affect women in the U.S., skin, lung, cervical and colorectal cancers are also prevalent. Dr. Niraj Gupta has worked in medical oncology for more than two decades and recently joined Franciscan Health to support their statewide, patient-centric oncology program with Franciscan Physician Network Oncology & Hematology Specialists. “Moving forward, we want to ensure that every patient—regardless of their background, their economic status and where they live—has access to compassionate, state-of-the-art care,” says Gupta. Educating patients on their risks and available screening services is a top priority, because, as Dr. Gupta explains, cancers can be treated more effectively and even cured when caught early or prevented all together. “The earlier breast cancer or any cancer is diagnosed, the odds of survival are exponentially better,” he says.

Early detection can make a dramatic difference not only in the outcome of cancer, but in treatment as well. Dr. Gupta advises patients to be their own advocate and to communicate honestly with their general practitioner. For those without known risks, annual skin and cervical cancer screenings should become routine by age 20, mammograms at age 40, and colonoscopies at age 45. Lung cancer is the second most deadly cancer in women, and annual lung scans should be a priority for those that fall into high risk categories, including smokers and former smokers. “[Early detection] makes that much more of a difference in a cancer like lung cancer, which is much more aggressive than many others,” he says. “If picked up early and diagnosed early, the long term outcomes are always better.”

At Franciscan Physician Network Breast & Melanoma Specialists in Carmel, surgeon Dr. Juliana Meyer and certified physician assistant

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Sheri French provide comprehensive surgical care for patients with breast cancer, benign breast disease, family history of breast cancer and melanoma. “There are many different factors to consider when determining whether a woman is at high risk for breast cancer,” says French, pointing out that family history of breast and ovarian cancers, along with genetic mutations, including, but not limited to BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, can play a role. At Franciscan, Tyrer-Cuzick and Gail model screening risk assessments are routine additions to annual imaging, calculating the lifetime risk for patients to age 85. Scores over 20% are considered high risk for breast cancer, and those patients often benefit from consultation with a specialist.

Following the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines, Franciscan counsels high risk patients. French explains that these recommendations usually include increased surveillance, genetic testing and lifestyle modifications to lower risks (including a healthy diet, weight management, regular exercise and minimal alcohol consumption). Risk reducing measures such as chemoprevention are also considered in some cases. If a cancer diagnosis is confirmed and treatment is necessary, you can be assured the team at Franciscan Health will have your best interest in mind every step of the way. “At Franciscan, we have a dedicated, integrated, compassionate team that works together to provide comprehensive care for all of our patients,” says French.


If you think you might be at high risk for cancer, speak with your health care provider. If you are at high risk for breast cancer, consider an appointment at Franciscan Physician Network Breast & Melanoma Specialists in Carmel.

Visit franciscanhealth.org or call 317-781-7391 for more information.

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As the modern version of Charles Mayer & Co. celebrates 30 years, owner Claudia Ryan is inspired by the journey every step of the way—past, present and future.

A step into Charles Mayer & Co. takes you away from real life for a moment, into pure elegance and old-world charm. The store features sophisticated items that will never go out of style, from cosmopolitan tabletop and decorative accessories to European crystal, silver and china, to home furnishings, gifts and jewelry. Claudia Ryan, who revived the iconic Indianapolis department store in 1992, reflects on the past 30 years with gratitude, and she looks to the future with excitement for what is still to come. “Building the Charles Mayer & Co. brand is what I am most proud of,” she says. “And I am grateful to have found the opportunity to create today’s version of a treasure that now inspires a younger generation.”


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Charles Mayer & Co. opened in Indianapolis in 1840, thriving for three generations and more than 115 years in its original downtown location at the intersection of Meridian and Washington streets. The five stories were filled with an unmatched selection of treasures, hand-picked for their exceptional craftsmanship and uncommon appeal by Mayer himself. When Claudia and her husband Tim (a maternal great-great grandson of Charles Mayer) decided to carry on the business in the early 1990s, they sought to reestablish a name that was part of the city’s heritage, while recreating the experience for modern customers.

Claudia says that the original Charles Mayer & Co. was the kind of store where customers were treated like friends and family. “That is one of the most important aspects of the business that we wanted to bring

back—that warmth and high level of customer service.” And since 1992, she has continued to build the brand, always mindful of the reputation and integrity the name Charles Mayer & Co. evokes.

