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BEST OF INDY .............................................................................. 05 GALLERIES ..................................................................................... 06 ARTISTS ........................................................................................... 08 ARTISANS ....................................................................................... 10 BOOKS/BOOKSHOPS............................................................... 12 HOLIDAY SPIRITS: DRINKS ................................................... 14 CDS/MUSIC STORES ................................................................. 16 RETRO VIBE: ANTIQUES AND VINTAGE ........................ 18 KID STUFF ...................................................................................... 20 BIKES ................................................................................................. 21 SWANK AND STYLE: FASHION ............................................ 23 GIFTS FOR THE GOOD LIFE ................................................. 24 GIFTS FOR GROWN-UPS ........................................................ 27 SPECIALTY SHOPS .................................................................... 28 INDEX ............................................................................................... 31
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LUNA Music Best Shopping for Music
Sun King Best Indiana Beer
Voted the city’s best source for music by NUVO readers each of the past five years, Luna Music’s great locations, groovy staff, outstanding selection and eclectic in-store programming seem to be the secret. Indy’s homegrown music store teems with a large selection of new and old vinyl as well as CDs. A great source for discovering local music, as well as sporting a healthy dose of books and assorted r ock memorabilia, Luna is everything a great record store should be. 5202 N. College Ave., 317-283-5862, lunamusic.net.
Growlers of beer and swag make for a perfect gift whether you are buying for a beer enthusiast or a pr oud Indy native. When making a beer that they could drink every day, these two brewers developed Osiris Pale Ale, which is beautifully dry-hopped toward the end of fermentation to capture the lovely floral aroma and flavor. Medal winners include: Osiris Pale Ale, Sunlight Cream Ale and Wee Mac Scottish Ale (four-pack cans $10-11, growlers $4, $6.50 fill.) 135 N. College Ave., 317-602-3702, sunkingbrewing.com.
Kahn’s Best Liquor/Wine Retailer If you aren’t sure what you’re looking for in the wine, beer or spirit gift category, head over to Kahn’s on Keystone and let them help. Voted the best liquor store in Indy by NUVO readers the past four years, it’s the undisputed best place in Indy. We recommend that you either know what you want before you walk in, go directly to an employee and ask for a recommendation or set aside a few hours to browse the over 900 beers and 5,000 wines Kahn’s offers. The staff is knowledgeable and the frequent tastings, classes and other events give ample opportunity to take full advantage of the outstanding selection. 5341 N. Keystone Ave., 317-251-9463, kahnsfinewines.com.
Big Hat Books Best Shopping for Books The quintessential independent book shop, Liz Barden’s Big Hat Books has been the winner of NUVO’s Best of Indy readers’ poll for five consecutive years. The cozy little shop r emains a consistent source of finely selected books for readers with a variety of interests. The helpful staff makes selecting just the right book easier, though we usually leave with an armful. The big-name readings and book signings, mixed with an impressive list of local authors, fill a schedule rounded out with workshops and book clubs. 6510 Cornell Ave., 317-202-0203, bighatbooks.com.
McNamara Best Shopping for Flowers Want to say happy holidays with flowers this year? Locally and nationally renowned, McNamara Florist is ranked in the FTD’s Top 20 in the United States and Canada. Although the business has vastly expanded — growing from its humble beginning in an Indy str eetcorner building in 1954 to a florist powerhouse — McNamara continues to be a neighborhood florist and caters to customer service. Each location features a full on-site floral arrangement staff that will help the least green of thumbs come up with the perfect arrangement and even offers same day delivery for those acts of spontaneity. 3969 E. 82nd St., 317-579-7900, mcnamaraflorist.com.
Silver in the City Best Shopping for Gifts/Home Voted the Best Gift Shop in our annual readers’ poll just about every damn year, the store so nice they named it twice is a shopper’s paradise — particular at the holidays. The friendly staff can help you find a variety of gifts for men and women — including the eco-friendly category with a wide selection of reused and recycled items. When we aren’t stocking up on cool stuff for home, we’re drooling over the amazing selection of jewelry that never seems to be depleted or common. 434 Massachusetts Ave., 317-955-9925, shopsilverinthecity.com.
Indy Cycle Specialist Best Shopping for Bikes & Gear If the other bike shops make you feel just a little intimidated when you r oll
up on your Huffy, relax. Indy Cycle Specialist is for you. No bike snobbery and very little spandex, this is old school, commuter and mountain biking — though avid riders and racers ar e welcome, too! Need help moving the little prince or princess up from training wheels? This is the place. Thinking about using the bike lanes to commute to work instead of driving? Start her e. 5804 E. Washington St., 317-3564585, indycyclespecialist.com.
Broad Ripple Vintage Best Shopping for Men’s Fashion / Best Shopping for Vintage/Consignment Fashion Shoppers who are used to cookie-cutter stores and boutiques will find their visit to Broad Ripple Vintage mesmerizing to the point of distraction, quite possibly forgetting the purpose for visiting in the first place: to shop, not to gawk in wonderment as though at a museum. With racks jammed full with carefully selected fashions from decades gone by, be prepared to be dazzled and to spend a good amount of time treasure hunting. And when you find it hard to pick just one thing, have no worries because prices are not very steep. 824 E. 64th St., 317-255-4135, broadripplevintage.com.
Pitaya Best Shopping for Women’s Fashion Since its initial opening in 1990 in Bloomington, the store has consistently kept customers’ interests in mind. It offers a large selection of trendy and utterly adorable attire for every occasion, from formalwear to weekend wear. While many retail stores sell cheap clothes that fall apart after one season, Pitaya’s selection is reasonably priced and high quality. Walking inside is like opening a brand-new pack of 84 crayons — the clothing is arranged in order by color and the store’s interior is just as bright and shiny as the staf f, which is always willing to help out. 842 Broad Ripple Ave., 317-465-0000, pitayaonline.com.
Midland Antique Mall Best Shopping for Antiques/ Vintage Furnishings Tucked away in a historic warehouse is 40,000 square feet of paradise for
anyone with an eye for style, whether it be artsy and moder n or chic and retro. More than 125 dealers boast furniture, china, glassware, paintings and more from yesterday and today. Fans of Victorian décor will find 18th and 19th century furnishings as well as silver flatware, and ’50s fans will find boxy, blonde side tables and charmingly geometric, but usually uncomfortable chairs and sofas. It’s best not to be in a rush here; the best items are often a bit obscured from a quick glance. 907 E. Michigan St., 317-267-9005, midlandathome.com.
Magic Bus Best Smoke Shop After nearly doubling the size of the stor e, adding improved lighting and garnering a bigger inventory, Magic Bus could be a one-stop shop for all your holiday shopping. There’s a good selection of clothing (some hemp, some organic, most with funny/funky sayings on the front), personal products made from natural and organic ingredients, all manner of incense, candles and aromatherapy. Cool space, nice staff and fun inventory. Stickers, magazines, lighters, key chains and other small items are affordable and desirable stocking stuffers. 1073 Broad Ripple Ave., 317-251-5463.
Cirilla’s Best Adult Toy Store Who doesn’t know that Cirilla’s is the place “where fun and fantasy meet”? Whether you’re looking for something saucy to heat up a night of r omance or an embarrassing gift to make your friends laugh, you can probably find it at this adult toy store. They have a large selection of porn and lingerie as well as plenty of toys to satisfy your craving for a kinky night of knitting or Scrabble. Pick out a pair of edible underwear, some flavored lubricant, or even a phallic-shaped shot glass for a night of fun. 8601 N. Michigan Rd., 317-2289345, and 6971 W. Washington St., 317-241-3176, cirillas.com.
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It may be a surprise to some that ther e’s a good selection of contemporary art galleries in Carmel among the J. Sewar d Johnson “Man on the Street” sculptures along Main Street. But it’s true. The Evan Lurie Gallery and Garvey/Simon Art Access usually have works on display that wouldn’t seem out of place in the hippest galleries in New York or L.A. And three galleries that just opened this year — the Eye on Art Gallery, the French Bleu Gallery, and Renaissance Fine Art & Design — help make these monthly Second Saturday events a draw for those looking for artsy gift ideas this holiday season. 317-844-8400, carmelartsanddesign.com.
Earth House Collective Earth House has had some of the most provocative art shows in the city of late. There was the “Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan” show in June with artworks that challenged the prevailing ambivalence toward that war. And there was Jonathan McAfee’s show “Some Girls,” which was just as fun as it was provocative, with its paintings of sassy girls in various states of undress. The November show “Shifting Sanctuaries” offers artwork engaged in the quest for spiritual enlightenment, something none of us should put aside while doing our holiday shopping. 237 N. East St, 317-636-4060, earthhousecollective.org.
Gallery 924 Gallery 924’s November exhibit, “The Wood Show, a Group Exhibition,” features 20 of Indiana’s top artists. This show is a must for those looking for unique gift ideas. (It’s advertised as “paying homage to wood in a variety of forms — painting, sculptur e, printmaking, and more.”) But even if you’re not in the market for anything this holiday season, it’s worth making a stop in this ultra-hip display space just to soak up the ambiance. Don’ t miss the December First Friday show, “Neither Here Nor There,” featuring the highly conceptual — yet fun — mixed media work of Stacey Holloway.
924 N. Pennsylvania St, 317-6313301, artscouncilofindianapolis. org/gallery924.
Handmade Promenade Holiday Pop Up Gallery at the Art Bank Come to Handmade Promenade at the Art Bank from Nov. 28-Dec. 31 and load up on arts and crafts gifts! This “pop up” gallery was sponsored by Sunday Afternoon Housewife, a.k.a Martha Latta, who saw a need for an additional venue for crafters and artisans. The fact that this will take place in this gallery, where hundreds of paintings by local artists hang salon-style just about everywhere, makes it a good bet that you can find something gift-worthy — whether by artists or crafters — in your price range. The Art Bank website lists its price range from $10-$10,000, but you can stick to the lower end if you like. 811 Massachusetts Ave., 317624-1010, artbankgallery.com.
Harrison Center for the Arts Be sure to check out the Harrison Center’s City Gallery this holiday season, whether you’re in the market for a home or just looking for some city neighborhood-themed art. Its mission of driving urban neighborhood development is commendable. But don’t miss the other openings here. Especially don’t miss the “Sugar Plum Show” on First Friday, Dec. 2 in the Harrison Gallery. That night is also Open Studio Night, your night if you’re looking to pick up a Jonathan McAfee or an Emma Overman painting, or work by any of the other great artists who have studios here. 1505 N. Delaware St., 317-396-3886, harrisoncenter.org.
