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Good Leaders are Good Connectors You can learn how to connect with people Have you had the experience of meeting someone for the first time but had the feeling you’ve been friends for a long time? Or you re-meet someone you once knew pretty well but hadn’t seen for a long time. The two of you begin talking, almost like picking up on a conversation interrupted just yesterday. In a professional environment you’ve no doubt met job candidates with whom you instantly “clicked.” You would hire them on the spot. Or you attended a conference or seminar with several hundred others listening to a speaker many feet away on a stage. But you have the uncanny feeling she is talking with you one-to-one. Maybe you have an administrative assistant with whom you not only get along quite well but the two of you seem “joined at the hip” and are always on the “same page.”

So writes long-time author, speaker, consultant, and former mega-church pastor the Rev. Dr. John C. Maxwell in his book Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently.* Do you agree with him? What have been your experiences? To my mind one would be foolhardy to ignore the wisdom and advice of John Maxwell. Connecting is vital. Here are gems from this easily read book.

Principle #3: Connecting goes beyond words. Research shows that often more than 90% of the impression we convey to others has nothing to do with what was actually said. Every message you try to convey must contain a piece of you. People may hear your words but they see and feel your attitude toward them. Principle #4: Connecting, especially with teams or groups in a professional setting, always requires energy, initiative, preparation, patience, selflessness, and stamina. It’s much more than just smiling, shaking hands, and passing out a business card. To add value to others you must first add value to yourself and what you are trying to do that will help them.

To be human is to mess up; to connect you must ‘fess up.

When you make a commitment,

Principle #5: Connecting is more a developed skill than natural talent or why would Toastmasters have existed—and grown—all these years? While techniques are important, genuine interest in and concern for the other person(s) is vital. Connecting is not dumb luck. How can you make the other person(s) better for having met you?

you create hope. When you keep

a commitment, you create trust.

These situations are examples of people “connecting” or being “connected”—seeing things eye-to-eye, getting along agreeably, and enjoying each other’s company. Sometimes the connection happens almost instantaneously; sometimes it takes a while to develop.

Connecting with others “Connecting is the ability to identify with people—and them to you—and relate to them. It is not enough to just work hard. It’s not enough to just do a passable job. To be really successful you need to learn how to really communicate and connect with others. They are major determinants in reaching your potential. To be successful as a leader you must work with people. And to do your absolute best, you must learn to connect. That skill can be learned.” 6

John Maxwell’s Ten Connecting Principles and Practices Principle #1: Connecting increases your influence in every situation. “The #1 criteria for advancement and promotion for professionals is the ability to communicate effectively.” (The Harvard Business Review). When you communicate and connect with others, you position yourself to make the most of your skills and talents. Principle #2: Connecting is, first, all about the other person. Maturity is the ability to see and act on behalf of others. Maturity does not always come with age. Sometimes age comes alone. To add value to others, you must first value others. Mutual concern creates connections between people.

Principle #6: Connectors connect on common ground. It’s difficult to find common ground with others when the only person you’re focused on is yourself. Listening to others—really listening—requires giving up on our favorite pastime — involvement in ourselves and our own self interests. People like people who like them. Principle #7: Connectors do the difficult work of keeping things Simple. Good connectors get to the point before their listeners start asking “What’s the point?” In the end, people are persuaded not by what they hear but what they feel and understand. Don’t confuse them. Principle #8: Connectors create experiences others enjoy. “Cemetery com-

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munications: Lots of people out there but nobody is listening.” People don’t remember what you think is important, they remember what they think is important. Humor helps. “A cheerful heart is good medicine.” (Proverbs 17:22) Principle #9: Connectors inspire people. People need to know that you understand them, are focused on them, and have high expectations for and confidence in them. They need to both know and see your conviction, creditability, and character and feel your passion for the subject at hand. Principle #10: Connectors live what they Communicate. Creditability is currency for leaders. With it they are solvent; without it they are bankrupt. As time goes by, the way people live outweighs the words they use. To be human is to mess up; to connect you must ‘fess up. When you make a commitment, you create hope. When you keep a commitment, you create trust.