The daughter of a Navy admiral, Claudia grew up traveling the world, experiencing diverse cultures and lifestyles, finding inspiration through it all and falling in love with Europe and the South Pacific. This global ideology, along with her military upbringing and the variety of jobs she has held since her teenage years—including 13 years as a fashion-merchandising vice-president for L.S. Ayers & Co.—have shaped her attitude along the way. The enthusiasm Claudia has devoted to the Charles Mayer & Co. brand is apparent just by looking around the carefully curated boutique. And while

Claudia admits her grandchildren have added a delight to life she did not expect, when it comes to Charles Mayer & Co., she is far from stopping. She finds satisfaction not only as a business owner, but also as mentor to aspiring young women, educating them and helping them to establish connections within the industry. “I have finally realized that it’s the journey that is most important,” she says. “I continue to reinvent my business and really my life, which is part of my mantra and keeps me engaged.”

You will find “beautiful things for a beautiful life” at Charles Mayer & Co., located in the Shoppes at 56th and Illinois. You can also shop online at charlesmayer.com or follow @ charlesmayerco on Instagram to see the latest offerings.

CELEBRATING 30 YEARS Meet artisan jeweler Clara Williams at Charles Mayer & Company Saturday October 28th 10 am to 12 noon. Trunk Show to benefit random acts of flowers Indianapolis


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Lindsay Stafford Making Waves

Lindsay Stafford shows us the ropes at The Burgundy, her recently remodeled salon in the heart of the Carmel Arts & Design District, where she makes luxurious hair feel laid back and low-maintenance.

If you’ve ever desired thicker tresses, had long-hair envy or are just extension-curious, then you need to meet Lindsay Stafford, owner of The Burgundy in Carmel, the area’s premier hair extension salon. With a lengthy knowledge of all things hair, and as the Indiana authority on the beaded row method of handtied extensions, Lindsay is happy to share her expertise with anyone interested in learning more. Her clients range from twenty-somethings to millennials and matriarchs with a range of wishes and

requests. Whether you are dealing with thinning, aging hair and texture issues, or you just want long, sexy locks— Lindsay and her team at The Burgundy are at your service.

“This is where the magic happens,” Lindsay tells me, her own long waves falling past her shoulders. She shows me around The Burgundy, a bright and airy salon on a quaint corner in downtown Carmel. The space is a calm oasis with a bohemian feel, and the expansive hair wall is a billowing focal point

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contrasting with the crispness of the space. Natural locks in all colors, lengths and textures cascade down, almost like a piece of art. “We keep a nice big stock and that's really uncommon to see,” says Lindsay, pleased that the salon is able to provide the extensive variety for stylists and clients when they are ready for a new look.

The comprehensive collection of hair is a rarity among other salons that offer extension services, but

so is just about everything at The Burgundy. Lindsay has grown her business with intention from the ground up, learning everything she can and executing with meticulous attention to detail. She has also trained her staff to the highest standards. Specializing in beaded rows and lived-in color services, Lindsay and her team are laserfocused on the artistry of hair extensions, applying and maintaining every set with beauty, believability and comfort in mind.


A 2004 graduate of the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Lindsay earned a BFA in photography and art history before attending cosmetology school in Washington, D.C. Finding elegance and empowerment in the feminine form has remained a theme throughout her work in both studio art and the beauty industry. She has traveled the country with her husband Bill as he served in the military, living in Washington, D.C., Alabama and Hawaii. She worked in salons along the way, educating herself on hair extension services and having two children before permanently settling in Carmel in 2015. Upon her return to the Midwest, Lindsay jumped at the opportunity to open her own studio salon in Clay Terrace, solely focusing on different extension methods. When she discovered Natural Beaded Rows, a brand out of California, she knew she had found not only the most natural looking method with the best results, but she had found her passion.

Committing to a new method that no one knew much about yet was excruciating work, but it proved fruitful, and getting in on the ground floor has given Lindsay an edge ever since. “I was riding on total belief that I couldn’t fail,” she admits, “and it just took off.” Between 2017 and 2018, Lindsay flew to California four times, taking classes to learn about beaded rows and to perfect her techniques. She also participated in a mastermind and

marketing-business initiative around the method. This education helped her level-up not only her skillset, but her mindset about being a stylist, and allowed her to become one of the first to offer beaded rows in the Midwest.