Indy Indie This venue, located on the first floor of a beautiful historic downtown building, has quickly become a mustsee on the First Friday map. Indy Indie’s website describes it as “the hippest artist community and gallery in the city,” and this just might be right. Often, there’s some kind of mindbending installation on display amidst the surrealistic, fantastic, and graffitiinspired art by local emerging artists. If you or someone close to you loves edginess, why not cruise this gallery on First Friday with holiday shopping in
mind? The members of the Indy Indie community would certainly appreciate it. 26 E. 14th St., 317-919-8725, indyindieartist.com.
Luxe 218 If you’re looking to get your hair done, why not do it where you can also buy some cool art? Luxe 218 is an appointment-only full service salon/gallery. Elizabeth Brooks and Sohail El-Rahaiby started the venture back in 2010. “I deal with the fine artists that are passionate about what they’re doing and creating stuff that you want to look at,” says Brooks, who has been a beautician since she was 16 years old. The art displayed has ranged from the colorful abstract paintings of locally-based Hodgin to the pop-eroticism of Italian Vincenzo Rizzo. Who knows what awesome artist they’ll feature next? Open to the public every First Friday. 1043 Virginia Ave., Suite 218, 317-443-8930, facebook.com/ pages/Luxe-218.
Nancy Lee Designs Lee is a metalsmith who make jewelry out of gold, silver, brass, and copper. But she doesn’t just display her own work in her gallery. Lee began her journey into metalsmithing a dozen years ago when she enrolled in Marilyn Smith’s class at the Indianapolis Art Center. Lee participates in the Indianapolis Dowtown Artists and Dealers Association (IDADA) First Friday art walks, and features a new artist every month. In October, she featured the miniature bronze sculptures of Emily Budd. In addition to making herself available to fabricate custom jewelry, she also makes small sculptures. Next time you’re at the Circle City Industrial Complex, don’t hesitate to stop by! 1125 Brookside Ave., 317-937-1652, ndesignsmetal.com.
Stutz Holiday Show and STUTZARTSPACE There’s plenty going on in the Stutz this holiday season. First of all, ther e’s the Stutz Holiday Show featuring the works of approximately 50 artists from 5-9 p.m. on Nov. 18. Stutz is also the home of STUTZARTSPACE, which has raised the bar for galleries showing local work in Indy. Its November show “Unclothed: Exposing the Art Nude” featuring 33 figurative pieces by 29 artists is sure to be provocative and stimulating. You might even be provoked into taking one of these figurative pieces home with you! 212 W. 10th St., 317-503-6420, stutzartists.com.
Wug Laku’s Studio and Garage Wug Laku is known for exhibiting emerging local artists such as Jim Walker and Cagney King in his gallery in the Circle City Industrial Complex. In September, Wug hosted the 2011 IDADA Members’ Exhibition. And in December, he’ll host a show of Joseph Crone’s hyperrealist paintings. Wug, who’s never been afraid to show edgy work in his space, also is an artist, photographer, and furniture maker in his own right. His light-box lamps would brighten up any living r oom. And, as far as his fine art is concer ned, his digitally manipulated series of natural landscape photography is especially engaging. 1125 Brookside Ave., 317-270-8258, wlsandg.com.
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ARTISTS Emily Budd As Budd writes in her online artist’s statement, sculpture doesn’t have to be big to have an impact. Likewise these bronze sculptures, most of which sit comfortably in your palm, will make an impact on you with their complexly detailed artistry (and if you throw any of these objets d’art at, say, a window pane, you can bet they’d do some damage). One example of this fine detail is “Licked.” Her e you see a sinister claw-like thing, looking like a creature from the set of the first “Alien” film, with the earth in its grasp. Other works, like her domino sculptures, are more playful than sinister. Price range: $500-$1,500. emilybuddsculptures.com.
Joseph Crone Crone’s colored pencil drawings on twosided frosted acetate might remind you of film noir movie stills. His elaborate, mixed-media approach to his art, and the hyper-real compositions are without parallel in the local art scene. “Lower Your Eyelids” pictures two hyperrealist profiles of the same man — facing in opposite directions. You wonder if the title suggests a dream state or something more sinister. In “Prisoner of One’s Own Device,” you see images of the same man — a man with a gun — in various states of unease in his own apartment. Perfect for David Lynch fans on your holiday gift list. $275-$3,000
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Mike Graves/Justin Cooper Graves likes to paint on his canvases the kind of commuter trains you see everywhere in Chicago but that Indy lacks. Cooper recently has been painting land-bound animals, like rabbits and raccoons, being carried off by (or surfing on) waves. Together, Graves and Cooper have made a series of paintings depicting musical greats on mixed media backdrops. These collaborations, which Graves calls “cultural mashups,” are just too cool for words. Their most recent, entitled “Train Hopping,” combines motifs from their recent solo work: kangaroos, waves, and — of course — trains. $200-$1,500. 317-362-8104, bridgecollective.org.
Mab Graves While Graves paints like she trained with Dali and Maurice Sendak, she’s selftaught. Her subjects, too, are all her own. Often you see parades of wide-eyed girls and animals in her gouache and acrylic paintings. Where are they headed? In “Soft Wing Goes for Help,” a young girl looks with her big eyes into the eyes of a butterfly. What’s she thinking? Then there’s a portrait of a naked Lilith, Adam’s first wife, in the Garden of Eden. Did Adam lust after her more than after Eve? The subjects may often be little girls, but there’s a very big imagination at play her e. $2-$300. mabgraves.com.
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317-780-GOAT (4628) 7750 S. Meridian St., Suite A Indianapolis, IN 56217 Work by Walter Lobyn Hamilton Walter Lobyn Hamilton Being able to draw dead-on portrayals of rock music legends is a marketable artistic skill. But being able to do that portraiture convincingly with bits of broken LP records — now that’s another thing entirely. It’s certainly an original idea to represent, say, Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix with pieces of the LP records that make them famous. It’s also really cool. These accessible portraits would make a very hip fit hung over your turntable or your, er, iPod player. One of these days will Hamilton make a portrait of his favorite icons with br oken bits of iPods? $400-$2,000. 317-488-9757, vinylrecordartist.com.
Sally Harless If you’ve got the recession blues, then check out the very modestly priced prints, jewelry, and even the 2012 calendar of Harless. If her watercolor, pencil, and ink drawing “Shark Boat” showing a shark with a sail attached doesn’t lift your spirits, then check out the print of “Traveling Circus” — showing circus performances on the flat-topped backs of three different whales, traveling at surface level in the ocean. Harless’ jewelry has equally whimsical designs. She lives and works in Bloomington, Ind., and co-organizes the Bloomington Handmade Market, but you’ll frequently see her at Indy craft fairs. $7-$60. sadlyharmless.com.
Travis Little Let’s be frank. The nude or nearly nude human body is generally a more exciting subject for most people than, say, a still-life depicting a bowl of fruit. Little is able to paint his nude and nearly nude models — male and female — with hyper-realistic detail well enough to arouse the so-called baser instincts, sure. But the reason for their appeal is precisely because these figures are not idealized, airbrushed pinups. That is to say, Little depicts real people. Look for the abstract, impressionistic touches in his paintings that will arouse in you an equal appreciation of his painterly aesthetic. $500-$3,000. 317-503-6420, travislittle.com.
Jonathan McAfee McAfee dove headfirst into the Indy art scene this past January with the Effigy show in Harrison Center Gallery No. 2. He depicted various pop cultur e
icons in a boldly colored pop art style that might make you think of any number of recent Rolling Stone CD review illustrations by Philip Burke. It was good, exciting work. But the “Some Girls” show at Earth House — a show where he depicted on canvas women in motion and various states of undress — took it up a notch. And “Hairtoss,” which portrays an exploding head on a blue edifice of a nude, shows that he’s headed into uncharted waters. $250-$2,200. jonathanmcafee.com.
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Emma Overman In the painting “Jour ney with a Porpoise” you can only guess what the turtle and porpoise are discussing as they roll down the road in their Model-T Ford. (You can’t help but wonder about the purpose of their journey.) At least in this painting, the characters have mouths. Many of her humanoid characters — most of whom have oval-shaped heads — don’t have mouths at all. That doesn’t mean they don’t talk, however. And if you hear Overman’s many admirers talking about her work, you just might overhear them discuss how her paintings speak to adults as well as childr en with humor and heart. $125-$3,000. emmaoverman.com.
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Kyle Ragsdale Harrison Center-based Ragsdale is perhaps the most prolific painter in all of Indy. Victorian figures — gentlemen in top hats, ladies in long black dr esses — make frequent appearances in Ragsdale’s oil paintings. But he also portrays contemporary subjects like urban home dwellers in front of their first home or the avian inhabitants of an urban Indy nature park. His most distinctive characters, however, remain his Victorians, whether they’re hovering in the air or mar ching in a parade. Is this to say that, between our posts on Twitter and Facebook, we still long for the occasional V ictorian curtsy? $50-$2,500. 317-531-0474.
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Bosler makes burial urns that will fit right on your mantel. The grayish white sides of her ceramic sculptures are as unadorned and as functional as the Egyptian pyramids. They’re often triple-sided — with two sides flat and one curved — and narrow at the base. Of course, you don’t have to place your remains (or your loved one’s or your pet’s) à la the pharaohs in such urns, because they work just fine as minimalist sculpture. But if you’re on the fence about your end of life planning, remember this: You don’t need thousands of slaves to build your final resting place. You just need the talents of this Indy-based sculptor. $120-$800. 317-251-5223, mod-urn.com.
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It seems like everybody’s switching to e-readers nowadays. So what to do with all those extra books? Talia Halliday’s answer is to make hollow book safes and flask books from them.
She also recycles leather and paper into her journals and turns stacks of old encyclopedias into a stand for book lamps. But just because she uses recycled materials doesn’t mean she isn’t moving with the times. She’s gone über-contemporary with her Hollow Books for the iPads 1 and 2. This is a great gift for people who still like the feel of books and like to r ead, but don’t like turning those pagey things! $15$150. conduit-press.com.
Tatyana Fedorikhina Fedorikhina makes unique, handcrafted jewelry through the painstakingly intricate art of micro macramé and beading. In micro-macramé you build up the volume of the piece by tying elaborate knots. The materials she uses may be humble beads and semi-precious stones — and sometimes repurposed washers and gears — but in some ways the techniques incorporated are as elaborate as those used to cr eate the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel! (Fedorikhina exhibited her work at Broad Ripple’s Studio Showcase in October). $35-$150. etsy.com/shop/tfedorik.