Winding up The above 10 Connecting Principles briefs don’t begin to do justice to this in-

sightful, easily read, practical book. Why not form a lunch time study group with your team and/or other staff to dig into it for both their own development and the organization’s? Maybe a church or civic group you belong to could tackle it. It takes more than one person to connect. The skill of Connecting can be learned. Good connecting. And, as always, good luck. * The publisher is the Thomas Nelson Company. A complete listing and description of other leadership and motivational books, videos, CDs, and so on by John Maxwell is available at www. johnmaxwell.com. Check him out “in person” on YouTube. HCBM

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Confronting Sexual Harassment #MeToo movement is changing the culture No doubt about it. Bad news travels fast. Especially reports like the jarring and despicable allegations of sexual harassment that were first reported in 2017 about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

61% of women thought people were not sensitive enough to the problem of sexual harassment.

Major Problem

In December 2018, a year after sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein emerged, Bloomberg News reported that senior male executives avoided having one-to-one meetings with women for fear of being accused of sexual harassment. A Pew Research Center poll was also conducted in 2018 and the results revealed that 66% of adults 65 and older believed it is harder for men to navigate workplace interactions. The survey also indicated that 51% of the respondents believed the increased focus on sexual harassment and assault has made it more difficult for men to know how to interact with women at work. Only 12% said the interactions would now be easier.

than 500 women from September 2016 to September 2018 and found that, “There’s this myth that women falsely accuse men Perhaps the most surprising finding from of harassment, and this idea can hurt women at work. They’re less likely to get the Gallup poll indicated that the nummentored, so they’re less likely to get a In the aftermath of Weinstein’s case, the ber of men who viewed sexual harasspromotion or a new opportunity.” #MeToo movement was born and its ment in the workplace as being a major reverberating effects exposed a laundry problem had declined from 66% in 2017 Mentoring is important and personal meetings with supervisors and leaders are list of prominent men accused of sexual to 53% in 2019. essential to build a career and climb the misconduct at work. A New York Times What is causing men’s views to change? corporate ladder, especially for women. analysis conducted in 2018 found at least Gallup researchers surmised that Since most executives are men, the nega200 prominent men had lost their jobs after perhaps the “preponderance of news public allegations of sexual harassment. tive impact of unintended shunning and coverage may have put men on the avoidance by men could thwart a woman’s Yet, despite the precipitous rise of the defensive. Or it may be that they had a professional growth and advancement #MeToo movement, sexual harassment strong reaction in the immediate wake of both personally and professionally. has not been erased in the workplace. The the Weinstein allegations and start of the front pages of newspapers and associate #MeToo movement, but that they have How can ethical leaders create a culture websites continue to prominently highbecome somewhat desensitized to the that does not tolerate sexual harassment issue since then.” so that men and women can effectively light allegations of sexual harassment work together as allies, mentors and and misconduct against well-known Setting Standards mentees in the workplace? CEOs, elected officials, and performers.

Sexual harassment doesn’t just affect prominent public figures. It’s an issue that affects employees at all levels and within all types of organizations, companies, and industries. Findings of the Ethics & Compliance Initiative’s (ECI) 2018 Global Business Ethics Survey revealed that 28% of employees observed at least one incident of interpersonal misconduct, including sexual harassment, in the preceding 12 months. Moreover, 62% of employees who observed sexual misconduct revealed that the behavior was one of several incidents or was part of an ongoing misconduct. Perhaps the most disturbing finding was that 61% of employees indicated that the witnessed wrongdoing was serious or very serious. Likewise, according to a Gallup poll conducted earlier this year, 62% of Americans and a staggering 70% of women believe sexual harassment in the workplace is a major problem. Moreover, 8

Likewise, according to a survey released in June 2019 by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s LeanIn.org, over half—60%—of male managers say they are uncomfortable with being alone around women at work. Stefanie Johnson, a professor at the Leeds School of Business, surveyed more

There’s an old saying that “a fish rots from the head down.” Nowhere does this ring truer than within the context of a leader’s responsibility to foster an inclusive work environment free of sexual harassment. It is vitally important for ethical leaders to be the first to step forward and visibly set a standard of acceptable and inclusive behavior for employees to follow.