With the help of Instagram, Lindsay became synonymous with luxe hair extensions in Indianapolis. “I was in my stories and on my feed daily, so that when people thought of hair extensions, they thought of me,” she says, quick to add that her focus on quality never faltered. She soon outgrew her single-chair studio and her waitlist went from weeks to months. It was time to give up the one woman show and hire an assistant. That assistant was soon trained as a stylist, and the business has continued to grow ever since. Lindsay moved her salon into the Arts & Design District three years ago, and now has a full salon of six chairs focusing on hair extensions. Clients drive and fly in from all over the country for the high-end, custom services offered at The Burgundy.

Hair extensions are an investment in both time and money, which is why Lindsay and her talented team concentrate on continued and constant education in order to give each client individualized applications specific to their style. “It’s high maintenance to be low maintenance,” says Lindsay, explaining that the initial appointments do take time and


Lindsay Stafford and her team at The Burgundy in Carmel specialize in beaded row hair extensions using hand-tied wefts of hair, along with dimensional color services to create natural looking, lightweight and comfortable hair enhancements, adding length and volume with less damage and total discretion.

that maintenance appointments are necessary every two months, but the time in between is a breeze, with less shampooing and styling needed. Clients are coached on how to be more intentional with taking care of their hair and also to embrace more depth of color, creating healthier and more manageable hair in the process. The Burgundy’s signature lived-in-color concept adds dimension and refinement, keeping brightness around the face and natural tones blended throughout, for a more genuine overall look that also helps to keep the extensions very discreet. “Here we’re about all the extra details,” says Lindsay. “We really dial it in to make every element as comfortable and believable as possible.”

The Burgundy is a laid-back luxe salon located at 14 S. Rangeline Road on the corner of Main Street in downtown Carmel. Visit theburgundy.net online for more information or to book an appointment, and follow @the.burgundy on Instagram to meet the stylists and see all the beautiful hair.


in Business Faces oF WoMen

Every October, we celebrate National Women's Small Business Month by honoring the area's top entrepreneurs in a range of industries. Let us introduce you to this year's extraordinary women in business.

The past two-and-a-half years have seen both challenges and successes for large and small companies alike. Gaps in equality, weaknesses in the supply chain and concerns in the economy have been laid bare, leaving the landscape of business forever changed. According to Fortune magazine, more than 1 million women have left the workforce since February 2020. Despite these shifts, however, many companies have made progress in diversity and inclusion initiatives, allowing for more women to take on leadership, ownership and entrepreneurial roles.

Did you know that Carmel City Center has one of the highest concentrations of female-owned enterprises in the area, with women at the helm of more than half of the businesses in the development? You can find Ruthanne Burgard there at Out of the Blue Polish Pottery and Gifts, but you can also find these talented gals at the Indiana Design Center, Clay Terrace, the Shoppes at 56th and Illinois, in Zionsville, Broad Ripple and on Main Street in Carmel. Don’t just read about them here—visit their businesses, follow them on social media and support their efforts, because we all enjoy the benefits that small businesses bring, through jobs, revenue and economy to loyalty, friendship and community identity.


The Face of Real Estate: Mary Wernke

"To me, real estate is a passion and a lifestyle."

For nearly two decades, Mary Wernke has made a name for herself in the luxury real estate market, and in the past year, she has vastly expanded her resources and connections within the industry. Mary made a move earlier this year to Encore Sotheby’s International Realty (a boutique brokerage offering local expertise with global reach), and followed that by becoming a founding member of REALM (a global community of the industry’s top thought leaders providing international resources and modernizing the real estate experience). All of these moves have allowed her more opportunities to better serve her clients.

The Kansas native, who came to Indianapolis by way of Chicago, has always had a keen eye and savvy sensibility when it comes to real estate, making her a valued ally to buyers and sellers alike. Her ardent commitment to excellence is what sets her apart, and is what made the collaboration with Encore Sotheby’s a natural fit. “I'm thrilled to be part of Encore Sotheby's International Realty,” says Mary, “where my clients will benefit from the expanded reach, extraordinary marketing, and my continued level of luxury service, all stemming from the unparalleled legacy of the brand.” Over the summer, Mary and her team opened the new Encore Sotheby’s office in Midtown and continue to build their community here and beyond. While Mary has always enjoyed helping clients relocate to Indianapolis, she is now able to connect those considering a second home, vacation property, or an out-of-state move with luxury agents at Sotheby’s offices around the world.

Visit the Mary Wernke Real Estate Group at 726 East 65th Street in Broad Ripple. Connect online at marywernke.com and by following @marywernkerealestategroup to stay up to date on current listings, trends and tips, and industry insight.


"To me, jewelry is meaningful connection and purpose."