Get Lathered Soap Company Did you know that many of the soaps you find in the supermarket are made with beef tallow? (If you’ve seen the movie “Fight Club” you already know.) Get Lathered soaps are vegan and vegetarian soaps finely crafted with premium ingredients like cinnamon, rosemary, saffron, citrus, clove, and granola bar. Not only does Get Lathered offer soaps, but also shampoo bars, lip balms, and solid shampoos and conditioners. Owner Rhonda Frye says her goal is “to bring affordable luxury to all.” So if you’re the type of person who likes to luxuriate in a bathtub or shower (or if you know someone who
does), then get lathered! $3.50-$10.50. 317-351-0280, etsy.com/shop/ GetLathered.
Tom Laird Do you have anyone on your holiday gift list who likes stuff that’s both functional and elegant? Do they want things that they can use in their kitchen or furniture for their living room that has a little Hoosier panache? Laird’s wood boxes and cutting boards certainly fit the bill. In Laird’s words, they “provide a path away from the mass-produced and the ordinary.” He uses as his material Indiana hardwoods: cherry, oak, maple, and ash. Laird, who teaches at the Indianapolis Art Center (IAC), has work available for sale in the IAC’s Basile Studio Shop. $29-$135. 317-257-0630.
Samma Parcels — Glass Artist Parcels is an Indy Flame artist (indyflameart.com) based at the Circle City Industrial Complex. Her website describes her glass art creations as “Beads, Marbles, Vessels, Shells, and More.” Indeed there is more; she doesn’t even mention her pink, blacktipped glass feathers that somehow look almost edible. Then there are her pendants that contain galaxy-like swirls in beautiful aqua-blues and milky reds. These might remind you of the movie “Men in Black” — wher e you see a pendant hanging on Frank the Pug’s neck that contains an entire universe. $8-$125. 317-440-0654, sammaparcels.com.
ReFind Originals Leather is a sturdy material that gains character over time. So when Indy-based Anita Hopper takes used leather and handsews it into all sorts of earrings, pocket books, and clutch bags, you’re actually getting extra bang for the buck! More importantly, you’re supporting a locally based, environmentally responsible artisan who gives local second-hand stores a good amount of business. Certain of her items really stand out. Take, for
example, her Ruff Rider Cross Body Bag. There’s a certain beauty in the multicolored, multilayered leatherwork. It’s perfect for the earthy-type fashionistas on your gift list. $34-$269. 317-348-0123, refindoriginals.com.
Sunday Afternoon Housewife Martha Latta, a.k.a. Sunday After noon Housewife, has her fingers in a lot of pies. First, there’s her handmade goods such as her Scrabble T ile Pendants. (The pendant that expresses her philosophy best reads, “Get Excited and Make Things.”) Then there are the T-shirts that are emblazoned with various Indianapolis zip codes for those of you who are really proud of your particular neighborhood. Finally, there’s the Handmade Promenade Holiday Popup Gallery that she sponsors and that will be on display in the Art Bank from Nov. 28-Dec. 31. Check out her website that’s full of unsolicited advice for the crafty. $9-$24. 317-362-1662, sundayafternoonhousewife.com.
Wild Opal Jewelry There’s a rough-hewn, organic quality in Sally Mills’ work. It’s a quality that you’re probably not going to find in a mall jeweler. That’s partly because in a number of her works she uses a “cuttlefish bone casting” technique originally used by Native American metalsmiths. Her designs are both elegant and organic. In her “Oceanic Series” you see the grace of aquatic mammals swimming with the currents. And in an elegant pair of earrings you see reflected the grace of herons in flight. Mills is an Indybased jewelry designer, sculptor, and painter who has practiced her art for 25 years. $150-$2,100. 317-809-4546, wildopaljewelry.com.
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Big Hat won in the best bookstor e category (see pg. 5).
BOOKSHOPS Basile History Market The gift shop inside the downtown Indiana Historical Society is perhaps the city’s best resource for books of local interest and by local authors. While the old-school Hoosier canon is well-represented here in literature, history, biographies and art, the current titles are what prove most valuable. Discover contemporary writers, contemporary history or contemporary takes on the past with help of a knowledgeable staff and excellent selection. The shop also has a variety of gifts, stationary and decorative items with a local bent. Many items can be purchased online. 450 W. Ohio St., 317-234-0026, indianahistory.org.
Bookmamas A great neighborhood bookstore located in one of the greatest neighborhoods in the city. Irvington’s Bookmamas is a constantly evolving inventory of used books, as well as a hub for the literaryminded or just bookish among us. While the hours are tricky (Wednesday and Thursday late afternoons and evenings; Friday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.), Bookmamas frequently hosts events as diverse as a Jane Austen Book Club, Confunction Junction (open mic music and poetry), and the Ichabod Crane “Things That Go Bump in the Night” Society meetings. Lots of great (and affordable!) gift options here. 9 S. Johnson Ave., 317-375-3715, bookmamas.com.
Books: 10 locally connected reads And Know This Place: Poetry of Indiana, edited by Jenny Kander (author), C. E. Greer When most people think of Hoosier poetry, they think of James Whitcomb Riley — if anyone comes to mind at all. As Indiana’s first collection of poetry in more than a century, And Know This Place includes some of his work, but it doesn’t stop there. Its pages feature 116 poets, tackling everything from traditional stanzas to modern freeform lines. Sometimes you’ll find mentions of places you recognize, but often you’ll only know the poets are talking about Indiana because of that vague twinge of recognition you feel as they describe the place they knew, for a time, as home.
Bullet Beach: A Deets Shanahan Mystery, by Ronald Tierney Deets hasn’t heard from his brother since he disappeared 60 years ago. He suddenly is driven to find him and flies to Thailand with his wife, Maureen, to follow the slimmest lead connecting his brother to the rubies trade. In Indianapolis, Deets’ private investigator friend Howie Cross is dog-and-cat-sitting for Deets, but when bodies are found in the trunk of a car he’s repossessing, things heat up. Tierney continues his masterful interweaving of dual plots that tur n out to be case studies of police practices on two sides of the globe.
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Changing Planet, Changing Health: How the Climate Crisis Threatens Our Health and What We Can Do about It, by Paul R. Epstein MD, Dan Ferber and Jeffrey Sachs We’re excited about this book, not the least because its co-author is Dan Ferber, an Indianapolis-based freelancer we’ve been fortunate to have write for us a couple of times. In this book, he collaborates with Paul R. Epstein, M.D., a health and disease expert at Harvard Medical School. The two take us on a chilling tour exploring how climate change impacts human health, from cholera in Mozambique to dengue fever in Honduras to asthma in Chicago. The book argues that these diseases, created and exacerbated by climate change, are inseparable from our other global-scale problems (fuel shortages, rising food costs, etc.) and that sustainable solutions ar e the only path.
A Day in the Life of a V ery Bad Person, by Tim J. Harmon A Day in the Life of a V ery Bad Person is what you get when you try to explain injustices in the moder n police system to a small child. It follows Tim, a Very Bad Person, as a minor traffic complaint and a misunderstanding land him in police custody overnight with no explanations, no charges and no apologies. The language the officers used isn’t glossed over, so this is one you might want to r ead yourself
before you show it to your kids — and then consider if this is r eally what you want your kids to face when they grow up.
A Guide to the Knobstone Trail: Indiana’s Longest Footpath, by Nathan D. Strange and Marion T. Jackson Wander Indiana, albeit with an attractive and useful guide book. Situated in Southern Indiana, the Knobstone Trail is widely considered one of the most beautiful hiking paths in the country. Its 58-mile long trajectory maneuvers through 40,000 acres of forest, and this book, containing 60 photographs and 19 maps, is a travel tour of the footpath, authored by naturalist Nathan D. Strange. Part travelogue, part history, part love letter to nature, Strange’s book offers local lore of trees, wildflowers and animals, but also GPS information and elevation data. And all in a book you can easily fit in your pack or satchel.
Hoosier Beer: Tapping into Indiana Brewing History, by Bob Ostrander & Derrick Morris If you consider yourself an alcohol aficionado, or you know someone who does, take a look at Hoosier Beer. This book is a fun wealth of information. It begins with the differences between beer, ale and lager, discusses collectors and their methods, and then dives into a brief overview of how world history influenced and changed booze as we know it. The vast majority of the book, though, is a
Strong Bitter (ESB), makes Socrates a perfect match for NABC’s Roger Baylor. Tasting note charts, glossary of beer and philosophical terms and recommended readings extend the experience. The author is professor of philosophy at Long Beach City College in Califor nia.
Sherlock Holmes For Dummies, by Steven Doyle and David A. Crowder Steven Doyle, publisher of The Baker Street Journal, author of five other Holmes-related books and co-founder of Wessex Press/Gasogene Books, lives in Zionsville, a cornerstone of the “Illustrious Clients of Indianapolis,” established in 1946. Sherlock Holmes for Dummies, definitive for beginners and experts alike, zips us into the world of Arthur Conan Doyle from inspiration during Victorian England, through plots of the still-relevant 60 stories, beyond clichés and pop cultur e into the 1887 debut of the 20-something Holmes/Watson duo and finally into parodies beginning in 1893 to lear n why they are more alive than fictional.
Tim m Harmon published this book in in 2011. 2011. region-by-region tour of the breweries in Indiana, past and present. Beware, though: neophytes might find this book a bit dry.
Philosophy on Tap: Pint-sized puzzles for the pub philosopher, by Matt Lawrence Forty-eight brew-related philosophical
puzzles provide fun and mental stretching for a series of parties with friends or a few months of personal perusing with a pint paired to each conundrum. My favorite is No. 40, “Can ignorance be wisdom?” My Hoosier-brew pairing with New Albanian Beak’s Best Extra Special /
Sitting Pretty: The Life and Times of Clifton Webb (1893-1996), by Clifton Webb with David L. Smith Indianapolis-born Webb had a whirlwind career spanning Broadway to Hollywood from 1917-1962 including vaudeville, opera appearances, operating ballroom dance studios, dancing in NYC nightclubs and
exhibiting his paintings in galleries. He received multiple Oscar nominations and won a Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe for The Razor’s Edge. Webb knew just about everyone and was particularly kind to fellow Hoosier “rising stars” including James Dean. Webb’s incisive wit shines throughout. Describing his stepfather, Webb observed, “He dressed for the occasion even when no occasion was in sight.”