Direction by Example Many pundits would say that these are rather obvious expectations for those who hold leadership positions. However, too many employees have worked under leaders who said all the right things in meetings or one-to-one discussions, but looked the other way at a critical moment. Inconsistent behavior enhances workplace sexual harassment and misconduct. ECI research found that employees who work in organizations where ethical leadership was lacking were three times more likely to observe

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incidents of sexual harassment in their work settings. In the ethos of today’s #MeToo work environment, successful and ethical business leaders are fully aware that a mantra of “Do as I say, not as I do” just doesn’t cut it. Ethical leaders clearly spell out organizational policies about dating co-workers, discouraging romantic relationships between employees in the same department, and forbidding such relationships between bosses and subordinates. Ethical leaders give direction to others by example, model appropriate behavior, and don’t say or do what they wouldn’t say or do in the presence of others.

Finally, in the wake of the #MeToo movement, ethical leaders sagely look beyond the headlines and thoroughly understand that widely reported news stories of sexual harassment and misconduct are not based on a singular innocent or inadvertent comment that was later construed as offensive. Rather, the “real” stories behind the headlines typically depict men who intentionally, knowingly, and willingly abused their power and authority. The #MeToo movement has the potential to enhance inclusive and productive work environments for men and women. Ethi-

cal leaders have a responsibility to lean in and eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace while seeking, forming, and supporting alliances of men and women with the goal to help all workers succeed and reach their full potential. HCBM

Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow teaches management and business law at IU’s Kelley School of Business and is President of ChangePro LLC, a leadership development consultancy.

Ethical leaders also promptly and effectively deal with allegations of sexual harassment. Employees who see their leaders “doing things right and doing the right thing” by promptly addressing sexual harassment allegations are more likely to report incidents of interpersonal misconduct to their supervisors.

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Furthermore, ethical leaders are vigilant in proactively quelling workplace retaliation directed towards employees who report sexual harassment. Data from the 2018 ECI report indicated 76% of retaliation occurs within three weeks to six months after of a report of a compliance issue such as a sexual harassment complaint. Retaliation at the six-month mark is also common and typically occurs during annual performance reviews. Ethical leaders quell the fear and occurrence of retaliation by building a transparent reporting process that builds a “speakup” culture.

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Windows 10: Controlled Folder Access With all the malware and ransomware threats in today’s world, here is a Windows 10 feature that can be enabled to protect your data folders. If a malware program attempts to make changes to files defined in your settings, a message will appear on screen notifying you of the attempt. CFA will allow no changes to be made. NOTE: Ransomware programs attempt to encrypt all known data file types and then hold you ransom for a payment using Bitcoin. After payment, the hacker with forward you a decryption key. This can be costly.

• Switch the setting to ON You can view the default protected folders by clicking Protected folders. The default folders are Desktop, Documents, Favorites, Pictures, Music and Videos. From here, you can click the Add a protected folder icon to add any other folders you deem important. This does not take the place of doing a scheduled backup to an external hard drive device to protect your data. Sometimes a local software application will cause a message to appear. You can choose Allow an app through Controlled folder access and exclude a program when it attempts to change a file. This is needed periodically. Exclusions I’ve defined on my computer include: Quickbooks 2019 and Adobe Acrobat DC.