With more than 20 years in the jewelry industry, and seven years owning and operating her own boutique, Dana Friedman is still excited by all of it. From discovering new designers, to curating the cases, to building relationships along the way, the elements of the industry that she loves are layered, just like her bracelets and necklaces. Though not a large operation, Petite G has an unmatched selection of boutique designers, fine jewelry, fashion pieces and estate finds, offering custom jewelry, engagement and bridal pieces, along with heirloom repairs. Dana gravitates toward small, trendsetting labels that often aren’t found anywhere else in the Midwest.

Non-Stop Bracelets, or adult friendship bracelets as Dana calls them, are the latest look you’ll find at Petite G. “It’s a bracelet that's always on your wrist, but there is no clasp,” she says of the 14K chains that are welded right on the wrist. “So it's eternal, like you're bonded forever.” Currently available in four styles: Paris, NYC, LA and now Milan, these delicate, stylish reminders are perfect for mothers and daughters, sisters and friends. “We keep adding styles,” says Dana, “and now you can add charms.” Glam trunk shows and quarterly piercing parties that include professional piercings and earrings galore for the perfectly curated ear have gained a following. Also gaining popularity are lab-grown diamonds, which Dana explains are authentic and identical to mined diamonds, but produced with cleaner and more earth friendly methods. Dana and her team are passionate about educating clients on what is available and finding or creating just the right piece of jewelry for them.

Shop Petite G Jewelers in the Shoppes at 56th and Illinois in Indianapolis or online at petiteg.com. Follow @petitegjewelers on Instagram for news, tips and the latest jewelry trends.


The Face of Visual Art:

"To me, visual art is something that immediately zooms into your emotional heart and soul. Do not confuse visual art with decoration.”

Constance Edwards Scopelitis has had art studios all over the world—in Greece, Maui and New York, along with a permanent studio inside the Stutz building for much of her career. Recently, she moved her work into a newly completed home studio, which she has been manifesting for quite some time. “It was an adjustment at first,” says the self-described city girl, and she admits that the move has changed her lifestyle a bit—now that she’s located along the White River in a pure nature-scape with eagles and herons. In an era where artists’ studios are hard to come by, Constance sees this as a monumental achievement in terms of an Indianapolis-based artist.

While Constance has always done an extensive amount of commissioned portraiture for family and corporate clients across the country, in both oil and mixedmedia, she also has a large body of creative contemporary work. Right now, she is working in the experimental areas of digital art media, with lenticular photographic prints and videos which, in turn, support original monumental drawings on paper. These can be found on display at The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette until the end of November, and in the Richmond Art Museum in 2023. Her work also appears at the Long-Sharp Gallery at Conrad Indianapolis, where she is the featured artist-in-residence until the end of the year. Her work is showcased throughout the hotel, and is also part of a group show, Front Page, which highlights works on paper (opening October 7).

Visit constancescopelitis.com to view Constance’s portraits and contemporary work and to find out about future shows. Follow @constanceart on Instagram for views of her studio life and artworks in progress.


The Face of Kitchen Design:

“To me, kitchen design is the harmonious orchestration of space planning, finish details and architectural elements woven together to create a space suited to our clients’ needs.”

Amy Kreutz provides her clients not only with impeccable designs, but with a space customized to their exact form and function. As partner and senior designer at Conceptual Kitchens, a design firm offering tailored design services and high-quality millwork, Amy believes that well designed kitchens begin by getting to know her clients and understanding how a space is going to be used. “Are the finishes sturdy enough to take on the daily use of a busy family?” and “Will there be enough seating and refrigeration space to entertain a group of fifteen guests?” are just some of the questions she considers. “We interview each client to understand their needs and aesthetic desires, and guide them through each step of a remodel process,” says Kreutz, adding that the Conceptual Kitchens team prioritizes new product education to give clients expert knowledge on the cutting-edge kitchen technology that suits their needs.

With a degree in interior design from Ball State University and extensive experience at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, Amy is a certified kitchen designer with NKBA accreditation and a broad portfolio in the field of high-end design for residential and commercial projects. This past August, she celebrated ten years with Conceptual Kitchens — a proven stand-out in the National Kitchen & Bath design community. “At Conceptual Kitchens, we love to create unexpected designs that blend seamlessly into the existing architecture of our clients’ homes. From the overall layout and flow to the last detail, we want your kitchen to work for you,” says Amy.

Visit Conceptual Kitchens in the Indiana Design Center, located at 200 South Rangeline Road in Carmel, Indiana. To see some of Amy’s designs, visit www. conceptualkitchens.com and follow @ conceptualkitchens on Instagram.