Stacks: A History of the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, by S.L. Berry and Mary Ellen Gadski The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library is considered one of the nation’s finest public libraries. From its 1873 origin as an adjunct to a local high school, the IMPCL has been focused on service to the community. Stacks details a history of the IMPCL that is intimately tied with that of Indianapolis itself. From its humble beginnings to the now snazzy and elegant addition to the city’s architecture, the library has maintained an essential relationship with the community for well over a century. Written by S.L. Berry, who also authored a history of the Indianapolis Art Center. Know of a locally relevant book? Contact A&E editor, Scott Shoger (email@example.com).
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Bier Brewery Winner of the Indiana State Fair’s Champion Brewery award this year, Bier Brewery produces up to ten new beers every week, roughly enough to fill five hundred growlers. Offerings range from Witt and Kolsch in the summer, through IPAs of varying intensity, to barley wine in the holiday season. The quality is seldom less than excellent: Bier Brewery proves itself impressively adept in a wide range of styles. Tasting is free and the staff effusively knowledgeable and friendly. Best get there early in the release cycle (ideally on Wednesday or Thursday) to ensure a growler or two. 5133 E. 65th St., 317-253-2437, bierbrewery.com.
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Flat 12 Bierwerks Located in Indy’s next culinary hotspot on Dorman Street, Flat 12 Bierwerks crafts an impressive lineup of regular brews, interspersed with specials and seasonal offerings. Although its inspiration may lie in Europe, the execution is all-American, with modern, freewheeling ales like the Nunemore Black and the Tangerine Porter playfully challenging traditional and established styles. Outstanding recently have been the Lacto-Matic Stout and the Pogue’s Run Porter, either of which could hold their own against some of the nation’s best. A place to find the perfect gift for the connoisseur on your list. 414 N. Dorman St., 317-635-2337, flat12.me.
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A wonderful place to shop for gifts or to stock up for your own soir ees. The staff here is über-friendly and can help you pair wine, cheese, crackers and other treats whether you intend to give or receive. An amazing selection of 400-plus wines (many at $20 or less) and great micro-brews to choose from (six- and twelve-pack options, some mix-and-match). Take time to explore the cheese selection. With new arrivals constantly, they have some of the best Italian and French products available in town. 2126 E. 62nd St., 317-722-9463, corkandcracker.com.
Chef Christopher Ely and his staf f have impeccable taste, and you ar e guaranteed to find a new beer or wine option every visit that pairs well with that sexy charcuterie we love so much. The notorious Bacon of the Month Club is the perfect gift idea (four pounds of bacon in four months for $69) and includes a T-shirt, recipe featuring the month’s bacon and Deli Tales book. We recommend gifting that with a bottle of Stone’s Sublimely Self Righteous (22 ounces, $7.75) or Founder’s Breakfast Stout (four 12-ounce bottles, $12.25). 2503 N. Delaware St., 317-9244944, goosethemarket.com.
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We were recently asked by a good friend about a local wine suggestion to give a red wine lover in her life. The first thing that came to mind is Easley Winery’s Governor’s Zinfandel Reserve ($24.75 per bottle). This wine is simply divine and luscious with the perfect balance of fruit and earth. All of Easley’s wine are produced and bottled in Indianapolis with the addition of Chambourcin and Chancellor grapes from Southern Indiana, both French American hybrids. Take in a special winery visit and tasting and stock up this season! 205 N. College Ave., 317-636-4516, easleywinery.com.
Do you have a passionate beer and wine lover in your life who is extremely motivated and a selfstarter? Have you ever considered treating them to the experience of crafting their own beer or wine? Gr eat Fermentations provides a great sense of community for those who have interest in making booze or simply for those who only seek the pur e enjoyment. Treat your special someone to either a beginning beer-making class ($15) or a beer-making starter kit ($74-$180.) If they are already brewing, you can stock them up on supplies to entertain at your next
Darren Connor is brewmaster of Bier Brewery. gathering! 5127 E. 65th St., 317257-9463, greatfermentations.com.
Hoosier Momma Want a perfect Bloody Mary and want to feel all good about supporting local businesses and using local products at the same time? W ell, thanks to Hoosier Momma, now you can. They offer a variety of products, but we recommend just sticking with the “Bloody Mary Bar in a Bag.” For $24.99 you get a jar of Hoosier Momma’s Bloody Mary Maker, a jar of Momma’s Garden Dilly Beans, a bag of Hickory Smoked Spicy Bloody Mary Glass Garnish, and a bottle of Hoosier Mommacita Spicy Red Jalapeno Hot Sauce. Of course, you’ll also want to pick up some Indiana Vodka ($19.99, 750 milliliters) to make the drink worthwhile. Check out hoosiermomma.com.
Mass Ave Wine Shoppe Mass Ave Wine Shoppe is one of our favorite places in the city to make wine purchases and certainly the best option for downtown dwellers. We like to get here on Tuesdays for their regular weekly wine tasting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. to sample new wines and then make our selections for the week from the famous “Wall of Wines” — 100 Wines $15 or less! Jill Ditmire, the owner, is in nearly every Tuesday, and she takes note of our tastes to give insightful recommendations. This is a great spot to meet neighbors and make new friends, not to mention do some gr eat shopping. They also offer gluten-free beers. 878 Massachusetts Ave., 317-972-7966, massavewine.com.
New Day Meadery If you haven’t made it to the new tasting room, you are in for a treat when visiting New Day Meadery. The honey used to make mead is gathered from a local Indiana producer, Wildflower Ridge Honey. This honey wine is incredibly drinkable and ranges from sweet to dry. Try the semisweet Plum Honey Wine ($22, 750 milliliters) for fig lovers. If you are out shopping with a friend, visit the tasting r oom to take in some sampling while selecting the perfect mead match for your selected recipient(s). You can also purchase directly from their website. 1102 E. Prospect St., 888-632-3379, newdaymeadery.com.
Vine and Table Helping the novice and aficionado find the perfect bottle of wine to suit their need is the very reason Vine and Table exists. The staff takes great pride in balancing the education and enjoyment of wine and beers that might otherwise be unfamiliar or seem too risky to try on your own. Friday and Saturday bring free tastings (beer and wine), as well as the opportunity to lear n the best pairings. Don’t limit yourself to buying only the vino, however. The shop has a host of gourmet food items and imaginative choices for gifts. 313 E. Carmel Dr., Carmel, 317-817-0288, vineandtable.com.
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MUSIC STORES Indy CD and Vinyl Broad Ripple’s best music source is a small space taking big advantage of its prime location and its enthusiastic clientele to provide the village with a comprehensive stock of vinyl and CDs appealing to a range of tastes that includes local artists. This is the place to find out who’s playing what and where. Great in-store performances supply the under-21 crowd with some of the best live music (and cheap) options available, as well as appealing to those old enough to drink beer. 806 Broad Ripple Ave., 317-2591012, indycdandvinyl.com.
Karma Records While Karma may no longer be the nag-champa-scented, Dead-blaring jam rock emporium it used to be — the 86th Street store mainly deals in hip-hop — but all manner of big label recording and some vinyl can be found here. They keep a catalog of older recordings not found in the store, but the new Mix and Bur n kiosk is leaving catalogs in its dust. Just click on over to mixandburn.com, create your own custom mix and drive to Karma to pick up your disc. 3532 W. 86th St., 317-876-9603, also 4895 Kentucky Ave. and 21 N. Post Road.
Vibes Music Now settled in its new location at 54th Street and the Monon Trail, Vibes carries a little bit of everything at prices just about everyone can afford. In addition to new r eleases every week (usually Tuesday), they’ve
got an extensive used vinyl section that is browse worthy and quite often gem unearthing. If you’re feeling lucky, dig around in the $4.99 bin. And don’t miss a selection of T-shirts meant to fully complement that PBR you (or your significant other) ar e frequently holding. 1051 E. 54th St., 317-726-0927, www.myspace.com/ vibesrecords.