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State Route 19’s small towns grow at their own pace By Ann Craig-Cinnamon Photos by John Cinnamon ust mention Hamilton County and most people immediately think of the big four communities of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville or Westfield. All have seen phenomenal growth in the past decade and have even won some national awards along the way. The Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business projects that Hamilton County will go from 4th largest county in the state to 2nd largest behind only Marion County by 2050. That’s a lot of growth.

Director Catharine Heller, is making inroads. “We’re all very small towns, but we merged together two years ago to try to increase and now we’re getting new members each month. We are growing.”

Atlanta One of those small towns is Atlanta with a reported 748 residents. The downtown is starting to draw visitors, thanks in large part to Steve Nelson and his wife, Liz Foley. Nelson, a model train hobbyist, moved his extensive train collection to Atlanta from Carmel three years ago. The couple bought and renovated a building at 165 E. Main Street to house his 6,000 train layout. “Mr. Muffin’s Trains” is the third largest public train display in the country and is open to the public on weekends free of charge.

But there’s more to Hamilton County than those four communities. There are smaller towns that have their own niche and are experiencing their own growth and growing pains. In fact, a coalition of towns was formed as the Northern Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce, Nelson says he gets a lot of visitors. “In the summertime, I’ll have a hundred or which, according to Member Services 12

so people visit the layout every Saturday. In the wintertime, it’s several hundred. I have people here every day from out of state,” he says, adding “We’re helping to bring people to Atlanta. I think we’ve created an environment where other retailers could come here.” The Nelsons eventually bought two other buildings in downtown Atlanta. One is used as warehouse space for their burgeoning model train retail business and the other is the Choo Choo Café. They are committed to Atlanta and have a goal of making it a destination for families. Unfortunately, the Nelson’s businesses are surrounded by quite a few vacant buildings, some that are more than 100 years old and are deteriorating with the owners not currently repairing or investing in them.

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adds that in the last few years the town has brought new life to Arcadia by beginning such traditions as Christmas tree lighting ceremonies, free chili suppers, Christmas and Farmers’ Markets, and an event in May called “Market on Main” which offered live music, food trucks and Nickel Plate train rides.


Downtown Arcadia. The 5 de Mayo Restaurant in the background is the only restaurant in town and has been open for three years.

Arcadia A little south is Arcadia, which is home to 1,666 people at last report. Much like Atlanta, there are lots of downtown buildings sitting vacant after businesses closed when they were unable to make a go of it. Bob Foster opened the Hedgehog Music Showcase in 2006. Despite offering acclaimed acts including numerous Grammy winners at his venue, he says growth is stagnant, which has been a disappointment to him. “I do strongly believe that Arcadia’s day is coming but, sadly, the Hedgehog cannot continue to survive with the status quo until that happens,” he says, adding that The Hedgehog has been responsible for attracting more out of the area tourists than any other business. But, he says, there is not enough local support.

Nickel Plate Express Director Dagny Zupin says in its first year the express transported 14,000 people, a number that she says has blown them away. They hope in the future to add boarding facilities in Arcadia and Cicero, as well as more dining options on board. Zupin has been involved in the project from the start. “It’s been incredible to watch the train grow from an abstract idea to one of the largest attractions in Hamilton County,” she says adding that Nickel Plate Express is just one of

Cicero, too, is seeing growth, mainly in the residential sector, according to Town Council President Chris Lutz, who points to Morse Reservoir as being central to the image and character of Cicero. Despite being concerned that growth will change the small town character of Cicero, Lutz thinks Northern Hamilton County has a strong future. “The Northern Communities have not experienced the growth of the communities to the south but I foresee that changing. The improvements to US 31 and planned improvements to IN 37 will allow for faster commute times.”