The Face of Art

“To me, art conservation is preserving our cultural heritage for generations to come, and matting and framing is making it beautiful for generations to come.”

At Easter Conservation Services, Jean Easter specializes in museum quality conservation of frames, furniture and a wide array of art objects and antiques. She also offers archival matting, framing and hanging services. “We are always getting in new frames and are available for any type of art consultation,” says Jean, pointing out that when it comes to fine European antique picture frames, they are the only resource in the Midwest offering such an impressive collection of these treasures.

Art has always been a part of Jean’s life, and she has had an interest in fixing things and making them whole again since childhood. After earning a degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and working at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in frame conservation, Jean decided to go into business for herself, opening Easter Conservation Services in 2001. Art conservation differs from restoration work and requires that all procedures are reversible, just in case a better technique becomes available. “We work with the newest technology in conservation,” Jean explains, adding that the standards and ethics at Easter Conservation are those of the American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), where she serves as a professional associate. Her impeccable standards and highly trained team offer a unique skillset, with the ability to conserve items and heirlooms damaged by water, fire, smoke and more.

For art and antique conservation, archival matting and framing, visit Easter Conservation Services located at 1134 East 54th Street in Indianapolis. For more information, find easterconservation.com online and follow @easter_conservation on Instagram.

Conservation: Jean Easter Easter Conservation Services Owner

The Face of Fashion:

"To me, fashion is an expression of who we are as a person."

The Secret Ingredient has long been a women’s fashion destination in the Shoppes at 56th and Illinois, with women’s styles and accessories ranging from formal wear to relaxed fit and everything in between.

Pamela Ellis, who took over ownership in 2021, doesn’t take her role for granted, and calls it an honor to be a part of the city’s fashion scene. She has continued the boutique’s legacy by giving back to the community, sponsoring fashion shows, and carrying many of the same designer labels. At the same time, she has brightened things up, made it her own and continues to evolve the company.

A native of Walton, Indiana, Pam has always loved fashion, studying apparel and textiles at Indiana State University. She has built a career in the industry throughout the country, most recently overseeing operations and helping to launch a new athletic line with her friend Juetta West in Daytona, Florida. Pam is constantly seeking out new trends.

“Everything comes back around in fashion, it doesn't matter what era,” she says, “and that's what I truly love about it.” As a female entrepreneur, Pam believes it is important for women to encourage and support one another. “I want to have something for every woman that walks into The Secret Ingredient,” she says. “It is my goal to stock items you wouldn’t find anywhere else,” she says, adding that every item in the store is intentional and allows women to express their individual personalities with a little sparkle and shine.

Visit The Secret Ingredient in the Shoppes at 56th and Illinois in Indianapolis. Find out more and shop online at thesecretingredient. us or follow @secretingredientstore on Instagram.


The Face of Marketing and Communications:

"To me, marketing and communications is understanding the individual—the specific goals, the brand and the journey of each of our clients—and then helping them find and share their voice and their value to help them expand and grow.

Cat Toomey has a talent for translating technological jargon into everyday language so that it can be meaningful and impactful for everyone. That’s because technology has immense benefits, but only if we can understand it. At CATalyzing Communications, Inc., Cat and her team help small, medium and large global companies grow their business and expand their brand. Originally from Washington, D.C., Cat graduated from Towson State University in Baltimore, Maryland, served in the U.S. Navy at Miramar in San Diego, California, and returned to civilian life, building a career as a leader in the tech industry, eventually settling in Indianapolis. “Ultimately, I made a name for myself in the technology business for marketing and growing businesses and working with customers all over the world,” she says.

After years of success in the corporate realm and being honored with many industry awards, Cat founded CATalyzing Communications, Inc. in 2016, drawing on her vast experience and unique skillset within technology and marketing. Today, Cat and her team of graphic designers, writers and online development specialists work with companies around the globe and right here in our community. Area clients include tech-minded enterprises like TRIPhase Technologies and others, including artists and designers. Through collaborative partnerships with these companies, CATalyzing helps build the brand by offering both turnkey marketing solutions and strategically implemented marketing plans that can help grow a marketing department from the ground up. “I have a strong passion—obviously for technology, marketing and for consumer electronics,” says Cat, “But above all of that I have a passion to mentor other people.”

For more information, email CATalyzing Communications at info@catalyzingcomm.com.

"To me, architectural design is a unique form of self-expression where one can physically exist and live within your vision!"