stick with you. Although Reynolds rhymes over all of his songs, the album seems to owe as much to jazz and funk influences as hiphop. Two thoughtful, soulful tracks about fatherhood — “Pater nity” and “Father” — highlight. (Grant Catton)
The Rev., who finally figured he’d learned the delta blues well enough to pay tribute to his hero, Charley Patton, recorded 11 of bluesman’s songs in much the same conditions as Patton originally recorded them: in mono, before a single mic, without much in the way of accompaniment beyond a single guitar. He knows these songs front and back, having chosen wisely from Patton’s catalogue of some 60 songs originally recorded between 1929 and 1934. Check out “You’re Gonna Need Somebody,” which sees Peyton preaching in a breathless, apocalyptic tone. (Scott Shoger)
1. Neon Love Life, Tuesday Night (Roaring Colonel) “I’ll take you where you wanna go,” Neon Love Life promise on “Grounded,” the third track on the band’s impressive debut. These four women absolutely deliver on that boast: Tuesday Night is a full-throttle, no-nonsense collection of fun and fearsome punk with a pop edge that’ll remind you at various times of The Pretenders’ riffs and Patti Smith’s howl. The members of the band are also the local organizers of Girls Rock, where they teach pre-teen and teenage girls how to write and play their own music. In the futur e, this record can serve as their teaching manual. (Marc Allan)
2. T.J. Reynolds and the Freehand Orchestra, Purpose Indy-based hip-hop artist T.J. Reynolds was back this year with his second album, Purpose, this time with his full band, the Fr eehand Orchestra, backing him up. Purpose shows Reynolds has bur nt some midnight oil in the beat laboratory and come up with some hooks that, even after the first listen, will
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4. Joey Molinaro, [untitled] If you’re looking for inventive, brave, intelligent new music, this is pretty much the stuff. Joey Molinaro, a violinist for the local noise-classical combo Basilica, chose to leave the title to his debut release blank, perhaps because its two sides are so different from each other. The first, “The Inalienable Dreamless,” features a solo violin arrangement of the grindcore album by the same name, released in 2000 by the now-defunct Discordance Axis. The second, “We,” brings all the resources of Basilica to bear on a 15-minute, multi-part composition inspired by Zamyatin’s dystopian novel. (Scott Shoger)
5. Jookabox, The Eyes of the Fly (Asthmatic Kitty) To put yourself in the mood of The Eyes of the Fly, the fourth and final album by Jookabox, sing along with me: The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out. The worms play pinochle on your snout. A record full of campfire sing-a-longs obsessed with creepy crawlies — and processed through the Jookabox weird box of tape loops, creative tunings, backward and sped-up vocals and general sonic mayhem — The Eyes of the Fly is a perfect pick for your next Halloween party. File it beside “Monster Mash” and that V incent Price cooking record. (Scott Shoger)
6. The Gates of Slumber, The Wretch (Rise Above/Metal Blade) Over four full-length albums, locals The Gates of Slumber have cemented their status as one of today’s leading purveyors of pure heavy metal. 2008’s Conqueror landed on that year’s best-of lists from Decibel magazine and Village Voice. The follow-up, Hymns of Blood and Thunder , was a gargantuan summation of the trio’s merits: cavernous and suffocating riffs, a thundering rhythm section and overall larger-than-life sound. The Gates of Slumber’s latest, The Wretch, isn’t so much a progression on that formula as it is a confident continuation. (Wade Coggeshall)
7. Martine Locke, Live From the very beginning, Martine Locke has led a do-it-yourself kind of lifestyle. She was born in the Australian outback to parents on the lam from the law (her father had been arrested for
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317-359-GROW (4769) 9 embezzlement and skipped town while out on bail). The Irvington-by-way-ofCalifornia resident’s first live album has a cozy-sounding feel, like you’d expect from the many living-room concerts she performs. The 15-song set, at tur ns hypnotically placid and emotionally intense, shows off Locke’s ability to engage an audience. And the funky, sandal-wearing “Devil’s Clothes” and the twisty, propulsive “Final Breath” keep things moving. (Wade Coggeshall)
8. Snakehandlers, Rock plus Roll Frank Dean knows what he’s doing. His past bands — Blue DeVille and Sindacato — thrived by mining and updating the roots of American music. This time out, he attacks the blues, and he’s got another winner. The Snakehandlers’ perfectly titled debut leaves you feeling like you stumbled into a roadside bar and discovered an authentic, gritty blues band. Most lyrics tread the usual ground of women, cars and misery, but “Slip Into the Leather” adds a little S&M and “90 Miles an Hour” takes on swindlers like Madoff and DeLay. (Marc Allan)
9. J. Brookinz and Grey Granite, Gateway2 (Heavy Gun) Producer Brookinz and emcee Granite’s followup ode to weed, recorded over 48 hours at a practice space belonging to indie rock band The Kemps, features 28 special guests, including a who’s-who
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10 of local emcees like Ace One, Andy D, Oreo Jones, Rusty Redenbacher, Mic Sol, Yeti-One and alpha.live. Built on psych-rock guitar riffs and peppered with phone messages, Gateway2 is mostly but not solely concerned with pot: There’s plenty of high-spirited japery concerning “honey badgers,” “future ninjas” and the importance of family, perhaps because the family that smokes together, stays together. (Scott Shoger)
10. The Headhunters, Platinum (Owl Studios) The latest album and first Owl Studios release by jazz-funk outfit The Headhunters — once Herbie Hancock’s backing group; long out on their own without Hancock — was an Indy-made affair, recorded in this town with plenty of local musicians (including saxophonist and Owl mainstay Rob Dixon and emcee Jaecyn Bayne). The hip-hop-influenced record features a couple big-name guest stars — Snoop Dogg and George Clinton — but it shines when the band just focuses on jamming, as on the James Brown-inspired “Paging Mr. Wesley” and Latin-inflected “Tracie.” (Scott Shoger)
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RETRO VIBE: ANTIQUES AND VINTAGE Audrey’s Place Look for the spinning wheels and barber’s chair (often sporting a mannequin) in the window. Inside, you will find a wonderfully clutter ed array of connecting rooms with everything from small hand bells to new bedding. Items create the mazelike aisles, but don’t forget to look up to find treasures hanging from the ceiling. Be prepared to spend a good amount of time digging for tr easure and be prepared to get a little dusty doing it. Reasonably priced and fun to browse, Audrey’s Place is one of our favorite places to shop. 3228 E. 10th St., 317-266-1644.
Doc’s Architectural Salvage & Reclamation Services Doc’s collection of antiques spans the decades and a dizzying array of genres, from automotive to exterior decorations to fur niture and architectural offerings, from oak tables to movie posters to barber chairs. These are beautiful items from the past that deserve a place in the future. The ideal place to find a rare and memorable gift. 1325 W. 30th St., 317-924-4000, docsarchitecturalsalvage.com.
Meridian Vintage Modern With a great location at the cor ner of Meridian and 22nd streets, in a building that somehow survived the wrecking ball (though there is a “for sale” sign in front, currently), this great shop specializes in period fur niture for
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collectors and those looking to invest in a few good pieces. While ther e’s a definite retro vibe, this isn’t a secondhand shop and these aren’t necessarily vintage store prices. But the wonderful collection of last century fur niture at Meridian Vintage reminds us why quality is worth paying for. Open Wednesday-Saturday, noon-4 p.m. 2201 N. Meridian St., 317-923-2201.
Swanky Abode Piping hot and dazzling in Carmel’s Arts and Design District is Swanky Abode — a fabulous ’50s experience for those with a taste for r etro. Just make sure you prepare yourself for the price tag. Inside this “pop up” store you’ll find a wealth of designer pieces and one-of-a-kind fur niture that can be called nothing short of art, and they’re priced accordingly. If you don’t have that kind of cash, that’s OK. You can go in to take in the beauty of true artisan cr eations. With its first store in Columbus, Ohio, Swanky Abode is on a trial run in Indy, so be sure to take a look befor e it goes away. 200 S. Rangeline Rd., Suite 113, Carmel, 330-466-7350, theswankyabode.com.
Value World Old-school second-hand store that rarely disappoints. You have to be prepared to do some digging, but treasures aren’t too difficult discover. Lots of good-condition brand-name items, many with the tags still attached, for under $10. Rumor is you can often find 50 percent off coupons that will allow you to stock up for the season pretty cheaply. Multiple locations: 1201 E. Prospect St.; 3616 E. 10th St.; 4959 W. 38th St.; 2350 E. 52nd St. Phone number for all locations: 317-353-8140.
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KID STUFF: FOR THE LITTLE ONES Hero House NUVO’s own cartoonist Wayne Bertsch and buddy Mike Rittenhouse have teamed up to open the city’s newest store devoted to all things comic. Meant as a place for fans and budding cr eative types, Hero House buys, sells and trades comic books of all genres. They also carry a good deal of anime and manga. Even better, they’ve got a good selection of local and regional cartoonists books and ’zines (including works by Bertsch and Rittenhouse). For the budding cartoonists, there is a line of art supplies available. 1112 E. Prospect St., 317-636-7990, theherohouse.net.
Kids Ink Teacher and librarian Shirley Mullin knows children and knows books, the best possible combination for someone who owns and operates the city’s only bookstore devoted to children’s literature. For more than a decade, this small store has been a neighborhood haven for Meridian Kessler residents, as well as visitors from all over Indy. Bursting at the seams with the type of creativity all kids need to spark imagination, the books here are carefully selected, many with local themes or by local writers, and the store carries a wide selection for various age groups. 5619 N. Illinois St., 317-255-2598.
Mass Ave Toys A land of wonder, magic and fantasy, Mass Ave Toys almost seems like a wind-
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up toy itself with the frantic energy that is the trademark of a good toy stor e. Here you’ll find many favorites from yesterdecade, but also collectibles and new fangled toys that never seem as good as the old stuff. Spend some time and you’ll discover the perfect gift for kids of all ages, including a favorite adult. Stock always changes, so make several trips for maximum discovery. 409 Massachusetts Ave., 317-955-8697, massavetoys.com.
Nurture A store for babies, with a hip and moder n twist, Nurture stocks high-end kids clothes, gear and gift items with personality and, in many cases, eco-friendly materials. The new winter line features adorable leggings, pullovers and long-sleeve tees in a variety of price ranges. Sizes start at infant and go up through 8, with a good selection in all sizes. 433 Massachusetts Ave., 317-423-1234, nurtureonline.com.
The Wild Named for the quintessential children’s book, for those a little further north, The Wild Children’s Bookstore on the historic town square of Noblesville is a delightful and dependable stop for holiday shopping. Wall-to-wall kids books, puzzles, games, toys and, well, mostly kids, speak volumes about the success. For kiddies who live close by, classes and activities are frequent and fun, not to mention great for gifts! Utilize the staff here if you have any questions or are clueless as to what kids like. They’re helpful, friendly and know their stuff. 884 Logan St., Noblesville, 317-773-0920, gotothewild.com.
Bikes A1 Cyclery On the ultra-sleek A1 website, there’s a quote from Albert Einstein; “Life is like riding a bicycle — in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.” To this effect, A1’s cadre of professional bike mechanics stands behind all the bikes they sell with their expertise and support. They offer a free tune-up with every new bike in addition to free trial bike rides! Whether or not you buy from A1, check out their website. In laying out their case why you should buy their bikes, they remind you that buying a bicycle is serious business. 6847 W. Washington St, 317-241-4660, a1cyclery.com.
Bicycle Garage Indy (BGI) Voted Indy’s Best Bicycle Shop by NUVO readers nearly every year, and a winner of a NUVO Cultural Vision Award in 2011, Bicycle Garage Indy also is known as BGI Fitness and the store promotes a healthy lifestyle with its array of bikes, fitness machines and health/fitness related products. They’ve got the largest selection of bicycles in the state, as well as a friendly and knowledgeable staff. Their fitness retail stores feature a wide array of products from free weights to spinning bikes. 222 E. Market, Suite E-101, 317-612-3099; 4130 E. 82nd St., 317-842-4140; and 997 E. County Line Rd., 317-885-7194; bgiindy.com.
Bicycle Outfitters Indy This shop offers great components, accessories and apparel, the latest in trainers, and — of course — bicycles. This is an online and local shop that specializes in road, mountain, as well as fitness bikes. They’ve often got sweet discounts advertised on
their website and a wide selection of all the products they sell. When you’re on the west side of town, and you’re shopping for the latest and the greatest to replace your ’72 Schwinn, you’ve got to check these guys out! 1031 Country Club Rd., 317-2099550, bicycleoutfittersindy.com.
Bike Line Well-connected and respected in the local cycling community, Bike Line caters to the avid rider and racer but also serves the needs of novice and hobbyist. Her e you’ll find a full range of bikes and accessories, conveniently located next to the Monon Trail. If you are shopping for someone else, ask about classes and training. New bike purchases come with assembly and fitting, as well as a guarantee on all adjustments for the first year and a free new rider orientation class. 6520 Cornell Ave., 317-253-2611 and 11596 Westfield Blvd., Carmel, 317-815-1122, thebikeline.com.