Nickel Plate Express Fast becoming a major draw to Nickel Plate Express Northern Hamilton County is the Nickel Plate Express, which many local organizations working hard celebrated its one year to make the northern part of Hamilton anniversary in SeptemCounty a destination. ber. The Express is a While it is a mixed picture of progress, tourist excursion train there’s no doubt that all three towns, that travels 12 miles of with the help of the Nickel Express, are old Nickel Plate Road track. The train operates starting to see growth. Do they want to be the next big thing in Hamilton County? as far north as downtown Atlanta, and as far Not necessarily, says the Chamber’s Heller. “Our growth will never compare south as Noblesville. It to Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville or even uses 1956 Santa Fe El Westfield because our people like to keep Capitan Hi-level cars and boards the majority a small town appearance.” HCBM photo by Stan Gurka

Arcadia Clerk Treasurer Jennifer Pickett says there has been residential growth but not much business growth in recent years. “I predict in five years Arcadia will have several businesses, either store fronts or restaurants. We’ve had several inquiries about our vacant buildings in town over the past couple months.” She

Down the road is the big sister town of Cicero with a population of 4,862. The town just completed a façade improvement program that polished up the fronts of thirteen downtown businesses. Local building owners invested their own money along with more than half a million dollars from two state grants over the past two years for a total investment of more than $700,000.

of its excursions from the historic train depot in Atlanta that turned 150 years old in September.

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A Summary of Recent Retail Activity

By Samantha Hyde

Road. Jiffy Lube at 11564 Allisonville Road is growing with a large addition.

NORTHERN HAMILTON COUNTY Soul Sisters Boutique closed its Cicero location at 110 W. Jackson Street in early September. Cicero has completed more than $700,000 in façade improvements on 13 buildings downtown (see previous story).

CARMEL A new 48,000 SF warehouse and office space is under construction at 9801 Mayflower Park Drive. Kolache Factory is moving into 10640 N. Michigan Road. WestClay Wine & Spirits opened in September at 12995 Pettigru Drive. Carmel’s second Puccini’s restaurant is now open at 2510 Harleston Street. Carmel law firms Hollingsworth & Zivitz and Roberts Means LLC have merged and will soon relocate to a single location in the Village of West Clay under the name, Hollingsworth Roberts Means. Fleming Interior Group is opening an office at 9745 Randall Drive. A new 111,000 SF Carmel Clay Schools elementary is slated for construction at 12025 Clay Center Road. Indy-based Hogan Consulting Group has opened a second office at 12220 N. Meridian Street. Mark Pi’s China Gate & Sushi Bar closed its doors this summer at 12297 N. Meridian Street.


Proscenium will house Indiana’s first Wahlburgers restaurant and the new headquarters for Carmel real estate firm Lauth Group and Indianapolisbased Schwarz Partners LP and Valeo The former Mathnasium space at 11789 Financial Advisors. Commercial Drive is now home to Fishers Cryotherapy. Indy software company Law firm Connell Michael Kerr, LLP opened its doors this summer at 550 Con- Anvl has moved its headquarters to the gressional Boulevard. The Barrington of Meyer Najem Building at 11787 Lantern Road. The new 38,000 SF Masjid Al Huda Carmel retirement community at 1335 Community Center is under construcS. Guilford Road has been acquired by tion at 12213 Lantern Road. Prairie Landing Community Inc. Catbird Seat Salon has replaced Juice Bar at 1420 W. Main Street. My Eye Dr has moved into 13080 Grand Boulevard. New to the Indiana Design Center this fall are Rusted Window, MNK Furniture, and Lorenzo Finestre. Carmel-based Applegate Elder Law has merged with Indy-based Dillman Law Group to form Applegate and Dillman Elder Law. Indy candle boutique Penn + Beech is opening a new store at 145 Elm Street.