Architectural designer and Carmel native Emily Handke has been busy designing homes in some of the most sought-after neighborhoods, such as Promontory and Holliday Farms in Zionsville, since opening her own architectural design firm last year. The first year has been a whirlwind, she says, but has exceeded all of her expectations. Emily sets her business apart by offering in-house, custom 3-D renderings every step of the way. “Technology has come a long way,” she says, adding that clients benefit so much and avoid so many hurdles when they can view their future home in 3D and color from the very first design presentation. In addition, she is able to fully model the property’s topography, giving additional perspective to home design and land use.

After graduating with a degree in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, Emily worked on commercial projects in Seattle, Washington, designing for Nordstrom. It was in Seattle that she fell in love with luxury residential design.

“It allows me to be so much more creative than I ever could be for a commercial firm,” she says. Emily loves mixing architectural styles and keeping her designs different by leaning into the individual needs and lifestyles of her clients. She realizes there aren’t many other women working in her niche locally, and she believes being a mom gives her a unique way to connect with her clients. “I understand how young families live,” she says, explaining that she loves getting to know her clients on a personal level to inform her designs.

See Emily’s portfolio and find out more at emilyhandkedesign.com. Follow @ emilyhandkedesign on Instagram for her latest work and 3-D renderings.

The Face of Architectural Design:

The Face of Polish Stoneware:

"To me, Polish pottery is a way that I can bring beauty and joy to everyday life.”

Ruthanne Burgard received her first piece of Polish pottery while living overseas in Hamburg, Germany, and has been using it every day since. “I started collecting a few pieces and started using it, and it was just so fun…and there are so many patterns,” she says. Polish stoneware is not only beautiful, but it is durable, being microwave, oven and dishwasher safe. For Ruthanne, her collection became a passion, and although she wasn’t looking to turn the hobby into a career, that’s exactly what happened.

Only a year after her return to the states, Ruthanne opened Out of the Blue Polish Pottery & Gifts in Monticello, Illinois, in 2006. She expanded to a second location in Carmel, Indiana, in 2018, being attracted to the European feel of Carmel City Center. Ruthanne sources the hand-painted, one-ofa-kind pieces direct from Polish factories in Boleslawiec, Poland, making an annual trip to see the new patterns and shapes. Along with bakeware, bowls, plates and platters, Out of the Blue also offers home décor and seasonal pieces. Ruthanne says the coffee mugs are her favorite, because they are such a happy way to start the day, but she also loves her lasagna baker and pasta plates. “People love collecting Polish pottery,” she says, adding that it is rewarding to share her love of Polish pottery with avid collectors and those shopping for their very first piece.

Visit Out of the Blue Polish Pottery & Gifts at 727 Hanover Place in Carmel City Center, or shop online at outofthebluepottery.com. Follow @polishpotterycarmel to find your next favorite pattern or piece.


The Face of Photography:

“To me, photography is a tangible means of connection—to a time, a place, a feeling—that we can hold on to for generations."

Gaby Noël has built a successful business making pictures and portraits, blending her creativity with an entrepreneurial spirit. As she continues to grow GC Photography through capturing weddings, new babies and families, as well as commercial and editorial work, she doesn’t take the responsibility lightly. With natural beauty and artistic merit, Gaby creates modern day heirlooms that can be enjoyed now and in the years to come.

To Gaby, photographs are more than just a moment in time—they are an experience. With an expanded suite of end-toend services, she is able to provide an unmatched level of luxury when it comes to photography and portraiture. With a BFA from Indiana University and experience at the International Center of Photography in New York City, Gaby has an adept eye for composition and top-notch technology, and her expertise sets her apart. The added conveniences she provides—including full hair and makeup services, an abundant client wardrobe for the entire family, and an impeccable natural light studio—make her the area’s most sought after photographer.

“I realize I am capturing some of the most important and intimate parts of life,” she says. “It’s truly such a privilege to hold that kind of trust with my clients.”

After the photography session, Gaby offers custom album design and execution, framing services and gallery wall design. “I walk clients through the entire process of image making, and then give them a tangible heirloom at the end that they can pass on to their kids,” she says.

Gaby is currently booking sessions this winter and beyond. For more information and to see Gaby’s work, visit gcphotography.com and follow @g_cphotography on Instagram.


The Face of Interior Design:

"To me, interior design is breathtaking, but well thought out and livable spaces. It is functional. It is approachable. It is suited to the client that will be raising their families, entertaining their friends and neighbors, and creating memories in their gorgeous new or remodeled home.”