Circle City Bicycles This bicycle shop, which calls itself “America’s Neighborhood Bicycle Shop,” offers truly personalized service by employees who are all bicyclists. Manager Roy Keller and assistant manager Bill Hannah have 65 years of combined experience and they service all makes and models of bikes. They offer a free fitting with your adult bicycle purchase, as well as a “cash for clunkers” program, where you can apply $25 toward the purchase of a new bike by bringing in your old one. 5506 Madison Ave., 317-786-9244, circlecitybicycles.com.
Freewheelin’ Community Bikes Whether you’re looking for a bicycle
to buy or just looking for a place to donate your old bicycle, consider a visit to Freewheelin’ Community Bikes. Not only do the staff and volunteers of this local nonprofit organization refurbish old bikes, they teach kids from age 10-15 the basics of bike mechanics. They also lead biking trips to interesting destinations all around Indianapolis and you’re welcome to sign up! Freewheelin’ is helping the community, helping the environment, and helping Indy’s youth. What’s not to love? 3355 N. Central Ave., 317926-5440, freewheelinbikes.org.
Gray Goat Sports Want to learn how to maintain your bike? Gray Goat Sports of fers free bicycle maintenance workshops every Tuesday at 7 p.m. No prior experience is required. If you like company when you bike, you can join their Urban Group rides. And if you’re looking to go faster and longer on your bike, check out their BG Fit pr ocess. But don’t forget to check out their products! At Gray Goat Sports, you can check out the same Specialized bicycles that are used by the Tour de France’s best racers. 7750 S. Meridian St., 317-780-4628, graygoatsports.com.
Joe’s Cycles A neighborhood bike shop in the heart of Fountain Square, Joe’s specializes in helping you build a custom bike to suit your individual needs. Open since 2007, the shop has become a favorite of cycling enthusiasts. The tiny space does have some bikes for sale, and pr ovides helpful and affordable repairs and maintenance. An avid cyclist himself, Joe knows how to service the needs of a full range of customers — fr om the
pros to beginners. A great neighbor, no matter where you live. 1060 Virginia Ave., 317-602-3911, joescycles.com.
Kreme Twenty-Four KTF, which opened in September 2011, advertises itself as “A Clothing, Lifestyle, Accessory, and Bike Shop.” While this store doesn’t have the most extensive selection of bikes in the world (thr ee in stock right now) the ones that they have are ultra-cool. Two are Linus bikes, which according to linusbike.com, make “you feel like you’re in an old French movie.” One of these bikes is fully customized, and the KTF dudes can get anything you want from the Linus website. This is the kind of store you go to not just to buy, but to be inspired. 661 E. 49th St., 317-921-7089, kftstore.com.
Nebo Ridge Bicycles This is more than just a bicycle shop (although Nebo has all the latest gear and accessories.) This is the home of Team Nebo Ridge whose athletes kick butt in races across the state and completed rides such as the Hilly Hundred and Ride Across Indiana! If you’re looking not just to buy a bike, but train to become a better bicyclist, then Nebo Ridge is for you. You can get one-on-one training with their cool coaches. And if you happen to pay them a visit, check out the futuristic Scott Sub 10 that uses a Gates Belt Drive! 4335 W. 106th St., Carmel, 317-471-1089, neboridge.com.
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SWANK AND STYLE: FASHION Cultural Cannibals Artur Silva and Kyle Long don’ t just throw some of the best parties in town (Bollywood Bhangra, Tribute to Fela, etc.), they also designed a line of T-shirts that incorporate the artistry of Silva with the mission, according to Silva, to “make clothes that encourage experiencing culture in a more active way.” One way they do that is to create T-shirts that celebrate the local, such as their beautiful Major Taylor shirt or their Naptown Funk creation. Other options include shirts featuring Pele, Celia Cruz, Ze Carioca and Samba aficionado Bezerra da Silva. So get active: Buy a shirt, then wear it to one of their events and dance. You can find all the info you need for both at: www. culturalcannibals.com.
Girly Chic While they’ve moved down the block a bit, the charm and vintage chic remain. Everything here is fit for a princess, even gr own-up ones with stylish taste and a girly str eak. Lace, flowers, frills and prints that are sheerly feminine abound here, as does an air of grace and elegance. If you’re shopping for a girl’s girl, this is the place to start. It might even make a convert out of a few non-twirling skirt females as well. 922 E. Westfield Blvd., 317-217-1525, girlychicboutique. blogspot.com.
Got Sole? Yes, it’s women who typically get called shoe whores and for good reason. But the guys have a few fetishes of their own, and Got Sole? knows just how to cater to the athletic shoe junkie in all of us. These are the hottest kicks in town with names like Creative Rec, Nike, Jordan and Clae Russell. There are also plenty of clothing items to chose from as well. Got Sole? gets new stuff all the time, so stop in frequently to check out what’s new. Friendly and knowledgeable staff is always available to help, including special orders. 6243 N. College Ave., 317-466-1173, gotsoleboutique.com.
IndySwank A great addition to Fountain Square, IndySwank is a vibrant retail space specializing in vintage women’s fashion. Each piece is carefully selected for style, condition and funkiness. While not over the top, a lot of items take a commitment to an overall fashion theme — most likely one rooted in the 1950s or ’60s. In addition to great dresses, coats and skirts, hats are well-represented, as are fabulous handbags from several eras. And while the emphasis is on retro, there are new items (including jewelry and accessories) in the stor e made by local designers and artists. 1043 Virginia Ave., 317-632-6440, indyswank.com.
J. Benzal While some men eschew fashion, others firmly embrace the concept. For the local guy with a desir e to become the quintessential sharpdressed man, J. Benzal on Mass A ve offers high-end suits, ties, outerwear and accessories with an emphasis on fine Italian menswear that is so often missing from other men’s retailers. Exquisite selection, knowledgeable staff and excellent location make this an increasingly popular stop for the most fashionable men in town. 739 Massachusetts Ave., 317-222-1216, www.jbenzal.com.
Leon Tailoring For more than 100 years, this family-owned downtown shop has been providing Indianapolis’ most stylish men with its ready-to-wear collections by Lee and Alan Stuart, as well as Leon’s own clothing label. If off-the-rack isn’t your thing, you’ve got more than 1,000 bolts of fabric to choose from for something custom-made. This is good quality clothing at reasonable prices 809 N. Delaware St., 317-634-8559, leontailoring.com.
Marigold This classic Broad Ripple boutique provides all the fun and funky fashion and accessories you might ever need. Marigold manages to always have a broad selection of the newest styles at reasonable prices without sacrificing quality or a sense of what looks best on women — no matter what age. It’s the kind of shop you discover and then return to again and again for the perfect outfit, the missing accent for yourself or to pick up a gift the gal in your life is sur e to love. 6512 N. Cornell Ave., 317254-9939, marigoldclothing.com.
Minx You might not find a mink coat at Minx, but it doesn’t hurt to look. As the first storefront to grace the Penn Arts building after its r ecent renovation, this vintage shop makes a habit of revitalizing the old into the fabulous. It’s got a little bit of everything, from cowboy boots to jewelry, penny loafers to purses. Though it’s small, Minx makes sure to include an ample selection for men and women, and it’s great for unique old-fashioned gifts. Check out the toy soldier earrings, or the display furniture, most of which is for sale. There’s always something new, so you’ll want to come back for mor e. 111 E. 16th St., 317-426-2824.
Rag-O-Rama Maybe not the new kid on the block any more, but Rag-O-Rama is still leading the charge in Broad Ripple for a place to buy, sell and trade current, classic and vintage styles. Lots of options under $20 and, whether they are new or used, they are all great choices. Could be the perfect one-stop shop for everyone on your shopping list if you’r e going the fashion route. They also have a good selection of accessories in a variety of price ranges. Of special
Snappy Dresser note, good selection of men’s items that aren’t just an afterthought. 1067 Broad Ripple Ave., 317-475-0870, ragorama.com.
inspiration behind their work. 826 E. Westfield Blvd., 317-259-4071, Redemptionstyle.com.
Some people are born with an innate sense of style, while others need a little help picking out the perfect outfit. The Snappy Dresser is there for both, with friendly staff ready to help pick out whole outfits or individual pieces, depending on what’s right for you. It’s run by freelance wardrobe stylist and former fashion editor Kaitlin Elyse, so you know ther e’s plenty of style to go ar ound. If your wardrobe’s full to bursting, sample a wide variety of teas and soaps, or a check out the Snappy Dr esser’s selection of jewelry and home décor that’s been “upcycled” from junk into creative and eye-catching treasures. 1048 Virginia Ave., 317-643-0662.
As you drive through Broad Ripple, you might notice what used to be the headboard of a bed — found, repainted, and re-imagined into an attention-grabbing sign. You’ll find even more innovation and imagination inside. Redemption focuses on independent and local designers without abandoning mainstream designers. You’ll find homages to the style of days gone by, arranged stylishly beside recycled accessories, all while sharing space with the latest trends. Owner Amber Davis stays in communication with the designers, so she’s in the know on their stories and the
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GIFTS FOR THE GOOD LIFE Addendum Gallery
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Beautiful things for you or your home abound at Addendum, which has relocated from Carmel to Broad Ripple this past year. From fine art to decorating accessories, as well as an eclectic and impressive array of small gift items, the carefully selected and high-quality variety of items make this a wonderful shopping destination, particularly when you need the perfect gift. Local artisans are wellrepresented here most of the time, as are regional craftspersons making beautiful and original art and artifacts. 908 E. Westfield Blvd., 317-2533400, addendumgallery.com.
Artifacts Gallery Here’s a gallery that features the art and crafts of artists and craftsmen from across the U.S, conveniently located in the heart of Br oad Ripple! Since 1977, Artifacts has been seeking out the best craftsmen and artists for your gift and interior decorating needs. Whether you’re looking for glass, woodwork, or ceramics, you’ll find a wide variety here to choose
• Award winning • Well-trained knowledgeable staff • 5min from downtown with convenient on-site parking 317-356-2611 | www.snips-in.com
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from. Maybe it’s a crystalline porcelain vase by Satian Leksrisawat that strikes your fancy, or maybe it’s a box elder bowl by Utah artist Mike Maholney. Maybe. But we guarantee that the sterling silver peace earrings by Heinz Brummel will knock your socks of f! 6327 Guilford Ave., 317-255-1178, artifactsindy.com.
BE: Bon Vivant Squeezed between two of the coolest joints in town (Yats and the Jazz Kitchen), this delightful College Avenue boutique is girl paradise thanks to owner Barbie Turner’s keen eye for quality frivolity. From the small, but smart, selection of clothing items, to the beautiful home decorations and absolutely charming handmade purses and aprons that scream “BUY ME!” – Bon V ivant is full of surprises and delightful gift choices (including a surprisingly fun but masculine section for him). 5367 N. College Ave., 317-257-3826.
