Off the Record: A Day in NuLu
s event planners we are exposed to many exciting things within this great city. There is so much to do, see, and eat that sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. Here are our suggestions for a day in NULU. It’s called NuLu (new Lou, get it?) because large sections of East Market Street have been revitalized. But, this neighborhood is actually home to some of the city’s oldest buildings making it an architectural treasure. Pair that with the strikingly modern art galleries, locally sourced gourmet eateries and dozens of unique small businesses and you get an area full of contrast. It practically hums with creative energy! Wouldn’t a refreshing yoga session be a calming way to begin a busy urban day? Try Thrive Studio (822 East Market Street.) Follow that with the classic Cliffie’s Plate (a tasty mix of all the breakfast essentials from eggs to pancakes) at Toast on Market (620 East Market Street) where the slogan is “free wifi and plenty o’ smiles.” Now that you are fully charged, we suggest a casual stroll up and down Market Street, the heart and soul of NULU. Local artists and artisans are treated like rock stars in the boutiques that line the road. Head east to check out Revelry (742 East Market Street), a shop that sells only locally produced artwork and gifts. A little further down the block you will run into Mahonia (806 East Market Street), where you can select a few beautiful blooms to brighten a friend’s day. Looking for something larger? Check out Rellek (817 East Market Street) and Redtree (701 East Market Street), two of the many unique furniture spots in NULU. Shopping always makes us hungry! The burger at Harvest (624 East Market Street) is hands down one of the best in the city, complete with bourbon bacon jam, but skip the dessert and finish lunch off with a Spanish latte and chocolate chip cookie at Please and Thank You (800 East Market Street). The combination of chocolate, caffeine, and music from their vast vinyl
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collection will help fight afternoon fatigue. After your coffee kicks in, check out the neighborhood’s colorful murals and award winning architecture. In addition to the historic buildings, NULU is home to The Green Building (732 East Market Street), the city’s first commercial building to receive platinum LEED certification. Escape the cold and visit one of the rotating shows in The Green Building Gallery. For dinner, we can’t think of a bet-
ter place to cap off an amazing day than Decca (812 East Market Street), with one of Chef Annie Pettry’s handmade pasta dishes. Annie’s recent appearance on Bravo’s Top Chef has made her a celebrity, but her food has been famous for years! Don’t forget a nightcap; try a signature cocktail at the cozy TAJ (807 East Market Street). Whew…what a day! With so many options you can’t go wrong in this vibrant neighborhood. These are just some of our top picks…off the record.
by Marcella Kragel and ina miller Off the record
Ina has been an event planner her entire life, always the organizer for her friends’ parties. Marcella can’t remember not being passionate about art and design. Throw these two together on a field hockey team as high school freshman and it’s the recipe for a lifelong friendship. Today, they are the owners of Ina Marcella Events, having the time of their lives. Ina and Marcella are married, each with three kids!