Chicago native Stephanie Wiott feels right at home in Carmel, and she loves creating that feeling for others with her thoughtfully designed residential interiors. Stephanie’s designs keep the whole family in mind and are not only appealing, but also comfortable, touchable and livable. “Our style is beautiful homes that you can easily see yourself living and creating memories in,” she says. Stephanie works with her clients every step of the way, getting to know them personally in order to create a space that is practical yet still elegant.

Previously concentrating on kitchen design and remodeling projects, Stephanie has widened her focus with Stephanie Wiott Designs. Her full-service interior design firm encompasses multi-unit planning and development, residential remodels and custom home construction. “Here there is a lot of new construction, and I was getting a lot more requests for full interior design services,” explains Stephanie. She has continued to grow her business, collaborating with Sigma Builders in two Home-a-Rama showcase homes, the first in 2020 in Holliday Farms and most recently this year in Chatham Hills. Last year, she also opened the doors to a brick-andmortar studio and retail shop in the Indiana Design Center. The inspiring space includes functional work stations and comfortable seating for clients, along with a curated selection of furniture and home goods.

Visit Stephanie Wiott Designs studio and retail shop in the Indiana Design Center, located at 200 South Rangeline Road in Carmel, Indiana. To see Stephanie’s work, visit stephaniewiottdesigns.com and follow @stephaniewiottdesigns on Instagram.


The Face of Bridal Fashion:

Adrienne Love

"To me, bridal fashion is not about selling a wedding gown—it’s about providing an experience for the girl that has been dreaming of this moment for her entire life."

When it comes to bridal fashion, Adrienne Love is the expert. With a curated selection of exclusive couture dresses at each of her showrooms and unmatched experience, Adrienne has been helping brides say “yes” to the dress for more than a decade. Although she originally never saw herself in the wedding industry, now she couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. What began in a tiny studio barely big enough for a fitting room has grown into four locations, each with their own unique vibe and a shared commitment to service.

“I want that Midwest bride to have the exact same experience that the New York City bride, or the L.A. bride, or the London bride is going to have,” Adrienne says. With the largest inventory and most square footage in the state, Adrienne is able to give brides a unique setting and luxe treatment as they shop for their special day. The new location in Clay Terrace (which is featured in this season of “Good Bones” on HGTV) has expanded offerings, more personalized services, and even a few surprises in store. For Adrienne, the enterprise is a perfect match. “I fell in love with the brides, and I fell in love giving them an experience that they weren't getting anywhere else,” she says.

To find out more, browse gowns or to book an appointment visit theweddingstudios. net. You can find The Wedding Studio at Clay Terrace Mall in Carmel, as well as in Greenwood, Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky. Stay tuned for the launch of Adrienne’s own bridal fashion line, MaddLove, a collaboration with her very first employee, Haley Maddox.


"To me, beautiful brows look natural, create balance and frame the face perfectly."

Ali Erdel recently celebrated five years in the microblading business, cutting the ribbon this past summer on her Zionsville studio—a warm, welcoming space with a rock-and-roll vibe. The certified microblading artist and creator of the #badassbrowsclub previously served as a special education teacher, but she was ready for a change that offered more time and flexibility for her family. Ali fell in love with microbladed brows— especially the art of making them authentic and undeniably real. “At ARCHED Studio, we want to create brows that look realistic and as natural as possible,” she says, adding that her clients are both men and women of all ages, some traveling across the country for the ARCHED experience and their signature, fluffy brows.

With a natural artistic talent, Ali loves the artistry and creative outlet microblading provides, as well as the connections she has made with her clients and within the industry. In 2021, Beth Wyeth joined Ali at ARCHED, also shifting careers after working in dental hygiene. “Beth is such an amazing artist. She creates beautiful, natural brows that exemplify what we do at ARCHED,” says Ali. The two make a terrific team and share a passion for helping clients gain confidence and happiness through the art of microblading, especially those recovering from chemotherapy treatments or those who suffer from alopecia, trichotillomania and other hair loss issues. They also make a point to give back to the community and recently hosted an after-hours wine tasting event at the new studio to benefit The Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, with more in store.

Visit ARCHED Studio at 260 S. 1st Street in Zionsville and follow @arched.by.ali and @framedbybeth on Instagram to find out more and book an appointment for beautiful brows online at archedstudioinc.com.