Black Sheep One of many independent shops that make Irvington such a gr eat place to hang out or shop, Black Sheep is home away from home for owner Lisa Bennett, and she stocks
the shelves with all sorts of gr eat gift items. From the novelty and joke vein, to the handmade arts and crafts, to the old-fashioned candy bin selection, Black Sheep also has fun and affordable toys and other items for kids that provide a genuine alternative to big box retailers, as well as many eco-friendly and/ or locally made items. 5626 E. Washington St., 317-602-5442.
with pictures of new merchandise and announcements of “secret” sales, so keep up. If you’re looking for lighted willow branches, heavy votive holders in jewel tones, or custom fabrics, this is the place. They also have beautiful recovered-wood items, large stained glass pieces, and art photography among their wares. Seriously chic. 517 E. Walnut St., 317-917-8550, chathamhomeinteriors.com.
Zionsville residents J.D. and Evelyn Guinn set out to create an eco-friendly shop stocking the best types of gr een items with Celery Street, and the results are astounding. They carry a wide selection of clothing, accessories, bath products, journals, desk accessories, gardening and kitchen supplies — all made from organic, reused, refurbished, and/or recycled products. They’ve even got eco-friendly gifts for pets! While the occasional sale is held at the war ehouse in Z’ville, Celery Street is primarily an online shop. See the full, splendid catalogue at celerystreet.com.
Located in a historic brick building built in 1877, Chelsea’s is rumored to be haunted, aside from remaining a great place to buy a gift for pr etty much anybody. Easily recognized by the collection of sun catchers glinting in the windows, find anything fr om home décor items like whimsical clocks to an eclectic blend of jewelry for both women and men. Unique stationery, mugs, pens, keepsake boxes or a even a random bir d statue may strike your fancy. But no matter what, there’s always something to see. 902 E. Westfield Blvd., 317-251-0600.
Endangered Species Chocolate
Funky-cool home furnishings, artistic home accessories and a selection of artwork fill this Mass A venue newcomer. It’s best to follow these guys on Facebook and/or Twitter as business hours tend to fluctuate based on who’s running the store or trips to market. But you’ll be tr eated
Candy with a conscience is the mission of this Oregon transplant, now located on Indy’s northwest side. Once found only in small healthfood stores, the company has gone national, offering premium chocolates made with environmentally friendly
ingredients. With an eye on fair trade practices and shade-grown beans, these guys let you save the earth or benefit animal species on the verge of extinction, all while satisfying your sweet tooth. Ten percent of their profits are donated to conservation efforts. Products range from their original, all-natural chocolate bars to gluten-free and organic fruit and nut mixtures, to tempting toffees in 100-percent recycled containers. 5846 W. 73rd St., 317-387-4372, chocolatebar.com.
Homespun Modern Homemade We recently heard someone describe this delightful new store as a brickand-mortar Etsy, and we couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Her e’s where you will find some of the most inspiring and original arts and crafts made locally in one of the city’s finest neighborhoods. From jewelry to soaps, T-shirts to tea pots, as well as a r evolving stock of clothing, this Irvington shop makes some of the coolest handmade items available in a convenient r etail setting. Stop by and see shopkeeper Amanda Taflinger to learn more or do the bulk of your shopping. You won’t be disappointed, and we wager you’ll be back many times. 5624 E. Washington St., 317-351-0280.
Indianapolis Museum of Art We love the IMA for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the always-intriguing Museum Store. With jewelry, pottery, textiles, glass, books, gifts and stationary items, there’s never a shortage of ideas. Where else are you going to find a Jonathon Adler menorah, Andy Warhol Post-its or an umbrella emblazoned with Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE all under one roof? Leave time for book browsing, however. This small shop is also one of the best for art books, new and canonical. Many, many items are available online. 4000 N. Michigan Rd., 317-923-1331, imamuseum.org/shop.
Village Experience A two-part approach to cultural education and empowerment, sisters Anne and Kelly Campbell use their small store in Broad Ripple as a venue for micro-financing groups, women’s projects, local artisans, and global cooperatives to develop fair trade products. The shop features stunning hand-crafted pieces in a variety of price ranges. We fell in love with knit scarves, gloves and hats recently arrived from Kenya, as well as the line of colorful handmade aprons. The best gift the sisters of fer, however, is a series of ecotours in developing parts of the world meant to give travelers a “real, off-thebeaten-path village” experience. 6055 N. College Ave., 317-602-3696, experiencethevillage.com.
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something for the naughty and the nice. 6036 E. 82nd St., 317-849-9300, loverslanestore.com.
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Catering to the dedicated smoking afficionado, this is a head shop that takes its accoutrements seriously whether you smoke a pipe, cigars or fancy cigarettes. Looking for toxin removers, incense, posters, cigars, clove cigarettes, bidis or hookahs? This is the place. They’ve also got Volcano Vaporizers, Vapor Brothers, Digi Vap, Space Case, grinders, dugouts, hand-blown glass, vector lighters, and a decent selection of hats, clothing, jewelry and even flasks. The staff is friendly, unless you’re a jackass, in which case you deserve to be ignored or shown the door. 1056 Broad Ripple Ave., 317253-6551, headlinessmokes.com.
Lover’s Lane Slightly more high-end than the typical adult gift store, Lover’s Lane aims to put adult customers at ease with an air of romance and sense of intimacy that doesn’t veer over into creepville. A good selection of sexy lingerie, adult potions and lotions, as well as the typical “marital aids” which really are gifts that keep on giving. W ith special holiday costumes and treats, there’s
Looking for some fun? Some close encounters of the print and/or digital kind? Southern Nights Video is your one-stop shop for all things adult: DVDs, adult toys, adult books. Ar e you getting the motif here, Mr. and Ms. Adult? There’s an adult video arcade as well for, ahem, ADULTS. No theater, no glory holes and no peep shows, but hey, there’s plenty else to titillate and satiate your demonstrably adult desires. 3760 Commercial Dr., 317-329-5505.
Twenty Past Four & More The name pretty much says it all as far as the merchandise at this smoking accessory shop, though the atmosphere and décor appeals to anyone who’s a smoker. Many of the pipes and accessories are made in-house from glass and wood, making for affordable prices and unique merchandise. Look the part as well as smell it with hemp jewelry, body jewelry and key rings. Twenty Past also sells tobacco, hookahs, papers, scales, water pipes and basically any other smoking accompaniment you can imagine. 6513 N. College Ave., 317253-7632, twentypastfourmore.com.
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SPECIALTY SHOPS Backyard Birds For more than 20 years, this little shop has been teaching Indianapolis how to appreciate, recognize and feed their winged friends and neighbors. Begin with a feeder, bird bath or specialized bird seed, depending on the species you’re trying to attract. The knowledgeable staff will answer any questions you may have about “birding” and supply you with the appropriate equipment. There is a nice selection of bird guides and gift items as well. Try a store-sponsored bird walk to broaden your horizons or sign up a bird-loving friend as a gift. 2374 E. 54th St., 317-255-7333, feedbackyardbirds.com.
The Best Chocolate in Town Wasabi ginger truffles? A tower of bon bons, caramels, English toffee, and pecan turtles? Can it get any better? It can. White chocolate and raspberry popcorn, and gourmet trail mix round out the offerings at this 12-year-old candy store on Mass Ave. Owner Elizabeth Garber parlays her fine-arts background into designing chocolates fit for Indy’s finest restaurants and jazz clubs, and her beautiful, edible art also benefits breast cancer research and helps in the fight against lupus, so you’re sharing the love and giving back. It’s a delicious, unforgettable gift that’s all made fresh right in the heart of Indy’s art district. 880 Massachusetts Ave., 317-636-2800, bestchocolateintown.com.
Ceramic Dreams It’s one thing to buy yourself or your friends something nice. It’s something else entirely to make it yourself and take home a masterpiece. Ceramic Dreams offers a wealth of creative décor, jewelry and gifts, but their real talent comes from the variety of classes available. Whether alone or with a group of your best friends, you can make fused glass jewelry, decorate your own pottery, or design and create your own mosaic. Classes are open to all skill levels, with guides ready to help less-confident artists bring their hidden talents to life. 1134 E. 54th St., Studio G, 317-2029200, ceramicdreams.net.
Conner Prairie Conner Prairie is a look into Indiana’s past, where actors re-enact our colorful history. It’s also a great place to find unique gifts for history lovers, kids and anyone who’s into the unique and old-fashioned. Make sure to look into “Mr. Christmas” Bill Hixton’s Holiday Ornaments, which are made from blown glass and hand-painted, or take a gander at the Conner Prairie stor e, where you’ll find hand-crafted gifts, old-fashioned candy, toys, costumes and science kits for the kids on your list. While you’re shopping, take a ride on a horse-drawn wagon or stop by one of Conner Prairie’s many seasonal events for a fun time on the prairie. 13400 Allisonville Rd., 317-776-6000, connerprairie.org.
Global Gifts Partnering with more than 35 developing nations worldwide,
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Global Gifts continues to bring Indianapolis a mix of art cultur e that has been handed down for centuries elsewhere in the form of beautiful and affordable jewelry, home items, textiles, pottery and decorative art. Revenue from the fair trade store goes to help struggling artisans not only achieve a higher quality of life but also to reach a market that would otherwise be unavailable to them. 1468 W. 86th St., 317-8799090 and 446 Massachusetts Ave., 317-423-3148, globalgiftsindy.com.
new, some are recovered from existing homes. Often the items have imperfections that prevent them from being sold retail. Paint, lighting, countertops, doors, and sinks can be found in store. Renovating? Donate good-quality and fully functioning appliances to the store. All proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity Indianapolis, which builds quality homes for qualified low-income individuals. Be a part of the solution. 1011 E. 22nd St., indyrestore.com.
Can the perfect hairstyle solve all of life’s problems? It can if you’re a fan of SoBro stylist Josh Agan. In his seven years taming tresses, Agan has developed a loyal following and been described as a local hair genius. His new salon features shabby-chic furnishings and fresh stylists who guarantee you’ll leave with a new outlook on life and a spring in your step. The vibe is fresh, and products include Ambre Blends bath and body and Neuma hair care. Both lines are certified organic and plant-based. Take a break a level above the street and see how your impr essions change. 4846 N. College Ave., 317926-0626, jagansalon.com.