The Plaid Agency is moving into the EnGreen District core on Penn building at 12411 N. Pennsylvania Street. Renewal by Anderson is FISHERS remodeling 13,000 SF space at 1320 City Boutique shop Claire’s has opened inCenter Drive. The 46,000 SF Indianaposide the Walmart at 8300 E. 96th Street. lis Rehabilitation Hospital is under Louisville-based restaurant Green construction at 1260 City Center Drive. District is opening its first Indiana locaThis summer, Lulumon Athletica tion in the former Which Wich Superior opened a new shop at the Clay Terrace Sandwich building at 8350 E. 96th Street. shopping center. Fitness studio Spenga Indiana’s third location for Chicago’s opens at Clay Terrace in November and Pizza with a Twist is opening soon gym F45 is moving into 14300 Clay at 8650 E. 96th Street. The 10,000 SF Terrace Boulevard. Hopebridge Autism Therapy Center opened in August at 9769 Crosspointe The county’s second 101 Beer Kitchen Boulevard. location is planned for the northwest corner of Carmel Drive and Rangeline Road. When it opens next summer, the 14

Village Playcare opens this fall at 11680 Commercial Drive. Blue Peppermint Boutique is remodeling 1,200 SF of new space at 8787 E. 116th Street. First Internet Bank is redeveloping 3.5 acres at 8701 E. 116th Street with plans for new headquarters, a parking garage, and a hotel.

The new Fishers Fire Station 93 is under construction at 10501 Allisonville

Pet supply store PetPeople is opening a new location in The Yard at 9719 E. 116th Street. Also coming to The Yard are a brand new Kiss Kiss Bang Salon and The HC Tavern + Kitchen, which is currently under construction at 9709 E. 116th Street. Kincaids Meat Market is coming to 11547 Yard Street. A new Verizon retail location is coming to 11545 IKEA Way. A Dermatology, Inc. office is going in at 11580 Overlook Drive. Tide Cleaners is opening at 9840 E. 116th Street. Outsourcing solutions company Sitel is moving into a new 45,000 SF facility at 9999 W. 121st Street. A new Pizza King is coming to the Geist area at 11228 Fall Creek Road. A former residence at 13589 E. 126th is being converted into a new Remax Complete office, while the house next door at 13577 E. 126th Street will soon be a new State Farm Insurance office. A new Jiffy Lube is under construction at 13855 Olivia Way.

NOBLESVILLE Cap K Properties is adding another 12,000 SF retail and office building on Pebble Village Lane west of Little Chicago Road. Midwest Brow and Beauty has moved into a suite at 17901 River Road. In the same center, Farber’s dance studio is expanding into an adjoining suite and

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El Sabor De Mi Mexico celebrated its grand opening in August. The portion of the building that once housed Marsh Supermarket could become a selfstorage facility as part of the Riveredge Planned Development, which would also include three new outbuildings on the property. Options Charter School is moving into 41,000 SF of space of 18077 River Road. This winter, Commercial Self Storage will open its new 14-building facility at 605 Sheridan Road. The Kroger at 172 W. Logan Street is undergoing a complete remodel. Bare Arms Firearms at 2370 Conner Street held its grand re-opening in July. Bill’s Dirty Dog Spaw at 1104 S. 8th Street is expanding into the adjacent space once occupied by Noblesville Monument. A US Marine Corps Recruiting office is opening at 17043 Mercantile Boulevard. Stony Creek Church of Christ is adding to its footprint at 15532 Herriman Boulevard. Midwest Motors is building a new 5,000 SF sales and service center at 14123 Herriman Boulevard. Louisville-based Family Allergy & Asthma is opening its first Hamilton

County location at 13436 Tegler Drive. A new Petco is going in at 14120 Brooks School Road. Ohio-based coworking chain COhatch is opening its first Central Indiana location at Hamilton Town Center in the spring. Charming Charlie closed its doors at the mall in August. Boomerang Development is slated to develop 240 acres around the SR 32 and SR 38 split east of Noblesville, where a combination of commercial, residential, and industrial construction is planned. Russell Farms Pumpkin Patch continues to grow, adding a new 3,200 SF barn to its operations at 12410 E. 191st Street.