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An Absolute Guide to Local Pizza

Pizza originally appeared in Naples, Italy, and it has been a part of American history since the early 1900s. To this day, restaurants around the country continue to put their own spin on this high-ranking favorite, always leaving us hungry for more.

October is National Pizza Month, and everybody wants a piece of the pie. No matter what you’re in the mood for, chances are there is a local kitchen serving up your favorite. Here we feature some of the best pizzerias in the area, for traditional and adventurous eaters alike. Whether you’re in the mood for wood-fired fare, classic thin crust, a bold selection of toppings, or all of the above, we’ve got you covered, and you have permission to celebrate all month long.

At the Neapolitan-inspired Pizzology, pizza is “for the people,” says manager Carlee Hunter, who compares the restaurant and its dedicated regulars to an episode of Cheers. The kitchen prepares the wood-fired, artisanal pies with from-scratch dough and hand-pulled mozzarella, delivering a mouthwatering meal with true character and creativity. “Wood-fired pizza is what we know, and we do it pretty dang well,” Hunter says. The pies are topped with only the best locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, and united through tempting flavor combinations. “The complexity and variety of our menu keep our guests captivated and eager to see what new dishes we plan on rolling out each season,” she adds.

This fall, try The Saint, with wood-roasted mushrooms, peppadew peppers and fresh mozzarella, or the Bee Keeper, with soppressata, jalapeño, fresh mozzarella and local honey. Be sure to check back for a shaved Brussels sprout pizza making a menu debut soon.

13190 Hazel Dell Parkway, Carmel, IN pizzologyindy.com @pizzology on Instagram

@arnisrestaurant on Instagram

4705 East 96th Street, Indianapolis | 1691 Curry Road, Greenwood | 251 W Northfield Dr, Brownsburg

For a classic, thin-crust pizza and hometown charm, Arni’s can’t be beat. Satisfying loyal customers since 1965, when Arnold “Arni” Cohen opened the doors of his first pizza shop in Lafayette, the partysliced pizzas have become a tradition, whether you dine in, carry out or have the pizza shipped to your door. Arni Cohen was inducted into the Indiana Restaurant Association Hall of Fame in 2002, and today there are nearly 20 Arni’s locations across the state.

Brothers Curt and Brad Cohen, sons of the original Arni, work hard to live up to their dad’s standards and further his legacy, always committed to good food and good service. The custom-made, spicy ground pepperoni is Curt’s favorite topping, and most customers agree, but it’s not the only thing that sets Arni’s apart. “Our dad’s name is on the sign,” he says, “so we take a lot of time making sure we do things the right way.”

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@bazbeaux on Instagram

111 W. Main Street, Carmel

811 E. Westfield Blvd, Broad Ripple

The legendary, gourmet-style pizzas and unforgettable scene at Bazbeaux have been a part of Indy’s culture for more than 35 years. The hand-made, oven-fired pies offer a crisp crust (white, wheat or gluten-free) topped with traditional and exotic toppings in daring, but delightful medleys. Owner Jeff Berman jokes that choosing a favorite pizza is like choosing a favorite child, and refuses to name just one. “We pride ourselves on making our dough fresh daily and we don’t cut corners,” he says, adding that anything with their house-made pesto is fantastic. “You also can’t go wrong with our pepperoni and sausage,” he says, adding that they spice the pork in house for both their Italian and Mexican sausage.

All three Bazbeaux locations offer a fun, eclectic atmosphere, but we recommend enjoying your specialty pie along with a glass of wine or cold craft beer along the Monon Trail at the Carmel Arts & Design District site.

ABSOLUTELIVING 333 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis

@diavola_indy on Instagram

1134 E. 54th Street, Indianapolis

Honored among the top 50 pizzerias in the U.S., Diavola, a small family operation in SoBro, seeks to incorporate all Italy has to offer, every single day. “It was an incredible honor and humbling thrill to be included amongst other amazing pizzerias—most importantly by those in Italia that we respect so much, follow, and pay homage to,” says a grateful Lori Welch, who owns Diavola with her husband, a native of Vicenza, Italy.

The Neapolitan-style pizzeria adheres to traditional standards from Naples, using only the best ingredients, sourced both locally and from Italy when needed. “We pride ourselves in freshness, authenticity, and experience,” says Lori. The scratch-made dough goes through a proofing process, is stretched by hand, then fired in the Italian brick and always made to order. While you can’t go wrong with the signature Margherita, the Truffle Funghi with Italian sausage, roasted mushrooms, burrata cheese and truffle oil is an autumn classic.


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