Located just north of the Broad Ripple canal, Good Earth has been one of the city’s best (and often, only) options for buying natural, organic and otherwise green products since opening its doors in 1971. Family-run and neighborhoodfriendly, the store has a wide range of food items. It is also a good sour ce of gifts with natural body care, cosmetic and clothing selections. Just as important, the staff is as committed to providing helpful, often educational, information to help shoppers make the best selection for their particular needs. 6350 Guilford Ave., 317-253-3709, good-earth.com.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore Benefit the homeless and score an incredible deal. It’s a win-win! At the ReStore, you’ll find gently used household items ranging from appliances to furniture to bicycles to pianos at as much as 75 per cent off retail. Some items are donated
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Just Pop In If you’re craving a creative snack, or considering a nifty gift for a friend, follow your nose through Broad Ripple to Just Pop In. While Just Pop In’s gourmet popcorn is pricey compared to its Walmart counterpart, the explosion of flavor more than
makes up for the extra buck. The selection is prone to change, but they always make sure to keep the classics in supply. If you’re in for a real treat, the local favorite is Indy Style: a sumptuous and sweet mix of caramel and cheddar popcor ns that’ll make you proud to be a Hoosier. 6302 Guilford Ave., 317-257-9338, justpopinonline.com.
Krieg Bros. Religious Supply Get figurines of all your favorite Bible characters in one place, whether you’re into the kind that are nearly life-size or just want the mini one perfect for those little lawn shrines. If it’s Catholic, Krieg has got it as the city’s oldest one-stop shop for everything holy, from rosaries to prayer candles to every size crucifix you can imagine. The Virgin Mary is very big here, as expected, and the items she adorns run the gamut from kitsch to simple beauty. Lots to choose from, most for a very small price. 119 S. Meridian St., 317-638-3416.
Maximum Grow Gardening Spring is months away, but your indoor garden can keep on growing with supplies from this gardening store. If you’re sick of tasteless tomatoes in January, grow your own. Simple, starter hydroponics garden systems are available as well as fertilizer, containers, seeds, lighting, and pest control products. Arguably their most valuable offering, however, is knowledge through monthly interactive classes, in-store consults, and online articles. Don’t be intimidated. Snow’s on the ground, but you can still get dirty. Hydroponic gardening is healthy, organic, and flavorful, and owner Justin St. John is available to take or ders by phone or by sending an email. 6117 E. Washington St., 317-777-0747, maximumgrow.com.
National Moto+Cycle Co. Did you know that National Moto+Cycle Co. draws inspiration as well as its name from the Indy-based
National Motor & Vehicle Company (1900-1924)? It’s true! If you like bicycles and motorcycles, why not combine the best of both worlds! And if you want “an optional 48cc 2-stroke EPA engine racing up to 30 mph averaging 130+ mpg” getting you where you want to go, you gotta check out their showroom. These motorized board-track-style bicycles come with their own line of custom Moto Gear. 5206 N. College Ave., 317-698-2418, nationalmoto.com
Nature’s Karma One of the new additions to Carmel City Center, this Best Of winner relocated from Clay Terrace to provide an even larger selection of organic skincare products, soy candles, handmade jewelry, stationary, and unique, sustainable gifts. If green has a scent, you’ll find it here. Whether it’s a grapefruit body scrub or a specialty-blend, fair-trade loose tea, the focus is on giving back to Mother Earth by only of fering certified environmentally friendly products. They also have recycled school items, including notebooks and messenger bags. Local art is available, along with other unique products from around the world. Guaranteed unique and guaranteed green. 711 Veteran’s Way, Suite 136, Carmel, 317-843-9999, natureskarma.org.
Necklust Want to alert the world you’ve got a newborn? Try a sterling silver necklace charm with a pacifier on one side and the quip “No sleep” on the other. Love life treating you bad? How about a picture of cupid and his bow with “Wish he had a rifle” on the flipside. Indy designer and marketer Kelly Harrington’s amusing, sarcastic “merit badges for adults” are perfect for every occasion. Competitive volunteering, book-club failing, hot flashes, even social issues like suicide prevention are among her zingy coin-
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Über Boutique sized charms. You can also suggest your own on the company’s website. Vampires? Only if they’re snarky. 317407-3748, necklust.com.
Rusted Moon Outfitters It’s hard to leave Rusted Moon without buying something, simply because the staff’s enthusiasm for anything outdoors is utterly contagious. Suited in Patagonia, tan-skinned and full of endorphins, they’re all happy to answer questions about the array of outdoor toys and gear. Get your winter bicycle gear here — masks, gloves, coats — then dream about that camping trip you’r e going to take. Whether by land or by sea, the wood-paneled walls hold the appropriate kayak, sleeping bag, camping stove or anything else you may need to reunite with the wild frontier. Or, just rent a canoe for a day and enjoy our least-appreciated resource, the White River. 6410 Cornell Ave., 317-253-4453, rustedmoonoutfitters.com.
Teapots ’n’ Treasures Walking into this tea shop is like wandering into a treasure trove run by your favorite grandmother. Every surface is covered with an eclectic selection of jewelry, tea accessories, and odds and ends beyond description. Nestled between ornate antique tobacco pipes and handmade purses are more than 500 varieties of tea, and there’s always a collection of teapots full and r eady for sampling, along with cookies. The Canturbury tea is always a hot seller, but the featured item is BrainBrew, a caffeine-free energizing tea made from South American mate, which comes in a variety of ar omatic flavors. The friendly staff is always brimming with good advice, from helping you pick out the perfect tea for you, to
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giving tips on how to get the most brew for your buck. 7 E. Market St., brainbrews.com.
The Turntable Shoppe Who still uses tur ntables? The same guys who still spell Shop with an e. But even if you’re not a circa1980s disc jockey or an owner of an old vinyl collection you’re dying to play, you’ll dig this store. Need to convert your old vinyl to digital MP3s? Love antique musical devices? This is the place. V intage turntables can be repaired or purchased here, with a focus on machines made from the 1950s-1990s. They can even special-order needles and styli if that’s what you’re into. Speakers, amplifiers, virtually anything related to record players, and the hours are easy: Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 2121 E. 10th St., 317-441-6528, theturntableshoppe.com.
Über Boutique If cashmere waterfall wraps and fantastic, funky lace-up clogs top your fashion wish-list, this Broad Ripple specialty store with a new location in Carmel City Center will make your holiday. Under their signature antlered bunny, you’ll be greeted by fashions and home accessories straight from New York and straight to you in both locations. Faux fur vests, chevron wraps, and Italian leather booties ar e among the most popular items, along with their unique home accessories. Give your den a quick update with bold striped pillows and Greek-inspired busts and bookends. Vintage furniture, including bright orange metal cabinets and velvet club chairs are also available. 5912 N. College Ave., 317722-0710; 31 W. City Center Drive, Carmel City Center, 317-564-5638, uberboutique.blogspot.com.
INDEX A1 Cyclery ....................................... 21
Good Earth ...................................... 28
Maximum Grow Gardening ............. 29
Addendum Gallery ........................... 24
Goose the Market ............................ 14
McNamara ....................................... 05
Artifacts Gallery ............................... 24
Got Sole .......................................... 23
Meridian Vintage Modern ................ 18
Audrey’s Place .................................. 18
Gray Goat Sports ............................. 21
Midland Antique Mall ...................... 05
Backyard Birds ................................. 28
Great Fermentations ........................ 14
Minx ................................................ 23
Basile History Market ....................... 12
Habitat for Humanity ReStore .......... 28
Nancy Lee Designs ........................... 07
BE: Bon Vivant ................................. 24
Handmade Promenade Holiday Pop Up Gallery at the Art Bank ........ 06
National Moto+Cycle Co. ................ 29
Bicycle Outfitters Indy ...................... 21 Bier Brewery .................................... 14 Big Hat ............................................ 05 Bike Line .......................................... 21 Black Sheep ..................................... 24 Bookmamas ..................................... 12 Broad Ripple Vintage ....................... 05 Bicycle Garage Indy (BGI) ................. 21 Carmel Gallery Walk ........................ 06 Celery Street .................................... 25 Ceramic Dreams .............................. 28 Chatham Home ............................... 25 Chelsea’s.......................................... 25
Harrison Center for the Arts ............ 06 Head Lines ....................................... 27 Hero House...................................... 20 Homespun Modern Homemade ....... 25 Hoosier Momma .............................. 15 Indianapolis Museum of Art ............. 25 Indy CD and Vinyl ............................ 17 Indy Cycle Specialist ......................... 05 Indy Indie ......................................... 06 IndySwank ....................................... 23 J. Agan Salon................................... 28 J. Benzal .......................................... 23
Nature’s Karma ................................ 29 Nebo Ridge Bicycles ......................... 21 Necklust........................................... 29 New Day Meadery ........................... 15 Nurture ............................................ 20 Pitaya............................................... 05 Rag-O-Rama .................................... 23 Redemption ..................................... 23 Rusted Moon Outfitters ................... 30 Silver in the City .............................. 05 Snappy Dresser ................................ 23 Southern Nights Video ..................... 27
Joe’s Cycles ...................................... 21
Stutz Holiday Show and STUTZARTSPACE .............................. 07
Just Pop In ....................................... 28
Sun King.......................................... 05
Swanky Abode ................................ 18
Karma Records................................. 17
Teapots ‘n’ Treasures ........................ 30
Kids Ink ........................................... 20
The Best Chocolate in Town............. 28
Kreme Twenty-Four .......................... 21
The Turntable Shoppe ...................... 30
Krieg Bros. Religious Supply ............. 29
The Wild .......................................... 20
Earth House Collective ..................... 06
Leon Tailoring .................................. 23
Twenty Past Four & More ................. 27
Easley Winery .................................. 14
Lover’s Lane ..................................... 27
Über Boutique ................................. 30
Endangered Species Chocolate ........ 25
LUNA ............................................... 05
Value World ..................................... 18
Flat 12 Bierwerks ............................. 14
Luxe 218 ......................................... 07
Vibes Music ..................................... 17
Freewheelin’ Community Bikes ........ 21
Magic Bus........................................ 05
Village Experience ............................ 25
Gallery 924 ...................................... 06
Marigold .......................................... 23
Wine and Table ................................ 15
Girly Chic ......................................... 23
Mass Ave Toys ................................. 20
Wug Laku’s Studio and Garage ........ 07
Global Gifts ..................................... 28
Mass Ave Wine Shoppe ................... 15
Circle City Bicycles ........................... 21 Cirilla’s ............................................. 05 Connor Prairie ................................. 28 Cork and Cracker ............................ 14 Cultural Cannibals ........................... 23 Doc’s Architectural Salvage & Reclamation Services ........................ 18
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