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Medi-Weightloss opened its first treatment center in Indiana at 14350 Mundy Drive. Indianapolis–based Justus Companies broke ground on Promenade Apartments of Noblesville north of SR32 on Little Chicago Road.

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WESTFIELD Westfield’s Unlimited Motors has plans to build a new 37,000 SF dealership on the northwest corner of SR 32 and Ditch Road. Adjacent to it will be Motor District, Indiana’s first “car condominium.” Florida-based restaurant I Heart Mac & Cheese is coming to Hamilton County, with the first of three locations slated to go in near Grand Park around the end of the year. Browning Chapman is building an 81,000 SF office and warehouse building at 2101 Bastian Court. Union Bible College & Academy is building a new 11,000 SF dining hall at 434 S. Union Street. A new Firestone Complete Auto Care facility is under construction at 17577 Carey Road. A new Denny’s restaurant is planned for 823 E. SR 32. An 11,000 SF Goddard School is being built on Springmill Pointe Drive off Austrian Pine Way. Tech company Aptiv is moving into a 53,000 SF space at 17001 Oak Ridge Road. Roundtripper Baseball Academy is adding another 25,000 SF to its facility at 16708 Southpark Drive. HCBM


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Convivo expands concept with a new restaurant: Caffe Buondi By Chris Bavender Photos by Stan Gurka t all started with a conversation over coffee. “My business partner (Emilio Cento) and I were having a coffee across the street from Convivio Carmel and the space next to it was vacant. We were talking about what might go there,” said Andrea Melani, co-owner of Convivio. “From there it grew and we started wondering if it would be a good idea to open a breakfast place and use the same kitchen space as Convivio.”

Energizing Caffe Buondi steers away from the traditional menu heavy on eggs and pancakes and focuses instead on items that are creative but still clearly breakfast oriented. You’ll find frittatas; buckwheat galettes (a savory crepe) folded with a sunny side egg and ham and Swiss cheese; potato waffles with a sunny side egg, sausage patty and cheese sauce; and a selection of toast such as fig with ricotta, smoked avocado and capers, scrambled egg and asparagus, or sweet roasted marshmallows and Nutella.

Within a week of that conversation, Melani and Cento had a floor plan and a name; and five months later they signed the lease on the space for their new venture—Caffe Buondi. The breakfast and lunch spot opened early this year. “Business has been very good for being a new place with no other ties or promotions besides letting our regulars at Convivio know we were opening,” Melani said. “People seem to be happy and the neighborhood is great. It’s definitely exceeded expectations.” The opening did mean one change —Convivio now only serves dinner. Lunch business at the Italian eatery averaged about 60 people, according to Melani, but they are seeing three times that number at Caffe Buondi. “It was a good call,” Melani said. 16

and modern and bright,” Melani said. “I think people like the design a lot and have kind of a ‘Wow’ reaction when they walk in. There is a lot of space to give that feeling of openness.”

A Seat at the Bar The long espresso bar is another “Wow” for customers, he said. “A lot of people seem to enjoy that and most of our regulars come in and want to sit at the bar,” he said. “They are coming both places—it’s actually kind of funny. Some people we might see at breakfast, and then other days at dinner multiple times a week.” Melani and Cento split their time between the restaurants.

Co-owner Andrea Melani and Mitch Wyatt, Manager

“When we make changes it’s typically because something wasn’t working, not because we are tired of something,” Melani said. “We added a new crepe dish that is savory and removed the toast board—things like that. And, we try to keep it seasonal.” No matter the season, it always seems sunny at Caffe Buondi thanks in part to its bright, wide open interior. “We wanted it to be a place that was bright and kind of energizing because it is the beginning of day so it has a garden wall and the restaurant is white

