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Author Archives: Kara Kavensky

Light at the End of the Tunnel

Meet Torchlite’s Susan Marshall Writer  /  Kara Kavensky Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer “Who knew there was a burgeoning tech community in Indianapolis?” said Susan Marshall after moving back to Indianapolis. Marshall took a hiatus from the west coast with her husband to raise their three children in the Midwest. Marshall, a Brebeuf grad, studied at Denison University and began working in the tech industry during the early 90s. “I just jumped in,” says Marshall, who has spent 25 years in the tech realm. During the early days, her focus was product management and marketing where she led product teams. Their ...

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Straight Shooter

Janet Holcomb talks art, entrepreneurship and becoming a gun safety instructor Writer / Kara Kavensky Photographer / Brian Brosmer Walking the grounds at the Penrod Arts Fair on #IndianasNicestDay, First Lady Janet Holcomb readily points out the artistic technique used by one of many talented artists. “This is encaustic painting, which involves a method of warming wax, adding colored pigments and applying on a specially treated canvas or wood,” Holcomb says. “It gives the painting depth.” A few feet behind us, the artist is encouraging other attendees to touch his painting, for it is approachable. The term “approachable” also describes ...

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Lights, Camera, Action!

Young Filmmakers Camp Coming Oct. 16-20 Writer / Kara Kavensky The concept behind Darye and Dija Henry naming their creative company “The Blue House”, came from the fact that their first home was, well, blue. Their basement was a creative space for artist expression that included music and other forms related to art. Darye, CTO of DeveloperTown Starts, grew up with a music studio of sorts in his mother’s house, so having a similar space for artistic passions, such as acting, art, music and film, seemed natural to share with their own children. Dija, author of “I Dare You Not ...

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From Car Washes to Fuzic Media

Prime Car Wash CEO Launches Marketing Company Writer  /  Kara Kavensky Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer The Prime Car Wash’s concept of a high-end country club feel, was Brent Oakley’s wife, Carlie’s idea. “She felt car washes didn’t need to be so automotive,” Brent says. “They should be built for women and professionals where people could multi task and feel like they were at a cafe. She always had people in her car, and the last thing she wanted to do was to vacuum out her car in the middle of winter.” So Brent, along with his two partners, built a car wash designed for business professionals with women ...

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Cheers!

Northside Knights of Columbus to Host 11th Annual Oktoberfest Writer  /  Kara Kavensky Photography Provided The Northside Knights of Columbus (KofC) has literally been catering to the community since its inception in 1952. On September 23rd, the Northside KofC hosts its 11th annual Oktoberfest event. Not only a fun party, it’s a fundraiser for Holy Family Homeless Shelter to help their inventory for Christmas as well as collecting donations for Boulevard Food Pantry. This family-focused event is geared towards children during the hours from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., then transitions to adults from 7pm – 11pm. The admission price ...

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Goods for Good: People for Urban Progress

Writer  /  Kara Kavensky Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer Returning to Indianapolis after finishing his master’s degree in architecture from the University of Texas at Austin, Michael Bricker arrived just in time to become involved in a critical question when the RCA Dome was being demolished, “What is going to be done with all of that material?” The material in question was the 15 acres of durable fabric, which had been used as the roof. Maryanne O’Malley first posed this key question. What was to happen to this material? The answer, after some interrogatories, was “nothing”, for there was no plan ...

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ClearObject: Forward Thinking

Fishers-Based IoT Company Has Vision for the Future Writer  /  Kara Kavensky Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer “Forward thinking” only begins to describe ClearObject and clearly defines its leadership. In a world of smart devices, connectivity between these devices is the next logical step. The “Internet of Things” is defined as “the interconnection via the Internet of computing devices embedded in everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data.” We may not be fully aware that we are surrounded by this in our daily lives. This may apply to your alarm system for a home or car, a remote that ...

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Conducting A Dream

Jerry Torr to conduct at the Palladium Writer  /  Kara Kavensky Photographer  /  Amy Payne While reading Guitar Player Magazine, Torr learned about the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, then known as the Guitar Institute of Technology, or GIT. GIT was started by Howard Roberts, a long time “first call” guy, which meant that when a guitarist was needed in a recording studio, Roberts was the top guitarist on the list. “You’ve heard his work a thousand times but probably weren’t aware of it,” says Torr or Roberts’ work. “The school began as a trade school for guitar players.” Torr spent ...

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A Renaissance of a Geist Estate

Old Durham Mansion is Back on the Market Writer  /  Kara Kavensky Photographer  /  Jamie Sangar A house isn’t a home until its owners make it their own. This is what John and Kara Gurchiek have done with their Geist estate. Since it was built in 1990, their estate has experienced additions and changes, only to fall into severe disrepair over the last decade. With buying the property as an investment, the Gurchiek’s decided to place extensive TLC into the estate, creating a warm, family-focused home for themselves and their children in the process. It is now on the market ...

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Dream Goals

New Cathedral Boys Soccer Coach, Paul “Whitey” Kapsalis, pens memoir of incredible soccer journey Writer / Kara Kavensky Photographer / Brian Brosmer Paul “Whitey” Kapsalis and his siblings were introduced to soccer while living in St. Louis. The entire family loved it. Whitey’s father, Andy, worked for Allstate Insurance and was relocated to Minnesota where youth soccer didn’t exist, so the Kapsalis family started one. This club has since exploded in growth. The next stop was in Michigan. There, they started the Bonanza Express Soccer league, which was a select travel team, for his parents had a vision as to ...

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