“We do have a manager and chef for each store but not enough because they each need two days off a week so my partner and I are filling in constantly except for one day a week when we are off,” Melani said. “We are just all over the place.” As to what the future holds, a third Convivio could be on the menu, along with some other ventures. “We are actively looking at doing something in Fishers but nothing makes us crazy as far as location but there are a couple of things coming up in the near future,” Melani said. “Mass Ave. is also something we are really interested in but I don’t think it would be a Convivio or Caffe Buondi—but possibly something completely new.” HCBM

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Hamilton County History

he Hamilton County courthouse square seems to be a constant, stable image in the life of the community. However, use of the area has seen lively debate through the years—for example, the controversy in the 1870’s about the demolition of the Recorder’s office for a “new jail” (which today is the Hamilton County Historical Society museum). At one point, in fact, the question came up of who actually owned the property that the courthouse sits on.

Courthouse Dedication

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I don’t know if the capitalized section was emphasized in the original document. The contract also donated several other parcels of land in the area without the restrictions of buildings. The newspaper suggested that the document stated that William Conner’s heirs would get the property if the county government were to break the contract by moving. The paper acknowledged that it would involve a legal battle for the heirs.

Transcription Error?

Looking back on the situation, part of the contract may have already been void by the 1870’s. The section described as being near “square number eight” 1823 plot is probably now Riverside Cemetery. The actual square number eight in the 1866 plot original plat is on the north side of the square and not near the river. Howthe Ledger had heard that there were ever, square number eighteen is on questions about the original donation of the southwest side near the river and, the land by William Conner and Josiah therefore, fits the description. (This may Polk, and that moving the county seat have been an error in transcription by might create problems. The reporter did the newspaper.) This is the site of the some research and found the original present cemetery. We know that the contract, dated November 3, 1826. It was land had originally been given to the printed in the newspaper in its entirety county and that the first jail had been on April 16, 1875, with the relevant sec- built there, but was moved because of tion done partly in italics and boldface. flooding. However, William Conner was The key passage was: alive when the land usage of the area changed in the 1830’s and it became “All that tract or parcel of land in the town of Noblesville bounded on the north a cemetery. In fact, he was buried there when he died in 1855. (His body by Logan street; on the south by Conner street; on the East by Catherine street; and was moved to Crownland Cemetery sometime after 1868). Since Riverside on the west by Polk street, known and Cemetery has apparently never been designated on the town plat as square considered county property, there may number ten, and also all that fraction of have been an agreement to negate the land at the southwest corner of the town contractual obligations. of Noblesville within the limits of said Original Contract town plat between square number eight As everyone knows, a new courthouse Just before the voting occurred, a new and White River, which said fraction, and was built in 1878-9 and remains the cenproposal was floated to move the county square number ten aforesaid are granted terpiece of the city today. Still, the quesseat to Westfield. The town fathers had and donated as public grounds, for the ex- tion remains—does the county own the sent a petition to the county commisclusive purpose of having public buildings land that the courthouse sits on? It’s an sioners and were preparing to offer erected thereon for the use of the county of interesting possibility to ponder. HCBM $25,000 to $30,000 as an inducement. Hamilton, and to [be] used as such, AND However, a newspaper reporter for FOR NO OTHER USE OR PURPOSE.”

Throughout the county’s history, (as with most civic projects), there have been debates about rebuilding the courthouse. In the 1870’s, the one in use had been constructed in 1837 and was considered a disgrace. It nearly had the second floor collapse during a well-attended murder trial. However, when the issue was brought before county voters in April of 1875, they turned down a replacement. This referendum had a problem recognizable today, namely a disappointingly low voter turnout. Only about a third of the eligible voters participated, with 724 in favor of a new building and 1,210 against. Important towns like Noblesville, Westfield and Eagletown led the vote, followed by Boxley, Cicero, Sheridan, and Strawtown. Smaller towns had less impact—the polls weren’t opened in west Carmel, and Fishers wasn’t even mentioned. In the end, east Carmel was the only community outside of Noblesville that voted in favor of building a new courthouse on the square.


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